In one of my alternate lives, I teach German, so I was fired up on Election Night when I learned that my favorite German call-in talk show was going to discuss the topic (loosely translated) of “Why did Barack Obama Crash and Burn?” Continue Reading →
Progress is being made in the effort to preserve more than 100 murals painted on the walls of Billings Senior High School.
Representatives of the class of 1964, which had its 50th reunion this summer, were planning to present a check for $1,755 to Principal Dennis Holmes Thursday afternoon.
Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
I hope we all don’t brag too much about our October 2014 weather. I have already warned the Fishtail coffee klatch on this, because we might regret it. Instead, in our out-of-state conversations, we should emphasize the depths to which the thermometer drops come winter, and we need to mention how many seasonal jobs we all have to work in order to live here. Continue Reading →
Every year on Veterans Day, I cringe at the knowledge that well-meaning people are going to wallpaper Facebook and Twitter with heartfelt tributes to the heroes who have served our country.
I cringe because as a veteran myself, I know the truth about the average military personnel. Most of the people I met in the military were good people. They showed up and did their job. They didn’t cause problems. They were generally a pleasure to work with. In other words, they were average people. In other words, not heroes. Continue Reading →
True story: In the early 1980s, when I was living in Butte, I was in Billings one weekend to play hockey.
I was driving down Montana Avenue with a couple of other players, at a time when the avenue had probably never looked worse. The Rex restaurant was there, as it is now, and there were a handful of other businesses, mostly secondhand stores, but not much else. Continue Reading →
I said two weeks ago that there was always something on an election ballot that made me feel good about voting.
This year, there were two things in particular: voting against the legislative referendum that would have ended Election Day voter registration and voting for state Supreme Court Justice Mike Wheat. Continue Reading →
Lisa Graham has been a huge fan of roller derby for most of her life. She’s got a ticket stub in her wallet to prove it.
The ticket was for a Jan. 16, 1988, bout between the Los Angeles Thunderbirds and the Detroit Devils at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The front and back of the ticket bear the autographs of most the L.A. team’s stars. Continue Reading →
Korine Fujiwara will be going back to her roots when she performs with the Carpe Diem String Quartet at the Alberta Bair Theater on Saturday evening.
The 1985 graduate of Billings Senior High first performed on that stage in high school, when she played in the violin section of the Billings Symphony Orchestra, when the venue was still called the Fox Theatre. She is also coming back to the place where the two streams of her family joined to make her the musician she is. Continue Reading →
In his Sunday column in the Billings Gazette, editor Darrell Ehrlick dropped this nugget, just two days before the election: Prior to September’s debate in Billings between U.S. House candidates Ryan Zinke and John Lewis, Zinke said, “John plays the guitar. I waterboard.” Continue Reading →
Eight years ago, Mike Uhrich opened Carter’s Brewing in downtown Billings. The craft brewery was named for his son, Carter, then 6 months old.
This Thursday, he’ll be pouring a brand-new beer, this one named for his 3½-year-old son, Mason. He’s starting with one batch of 10 barrels, or 326 gallons. If it does well, he might make it a couple of times a year. Continue Reading →