Scotsman’s love of Montana tempered by misgivings

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I first visited Montana, from my home in Scotland, in 1993, and it’s fair to say that I fell in love with the place. So much so that, over the next 21 years, I would return another five times.

At one stage, I seriously considered crossing the Atlantic and living there permanently. My career presented no problems. I was a creator and writer of newspaper comic strips and, theoretically, could work from anywhere in the world. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone Rep Theatre ends season with big hit

The Yellowstone Repertory Theatre is ending its first season with the theatrical equivalent of a walk-off home run, an engaging and memorable production of a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

On opening night of “Crimes of the Heart,” Craig Huisenga, one of the theater’s founding members along with Dina Brophy and Caitlin Hart, assured the audience that a second season is coming. Continue Reading →

Look for hard-fought, well-funded U.S. Senate race

HELENA — The results of June 5 primary elections gave some clues as to the mood of Montana’s electorate, and all signs points to another competitive — and expensive — U.S. Senate race this fall.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale, who ran much of his primary campaign as though he was the frontrunner, confirmed that position last week by easily defeating former Billings Judge Russ Fagg, Big Sky businessman Troy Downing and Kalispell surgeon Al Olszewski in the four-way Republican U.S. Senate primary. Continue Reading →

Voices from the Valley: Sonia Davis

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Voices from the Valley is an occasional series of conversations between Sherri Cornett and Billings-area leaders who are committed to creating a vibrant community for all. 

Sonia Davis is a co-founder of Billings SURJ, a chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, and the Senior High School speech and debate coach. She spoke compassionately with me about white people addressing injustice, and about mutual respect, standing up for each other and the wisdom of youth. Continue Reading →

Prairie Lights: Blessed by immigrants in our midst

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Supporters of refugee resettlement, for good reason, tend to focus on all the good things that we can do for people who come here from other countries.

On Friday, as I listened to Wilmot Collins, who entered the United States as a Liberian refugee and is now the mayor of Helena, it occurred to me that we should also spend some time considering how good it is for us to have refugees in our midst. Continue Reading →