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KTVH: Daines “Made in Montana” tour stops at the Hauser Dam

(MTN News-Helena) Senator Steve Daines continued his statewide "Made in Montana" energy tour this morning with a stop at the Hauser Dam. Daines is using the tour to criticize clean energy regulations that he says will cost Montana jobs and affordable energy. He says Montana has a diverse energy portfolio and he intends to keep it that way. Daines also says hydro-electric facilities like Hauser are great sources of reliable and low-cost energy production which are under attack. The senator wan… Continue Reading


MTN News: Sen. Daines visits welding program at Great Falls College-MSU

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) visited with welding students and instructors on Wednesday at Great Falls College-MSU during his state-wide "Made in Montana" energy tour. The 10 days on the road focus on the importance of producing local energy while promoting Montana's future jobs in related fields including coal, oil, and natural gas. Daines says Montana's economic goal is to employ and maintain in-state workers with two-year degrees and certificates like the welding program offered at Gr… Continue Reading


MTN News: Sen. Daines talks about "Made In Montana" energy

With the future of the Colstrip Power Plants now in question, U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is taking his energy fight on the road on a statewide tour to promote what he calls "Made in Montana Energy." The Republican kicked off his 10 city tour Monday in Laurel at the CHS Refinery on Monday, and on Wednesday, he visited KRTV. Daines said his goal is to underscore the importance of Montana's energy and how losing Colstrip will impact the state's economic future. "It would be devastating to… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: Congressional office opens in Sidney

The first ever Congressional office opened in Sidney March 22. The office of Senator Steve Daines will be staffed by Sidney native Nate Williams. Graduating from Sidney High School in 2004, Williams enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving for six years. After three overseas deployments he enrolled at the University of Montana, graduating with degrees in economics, political science, and a minor in Arabic. The new office will allow Daines to better serve eastern Montana by operating i… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: CHS: Montanans will pay more for fuel if Colstrip power exits

A Montana oil refinery says it will lose a key power supplier if Colstrip is shuttered. CHS Inc., which refines oil in Laurel, gets more than half its power from Colstrip Power Plant, which faces an uncertain future as power companies in the Pacific Northwest prepare to dump coal-generated electricity and tighten pollution controls under the Clean Power Plan to address climate change. It was the Clean Power Plan that Patrick Kimmet, Laurel Refinery vice president cited Monday while mee… Continue Reading


Miles City: MCC on Daines’ energy tour

United States Sen. Steve Daines stopped in Miles City Monday evening to tour Miles Community College's Heavy Equipment Operations program. Daines has been traveling around the state to promote made-in-Montana energy and the good-paying jobs it supports. The tour will include the Montana Energy Summit 2016 on March 29-31 in Billings. He expects around 500 people at the conference to talk about the future of energy in Montana. Daines met with MCC President Stacy Klippenstein, among others, in J… Continue Reading


KMMS: Montana Energy 2016 Next Week in Billings

The Montana Energy 2016 conference will take place March 29 - 31 in Billings. For the full agenda, including speakers, panelists and continuing education sessions is now available here. Montana Energy 2016 will serve as the largest venue to discuss Montana's energy potential. Led by Senator Steve Daines, the comprehensive conference will continue the discussion around state and national energy opportunities and provide an all-encompassing look at Montana's energy potential. More information a… Continue Reading


Yellowstone Public Radio: CHS Refinery Depends On Colstrip For Electricity, Manager Says

Senator Steve Daines is spending the next two weeks highlighting the energy needs of Montana businesses, and advocating for policies that protect the state's fossil fuel industries, including coal interests that are facing significant challenges. Daines kicked off what he's calling his Montana Energy tour today with a stop at the CHS refinery in Laurel. CHS Refinery Manager Pat Kimmet puts into perspective how important electricity is to the Laurel facility. "$18 million for power and $15 mill… Continue Reading


MTN News: Daines kicks off "Made-in-Montana Energy Tour" in Laurel

With the future of the Colstrip Power Plants now in question, Montana's U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is taking his energy fight on the road on a statewide tour to promote what he calls "Made-in-Montana Energy." The Republican Senator kicked off his 10 city tour Monday in Laurel at the CHS Refinery. "This refinery relies on Colstrip for its electricity. Sixty percent of the electricity of this refinery comes from Colstrip, so I think it also highlights the importance of Colstrip and the coal industry… Continue Reading


ABC Fox: 'Montana is leading the nation': Senator Steve Daines to host Montana Energy 2016 conference

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) is set to host a conference discussing the future of energy in the treasure state. Energy is big business in Montana, but the future of the industry is less certain than it has been in a long time. "It's not just about our state," says Sen. Daines. "It's how our state can have an impact on the entire nation and the world." Montana Energy 2016 kicks off in a week. The meeting will take place in Billings and look at the state's energy potential with fresh perspecti… Continue Reading


