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Sen. Daines, USDA release new brucellosis testing guidelines

BELGRADE - U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, along with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), released new brucellosis testing guidelines at a ranch in Belgrade Wednesday. The new testing guidelines are a push to support Montana ranchers and agriculture by expanding research and improving strategies to wipe out and decrease the effects of brucellosis, according to a release from Sen. Daines' Office. Sen. Daines' Office's release says prior to the new testing guidelines, researchers ability to … Continue Reading


Ground broken on $10M Anaconda hotel designed to spur economic growth

ANACONDA - The ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 million hotel on a windy day in Anaconda is the first step in bringing about economic recovery to a city that was devastated by contamination and the loss of industry. "We've waited 40 years for this to happen, we need to get the deal done," said Anaconda Chief Executive Bill Everett. The deal was reached in an EPA-led consent decree that outlined an agreement that the Atlantic-Richfield Co. would pay for the hotel, a $3 million RV park, and $… Continue Reading


Daines awarded 'Friend of Farm Bureau' award for work in US senate

MONTANA - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined the United States Department of Agriculture, under Secretary Greg Ibach, on Wednesday at a ranch outside of Belgrade to announce new testing guidelines for brucellosis. According to the senator's office, this will help expand research and improve efforts to eradicate the disease and reduce its impacts on Montana ranchers and Montana agriculture. Daines was joined by Montana agriculture leaders, including the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana F… Continue Reading


Paradise Valley ridge named in honor of fallen Air Force pilots

A ridge east of Paradise Valley where a bomber crashed in 1962 has officially been named "B-47 Ridge" in honor of the four Air Force pilots who died there. President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan B-47 Designation Act into law on Tuesday. The bill honors Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. David Sutton and Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, who died in a plane crash in 1962. The crew took off from the Dyess Air Force Base in Texas on July 23, 1962, for a training mission. During the flight, the… Continue Reading


Daines thanks firefighters

Toward the end of a fire season that set records for acres burned and firefighters deployed, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and U.S. Undersecretary of Agriculture Jim Hubbard visited the Missoula Smokejumper Base to say thanks. "This fire year has been one of those that got a lot of attention," Hubbard said during a brief ceremony at the Smokejumper aircraft hangar on Tuesday. "Our season is still far from over in California. The weather and vegetation will continue to keep it active." Daines' staf… Continue Reading


EPA's Benevento, Daines join Anaconda hotel groundbreaking

Progress rode into Anaconda on a sharp west wind Tuesday. At a building site at Polk Street and Highway 1, gusts kept blowing down the pictures of the $10 million Forge Hotel and new Barclay's II Restaurant, but there were plenty of hands to keep putting them back up. Best of all, the pictures were backed up by an EPA consent decree and settlement with the Smelter City, and real money. Bill Everett, Anaconda chief executive; Doug Benevento, acting deputy administrator of the EPA; and U.S. Sen.… Continue Reading


Daines visits Butte to talk cleanup

BUTTE, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines came to Butte Tuesday morning, joined by Chief Executive Dave Palmer, to further discuss cleanup developments moving forward. While no plans were outlined, Daines expressed his desire to one day get Butte off the Superfund list. The Environmental Protection Agency also joined the meeting and announced the next steps moving forward. "You folks made it happen," said Gregory Sopkin, regional administrator for Region 8. "It's your community. You deserve better cle… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines thanks firefighters for record-setting effort

MISSOULA - Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is thanking firefighters for their tremendous efforts during what has turned out to be a record-breaking fire season across the U.S. and he's once more promising the Senate will act on a series of sweeping reforms to improve forest management. Sen. Daines made those comments Tuesday, stopping in Missoula with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Jim Hubbard to thank the "smokejumpers" and other personnel for their work during an especially fierce fire season that sa… Continue Reading


Fix For Sidney & Kinsey Irrigation Districts Heads To President Trump

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday unanimously passed a measure from Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to ensure the Sidney and Kinsey Irrigation Districts continue receiving affordable power that enables irrigation. "This critical legislation ensures many family farms in eastern Montana have access to reliable irrigation, and I look forward to President Trump signing it into law," Gianforte said. "Agriculture is Montana's top industry, and I'll continue working hard to protect it." "… Continue Reading


Daines’ bipartisan bill to protect Montana Veterans from scam artists passes Senate Committee

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that his bipartisan bill protecting Montana veterans and their families from pension poachers passed out of the U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. "The fact that scam artists are taking advantage of Montana veterans - our nation's heroes - and their families is beyond disappointing. It's reprehensible," Daines said. "I'm glad to see my bipartisan bill which will protect Montana veterans and their families from pension poachers is one step closer to being… Continue Reading


