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Billings Gazette: Zinke bill to end coal leasing ban, add community input, advances

A bill to overturn a temporary ban on federal coal leases - while also giving state and local governments a bigger say in leasing - was approved Thursday by the House Natural Resources Committee. Western lawmakers have been demanding for months that federal officials end the coal-leasing ban, which Department of Interior officials imposed last spring while they tried to determine whether the public is getting a fair royalty payment on federal coal. U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., author… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Mont. Indian tribe closer to recognition by federal govt

A House panel approved legislation Thursday that would grant Montana's Little Shell Tribe recognition by the federal government. The House Committee on Natural Resources voted 23-13 to approve legislation that includes the Little Shell federal recognition bill, bringing the tribe headquartered in Great Falls one step closer to receiving the designation it has spent more than 35 years trying to obtain. The Little Shell recognition was introduced by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. If the legislation is… Continue Reading


KLYQ: Hamilton’s Community Health Clinic Receives More Funds

The Bitterroot Valley's Sapphire Community Health Clinic has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding was announced by U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana this week. The funding is part of over a million dollars awarded to 17 Montana community health centers. Other centers included facilities in Billings, Livingston, Chinook, Miles City, Shelby and Hardin. The Sapphire health center is at 303 North 3rd Street in Hamilton and has recently … Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Shelby to get funds for Amtrak improvements

The Amtrak stop in Shelby will get $953,954 from the Federal Railroad Administration for safety improvements, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Wednesday. This project will upgrade two pedestrian and motor vehicle crossings in Shelby, by extending the existing Amtrak platform and installing fencing, signage, two quadrant gates and a wayside horn advance warning systems. The project is located along Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway's east-west mainline with 45 to 50 BNSF freight tra… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: 17 health centers receive federal funds

Seventeen community health centers in Montana will share $1,050,217 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Tuesday. Those centers include: •Billings: Yellowstone City-County Health Department: $92,615. •Helena: Lewis & Clark County: $46,032. •Missoula: Missoula County: $120,395. •Great Falls: Cascade County: $53,788. •Billings: Montana Migrant & Seasonal Farm Workers Council Inc.: $95,456. •Li… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Apgar photo shoot spreads the word of Glacier Park's beauty in an instant

APGAR - A couple hundred people - including an Instagram star, a United States senator and three fake mountain goats - gathered on the shores of Lake McDonald on Thursday evening while a perfect day in Glacier National Park transformed into a different sort of beauty. As a ceiling of storm-threatening clouds moved over the valley and the lake kicked into big-wave action, Jacob W. Frank readied his camera on the balcony of the Village Inn at Apgar. Frank did not request that the crowd b… Continue Reading


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

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