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Montana Standard: Nonprofit looking to fund projects

In the year ahead there will be a new source of funding for high-impact projects Montana and Idaho - including here in Butte. After receiving a $90 million award in New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Treasury Department in November, Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation is seeking to fund projects that are worth at least $4 million and have a gap in financing. MICDC, a nonprofit consulting service, works with investors to turn New Markets Tax Credits into cash that can be u… Continue Reading


Lynx and loggers and laws - threatened and endangered players in the timber policy debate

Spotted owls don't fly in Montana. But like the proverbial butterfly wingflap in New Mexico stirring up a hurricane in China, spotted owls in Oregon blew down the timber industry in Montana. A quarter-century later, people see the spotted owl storm in one of two very different ways. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, points to the 1990 Endangered Species Act listing of spotted owls as the start of the industry's troubles. "This listing and resulting litigation was a watershed dev… Continue Reading


KULR: Daines speaks on the future of Montana Ag overseas

The 133rd annual Wool Growers Convention took place Friday where senator Steve Daines spoke to growers about the continued importance of agriculture to Montana. Senator Daines said agriculture in Montana is important because it's the largest economic driver, as well as the foundation of Montana values. He also said it's important that Montana plays a role overseas to grow our production and grow our herds. "We need to have access overseas in these growing markets, particularly in Asia," Dai… Continue Reading


KBZK: Livingston man follows his dreams, aims for next world record

The man who is a legend in Livingston and was recognized this summer by Senator Steve Daines as one of his Montanans of the Week has a talent many people might not know about. Louis Armentaro, the Guinness Record Holder Rodeo Announcer, is a colorful character and is quick to share the secret of his success. "I was a twin. My twin died when I was a sophomore in high school," Armentaro said. "That was the end of my world as far as I was concerned. And then I got drafted when I was 19 and I wan… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Response Team Formed for Aquatic Invasive Species

Even though these mussel species have been found they can not reproduce in the cold temperatures. So Fish Wildlife and Parks along with Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Steve Daines will have time to create a response plan to stop the spread of the mussels. Governor Bullock released an Executive Order Wednesday calling for an inter-agency response of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Fish Wildlife and Parks. Thursday a meeting was held to answer questions from the pub… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Emergency Restrictions OK'd to Contain Invasive Mussels in Montana

The state of Montana announced emergency restrictions Thursday on the launch or removal of boats, docks and other structures for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs until they freeze over. The restrictions were approved Thursday afternoon by a newly formed Montana Mussel Response Team and the directors of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "We're not anticipating that this is going to impact a lot of recreationists," s… Continue Reading


The Daily Inter Lake: Bill Pushes Focus on $5.8 Billion Outdoor Industry

Montana's outdoor recreation industry is frequently cited as a top economic driver in the state, but aside from a scattering of privately funded studies and location-specific economic impact reports, the sector's full scope remains largely unknown. That could change within two years if a bill passed unanimously by the Senate this week wins President Barack Obama's signature. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act directs federal agencies and departments to begin accounting for out… Continue Reading


USA Today: Congress Allows Rule Permitting Mass Hacking by Government to Take Effect

In a defeat for privacy advocates, Senate leaders rebuffed a last-ditch effort by a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday to allow a vote to block a new rule that allows federal agents armed with a single search warrant to hack millions of Americans' computers or smartphones at once. That rule will now take effect Thursday. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., took to the Senate floor to seek agreement to bring up bills to stop the rule from taking effect o… Continue Reading


KHQ: Daines Annonces $1.4 Million for MSU to Increase Public Transportation

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,402,200.00 for the Western Transportation Institute to study how best to improve accessibility and efficiency of rural public transportation. "It's great to see additional funds being sent to an organization that has been an advocate for rural transportation efficiency and safety for over 20 years," Daines stated. "As a graduate of MSU's College of Engineering, I am proud their contributions are recognized and these funds will be used to improve mob… Continue Reading


The Hill: Last-Ditch Effort to Prevent Changes to Law Enforcement Hacking Rule Fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to prevent changes to a rule that will ease the process for law enforcement to use hacking in investigations failed Wednesday morning, allowing the controversial updates to Rule 41 to take effect at midnight. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Chris Coons (D-Del) took to the floor and unsuccessfully asked for unanimous consent to either pass or formally vote on three bills to delay or prevent updates to the process used by law enforcement to g… Continue Reading


