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Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Hearing scheduled to name peak after local conservationist

About a week after Montana's congressional delegation requested it, the bill to name a Madison Range peak after a prominent conservationist who died earlier this year will have a U.S. Senate committee hearing next week. The U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing on the Alex Diekmann Designation Act of 2016 next Thursday. The bill would name an unnamed peak in the Madison range after Alex Diekmann, who worked for 16 years as a project manager for the Trust … Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Whitefish Lake Watershed Project Receives $2 Million in Federal Funding

Montana's congressional delegation has secured $2 million in funding for the sprawling, multi-phase Whitefish Lake Watershed Project, which furnishes permanent protections on 15,334 acres of prime multiple-use land flanking the lake's northern shore. The conservation and recreation community praised the easement because it protects critical fish and wildlife habitat and provides continued public access for outdoor recreation, while also securing the city of Whitefish's water supply, 20 percent … Continue Reading


KTVQ: Sen. Steve Daines receives Guardian of Small Business award

U.S. Senator Steve Daines was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award this week for the second time in a row. The award is given for outstanding support of America's small business owners in the 114th Congress. "It's an honor to receive this recognition from the NFIB, and I will continue to work at every opportunity to help create a business environment where small businesses can succeed, free of unnecessary government interference" Daines state… Continue Reading


Ravalli Republic: Hamilton’s Dan Kimzey part of NASSP National Principal of the Year in D.C.

Hamilton High School Principal Dan Kimzey, Montana's principal of the year, joined the top principals from 49 other states, plus Puerto Rico, in Washington, D.C., this week for the National Association of Secondary School Principals' award and recognition event. The NASSP Principal of the Year Institute included professional development training and networking for school leaders and an opportunity to advocate for students and schools with each state's Congressional delegation. "The awa… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: U.S. Senate OKs Blackfeet Water Compact

The U.S. Senate OK'd a major Indian water rights deal in Montana as part of a larger water-related bill Thursday. The Blackfeet Water Compact would settle historic claims by the Blackfeet tribe to rivers and streams crossing the reservation including the Milk and St. Mary Rivers allowing the tribe to develop the reservation's significant water resources. As members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Sen. Jon Tester, a Democrat, and Republican Steve Daines worked together to include author… Continue Reading


Washington Examiner: House approves bill to ban Gitmo transfers for remainder of Obama's term

The House on Thursday passed a bill banning transfers from Guantanamo Bay for the remainder of Obama's presidency, in a move that Democrats said is "probably unconstitutional and certainly immoral." The bill, introduced by Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., passed the House by a 244-174 vote. It would prohibit the transfer of any detainees from Guantanamo Bay until the next administration takes office or until the passage of the fiscal 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, whichever comes first. … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Never Forget: 15th annual service remembers 9/11 attacks

The statue at the Vietnam Memorial in Rose Park depicts an angel with massive, feathery wings lifting a soldier, whose pained expression is carved with a bit of relief, to heaven. The original copper has faded to a dull, military green, making a fitting, though somber, backdrop to Sunday's 15th annual Never Forget Service, sponsored by the Missoula Exchange Club. Susan Reneau, a Missoula author who's put together the event since 2006, organized the placement of more than 4,000 tiny Ame… Continue Reading


Kootenai Forest Project Blocked Days Before Logging to Begin

HELENA - Two federal appellate judges have blocked a Kootenai National Forest logging project two days before cutting was to begin. The East Reservoir Project approved by the U.S. Forest Service calls for logging 8,845 acres of forest on the east side of Lake Koocanusa, approximately 15 miles east of Libby. The timber total - roughly 39 million board feet - represents more board feet than the Kootenai National Forest typically harvests in a year. The timber harvest in 2012 was 24 million board … Continue Reading


Missoulian: Daines introduces good-neighbor forestry bill

State foresters would have more ways to help manage federal and private forests under a bipartisan proposal authored by senators Steve Daines and Amy Klobuchar. Daines, R-Mont., and Klobuchar, D-Minn., introduced the Environmental and Economic Benefits Restoration Act of 2016 on Monday evening. In an interview on Tuesday, Daines said the legislation would make it easier for states to help the U.S. Forest Service get hazardous fuels reduction work done. "One frustration we have as Monta… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: We must never forget horrors of 9/11

It has been 15 years since the horrific terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001, that rocked our nation and forever changed our world. With the barbaric acts of terrorists, 2,977 people's lives were taken when four jet planes were hijacked and crashed into some of our nation's most emblematic landmarks. In the wake of the collisions, 411 brave responders lost their own lives while attempting to rescue survivors and fight fires. I don't revisit these facts lightly, nor do I think that any American could… Continue Reading


Havre Daily News: Little Shell recognition moves forward in Congress

The Little Shell Band of Chippewa Cree Indians won a key victory Thursday in their longtime effort to become a federally recognized tribe. The Little Shell Tribe of the Chippewa Cree Restoration Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont ., would grant the Montana tribe federal recognition. It passed through the House Committee on Natural Resources Thursday. The same legislation passed the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last year. "I am fairly happy with today's outcome, and I am h… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Great Falls, Malmstrom remember 9/11

For Col. Ron Allen, the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, "started like any other." He was a captain at the time, working at the Pentagon. Now he's the commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom. That morning, he woke up at 6 a.m. as usual and headed to work. Not long after arriving, office chatter turned to the attack on the World Trade Center happening in New York City. "We all knew then our nation was under attack," Allen said during a ceremony in the Malmstrom chapel Friday. But work cont… Continue Reading


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

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