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07.17.20

Crow Tribal Police eye former BIA jail to begin detention operations

The Crow Tribal Police and Crow leadership are eyeing a closed Bureau of Indian Affairs jail on the reservation to meet the newly formed police force's detention needs. Several administrators with the Crow Tribe, Bureau of Indian Affairs and gathered at the site of a former BIA jail on the Crow Indian Reservation to discuss the possibility of the tribe taking ownership of the jail to book offenders arrested by the new tribal police force. On Friday, several Crow Tribe administrators, Bur… Continue Reading


07.17.20

Crow Tribe Police hoping to acquire empty detention facility

BILLINGS, Mt. - Early Friday afternoon Crow Tribe Chairman AJ Not Afraid, Senator Daines, Crow Tribe Police and Tribal members took a tour of the empty detention facility in Crow Agency. The detention center is currently leased by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Crow tribe is looking to take over the lease to utilize the facility as they continue to lack enough holding space to maintain their policing needs on the reservation. The crow tribal police department wants to clean out and re… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Sen. Daines calls for more funding to speed the development of COVID-19 vaccines

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) is requesting more funding for potential COVID-19 vaccines in any new coronavirus relief package. "As you continue your work on critical legislation to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, I write to you today to urge your support for robust funding that will help accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments," Daines wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer … Continue Reading


07.16.20

Montana Ag Producers Say They Need More COVID-19 Relief

As Congress prepares to debate another stimulus package to prop up the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, farmers and ranchers are lobbying for more help. Inside a farm shop southeast of Great Falls Wednesday industry representatives met with federal agriculture department Under Secretary Bill Northey and U.S. Sen. Steve Daines to voice their concerns. Brett DeBruycker farms and ranches in Teton County. He says the assistance he got from the United States Department of Agriculture Co… Continue Reading


07.16.20

Bozeman optics and photonics businesses highlighted during roundtable discussion

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Sen. Steve Daines hosted a roundtable discussion at Ascent Vision to highlight leaders in the optics and photonics industry on Thursday. Photonics is the science and technology of generating, detecting and controlling light. The industry is made up of companies that use, create and research light-based technologies. Daines says the optics and photonics industry is growing and there are 35 businesses around the state. He says the industry employs over 800 Montanans. … Continue Reading


07.16.20

Sen. Daines hosts Montana Ag roundtable in Great Falls

On Wednesday morning, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) joined USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and a number of farmers, ranchers and organization representatives from across Montana to discuss the state of the Agriculture industry in the Treasure State, as well as the impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry, and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program "Nothing beats having an Undersecretary of Agriculture leave Washington D.C. and come to Montana and literally hear directly from our fa… Continue Reading


07.16.20

David J. Thatcher Veterans Affairs Clinic groundbreaking ceremony held in Missoula

MISSOULA - On Friday, June 10, the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Veterans Affairs Clinic was held on West Broadway before a COVID-19 limited crowd of politicians, VA officials, Veterans, Flathead Nation representatives, construction personnel and the family of David J. Thatcher. The World War II hero is the namesake of the David J. Thatcher Veterans Affairs Clinic. Thatcher, a U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, volunteered to serve as a tail gunner for a high-risk mission to attack targets in J… Continue Reading


07.15.20

US Bill Would Create Lost and Found for Retirement Savings

US lawmakers have re-introduced a bipartisan bill intended to create a national online "lost and found" for Americans to track down lost retirement accounts as they move between jobs. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and Steve Daines, R-Montana, are sponsoring the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act in the Senate, while Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, and Jim Banks, R-Indiana, have introduced the bill in the House of Representatives. "Millions of Americans lose thousands in savings… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Farmers, Ranchers Voice Ag Concerns in Great Falls Roundtable Discussion

CASCADE COUNTY - The Coronavirus pandemic has also had a major impact on Montana's farmers and ranchers, as Congress starts looking at a second round of food assistance programs for the industry. With agriculture affecting many aspects of everyday life, including the food you cook and eat, those in the field met with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Wednesday to share their concerns in the midst of this pandemic. "I was glad we were able to have enough conversations to be able to figure ou… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Daines calls for more funding for COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutic drugs

Note: This was provided by the Office of Sen Steve Daines U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont, called Tuesday for more robust funding for the development and manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines and drugs in any upcoming coronavirus relief package in Congress. This request for funding follows Daines successfully securing $10 billion in the CARES Act to accelerate the manufacturing and development of drugs to treat and prevent COVID-19. "As you continue your work on critical legislation to respond to … Continue Reading


