10.30.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Alex Collie of Mackenzie

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today honored the service of Alex Collie of Mackenzie, Montana. Mr. Collie is the recipient of the National Weather Service’s General Albert J. Myer award for completing 65 years of service as a Cooperative Weather Observer. 

On November 4th, the National Weather Service will recognize Mr. Collie with the General Albert J. Myer award at the Rib and Chop House in Miles City.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Alex Collie

Collie

Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

              MONTANAN OF THE WEEK

      Mr. DAINES. Mr. President, I rise to recognize the incredible service of Alex Collie from Mackenzie, Montana. Mr. Collie is the recipient of the National Weather Service’s General Albert J. Myer award for completing 65 years of service as a Cooperative Weather Observer. 

     The Cooperative Weather Observers consists of 11,000 nationwide volunteers who record official weather observations across the country.  Mr. Collie joins an elite group of Cooperative Weather Observers and is currently the longest serving Observer in Montana’s history. Nationally, only 16 others have served in Mr. Collie’s capacity or 65 years or longer. His services are critical to Montana – from supporting our farmers and ranchers by providing accurate forecasts and helping our truck drivers complete their routes safely and on schedule. 

    This prestigious award was established in honor of General Myer, who was an observer at Eagle Pass, Texas and became the chief of the Signal Service. In 1870, by a joint resolution of Congress and signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, General Myer was appointed to establish and direct the Division of Telegrams and Reports for the Benefit of Commerce, now known as the National Weather Service. Mr. Collie is truly following in tremendous footsteps. 

    Mr. Collie has shown provided a valuable service not only to his neighbors, but the entire state of Montana. Thank you Mr. Collie and I look forward to seeing your work continue in the years to come. 

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