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03.23.16

Billings Gazette: CHS: Montanans will pay more for fuel if Colstrip power exits

A Montana oil refinery says it will lose a key power supplier if Colstrip is shuttered. CHS Inc., which refines oil in Laurel, gets more than half its power from Colstrip Power Plant, which faces an uncertain future as power companies in the Pacific Northwest prepare to dump coal-generated electricity and tighten pollution controls under the Clean Power Plan to address climate change. It was the Clean Power Plan that Patrick Kimmet, Laurel Refinery vice president cited Monday while mee… Continue Reading


03.22.16

Miles City: MCC on Daines’ energy tour

United States Sen. Steve Daines stopped in Miles City Monday evening to tour Miles Community College's Heavy Equipment Operations program. Daines has been traveling around the state to promote made-in-Montana energy and the good-paying jobs it supports. The tour will include the Montana Energy Summit 2016 on March 29-31 in Billings. He expects around 500 people at the conference to talk about the future of energy in Montana. Daines met with MCC President Stacy Klippenstein, among others, in J… Continue Reading


03.22.16

KMMS: Montana Energy 2016 Next Week in Billings

The Montana Energy 2016 conference will take place March 29 - 31 in Billings. For the full agenda, including speakers, panelists and continuing education sessions is now available here. Montana Energy 2016 will serve as the largest venue to discuss Montana's energy potential. Led by Senator Steve Daines, the comprehensive conference will continue the discussion around state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana's energy potential. More information a… Continue Reading


03.21.16

Yellowstone Public Radio: CHS Refinery Depends On Colstrip For Electricity, Manager Says

Senator Steve Daines is spending the next two weeks highlighting the energy needs of Montana businesses, and advocating for policies that protect the state's fossil fuel industries, including coal interests that are facing significant challenges. Daines kicked off what he's calling his Montana Energy tour today with a stop at the CHS refinery in Laurel. CHS Refinery Manager Pat Kimmet puts into perspective how important electricity is to the Laurel facility. "$18 million for power and $15 mill… Continue Reading


03.21.16

MTN News: Daines kicks off "Made-in-Montana Energy Tour" in Laurel

With the future of the Colstrip Power Plants now in question, Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is taking his energy fight on the road on a statewide tour to promote what he calls "Made-in-Montana Energy." The Republican Senator kicked off his 10 city tour Monday in Laurel at the CHS Refinery. "This refinery relies on Colstrip for its electricity. Sixty percent of the electricity of this refinery comes from Colstrip, so I think it also highlights the importance of Colstrip and the coal industry… Continue Reading


03.21.16

ABC Fox: 'Montana is leading the nation': Senator Steve Daines to host Montana Energy 2016 conference

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) is set to host a conference discussing the future of energy in the treasure state. Energy is big business in Montana, but the future of the industry is less certain than it has been in a long time. "It's not just about our state," says Sen. Daines. "It's how our state can have an impact on the entire nation and the world." Montana Energy 2016 kicks off in a week. The meeting will take place in Billings and look at the state's energy potential with fresh perspecti… Continue Reading


03.19.16

Billings Gazette: Montana Energy conference coming to Billings

A full schedule is available at www.montanaenergy.net . The panelists and speakers have been set for one of Montana's largest energy industry trade meetings, held March 29 to March 31 at the Radisson Hotel in Billings. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Friday the panel lineup for the three-day conference, which will features leaders in industry and government. Eight panel sessions will be held, covering infrastructure needs, energy policy, renewables, export markets, re… Continue Reading


03.18.16

News Talk KGVO: Rep. Ryan Zinke, Sen. Steve Daines and Others Press Air Force on Replacing Hueys

Last month, Rep. Ryan Zinke requested funds to acquire new helicopters at Malmstrom Airforce Base. During that time in a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Zinke pressed Admiral Cecil Haney about the use of out-of-date Huey helos at Malmstrom. "From talking to folks on the ground [at Malmstrom] and looking at it, and I concur, these are aging helicopters as well as they don't have the lift and capacity. If they do get an alert situation, they just don't have the hover time for the distance… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Chabad.org: U.S. Senator From Montana Calls ‘Champion Child’ Zeesy Bruk ‘Courageous’

It's been just weeks since Zeesy Bruk was appointed the 2016 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child from the state of Montana. Yet already, the 5-year-old child of Rabbi Chaim and Chavie Bruk, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Montana, has been hailed by fans near and far, including U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who released a video statement in which he called her a "very special" and "very courageous" little girl. Since birth, Zeesy has battled a rare genetic metabolic diso… Continue Reading


03.17.16

Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers push AF to expedite new helicopter

