U.S. Sen. Jon Tester
NICK WOLCOTT/CHRONICLE U.S. Sen. Jon Tester met with members of the Human Resource Development Council on Saturday in Bozeman.

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Montana Sen. Jon Tester got an on-the-ground feel for how the challenging economic times are affecting those in the Gallatin Valley in a Saturday visit to Bozeman.

Tester met with local officials and representatives, including Mayor Jeff Krauss, at the Human Resources Development Council bus barn.

Krauss described to Tester what he called an "undercurrent of desperate times in this valley," and said the hardships here are "still about jobs. "


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