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North Star's Massar headed to U.S. Senate Youth Program

Press release WASHINGTON -The United States Senate Youth Program has announced that a North Star High School student is one of two Montana students headed to the Senate. Hayden Willam Massar of North...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    January 21, 2020 

Rains pulls from U.S. House race, endorses Williams

A slight shuffle in the Montana race for the U.S. House has happened, with a Democratic candidate ending his run and is endorsing another candidate. Simms-area rancher Matt Rains announced he is ending his race and running for the state House of...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    January 17, 2020

Filing sets up Republican primary for Chouteau County commissioner

A few more high-profile candidates have filed in state races, but some major candidates have yet to file in top-level races and though filing in local county races is light so far, a filing Thursday has set up a primary election in Chouteau County....

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    January 17, 2020

NAFTA replacement passes Senate, on the way to President Trump

A signature effort for President Donald Trump passed Congress Thursday, with the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement intended to take the place of the 1990s North American Free Trade Agreement passing the Senate 89-10. Montana Farm Bureau praised...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    January 16, 2020

Trump signs trade agreement with China after 18-month trade war

After an 18-month trade war and escalating tariffs, President Donald Trump Wednesday signed a trade agreement with China, the first phase of agreements he said will reform China’s policy and benefit U.S. trade. “From day one, my administration...

 

USMCA passes Congress, goes to president for signature

More than a year after starting to negotiate a replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement, Congress has sent a new North American agreement to President Donald Trump. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement overwhelmingly passed the...

 

Tester secures $1M for Rocky Boy Head Start

Havre Daily News staff The office of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced Friday he secured secured more than $1 million for Head Start programs on Rocky Boy’s Reservation. The $1,007,749 secured will fund initiatives that prepare Native American...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    January 8, 2020

Tester backs resolution requiring congressional authorization of use of force in Iraq

Montana’s Democratic Sen. Jon Tester has joined a group telling President Donald Trump he has to have authorization from Congress before any hostilities with Iran. The resolution Tester is backing requires any hostilities with Iran be explicitly au...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    December 30, 2019

A year in review: 2019

Editor’s note: This version corrects an error that misreported that Jaylen Jake Crazyboy had been arrested in Cascade County. A multitude of news items happened in north-central Montana over the pas...

 

Threat of St. Mary bull trout lawsuit resolved with planned consultations

A notice of intent to sue over a threatened species in the Rocky Mountains that concerned people trying to rehabilitate the Lifeline of the Hi-Line has been resolved, with two federal agencies saying...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    December 26, 2019

Tester calls for quickly restoring ticket agents in Havre, Shelby Amtrak stations

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is doubling down on his efforts to restore ticket agents in some Amtrak stations including in Havre and Shelby. "I am reaching out today to highlight the importance of...

 

NAMI Montana honorees include Tester, Windy Boy

Staff and wire report The National Alliance on Mental Illness Montana has released its list of Montana Heroes for their work on dealing with mental illness, with two local lawmakers on the list. At...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    December 23, 2019

Little Shell federal recognition finally achieved

A Montana Native American tribe finally has federal recognition as a tribe, something for which its members have been fighting for a century or more. President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law Friday, including its...

 

Amtrak ticket agent language passes out of Senate

Staff and wire report A release from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said he used his seat as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee to deliver a number of big wins for Montana as part of a package of bills to fund the government that...

 

Correction - Little Shell

A front-page story in Wednesday’s edition of the Havre Daily News about a Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians federal recognition bill passing out of Congress misreported that previous bills sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., to recognize... Full story

 

Tester introduces historic Fort Belknap Indian Community water compact

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced the historic Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Compact in the United States Senate. The FBIC Water Compact will ratify the FBIC water...

 
 By Derek Hann    Local    December 18, 2019

Little Shell recognition passes finish line, heads to president

Editor’s note: This version corrects that Sen. Jon Tester’s Little Shell recognition bills have never been brought up for consideration in the Senate, not that they were voted down. A bill...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    December 16, 2019

Little Shell recognition heads to president

Montana’s U.S. senators announced today a bill that includes federal recognition of The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians passed Congress and is on the way to the president for his signature....

 

Daines and Tester co-sponsor CSKT water rights settlement

John S. Adams Montana Free Press Montana U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced Wednesday the introduction of a long-awaited bill that would settle a century-old dispute over water rights between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes...

 
 By Derek Hann    Local    December 12, 2019

Rocky Boy receives grant for senior housing

The Chippewa Cree Tribe received $4,945,214 from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to construct 31 new two-bedroom single-family low-income homes for senior citizens on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation under the Indian Housing...

 
 By Derek Hann    Local    December 10, 2019

Little Shell recognition bill close to passage

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians are two steps away from federal recognition. Recognition was included in a defense appropriations bill that came out of a joint committee Monday, and now needs approval from the House and Senate and the...

 
 By Derek Hann    Local    December 6, 2019

Daines to introduce bill to resolve issues in CSKT water compact

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said Thursday he is going to introduce a bill after reaching an agreement with the Consolidated Salish and Kootenai Tribes for a permanent water settlement. “After years of negotiations and hard work, I’m pleased...

 

House passes bipartisan bill cracking down on illegal robocalls

Note: This information was provided by the office of Rep. Greg Gianforte WASHINGTON — On a vote of 417-3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Wednesday a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Montana’s federal legislators to crack down on illegal...

 

Tester nominates Havre student to military service academy

Note: This information was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester  U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced Monday he is nominating four students from this region including Havre’s Cameron Pleninger to the nation’s most prestigious U.S....

 
 By Derek Hann    Local    November 25, 2019

Empire Builder tops Amtrak long-distance trains for ridership

Editor’s note: This version adds comments from an Amtrak spokesman about comparing ridership from now to 10 years ago and clarifies his not commenting on an appropriations bill at this stage of the process. While a bill that would restore ticket...

 

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