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Missoulian: Tenderfoot Creek drainage land acquired by Forest Service

HELENA - Speakers at the Capitol on Friday celebrated the newest addition to the Lewis and Clark National Forest by rallying behind the uncertain future of the fund that made the acquisition a reality. Gov. Steve Bullock, U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, and USDA Undersecretary Robert Bonnie were among those who supported reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund at a celebration for completion of the Tenderfoot Legacy Project. The project was an eight-year, $10.7 million effort… Continue Reading


Roll Call: OPM Hack Snares Senators

Despite a number of congressional hearings and classified briefings, lawmakers are frustrated by the lack of information relating to the recent Office of Personnel Management data breaches, and it is now clear some lawmakers' records may have been affected. At least two current senators who were not federal employees were notified their information may have been compromised, signaling that retirement records for former House members may have been compromised in the first security breach, which… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Fire experts warn Daines of worst wildfire season in years

BILLINGS -- Montana is bracing for its worst wildfire season in years, officials told U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Speaking to Daines during a Thursday fire briefing in Billings, federal and state agencies said that extremely early snowmelt in western Montana and increasing thunderstorms in the east are setting the state up for a tough wildfire season. Western wildfire conditions are as bad as they've been in years. Eastern Montana, still green from spring rains, is now beginning to dry out… Continue Reading


KULR8: Senator Daines: It's Time To Start Classifying Wildfires As Natural Disasters

Why isn't a wildfire classified as a natural disaster? That's one question Senator Steve Daines asked the crowd at Thursday's Eastern Montana Fire Briefing. The conference was held with the Department of Natural Resources and Fire Conservation (DNRC) outside of the Southern Lands Office in Billings to address current and future wildfire activity. There, Daines expressed his support for a bill that would classify wildfires as natural disasters, and respond to them accordingly. "Like a tornado,… Continue Reading


Helena Independent Record: Daines lauds Ten Mile efforts, calls for forest management reforms

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines toured timber projects in the Ten Mile drainage Tuesday, saying he wanted to see firsthand the combined efforts of state and federal agencies to provide jobs while managing the forest and reducing the risk of wildfire to the watershed. Daines toured the active Red Mountain Flume-Chessman Reservoir project and the proposed Tenmile-South Helena project with officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the city of Helen… Continue Reading


KBZK: Senator Daines tours Montana Forest projects

BOZEMAN - Montana Senator Steve Daines got to step out of his Washington DC office to take in the sights and sounds of his hometown Monday morning. Senator Daines is touring parts of Montana and looking at several Montana Forest management projects in the Treasure State. Today Senator Daines hiked the Chestnut Mountain Trailhead near Bozeman pass, which was the first conservation easement secured by the Land And Water Conservation Fund in 1990. The project allows trail access to public land cro… Continue Reading


KTVH: Sen. Daines Pressures NHTSA On Fire Truck Recall

Senator Steve Daines wants answers from the national highway traffic safety administration on a delayed recall, after an accident killed six people last year on Highway 12. A three forks fire truck collided with a pick-up truck due to a part failure on the fire truck. Daines pressured NHTSA during a committee hearing in D.C, as to why a full recall of the defective part took approximately one year to institute. Daines also pointed out the component was part of an initial recall from more than… Continue Reading


News Talk KGVO: Montana Senator Daines Pushes for Recall

Montana Senator Steve Daines spoke with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration June 23rd for updates on the delayed recall of a fire engine part. Daines remembered the deadly accident that occurred last year outside of Helena due to the failure of this component. "It's also the face of innocence here," Daines said. "The fire chief was returning back to Three Forks Montana, good daylight in a strait away, and you see this young couple and three kids in the back of a pickup. It's a ro… Continue Reading


Independent Journal Review: Montana Senator Demands Action as Impact of Hack Widens: OPM Head Should Resign

Senator Steve Daines is calling for Katherine Archuleta, the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), to step down amid a hacking scandal which has compromised the information of "an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees." According to an emailed press release from the Montana Republican's office: "'Under Katherine Archuleta's watch, OPM allowed one of the largest breaches of federal employees' personal information in our nation's history. More, Ms. … Continue Reading


Associated Press: Missoula Center Pleased with Rankin's $10 Bill Nomination

MISSOULA - The suggestion by Sen. Steve Daines that the U.S. Treasury put the face of Jeannette Rankin on the $10 bill is being welcomed by advocates of the nation's first female congresswoman. Betsy Mulligan-Dague, director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, said the development is exciting. "It's a huge step forward for women to be taken seriously in the world," Mulligan-Dague said. "It's way past time." Rankin would serve as a fitting figure for the bill and for further advancing the ac… Continue Reading


