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Guest opinion: Senate must act quickly on conservation tax incentives

     During a period when the reputation of the U.S. Congress has been battered by the media and the public, the Senate has a remarkable opportunity to pass historic legislation that would directly assist agriculture producers, private land conservation, sportsmen, local economies and outdoo…

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Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

Gazette opinion: Clueless VA worsens its crisis of confidence

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs owes Ed Saunders a swift and sincere apology.

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VA 'intimidates' decorated war veteran for being photographed on VA property

VA 'intimidates' decorated war veteran for being photographed on VA property

A man who helps disabled veterans with transportation to Montana’s VA facilities has been threatened with a $50 fine for appearing in a photo with a newspaper article critical of the new West End VA clinic.

August 21, 2014 5:30 pm Photos

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One-third of Daines’ campaign funds from Montanans – a relatively high percentage

One-third of Daines’ campaign funds from Montanans – a relatively high percentage

HELENA — Only one-third of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Daines’ $5 million in campaign funds has come from Montanans — yet that percentage is more than usual for a key Senate race, political observers say.

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Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Disabled veterans leader: 'Veterans don't want words, veterans want action — now'

Four months after the grand opening of the $6.3 million Majestic Lane Clinic, veterans are encountering roadblocks in getting appointments and staffing remains an issue.

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Veterans tell Tester where VA needs to improve

Veterans tell Tester where VA needs to improve

GREAT FALLS — Veterans from the Great Falls area say Veterans' Affairs staff in Montana is overworked and more options are needed for patients living in rural areas.

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Gazette opinion: Keep East Rosebud Creek wild and free

Gazette opinion: Keep East Rosebud Creek wild and free

East Rosebud Creek should stay the way it is – a ribbon of clear water tumbling from the top of the Beartooth Mountains down a breathtaking valley of pine trees, deer, elk, moose and bears.

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6 candidates interview to lead VA Montana Health Care system

A field of six candidates vying to lead Montana’s VA Health Care system is being narrowed as officials prepare to name a new director.

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XGR panel: Montana’s renewable-power mandate, while successful, shouldn’t be expanded

HELENA — Montana’s requirement that utilities buy a minimum amount of renewable power, such as wind, has been an economic success, but shouldn’t be expanded, a legislative panel’s draft study says.

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Tester, others say transferring federal lands would burden Montana

Tester, others say transferring federal lands would burden Montana

MISSOULA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and a panel of advocates argued against proposals to transfer federal lands to state or private ownership during a Missoula visit on Tuesday.

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Ups and Downs:

Farmer’s bequest. Paul Metzger’s generosity will support local health care for generations. A retired farmer and successful investor, Metzger passed away in May, bequeathing $19 million to Billings Clinic and $19 million to St. Vincent Healthcare. The hospitals put the money into their foun…

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Most of Sen. Tester's assets tied up in Big Sandy farm

Most of Sen. Tester's assets tied up in Big Sandy farm

HELENA — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., the only working farmer in the U.S. Senate, reported assets last year valued at $1.1 million to $2.2 million, most of which are his family’s organic grain farm west of Big Sandy.

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Guest opinion: Speak up now to keep Montana waters clean

If you live in Montana, there’s a very good chance you are like me and love being outside to enjoy the beauty our great state has to offer. In fact, according to The Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research, nearly three-fourths of Montana residents vacation within the state, many of wh…

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Gazette opinion: Congress must deliver post office business reforms

The U.S. Postal Service has been struggling financially for years while Congress has failed to reform laws that micromanage this big, important business.

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Tester tries again on act to allow troops to defer student loans

MISSOULA — Paying back that college debt doesn’t wait for anyone, including members of the armed services, but a bill bouncing around the nation’s Capitol may soon allow veterans to defer their college loan payments before deployment.

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From the editor: Debating the debates

When I sent the letters, the grease from Election Night pizza hadn’t even made its way out of my system, and I was running on caffeine and adrenaline.

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Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

Tester to ask VA leadership to prioritize hiring VA Montana director

For the second time in less than two years a search is underway for someone to lead the VA Montana Health Care system.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Walsh, Tester, Daines oppose further military involvement in Iraq

Walsh, Tester, Daines oppose further military involvement in Iraq

HELENA — The three members of Montana’s congressional delegation say they’re opposed to sending any additional U.S. troops or advisers into Iraq to help quell a Sunni Muslim-led insurgency.

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Business leaders look to cook up Billings version of Sioux Falls' success

Business leaders look to cook up Billings version of Sioux Falls' success

A month after an aspirational visit to Sioux Falls, S.D., participants’ minds are still working through the takeaways — and formulating possible next steps — based on what they saw during an extensive three-day tour of South Dakota’s largest city.

June 15, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Don't sell off Montana's future to China

There’s trouble brewing in Montana. People who don’t live here, and who don’t really care what happens to our state, are trying to take advantage of us. If we don’t speak up now, we’ll be paying the price for decades to come.

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