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KBZK: Regulation change could cost Montana gunsmiths

HELENA -U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are part of a bipartisan effort to overturn a recent rule change they say could cost Montana gunsmiths thousands of dollars. According to letters sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry by Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the concern is that anyone who modifies a firearm could be classified as a "manufacturer." They would then have to register with the government as part of the International… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Announces $853,333 to Strengthen Montana Manufacturing

Senator Steve Daines today announced $853,333 in funding for the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) for the next year and a half, which strengthens Montana small manufacturers through partnerships and guidance. "Manufacturing plays an integral role in supporting hardworking families across our state," Daines stated. "Manufacturing jobs pay an average of 17 percent higher wages than non-manufacturing jobs and I'm proud to support funding to create more of these high-paying jobs." In … Continue Reading


The Western News: Daines hosts economic roundtable

As local business owners, organization leaders and local officials look to jumpstart the local economy, a group of commerce leaders got a chance to ask one of their two Senators in Congress for help bringing their issues to Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., hosted a roundtable discussion on Thursday at the Lincoln County commissioners meeting room that focused on the local economy and the hopeful future envisioned by the stakeholders in attendance. More than 20 people squeeze… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: What does new ICBM milestone mean for Malmstrom?

The Air Force has approved the Milestone A for the ground-based strategic deterrent, meaning the new weapon system meant to replace the Minuteman III, including those at Malmstrom Air Force Base, remains on track. To reach this point, an analysis of alternatives must be conducted, including cost estimates, concepts of operations, overall risks and comparative effectiveness, according to the Congressional Research Service. Now that the Air Force has reached Milestone A, the program is in the Te… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Glacier celebrates National Park Service centennial

KALISPELL, Mont. - The National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary Thursday with celebrations across the country. More than 1,000 people assembled on the national mall to hold brown, green, and white umbrellas to form the National Park Service's iconic logo. Special events to celebrate the NPS milestone kicked off with free admission to all 412 national parks through Sunday. Parks in Montana are celebrating as well. No matter who you ask, anyone who comes to Glacier uses one word t… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Sen. Daines calls for investment in our national parks

(MTN News-MISSOULA) The National Park Service Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future - it's about kicking off the second century of stewardship for America's national parks and communities across the nation. Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park continue to break visitor records, with people from all over the world coming to Montana to explore the vast beauty and wildlife. Senator Steve Daines says for the National Park… Continue Reading


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

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