Missoulian: Daines to Treasury: Put Missoula's Jeannette Rankin on $10 bill

Jeannette Rankin is a popular woman this week. U.S. Sen. Steve Daines introduced a proposal to put her face on the $10 bill Thursday, only two days after she became a finalist for the name of a new Billings middle school. The U.S. Treasury announced Wednesday that Alexander Hamilton is getting the boot and a woman's portrait will be featured on a redesigned $10 bill. Daines is determined that Rankin, the Missoula woman who was the nation's first female member of Congress, be first in line. H… Continue Reading


Associated Press: Daines seeks hearing on pipeline safety agency

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines is calling for a congressional hearing on the government's pipeline safety agency following two oil spills into Montana's Yellowstone River in the past five years. The Montana Republican requested the hearing into the actions of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in a Tuesday letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune of South Dakota. Daines said he wants to examine how effectively the agency is overseeing and enforcing pipeline rules… Continue Reading


U.S. News & World Report: Traditional Energy Sources Are Key to Our Future

Access to affordable energy is critically important to every American family. While the United States should aggressively pursue an all-of-the-above energy approach, it is clear that traditional energy sources will play a vital role in powering our nation for generations to come. As a proponent of an all-of-the-above energy plan, I know we need alternative energy sources to remain globally competitive and meet our nation's rising demand for energy. But in order to keep energy prices low for a… Continue Reading


Great Falls Tribune: Daines will call 80k Montanans on defense

About 80,000 people will get a call from Sen. Steve Daines on Tuesday. Daines is holding one of his monthly teletownhalls Tuesday evening, this time focused on defense issues like the National Defense Authorization Act, which is currently being discussed in the Senate. The bill includes language on Malmstrom Air Force Base, intercontinental ballistic missiles, 819th RED HORSE and upgrading C-130s. The call starts at 6:30 p.m. and Daines will open with remarks and then take questions from part… Continue Reading


KBZK: Bill introduced to designate E. Rosebud Creek as wild & scenic

A bill designating the East Rosebud Creek as wild and scenic was introduced today by Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Steve Daines. The bill, written with local input, will protect 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This designation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the pristine creek located south of Roscoe, Montana. "East Rosebud Creek is one of Montana's most scenic streams," Tester said. "This bill is a great example of folks on the ground coming togethe… Continue Reading


Montana Standard: Dillon student recognized for suicide prevention work

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Friday honored Jaydyn Child of Dillon, a Beaverhead County High School student who recently received one of the Girl Scouts' highest awards, the Gold Award, for her project to raise awareness about suicide prevention among teens and adults in Montana. Daines presented the award at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming office in Bozeman. Child, a junior, received the honor for her service project titled "Teen Suicide - Your… Continue Reading


NBC Montana: Girl Scouts in Bozeman celebrate new office

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming have added a new office in the Bozeman area. Girls from Daisy to Senior Scout levels gathered Friday for the ribbon cutting of the new Bozeman office. Troop leaders and scouts said there are more than 11,000 Girl Scouts throughout Montana and Wyoming, and a new office will help offer support. U.S. Senator Steve Daines was there to drive home the importance of Girl Scouts to the community. "My wife is a Girl Scout, my daughter is a Gir… Continue Reading


KMMS: Daines Works to Expand Markets for Montana Energy [VIDEO]

Senator Steve Daines today worked to break down some of the regulatory barriers facing Montana energy producers and expand markets for made in Montana energy. During today's Energy and Natural Resources hearing, Daines sought to ensure that Montana coal isn't hindered by duplicative regulations that could increase energy prices and negatively impact the thousands of jobs and more than one hundred million dollars in tax revenue each year that coal provides.… Continue Reading


Bozeman Daily Chronicle: MSU professor, Daines speak to Stockgrowers

About 75 ranchers and folks from allied industries were at Montana State University on Friday for the Montana Stockgrowers Association's mid-year meeting. During the general session Friday morning, association president Gene Curry, of Valier, ran down a list of lobbying successes in Helena. The passage of the CSKT water compact, state funding for the Department of Livestock and its Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Bozeman, and defeating the Humane Society of the United State's proposals … Continue Reading


KULR-8: Senator Daines Teams up with Google to Bring Small Business Workshops to Bozeman, Billings

BILLINGS - Representatives from Google hosted a free technology workshop for Montana's small business owners in Bozeman and Billings. Daines' workshops are part of Google's "Let's Put Our Cities On The Map" small business events. Google experts will help small business owners create their own websites and train them on how to reach more customers and get discovered online. Daines said, "You'll see the tourist, you'll see members of the community looking at their phones. They're probably doing … Continue Reading

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