Jon Tester

Cattle
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China is one of the top beef-consuming nations in the world. But American producers have been locked out of that lucrative market since a Mad Cow Disease scare 13 years ago.

That changed this week.

The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site.
Courtesy Columbia Falls Aluminum Company

The Environmental Protection Agency today designated the former Columbia Falls Aluminum Company as an official Superfund site.

Swiss commodities firm Glencore announced the former smelter would be permanently shuttered back in the spring of 2015.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

Montana lawmakers are pushing forward to check the high medical costs passed on to patients by some air ambulance and insurance companies. But U.S. Senator Jon Tester says getting support from Congress is a hard sell.

Dan Fagre, a climate change researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey, shows US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell a photo of Glacier in 1914
Nicky Ouellet

Thursday was a big day in Glacier National Park.

The Park Service turned 100, and to celebrate, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell made a pilgrimage of sorts up Going to the Sun Road to see the park’s waning namesakes. She called it, "an incredible reminder of why the NPS was America's best idea."

Conservationists threw a party Saturday to celebrate permanent land protections in the Haskill Basin watershed east of Whitefish.

Senator Jon Tester is meeting with local community and business leaders in Columbia Falls Friday to discuss job training for workers impacted by impending timber mill closures.
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Senator Jon Tester is meeting with local community and business leaders in Columbia Falls Friday to discuss job training for workers impacted by impending timber mill closures.

Montana Tribes' Request For Bison Hits Hurdle
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Montana’s congressional delegation is taking a wait-and-see approach to a proposal to transfer management of the National Bison Range to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Burned area in the interior of the West Fork Fish Creek Fire.
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Senator Jon Tester has signed onto a bill that would help communities cope with the aftermath of a major wildfire.

CSKT Chairman Vernon Finley urged the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to accept the compact.
U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee

At the first U.S. Senate hearing for the water compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes today, federal officials said it looks expensive, and needs more analysis. Tribal leaders testified as well.

The water compact narrowly passed in Montana’s last legislative session and now it must be affirmed by the U.S. Congress.

Montana lawmakers in Washington voted for and against two sets of opposing gun control measures Monday.

None of the four amendments, which were spurred on by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, passed the Senate votes.

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