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'The West is burning.' Daines, Feinstein testify on Emergency Wildfire Act

In a political era when Republicans and Democrats rarely agree on anything, the catastrophic wildfire season now raging across the American west could prove compelling enough to rally bipartisan support for legislation to change how forests are managed. That is the hope of Sens. Steve Daines and Dianne Feinstein; one a Montana Republican the other a California Democrat, who on Wednesday spoke in common support of the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act, a bill that would substantively alte… Continue Reading


'Nothing left in the bucket': Wildfire resources run thin

Justin Silvera came off the fire lines in Northern California after a grueling 36 straight days battling wildfires and evacuating residents ahead of the flames. Before that, he and his crew had worked for 20 days, followed by a three-day break. Silvera, a 43-year-old battalion chief with Cal Fire, California's state firefighting agency, said he's lost track of the blazes he's fought this year. He and his crew have sometimes been on duty for 64 hours at a stretch, their only rest coming in 20-mi… Continue Reading


Daines wildfire bill would speed forestry work

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires helped set the stage for a Washington, D.C., hearing on a new wildfire and forest management bill backed by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. "The West is burning, people are dying, and the smoke is literally starting to cover our country," Republican Daines said during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday. "Our way of life as we know it is in danger." California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein partnered with Daines t… Continue Reading


Daines Successfully Secures Additional Resources for Montana Census

Trump administration responds to Daines' request U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that he has successfully secured additional support and resources from the Trump administration to improve Montana's census count. "Montana has so much at stake for the 2020 census including access to federal resources and even the potential for more representation in Congress," Daines said. "I'm glad to see the Trump administration act on my request to send more resources to our state to e… Continue Reading


U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Steve Daines Announce Senate Hearing for Bipartisan Wildfire Bill

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced their bipartisan Emergency Wildfire and Dianne FeinsteinPublic Safety Act has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on September 16, 2020. Feinstein and Daines recently wrote to the committee requesting a hearing for their bill. "More than 2 million acres have already burned this year in California, and the situation is getting worse by the day," said Feinstein. "This is a crisi… Continue Reading


Senator Daines on the Friday Montana Morning News Program

Montana Senator Steve Daines made a brief appearance on the KGVO Montana Morning News show on Friday to talk about a number of subjects. After saying he would be speaking later in the day at a 9-11 ceremony in Bozeman, Daines then spoke of the fires burning throughout the state, especially in Gallatin County, and how a bill he is sponsoring in the U.S. Senate may bring relief. "We're going to have a hearing on this bill that I introduced with Dianne Feinstein," said Daines. "Now, it's ki… Continue Reading


Western Senators Urge Colleagues to Delist Greater Yellowstone Grizzly Bears

At a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, several western senators advocated for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to be removed from the list of endangered species and for states to manage the species. The hearing focused on S.614, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, which U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. introduced in February 2019. The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to re-issue its 2017 decision to delist the grizzly bear in the Greater Y… Continue Reading


Yellowstone grizzly delisting bill gets Senate hearing

The fight over lifting federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears moved to a U.S. Senate committee room on Wednesday. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on S. 614, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act. The bill, introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, would direct federal officials to reissue the 2017 rule that removed Endangered Species Act protections from bears in the Yellowstone region. It would also bar any litigation over the move. The… Continue Reading


$11M grant awarded to Billings for Inner Belt Loop project

BILLINGS - Billings will receive an $11 million federal grant for a major infrastructure project, officials announced Thursday. The funding will go towards completing the Northwest Billings Connector and Marathon Loop. Funds will create nearly 25 miles of continuous parkways and improve access to residential and employment areas near Billings International Airport, according to a press release issued by U.S. Sen. Stave Daines. "This BUILD grant funding will help modernize infrastructure in Bil… Continue Reading


Daines backs grizzly delisting bill

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has co-sponsored a bill to remove Endangered Species Act protection from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and prevent any court challenge. The bill gets its first hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday morning. Fellow Republican Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming authored the 80-word Grizzly Bear Management Act of 2019, which would reissue the Department of Interior's 2017 delisting rule for Greater Yellowstone grizzlies "wi… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines leads push against minimum insurance increase

