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Flake makes waves with Trump takedown

Jeff Flake's scathing critique of Donald Trump roiled the Capitol - and potentially his own reelection bid - on Tuesday as the first-term senator pressed his case that the GOP aided and abetted the president's rise. Flake's fellow GOP senators applauded him for writing his new book on conservatism, yet few were willing to endorse his central message: that their party has done little to push back against Trump. Flake's detractors, meanwhile, seized on the treatise as another example of how the A… Continue Reading


Montana music man calls it a career after 41 years

The alarm clock doesn't go off at 3 a.m. anymore for Skip Walters. The longtime Great Falls radio personality isn't making any more morning police calls for "Montana Live" at 7:15, either. And no longer is he offering "Close Enough Trivia" at 7:45. Skip, 65, has retired at Cherry Creek Media's KMON after decades of disc jockey work that made his one of the most recognizable voices in the Treasure State. The Montana music man is proud of his 41 years on the radio. "Absolutely," he says. "I co… Continue Reading


Montana's wildfires are part of growing national emergency, should be treated like other natural disasters

The nation's worst wildfires are burning in Montana. Thousands of acres have been scorched, and thousands more will be lost before the last flame is doused this season. Already more than a dozen homes have been destroyed, and the running total of property damage is climbing. The smoke is harming air quality in many communities, including Missoula. Worst of all, a firefighter's life has been lost. Wildfires in Montana are a certainty we anticipate every summer. The only question is how … Continue Reading


American student arrested in China has been freed, senator says

Chinese authorities have dropped charges against an American college student who was arrested and detained in the Asian nation a week ago after reportedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a fare dispute, a U.S. lawmaker said Sunday. Guthrie McLean, a University of Montana senior, was released from a detention center in the central China city of Zhengzhou early Monday local time, according to Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. "Prayer's answered. Guthrie's home,"… Continue Reading


UM student detained in China safely reunited with his mother

University of Montana student Guthrie McLean, who was detained in China, has been safely reunited with his mother this morning. U.S. Senator Steve Daines worked through the weekend with both the Chinese and United States Embassies, the Chinese government, local officials and McLean's mother, Jennifer McLean, to ensure his safe release. Jennifer McLean emailed the Senator at 11:53 a.m. on Sunday morning stating, "prayers answered, Guthrie is home." Guthrie plans to return to school at the Uni… Continue Reading


Daines said it was a team effort to get Guthrie released

Senator Steve Daines emphasized that it was a team effort to get Guthrie McLean released from the detention center in China. He said he received an email from Jennifer McLean, Guthrie's mother, at 11:53 AM Mountain Time saying, "Prayers answered. Guthrie is home." Daines said he has been in contact with the highest level of the Chinese government and is pleased with the outcome. He has had countless phone calls and email threads with Terry Branstad, the U.S. Ambassador to China and Cui Tianka… Continue Reading


US student freed after week in Chinese detention

An American college student is free following a weeklong detention for allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother during a fare dispute, in a case that drew objections over the student's treatment from U.S. lawmakers. Guthrie McLean, a student at the University of Montana, was released from a detention center in Zhengzhou early Monday, according to his mother Jennifer McLean, a teacher who lives in the central Chinese city. "We are very, very very, very happy," Jennifer Mc… Continue Reading


Detained college student Guthrie McLean released by Chinese authorities

A U.S. senator announced Sunday that Guthrie McLean, a 25-year-old college student, was released by Chinese authorities after he was arrested a week ago following a dispute with a taxi driver who was allegedly being rough with his mother. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., made the announcement Sunday and said Chinese police released McLean earlier in the day. "I am thrilled to report that we just received an email from Guthrie McLean's mother that 'prayers answered, Guthrie is home,'" Daines sai… Continue Reading


Senator: Chinese authorities have released detained U.S. student

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced Sunday that Chinese authorities have released a 25-year-old American college student detained a week ago. "I am thrilled to report we just received an email from Guthrie McLean's mother that 'prayers answered, Guthrie is home,' " Daines said in a statement. McLean was taken into custody by Chinese authorities after allegedly injuring a taxi driver who had gotten into an argument with his mother a week ago, according to The Associated Press. "After days of… Continue Reading


Student detained in China has been released, according to senator

An American college student who was arrested in China one week ago after allegedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a dispute over a fare has been released, according to a U.S. senator. Steve Daines, the U.S. Senator from Montana, released a statement today announcing the release of Guthrie McLean, 25, at 2 a.m. local time in China. "I am thrilled to report that we just received an email from Guthrie McLean's mother that 'prayers answered, Guthrie is home,'" Daines said… Continue Reading


