In 1986, when I was a junior at Richland High School in North Richland Hills, Texas, the local chapter of the NAACP came to my school with a request: It wanted us to drop the Confederate flag from our letterhead, our uniforms, the middle of our gym floor. Continue Reading →
Eight times a year, on average, the Billings Police Department deploys its Special Weapons and Tactics team, 12 officers wearing heavy armor and toting semiautomatic and automatic weapons.
In almost all cases, they are executing high-risk search warrants at the homes of suspected drug dealers, and they roll up in the BEAR, the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Department’s 35,000-pound Ballistic Engineered Armored Response vehicle.
Last Memorial Day, Billings Senior High graduate Ryan Seitz was in Texas, hanging out on a lake near Austin.
He and Daniel Skaggs had covered 14,000 miles in three months, following the film festival circuit to promote their documentary, “Freeload.” Continue Reading →
Barely 48 hours after being chosen as the new Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Montana, Amanda Curtis stopped in Billings briefly to cheer on supporters of a nondiscrimination ordinance.
Curtis, a Billings native and Butte schoolteacher serving her first term in the Montana House, spoke Monday evening on the steps of the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Continue Reading →
RED LODGE — A group of Clarks Fork Valley landowners appealed to the Carbon County Commission on Monday to create a special zoning district that would protect them from the impacts of oil and gas development.
“We’re not here to stop it,” organic farmer Bonnie Martinell told the commission. “We want it done correctly.” Continue Reading →
A huge windstorm nearly canceled a show by Rick Springfield at the Fallon County Fair in Baker on Saturday, but an improvised concert was quickly arranged and became “a once-in-a-lifetime” experience. Continue Reading →
I suppose I should explain why I decided to take photographs of panhandlers.
But first let me explain what the collection of photos is not. It is not, for starters, an attempt to weigh in on the whole question of whether you should give money to panhandlers. Continue Reading →
Glancing down any given residential street in Billings this summer, you might have thought a political campaign was in full swing.
But those signs in what seems like every other yard are advertising roofing companies, not politicians. And that explains the sound you are likely to hear on any given street, too — the rat-a-tat-tat of nail guns attaching tarpaper and shingles to hail-damaged roofs. Continue Reading →
Now that John Walsh has dropped his campaign to become elected to the U.S. Senate, we still have a chance to elect a real conservative this fall.
I don’t mean Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Daines’ brief tenure in the U.S. House has offered abundant evidence that he is not really conservative at all. Continue Reading →
Greg Brown has always been inclined toward solitary pursuits. The 65-year-old singer-songwriter still loses himself in the pure feeling of fishing.
When Brown performs Sunday at the Myrna Loy Center, in Helena, his mission will be more than just music — it will be about sharing that pure feeling. Continue Reading →