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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


CBP plans to cut Montana Port of Entry hours

MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana's Congressional delegation is pushing back against plans to cut hours at the Ports of Entry along the Montana-Canada border. Customs and Border Patrol announced the plans this week. They go into effect on Monday at six ports. Officials say there is neither the passenger car or pedestrian traffic to warrant the current hours. In his letter, Sen. Steve Daines wrote, "While reducing non-essential travel is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and protecting publ… Continue Reading


TC Energy announces start of Keystone pipeline

TC Energy announced March 31, a final decision to build the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. According to Montana Sen. Steve Daines, the pipeline will be a huge boost for Montana's and the United States' energy economy, bringing in approximately $8 billion as well as providing new job opportunities for Montanans. "This is great news for Montana jobs and for our nation's energy security," Daines said. "Construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will create good paying jobs for working Montan… Continue Reading


Congressional delegation urges National Guard funding approval

Montana's delegates in Congress are urging President Donald Trump to approve federal funding that would allow the Montana National Guard to assist in efforts against the coronavirus. MT Delegation Letter to President Trump National Guard by NBC Montana on Scribd The following is a press release from the offices of Rep. Greg Gianforte, Sen. Steve Daines and Sen. Jon Tester: Congressman Greg Gianforte and U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester today sent a letter to President Trump urging hi… Continue Reading


All American Pharmaceutical produces hand sanitizer

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Many businesses, both small and large, are being forced to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic. One of those businesses is a manufacturing company in Billings. All American Pharmaceutical has completely changed its supply chain to meet Montana's demand for hand sanitizer. Dr. Jeff Golini of All American Pharmaceutical says, "I just woke up in the middle of the night and realized their was a need and I thought, you know, we produce liquids, we have packaging equipment, lar… Continue Reading


Daines talks COVID-19 in telephone town hall

Montana has received thousands of masks, gloves and other protective equipment from the National Strategic Stockpile, U.S. Senator Steve Daines said Wednesday during a telephone town hall meeting. At the meeting, Daines also discussed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill and effect on the national debt and economy, social distancing, and frontline workers. Referring to a report from the stockpile, the Republican said that over the past few weeks, Montana has received approximately: … Continue Reading


Tester and Daines urge feds for more medical supplies, funding

Montana U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines signed off on a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services Monday requesting they provide promised medical safety supplies and funding. They were joined by Representative Greg Gianforte and Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Senators Mike Enzi and John Barasso also signed the letter. Supplies in rural Montana hospitals have dwindled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These hospitals are mainly in need of the supplies that are used to … Continue Reading


TC Energy moving forward with Keystone XL pipeline

TC Energy has announced it is moving forward with construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, even as a legal suit by environmental and tribal groups seeking to stop the pipeline continues. The company said in a media release that it has 20-year transportation service agreements for the pipeline that total 575,000 barrels per day with what it described as strong, credit-worthy counterparties expected to generate about $1.3 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortizat… Continue Reading


Thanks to Sen. Daines

For years, the Older Americans Act has helped the 21,000 Montanans living with Alzheimer's disease by giving them access to nutritional programs, respite services for their family caregivers, and other services to enhance quality of life. Unfortunately, people under age 60 living with this disease were locked out of these critical supports - until now. Congress just passed a bill to renew the Older Americans Act, and included key elements of the Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act in it. … Continue Reading


CARES Act provides critical assistance for tribal governments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, signed into law by President Trump on Friday, provides critical relief for Indian Country to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including over $500 million in direct appropriations to Indian Affairs and an unprecedented $8 billion for Tribes. The $8 billion will be allocated to Tribal governments with eligible expenses through the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of the Interior and Tribal governmen… Continue Reading


15 girls from Bozeman's Traveling School stranded in Peru due to COVID-19 now headed home

According to the Office of U.S. Senator Steve Daines (MT), 15 girls who are a part of Bozeman's The Traveling School are back in the U.S. and heading home for Montana after being stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus. Two of the girls are Bozeman residents. A press release from Daines' office said the girls were stranded about 10 hours from the nearest airport. Sen. Daines reportedly assisted in getting an escort to the airport and getting the girls on a flight back to America. On Friday, Se… Continue Reading


COVID-19 stimulus package offers $10 billion for tribes, including funds for Montana tribes

Responding to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump on Friday signed the biggest economic stimulus package in American history, which allocates $10 billion for Native American tribes. Many people have heard that the $2 trillion package includes direct payments to individuals, loans for industries and an expansion of unemployment benefits, but not many people know how the package supports Native American tribes, which must navigate additional challenges in combating t… Continue Reading


Sen. Steve Daines, State Dept facilitate last-minute escapes for citizens trapped abroad amid coronavirus pandemic

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, and his staff have facilitated numerous emergency repatriation flights for U.S. citizens trapped abroad amid the growing coronavirus pandemic -- including a last-minute escape from Africa that highlights the risks for the thousands of Americans still stuck away from home, Fox News has learned. The pandemic has infected more than 400,000 people around the world and killed over 20,000. International lockdowns have led stranded travelers to reach out to lawmakers to c… Continue Reading

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