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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: More than 250 turn out for meeting on Yellowstone fire

WEST YELLOWSTONE - Smoke rose from thick stands of lodgepole pine just a few miles away as more than 250 people filed into the Union Pacific Dining Hall on Monday night to hear what will be done about the roaring fire in Yellowstone National Park. Several wildfires have been burning in Yellowstone National Park over the last couple of weeks, and the largest, the Maple Fire, has continued to grow. It has now charred more than 22,400 acres - about 35 square miles - in an area near the Gneiss … Continue Reading


NBC Montana: West Yellowstone residents voice concerns over Tatanka Complex

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The half dozen fires burning in Yellowstone National Park are now called the Tatanka Complex. Fire officials in West Yellowstone held a community meeting Monday night where residents voiced their concerns about the fire. As black smoke continues to rise from the fires, many residents are worried. "Oh, I'm saying my prayers like crazy," said Duck Creek resident Jim Criner. He was one of more than 200 residents at a community meeting to learn more about the fire. Officials pres… Continue Reading


Roll Call: How Do You Say Happy Birthday in Montana?

This weekend, both Montana senators - Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Jon Tester - are celebrating their birthdays. Daines on Saturday. Tester on Sunday. The neighboring dates gave the senators the opportunity to wish one another a happy birthday and exchange very Big Sky Country gifts. Tester's present for Daines was a bottle of safflower oil, processed from the herbaceous plant cultivated on his 1,800-acre family farm. Daines gave Tester Montana elk meat. The avid outdoorsman said th… Continue Reading


KULR8: Thousands celebrate the 98th Annual Crow Fair with jobs in mind

Friday was a day of celebration, remembrance and reflection at the 98th Annual Crow Fair, Powwow & Parade, a tradition that started in 1903. Montana Senator Steve Daines was among the honored guests. During the senator's visit to Israel, he presented a resolution from Crow Nation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and in return, Netanyahu gave Daines the Israeli flag to present to Crow Nation, a show of strength, solidarity and understanding. Crow Tribal Chairman Darrin Old Coyote tell… Continue Reading


KRTV: Ceremony in Great Falls welcomes 24 new U.S. citizens

GREAT FALLS - Montana residents welcomed the latest class to receive United States citizenship as 24 people from more than a dozen countries partook in the Naturalization Ceremony in Great Falls on Thursday morning at the Missouri River Federal Courthouse. "It has been one of the most exciting days in my life," said Tamara McCarty, a new U.S. citizen from Jamaica. U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly, along with representatives for U.S. Senator Jon Tester and U.S. Repr… Continue Reading


Daines: Wildfires underscore need to reform forest management

The Roaring Lion Fire, burning over 7,000 acres southwest of Hamilton, has already claimed one life and over 60 homes and structures. As fighters continue to battle the blaze, the destruction only underscores the importance of urgently passing forest reform legislation. Each summer that passes without comprehensive forest management reform is another summer when Mother Nature takes the matter into her own hands, filling our skies with the smoke of catastrophic wildfires. During a visit to the … Continue Reading


KPAX: Sen. Daines visits crews battling Roaring Lion Fire

Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines is echoed what many Bitterrooters felt Wednesday night: relief and appreciation for the firefighters battling the Roaring Lion fire. The state's junior Senator visited fire camp early Wednesday evening. Daines is the fourth Montana lawmaker to make the trip to the Type-1 camp at Hamilton High School, arriving in time for the evening recap of the crew's operations. Daines says he is proud of the firefighters who are risking their own lives to help sa… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Uber launches Bozeman service

Uber users can officially request a ride in Bozeman starting Thursday, more than six months after the company was approved to operate in Montana. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is set to be the first Uber passenger in Bozeman on Thursday night after a planned speech at Plonk on Main Street at 6 p.m. State Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, an early proponent of Senate Bill 396 - which paved the way for Uber through a revision of the state's motor carrier laws - will be Daines' driver. After the ride, Uber officia… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: International visitors craving authentic Indian Country experiences

When tourists - particularly international visitors - come to Indian Country, they're eager to become immersed in an authentic experience, like being paired with a tribal elder to learn how to weave a beautiful basket. Anna Barrera can show visitors true authenticity - maybe even help arrange the trip of a lifetime - with just a few keystrokes. Barrera and her mentor, Edward Hall, transportation specialist and tourism coordinator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, were co-presenters dur… Continue Reading


KPAX: Sen. Daines visits crews battling Roaring Lion Fire

HAMILTON - Montana's Republican Senator Steve Daines is echoed what many Bitterrooters felt Wednesday night: relief and appreciation for the firefighters battling the Roaring Lion fire. The state's junior Senator visited fire camp early Wednesday evening. Daines is the fourth Montana lawmaker to make the trip to the Type-1 camp at Hamilton High School, arriving in time for the evening recap of the crew's operations. Daines says he is proud of the firefighters who are risking their own live… Continue Reading


