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Billings Gazette: 'American hero, state treasure' Ben Steele has died at 98

Bataan Death March survivor, artist and educator Ben Steele will be remembered for his heroism and his warm, caring personality. He died Sunday at age 98 with his wife Shirley and daughters Julie Jorgenson and Rosemarie Steele at his side. A memorial service is pending. "Everyone knows his war stories and what he went through as a POW, but it's his personality, his warm caring personality that made people love him," Jorgenson said. "His students would come up to me and say, 'Ben and I … Continue Reading


KTVQ: Ben Steele, Billings war hero and artist, dead at age 98

Ben Steele, who survived the Bataan Death March during World War II, has died. He was 98. His wife, Shirley Steele, said Ben died at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Steele's book, "Tears in the Darkness - The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath," chronicled his experience during the war and he became well-known for his art depicting his time as a prisoner of war. A new Billings middle school currently under construction was named in his honor. Steele's ordeal as a survivor of the … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Peak to honor Alex Diekmann

I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love." Lisa Diekmann remembers John Steinbeck's quote about Montana from his travelogue, "Adventures with Charley: In Search of America," when she thinks about the state where she and her late husband Alex Diekmann raised their sons, Logan and Liam. Before he passed away in February after a battle with cancer, Alex worked with the Trust for Public Land to head project… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: A lot of Montana work has gone into lifting China beef ban

Cattle prices were losing value faster than autumn sheds daylight when the unexpected happened. China announced it was lifting its 13-year ban on U.S. beef. If you don't think a cowboy or two cried with joy, think again. China is the second largest beef customer in the world. It's expected to import 825,000 tons of beef this year. That's the kind of shopper that could turn current prices around. "The beef industry has suffered huge losses in the last 12 to 14 months," said Jim Peterson… Continue Reading


The Western News: $750K to fund rail line at business park

The Kootenai Business Park is getting a boost. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced on Friday that $750,000 from the federal Economic Development Administration is being awarded to the 400-acre Kootenai Business Park, which is located south of town limits. The grant will be used to fund development of a railroad, according to a press release from Daines' office. "The investment will support the creation of additional wood product manufacturing jobs in the distressed region of Lincoln County and w… Continue Reading


KULR: Alternative medicine for veterans

BILLNGS, Mont. -It's a program for veterans to help heal their chronic pain without opioids. Those with the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic say they're committed to the cause, offering alternative therapy to help veterans live a more productive life. George Blackard was injured during active duty in 1988 and dealt with chronic back pain for years, until he was introduced to the hard working and caring staff at the clinic. Blackard says the treatment offered at the clinic has changed his life f… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic helps veterans treat pain through alternative medicine

BILLINGS - Service members, both active duty and veterans, have a lot to deal with upon returning home. Many come back with chronic pain, PTSD and lasting injuries. To cope, veterans are often prescribed a number of different medications, but in some cases, those medications end up causing more problems. On Friday, Senator Steve Daines visited the Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic, where doctors have been working on a program to provide veterans with alternatives to medication. Instead, the cli… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: China ends ban on U.S. beef

China has agreed to begin buying U.S. beef, a major break for Montana ranchers. The announcement was made this week by China Premier Li Keqiang, who was speaking in New York. It wasn't clear exactly when China would lift its 13-year-old U.S. beef ban, which stems from the 2003 discovery of mad cow disease in a Washington dairy animal. China is the second-largest beef consumer in the world. U.S. Sen Steve Daines in May discussed ending China's beef ban with with Zhang Dejiang, cha… Continue Reading


KULR: China lifting beef ban will boost Montana economy, experts say

The Montana Stockgrowers Association's Executive Vice President, Errol Rice, has spent his whole life raising cattle, and the past 13 years trying to reopen beef trade between the United States and China. On Thursday, Rice received word from U.S. Senator Steve Daines' office that his longtime goal is becoming a reality, and China will be lifting their ban on U.S. beef. "The market potential is absolutely an incredible opportunity for the Montana ranching community to showcase some of our high… Continue Reading


Havre Daily News: Sen Daines: From the Capitol: Back to school

It's that time of year again when the nights and mornings get a little cooler the leaves start changing color and the elk are bugling. Soon, it will be time to break out the snow shovel and winter coat. The changing season also means that across Montana our students and teachers are back in the classroom. As a father of four and a product of Montana's public schools from kindergarten at Longfellow Elementary School in Bozeman through college at Montana State University, I look forward to this t… Continue Reading


