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The Hill: Last-Ditch Effort to Prevent Changes to Law Enforcement Hacking Rule Fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to prevent changes to a rule that will ease the process for law enforcement to use hacking in investigations failed Wednesday morning, allowing the controversial updates to Rule 41 to take effect at midnight. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Chris Coons (D-Del) took to the floor and unsuccessfully asked for unanimous consent to either pass or formally vote on three bills to delay or prevent updates to the process used by law enforcement to g… Continue Reading


The Shelby Promoter: Shelby FFA Gains Valuable Experience at John Deere Agriculture Expo

Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Shelby FFA left for another fun and educational trip to Bozeman to attend the FFA John Deere Agricultural Exposition. The annual John Deere Ag Expo is full of competitions and leadership activities designed for FFA members to sharpen their skills and expand their knowledge about agriculture and leadership. The competitions, or Career Development Events (CDEs), included Food Science, Agricultural Communications, Meat Judging, Agricultural Sales, Job Interview, Livestock … Continue Reading


The Daily Inter Lake: Senate OK's Bill to Improve Rural Health Care

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill Tuesday that could expand access to specialty health care for rural patients in states like Montana where services are often scattered. The Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act, or the ECHO Act, would pull federal resources toward studying telehealth technology and models to improve patient care in communities often separated from medical support. Catherine Todd with North Valley Hospital said she's watched telehealth spread through the Flathead V… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Timber Legacy Offers Few Lessons for Industry Future

If you want to visualize Missoula's timber history, ride a bike. Start at Bonner Elementary School and wonder at the massive yellow structure across the street. That was once the world's largest plywood plant. Behind it was a sawmill. And right across the river was another sawmill. Logs arrived at first by floating down the Blackfoot River. Through the first half of the 20th century, the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. mainly squared them off for mine tunnel timbers, tossing away slabs th… Continue Reading


The Wall Street Journal: Whatever Happened to That Old 401(k)?

Suspect you may have lost track of a 401(k) retirement account or pension benefit? You aren't alone. As Americans jump from job to job, they are leaving more 401(k)-style accounts and pension benefits with ex-employers. Some lose track of the money, forfeiting a piece of their retirement security. While no one keeps exact tabs on the number of lost retirement accounts, human-resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt estimates that as many as 30% of all pension accounts may ultimately fall into thi… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: New Mussel Larvae Suspected in Missouri River Near Townsend

State officials have identified another possible presence of invasive mussels in Montana, this time in the Missouri River south of Townsend. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Wednesday that mussel larvae were confirmed from water samples taken Tuesday in the Missouri River near the York's Islands Fishing Access Site. FWP officials are searching for mussels to identify if an adult population has already been established. The Missouri River is now the third water body i… Continue Reading


KTVH: Daines, Fox Statement DHS Rejection of Montana's Application for REAL ID Extension

U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox today released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) rejection of Montana's application for an extension on REAL ID compliance: "Montanans have spoken loud and clear: we don't want REAL ID and we don't want the federal government infringing on our personal privacy," Daines stated. "I'm going to work to pursue every legislative fix I can to safeguard Montanans' civil liberties and personal privacy." … Continue Reading


AP: Feds Deny Montana Request to Delay Driver's License Law

Montana residents won't be allowed to use their driver's licenses to access military bases, nuclear power plants and federal facilities starting Jan. 30, and they'll need another form of identification to board commercial aircraft a year after that, federal officials said Tuesday. Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent Montana Gov. Steve Bullock a letter rejecting the governor's request to delay implementation of the federal Real ID Act of 2005 The state previously receiv… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Missoula Nonprofit Scores $90 Million in Federal New Markets Tax Credits

Montana and Idaho are getting some very good economic development news. The Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC), a nonprofit headquartered in Missoula, was awarded $90 million in New Markets Tax Credits by the U.S. Treasury Department. That type of tax credit has been used to help finance several major projects in western Montana over the years, including the six-story Garlington, Lohn and Robinson law office building downtown and the new Poverello Center home… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines Calls for Help with Invasive Mussels

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Monday wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request the expedited implementation and distribution of funds for watercraft inspection stations. Daines' letter comes in the wake of confirmed invasive mussel larvae in the Tiber Reservoir and potentially in Canyon Ferry. If adult mussels spread, they threaten to block hydropower and irrigation ducts. Invasive mussels also negatively impact the ecosystem, recreation and tourism of affected areas. … Continue Reading


