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04.05.16

Great Falls Tribune: VA to open veterans center in Helena

HELENA - Veterans Affairs will establish a veterans center outstation in Helena by this fall to better treat veterans, service members and their families, officials said Tuesday. The facility will be staffed by a readjustment counselor and outreach specialist. The community-based counseling centers provide sociological and psychological services in a confidential setting outside VA Health Care facilities. Services include mental health screenings, suicide prevention, drug and alcohol assistanc… Continue Reading


04.05.16

KRTV Great Falls: Veterans Center will be located in Helena

A new federal Veterans Center, which offers mental health and other counseling to military veterans, will be opening this fall in Helena. The Helena center will be the fifth such facility in Montana, where veterans can visit and talk to professionals and other veterans about problems they're facing adjusting to civilian life. Centers already exist in Billings, Great Falls, Missoula, and Kalispell. "One of the biggest advantage of Veterans Centers is veterans talking to vets, about challenges … Continue Reading


04.04.16

Roll Call: Montana Attorney General Thwarts Robbery of Daines Staffer

The big Montana energy conference organized by Sen. Steve Daines got off to an unexpected start last week, when the Billings hotel was evacuated as the fire alarm went off. A skirmish then broke out in which an unruly drunk apparently attempted to rob Daines' chief of staff Jason Thielman, the Montana Republican confirmed to Heard on the Hill. "Our attorney general, who is the chief law enforcement officer with the state of Montana, Tim Fox, he literally grabbed the guy and restrained him, and… Continue Reading


04.04.16

KULR8: Dr. Joe Medicine Crow Dies at 102

Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian war chief, died at the age of 102 today. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement in honor of the Crow War Chief: "Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow leaves an unmatched legacy as the Crow Tribe's historian and storyteller, a decorated World War II veteran and the first member of the Crow Tribe to attain a master's degree," Daines stated. "Medicine Crow's spirit, humility and life achievements leave a lasting imprint on Montana's hi… Continue Reading


04.03.16

KTVQ Billings: Montana Leaders react to Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow's life

The death of revered and respected Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow had thousands praising the man's life and legacy. Montana lawmakers and leaders provided statements on Medicine Crow's passing on Sunday. Governor Steve Bullock issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Joe Medicine Crow: "Today, Lisa and I join Montanans to pay respect and celebrate the rich life of Dr. Joe Medicine Crow," said Governor Bullock. "Joe was a Crow War Chief, veteran, elder, historian, author, and educator. H… Continue Reading


04.03.16

Roll Call: Daines Pitches Montana Energy Jobs

No one will mistake Sen. Steve Daines' spring recess for a vacation. Some 2,000 miles from Capitol Hill, the Republican from Montana led an energy summit for about 600 people that featured executives from major transportation and energy industries and groups, as well as state and federal officials. "We need more made in America energy, not more made in the Middle East energy. And we don't need these Washington, D.C., regulations that are defining our future here in Montana instead of letting… Continue Reading


04.03.16

Missoulian: Hamilton High School senior gets Air Force appointment

HAMILTON - Hamilton High School senior Caitlin Gillespie has received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She is already a licensed pilot and wants to use that love of flying in the military. "It's amazing," Gillespie said. "I knew when I got the principal nomination from Sen. (Steve) Daines in December that I was going to get an appointment, but now that it's real I can start preparing. My family is all very proud. It makes a big difference." Gillespie's appointment pays for… Continue Reading


04.03.16

Roll Call: Daines Pitches Montana Energy Jobs

No one will mistake Sen. Steve Daines' spring recess for a vacation. Some 2,000 miles from Capitol Hill, the Republican from Montana led an energy summit for about 600 people that featured executives from major transportation and energy industries and groups, as well as state and federal officials. "We need more made in America energy, not more made in the Middle East energy. And we don't need these Washington, D.C., regulations that are defining our future here in Montana instead of l… Continue Reading


