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05.03.20

Gazette Opinion: Among COVID pratfalls, a pirouette

The COVID crisis should transcend politics. After all, more than 60,000 Americans have died and more than 1.1 million of us have been sickened. Astonishingly, most people agree those numbers are conservative. But of course it is political. The infighting has been intense and greatly counterproductive. On every level, too, we've seen examples of dubious policy decisions. Across the country, we citizens have witnessed far less reliance on public health experts and sound science than we'd like as… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Senator Daines adds $310B to PPP funding for small businesses

HELENA - The Office of Senator Steve Daines announced Daines obtained an extra $310 billion dollars for the Paycheck Protection Program accessible to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. According to a release from the Office of Senator Steve Daines, more than 13,000 small businesses in the state have collected a total of more than $1.4 billion in PPP funding all together as of April 16.… Continue Reading


04.28.20

Town Hall panelists talk vaccines, energy, music

BIG SKY - The fifth installment of the weekly EBS virtual Town Hall meetings featured a diverse panel of speakers that touched on a number of topics ranging from vaccines to live and virtual musical performances. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, who is originally from Bozeman, brought a Capitol Hill perspective recapping the series of aid packages and legislation that have been passing through the federal government to support those struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Daines said he's been fighting… Continue Reading


04.27.20

Montana Ag Network: Ranchers request investigation into cattle markets

BILLINGS - The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) and 22 other state cattlemen's associations signed a letter requesting an investigation of beef pricing margins by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which resulted from two recent extreme market shifts due to a packing plant fire in Holcomb, Kansas, in August 2019, and more recently due to COVID-19. Fred Wacker is the MSGA president from Miles City and says they believe determining evidence of any fraudulent business practices within the… Continue Reading


04.25.20

Nearly three quarters of US senators call on Trump administration to help local news

New York (CNN Business)United States Senators have a new idea to boost struggling local news outlets in their home states: Ads from the federal government. Nearly three-quarters of the US Senate have signed a letter to the Trump administration encouraging various agencies to "increase advertising in local newspapers and on broadcast stations in order to help ensure they are able to continue to operate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic." More than half of the members of the US House of Represent… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Daines secures $19 billion for Ag

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that USDA will be providing $19 billion in assistance for farmers and ranchers hurting from challenging market conditions due to the Coronavirus pandemic through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Part of the funding will go to help Montana's cattle producers who have seen a drastic decline in cattle markets during the pandemic. This follows Daines' request earlier this month to USDA Secretary Perdue urging immediate action for Montana's ran… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Sen. Daines, Tester, Rep. Gianforte add all MT bars under Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, all of Montana, announced Friday all bars in the state may now qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program. "Montana's 2,400 taverns and bars have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic which has impacted over 40,000 Montana jobs," Daines said in a release. "I fought hard to ensure Montana's taverns and bars are eligible for the same relief as other small businesses across the state to keep their workers em… Continue Reading


04.24.20

UM scientists work to develop COVID-19 vaccine, receive $2.5M from NIH

MISSOULA - The University of Montana's Center for Translational Medicine is working on a possible vaccine for COVID-19 right now. To fund the fight against COVID-19, the National Institute of Health awarded UM's department $2.5 million dollars. The principal investigator on the two-year award is Dr. Jay Evans, the center director and a research professor in UM's Division of Biological Sciences. "When the call came from NIH in February to shift focus and develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, we… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Montana veterans will now receive direct checks automatically

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that Montana veterans and their beneficiaries who receive VA benefits will be receiving their direct checks automatically without having to do anything extra from the Department of Treasury. This follows Daines urging both Treasury and Veterans Affairs Departments to work together to get the direct checks to Montana veterans the fastest and most effective way possible. "This is great news for our Montana veterans and their families who have given so much … Continue Reading


04.23.20

University of Montana researchers working toward COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Montana are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Montana has become a leader in vaccine development, ever since a team led by Jay Evans joined UM in 2016, after pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline downsized its operations in Hamilton, and the research team moved to Missoula. Evans and his team at UM's Center for Translational Medicine began working on the vaccine a… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Daines Visits UM on COVID Vaccine – then to Hellgate Elementary

The Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify and advance a COVID 19 vaccine. Montana Senator Steve Daines visited the campus on Thursday and received a tour of the center and spoke to the researchers about the effort to find a COVID 19 vaccine. "I had an outstanding brief from the scientists at the University of Montana who are doing cutting edge research on developing a vaccine for … Continue Reading


04.23.20

Montana lands $5M from CDC to enhance testing as it begins phased reopening

Montana received a funding boost from the Centers for Disease Control on Thursday to enhance its testing capabilities as it prepares for a phased reopening and works to reboot its economy. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said the state will receive $5 million in funding earmarked for enhanced contact tracing and testing, and to protect vulnerable populations and high risk individuals. Gov. Steve Bullock laid out his plans for the phased approach this week. The state's stay-at-home order will… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Daines talks reopening Montana, Washington relief

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., outlined the importance of a phased reopening of the Montana economy while discussing COVID-19 relief efforts on Capitol Hill during a virtual chat with the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning. Daines said the good news is that Montana has seen a steady decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases - with zero reported on Sunday and just four on Monday - but the bad news is the statewide shutdown has resulted in 75,000 unemployed Montanans. "We prepared for … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Montana adds 4 COVID-19 cases, total now 437 -- and 273 recoveries

Four new cases of coronavirus were reported in Montana on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 437. And of those, 273 cases have recovered and there have been 12 deaths due to the respiratory illness. The state reports at covid19.mt.gov there are 14 who remain hospitalized out of 59 hospitalizations and 11,241 tests have been performed. That's an increase of 190 tests from Monday. Also on Tuesday, the governor said he was able to get more masks, shields and other protective gear for health c… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Town Hall talks COVID-19, reopening Montana with key players

BIG SKY - The fourth installment of EBS's virtual Town Hall meetings brought key voices to the weekly conversation, kicking off the evening with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. The state executive joined the meeting in between conversations with business leaders, public health experts and others to determine the best way to roll out a phased reopening anticipated to begin April 25, the day following the termination of the governor's stay-at-home directive. Bullock echoed statements he made in his o… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Montana senators optimistic about economic recovery

MISSOULA - Montana's senators are optimistic about how the state will rebound from the coronavirus shutdown. But they're also saying it will take a phased approach, geared to the different circumstances. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have had some differing viewpoints over how everyone is dealing with the pandemic. Tester has been more critical of the rollout of stimulus funds and assistance, while Daines is more praiseworthy of the efforts to help individuals and businesses. And while … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Daines Helps Secure $480 Billion for Hospitals – Small Business

Montana Senator Steve Daines held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon from his office in Washington just after the U.S. Senate voted on more funding to provide help for Montanans struggling during the COVID 19 crisis. "Just literally minutes ago the U.S. Senate passed a very important package of over $480 billion of additional relief," he said. "This will be targeted in some key areas. There's $25 billion for testing, and Montana will be receiving over $16 million for developing, administer… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Senate approves $500 billion COVID-19 relief bill after bipartisan deal

(AP) - Congress has reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. The US Senate voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday with a small group of senators pushing the bill through in whats known as a "pro forma session." Sen. Rand Paul spoke up to say he objected to the bill being voted on without the full Senate, but stopped short of forcing the entire Senate to return to Washington. The bill now moves to the House. The measure would re… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Montana Ag Network (Mon Apr 20)

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Monday, April 20, 2020. #1 Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide $19 Billion dollars to provide relief for farmers, ranchers, and consumers. "This new $19 Billion program will take several immediate actions to assists farmers, ranchers and concerns in response to the COVID-19 national emergency," Perdue stated during a White House COVID-19 press conference. North Dako… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Daines discusses re-opening Montana's economy in virtual town hall

Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a virtual town hall Friday to provide and update on the COVID-19 pandemic and what he's been doing to combat it, as well as hear from the public. "I want to hear your opinions and get your voices on these issues that are important during this pandemic and also to help you get answers about protecting your health, your safety, your finances, not just for yourself, but for your family, your friends, your loved ones," Daines said. Daines started with the latest dea… Continue Reading

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