In memoriam: Misty Upham

News item: A body believed to be that of missing actress Misty Upham has been found in the Seattle area, police said on Thursday.

I first interviewed Misty Upham a few months ago, and it ended eerily. Out of the more than 1,000 interviews I’ve conducted, our three conversations, each lasting about an hour, were uniquely unshakeable.


Citizens appeal for transparency on gas flaring, oil spills

Oil board

Two members of the Northern Plains Resource Council appealed to the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation on Wednesday to make information on oil spills and gas flaring more readily accessible to the public.

“We thought perhaps you could take a look at what North Dakota does,” Deborah Hanson told the board during one of its regular meetings in Billings. Continue Reading →

Lay of the Land: City boy


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana

I don’t know what to do in the wilderness and I seldom go to it. I live in Missoula, Montana, perhaps one of the best cities in America for easily accessing world-class wilderness areas, and yet I am an infrequent visitor to the hills surrounding town. Sometimes, when I am feeling lazy, I blame this on the fact that I have neither a car nor a driver’s license, but then I remember a 20-minute bike ride will do, because I live in Missoula, Montana. Continue Reading →

‘Absolutely True Diary’ author to speak at Rocky


If you want to hear author Sherman Alexie speak next week at Rocky Mountain College, Steve Germic suggests you get there early.

Germic, an associate professor of English who is helping organize the event, said there is likely to be a full house, even though the speech will be in the biggest indoor space on campus, the gymnasium of the Fortin Education Center. Continue Reading →

From the Outpost: An opening for long-shot Lewis

David Crisp

I just about dropped what’s left of my teeth when I saw on Sunday that the Billings Gazette had endorsed John Lewis for the U.S. House over Ryan Zinke.

Zinke seemed to be the natural pick in this race: tons of experience, some of it relevant; an unflappable public presence; a history of edging toward moderation. Even the Butte Weekly, a Democratic-leaning newspaper in a Democratic-leaning town, has endorsed Zinke, a Republican. Continue Reading →