Daines Meets with “Minivan Mom” Supreme Court Nominee

Montana's Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) met with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee- Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Judicial nominations, particularly Supreme Court nominations, have been front and center for Daines since he was first elected to the US Senate in 2014, and is now a centerpiece of his 2020 re-election campaign as well. He describes Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a "brilliant jurist and a minivan mom." He added: "She is the kind of jurist that Montanans will look up to, someone they'd … Continue Reading


Daines to meet Thursday with Supreme Court nominee

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he will meet Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which comes amid a debate over whether it was proper for the president to offer a candidate for the seat weeks away from Election Day. President Donald J. Trump nominated Barrett, 48, to fill the vacancy created by the Sept, 18 death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump called Barrett "a woman of remarkable intellect and character." Daines, R-Mont., said he was looking forward to his meet… Continue Reading


Trump energy secretary sees good future for struggling Colstrip coal plant

The Trump administration's top energy official spoke highly of the future of coal ahead of his visit to Colstrip Friday morning. U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette told Q2 News in an interview Thursday that he sees good things for the Colstrip coal-fired plant, which saw its two oldest units shut down earlier this year. Two others remain operating, but declining demand has created uncertainty. "We've looked at it from a number of different viewpoints at the Department of Energy. It's part o… Continue Reading


EXCLUSIVE: Senator Steve Daines to meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett Thursday

As the nomination process moves on to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat, the office of Senator Steve Daines confirms he will be meeting with President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell is confident Barrett can be confirmed before the November election. Daines has said that this judge is a judge who will represent Montanans. "We're going to talk about the importance of upholding the rule of law and not legislating from the bench… Continue Reading


Professional Baseball Agreement expires, but Pioneer League still confident about future

BILLINGS - It wasn't D-Day for the many Minor League Baseball franchises still facing uncertainty for 2021, but Wednesday marked the crossing of an important threshold in regard to the future of professional baseball in Montana and beyond. With the expiration of the Professional Baseball Agreement, the contract that has governed the working relationship between Major League Baseball and MiLB for the past 30 years, it's getting closer to decision time for the fate of the Pioneer League, which is… Continue Reading


Colstrip and Billings Landing a Visit by Trump’s Energy Secretary

President Trump's Secretary of Energy is coming to Montana later this week. According to the Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette and Senator Steve Daines' (R-MT) office, Colstrip and Billings will both serve as host to the member of President Trump's cabinet. Here's the latest details from the Department of Energy: On Thursday, October 1, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette will travel to Billings, Montana where he will engage with local officials and energy stakeholders in the state. … Continue Reading


VA Secretary Wilkie and Senator Daines Visit Missoula VA Clinic

Veterans Administration Secretary Robert Wilkie visited the Missoula Veterans Clinic on Palmer Street on Monday along with Montana Senator Steve Daines to deliver a message to all the staff members and employees, to thank them for their hard work in serving the growing population of western Montana veterans, especially during the COVID 19 pandemic. "It is a great pleasure for me to be here in Missoula with Senator Daines and our wonderful VA team and Dr. Hayman. I'm going to tell you that I'… Continue Reading


VA Secretary Wilkie praises veterans aid at Fort Harrison

HELENA - Robert Wilkie, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, said during a visit Monday to facilities in Montana that the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center has a 93% approval rating from clients. "There is nothing like it in the entire United States when it comes to patient satisfaction," he said at a news conference outside the facility, adding later that Forbes magazine recently listed the VA as the best employer in Montana. Wilkie was in Montana at the invitation of Repu… Continue Reading


Montana Ag Network: Pulse growers urge FDA transparency over canine DCM disease

BILLINGS - An upcoming symposium hosted by the federal Food & Drug Administration will address an FDA study linking pulse crops in dog food as a possible cause of enlarged heart disease in some. The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has been investigating the causes of canine dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM. And the investigation has been of significant interest to the pet food industry, pet owners and its supply chain which includes farmers like Gordon Stoner. "The pulse industry i… Continue Reading


Efforts made to prevent cuts to Amtrak Empire Builder rail amid coronavirus pandemic

Montana's congressional delegation is trying to derail plans by Amtrak to deal with impacts of the coronavirus by temporarily reducing runs of its Empire Builder, which glides across the Hi-Line and through northwest Montana and celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2019. On June 17, Amtrak officials said they will temporarily decrease service from seven days to three for several routes, including the Empire Builder, which runs along the Hi-Line with stations from Wolf Point to Libby. This will be… Continue Reading

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