Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines and Zinke Visit Local Tech Business

Montana’s U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke met with a high-tech company Wednesday morning to discuss factors leading to economic growth in Bozeman. The Republican lawmakers received a guided tour of FLIR Systems from Kevin Tucker, vice president of surveillance, and Randy Equall, vice president of laser systems and scientific materials. The company was founded as Scientific Materials in 1989 by Ralph Hutcheson. Hutcheson grew the synthetic ruby crystals used in the world’s first laser. Scientific Materials was bought by the Oregon-basd FLIR Systems in 2005, a company that specializes in thermal imaging cameras. Today, FLIR has about

The Hill: GOP Senator to Hold Roundtable on Aviation Funding

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is planning to hold a roundtable discussion on the future of the nation’s aviation spending, as Congress approaches a deadline for renewing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding. The FAA bill, which includes funding for air traffic controllers, is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30. Daines is scheduled to meet with “aviation stakeholders” on Thursday to discuss the upcoming deadline at Montana’s Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. ADVERTISEMENT “” frameborder=”0″ width=”300″ name=”google_ads_iframe_1107919/Content_300x250_Transportation_asynch_0″ marginwidth=”0″ scrolling=”no”> Daines office said in a statement that “discussion will include the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization and its impact on Montana’s aviation

Iran Deal Lacks in Transparency, Accountability

If Iran’s ultimate goal is to obtain a nuclear weapon, the deal reached by the Obama administration sets Iran on a course to do so.   From the time this deal is agreed to, Iran has ten years to fill their coffers with tens of billions of dollars from newly unsanctioned oil sales and pursue the research and development of nuclear capabilities.   As the world’s leader of state-sponsored terrorism, it will only be a matter of time before Iran achieves its ultimate goal: obtaining a nuclear weapon.   These are bipartisan concerns.   Top Democrat leaders from both the

Daines: New VA Service Animal Rule is a “Step in the Right Direction”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today commended news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised its rules regarding veterans’ ability to bring service animals to VA facilities. Veterans in some states, including Montana, have had difficulty bringing their animals into VA medical facilities. The VA’s new rule will put clear guidance in place that allows the presence of service animals at VA facilities across the United States. “While there is still work to be done, today’s announcement is a step in the right direction. I’m glad the VA has responded to my calls to ensure our veterans

Daines, Zinke Statements on Crow Tribe’s New Agreement in Gateway Pacific Terminal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke today released the following statement on the partnership between Cloud Peak Energy, the Crow Tribe of Indians and SSA Marine in the Gateway Pacific Terminal, located in the northwest corner of Washington State: “The Crow Tribe’s economic opportunities have long been tied with the future of the Gateway Pacific Terminal,” Daines stated. “With this announcement, the importance of this project to the Crow Tribe is greater than ever. It is imperative that the Army Corps of Engineers fully consider the Crow Tribe’s right to self-determination and the impact of this

KTVQ: Billings Soldier Receives Purple Heart 44 Years After Earning Award

A big day for a Vietnam veteran, 44 years after he was injured in the Au Shaw Valley. Appreciation and perseverance brought the Purple Heart Award to a former soldier from Billings. Corporal Rick Ketterling received four awards in front of the Montana Purple Heart Memorial on Thursday afternoon. In February 1971, Ketterling was with the 2nd Battalion of the 94th Artillery Regiment. Ketterling was burned and injured when a Howitzer malfunctioned and exploded, killing one of his fellow soldiers. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines presented Ketterling with the Purple Heart with his family and friends on hand to celebrate. “Kind

The Daily Inter Lake: Airport Gets Federal Grant for Upgrades

Glacier Park International Airport will receive nearly $4 million for critical construction and maintenance project, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. announced Friday. The $3,986,340 from the Federal Aviation Administration will go toward a full-scale reconstruction of the 3,500-foot cross runway and upgrades to the runway’s lighting system. “The construction won’t have any impact on commercial flights,” Airport Director Cindi Martin said. “We’ll begin work on Tuesday and it should be wrapped up by the end of October.” Knife River won the construction bid for the project. The smaller, secondary runway to undergo construction is used for smaller aircraft. The grant

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Montana FCCLA Participants

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored Montana students participating in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) who recently brought home a combined 31 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals from their STAR Event national conference in Washington, D.C. Daines met with representatives from Montana FCCLA when they were in Washington, D.C. for the national conference on July 8. Click here to download the picture. Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects

Daines Announces Nearly $4 Million in Funding for Glacier Park International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today announced nearly four million dollars in funding for critical construction and maintenance needs at Glacier Park International Airport. The Department of Transportation’s $3,986,340 grant will fund a full-depth reconstruction of the airport’s existing runway, as well as the rehabilitation of the runway’s lighting system. “Glacier Park International Airport provides critical transportation services to the entire Flathead Valley,” Daines stated. “This grant will ensure the airport is able to serve the region’s growing transportation needs and provide a reliable air service for the thousands of tourists who visit Glacier National Park and the Flathead