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Mike Cooney sworn in as new Lt. Governor

(HELENA)- Mike Cooney has a new office to move into today, after being sworn in as Montana's 32nd Lt. Governor on Monday morning. 

Cooney took the oath of office at 8 a.m. making Governor Bullock's appointment of the former Secretary of State and longtime Montana legislator official. Bullock had announced the appointment last week, picking Cooney to fill the post left with the departure of Angela McLean. Mclean said she was stepping down at the end of November to take a post with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. 

Cooney said last week he was "truly honored" to be asked to fill the post. 

The appointment comes as Bullock prepares to kick his 2016 re-election bid into high gear. 


Beach thankful for his freedom this week 

Beach, right, shares a happy moment with supporter Jim McCloskey Friday- MTN photo (BILLINGS)- Barry Beach has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Not the least of which is being able to join his family and friends for the traditional holiday celebrations.

Beach was released after decades behind bars at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge Friday, after being granted clemency by Governor Steve Bullock. The move came after Bullock exercised a new provision in state law.

Following his release, Beach traveled to Billings, where he met with friends who had fought for his release for years. He told KTVQ News it was a "very emotional" reunion. 

"I get to go on with my life," Beach told Q2. "They get to go on with their life and the rest will be sorted out by God when it's time."


Bullock selects Anaconda woman as next Lt. Governor

State of MT photo(HELENA)- Just a few days after appointing his first Lieutenant Governor to be the state's next U.S. Senator, Governor Steve Bullock has already named his new second-in-command. 
This morning it was announced Bullock has tapped Anaconda teacher and the chair of the Montana Board of Regents, Angela McLean, to serve as Montana’s 31st Lieutenant Governor.
The Montana Board of Regents is responsible for administering the Montana University System. McLean was first appointed to the board in 2010 and was elected as chair in 2012. 
A native of Twin Bridges, McLean becomes the first classroom teacher to serve as Lieutenant Governor. She was named “Best High School Teacher” by the Montana Standard in 2003. 
“From humble beginnings in Twin Bridges, Angela has proven over and over again that if someone works hard and has the support of their friends and community, the sky is the limit,” said Bullock. “As parents of school age kids, Angela and I know that there is nothing more important than a quality education – it’s the proven path to job creation and economic growth – and it’s the top priority of my administration. Angela will be a strong partner in making sure our schools and colleges are giving our students the tools they need to build an even brighter future for our state.” 
Friday, Bullock appointed John Wals, who had been the state's Lieutenant Governor since they were elected in 2012, to replace Senator Max Baucus, who has been named as U.S. Ambassador to China. 

Bullock not interested in paying to re-open Yellowstone, Glacier

Glacier will stay on lock down- GNP webcam photo(HELENA)- Montana Governor Steve Bullock isn't interested in the idea of the state shelling out money to temporarily re-open Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. 

Bullock made the comment Thursday as the Interior Department floated the idea of allowing states to pay to re-open the parks shuttered by the two-week old partial shutdown of the federal government. That decision has closed the gates at Yellowstone, Glacier and other park facilities across the country. 

The idea would be to allow state's to provide funding to open key facilities which are critical to local economies, although the exact mechanics of those arrangements have been somewhat unclear. Several western states are discussing the idea, with some rejecting it outright. Utah announced it had reached agreement to spend $1.7-million to re-open parks like Zion and Bryce Canyon, which are key to the economy in the southern half of the state. 

But Montana will be on the list of state's turning down the idea, at least for now, with Governor Bullock saying he wouldn't act on the plan.

“Of course not," Bullock said in a written statement. "When I say that it’s long past time to open up the government and end this reckless and job-killing shutdown, I mean the entire government, benefits for the families of service members killed in combat, ‘open’ signs at Social Security Offices and resumed use of our National Parks.”


Government shutdown stops Montana National Guard 

(HELENA)- The federal government shutdown is putting a stop to Montana National Guard operations, with Governor Steve Bullock announcing drill exercises for this coming weekend are being canceled. 

The order puts a stop to plans for 3,500 National Guard troops to conduct the training exercises. 

“Washington’s inability to pass a budget is now impacting important training exercises and disrupting plans for thousands of Montana families,” said Gov. Steve Bullock. 

“I recognize and apologize for the impact this necessary action will have on soldiers and Airmen and their families and I sincerely appreciate their understanding as we continue to work through the many implications the government shutdown is having on our force,” said Maj. Gen. Matt Quinn, Adjutant General of the Montana National Guard. 

A small group of guardsmen and women, who are preparing for deployment overseas, will continue with their preparations at Ft. William H. Harrison in Helena.