David Crisp: Sorting out transgender debate


One thing about state Rep. Eric Moore, R-Miles City: When he gets things wrong, he gets them wrong in a big way.

We all make mistakes, but rarely do we get as many things wrong in one place as Moore did in his guest opinion in the Billings Gazette on Tuesday. His first sentence, in which he describes the decrepitude of advancing age, is just about the last thing he gets right in a piece about transgender rights in public schools. Continue Reading →


Fort Peck Tribal Council backs N. Carolina transgender law


The Fort Peck Tribal Council has passed a resolution in support of a bitterly contested North Carolina law governing use of public restrooms by transgendered people.

The council passed the resolution on Monday by a 9-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by Tony Shields, who said in an email that he probably would reluctantly sign off on the final resolution. He said he considered the resolution a moot point because the Fort Peck Tribes have no authority over schools. Continue Reading →

Nashville hitmakers headline Red Lodge songwriter festival


Some of the biggest names behind the biggest names in Nashville will be performing in Red Lodge next month.

The occasion is the first Red Lodge Songwriter Festival, set for Thursday-Saturday, June 23-25, and it will feature songwriters who have penned hits for Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, among others. Continue Reading →

Opinion: As Gianforte shows, money can’t buy everything


There was a recent French movie called “Marguerite,” about a wealthy aristocrat who decided to become an opera singer, based on a true story. Marguerite Dumont hired the best music teacher money could buy and set to work to achieve her goal, but unfortunately, she had no natural singing ability whatsoever. She was tone deaf, and nobody around her could convince her otherwise. Continue Reading →

Montana Ethic Project: Many reasons to grow, eat local food


This is the 12th chapter of the 32-part video series “The Montana Ethic Project.” This chapter features Bruce Smith, Dawson County extension agent, talking about “Montana’s Food Economy.” You can watch the whole video below. Here is how it begins:
“Montanans spend over $3 billion a year on food. However, all of the agricultural production in the state, all of the vegetables, the grain and the livestock that we produce doesn’t add up to $3 billion. Of our food production in the 1950s, 70 percent of what Montanans ate came from in Montana. Continue Reading →

Prairie Lights: New book full of amazing Montana women


When I got to the third paragraph of a new book from the Montana Historical Society Press, I was hooked.

Beyond Schoolmarms and Madams: Montana Women’s Stories” is a collection of 98 short pieces about notable women or topics germane to the history of women in Montana. The first piece is titled “Nineteenth-Century Indigenous Women Warriors,” and here’s that third paragraph: Continue Reading →