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The Billings Gazette: Daines Raises Issue of Colstrip Closure Next Year

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., raised the issue Friday of a secret plan to shut down Colstrip's oldest units in 2017, much earlier than has been disclosed to the public. In a letter to Talen Energy CEO Paul Farr, the Republican senator said he's heard from constituents that the decision has already been made to shut down Colstrip Units 1 and 2 next year, but that the company is delaying the announcement. Daines asked Farr to disclose whether the state of Montana is also in the loop o… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Senators Push for ICBM Upgrade at Malmstrom

Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said Tuesday they are pushing the Obama administration to take steps to update the ICBM fleet at Malmstrom Air Force Base. In a letter to President Barack Obama, they reiterated their support for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III fleet and provide a next-generation land component of the U.S. nuclear triad. They said modernizing Malmstrom's ICBM fleet is the best way to ensure that the United States ma… Continue Reading


Obama Administration Confirms Double-Digit Premium Hikes

(AP) - The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across states served by the federally run online market. The number of insurers serving the federal market will drop from 232 to 167, a loss of about 28 percent. Administration officials say that despite the sober… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Senators Back Push to Renew Softwood Import Agreement

Montana's Senate delegation co-signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking for continued pressure to get a new Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada. "We are disappointed that Canada appears reluctant to follow through on this commitment, which has significantly undermined (the U.S. Trade Representative's) efforts to reach a final agreement," Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester wrote on Friday, in a bipartisan message joined by 24 fellow senators. The Softwood Lumber Agreement was o… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Billings Crime Victims Rally Behind Marsy's Law, Opponents Warn of Hidden Complications

A constitutional initiative that will appear on the Montana ballots hits home for one Laurel woman, whose son was the victim of a brutal assault on the Billings Rims last spring. "My son was in an assault," said Kristen Dawes, the victim's mother. "He was the victim of an unprovoked assault in which he thought he was going to die. Throughout this whole process, I've really felt like I didn't have a voice." Since the arrest of the two men who allegedly assaulted her son Zach, Dawes said she has… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Sen. Daines: A Morning in Montana

The first week in October, I traveled across Eastern Montana - 648 miles to be exact with stops in 14 towns: Malta, Glasgow, Scobey, Westby, Plentywood, Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive, Wibaux, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus, Alzada and Ashland. Montana is a resource rich state. This includes agriculture as well robust coal, oil and natural gas potential - which directly employs nearly 6,000 Montanans and supports the employment of over 43,000 Montanans, in addition to providing a critical tax base … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Bill Signed to Study, Aid Native Children Approved

A bill to support Native children was signed into law, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Tuesday. The bipartisan Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act, which was signed Friday, creates a panel that will do a comprehensive study on the programs, grants and support available for Native children, both at government agencies and in Native communities. The goal is to develop a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children, Daines said. "… Continue Reading


KTVH: Lewis & Clark County’s Treatment graduates were congratulated by a special guest

The three most recent graduates from Lewis & Clark County's Treatment Court earned congratulations from a special guest Monday afternoon. Kyle Tisher, Jacob Siewert, and Alvin Grant went through the treatment court as an alternative to traditional sentencing. Some participate in the program for more than a year and a half. Treatment court is specifically designed for non-violent drug offenders, and also to hold them accountable for their actions while helping them become positive members … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Lynx rule becomes law of land, but will the law stand?

A court order to do more work on protecting Canadian lynx in Rocky Mountain forests could become a late-season battleground for congressional action this winter. Last week, the Supreme Court let stand a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the U.S. Forest Service has to take a big-picture look at how it protects critical lynx habitat across 12 million acres touching 11 national forests. While wildlife advocates claimed a major win for the Endangered Species Act, timber industry sup… Continue Reading


The Searchlight: Senator Daines Tours United Grain

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, United States Senator Steve Daines, along with his press secretary Katie Waldman and field representative Nate Williams, arrived in Culbertson to tour the United Grain Company facility. This was one of the many stops on Daines' 648-mile trip around Montana. Daines greeted several of United Grain's managers after arrival and discussed the new construction at the facility and the presidential election. Construction on United Grain's new grain bins began on July 5, 2015, and th… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Daines seeks LYIP language

