In The News


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


Great Falls Tribune: Berger Named Director of VA Montana

HELENA - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs named Kathy Berger permanent director of VA Montana, saying she will oversee delivery of health care to nearly 35,000 veterans and a budget of $226 million. "We are excited to bring Dr. Berger on board in a permanent capacity as director of VA Montana Health Care System," said Ralph Gigliotti, Veterans Integrated Service Network 19 director. "She has served exceptionally well as acting director for the past four months and we look forward to grea… Continue Reading


The Billings Gazette: Daines Raises Issue of Colstrip Closure Next Year

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., raised the issue Friday of a secret plan to shut down Colstrip's oldest units in 2017, much earlier than has been disclosed to the public. In a letter to Talen Energy CEO Paul Farr, the Republican senator said he's heard from constituents that the decision has already been made to shut down Colstrip Units 1 and 2 next year, but that the company is delaying the announcement. Daines asked Farr to disclose whether the state of Montana is also in the loop o… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Senators Push for ICBM Upgrade at Malmstrom

Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said Tuesday they are pushing the Obama administration to take steps to update the ICBM fleet at Malmstrom Air Force Base. In a letter to President Barack Obama, they reiterated their support for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, which is scheduled to replace the Minuteman III fleet and provide a next-generation land component of the U.S. nuclear triad. They said modernizing Malmstrom's ICBM fleet is the best way to ensure that the United States ma… Continue Reading


Obama Administration Confirms Double-Digit Premium Hikes

(AP) - The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across states served by the federally run online market. The number of insurers serving the federal market will drop from 232 to 167, a loss of about 28 percent. Administration officials say that despite the sober… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Senators Back Push to Renew Softwood Import Agreement

Montana's Senate delegation co-signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking for continued pressure to get a new Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada. "We are disappointed that Canada appears reluctant to follow through on this commitment, which has significantly undermined (the U.S. Trade Representative's) efforts to reach a final agreement," Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester wrote on Friday, in a bipartisan message joined by 24 fellow senators. The Softwood Lumber Agreement was o… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Billings Crime Victims Rally Behind Marsy's Law, Opponents Warn of Hidden Complications

A constitutional initiative that will appear on the Montana ballots hits home for one Laurel woman, whose son was the victim of a brutal assault on the Billings Rims last spring. "My son was in an assault," said Kristen Dawes, the victim's mother. "He was the victim of an unprovoked assault in which he thought he was going to die. Throughout this whole process, I've really felt like I didn't have a voice." Since the arrest of the two men who allegedly assaulted her son Zach, Dawes said she has… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Sen. Daines: A Morning in Montana

The first week in October, I traveled across Eastern Montana - 648 miles to be exact with stops in 14 towns: Malta, Glasgow, Scobey, Westby, Plentywood, Culbertson, Sidney, Glendive, Wibaux, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus, Alzada and Ashland. Montana is a resource rich state. This includes agriculture as well robust coal, oil and natural gas potential - which directly employs nearly 6,000 Montanans and supports the employment of over 43,000 Montanans, in addition to providing a critical tax base … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Bill Signed to Study, Aid Native Children Approved

A bill to support Native children was signed into law, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Tuesday. The bipartisan Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children Act, which was signed Friday, creates a panel that will do a comprehensive study on the programs, grants and support available for Native children, both at government agencies and in Native communities. The goal is to develop a sustainable system that delivers wrap-around services to Native children, Daines said. "… Continue Reading

Showing page   of 91