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 By Rachel Jamieson    Local    August 7, 2020 

Tester calls on all to do part to fight COVID-19

Sen. Jon Tester D-Mont., called on Montanans during a telephonic press conference Thursday to do their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19, while calling on Congress to do its part to help the...

 

Tester calls on colleagues to level the playing field for Montana ranchers and consumers

Note: This was provided by the Office of Sen. Jon Tester As part of his continuing efforts to provide critical relief to livestock producers who have seen cattle prices plummet over the last year, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., took to the Senate...

 

To support passenger rail on the Hi-Line, Tester calls for better oversight of Amtrak's CARES Act funding

Note: This was provided by the Office of Sen. Jon Tester  As part of his ongoing efforts to ensure passenger rail services on the Hi-Line are able to continue supporting Montana’s frontier economies, U.S. Senator Jon Tester Thursday demanded that...

 

CSKT water compact bill clears first hurdle in U.S. Senate

Chris Aadland Montana Free Press A Montana water rights bill that would end a years-long debate was passed by a congressional committee Wednesday, the next step in ensuring irrigators and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes can avoid lengthy...

 

Tester urges VA to bolster telehealth services for veterans

Note: This was provided by Ranking Member Jon Tester’s office in the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee  At a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, Ranking Member Jon Tester, D-Mont., pressed the Department of Veterans Affairs...

 

Support the Badger-Two Medicine Cultural Heritage Act

Badger-Two Medicine: From Birch Creek and Family Peak in the south, to Lubec Ridge and Elk Calf Mountain in the north, the headwaters of Badger Creek and the Two Medicine River flow down from the sacred summits of Feather Woman and Heart Butte,...

 

Tester, Daines, respond to unidentified unsolicited seeds sent to Montanans

Press release U.S. Sen. Jon Tester called on U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrator Kevin Shea Tuesday to quickly investigate and produce findings on multiple...

 
 By Rachel Jamieson    Local    July 24, 2020

Work continues on St. Mary Diversion as reservoir levels drop

Progress has been made with construction, which began about a month at the St. Mary Diversion to repair the structure that collapsed, Drop 5 near the end of the 29-mile system of dams, dikes, canals,...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 23, 2020

USDA releases report on meat-packer investigation

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service released Wednesday a report on the spread on prices between meat packers buying cattle and what they charge retailers, and it is still continuing to investigate, The investigation...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 23, 2020

Great American Outdoors Act heads to president

A bill touted as the biggest conservation aid in decades passed the U.S. House Wednesday and now is headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The Great American Outdoors Act permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund and...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 15, 2020

FWP warns St. Mary Diversion problems could impact fisheries

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warned Tuesday in a story in its newsletter that the collapse of part of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works could have an impact on fishing in the area. “Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working with BOR...

 

Tester doubles down on push to expand telehealth in Montana as pandemic continues

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and after Montana health care providers were left out of a critical telehealth expansion program, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is doubling down on his... Full story

 

Nearly $14M in coronavirus relief sent for seven rural Montana health providers

Note: This was provided by the Office of Sen. Jon Tester  As part of his efforts to ensure that Montana’s rural hospitals and clinics have the resources they need to fight the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester D-Mont., Monday... Full story

 

Task Force holding missing indigenous persons Zoom meeting Thursday

The Montana Department of Justice and the Harlem Public Library will be holding a community listening session Thursday, July 16, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. over Zoom with the Missing Indigenous Person Task Force. The stated purpose of this event is to have...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 9, 2020

BOR declares emergency funding for St. Mary Diversion repairs

With repairs ongoing on parts of the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works that supplies much of the water in the Milk River, the water users found out they are getting a break on the repairs. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont.,...

 

DOI declares repairs to St. Mary Diversion emergency work

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced today that the U.S. Department of the Interior has ruled that repairs to two drop structures on the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works that transports water to the Milk River qualify as emergency work,...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    July 2, 2020

Senator tries to add St. Mary bill to defense authorization

Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced he is trying to add a change to how the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance is funded to a must-pass defense bill. Daines announced Wednesday he was trying to add the St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act as part of the...

 
 By Rachel Jamieson    Local    July 1, 2020

Tester introduces resolution condemning attempt to overturn ACA

Sen. Jon Tester D-Mont., held a Facebook Live event Tuesday to introduce a recent Senate resolution condemning attempts to overturn the Affordable Care Act and stating what it means for people during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we all know, we are...

 
 By Rachel Jamieson    Local    June 26, 2020

Congress, rail passenger association question Amtrak cutting schedule

Amtrak has announced it will reduce service on its long-distance trains including The Empire Builder that runs along Montana's Hi-Line en route from Chicago to Portland and Seattle. Amtrak plans to...

 
 By Rachel Jamieson    Local    June 26, 2020

Work starting on St. Mary Diversion, continuing in Congress

Construction began Monday on the St. Mary Diversion and Conveyance Works that suffered a catastrophic failure from a structure that collapsed in May. Meanwhile, work progresses in Congress to change the funding for the project and move forward on a c...

 

Montana receiving $1M to combat meth crisis

Havre Daily News staff Montana’s U.S. senators announced that $1 million in federal funding is on the way to the state to to help communities combat meth use and trafficking in Montana. Sens. Jon Tester, D- Mont., and Steve Daines, R-Mont.,...

 

Montana receiving health care training funds

Staff and wire report Montana’s U.S. senators announced Monday that Montana universities are receiving nearly $1 million in federal funding for health care workforce training. Releases from the offices of Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Steve...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    June 18, 2020

Conservation, parks funding bill passes Senate

Praise abounded for the Senate passing Wednesday what some are calling the greatest conservation bill in decades. In a 73-25 vote, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act which gives...

 

Daines a conservationist? Not so fast

Unless the political winds in Washington change quickly, Congress will soon send the Great American Outdoors Act — GAOA — to President Trump’s desk. Trump has assured he’ll sign it into law. This legislation represents a dramatic win for...

 

Montana's fish win and Montana anglers win with water rights protection Act

Spring is the time of abundant water. Westslope cutthroat, Montana’s state fish, sense rising flows and commence their age-old spawning migrations upstream to tributaries across Montana. It may seem like an odd time to think about water scarcity an...

 

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