U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement on President-elect Donald J. Trump’s designee for the U.S. Department of Energy, Rick Perry. 

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“After speaking with Governor Perry, I have confidence that he will work to restore the balance between fossil fuel and renewable energy investments and regulation, a balance that has been lacking in President Obama’s Energy Department,” Daines stated. “Governor Perry will work to make our nation energy secure.”

During the meeting, Daines invited Perry to Colstrip and the Crow Reservation and commended his attention to a letter from Lori Shaw, co-founder of Colstrip United, a grassroots citizens’ group to President-elect Trump imploring his attention to Colstrip.

“I’d like to thank Senator Daines for calling attention to the issues facing Montana's coal industry and the thousands of families that depend on it,” Shaw stated. “I want to thank him for actively standing up for Colstrip.”

Mayor John Williams, Colstrip: “I appreciate that Senator Daines is bringing the situation in Colstrip to the forefront of our national energy discussion. It’s extremely important for Colstrip to continue to play a role not only in our state but in the Pacific Northwest. Colstrip provides for the needs of Montana and the region, and it makes good things happen in our communities. We in Colstrip recognize the value of our community and the value of what we do for others. We enjoy a great quality of life as a result of the development of Coal, and Montana also enjoys many benefits from our community. What happens in Colstrip will have an impact all across our state.”   video

Daines is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which has jurisdiction for the Department of Energy including nominations subject to Senate confirmation.

new garbage truck 700The city recently purchased a new garbage truck at a cost of $254,000. We would like to take this time to remind everyone to please “NOT” put ashes in your garbage can.

As many of you know our old truck was permanently damaged by a fire started from ashes in a garbage can. This also put our driver at serious risk. Our local volunteer firegarbage fire department is also called out every year to extinguish resident’s garbage cans that have started on fire due to ashes. Please note that if your ashes damage the City's truck or garbage cans you may be liable for the replacement cost.

Thank you again for your attention to this matter and for keeping our employees safe!

 Items that are prohibited from being placed in a city owned container are:

  • Large limbs or trimmings that do not allow the container lid to close
  • Flammable liquids
  • Large construction, demolition, or remodeling debris
  • Concrete, dirt or plaster
  • Appliances or other furniture that will not allow the container lid to close
  • Ashes
  • Dead animals or parts thereof
  • Tires
  • Lumber
  • Ammunition
  • Vehicle batteries and motor oil
  • Hazardous waste and chemicals

Whenever possible, the refuse generator shall attempt to break down materials so that they will readily fit into the container. All refuse shall be put into an authorized container. Refuse not put into the container will not be picked up.

The City of Colstrip does not have garbage collection on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, General Election Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


Water Restriction Notice

water restrictionThe City of Colstrip has been advised by Talen Energy that they are experiencing problems at the Nichols River Station on the Yellowstone River. At Talen’s request the City is asking our residents to minimize irrigation/water sprinkling as much as possible. This request is for the remainder of August.

Thank you.

John Williams, Mayor
City of Colstrip