The First 25 Graduates from the Montana Hunter Advancement Program
The Montana Hunter Advancement Program promotes safe, ethical, and responsible hunting through its focused “Master Hunter” certification program, offered in partnership with forward-thinking private landowners across the state.25 Montana hunters have successfully completed our first-ever 50+ hour continuing education course, passing an exhaustive written exam and a field marksmanship and ballistics course led by Jason & Jordan at 406 Precision.These dedicated individuals are ready for hunting season this coming fall and beyond, as we build our team of ethical hunters. These folks are on a mission to improve landowner – sportsmen relations in Montana!How you can help:• Refer a landowner to our program. We are actively seeking out additional access partnerships.• Make a contribution. Every penny counts as we continue building this first-of-its-kind advanced hunting education, ethics, and access program.• Tell your friends. We will soon be accepting applications for the 2019 course opportunitiesBe in touch!The Common Ground group believes that hunting is a privilege and not a right; and although it has been criticized by some, it is an important part of our Nation’s heritage and wildlife management system. As both land ownership and hunter behavior have changed, hunting access has become more limited and contentious. In an attempt to improve landowner-sportsmen relations as well as create more access opportunities for hunters, Common Ground is now developing this comprehensive, advanced hunter education program designed to put more ethical, educated, and effective hunters in the field.
The members and supporters of CBU work every day to preserve and protect our last remaining areas open to multiple use recreation and we advocate for active forest management and responsible resource development on our federally managed public lands.
Matt Koch is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute. Koch is responsible for leading the Institute’s efforts to expand support for the construction of oil and gas pipelines, and the development of Arctic resources, along with promoting the important role Canadian energy resources have to the U.S. economy and energy security. He is credited for building and managing the Energy Institute’s successful Partnership to Fuel America, a multistate, pro-North-American energy stakeholder advocacy network. Koch also played a role in developing policy recommendations for the Institute’s Energy Works for US platform. Koch travels widely in the United States and Canada to raise awareness of issues impacting American energy—particularly around the need for more pipelines and improving energy infrastructure. He has provided expertise and insight at events such as the Manning Center Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and the North American Energy Security Dialogue in Vancouver, Canada, and has shared thought leadership with local chambers of commerce, including the Detroit Chamber of Commerce’s Energy and Environment Committee and the MAKO (Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma) Chamber Conference. Before joining the Chamber, Koch was director of Federal Relations at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he was chief advocate and issue manager for all downstream and refining-related issues affecting the oil and natural gas industry. In addition, he directed API’s renewable fuels and environmental issue advocacy on Capitol Hill and with the administration. Koch was recognized for initiating and organizing an effective nontraditional coalition of food, feed, environmental, and energy businesses and trade associations to advocate on biofuels issues while at API. During George W. Bush’s first term, Koch worked at the Department of Energy and in the White House. At the White House, he served in the Office of Cabinet Affairs as White House liaison to the secretaries of Agriculture, Interior, and Energy and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Koch began his career as a legislative assistant for Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY) in Washington, D.C. He went on to oversee district staff and operations for Paxon and later for Rep. Jack Quinn (R-NY). He also worked for the Texas Office of State-Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., for then-Gov. Bush, and on the staff of the minority leader of the New York State Assembly in Albany, New York. Koch lives in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife and two sons. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, with Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations.See more at: https://www.globalenergyinstitute.org/matthew-koch
Top Beef Checkoff Leaders to visit Montana!R-Calf's successful injunction against the collection of Beef Checkoff funds in Montana has provided some lively conversation on VOM lately. This week the top leaders of the Cattlemen's Beef Board will be meeting with cattlemen in our state, and we will press for answers directly from Scott Stuart, Chief Executive Officer of the CBB, and Joan Ruskamp, current Chair of the Board and a cattle feeder from Dodge, Nebraska,The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef products. Under the original law, states like Montana may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar, and must forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program. Recent court action however, has directed that 100% of the funds must go to the National program, allowing none of the funds can stay in-state unless each individual beef producer signs a prior consent form.To say the least, this change has caused a great deal of angst among cattle producers in Montana biggest industry.Today is the first time that the very top national leaders who administer the Beef-Checkoff have been here in our VOM studios to answer your questions.
