Jon Tester

Malmstrom
4:58 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tester: Malmstrom operations not significantly impacted by missile cuts

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

  Senator Jon Tester says he is happy with how the U.S. Defense Department is complying with a nuclear reduction treaty signed with Russia in 2011.

A plan to remove 50 missiles from America’s land-based nuclear arsenal should not significantly affect operations at Montana’s Malmstrom Air Force Base.

Tester says reducing those missiles won’t reduce personnel.

"I think the win is here that the missile silos, even though they don't have a missile in them will be kept operational," he says.

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REAL ID
3:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Daines introduces bill to repeal federal ID mandates

Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) introduces his "Repeal ID Act of 2014" Thursday in the state capitol along with Attorney General Tim Fox (R-MT)
Credit Dan Boyce

Montana Congressman Steve Daines announced plans Thursday to introduce a bill repealing portions of the 2005 REAL ID Act related to federally-mandated security protocols for driver’s licenses and other state-issued ID cards.

“In recent months, Montanans have become increasingly concerned about the federal government’s access to Montana’s personal information,” Daines said during a press conference in the state capitol building’s old Supreme Court chambers.

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MTPR in D.C.
5:53 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

MTPR News in Washington D.C.-- in pictures

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), center, enters the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chamber with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
Dan Boyce

MTPR News Director Sally Mauk and Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent much of last week in Washington D.C. covering Sen. Max Baucus's confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Sally and Dan spoke with all three members of the state's congressional delegation about the Baucus legacy.

Click on the links below to hear the rest of our coverage.

Steve Daines
5:27 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A peek inside the Washington life of Steve Daines

Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) speaks with visiting Montanans at a weekly "coffee with constituents" event in Washington D.C. last week.
Credit Dan Boyce

Life for Bozeman-native Steve Daines has changed a lot in the last couple of years--from more than a quarter century in the private sector to Montana’s sole Congressional Seat.

Now, the Republican Representative has his sights set on another office, that of exiting Montana Senator Max Baucus.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce spent last week in Washington D.C. reporting on Montana’s federal delegation and spends a couple hours in the Washington life of Congressman Daines.

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North Fork
8:10 am
Fri January 31, 2014

A major step towards protection of the North Fork Flathead River

The North Fork of the Flathead River runs down from Canada, forming the western border of Glacier National Park.
Credit Katrin Frye

A major element for protection of the North Fork Flathead River Valley moved forward this week. Representative Steve Daines announced a bill that retires many oil and gas leases in the area unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013 would restrict new mineral development in the North Fork of the Flathead.

This House bill mirrors one introduced by Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus.

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Climate Week 2013
10:20 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Climate change presenting new challenges to farmers

Lifeline shed equipped with solar panels
Edward O'Brien

Farming is a tough and unpredictable business. It requires hard manual labor and quick responses to complicated problems.

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Tribal Meeting
4:46 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Tribal leaders say budget cuts are hurting the poorest of the poor

Montana tribal leaders meet with Montana Senator Jon Tester and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs committee, in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

Tribal leaders from around Montana gathered in Missoula this afternoon, to tell the chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs committee what they think is needed to boost economic development in Indian country.

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Education
3:14 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

$2 million grant to create entrepreneurship ‘LaunchPads’ and UM, MSU

University of Miami Senior Vice Provost William Greene speaks in the Capitol Rotunda Friday, with (from left) University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, Sen. Jon Tester, Blackstone President Tony James, Sen. Max Baucus and Gov. Steve Bullock looking on.

Political leaders, college students, colorful banners and flat screen TVs ringed the state capitol building’s rotunda on Friday for the unveiling of a 3-year, $2 million grant to expand entrepreneurship through Montana’s two biggest Universities.

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Indian Country
5:22 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Native leader Gordon Belcourt dies

Gordon Belcourt
Credit Jaime Belcourt

Gordon Belcourt, one of the Rocky Mountain West’s most influential Native American leaders died Monday in Billings.

He was Executive Director of the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council from 1998 until his death. He was known for building the organization into a powerful regional voice on Native issues, especially public health.

Gordon’s daughter Annie Belcourt says her father’s traditional Blackfeet name, Meekskimeeksskumapi, means Mixed Iron Boy.

She says it’s a name reflecting the strength her father carried with him through his life.

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MT Democratic Convention
5:13 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Will Schweitzer announce a Senate run during this weekend's Democratic Convention?

Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-Mont)

Montana Democrats are preparing for their party’s annual convention this Friday and Saturday in Lewistown.

The party will be electing officers and examining their rules. Executive Director Andrea Marcoccio said the party will be using the convention to unify—to build on the types of strategies which allowed Democrats to win big statewide races in 2012.

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