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09.06.20

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


09.05.20

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


09.04.20

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


09.04.20

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


09.03.20

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


09.03.20

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


09.03.20

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


09.02.20

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


09.02.20

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


08.28.20

Daines secures over $9 million to support COVID-19 testing, staffing, PPE for Montana nursing homes

U.S. Senator Steve Daines has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) distributed $9,797,300 to 70 nursing homes in Montana to support increased testing for COVID-19, staffing, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs. "This critical funding will support COVID-19 testing, staffing, and PPE needs for our nursing homes across Montana," Daines said. "I'm committed to ensuring that Montana's most vulnerable and those who care for them are protected throughout the … Continue Reading


08.28.20

Daines asks state for more data on COVID-19 cases, deaths at senior facilities

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is asking Gov. Steve Bullock's office to release more information on COVID-19 cases and deaths within Montana's senior care facilities. Daines announced Friday that he had sent a letter to Bullock, saying the state's data was giving "an incomplete picture of the impact of COVID-19 on Montana's senior communities." "In order to help mitigate the number of lives lost moving forward, I encourage you to make public cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in long-term care facilitie… Continue Reading


08.27.20

A U.S. senator, two cops and two kids meet at a gas station…

Earlier this week, Columbus Police Officer Jason Ferguson and Stillwater County Sheriff's Deputy Clay Waltner got a thank you that neither is likely to forget. While on duty at the Columbus Town Pump, the two men found themselves eye to eye with United States Sen. Steve Daines, who approached them to offer his thanks for their service. Daines was on his way back to Bozeman at the time and made an impression. "What a cool guy. Senator Daines came up and thanked Clay Waltner and I for the job w… Continue Reading


08.26.20

Daines weighs in on Montana schools sports fan restrictions

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has weighed in on whether Montana schools should allow fans at sporting events. In a recent Facebook post, Daines said parents should be allowed to watch their children play fall sports. Daines called on Gov. Steve Bullock, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in the upcoming election, to develop a statewide plan for allowing parents to participate from the bleachers. "As a dad of 4, I can't imagine missing out on watching my kids play sports," Daines states. "I'v… Continue Reading


08.26.20

Daines talks with local leaders about local concerns

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines listens during a meeting with local officials Tuesday in the meeting room at Bear Paw Development Corp. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., stopped in Havre Tuesday to continue his tour to visit all 56 counties of Montana to discuss with local leaders about what is going on in the area. Several local officials and leaders met with Daines at the Bear Paw Development Corp. meeting room, with much, but not all, of the discussion related tot he COVID-19 pandemic. Daines is running … Continue Reading


08.26.20

Montana Ag Network: Ranchers working to prevent catastrophic wildfires

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are 93 active large wildfires currently burning across the U.S., which have charred over 1.8 million acres. And ranchers are working with Congress and the Trump administration on the need to prevent these catastrophic wildfires in the future. Kaitlynn Glover is the executive director of NCBA's Natural Resources and the Public Lands Council and says even though fire is a natural part of the ecosystem, preventing these catastrophic wildfire… Continue Reading


08.25.20

Pilot who died in helicopter crash fighting Oregon fire identified as Bozeman man

BOZEMAN- U.S. Senator Steve Daines on Tuesday issued the following statement after learning Tom Duffy, a firefighting pilot from Bozeman, died while fighting the White River Fire in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. "I am saddened to hear about the passing of Bozeman's very own Tom Duffy," Daines said. "Tom Duffy tragically passed fighting the fires at Mt. Hood National Forest in service of the people of Oregon. Cindy and I offer our prayers to Tom's family and loved ones." Earlier Tue… Continue Reading


08.25.20

Senate Probe Boosts Effort to Rein in Land Tax Shelters (3)

Tax-advantaged land deals known as syndicated conservation easements are set up solely for tax avoidance and will continue to cost the government billions in lost revenue if allowed in their current form, a Senate Finance Committee investigation found. A bipartisan report, released Tuesday, compared the deals to inserting a dollar into a vending machine and getting two back. It sets the stage for Congress to pass legislation to stop abusive versions of these transactions, which have been under … Continue Reading


08.25.20

Internet access more important than ever for rural Montana

Bad internet could have parents choosing between their child's safety or their education. "You know there are some families that just don't have internet and they rely on the school for their kids to get access to technology," said Scott Chauvet, superintendent for Geyser Public Schools. One in 3 Montanan's lack access to reliable broadband. And in a time where so many students are learning from home, that access has become more crucial than ever. "It's really important that we're able to tea… Continue Reading


08.23.20

Daines and Tester secure over $15 million for Montana communities to support jobs, economic development amide COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will be directing $3,900,000 through the EDA's CARES Act Recovery Assistance program and $11,209,000 through the EDA's CARES Act Recovery Assistance Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) to support Montana communities, small businesses and jobs amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "This funding is about empowering Montana small business owners whose operations have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-1… Continue Reading


08.22.20

Daines Visits New YWCA Shelter called The Meadowlark

Montana Senator Steve Daines toured the new YWCA shelter under construction on South Third Street West called 'The Meadowlark' on Friday, that is being built with innovative financing called New Market Tax Credits. At the site headed up by Sirius Construction, YWCA Executive Director Cindy Weese outlined the purpose of the $12 million facility. "For 20 years the YWCA has operated a domestic violence shelter out of a seven bedroom three bath house in a residential neighborhood where we serve hu… Continue Reading

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