Montana author Ivan Doig had died. He was 75. According to reports, Doig died of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, from which he'd suffered for eight years. Doig was born in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, to a family of homesteaders and ranch hands. He was living in Seattle at the time of his death.

Many of his novels were set in Montana. The 'McKaskill trilogy' that consisted of English Creek, Dancing at the Rasscal Fair, and Ride with Me, Mariah Montana, covered Montana's statehood.

The Center for the American West awarded Doig the prestigious Wallace Stegner Award in 2007. He was also awarded the Western Literature Association’s lifetime Distinguished Achievement award.