04.03.16

AP: Crow Tribe elder, historian Joe Medicine Crow dead at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana's Crow Tribe, has died. He was 102. Medicine Crow died Sunday, Bullis Mortuary funeral home director Terry Bullis said. Services will be announced Monday, he said. A member of the Crow Tribe's Whistling Water clan, Medicine Crow was raised by his grandparents in a log house in a rural area of the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana. His Crow name was "High Bird," … Continue Reading


04.03.16

Helena Independent Record: Montana energy jobs under assault

Made-in-Montana energy means good Montana jobs that on average pay two to three times more than the state average. Montana's ability to create more good-paying energy jobs is immense -- in fact, our state leads the nation in coal deposits. We are the nation's fifth-largest producer of hydropower, with 23 hydroelectric dams across our state, and fifth in wind energy potential. Montana is at the center stage of the national energy debate and provides the nation a template of a true all-of-the… Continue Reading


04.03.16

Billings Gazette: Montana's leaders speak on death of Joe Medicine Crow

Montana politicians weighed in Sunday as news spread of Joe Medicine Crow's death. "Today, Montana lost a treasure," said U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., in a statement. "Joe Medicine Crow was a soldier and a scholar, but above all he was a fierce advocate for Native American families. "When you spoke to Joe Medicine Crow, it was impossible not to be inspired. I know his legacy will motivate generations of Montanans to follow in his footsteps and live a life dedicated to serving others.… Continue Reading


04.02.16

Billings Gazette: As coal and gas prices slide, renewable energy getting a second look

Corey Sell's firm launched three decades ago to service the Colstrip power plant and mine, but the co-owner of CEI Electrical Contractors isn't as worried now as people might think. In recent years, CEI, whose offices in Billings and Colstrip are in the heart of Montana's coal country, has seen its biggest work demand from the wind-energy industry. CEI services the giant turbines, nacelles and other equipment that dot hillsides of wind farms in several states. Sell is a Colstrip native… Continue Reading


04.02.16

Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Steve Daines Editorial Montana’s energy jobs are under assault

Made-in-Montana energy means good Montana jobs that on average pay two to three times more than the state average. Montana's ability to create more good-paying energy jobs is immense. In fact, our state leads the nation in coal deposits. We are the nation's fifth-largest producer of hydropower, with 23 hydroelectric dams across our state, and fifth in wind energy potential. Montana is at the center stage of the national energy debate and provides the nation a template of a true all-of-the-a… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Billings Gazette: U.S. energy renaissance is here to stay, says ConocoPhillips CEO

The same kind of innovative spirit that helped the United States regain the title of the world's leader in oil and gas production will also help the industry weather current market downturns, says the chairman and chief executive officer of ConocoPhillips. Over the past decade, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have unleashed a flood of new oil and gas production in the United States. Despite a year-long decline in prices, "The U.S. energy renaissance is here to stay," said Ryan … Continue Reading


03.31.16

Billings Gazette: Talk turns to utilities as alternatives to closing Colstrip units

The backburner issue simmering for weeks about the potential closure of Units 1 and 2 of the Colstrip power plant was how the oil refineries, silicon plants and mining companies that buy electricity directly from those units would be affected. Those industry buyers, known in utility jargon as "large customers," began hinting a few weeks ago of job losses and rising consumer prices for things like gasoline if cheap Colstrip power from Units 1 and 2 went away. Those two units, the oldest… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Laurel County Leader: Polson graduate appointed to Merchant Marine Academy

Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines announced last week that a recent graduate of Polson High School was accepted to the prestigious U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Nicholas Becker, 19, received a full appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy. A Big Arm resident, Becker served on his high school's Board of Governors, played tennis, lacrosse, and skied throughout his high school career. Tester and Daines spoke with Becker and congratulated him on his appointment. "Nicholas will make Montana a… Continue Reading


03.31.16

Laurel Outlook: Energy is focus on several fronts in March

The Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative's breakfast, Thursday, March 24, highlighted the need for electricity generators to be innovative and flexible in face of new regulations which will go into effect as the EPA implements the Clean Power Plan in an effort to reduce carbon emissions in the form of CO2, a by-product of coal combustion and contributor to global warming. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (YVEC's parent company) is somewhat reluctantly making plans to transition to cleaner m… Continue Reading


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

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