Senator Steve Daines
Senator Steve Daines

Montana's Republican Senator On Trump's 'Salty' Language And 2018 Goals

As Congressional Democrats and Republicans continue to fight over the fate of undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, the federal government is barreling towards a shutdown Friday. Yellowstone Public Radio’s Nate Hegyi sat down with Montana’s Republican Senator, Steve Daines, to talk about the potential for a shutdown, his legislative goals in 2018 and President Trump’s salty language.

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Democratic state representative Jim Hamilton says the loss in funding affects local school districts, mental health and disability services in Gallatin County.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana’s ongoing budget crisis has hit Gallatin County, where state Democrats say schools, mental health and disabilities services could all be affected.

"There may be another $60 to $70 million of lost revenue to the state per year," says state representative Jim Hamilton, a Bozeman Democrat.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

At a town hall meeting in Bozeman Tuesday, state Democrats said the GOP tax plan could worsen Montana’s budget woes.

grizzly bear
National Park Service / National Park Service

With the recent delisting of the Yellowstone-area grizzly bear, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are contemplating a grizzly bear hunt. But on Monday, their neighbor to the north, British Columbia, announced it was immediately ending its own grizzly bear hunt.

Montana Standard

Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County, Montana, over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.

The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet during the first three days of the special season included 73 mule deer and 34 white-tailed deer. The season opened Friday, and will run through February 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.

Stella Fong

One of the most memorable images I have of Paris is one with a baguette. From my hotel window I saw a man in a blue chapeau with a plaid scarf wrapped around his neck carrying a long baguette leaving the bakery across the way. There was something romantic about securing a freshly baked loaf of bread, and even more when I realized it was my husband. 

Stella Fong

The dark chocolate cake edged with perfectly piped ribbons on a bright white cake stand.  The auburn browned turkey on a silver platter garnished with glistening identical cuts of carrot.  These are images on the cover of food magazines. You are mesmerized, and then say “I can do that.” So you challenge yourself and spend the hours securing the right ingredients, and then preparing and cooking in the kitchen. At the very end, your cake and turkey vaguely resembles the photo. Furthermore, you are not all that sure the tastes warranted the effort.

On Thursday, Montana Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced legislation that would ban mining on public lands near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Congress is one step closer to passing a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park, but members of Montana’s delegation don’t agree on all aspects of the legislation. 

Montana and Wyoming rank in the middle of the pack in a new evaluation of the health of the US.

Montana comes in  22nd and Wyoming 26th as the healthiest states in the country. Montana remained the same as last year while Wyoming reached its poorest ranking since 2001.

The report by the advocacy group United Health Foundation evaluated states on 35 factors in five categories that included behaviors, clinical care, and outcomes.

A red flag warning issued December 12th is the latest on record, says a National Weather Service official.
NOAA

When you think of winter in Montana, you think lots of snow, not wildfires. But on Tuesday the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern and north-central part of the state. 

Mule deer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tags sold out quickly Monday morning for a special deer hunt to learn how far chronic wasting disease has spread in Montana. 

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