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will seek legislative text during the next session to ensure farmers served by the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project do not pay the increased costs of making the Glendive Intake Diversion dam more fish friendly. Daines is on the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, among several others. The diversion dam in Glendive serves 58,000 acres of croplan… Continue Reading


Fallon County Times: Touring southeastern Montana with Sen. Daines

Eastern Montana was the focus for Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., last week as he toured 13 towns within the region, including Baker, as part of his latest tour to talk jobs, agricultural and economic opportunities and specific concerns in each community. Eastern Montana was the focus for Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., last week as he toured 13 towns within the region, including Baker, as part of his latest tour to talk jobs, agricultural and economic opportunities and specific concerns in each comm… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Softwood deal collapse could drive up U.S. lumber prices

Lumber producers in Montana don't expect big changes after midnight Wednesday, when the U.S.-Canadian Softwood Lumber Agreement expires without a replacement. But that doesn't mean little ripples won't turn into waves later on as loggers on both sides of the border try to meet American housing market demand for 2x4s. A weak Canadian dollar, increased pace of construction, shifting Asian export demands and a U.S. presidential campaign targeting international trade deals all stir a pot previo… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Daines takes on hotel booking fraud

Mike Nelson had a problem. People without reservations at his posh Northern Hotel kept showing up at the front desk insisting they had booked a room online. They were furious when they were told there was no booking, even more so on the occasions when the downtown Billings hotel had no vacancy. The problem was online booking agencies, with no affiliation whatsoever with the Northern, wrongfully charging customers and never booking rooms. The booking sites used the details scraped from … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: U.S., Canada Approaching Trade Dispute Over Softwood Lumber

Barring last-minute deal, U.S. timber industry poised to initiate trade cases against Canada in court The U.S. and Canadian governments are approaching the end of a one-year standstill that could erupt into a trade dispute over timber imports that industry officials and federal lawmakers say are hurting Montana mills. Trade representatives from both countries have until midnight, Oct. 12 to reach a new deal before industry leaders can file complaints in court against Canada. The U.S. timber i… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Veteran at war with system over hearing aid

HELENA - A Vietnam veteran upset with the federal Veteran's Choice program in his quest to get a hearing aid has threatened to burn the card that registers him in the program, reflecting frustration with all parties involved to say they are looking for ways to fix the system for all veterans. Helena resident Dave Dube's complaint reflects a deeper problem with the program, officials said, as many local audiologists and optometrists decline to participate, saying payments are late or come up sho… Continue Reading


Sidney Roundup: Senator Daines Discussed the Need for a Continued FBI Presence in Richland County

Senator Steve Daines was in Sidney Oct. 5th; he met with local beet growers at Sidney Sugars, toured the Intake Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project Diversion Dam, and held a roundtable discussion focused on the needs of law enforcement, specifically the continuing drug issues in the Bakken region, as well as the need for the temporary Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent presence in Sidney to be made permanent. Federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies were in attendance.… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Billings hoteliers say phony booking sites harm tourism industry, Daines sponsors bill

When Steve Wahrlich, the owner of the Clock Tower Inn, went to check in at his room at a Bozeman hotel, he discovered that his reservation was never actually made. It may sound like a minor nuisance, Wahrlich, like many other hotel guests pre-paid for his room using a third-party booking site. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) visited with leaders of the Montana tourism industry in Billings on Tuesday to talk about his newly proposed legislation to tackle phony hotel reservation websites. Thousan… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Maintaining the FBI

Senator visits with law enforcement, local officials during time in Sidney After hearing about the importance of having a FBI office in Sidney, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., has written a request to the FBI director to stress why a FBI presence is needed. The letter included, "Removal of the physical presence of FBI agents from the region is ill-advised and would be detrimental to the ongoing work of law enforcement in the region. Area law enforcement officials have conveyed their concern… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Daines visits Sidney Sugars, talks about new farm bill

The ball is already on the ground and rolling for the 2018 farm bill, and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., had his ear to the ground for those issues most on farmers' minds during a visit to Sidney Sugars Wednesday, where growers talked about the increasing difficulties they face getting to a profitable harvest. Daines made a swing through eastern Montana, starting off with breakfast in Malta and ending at the Wibaux County Courthouse. Prior to arriving in Sidney, he had visited United Grain i… Continue Reading

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