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03.30.16

Billings Gazette: New take on clean coal technology presented at Montana Energy Conference

BILLINGS -- Numerous efforts to squeeze clean-burning fuels from coal have hit the drawing board ever since OPEC started flexing its muscles in the 1970s. After years of research, scientists and engineers have learned that converting coal into liquid and gaseous fuels is expensive and far from environmentally benign. But a different take of clean-coal technology was presented Tuesday during the opening day of the three-day Montana Energy Conference in Billings. The concept, presented b… Continue Reading


03.30.16

Billings Gazette: Stalled economy costing rail jobs, BNSF chairman tells energy conference

A top railroad executive said Wednesday in Billings that declining oil prices and coal demand have thrust his industry into depths not seen since the Great Recession. Matthew Rose, chairman of Burlington Northern Santa Fe, told The Gazette during the Montana Energy conference that about 4,600 railroad employees are furloughed nationwide, about 10 percent of the workforce. These are roughly the same levels as in 2007 and 2008 when the economy began falling off a cliff, he said. Volumes … Continue Reading


03.30.16

KUMV: Montana Energy Conference Takes Look at Energy Potential

The Montana Energy 2016 kicked off today in Billings, and many political and business leaders attended the event. The three day occasion will feature panel discussions and keynote addresses from some of the industry's top experts. The summit features an all-encompassing look at Montana's energy potential. "We need made in America energy, not made in the Middle East energy. We don't need these Washington D.C. regulations that are defining our future here in Montana, instead of letting Montanan… Continue Reading


03.24.16

KTVH: Daines “Made in Montana” tour stops at the Hauser Dam

(MTN News-Helena) Senator Steve Daines continued his statewide "Made in Montana" energy tour this morning with a stop at the Hauser Dam. Daines is using the tour to criticize clean energy regulations that he says will cost Montana jobs and affordable energy. He says Montana has a diverse energy portfolio and he intends to keep it that way. Daines also says hydro-electric facilities like Hauser are great sources of reliable and low-cost energy production which are under attack. The senator wan… Continue Reading


03.23.16

MTN News: Sen. Daines visits welding program at Great Falls College-MSU

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) visited with welding students and instructors on Wednesday at Great Falls College-MSU during his state-wide "Made in Montana" energy tour. The 10 days on the road focus on the importance of producing local energy while promoting Montana's future jobs in related fields including coal, oil, and natural gas. Daines says Montana's economic goal is to employ and maintain in-state workers with two-year degrees and certificates like the welding program offered at Gr… Continue Reading


03.23.16

MTN News: Sen. Daines talks about "Made In Montana" energy

With the future of the Colstrip Power Plants now in question, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is taking his energy fight on the road on a statewide tour to promote what he calls "Made in Montana Energy." The Republican kicked off his 10 city tour Monday in Laurel at the CHS Refinery on Monday, and on Wednesday, he visited KRTV. Daines said his goal is to underscore the importance of Montana's energy and how losing Colstrip will impact the state's economic future. "It would be devastating to… Continue Reading


03.23.16

ABC Fox: Congressional office opens in Sidney

The first ever Congressional office opened in Sidney March 22. The office of Senator Steve Daines will be staffed by Sidney native Nate Williams. Graduating from Sidney High School in 2004, Williams enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving for six years. After three overseas deployments he enrolled at the University of Montana, graduating with degrees in economics, political science, and a minor in Arabic. The new office will allow Daines to better serve eastern Montana by operating i… Continue Reading


03.23.16

Billings Gazette: CHS: Montanans will pay more for fuel if Colstrip power exits

A Montana oil refinery says it will lose a key power supplier if Colstrip is shuttered. CHS Inc., which refines oil in Laurel, gets more than half its power from Colstrip Power Plant, which faces an uncertain future as power companies in the Pacific Northwest prepare to dump coal-generated electricity and tighten pollution controls under the Clean Power Plan to address climate change. It was the Clean Power Plan that Patrick Kimmet, Laurel Refinery vice president cited Monday while mee… Continue Reading


03.22.16

Miles City: MCC on Daines’ energy tour

United States Sen. Steve Daines stopped in Miles City Monday evening to tour Miles Community College's Heavy Equipment Operations program. Daines has been traveling around the state to promote made-in-Montana energy and the good-paying jobs it supports. The tour will include the Montana Energy Summit 2016 on March 29-31 in Billings. He expects around 500 people at the conference to talk about the future of energy in Montana. Daines met with MCC President Stacy Klippenstein, among others, in J… Continue Reading


03.22.16

KMMS: Montana Energy 2016 Next Week in Billings

The Montana Energy 2016 conference will take place March 29 - 31 in Billings. For the full agenda, including speakers, panelists and continuing education sessions is now available here. Montana Energy 2016 will serve as the largest venue to discuss Montana's energy potential. Led by Senator Steve Daines, the comprehensive conference will continue the discussion around state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana's energy potential. More information a… Continue Reading


