Craig Lancaster

Guest editorial: The Confederate flag and the NDO

In 1986, when I was a junior at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, the local chapter of the NAACP came to my school with a request: It wanted us to drop the Confederate flag from our letterhead, our uniforms, the middle of our gym floor.


Senate candidate Curtis gives pep talk at NDO rally


Barely 48 hours after being chosen as the new Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Montana, Amanda Curtis stopped in Billings briefly to cheer on supporters of a nondiscrimination ordinance.

Curtis, a Billings native and Butte schoolteacher serving her first term in the Montana House, spoke Monday evening on the steps of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Continue Reading →

Landowners go local to head off oil-well impacts


RED LODGE — A group of Clarks Fork Valley landowners appealed to the Carbon County Commission on Monday to create a special zoning district that would protect them from the impacts of oil and gas development.

“We’re not here to stop it,” organic farmer Bonnie Martinell told the commission. “We want it done correctly.” Continue Reading →

Roofer madness: Hail storm brings in flood of workers


Glancing down any given residential street in Billings this summer, you might have thought a political campaign was in full swing.

But those signs in what seems like every other yard are advertising roofing companies, not politicians. And that explains the sound you are likely to hear on any given street, too — the rat-a-tat-tat of nail guns attaching tarpaper and shingles to hail-damaged roofs. Continue Reading →