Members of the Montana congressional delegation are pressing the Air Force to make a decision regarding the planned replacement of the UH-1N Hueys flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Last week, Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter, with 14 other lawmakers, to the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requesting that funds be included in the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations and authorization bills to replace the Hueys. The Hueys at … Continue Reading


03.17.16

KLYQ: Caitlin Gillespie is Appointed to Air Force Academy

Hamilton's Caitlin Gillespie has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She had been nominated by all three Montana Congressmen earlier. Caitlin, a senior at Hamilton High School, already has completed her first solo flight as a pilot (see photo) and will continue to head to the sky with classes at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been captain of track and basketball teams, is an honor student and is a delegate to American Legion's Girls State. Senator Steve Daines sa… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Sidney Herald: Amtrak eyes Culbertson stop

Oil and gas may be in a downturn, but communities in the area continue to make positive strides forward when it comes to regional development and infrastructure. One of those strides could include a new Amtrak stop in Culbertson. Amtrak officials have confirmed they have been evaluating the neighboring community for a stop for about three years now. "We know that it makes business sense to stop at Culbertson," said Marc Magliari, a spokesman with Amtrak. "There's a long distance betwee… Continue Reading


03.16.16

Roll Call: Senators Let the Cars Do the Driving

A self-driving car can't get you out of a traffic jam. That's something Republican Sen. John Thune learned from the passenger seat of a modified Chrysler 300c from Continental on Tuesday as the Senate Commerce Committee explored autonomous driving technology. "We went out into Virginia. Of course we hit the 395 traffic," said Thune, R-S.D., who is the committee chairman, referring to the interstate heading south from Washington. "Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic ja… Continue Reading


03.16.16

National Journal: Congress Chips Away at Net Neutrality as Court Decision Looms

Law­makers are push­ing ahead with two bills that would tweak cer­tain parts of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion's con­tro­ver­sial net-neut­ral­ity rules-the sig­na­ture In­ter­net-policy achieve­ment of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. But even as Re­pub­lic­ans try to chip away at the sweep­ing In­ter­net reg­u­la­tions, the real at­ten­tio… Continue Reading


03.15.16

Fairfield Sun Times: Daines Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Expand Montana Hydro

Senator Steve Daines on Monday applauded the House of Representative's passage of legislation to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The legislation would provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam are two p… Continue Reading


03.14.16

The Hill: White House set to send Iran cyber message

The Obama administration is reportedly poised to indict the Iranian hackers responsible for infiltrating a New York dam in 2013. The anticipated move is widely seen as an attempt to deter Tehran's rapidly developing cyber program, and head off concerns that the country will use a new influx of resources from its recently struck nuclear deal to fund cyber warfare efforts. "It's a pretty big deal," said Adam Segal, a cyber policy specialist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign relations. … Continue Reading


03.11.16

Billings Gazette: East Rosebud Creek to get Wild and Scenic hearing in Senate

A U.S. Senate hearing has been scheduled for March 17 to consider a bill that would protect East Rosebud Creek in the Beartooth Mountains. The proposal would designate as Wild and Scenic the 13 miles of the creek from its start near Fossil Lake to East Rosebud Lake and the seven-mile stretch from East Rosebud Lake to the Custer National Forest Service boundary. East Rosebud Lake is not included because private property surrounds the lake. Only public land in the National Forest would be par… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: GOP senator bashes Obama over delay in blaming Iran for hack

"It is clear Iran is not a friend to the United States or its allies," Daines said. "It's time that President Obama decides what he values more: the friendship of Iran or the security of our homeland." Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) on Thursday bashed President Obama for taking years to blame Iran for a 2013 cyberattack against a New York dam. "It is downright shameful that it has taken President Obama three years to denounce Iran for a malicious cybersecurity attack on our country while at the s… Continue Reading


03.10.16

Sidney Herald: Daines honors sergeant with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office

Senator Steve Daines has recognized Sergeant Tim Lingle of the Roosevelt County Sheriff's office who was recently named the Montana American Legion Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Through his "Montanan of the Week" initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress. Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines' "Montan… Continue Reading


03.10.16

The Hill: Arch Coal backs out of Montana mine project

Mining giant Arch Coal on Thursday said it will suspend its work on securing a permit for a new mine in southeastern Montana. In a statement, the company blamed "capital constraints," a weak coal market and uncertainty in the permitting process for suspending its proposed Otter Creek Mine project. The company secured the lease rights to 8,300 acres of minerals in Otter Creek in 2010. The permitting process to begin mining, the company said, "has taken longer than anticipated, and further … Continue Reading

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