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KTVQ: Army Corps denies permit for Washington coal export terminal

A decision Monday from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could spell the end to a controversial coal export terminal proposed near Ferndale, Washington. Colonel John Buck, commander of the Army Corp's Seattle District, announced the decision at a meeting with Lummi Tribal leaders, saying the Gateway Pacific project would impact "treaty protected fishing rights" of Washington's Lummi Nation,. The $700 million dollar Gateway Pacific Terminal was a proposed deep-water port to be located just north… Continue Reading


Flathead Beacon: Tester, Daines Rally Bipartisan Support for Rural County Funding Program

Montana's two U.S. Senators have joined a bipartisan coalition pushing to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools program, which aids counties where most of the land is owned by the federal government and therefore does not create any tax revenue. The program, which in 2014 doled out more than $300 million, expired in late 2015 and the last authorized payments were sent to rural counties earlier this spring. The program is especially critical in places like Lincoln County, where the U.S. Forest Se… Continue Reading


KTVH: Montana strikes deal with feds allowing firefighting helicopters on federal land

(HELENA) Montana struck a deal with the feds allowing Montana's five firefighting helicopters to respond to fires on federal land. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says that this agreement allows the helicopters to be used when lives are at risk or when the Governor declares a wildfire emergency. In 2015, state owned helicopters were not allowed to help due to policy issues. The state modified helicopters to comply with U.S. Forest Service regulations, but were still no… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines, staff visit VA equine therapy program

Sen. Steve Daines and members of his staff toured the Montana Department of Veterans Affairs Equine Therapy Center near Helena on Thursday and learned about how the program helps veterans statewide. "We're here to look at therapy that helps out veterans and experience it myself," he said. The Montana VA Equine Therapy Center is the only center of its kind in the country and operated by the Montana VA. The facility specializes in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, which uses horses for mental, phy… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines asks AF to use Guard helicopters for nuclear security

While the Air Force is making a decision about replacing UH-1N Huey helicopters at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Sen. Steve Daines has requested that the Air Force consider using National Guard helicopters in the meantime. The Montana Army National Guard has eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters based at Fort Harrison in Helena, and Daines, R-Mont., has asked the Air Force to consider using those to augment the existing Hueys at Malmstrom. The helicopters are used by the 40th Helicopter Squadron, whi… Continue Reading


CQ: Lawmakers: Call in National Guard to Protect Nuclear Missiles

Lawmakers are pressing the Air Force to use National Guard helicopters as soon as possible to protect nuclear missile facilities that are potentially vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Defense Department officials acknowledge that an aging fleet of nearly three dozen UH-1N Huey helicopters - a 911 force in the northern Great Plains -lacks the speed, range and payload capabilities to respond effectively if U.S. missile launchers were attacked. The Air Force conceded this week that the Pentagon st… Continue Reading


Inside Defense: Senate lawmaker seeks clarity from Air Force on GBSD time line

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) has requested a meeting with Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James to discuss the milestone A review for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent System, congressional sources told Inside the Air Force this week. Daines previously questioned why the Air Force had not reached its milestone A decision for the Minuteman III's replacement during an April 20 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall. Kendall assured Daines that GBSD's… Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: The lasting legacy of late U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns

With the news of Conrad Burns' passing late last week, Montanans lost a member of the family. From across the state, prayers were offered for Phyllis and the Burns family and fond memories were shared. Conrad was a dedicated husband to Phyllis and father to Garrett and Keely. He was an auctioneer, a high school referee, an agriculture broadcaster and founder of Northern Ag Network, a county commissioner, a U.S. senator and always a U.S. Marine. He loved his family, he loved Montana and he loved… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Great Falls facility name changed to honor Medal of Honor recipients

President Barack Obama has signed legislation changing the name of the Armed Forces Readiness Center in Great Falls to the Capt. John E. Moran and Capt. William Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center to honor the Montana men who received the Medal of Honor. Both houses of Congress passed legislation for the name change earlier this spring. Moran served in the Army's 37th Infantry during the Philippine-American War and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1910 and died in Great Falls in 1930. Galt of Gr… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines backs bill encouraging timber in tall buildings

Sen. Steve Daines has co-sponsored a bill to push more research and development on using wood for tall building construction. The Timber Innovation Act, S. 2892, was authored by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan. It will be heard by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Fellow Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho and Democratic senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Maria Cantwell of Washington also co-sponsored the bill. The bill would look for ways to use timber… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Former U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns dies

Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns, a former cattle auctioneer whose folksy demeanor and political acumen earned him three terms and the bitter disdain of his opponents, died Thursday. He was 81. Burns died of natural causes at his home in Billings, Montana Republican Party Executive Director Jeff Essmann said. "He was a colorful figure who loved people, politics and to serve," Essmann said. "He brought a common-man, common-sense approach to his work in the Senate and returned to his home in Bil… Continue Reading


Mineral Independent: Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Wyatt Zylawy of Superior

Montana Senator Steve Daines recognized Wyatt Zylawy on April 22, for his outstanding achievements in his recent Coast Guard training and for his noble commitment to serving our country. Zylway graduated from Superior High School in 2015, and joined the Coast Guard. Zylawy was recognized through Daines "Montanan of the Week" initiative, where each week he will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the offici… Continue Reading


KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Asks Interior Secretary Jewell To Visit Colstrip and the Crow Reservation

Senator Steve Daines today, April 27, urged Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to tour Colstrip and the Crow Reservation during her upcoming travel to Montana. "Secretary Jewell needs to hear directly from the people impacted by Interior's actions and come to communities like Colstrip and the Crow Reservation to see what it means for Montana families," said Daines. "We've already seen layoffs in coal communities across our state as a result of the Obama administration's war on coal. … Continue Reading


Sen. Daines: Let’s protect Montana’s way of life

In Montana, the land is our livelihood and provides us our unique way of life. As a fifth-generation Montanan and avid sportsman, I know hunting, fishing and access to public lands is an important treasure for our families. As a kid I hunted in the Bridgers, backpacked in the Beartooths and fished the streams of southwest Montana with my grandfather and my dad - and still do with my own family. Just last week, I pushed through a bipartisan energy bill that modernizes our energy policies: Ensur… Continue Reading


Daily Inter Lake: Conservation fund closer to permanent status

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has provided more than half a billion dollars in federal funding to Montana during the past 50 years, would be permanently reauthorized under a sweeping energy reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday. The Energy Policy Modernization Act passed on an 85-12 vote and now heads to conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will work to hammer out a compromise between the energy bill and a similar bill passed in the House last Dece… Continue Reading


Daily Caller: EPA Head Admits Clean Power Plan Wouldn’t Impact Global Warming [VIDEO]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said to Congress Wednesday that there's "absolutely no reason" to measure the impact of the Clean Power Plan by looking at global temperature reductions. McCarthy admitted during questions by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana that her agency can't measure the impact of its proposed Clean Power Plan on global temperatures, because it would likely be incredibly small. McCarthy specified that the plan's influence on the enviro… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Senate votes to retain funding for Essential Air Service

When Congressional budget hawks look to attack, the federally subsidized Essential Air Service is usually a sitting duck. The program responsible for connecting small rural communities with airports that have commercial fight connections always seems at risk of having its funding plucked. Cheap flights to Billings from Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Wolf Point and Sidney depend on EAS. The program also connects airports in Butte and West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City. In 2015, Montana passe… Continue Reading


Lake County Leader: FAA grants Ronan airport $200K

Airport officials will begin a two-year study of the Ronan airport after the Federal Aviation Administration funded a grant for the work. The $202,642 Aeronautical Survey and Airport Masterplan Update grant will be used to define whether the airport is in demand enough to expand it for use of larger firefighting aircraft that could potentially save lives. Lake County Joint Airport Board Chairman Rick Newman said that nothing will change in the Ronan area surrounding the airport. "No shovels w… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Bill to rename facility for Medal of Honor recipients passes Congress

The Armed Forces Readiness Center in Great Falls is getting a new name. Legislation passed both houses of Congress to rename the facility as the Capt. John E. Moran and Capt. William Galt Armed Forces Reserve Center to honor the Montana men who received the Medal of Honor. The bill is now awaiting President Barack Obama's signature. Moran served in the Army's 37th Infantry during the Philippine-American War and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1910 and died in Great Falls in 1930. Galt of Gr… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Senate passes energy bill with major Montana provisions

Senate support for permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund got the most notice on Wednesday, but passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act has a lot of other Montana-related details. "Energy is the title of the bill, but you can see there's a lot of moving parts," Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Wednesday shortly after the measure passed the Senate. "We're a state that loves the outdoors and fishing and hunting opportunities, and has lots of natural resources. … Continue Reading

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