When the CEO of a Denver energy company announced last fall that he’d like to “bring something like the Bakken, maybe something a little more orderly” to the Beartooths, many residents scrambled to head off what they feared would forever change their scenic landscape. Continue Reading →
Don’t miss this obituary on Missoulian reporter Betsy Cohen, who died Monday at 49. She worked for the Montana Standard in Butte and for the Missoulian from 1998 until her death. I only met her a few times and didn’t know her well, but I was impressed with her work. Having now read her obituary, I wish I had known her better. She was a great reporter and apparently a remarkable person, talented in so many ways. Continue Reading →
In the case of Andrew “AJ” Marble, the manager of Billings Nursery & Landscaping, his quick-thinking preparedness was rewarded with a small part assisting in the production of the Oscar-nominated “Nebraska.” Continue Reading →
I’ve known Max Lenington for more than 15 years. I didn’t know him well, since I never did much reporting on Yellowstone County, for which he is treasurer, assessor and county superintendent of schools. But I knew him well enough to believe I had some sense of the kind of person he was. Continue Reading →
Before Michael Hitchcock ended up in Billings last fall, he had a wide, varied career in the business world.
The Wisconsin native said he managed several fast-food restaurants in the Midwest, ran a machine shop, went into mechanical design, worked in China as a project manager for an import company, ran his own import-export business and even wrote a book about using business strategies to achieve personal happiness. Continue Reading →
For an aging agnostic, the title of the lecture was irresistible: “Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media.”
After all, I have worked with and around professional journalists for most of my adult life. Moreover, for the first third of my life I attended church three times a week. I taught Sunday school. I preached on alternate Sundays for a couple of years. Continue Reading →
Don’t look for any fireworks — or a big implosion — during the demolition of the old Parmly Billings Library
The three-story building, constructed as a heavy-duty warehouse, will come down in stages, chipped away by a crew of four people. If all goes well, they will be done by mid-May and a 102-space parking lot will be open by mid-June. Continue Reading →
Neil LaRubbio is a journalist and filmmaker currently working the oil fields of Colorado. He has written for High Country News and Vice.com. This is his inside look at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
I arrived at the little house after a 12-hour drive, sustained by canned-salmon sandwiches and loose tobacco. Brushed by years of soot, the little house sits 20 feet away from the Missoula rail yard. Continue Reading →