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Each September, Libby has been thehost to Nordicfest. This year we haveexpanded our venue by now making it the“Libby Nordicfest Heritage Festival.”Libby has such an amazing and diverseheritage we’ve decided to welcome allto be a part of this Great festival.Be sure to mark us on your calendarand plan on being here.We are welcoming all, Food Vendors, Craftsman,Parade Participants and others to participate in our new festival.Applications are available on the participant’s registration page.Come one Come all and enjoy our Festival.
This year promises to be one of the best Festivals Ever!Be sure to book your rooms early as the motels in Libby fill upfast for this Great Event!Browse around our new site and get a better look at all the funthings going on at Nordicfest.
The Park County Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, helping you make the best decisions possible.
Services and information includes:
- Soil and Hay Testing
- Insect Identification
- Plant Identification and Disease Diagnostics
- Home Canning Information and Pressure Canner Gauge Testing
- Pesticide Applicators Licensing
- Estate Planning Information
- Energy Efficiency
State Representative Alan Redfield joins us to talk on the upcoming 2019 Legislative session.We will also be talking about the Child Protective Services, Tax Issues and Montana Private Property Rights.
Big Horn County Jail was constructed nearly 40-years ago. Today the jail is beyond its capacity, deteriorating, and no longer capable of meeting the community’s growing detention needs. Overcrowding in the jail jeopardizes the safety of officers, staff, and inmates. Undersheriff Mike Fuss and Big Horn County Commissioner George Real Bird will be on the show to discuss conditions in the jail, the upcoming jail expansion measure, and why Two Rivers is not a viable alternative for the County.
Hoofin' it for Hunger is a trail run (or walk!), hosted by Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers and Fort Keogh. All proceeds benefit the Montana Food Bank Network. Since the race's inception, they have raised over $36,500 for the Montana Food Bank Network.The race is a professionally timed trail run through farm fields, cow pastures and along the Yellowstone River. Choose from a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or 1 mile fun run/walk. There are many great prizes, race shirts, and more!Hoofin’ it for Hunger on VOM will have Gil Gasper, who is the Montana Farmers Union & Young Farmers & Ranchers Chair; Bill Mathews with the Montana Food Bank Network and, Nicole Rolf, who is on the "Hoofin’ it for Hunger" committee board plus works as their National Affairs Director.Join us and learn how we can all help.
Montana Minded• There's a new player in the field of Montana's fight to defend it's natural resourceindustries. Colstrip United's co-founder and director, Lori Shaw, is heading upanother project: Montana Minded. The same idea of advocacy through educationas Colstrip United, but with a different name, and a MUCH bigger focus.• The people of this state have had enough of watching the industries responsiblefor providing the jobs and revenue that sustain their communities demonized bywell-funded groups that have very little empathy for the working families thatultimately take the fall for their efforts. These people are ready to speak out andget the lesser known positive facts about these industries into the public eye.
Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and celebrates the citizens of the United States. The Constitution was written because the existing charter of government, known as the Articles of Confederation, had resulted in creating a weak and ineffective central government. The Constitution defines the supreme law of the United States, with each article of the constitution pertaining to aspects such as the congress, president, judicial system, interrelationship between the state and federal government and process of amendments to the Constitution. James Madison, Oliver Ellsworth, Nathaniel Gorham, Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, Gouverneur Morris, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington wrote the Constitution.
Gianforte Guides Little Shell Recognition Bill Through HouseFirst Time the Bill Has Passed the House or Senate
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed Congressman Greg Gianforte’s bill to provide federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Today’s action in the House marks the first time ever a bill restoring federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe has passed either the House or Senate.“The Little Shell Tribe has had to wait too long for the federal government to act toward its well-deserved recognition,”
Gianforte said. “I appreciate the hard work, dedication, and determination of Chairman Gray and the Little Shell people. Today marks an important milestone for the Tribe, and I am proud that I could help move their efforts forward. It’s time to get this bill through the Senate and to President Trump.”
