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UM not alone in losing Upward Bound funds for double-spacing error

MISSOULA - Upward Bound remains on the financial ropes and at risk of shuttering at the University of Montana and around the country despite calls this month from lawmakers to keep the college preparation program for disadvantaged students alive. The U.S. Department of Education, which funds Upward Bound, ruled some programs ineligible for funding for the next five years, but it estimated the decision affects only 5 percent of the grant applications. Elle Cook, an Upward Bound student … Continue Reading


High Plains Journal: The Montana Stockgrowers Association travels to Washington, DC to advance national policy

Leadership from the Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Cattlewomen were in Washington, D.C. March 28 through 30. They met with cabinet members of the Trump administration, lawmakers and agency officials on issues important to the Montana ranching sector, including public lands grazing, sage grouse, beef checkoff legislation, environmental regulations, trade and taxes. "We have an opportunity to move on many key priorities under the new administrat… Continue Reading


MT Standard: Butte native represents Montana as princess in D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

Jamie Jo Lynch, formerly of Butte, recently was selected by the Montana State Society to represent Montana in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Lynch, the daughter of Jim Lynch and Lauren Kippen, was born and reared in Butte and graduated from Butte High. She graduated in May 2016 from Boise State University, where she studied Environmental Science and Political Science with Sustainability. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she works for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester a… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: U.S. Ag Secretary Purdue coming to Great Falls

Montana Sen. Steve Daines announced Wednesday that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the 2017 Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls five weeks from now. The Montana Ag Summit, co-sponsored by Daines and the Montana Chamber Foundation, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1. It will bring some of the nation's highest-profile agricultural leaders to Montana's Golden Triangle to meet with the public and discuss ongoing efforts to s… Continue Reading


KPAX: Sen. Daines optimistic China will again import US beef

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) says he's optimistic U.S. beef producers will soon be able to sell their products in China. Sen. Daines says that as one of the world's largest beef importers, China is a key market for Montana producers. But the country banned U.S. beef imports in 2003 after a case of Mad Cow Disease. Sen. Daines recently returned from a trip to China and Japan. While in china he met with some of the country leaders about opening up beef imports from the United States. Chines… Continue Reading


Williston Herald: Montana senator says beef exports to China moving forward

When Sen. Steven Daines, R-Mont., traveled to China last week, he took with him a special gift from northeastern Montana. That gift was four steaks from the ranch of Fred Wacker of Miles City, Montana, packed inside a cooler, hand-carried by the senator. These were ultimately presented to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang as part of efforts to seal a deal to open Chinese markets to American beef. China closed its markets to U.S. beef after a Washington dairy cow was identified in 2003 with bovine … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: North Korea casts shadow on Montana Sen. Daines' talks on trade

The express goal of the congressional delegation's trip to the Far East was to open U.S. export opportunities in China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Japan. But recent global events have largely overtaken that agenda, with an intensifying confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea over missile launches and nuclear testing grabbing the world's attention. On Monday, Montana Sen. Steve Daines hosted a telephone news conference with more than a dozen regional news outlets to discuss his, and a host of o… Continue Reading


Daines Praises Trump's Actions on Syria, North Korea

Montana Senator Steve Daines says he thinks Asia respects President Donald Trump's recent hardline stances in North Korea and Syria. "In other words, the peace through strength doctrine of Ronald Reagan is starting to be heard a bit more over in Asia," says Daines. "We have a president now that I think is regaining the respect of the world to its leadership." Daines is fresh off a congressional delegation trip to China, Tibet, Hong Kong and Japan. Last fall, China announced it would end its 13… Continue Reading


Yellowstone Public Radio: China Elicits Another Discussion On Importing U.S. Beef

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently returned from a trip to Asia, where he discussed trade, in particular-beef. Daines is hopeful China will soon resume U.S. beef imports the Republican announced during a press call with Reporters. China banned U.S. beef in 2003 after an incident with mad-cow disease in Washington State. Mad cow disease or BSE, short for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, was responsible for significant losses in U.S. international beef trade. Daines said that while China … Continue Reading


Montana Public Radio: Daines: US - China Beef Agreement Nearing Resolution

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says he thinks American beef is almost back on the menu in China. "We're now engaged at the highest levels in their government and telling them this is a very important issue for the United States," Daines says. Last September, China announced it was ending its 13-year ban on U.S. beef imports after a 2003 Mad Cow disease scare in Washington State. Since then, trade reps have been working on an agreement that would get U.S. beef back in Chinese markets. Dai… Continue Reading