The Hill: Highlighting contributions of entrepreneurs, startup companies

For many Americans, a cornerstone of the American Dream is the opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a successful business. Our nation's economic prosperity was built on a foundation of American ingenuity and the drive to turn dreams into reality. As members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, we share a common goal of supporting the small businesses that are a key part of the American economy. This year we are joining together to celebrate the 4th Annual Startu… Continue Reading


The Missoulian: Hit with a 2x4: Senators push for action on Canadian softwood deal

"Cap-and-trade" has become a familiar phrase in energy policy discussions. Where U.S.-Canadian lumber imports are involved, it's more about "cap or trade." Last week, Montana's senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines added their signatures to a call for faster resolution of a softwood lumber dispute on the northern border. A new agreement could impose a cap on how much Canadian lumber can come south, or set trade rules for the amount of customs duties each truckload has to pay. Softwood m… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Glacier International Airport Receives Federal Grant for Master Plan

Glacier Park International Airport has received a $302,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to pay for a new master plan that will help guide the facility's future. The news that GPI would be receiving $302,000 from the FAA comes a week after the airport received $1.2 million from the federal government to reimburse it for recently purchased equipment. Airport Director Cindi Martin said the grant would help the airport update its master plan, which was last revised in 2009. She … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Security is Our Top Priority

The Orlando terrorist attack bears a weight that cannot be overstated. There are 49 American families - mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends - who said goodbye and buried their loved ones far too soon. Montana is a long way from Orlando, but across our state there were vigils mourning this unnecessary loss of life. Montana, and the nation, unite with Orlando. This terrorist attack, the deadliest in American history since 9/11, was executed by a terrorist who pledged allegiance to I… Continue Reading


KGVO: Senator Steve Daines Urges Senator Jon Tester to Protect Colstrip

After an announcement that Colstrip units 1 and 2 will be shut down over the next six years due to a legal settlement over an environmental lawsuit, Montana Senator Steve Daines is criticizing President Obama, "fringe environmental groups," and fellow Montana Senator Jon Tester for over what he describes as "a step backwards" for Colstrip. "We have voted several times here on legislation to move forward to stop the president's Clean Power Plan, to stop whats going on at the EPA," Daines said. "… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bill to name Diekmann peak introduced

Montana's congressional delegation has introduced a bill to name a Madison range peak after a Bozeman conservationist who died earlier this year. The bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, would name an unnamed peak in the Madison range after Alex Diekmann. Diekmann was a project manager for the Trust for Public Land for 16 years and worked on more than 55 projects that encompassed more than 100,000 acres. The 52-year-old died of cancer earlier this year. A groundswell of conservatio… Continue Reading


KMMS: U.S. Senate Moving Forward on Energy Bill

Senator Steve Daines today welcomed the next step to go to conference on, the next step in the legislative process, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate in April by a bipartisan vote of 85-12. "It's great to see momentum to permanently reauthorize LWCF, move forward critical forest reform to improve forest health and protect good-paying Montana energy jobs," Daines stated. This key legislation will help expand Montana energy production and at Daines' request wi… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman airport gets federal grant for new runway

The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport has been awarded a $2.3 million federal grant to help cover the cost of building a new runway. The grant, issued to the Gallatin Airport Authority by the Federal Aviation Administration, will fund earthwork and drainage construction for a new 5,050-foot runway at the airport, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The additional runway will help improve congestion during peak traffic periods, the agency says. "These funds … Continue Reading


KGVO: Sen. Steve Daines Responds to Montana Health Insurance Rate Requests

Last week Montana Inusrance and Exchange Commissioner Monica Lindeen announced higher rate requests for the three health insurance providers on the Affordable Care Act's marketplace. Sen. Steve Daines responded to the rate request today. "President Obama promised that Obamacare would drive down the cost of healthcare premiums, but instead, we are seeing astronomical proposed increases for Montana," Daines said. "Obamacare continues to take money out of the pockets of hardworking Montana familie… Continue Reading


KGVO: Daines – Zinke React To FBI Refusal To Recommend Prosecution of Hillary Clinton

Two-thirds of Montana's Congressional Delegation are up in arms over FBI Director James Comey's refusal to recommend criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her email issues. Republican Senator Steve Daines said it seems that there is a double standard for Washington insiders and the rest of the American population. "Our country was founded on the principle of equal justice for all, not just for some," Daines said. "Secretary Hillary Clinton should be held accou… Continue Reading

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