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Reporter, Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau
As seen in:  Missoulian, Billings Gazette

Reporter for the Montana Lee Newspapers State Bureau, covering politics, campaigns, health care, energy ... and plenty more.

New regulations: Coal industry, critics differ on cost to Montana consumers

missoulian.com — HELENA - In their fight against federal rules to cut carbon emissions, the coal industry and its allies are producing studies saying the rules mean big price increases for electricity consumers in Montana and elsewhere.

EPA rules won't fall entirely on Montana coal-fired power plants

missoulian.com — HELENA - Proposed federal rules to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants won't take effect until 2016 - and won't fall entirely on the back of coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency rules say states can use a variety of steps, like producing more clean energy or consuming less electricity, to reduce the overall production of coal-fired power.

Montana Parole Board chairman McKee resigns

missoulian.com — HELENA - The longtime chairman of Montana's Board of Pardons and Parole, Mike McKee of Hamilton, resigned this week. McKee, who had asked Gov. Steve Bullock in November to be reappointed as chairman for another four-year term, submitted a resignation letter on Wednesday, saying "circumstances have changed" and that he no longer wanted to be on the board.

Daines: GOP-controlled Congress will have active agenda

PSC rejects NorthWestern agreement to buy power from Fairfield wind project

missoulian.com — HELENA - A divided state Public Service Commission this week rejected NorthWestern Energy's agreement to buy power from a new wind project, at a cost lower than the utility is paying for power from hydroelectric dams purchased earlier this year.

Bullock ready to roll dice on $300M infrastructure bill, but will it work?

missoulian.com — HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock is sending one, massive $300 million Christmas tree of building projects to the 2015 Legislature, hoping lawmakers won't chop it into pieces and throw some into the fireplace. "This is an opportunity for us to be one Montana, for us to be east and west, to make very substantial investments in our infrastructure," says Dan Villa, the governor's budget director.

Infrastructure needs mount in eastern Montana oil, gas counties

missoulian.com — SIDNEY - Out in the epicenter of the oil and gas boom, communities are growing so quickly they can't keep up with basic infrastructure needs such as water and sewage treatment facilities, housing, and roads and bridges. Upgrading water and sewage treatment plants is the most pressing need in Sidney, public works director Jeff Hintz says.

State lawyer: Montana logging meetings not required to be publicized

missoulian.com — HELENA - The Bullock administration was not required to publicize meetings on which Montana forestlands should be selected for expedited logging, because the meetings had no power to make a final decision, a state lawyer argued Thursday. The meetings of state, conservation group and timber industry officials merely advised Gov.

Farmers, ranchers, business owners form group backing Flathead water compact

missoulian.com — HELENA - Farmers, ranchers and business owners are leading a new group supporting the Flathead tribal water rights compact, saying Tuesday its passage is vital for the economy and water users across the state.

Economist: Medicaid expansion a good deal for state; lawmakers remain reluctant

billingsgazette.com — HELENA - Accepting federal money to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of low-income Montanans looks like a good financial and policy deal for the state, a University of Montana economist told a health-care conference here Monday. "To the extent that you're going to leave $200 million to $1 billion a year in Washington?"
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Dec 17, 2014

RT German exchange student's parents embrace after man who shot their son is found guilty in Missoula. #kaarmatrial pic.twitter.com/4KhEWI2jve

Dec 17, 2014

MT Healthcare Foundation was created in wake of Blue Cross MT sale, with proceeds to foundation. #mtpol #mtleg

Dec 17, 2014

MT Healthcare Foundation announces first grants: $1.3M, to health depts across state, for health assessments. #mtpol #mtleg

Dec 11, 2014

BCBS-MT says it's fixed customer-service problems for policyholders -- and that 300 complaints is fraction of 243,000 customers. #mtpol

Dec 11, 2014

MT Insurance Commish Lindeen says fielded 300 complaints on BCBS-MT service on health policies this year -- three times previous yr. #mtpol

Dec 11, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MT paying $1m to resolve complaints of poor service. Commish of Insurance negotiates payment. #mtpol

Dec 09, 2014

Pro-water compact group's leadership includes GOP Rep. Scott Reichner of Bigfork, who voted against compact in 2013. #mtleg #mtpol

Dec 09, 2014

New group of farmers, ranchers forms to push passage of Flathead tribal water-rights compact. #mtpol #MtLeg

Dec 06, 2014

@TribLowdown @mikedennison Up to the owner if they want to get it retrofitted. Many say no problems. When was it made?

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