The Little Shell Tribe welcomed the bill’s passage and praised Gianforte’s efforts.“Congressman Gianforte has been a friend and advocate of the Little Shell Tribe ever since he assumed office. I want to personally thank Congressman Gianforte for his tireless and relentless efforts on our behalf,” said Gerald Gray, Chairman of the Little Shell Tribe
. “The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act was one of the first bills that he introduced, and he has fought vigorously for its passage.”“Today he accomplished something that never has been accomplished before – passage of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act,” Chairman Gray
remarked. This bill will help restore the dignity of my Tribe and force the federal government to stop ignoring us. We now look to the Senate to continue on the Congressman’s great work to secure passage by that chamber.”Gianforte’s bill would restore the federal recognition of the Little Shell Tribe and allow the Tribe to purchase 200 acres of land to serve as its reservation. The legislation would make the Little Shell Tribe eligible for federal resources for economic development, health, and education.The Little Shell Tribe petitioned the federal government in the 1930s and 1940s for a formal reservation and to be allowed to organize under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934.Gianforte introduced the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act, H.R. 3764, in September 2017. The bill passed the House Committee on Natural Resources in July 2018.To be enacted into law, the Senate must pass the legislation and send it to the president for consideration.
The powerful gun lobby has spent nearly $3 million so far in the 2018 election cycle. Most of that change is centered on a race right here in the Montana.The NRA has spent around $400,000 airing ads against Montana’s vulnerable U.S. Democratic Senator Jon Tester.It’s the most money the NRA has spent against any candidate in this area so far.Voices of Montana will talk to an NRA official about that and many other subjects.
How does the department of agriculture help people at the local level when it comes to weeds.We discuss this with Dr Nechodom and will be taking your calls and texts.
“It is hard to imagine anything more important for the Christian, especially in the times in which we live, than to stand firmly upon a solid biblical worldview foundation… one that provides a comprehensive and systematic understanding of every area of life and reality.” -Del Tackett
A Cultural Engager
Del hosted and taught the Cross Examine
television series. He also created several video series, including Who Is Jesus?
and Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project
, a worldview curriculum estimated to have been seen by over 12 million people worldwide.
A Public Servant
Del served more than 20 years as an officer in the United States Air Force. During the George H. W. Bush administration, he served at the White House as director of technical planning for the National Security Council.
Del worked for years in the software engineering discipline and led the tiger team that developed a critical command and control system for NORAD in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado.
Del is one of the founders of New Geneva Theological Seminary and was a professor of numerous worldview courses. He led and taught for years at the collegiate Focus Leadership Institute. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor for the Alliance Defending Freedom, Summit Ministries and Impact 360. Del has his doctorate in Management and Computer Science.
The Montana Historical Society’s 45th Annual Montana History Conference will be Thursday, September 27, 2018, to Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Billings, MT. This year’s theme is Rimrocks, Rivers, and Rolling Plains: History from the Yellowstone Valley. Travel scholarships are available for teachers and students. Visit the society’s website
for registration information and travel scholarship information
. The deadline for advance registration is Friday, September 21, 2018.
The Montana historical conference is in Billings this year, so we get to visit in studio with Montana author Ken Robison. His book is authored "World War 1 and Montana: The Treasure State prepares. We will talk about the book and much more on Montana history.
As predictable as snow in January, are the number of calls and emails we receive asking for more information on judicial candidates. Choosing the right candidate for one of Montana’s court seats is, by far, the most frustrating part of voting in Montana. Very little information exists, especially if someone is coming out of private practice and running for a judgeship for the very first time.Jeff Laszloffy, President of the the Montana Family Foundation joins us and gives us the facts on our Judicial Candidates.