Ed Kemmick

Ed Kemmick has been a newspaper reporter, editor and columnist since 1980. Except for four years in his home state of Minnesota, he has spent his entire journalism career in Montana, working in Missoula, Anaconda, Butte and Billings. "The Big Sky, By and By," a collection of some of his newspaper stories and columns, plus a few essays and one short story, was published in 2011.

Recent Posts

BuRec official, others dispute claims from river group

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The Montana area manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation has taken issue with a report critical of the bureau’s management of Yellowtail Dam on the Bighorn River. As we reported last week, the Bighorn River Alliance released a report saying BuRec’s operation of the dam has greatly damaged the world-class fishery below the dam and has also been injurious to farmers, ranchers, landowners and taxpayers. (more…) Continue Reading →

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YAM’s 50th auction will feature rare Picasso print

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This year’s 50th Annual Art Auction at the Yellowstone Art Museum will feature selections by 131 artists from across the country, including 100 artists from Montana. But the work likely to draw the most attention will be a rare print created half a century ago by an artist from Spain. The piece, titled “Portrait d’Homme á la Fraise, Variation d’aprés El Greco,” was produced in 1962 by Pablo Picasso. (more…) Continue Reading →

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RiverStone’s new clinic nearly ready, open house planned

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After years of planning and fundraising and a year and a half of construction, RiverStone Health is a little more than a week away from seeing patients in its new, much larger clinic. “Every time I come over here, there’s something new and different,” Barbara Schneeman said Thursday morning. “It’s amazing.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Red Lodge hosting pond hockey tourney this weekend

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If you’re in the market for some old-fashioned fun, you might considering watching some of the Red Lodge Winter Classic this weekend. The four-on-four pond hockey tournament will run Friday through Sunday at the Red Lodge Ice Rink in Lions Park, just off Broadway Avenue on the north end of town. (more…) Continue Reading →

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User group says BuRec damaging the Bighorn River

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A group of Bighorn River water users issued a report Thursday that raps the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for managing the Yellowtail Dam in ways that have cost taxpayers, farmers, ranchers and the fishing economy tens of millions of dollars. The report, “River at Risk,” was prepared by the Bighorn River Alliance, a nonprofit group that gives its mission as advocating for the wellbeing and balanced management of the Bighorn River. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Art House Cinema is panel’s choice to take over Babcock

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If the Billings City Council accepts the recommendation of one of its subcommittees, the Art House Cinema & Pub could soon be showing films in and operating the historic Babcock Theatre. The ad hoc committee on the future of the 110-year-old downtown theater voted 6-2 Wednesday afternoon to recommend that the full council enter into negotiations with Art House Cinema and its founder and president, Matt Blakeslee. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Panelists tell of racism, talk about ways to bring change

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At panel discussion about racism Tuesday night, Jerry Clark said he didn’t think about race growing up in Barbados, where he and most everyone else was of African heritage. He said he learned about racism when he moved to South Florida at the age of 15, and then more formally during his years at college. When he moved to Billings, where he works for RiverStone Health, he said, he learned about another aspect of racial prejudice. (more…) Continue Reading →

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