U.S. college student being detained in China, his mother says

A University of Montana student is in custody in China after an altercation with a cab driver, the student's mother tells CBS Missoula, Montana affiliate KPAX-TV. Jennifer McLean says her son, Guthrie McLean, is accused of assaulting the taxi driver - but says it happened after the driver attacked her. Local police in China refused to confirm or deny to CBS News that Guthrie is being held. According to KPAX, Guthrie McLean essentially grew up in China, where Jennifer teaches English. But in … Continue Reading


Daines' office working to help UM student detained in China

Zhengzhou, China - A spokesperson for Senator Steve Daines says they are working with the Chinese government to free a University of Montana student who was detained in China earlier this week. Guthrie McLean is accused of assaulting a cab driver on June 10 in Zhengzhou, China. Daines' press secretary Katie Waldman says the senator is "Working at all levels of the Chinese Government to free McLean." Waldman confirmed that the US Consulate in Wuhan will meet with McLean. She says that the US… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines dines with the president; talks about filibuster, 'getting things done'

HELENA - Minutes before the Senate Republicans' health-care bill went down in flames Monday night, Montana's Republican U.S. senator, Steve Daines, dined at the White House with President Trump - but says they didn't talk exclusively about health care. "There really wasn't an agenda," Daines told MTN News Tuesday morning. "It was a 90-minute strategy about, `How do we get more results in Washington, D.C' - how do we get things accomplished?" The discussion included health care, tax reform, th… Continue Reading


Forest Service museum to open its doors in Missoula

It's a museum of national scope geared to start telling a very national story - the history of the United States Forest Service. On Thursday it opens to the public right here in River City, or rather 6.5 miles outside of it. The National Museum of Forest Service History will hail the opening of its new visitor center and interpretive trail a mile west of the Missoula International Airport with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. There'll be cake and coffee, the mayor, and repre… Continue Reading


MT GOP'ers want straight repeal of 'Obamacare'; Tester, Bullock preach bipartisan fix

HELENA - As U.S. Senate Republicans' latest plan to repeal and replace "Obamacare" crashed and burned, two of the state's top GOP officeholders said Tuesday they support a straight repeal of the health-care law - with a delayed effective date. Both U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and state Auditor Matt Rosendale, whose office regulates insurance, told MTN News that the Affordable Care Act should simply be repealed, without a replacement. The repeal can be delayed for two years while Congress works on a… Continue Reading


Will VA Doctors Finally Be Able To Recommend Pot To Veterans?

A new amendment aims to lift the current gag order that prevents VA doctors from discussing medical cannabis with their patients. Whether U.S. military veterans should have access to medical cannabis is up for debate again-for the treatment of pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and more. Last Thursday (July 13), the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 24-7 to adopt an amendment in a budget bill allowing vets to obtain medical cannabis recommendations from VA physicians. Tom Angell at … Continue Reading


Politico Influence: The National Gaming Association

- The National Indian Gaming Association is in town this week for their summer legislative summit. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.),Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Norma Torres (D-Calif.), Rob Bishop(R-Utah), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) all plan to address the group.… Continue Reading


Who we know is going to Trump's health care dinner

President Donald Trump will host a dinner at the White House on Monday night with Republican senators for a discussion on the health care bill, which has been delayed while Sen. John McCain recovers this week from a surgery. So far CNN has confirmed that at least seven GOP senators will be at the dinner: Lamar Alexander of Tennessee James Lankford of Oklahoma John Thune of South Dakota Roy Blunt of Missouri Steve Daines of Montana John Cornyn of Texas Richard Shelby of Alabama Whi… Continue Reading


Latest health care bill collapses following Moran, Lee defections

The Republican Party's efforts to gut former President Barack Obama's legacy health care law came to an abrupt -- if temporary -- halt Monday night. Just hours after the Senate was gaveled back into session, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was handed two more public defections on his health care bill to overhaul Obamacare. The dramatic and simultaneous announcement from Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah means McConnell officially does not have the votes to even begin deb… Continue Reading


Trump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House

President Trump plans to host a group of Republican senators at the White House on Monday night as he seeks to persuade them to back the Senate's new healthcare bill. White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend. Later in the evening, a White House official said the following GOP senators were attending: No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn (Texas), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), Ja… Continue Reading

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