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Bound 4 Life: Senator Steve Daines Reveals the Pro-Life Agenda Ahead: "This is Ground That We Can Fight On and Win"

It's a life change few would consider. After decades in the corporate world, including for an innovative technology company, Steve Daines of Bozeman, Montana ran for Congress in 2012. Only two years later, he upped the ante last November and contended for the seat of a popular retiring U.S. Senator… winning by a landslide. What drives this family man, a fifth generation Montanan, to serve in Washington, DC - over 2,000 miles from his home? In an exclusive interview, Daines shares what i… Continue Reading


Char-Koosta News: Salish Kootenai College Awarded New Grants

PABLO - Salish Kootenai College will receive $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education as part of more than $50.4 million in new grants to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities in a dozen states. Tribal colleges in Montana received $10.2 million. Under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, the formula-based grants will help eligible higher education institutions increase their self-sufficiency by providing funds to strengthen their a… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Goguen to Deliver Keynote Address at High Tech Jobs Summit

Michael Goguen, a venture capitalist and philanthropist who has a home in Whitefish, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming Montana High Tech Jobs Summit in Bozeman. Goguen will be a featured speaker at the summit co-sponsored by Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines. The event is Sept. 13-14 at Montana State University. Goguen is slated to speak on Sept. 14 along with Doug Burgum, a co-founder and general partner at Arthur Ventures. This will be the first biannual high tech summit and is following… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Montana Congressional Delegation, Governor Urge LWCF Reauthorization

With the deadline looming for one of Montana's most instrumental federal funding tools, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines and Gov. Steve Bullock say reauthorizing the measure is vital to maintaining the region's public lands. On Sept. 30, the half-century old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) will expire unless Congress votes to reauthorize a program that has provided $16 billion for conservation projects, including about $500 million in Montana, making the money available for matchi… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Tester, Daines Look for Bipartisan Support for Firefighting Bill

WEST GLACIER - Although Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines reside on opposite sides of the aisle, both agree something must be done to rein in the skyrocketing cost of suppressing wildfires. On Aug. 23, Montana's senators were in West Glacier for a briefing on the Sheep Fire, which has burned more than 500 acres on the southern edge of Glacier National Park and threatens the community of Essex. The visit came just weeks after they joined other western senators in sponsoring legislation that woul… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Bipartisan Collaboration Preserves the North Fork

BLANKENSHIP BRIDGE - It didn't matter that a noxious veil of smoke blotted out the peak-studded horizon on Aug. 24 because everyone who converged here was focused on the crystal-clear, coruscating waters of the North Fork Flathead River, which forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. A coalition of unlikely bedfellows gathered on the banks of the North Fork, just north of Columbia Falls, to commemorate a historic measure to protect the sparkling river that rolled beside them. Energy… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines Talks Conservation, LWCF in Ennis

The sun beat down on the Madison Valley as U.S. Sen. Steve Daines sat smiling in a lawn chair holding a 97-day-old trumpeter swan - one of five that would be released into the restored wetlands of O'Dell Creek. "They're magnificent animals," Daines said, shortly before riding an all-terrain vehicle to a pond where the swan would be released. The Senate is on recess, so the Republican is back in town. On Tuesday, he went to Ennis and visited the Granger Ranches near O'Dell Creek, the si… Continue Reading


Missoulian: North Fork Flathead Protection Celebrated by Tester, Daines, others

BLANKENSHIP BRIDGE - "Thank you's" may have flowed even more easily than the relatively low North Fork of the Flathead River on Monday morning, as the National Parks Conservation Association celebrated the North Fork Watershed Protection Act on rocks that form the river's bed at higher water. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., hailed the legislation as "an incredible bipartisan agreement" that "makes sure Flathead Lake will be Flathead Lake for generations to come." Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., sai… Continue Reading


KPAX: Daines Joins Call for MT Helicopters to Fight Federal Wildfires

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK - Senator Steve Daines is joining Governor Steve Bullock in pressing the federal government to clear the use of Montana's specially-equipped helicopters to fight fires on federal lands. Friday, Governor Bullock sent a strongly worded letter to United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, calling on his to "rescind an unnecessary and artificial restriction" on the use of the state's modified UH-1H helicopters on fires burning on federal lands … Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines: New VA Service Animal Rule is a "Step in the Right Direction"

Senator Steve Daines commended news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has revised its rules regarding veterans' ability to bring service animals to VA facilities. Veterans in some states, including Montana, have had difficulty bringing their animals into VA medical facilities. The VA's new rule will put clear guidance in place that allows the presence of service animals at VA facilities across the United States. "While there is still work to be done, today's announcement is a step… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Daines and Zinke Visit Local Tech Business

Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke met with a high-tech company Wednesday morning to discuss factors leading to economic growth in Bozeman. The Republican lawmakers received a guided tour of FLIR Systems from Kevin Tucker, vice president of surveillance, and Randy Equall, vice president of laser systems and scientific materials. The company was founded as Scientific Materials in 1989 by Ralph Hutcheson. Hutcheson grew the synthetic ruby cryst… Continue Reading


The Hill: GOP Senator to Hold Roundtable on Aviation Funding

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) is planning to hold a roundtable discussion on the future of the nation's aviation spending, as Congress approaches a deadline for renewing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding. The FAA bill, which includes funding for air traffic controllers, is scheduled to expire on Sept. 30. Daines is scheduled to meet with "aviation stakeholders" on Thursday to discuss the upcoming deadline at Montana's Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport. ADVERTISEMENT "… Continue Reading


Iran Deal Lacks in Transparency, Accountability

If Iran's ultimate goal is to obtain a nuclear weapon, the deal reached by the Obama administration sets Iran on a course to do so. From the time this deal is agreed to, Iran has ten years to fill their coffers with tens of billions of dollars from newly unsanctioned oil sales and pursue the research and development of nuclear capabilities. As the world's leader of state-sponsored terrorism, it will only be a matter of time before Iran achieves its ultimate goal: obtaining a nuclear weap… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Billings Soldier Receives Purple Heart 44 Years After Earning Award

A big day for a Vietnam veteran, 44 years after he was injured in the Au Shaw Valley. Appreciation and perseverance brought the Purple Heart Award to a former soldier from Billings. Corporal Rick Ketterling received four awards in front of the Montana Purple Heart Memorial on Thursday afternoon. In February 1971, Ketterling was with the 2nd Battalion of the 94th Artillery Regiment. Ketterling was burned and injured when a Howitzer malfunctioned and exploded, killing one of his fellow soldier… Continue Reading


The Daily Inter Lake: Airport Gets Federal Grant for Upgrades

Glacier Park International Airport will receive nearly $4 million for critical construction and maintenance project, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. announced Friday. The $3,986,340 from the Federal Aviation Administration will go toward a full-scale reconstruction of the 3,500-foot cross runway and upgrades to the runway's lighting system. "The construction won't have any impact on commercial flights," Airport Director Cindi Martin said. "We'll begin work on Tuesday and it should be wrapped u… Continue Reading


KTVQ: Tough Montana Reception for Carbon Regulations

HELENA - The new strict carbon emission regulations announced by President Obama are getting cold reviews from Montana coal interests, but praise from some farming, alternative energy and environmental groups. The final Environmental Protection Agency rule calls for the states to reduce carbon emissions from their power plants by nealy one-third (32 percent) by 2030 from their 2005 levels. Gov. Steve Bullock (D-Montana) last fall touted a Montana Department of Environmental Quality report sayi… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines: Privacy and Security Both Matter in Cyber Reforms

Senator Steve Daines today underscored the importance of enhancing America's cybersecurity infrastructure while striking the right balance between protecting Americans from borderless cyber criminals and protecting Americans' privacy. "We must ensure that we have robust and transparent debate about cyber protections and what reforms must be implemented to protect Americans' civil liberties."… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Tribes scramble to avoid $1 million fines under Affordable Care Act

Montana's Indian tribes, which until recently thought the Affordable Care Act would pass them by, could face fines exceeding $1 million for not offering insurance to employees. Beginning in 2016, businesses with 50 or more full-time workers will have to offer at least a minimum amount of health insurance to employees. Those who don't comply face tax penalties, and that includes tribal governments. The requirement has been a surprise to tribes, said George Heavy Runner, Blackfeet Insurance Serv… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana congressmen rush to keep coal port review on track

BILLINGS - With Montana coal exports in jeopardy, the state's Republican congressmen are asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ignore Indian tribe requests to end environmental review of a Washington coal port. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Ryan Zinke petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to not abandon the environmental review of the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham, Wash. The Lummi Tribe, which has fishing grounds next to Cherry Point, asked the Arm… Continue Reading


KULR: Deadline for Road Construction Funding Friday, Could Halt Projects

BILLINGS - Summer is construction season across the state, but that could be put on hold. Right now, Washington is in a standoff over transportation issues, which include paying to fix roads and bridges. The deadline for the decision is in three days. The House has accepted a five-month extension but the senate is hoping to get a six-year solution done by the deadline on Friday."Infrastructure is an investment, not an expense. Longer term highway bill that is payed for and prioritized is certa… Continue Reading

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