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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines looks forward to conversation with Exxon CEO picked for secretary of state

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said Tuesday that he would wait to meet Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson before passing judgement on his fitness to serve as the country's secretary of state. "I haven't had a chance to meet him. I look forward to conversations with him," Daines said during a meeting Tuesday with the Chronicle's editorial board. "After I have a chance to meet with him, to have a discussion, I'll let you know." President-elect Donald Trump announced Tillerson's pick as the nation's t… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Sources: Zinke is Trump's pick for Interior secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has asked Montana's lone congressman, Ryan Zinke, to be secretary of the Interior, according to sources close to Zinke. Zinke met with Trump in New York City on Monday. He was reportedly in the mix for one of a handful of Cabinet positions that include the departments of the Interior and Veterans Affairs. Zinke, a Republican, was flying back to Whitefish on Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., was meeting with The Gazett… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Port to remain open 24 hours, senators say

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have reportedly told Montana's congressional delegation the Raymond Port of Entry will remain a 24-hour entryway into Canada, shelving plans to close it for six hours daily due to low traffic volume. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., put out news releases last week stating that plans to reduce hours at the port 15 miles north of Plentywood had been scrapped. Daines said that he and fellow Montana Republican, U.S. Rep. Ryan Zi… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Daines, Tester Praise Passage of Blackfeet Water Compact

Among its final actions before the 114th Congress closed session, the U.S. Senate followed the lead of Montana lawmakers Steve Daines and Jon Tester and passed the long-awaited Blackfeet Water Compact. The water settlement was included in the Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation Act, a water resources agreement that also includes legislation to address the Flint water crisis, provide drought relief in California and across the West. The U.S. Senate passed the bill on Dec. 10. P… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Brace for change on health care under Trump, Daines predicts

Obamacare will go through some serious changes early in the new Trump presidency, Montana Sen. Steve Daines predicted on Monday. "Now we're playing with live ammunition," Daines said during a visit to the Missoulian. "It's a very real discussion. This time, it needs to be thoughtful and not jammed down." Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare was targeted for complete repeal by Republican congressional candidates and president-elect Donald Trump. While that's likely to happen,… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Local students ask questions of senator

Sidney High School students received the opportunity to talk with an U.S. senator face to face when U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., took part in a Skype call on Wednesday afternoon. Brad Faulhaber, government teacher, said the call was part of the school's civic engagement's opportunities beyond the classroom. The classroom consisted of mainly seniors along with a junior and a couple of sophomores. Daines encouraged students to stay engaged in the political process. "We have an amazin… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: CMR student nominated for military and naval academy

Max Sechena, a C.M. Russell High senior, was one of 25 Montana students nominated by Sen. Steve Daines for enrollment in a U.S. military academy. Sechena is applying for enrollment in both the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. "I wanted to find meaningful work, and I thought the military was the way to do that," Sechena said. "You know that soldier phase that I think every little kid goes through? That never really ended for me." Sechena's… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: With Unified Task Force, Montana Expedites Invasive Mussel Testing

Leaders of a statewide interagency strike team tasked with combatting the threat of invasive mussels announced Thursday they have expedited a five-month backlog of water samples and will have complete results by Dec. 19, while state lawmakers have voiced concern about the initial response. The Montana Mussel Incident Response Team was formed earlier this month in response to the recent discovery of mussel larvae in Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs east of the Continental Divide, as well as in … Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Fort Harrison gets 2 of 5 stars in secret VA quality ratings

The VA Montana Healthcare System at Fort Harrison received two out of five stars on a secret rating system used by the Department of Veteran Affairs. USA Today obtained the rankings of 146 medical centers, which had previously been kept private for internal use, and published it on Dec. 7. Medical centers are rated each quarter, and USA Today's data initially included the fourth quarter of 2015. Veteran Affairs subsequently released which medical centers received a one or five star rating in… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Lumber Coalition Files Petition Against Canadian Imports

A month after a 10-year trade agreement on lumber from Canada expired, a coalition of U.S. lumber producers has filed a trade complaint over those imports from our northern neighbor. The U.S. Lumber Coalition filed the petition with the federal Commerce Department and International Trade Commission on Nov. 25, seeking duties imposed on Canadian softwood lumber that the coalition says is dumped into the U.S. market. The term "dumping" in this case refers to lumber sold at less than market valu… Continue Reading