07.15.20

Sen. Daines hosts Montana Ag roundtable in Great Falls

On Wednesday morning, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) joined USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and a number of farmers, ranchers and organization representatives from across Montana to discuss the state of the Agriculture industry in the Treasure State, as well as the impact that COVID-19 has had on the industry, and the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program "Nothing beats having an Undersecretary of Agriculture leave Washington D.C. and come to Montana and literally hear directly from our farme… Continue Reading


07.15.20

Daines continues fight to hasten Montana’s Milk River Project emergency work

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) on July 13 continued efforts to fix Montana's St. Mary Milk River Project and protect stateside jobs and agricultural operations. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Milk River Project in north-central Montana furnishes water for the irrigation of about 121,000 acres of land. Project features include Lake Sherburne, numerous dams, the Dodson Pumping Plant, 200 miles of canals, 219 miles of laterals, and 295 miles of drains. In May, Drop 5 of the Milk … Continue Reading


07.13.20

Senior care centers are stressed

American seniors are struggling today as a result of increased COVID-19 testing requirements. Recent survey results bear this out. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) published the results of a 2020 survey conducted between June 25 and June 29 of 1,385 long-term care facility staff members. The survey focused on national results. It is by no means definitive. However, it offers insights into what is happening throughout the United States within a… Continue Reading


07.13.20

Congressman Massie Discusses PRIME Act

When it comes to the cattle markets, and ranchers getting higher prices for their beef- could a piece of legislation known as the PRIME Act be one of the answers that Montana cattle ranchers are looking for? We spoke with the author of the legislation, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) on our statewide radio talk show, "Montana Talks" with Aaron Flint. Here's the audio: Congressman Massie was very pleased to note that Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is a co-sponsor of the legislation in the US Sena… Continue Reading


07.12.20

COVID-19 Shapes the Future of Telehealth

Before the coronavirus pandemic began limiting nonemergency hospital visits all over the country in March, Virtual Health Manager Nicki Perisho says Kalispell Regional Healthcare (KRH) was conducting an average of 20 telehealth visits a month. But once the stay-at-home order went into effect, telehealth appointments multiplied to almost 500 per day. While the high volume of virtual visits scaled back to about 150 per day by early July, Perisho says the pandemic has paved the way for telehealth'… Continue Reading


07.11.20

Community marks ground breaking for new Missoula VA clinic

MISSOULA - Montana has one of the highest populations of veterans in the country and Missoula will soon be home to a new veterans health care center. Community members and politicians all came together on Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new VA clinic which aims to bring healthcare to more Montana veterans. The new clinic will sit on an eight-acre lot on West Broadway in Missoula and will be 60,000 square feet. The facility is named after WWII veteran David J. Thatcher who voluntee… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Groundbreaking ceremony set for new VA clinic in Missoula

MISSOULA, Mont. - A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Friday, for the new Missoula Veterans' Affairs Clinic. The Community-Based Outpatient Clinic will be built on a vacant lot at Mary Jane Boulevard and West Broadway. It received federal funding in the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017. Both U.S. Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester will attend the groundbreaking. The CBOC will have an estimated 52,557 energy efficient net usable square feet and serve approximately 47,000 a… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Groundbreaking on VA’s new Missoula clinic one step closer to “the care vets deserve”

Service veterans across western Montana will say goodbye to the cramped confines of the Department of Veterans Affairs current Missoula medical clinic next winter when a new integrated care center opens on West Broadway. VA officials joined veterans, Native Americans and members of Montana's congressional delegation on Friday to break ground on that new $31 million facility, which will double the size of the antiquated clinic off Palmer Street. "Today marks our first next step forward for Mont… Continue Reading


07.10.20

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new V.A. clinic in Missoula

MISSOULA -- A crowd gathered on Friday to celebrate the start of construction on the new David J. Thatcher Veterans Affairs clinic. The event brought together Montana's U.S. senators, veterans, the Salish-Kootenai tribe and more. The facility will be 60,000 square feet, covering eight acres. That's about a 40,000 square foot increase from the current clinic. The $48 million dollar clinic is named after Montana veteran, David J. Thatcher, who received the silver star for his service in the Dool… Continue Reading


07.10.20

VA Breaks Ground On Missoula Veterans Clinic

Critics have complained that Western Montana's veterans have had to make do with an undersized clinic, but that's about to change. Friday in Missoula was the groundbreaking for a vastly updated outpatient veteran's clinic in Missoula. At over 52,000 energy efficient square feet, Missoula's brand-new VA facility will be a much larger upgrade over the existing Community Based Outpatient Clinic, or CBOC. The new David J. Thatcher VA Clinic, named for the decorated Montanan who participated in the … Continue Reading

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