The Hill: China moves to lift ban on US beef

China is moving to lift a long-standing ban on U.S. beef after a mad cow disease scare locked out imports more than a decade ago. The Obama administration said Thursday that Chinese officials the first have taken the first step to ending the 13-year moratorium, a move that could boost U.S. exports to one of the world's fastest growing markets for beef. "We look forward to prompt engagement by the relevant authorities for further technical discussions on the specific conditions that will allow… Continue Reading


Shelby Promoter: Shelby Amtrak stop slated for $953,954 in improvements

U.S. Senator Steve Daines recently announced that $953,954 in funding has been granted to make needed safety improvements at the Amtrak stop in Shelby. "Improving the safety and reliability of Montana's rail network is critical to connecting people in our communities," Daines stated. "Folks depend on public transportation and these funds will go a long way towards ensuring that Shelby is able to maintain their Amtrak stop." This project will upgrade two pedestrian and motor vehicle crossings b… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Veteran's family demands change from VA health

MISSOULA, Mont. - U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines introduced a new measure to let the Veterans Administration expand its Missoula outpatient clinic. The expansion plan would increase the clinic by 24 percent. Both Tester and Daines say the clinic is too crowded, offers little privacy and veterans cannot get the help they need when they need it. Turns out the clinic project has been waiting for one year for congressional approval. Missoula is not alone. The senators say another 24 VA… Continue Reading


KLYQ: Sapphire Community Health Grows into Bigger Building

Sapphire Community Health Center has moved across the street on North 3rd in Hamilton. In fact, it's a situation of trading places with Human Resource Council. The health center is moving across North 3rd Street into the Ravalli County Human Resource Council building at 316 North 3rd. At the same time, the Human Resource Council is moving into the former health center. The community health services agency accepts all patients and assigns fees on a sliding scale, based on household size and inc… Continue Reading


E&E: Sen. Daines wants conferees to take up disputed drought bill

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is pressing House and Senate conferees to consider controversial drought legislation for inclusion in any compromise energy bill. In a lengthy letter to top conferees, Daines yesterday urged the adoption of a bill, S. 2902, that seeks to overhaul the Army Corps of Engineers' forecasting methods to improve planning for water storage in times of drought. "This legislation would improve the efficiency of existing water supply infrastructure, ease the regulatory burden … Continue Reading


Bakken Oil Report: Sen.Daines: Keep D.C. out of the Bakken

Folks in western states like Montana and the Dakotas understand that to ensure our way of life for future generations, we need to balance the responsible development of our natural resources with protecting and conserving our great outdoors. As an avid outdoorsmen myself, I've been backpacking, fishing and hunting across Montana all of my life. And I firmly believe that it is those of us who live here in the west who should make decisions on how our land is used, not federal government bureaucr… Continue Reading


KBZK: Bozeman community hosts Out of the Darkness walk for suicide prevention

BOZEMAN - When their son Patrick took his own life last year, Tracey and Mike Rassley were met with shock. "He was away at college and we didn't realize that he was kind of having a hard time," said Tracey Rassley. "We're out here to raise more awareness of kids who seem like they are doing great but might really not be at all." Joining other parents of victims, survivors and allies, the Rassley's are walking to end suicide with the Out of The Darkness Bozeman community walk. "What most of yo… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Hearing scheduled to name peak after local conservationist

About a week after Montana's congressional delegation requested it, the bill to name a Madison Range peak after a prominent conservationist who died earlier this year will have a U.S. Senate committee hearing next week. The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the Alex Diekmann Designation Act of 2016 next Thursday. The bill would name an unnamed peak in the Madison range after Alex Diekmann, who worked for 16 years as a project manager for the Trust … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Whitefish Lake Watershed Project Receives $2 Million in Federal Funding

Montana's congressional delegation has secured $2 million in funding for the sprawling, multi-phase Whitefish Lake Watershed Project, which furnishes permanent protections on 15,334 acres of prime multiple-use land flanking the lake's northern shore. The conservation and recreation community praised the easement because it protects critical fish and wildlife habitat and provides continued public access for outdoor recreation, while also securing the city of Whitefish's water supply, 20 percent … Continue Reading


KTVQ: Sen. Steve Daines receives Guardian of Small Business award

U.S. Senator Steve Daines was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award this week for the second time in a row. The award is given for outstanding support of America's small business owners in the 114th Congress. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from the NFIB, and I will continue to work at every opportunity to help create a business environment where small businesses can succeed, free of unnecessary government interference" Daines state… Continue Reading

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