Bloomberg: Trump’s Pick of EPA Foe to Lead Agency May Spark Senate Fight

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of a chief opponent of the Obama administration's climate agenda and a staunch oil industry ally to lead the Environmental Protection Agency prompted vows to battle the nomination. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt -- who sued the EPA to overturn some of President Barack Obama's signature initiatives -- is Trump's pick to lead the agency, according to people familiar with the decision. It is a major victory for oil, gas and coal companies that have… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP senator points to Iran deal, immigration as targets for Trump

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is detailing a wide-ranging list of Obama administration policies for Donald Trump to roll back when the president-elect takes office in January, including the Iran nuclear deal and immigration. "In addition to enacting harmful policies, the current administration has failed to support commonsense reforms needed to improve the lives of hardworking Americans and protect our way of life," Daines wrote in a congratulatory letter to Trump on Tuesday. The seven-page … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Helena couple survived Pearl Harbor in 1941

HELENA - Andy Kim, then 15, a self-proclaimed "rascal," and some of his buddies were having their usual Sunday morning fun in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when he noticed a tiny black speck in the sky. The Navy had been out on maneuvers a few days earlier, most of the Navy ships had returned to the port and U.S. military planes had been flying drills so no one was suspicious when that small dot appeared above. Soon, the small speck got closer and passed the boys as they were standing on a railroad t… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Federal bill would honor Jeannette Rankin

Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester introduced legislation Monday to honor the 100th anniversary of the first woman elected to Congress. The 100 Years of Women in Congress Act would pay tribute to former Rep. Jeannette Rankin - who was elected to the House in 1916 - by renaming in her honor a key science, technology, engineering and mathematics program that provides grants to colleges and universities who encourage women and minorities to pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields. The U.S. Depa… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Nonprofit looking to fund projects

In the year ahead there will be a new source of funding for high-impact projects Montana and Idaho - including here in Butte. After receiving a $90 million award in New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Treasury Department in November, Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation is seeking to fund projects that are worth at least $4 million and have a gap in financing. MICDC, a nonprofit consulting service, works with investors to turn New Markets Tax Credits into cash that can be u… Continue Reading


Lynx and loggers and laws - threatened and endangered players in the timber policy debate

Spotted owls don't fly in Montana. But like the proverbial butterfly wingflap in New Mexico stirring up a hurricane in China, spotted owls in Oregon blew down the timber industry in Montana. A quarter-century later, people see the spotted owl storm in one of two very different ways. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, points to the 1990 Endangered Species Act listing of spotted owls as the start of the industry's troubles. "This listing and resulting litigation was a watershed dev… Continue Reading


KULR: Daines speaks on the future of Montana Ag overseas

The 133rd annual Wool Growers Convention took place Friday where senator Steve Daines spoke to growers about the continued importance of agriculture to Montana. Senator Daines said agriculture in Montana is important because it's the largest economic driver, as well as the foundation of Montana values. He also said it's important that Montana plays a role overseas to grow our production and grow our herds. "We need to have access overseas in these growing markets, particularly in Asia," Dai… Continue Reading


KBZK: Livingston man follows his dreams, aims for next world record

The man who is a legend in Livingston and was recognized this summer by Senator Steve Daines as one of his Montanans of the Week has a talent many people might not know about. Louis Armentaro, the Guinness Record Holder Rodeo Announcer, is a colorful character and is quick to share the secret of his success. "I was a twin. My twin died when I was a sophomore in high school," Armentaro said. "That was the end of my world as far as I was concerned. And then I got drafted when I was 19 and I wan… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Response Team Formed for Aquatic Invasive Species

Even though these mussel species have been found they can not reproduce in the cold temperatures. So Fish Wildlife and Parks along with Governor Steve Bullock and Senator Steve Daines will have time to create a response plan to stop the spread of the mussels. Governor Bullock released an Executive Order Wednesday calling for an inter-agency response of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and Fish Wildlife and Parks. Thursday a meeting was held to answer questions from the pub… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Emergency Restrictions OK'd to Contain Invasive Mussels in Montana

The state of Montana announced emergency restrictions Thursday on the launch or removal of boats, docks and other structures for Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs until they freeze over. The restrictions were approved Thursday afternoon by a newly formed Montana Mussel Response Team and the directors of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "We're not anticipating that this is going to impact a lot of recreationists," s… Continue Reading

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