KBZK: Sen. Daines sees New Markets Tax Credit Program working at Universal Athletics

BOZEMAN -Senator Steve Daines toured the new Universal Athletics headquarters Monday, a new facility in Midtown Bozeman, that was made possible through the New Markets Tax Credit Program. Universal Athletics is the third business that the New Markets Tax Credit Program, or NMTC along with the Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation has financed in Bozeman. Universal Athletics was originally located on East Main in downtown Bozeman, but as the company expanded they were running ou… Continue Reading


KBZK: Daines asks TSA to approve GPIA X-ray machine request

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is urging the Transportation Security Administration to fulfill Glacier Park International Airport's request for a third X-ray machine. Nearly 500,000 passengers flew in and out of GPIA in 2016 as the airport say a record number of travelers fifth consecutive year. Also, all-time monthly passenger records were set in 10 of the 12 months for the airport last year. Sen. Daines noted the spike in tourism across the region and notable ridership through GPIA in a le… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Zinke halts plan to transfer National Bison Range to tribal control

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has reversed course on plans to hand management of the National Bison Range to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. His move casts doubt on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' plans to take control of the wildlife sanctuary in the middle of the Flathead Indian Reservation. Saying he was committed to not selling or transferring public land, Zinke said Wednesday that the tribes "would play a pivotal role in our discussions about the best path forward." "… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Yellowstone investigation finds inappropriate conduct toward female workers

Federal investigators say there is credible evidence of unwelcome conduct toward female workers in Yellowstone National Park. Alcohol, inappropriate contact and remarks that female employees said made them feel "uncomfortable and degraded" were revealed during a seven-month investigation into Yellowstone's maintenance division. The report was issued Wednesday by Interior's inspector general, who concluded that harassing workplace behavior by male employees had gone on for years because… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines secures national parks week

National parks will get a week of observance this month, a gesture U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said should raise awareness later about needed park maintenance. During last year's centennial of the National Parks Service, roughly 331 million visitors went to national parks. Yellowstone National Park recorded 4.2 million visits. Glacier National Park reported nearly 3 million visits. "They truly are something that sets America apart. It's part of our national heritage, as American… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines bill would make sure those who buy federal buildings can maintain them

Inspired by the bizarre tale of Billings' once-blighted federal courthouse, the U.S. Senate will consider raising the standards for who can bid on abandoned federal buildings. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., wants the government to make sure buyers of federal property have the resources to clean up the buildings and keep them from turning into eyesores or health hazards that communities are eventually stuck with. Daines had Billings' federal courthouse in mind when he introduced his bil… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Tester, Daines say no more Syria bombings without Senate approval

Montana's congressional delegation is cautioning President Donald Trump not to proceed with any more Syrian bombings without Senate approval. U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines say they didn't oppose Thursday night's bombings but think it's time Congress update the Authorization for Use of Military Force, which addresses military action in Afghanistan and Iraq but not Syria. The attack against a Syrian air base was the first U.S. assault against the government of President Bashar a… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Lead versus non-lead bullets: Demonstration to provide insights of the differences between the two

Any hunter worth his salt wants to know the animal he shoots won't suffer. For that reason alone, many sportsmen have been hesitant to change from lead bullets to another alternative. On Sunday, at the MPG Ranch in Florence, hunters will have a chance to see first hand what happens to lead and copper bullets when they strike an animal. The two wildlife biologists offering the demonstration say it will offer a whole other view to what's become a controversial issue in some quarte… Continue Reading


Washington Post: Senate Republicans go 'nuclear,' pave the way for Gorsuch confirmation to Supreme Court

Republicans on Thursday cleared the way for Judge Neil Gorsuch to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming a historic Democratic blockade by changing the rules of the U.S. Senate - a move that highlighted the fierce partisanship that has seized Congress. The long-anticipated rules change now means that all presidential nominees for executive branch positions and the federal courts need only a simple-majority vote to be confirmed by senators. The GOP decision to ram through the rule… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Grouch a supreme nominee to serve our country

One of the most important votes a U.S. senator casts is a vote for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee. An associate justice for the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. That's why a decision on who to vote for, who to stand behind, and who to stand with is so important - not only to me but to our children and grandchildren. We want a Supreme Court justice who upholds the rule of law and follows the Constitution. We want a Supreme Court justice who doesn't legislate from the bench. … Continue Reading

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