Billings Gazette: Montana Energy conference coming to Billings

A full schedule is available at . The panelists and speakers have been set for one of Montana's largest energy industry trade meetings, held March 29 to March 31 at the Radisson Hotel in Billings. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Friday the panel lineup for the three-day conference, which will features leaders in industry and government. Eight panel sessions will be held, covering infrastructure needs, energy policy, renewables, export markets, re… Continue Reading


News Talk KGVO: Rep. Ryan Zinke, Sen. Steve Daines and Others Press Air Force on Replacing Hueys

Last month, Rep. Ryan Zinke requested funds to acquire new helicopters at Malmstrom Airforce Base. During that time in a House Armed Services Committee hearing, Zinke pressed Admiral Cecil Haney about the use of out-of-date Huey helos at Malmstrom. "From talking to folks on the ground [at Malmstrom] and looking at it, and I concur, these are aging helicopters as well as they don't have the lift and capacity. If they do get an alert situation, they just don't have the hover time for the distance… Continue Reading

03.17.16 U.S. Senator From Montana Calls ‘Champion Child’ Zeesy Bruk ‘Courageous’

It's been just weeks since Zeesy Bruk was appointed the 2016 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champion Child from the state of Montana. Yet already, the 5-year-old child of Rabbi Chaim and Chavie Bruk, co-directors of Chabad-Lubavitch of Montana, has been hailed by fans near and far, including U.S. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), who released a video statement in which he called her a "very special" and "very courageous" little girl. Since birth, Zeesy has battled a rare genetic metabolic diso… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Lawmakers push AF to expedite new helicopter

Members of the Montana congressional delegation are pressing the Air Force to make a decision regarding the planned replacement of the UH-1N Hueys flown at missile bases, including Malmstrom Air Force Base. Last week, Rep. Ryan Zinke sent a letter, with 14 other lawmakers, to the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee requesting that funds be included in the fiscal year 2017 defense appropriations and authorization bills to replace the Hueys. The Hueys at … Continue Reading


KLYQ: Caitlin Gillespie is Appointed to Air Force Academy

Hamilton's Caitlin Gillespie has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. She had been nominated by all three Montana Congressmen earlier. Caitlin, a senior at Hamilton High School, already has completed her first solo flight as a pilot (see photo) and will continue to head to the sky with classes at the academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has been captain of track and basketball teams, is an honor student and is a delegate to American Legion's Girls State. Senator Steve Daines sa… Continue Reading


Sidney Herald: Amtrak eyes Culbertson stop

Oil and gas may be in a downturn, but communities in the area continue to make positive strides forward when it comes to regional development and infrastructure. One of those strides could include a new Amtrak stop in Culbertson. Amtrak officials have confirmed they have been evaluating the neighboring community for a stop for about three years now. "We know that it makes business sense to stop at Culbertson," said Marc Magliari, a spokesman with Amtrak. "There's a long distance betwee… Continue Reading


Roll Call: Senators Let the Cars Do the Driving

A self-driving car can't get you out of a traffic jam. That's something Republican Sen. John Thune learned from the passenger seat of a modified Chrysler 300c from Continental on Tuesday as the Senate Commerce Committee explored autonomous driving technology. "We went out into Virginia. Of course we hit the 395 traffic," said Thune, R-S.D., who is the committee chairman, referring to the interstate heading south from Washington. "Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic ja… Continue Reading


National Journal: Congress Chips Away at Net Neutrality as Court Decision Looms

Law­makers are push­ing ahead with two bills that would tweak cer­tain parts of the Fed­er­al Com­mu­nic­a­tions Com­mis­sion's con­tro­ver­sial net-neut­ral­ity rules-the sig­na­ture In­ter­net-policy achieve­ment of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. But even as Re­pub­lic­ans try to chip away at the sweep­ing In­ter­net reg­u­la­tions, the real at­ten­tio… Continue Reading


Fairfield Sun Times: Daines Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Expand Montana Hydro

Senator Steve Daines on Monday applauded the House of Representative's passage of legislation to ensure the completion of two hydroelectric facilities in Montana. The legislation would provide for the reinstatement and three-year extension of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license for Clark Canyon Dam Hydro Project in Dillon, Montana and a six-year extension of the FERC license for the Gibson Dam Hydro Project near Augusta, Montana. "The Gibson Dam and Clark Canyon Dam are two p… Continue Reading


The Hill: White House set to send Iran cyber message

The Obama administration is reportedly poised to indict the Iranian hackers responsible for infiltrating a New York dam in 2013. The anticipated move is widely seen as an attempt to deter Tehran's rapidly developing cyber program, and head off concerns that the country will use a new influx of resources from its recently struck nuclear deal to fund cyber warfare efforts. "It's a pretty big deal," said Adam Segal, a cyber policy specialist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign relations. … Continue Reading

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