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Senate Proceeding 03-05-10 on Mar 5th, 2010 :: 0:15:45 to 0:22:30
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Max Baucus

0:15:41 to 0:16:02( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mr. president, i yield the floor and i would suggest of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the quorum call: the presiding officer: the senator from montana. mr. baucus: mr. president,

Max Baucus

0:15:45 to 0:22:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

0:16:03 to 0:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: has a quorum call been called? mr. president, i request that the quorum call be rescinded. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. baucus: mr. president, i rise in mourning and rembrance on the fir anniversary of a devastating natural gas explosion in downtown bowsman, montana -- boseman, montana.

Max Baucus

0:16:25 to 0:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: at 8:11 in the morning one year ago, downtown bozeman was quiet, under a thick blanket of snow. one minute later, a blast ripped through the silence, killing a young woman named tara reistad bowman and devastating most of

Max Baucus

0:16:47 to 0:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the 200 block of east main street. windows were shattered as far as fourlocks away. a passing cyclist commuting to work was thrown off his bike by the blast. 9/11 calls show that t explosion was felt miles away. the firefighters and rescue crews that responded to the

Max Baucus

0:17:08 to 0:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: blast later found that a natural gas line behind montana trails gallery was cracked and the gas leak had caused the explosion. ten businesses and several apartment units were leveled by the blast or engulfed in the flames that followed.

Max Baucus

0:17:29 to 0:17:49( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the rocking r bar, starkey's, the american legion all destroyed. city assistant manager chuck wynn described it as the worst catastrophe he had ever seen in the city. firefighters from bozeman, from big sky, three forks, nearby communities all came to the rescue to put out the blaze. these brave men and women stopped the fire from spreading to nearby stores.

Max Baucus

0:17:50 to 0:18:10( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the montana national guard was called upon to help provide security. one year after this tragedy, we pause to recognize today as a day of mourning and rembrance. we join the men and women of bozeman who observe a moment of silence this morning.

Max Baucus

0:18:11 to 0:18:33( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: today montanans will mourn the loss of tara bowman. our thoughts and prayers go out for her friends and her family and all who knew her. i neveret tara, but i understand that she was a very special woman. she was a talented artist and a mentor to other artists in bozeman.

Max Baucus

0:18:34 to 0:18:55( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: tara liked to paint i the quiet morning. she had come into work early at the montana trails art gallery the morning of the blast. her family and many friends around bozeman miss her dearly. today as we mourn, we also remember the actions of the people of bozeman after the blast.

Max Baucus

0:18:56 to 0:19:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: oftentimes, in the routine of everyday life, we forget that we may be called upon a any moment to act heroically. there were many heroes that day in bozeman. more than 70 firefighters and departments throughout the county answered the call for help. although it took hours to shut off the natural gas that caused

Max Baucus

0:19:17 to 0:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the inial blast, the volunteers continued to fight the blaze. many had left their day jobs to perform their duties. the calls for help continued long after the blaze was extinguished. residents had lost their homes. small business owners had lost their livelihood.

Max Baucus

0:19:38 to 0:19:59( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: in the truest expression of what it is to be a montanan, the people of bozeman pulled together to help the victims of the blast and rebuild downtown. local businesses donated food to emergency workers. they donated lumber to cover shattered windows. a community relief fund provided $200,000 to help those

Max Baucus

0:20:00 to 0:20:21( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: left homeless find shelter and replace paychecks of those left jobless. the story of a man named chris kundy fully illustrates this generous spirit. chris was left homeless after the explosion and the subsequent fire destroyed almost everything he owned.

Max Baucus

0:20:22 to 0:20:42( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: chris even lost the tools of his trade, his musical instruments, several electronic keyboards, a grand piano, but then the community stepped in. the red cross met his immediate needs -- toothbrushes, soap, towels, debt cards. musicians around bozeman raised funds to help replace his instruments.

Max Baucus

0:20:43 to 0:21:04( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: a fellow renter borrowed a saxophone from a local music store so he could keep playing to pay the bills. after the explosion, chris started playing music full time and even performed to raise funds for the victims of the earthquake in haiti. chris has proven that good can come from tragedy.

Max Baucus

0:21:05 to 0:21:29( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: he told the bozeman chronicle that the stop and depth of the community support detickets values that exist only with people who truly care about one another. a year later, i'm glad to report that downtown bozeman has made great strides. the american legion has already begun to rebuild and plans have been submitted to reconstruct many of the other destroyed

Max Baucus

0:21:30 to 0:21:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: businesses as well and working to make sure federal dollars help fund the reconstruction. at this time next year, city officials expect every business impacted by the blast to be back on their feet and in operation. that is the resiliency of bozeman and the spirit of montana.

Max Baucus

0:21:51 to 0:22:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: today we pause to rember last year's blast in mourning of our loss. we rember the actions taken by the great people of bozeman, and we proceed with renewed hope for the future. mr. president, i suggest the absence of a the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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