The Shelby Promoter: Shelby FFA Gains Valuable Experience at John Deere Agriculture Expo

Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Shelby FFA left for another fun and educational trip to Bozeman to attend the FFA John Deere Agricultural Exposition. The annual John Deere Ag Expo is full of competitions and leadership activities designed for FFA members to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge about agriculture and leadership. The competitions, or Career Development Events (CDEs), included Food Science, Agricultural Communications, Meat Judging, Agricultural Sales, Job Interview, Livestock … Continue Reading


The Daily Inter Lake: Senate OK's Bill to Improve Rural Health Care

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that could expand access to specialty health care for rural patients in states like Montana where services are often scattered. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, or the ECHO Act, would pull federal resources toward studying telehealth technology and models to improve patient care in communities often separated from medical support. Catherine Todd with North Valley Hospital said she's watched telehealth spread through the Flathead V… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Timber Legacy Offers Few Lessons for Industry Future

If you want to visualize Missoula's timber history, ride a bike. Start at Bonner Elementary School and wonder at the massive yellow structure across the street. That was once the world's largest plywood plant. Behind it was a sawmill. And right across the river was another sawmill. Logs arrived at first by floating down the Blackfoot River. Through the first half of the 20th century, the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. mainly squared them off for mine tunnel timbers, tossing away slabs th… Continue Reading


The Wall Street Journal: Whatever Happened to That Old 401(k)?

Suspect you may have lost track of a 401(k) retirement account or pension benefit? You aren't alone. As Americans jump from job to job, they are leaving more 401(k)-style accounts and pension benefits with ex-employers. Some lose track of the money, forfeiting a piece of their retirement security. While no one keeps exact tabs on the number of lost retirement accounts, human-resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt estimates that as many as 30% of all pension accounts may ultimately fall into thi… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: New Mussel Larvae Suspected in Missouri River Near Townsend

State officials have identified another possible presence of invasive mussels in Montana, this time in the Missouri River south of Townsend. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Wednesday that mussel larvae were confirmed from water samples taken Tuesday in the Missouri River near the York's Islands Fishing Access Site. FWP officials are searching for mussels to identify if an adult population has already been established. The Missouri River is now the third water body i… Continue Reading


KTVH: Daines, Fox Statement DHS Rejection of Montana's Application for REAL ID Extension

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) rejection of Montana's application for an extension on REAL ID compliance: "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "I'm going to work to pursue every legislative fix I can to safeguard Montanans' civil liberties and personal privacy." … Continue Reading


AP: Feds Deny Montana Request to Delay Driver's License Law

Montana residents won't be allowed to use their driver's licenses to access military bases, nuclear power plants and federal facilities starting Jan. 30, and they'll need another form of identification to board commercial aircraft a year after that, federal officials said Tuesday. Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent Montana Gov. Steve Bullock a letter rejecting the governor's request to delay implementation of the federal Real ID Act of 2005 The state previously receiv… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Missoula Nonprofit Scores $90 Million in Federal New Markets Tax Credits

Montana and Idaho are getting some very good economic development news. The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC), a nonprofit headquartered in Missoula, was awarded $90 million in New Markets Tax Credits by the U.S. Treasury Department. That type of tax credit has been used to help finance several major projects in western Montana over the years, including the six-story Garlington, Lohn and Robinson law office building downtown and the new Poverello Center home… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines Calls for Help with Invasive Mussels

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Monday wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request the expedited implementation and distribution of funds for watercraft inspection stations. Daines' letter comes in the wake of confirmed invasive mussel larvae in the Tiber Reservoir and potentially in Canyon Ferry. If adult mussels spread, they threaten to block hydropower and irrigation ducts. Invasive mussels also negatively impact the ecosystem, recreation and tourism of affected areas. … Continue Reading


The Hill: DOJ Defends New Warrant Rule for Computer Searches

The Department of Justice is defending controversial changes to the rule of evidence that would allow officials to search computers that are masking their location. In an agency blog post, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell argues that updates to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure are necessary to keep pace with changing technology. "While most changes were for the better, some technologies enable new forms of crime and victimization that would have been difficult t… Continue Reading

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