Chilly start, beautiful day for Montana Women’s Run


Once the runners, walkers and strollers started moving, Saturday’s chilly breeze became an afterthought for participants in the 36th annual Montana Women’s Run.

The event, which started in 1982 in Pioneer Park, now takes over downtown Billings on the day before Mother’s Day. Participants in the 5-mile run/walk started at 8 a.m. and the 2-milers took off at 9 a.m.

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Opinion: The unspoken crux of the health-care debate

Bruce Lohof

Seven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and more than six months after the election of a repeal-and-replace majority in Washington, the health care quarrel remains unresolved. And now it’s leaking into Montana’s special congressional election.

Here’s why. Most Montanans believe in universal health care; many of them don’t want to admit it, though, and most don’t realize that they’re already paying for it. Continue Reading →

Opinion: In House race, questions of wealth, geography

Evan Barrett

What separates Greg Gianforte from the rest of us? Geography, issues and wealth.

Montana is large and diverse: 144,000 square miles, 56 counties, 537 unincorporated towns and communities, 130 incorporated cities and towns, and 118,405 businesses (3078 large; 115,326 small). At the same time, Montana has only three members of Congress to represent our wide social, economic and geographic diversity. Continue Reading →

Montana journalists, eat your carrots


One hundred years ago this summer in Butte, labor organizer Frank Little was, as his tombstone reminds us, “slain by capitalist interests for organizing and inspiring his fellow men.” So it was fitting that the Enemy of the People gathered last weekend in Butte to organize and inspire each other. Continue Reading →