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Senator Daines surprises service members at airport with lunch

BOZEMAN - The Montana National Guard is at the Bozeman International Airport making sure nobody is coming through who is sick, but today they got an unexpected visitor. "We're screening passengers who are incoming making sure they're not bringing home any symptoms of COVID-19," said Drew Wajer, a technical sergeant with the Montana Air National Guard Keeping COVID-19 out of Montana is no easy task. The Montana National Guard has been hard at work since the beginning of April and today they had… Continue Reading


Lawmaker serves good eats, good news amid COVID-19 pandemic

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines has been bringing good news to Montanans every chance he gets. Amid disheartening stories surrounding the coronavirus across Montana, Sen. Daines brought catered lunch to the state's National Guard troops serving at the Bozeman airport. The meals, he stated, were an expression of appreciation for protecting Montana communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Montana's U.S. senator also shared two big National Guard announcements. "It's an honor to be here today to deliver… Continue Reading


Republican Senators Demand Answers From WHO For Its Role In China’s Coronavirus Coverup

Seven Republican senators are demanding answers from the World Health Organization surrounding its "role in helping the Chinese Communist Party cover up information regarding the threat of the Coronavirus." "Ahead of an anticipated congressional hearing, we write today to request information regarding the WHO's failed and delayed response to the Coronavirus," the senators wrote in a letter Tuesday addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Information demanded from the senat… Continue Reading


Steve Daines: Relying on China for Medicine ‘Detrimental’ to Public Health

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to take executive action to strengthen America's medical and pharmaceutical supply chain. "The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear how relying upon China for medicine, or essential medical equipment and components is detrimental to our national security and endangers public health," Daines wrote in his letter to President Trump. "It is critically important to ensure that legislation is fully implemented as quic… Continue Reading


Steve Daines Urges Trump to Use ‘Executive Powers’ to End U.S. Reliance on Chinese Drugs

Senator Steve Daines (R., Mont.) asked President Trump to use "executive powers and existing authorities" as part of an effort to reinforce domestic pharmaceutical supply chains in the wake of the Wuhan coronavirus. "Moving forward, it is important that we incentivize innovation and the development of essential medical supplies and equipment in the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," Daines wrote in the Friday letter, adding that "ceding this position of global leadership to China" woul… Continue Reading


As travel shut down, Bozeman brothers raced home to say goodbye

Julian and Nicholas MacKay needed to get home to Bozeman. The brothers grew up here, but have lived on and off in Russia for more than a decade, studying ballet and now working there. They usually make trips to Montana in the summer when they get time off to see their parents, Gregory and Teresa. Last year, Gregory was diagnosed with cancer. A few weeks ago, his condition began to worsen. Julian, 22, said he and Nicholas knew they needed to see their dad "to say goodbye and to say thank you." … Continue Reading


Despite challenges, local small businesses seeing relief money

By Wednesday, Montana banks had made about $500 million in loans to about 5,300 small businesses as part of a new federal program that began April 3. The federal government no longer releases state-level data on the initiative - called the paycheck protection program - which provides loans to businesses to help them remain open and avoid layoffs as they grapple with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. "We have been asked not to provide local data yet," said Brent Donnelly, depu… Continue Reading


Montana delegation secures over $100 million for Montana hospitals, providers

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester have announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing $111,503,248 million for Montana hospitals and providers during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, a portion of this funding will go towards covering costs of uninsured patients for coronavirus related care. "This is about ensuring we have the critical resources needed to provide our hospitals and healthcare professionals on the front lines the tools they… Continue Reading


Daines calls for more payroll protection funding

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said during a telephone town hall Thursday that he's heard concerns from small business owners that the Payroll Protection Program will run out of money. He said the program still has money for now, but he shares this concern given that the program has given out 5,300 loans to Montana businesses since Tuesday. "We need to get ahead of that… this is really critical to our small businesses," he said. Daines touted the accomplishments of Montana's smaller … Continue Reading


Sen. Daines discusses financial relief efforts for Montanans during COVID-19 pandemic

Sen. Steve Daines sat down with MTN News for a remote interview from his home office on Friday. Watch MTN's Kaitlin Corbett and Sen. Daines talk about financial relief efforts underway to help small businesses and workers across Montana.… Continue Reading


Feds providing Montana National Guard funding for COVID-19 response

Note: The information in this release was provided by the offices of the Montana governor and U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte Montana's governor and its congressional delegates have announced the federal government is providing funding to the Montana National Guard to help respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Gov. Steve Bullock announced Wednesday that the federal government will cover all approved costs incurred by the National Guard, even though the Montana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen remain u… Continue Reading


Questions answered: Will you be taxed on the stimulus checks?