A contingent of U.S. Senators are standing up against a push to significantly increase the minimum insurance requirement for motor carriers. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and six of his colleagues sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in response to a provision added to House Democrats' version of a highway bill that would increase the liability insurance coverage requirement from $750,000 to $2 million per truck. "We ask that you refrain from includi… Continue Reading


Officials hope weather will help slow Bridger Foothills fire, but say work isn’t over

A fire that blew up over the weekend and burned 7,100 acres in the Bridgers continued growing slowly to the north on Sunday, and fire officials said there's a lot of unburned fuel there. The Bridger Foothills fire laid down Saturday night as cooler temperatures moved into Bozeman. But Sunday was another day with weather favorable for fire growth, and officials said helicopters were attacking a fire that picked up in the northwest corner of the burned area. Corey Lewellen, Bozeman district rang… Continue Reading


Washington Briefs

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines cosponsored legislation encouraging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to work with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to recruit medical personnel and professionals currently employed across military medical departments to work for the VA, providing jobs for Montana veterans. The VA reportedly has over 45,000 open positions. "Veterans serving veterans makes sense. My bill will help ensure Montanans making the transition from warrior to veteran have a job avail… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines briefed on Cinnabar, discusses new bill

MISSOULA, Mont. - Increasing costs of firefighting are depleting the U.S. Forest Service's budget. A bill by Senator Steve Daines aims to reduce the risk of wildfires before they begin. "This is about some common sense reforms that protect us against catastrophic wildfires," said Daines. The Cinnabar fire has been burning in western Montana for 16 days, and it's still zero percent contained. That's why Senator Daines toured the Fire Incident Command Post in Missoula. He received a br… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines visits Missoula school to view new sanitizing technology

(KPAX) Sen. Steve Daines was in Missoula on Friday to test and demonstrate how a new mobile sanitizing unit might be used in schools. Hellgate middle school played host to the event and students from the school put their backpacks and contents through the Kart Kleen UV disinfecting machines to show how it works. Kart Kleen is based in Missoula. Daines praised the efforts of a Montana company to come up with a Montana solution to the safe school's dilemma. He also said this is a great tool and … Continue Reading


Tech company expanding Bozeman operations with new building

A high-tech company in Bozeman is expanding into a new 62,000-square-foot facility off East Valley Center Road, where it will develop equipment that will be used in hundreds of military and civilian applications. FLIR Systems has three smaller facilities in the Bozeman area and is planning to consolidate them into a single building that is now under construction on Jamboree Way near Taco Bell and Comfort Suites. The new building, which will be finished next year, will let the company grow, sai… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines Announces Montana Assisted Living Facilities Now Eligible for New Funding Following Direct Request

, Sept. 3 -- Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, issued the following news release on Sept. 2: U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Montana's assisted living facilities may now apply for funding under the Provider Relief Fund to protect their patients and continue providing care throughout the pandemic. This follows Daines' direct request to the Administration to ensure assisted living facilities receive support under the Provider Relief Fund to care for and protect Montana's most vulnerabl… Continue Reading


Bozeman sensory tech company showcases new facility location

BOZEMAN, Mont. - FLIR, a Bozeman sensory technology company, gave Congressman Greg Gianforte and Sen. Steve Daines a tour of its new facility, which is under construction. The company is well-known for infrared and thermal imaging. FLIR designs and manufactures cameras and sensors using heat technology. The company grows crystals, which are used in their laser products. Multiple agencies benefit from the technology, including firefighters, law enforcement, search and rescue and border patrol.… Continue Reading


Pioneer League awaits next move with Professional Baseball Agreement set to expire

BILLINGS - It's crunch time for Minor League Baseball in its effort to negotiate a new Professional Baseball Agreement with Major League Baseball, but answers are few and far between about the future of the Pioneer League and other MiLB clubs in limbo. The 30-year PBA is set to expire at the end of September - 27 days, officially - and the Pioneer League, which has been in operation in Montana and surrounding states for more than 80 years, is among those short-season coalitions in danger of los… Continue Reading


Daines announces over $7 million in expanded unemployment funding

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund approved $7,816,794 for the State of Montana to provide financial assistance to Montanans who have lost wages due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the $6,779,366distributed to the State of Montana last week. "This critical funding will help the thousands of Montanans who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and give them the support they need to get through these tough times," Daine… Continue Reading

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