The Hill: DOJ Defends New Warrant Rule for Computer Searches

The Department of Justice is defending controversial changes to the rule of evidence that would allow officials to search computers that are masking their location. In an agency blog post, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell argues that updates to Rule 41 of the federal rules of criminal procedure are necessary to keep pace with changing technology. "While most changes were for the better, some technologies enable new forms of crime and victimization that would have been difficult t… Continue Reading


KTVH: Bill to Improve National Forest Trails Clears Congress

Montana Senator Steve Daines' recent legislation aimed at improving maintenance of U.S. National Forest trails is on its way to the President's desk. The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act would ensure existing Forest Service resources are better used to maintain National Forest trails. It would also significantly increase the role of volunteers and local partners in maintaining the usability and sustainability of the National Forest trail system. "Too many of our National Forest tr… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Daines secures $1.2 million for Crow Tribe for Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced $1,224,949.00 in funding for the Crow Tribe for diabetes treatment and prevention. "Through this funding, the Crow Tribe can continue to improve care for tribal members living with diabetes, a disease which sadly plagues so many in Montana's Native communities" Daines stated. Native Americans have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. On September 20, 2016, Daines authored a letter to U.S. Senate leadership underscoring the import… Continue Reading


The Verge: What Does Congress Want From Smart Helmets, HoloLens, and Pokemon Go?

Yesterday afternoon, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation met with representatives from the world of augmented reality for the first Congressional hearing on the industry. That included general counsel from the Entertainment Software Association; the CEO of AR helmet company Daqri; and John Hanke, CEO of Niantic - the company behind this summer's massive hit game Pokémon Go. Depending on how you define it, augmented reality has implications for everything from pr… Continue Reading


BuzzFeed: Lawmakers Want to Halt Changes That Would Allow Trump Wider Hacking Abilities

A group of senators are making a last-ditch effort to delay proposed changes to a federal rule that would greatly expand the government current hacking powers. The Review the Rule Act would delay the proposed changes to Rule 41, officially known as the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41, from going into effect until July 1, 2017. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court approved proposed changes to Rule 41, giving Congress until Dec. 1 to modify, reject, or postpone the changes established by th… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Blackfeet Water Compact Sails Through Key Committee

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed the Blackfeet Water Rights Settlement Act, moving one step closer toward full congressional approval of the historic compact, which has been awaiting ratification since 2010. Negotiations between the Blackfeet Tribe, local communities and state and federal governments began more than 30 years ago to establish water rights in and around the reservation. The compact will also help rehabilitate the Four Horns Dam and … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Montana Politicians Criticize New Emissions Rule

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule drafted by the Bureau of Land Management. The final rule will become effective Jan. 17, 2017. The rule is intended to conserve the nation's natural gas produced on public and tribal lands and prevent the harmful and wasteful release of natural gas into the atmosphere. Though technology for oil and gas management has progressed, the rules against waste as a result of venting, flaring a… Continue Reading


Glasgow Courier: Sen. Daines: Honoring Montana's Veterans

On July 17, 2012, while on patrol with his team in Afghanistan, Bo Reichenbach of Lockwood, who is now a retired Navy SEAL from Team Two, stepped on a 20-pound IED buried in a field. He lost both legs above the knee leaving him a double amputee. The loss of his legs did not stop Bo or slow his determination to excel in life, proven by the fact that he is currently the goalie for the US National Sled Team and will be going to South Korea in 2018 to play hockey for the U.S. in the Paralympics. B… Continue Reading


The Billings Gazette: Daines Huddles with Business Owners on Health Insurance Tax

Montana businesses are turning to U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., to repeal, or at least delay, a federal tax on health insurance. Daines met with representatives of the Montana Auto Dealers Association and local Billings businesses in Billings on Wednesday. Insurance premiums are going up, Daines said. But on the horizon is a tax on top of those premiums that is going to work against employees. "The discussion we're seeing nationally today is primarily focused on premium increases, d… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Daines Ups Heat to Overturn Lynx Decision

After the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked a pair of logging projects near Bozeman on Tuesday, Sen. Steve Daines has increased his effort to make Congress overturn the legal decision. Daines, R-Montana, sent a memorandum on Wednesday asking the Senate and House of Representatives to "promptly reverse" the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center vs. U.S. Forest Service ruling. Known as a "Dear Colleague" letter, Daines' message asked for a statutory amendment codifying a different court… Continue Reading

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