BOZEMAN- With over 10 million Americans unemployed and 45,000 Montanans looking for unemployment help the stimulus check that is coming could be a massive relief right now. So there are some questions surrounding what you could be receiving under the corona economic stimulus package. One of the big questions surrounding the checks, are you going to be taxed on it. "Those checks are not to be taxed," Senator Steve Daines said, "so that $1200 check you receive as a single person, after $75,000… Continue Reading


Montana health centers to see $9.1 million in COVID-19 relief

Montana health centers are set to see $9.1 million in the wake of COVID-19, with $759,000 of that set aside for Community Health Partners in Gallatin and Park counties. The money, announced Monday, is one wave of funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Buck Taylor, a spokesperson for Community Health Partners, said the money comes on top of roughly $67,000 the center received two weeks ago. The center is still working to understand how the cash can be used … Continue Reading


Columbia Falls woman details journey home from Peru

Head pounding and muscles aching from her 30-hour trip, Brooke Sample looked out the window of her Canadair regional jet as it approached the runway at Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell the evening of March 31. She had never been so happy to be home. For nearly two weeks, the 21-year old from Columbia Falls, a communications major at Walla Walla University in Washington, had been stuck in Pucallpa, Peru, not knowing when she would see her home and family again. Since November, Sam… Continue Reading


Montana’s senators secure over $12 million for Montana’s health centers

U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester have announced that $12,181,409 will be directed to various health centers across Montana to help the state respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, including $616,070 to Marias Healthcare Services Inc. in Shelby, one of the hardest hit Coronavirus spots in Montana, and $536,690 to Sapphire Community Health, Inc. in Hamilton. "This is about getting our health care professionals on the front lines the resources they need to combat the Coronavirus pandemic," … Continue Reading


‘Smallpox 2020:' Blackfeet Nation fears impact of COVID-19 in Montana

When the first cases of coronavirus appeared in Montana, Jolene Barrientes quit her job. A member of the Blackfeet Nation, Jolene had been working at Big Sky Foods since she moved to Cut Bank in January, but she couldn't risk exposure to the virus. Her husband, Joseph, was shot when he was 15 years old. Now, at 37, he has one functioning lung and no spleen. Jolene said he nearly died two years ago when he contracted the flu, so she fears coronavirus could kill him. To keep Joseph safe, Jolene… Continue Reading


Feds order airlines to refund tickets for all corona-affected flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued an enforcement notice to all commercial airlines, ordering them to promptly refund the complete cost of all tickets sold to passengers whose flights have either been canceled or significantly delayed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. "The department is receiving an increasing number of complaints and inquiries from ticketed passengers, including many with non-refundable tickets, who describe having been denied refunds for flights that … Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines Sends Letter To State Department Calling For Investigation Into China’s Role In Coronavirus Spread

Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines sent a letter Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for an investigation into China's role in the coronavirus outbreak, as the deadly disease continues to spread throughout the U.S. "As you are well aware, China's initial response to reports of an atypical pneumonia being detected by medical personnel in Hubei province in late 2019 were ham-fisted with government officials hiding cases, punishing doctors who dared to speak-up, and resulted in dela… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines pushes State Dept for global probe of China over coronavirus, suggests 'appropriate punitive actions'

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines, in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, pushed for a coordinated international investigation of China's apparent systematic cover-up of COVID-19, writing it's important to consider "appropriate punitive actions necessary to hold China accountable." The source of the "real harm to our economy", Daines wrote to Pompeo, needs to be made clear so that Americans can "truly understand why they are making the sacrifices that they are." "As you ar… Continue Reading


Daines: "Montanans are coming together to help each other get through these times"

BOZEMAN - WATCH: U.S. Senator Steve Daines live on Wake Up Montana Weekend.… Continue Reading

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