Government Shutdown http://mtpr.org en News staff looks back on a busy year http://mtpr.org/post/news-staff-looks-back-busy-year <p>2013 began with a new governor and a new legislature - and wound down with a government shutdown. In-between there were headline-grabbing trials and home-destroying fires.</p><p>The MTPR news staff - Sally Mauk, Edward O'Brien, Dan Boyce and Katrin Frye - covered the issues and breaking news. In this feature, they take a look back at a year of drama and heartache, and political surprises.</p><p></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 18:22:44 +0000 Sally Mauk 13079 at http://mtpr.org News staff looks back on a busy year Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown http://mtpr.org/post/tea-party-groups-slam-daines-vote-end-shutdown <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The end of the federal government shutdown this week exposes a growing rift in the Republican Party—a rift between moderates and Tea Party Republicans.</p><p>Passage of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act boosted the Tea Party movement three years ago and the momentum put the GOP back in charge of the House of Representatives. Republicans have since tried multiple tactics to delay or defund Obamacare—culminating in the government shutdown early this month.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:07:40 +0000 Dan Boyce 9905 at http://mtpr.org Tea Party groups slam Daines for vote to end shutdown Barricades down, gates reopened at Glacier National Park http://mtpr.org/post/barricades-down-gates-reopened-glacier-national-park <p>Barricades came down, open signs switched on, and employees went back to work as Glacier National Park reopened. The partial government shutdown closed the national parks October first.</p><p>Public Affairs Officer Denise Germann says the Park had about 20 to 30 people working during the shutdown. As of Thursday about 250 employees were back on.</p><p>She said a lot of the work going on right now involves getting housing and lodging buttoned up for the winter.</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 16:00:26 +0000 Katrin Frye 9877 at http://mtpr.org Barricades down, gates reopened at Glacier National Park Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown http://mtpr.org/post/why-daines-says-he-broke-house-gop-majority-end-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Steve Daines was one of eighty-seven House Republicans to vote for legislation ending the partial federal government shutdown and raising the country’s debt ceiling.</span></p><p>Many more Republicans voted against ending the shutdown—one hundred forty four of them.</p><p>Daines&nbsp;previously voted for measures to defund the Affordable Care Act, which eventually prompted Washington’s most recent gridlock.</p><p>He defends republican actions through the standoff—saying it was a result of Democrats refusing to negotiate.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:02:51 +0000 Dan Boyce 9846 at http://mtpr.org Why Daines says he broke with House GOP majority to end the shutdown Furloughed park workers are disappointed – and angry http://mtpr.org/post/furloughed-park-workers-are-disappointed-and-angry <p>If reporters have a question about Glacier National Park, they usually first call the park&#39;s public affairs officer, Denise Germann.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:33:43 +0000 Sally Mauk 9564 at http://mtpr.org Furloughed park workers are disappointed – and angry Oh snap, you traveled from Ontario to see Yellowstone? Bad timing... http://mtpr.org/post/oh-snap-you-traveled-ontario-see-yellowstone-bad-timing <p></p><p>The partial shutdown of the federal government is now stretching into its third day.</p><p>President Obama is now saying House Speaker John Boehner is the only thing standing in the way of reopening the government. Congressional leaders made no progress on ending the shutdown after a Wednesday night meeting at the White House.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wall Street Journal reports about 800,000 federal employees remain on furlough.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 17:26:07 +0000 Dan Boyce 9185 at http://mtpr.org Oh snap, you traveled from Ontario to see Yellowstone? Bad timing... How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown? http://mtpr.org/post/how-long-montana-farmers-feel-impacts-shutdown <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana employees of the US Department of Agriculture make up the largest piece of the state&rsquo;s federal workforce.</span></p><p>The Montana Department of Labor and Industry Economist Barb Wagner said latest figures show about 12,600 federal employees work in Montana, not including military personnel&mdash;which she says her office does not track. Of that civilian workforce, about 3,000 work for the USDA.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:01:38 +0000 Dan Boyce 9088 at http://mtpr.org How long before Montana farmers feel impacts from the shutdown?