03.21.16

Yellowstone Public Radio: CHS Refinery Depends On Colstrip For Electricity, Manager Says

Senator Steve Daines is spending the next two weeks highlighting the energy needs of Montana businesses, and advocating for policies that protect the state's fossil fuel industries, including coal interests that are facing significant challenges. Daines kicked off what he's calling his Montana Energy tour today with a stop at the CHS refinery in Laurel. CHS Refinery Manager Pat Kimmet puts into perspective how important electricity is to the Laurel facility. "$18 million for power and $15 mill… Continue Reading


03.21.16

MTN News: Daines kicks off "Made-in-Montana Energy Tour" in Laurel

With the future of the Colstrip Power Plants now in question, Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is taking his energy fight on the road on a statewide tour to promote what he calls "Made-in-Montana Energy." The Republican Senator kicked off his 10 city tour Monday in Laurel at the CHS Refinery. "This refinery relies on Colstrip for its electricity. Sixty percent of the electricity of this refinery comes from Colstrip, so I think it also highlights the importance of Colstrip and the coal industry… Continue Reading


03.21.16

ABC Fox: 'Montana is leading the nation': Senator Steve Daines to host Montana Energy 2016 conference

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) is set to host a conference discussing the future of energy in the treasure state. Energy is big business in Montana, but the future of the industry is less certain than it has been in a long time. "It's not just about our state," says Sen. Daines. "It's how our state can have an impact on the entire nation and the world." Montana Energy 2016 kicks off in a week. The meeting will take place in Billings and look at the state's energy potential with fresh perspecti… Continue Reading


03.19.16

Billings Gazette: Montana Energy conference coming to Billings

A full schedule is available at www.montanaenergy.net . The panelists and speakers have been set for one of Montana's largest energy industry trade meetings, held March 29 to March 31 at the Radisson Hotel in Billings. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Friday the panel lineup for the three-day conference, which will features leaders in industry and government. Eight panel sessions will be held, covering infrastructure needs, energy policy, renewables, export markets, re… Continue Reading


03.18.16

News Talk KGVO: Rep. Ryan Zinke, Sen. Steve Daines and Others Press Air Force on Replacing Hueys

Last month, Rep. Ryan Zinke requested funds to acquire new helicopters at Malmstrom Airforce Base. During that time in a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Zinke pressed Admiral Cecil Haney about the use of out-of-date Huey helos at Malmstrom. "From talking to folks on the ground [at Malmstrom] and looking at it, and I concur, these are aging helicopters as well as they don't have the lift and capacity. If they do get an alert situation, they just don't have the hover time for the distance… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Chabad.org: U.S. Senator From Montana Calls ‘Champion Child’ Zeesy Bruk ‘Courageous’

It's been just weeks since Zeesy Bruk was appointed the 2016 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child from the state of Montana. Yet already, the 5-year-old child of Rabbi Chaim and Chavie Bruk, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Montana, has been hailed by fans near and far, including U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who released a video statement in which he called her a "very special" and "very courageous" little girl. Since birth, Zeesy has battled a rare genetic metabolic diso… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers push AF to expedite new helicopter

Members of the Montana congressional delegation are pressing the Air Force to make a decision regarding the planned replacement of the UH-1N Hueys flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Last week, Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter, with 14 other lawmakers, to the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requesting that funds be included in the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations and authorization bills to replace the Hueys. The Hueys at … Continue Reading


03.17.16

KLYQ: Caitlin Gillespie is Appointed to Air Force Academy

Hamilton's Caitlin Gillespie has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She had been nominated by all three Montana Congressmen earlier. Caitlin, a senior at Hamilton High School, already has completed her first solo flight as a pilot (see photo) and will continue to head to the sky with classes at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been captain of track and basketball teams, is an honor student and is a delegate to American Legion's Girls State. Senator Steve Daines sa… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Sidney Herald: Amtrak eyes Culbertson stop

Oil and gas may be in a downturn, but communities in the area continue to make positive strides forward when it comes to regional development and infrastructure. One of those strides could include a new Amtrak stop in Culbertson. Amtrak officials have confirmed they have been evaluating the neighboring community for a stop for about three years now. "We know that it makes business sense to stop at Culbertson," said Marc Magliari, a spokesman with Amtrak. "There's a long distance betwee… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Roll Call: Senators Let the Cars Do the Driving

A self-driving car can't get you out of a traffic jam. That's something Republican Sen. John Thune learned from the passenger seat of a modified Chrysler 300c from Continental on Tuesday as the Senate Commerce Committee explored autonomous driving technology. "We went out into Virginia. Of course we hit the 395 traffic," said Thune, R-S.D., who is the committee chairman, referring to the interstate heading south from Washington. "Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic ja… Continue Reading

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