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Property Tax Assessment Alert

Property Tax Assessment Alert

Property Owners should have recently received their notice of new appraised values.  Owners of residential, commercial, and agricultural properties receive a revaluation of their properties from the State of Montana every two years. The notice you receive shows those new values as well as the value of the property from ...
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There has been some movement with the Keystone Pipeline

There has been some movement with the Keystone Pipeline

We talked with Alan Olson, Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association about what the recent 9th Circuit Ruling means and where the project goes from here ...
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DC Update with Our Congressman

DC Update with Our Congressman

There has been quite a bit happening in DC this week. We got an update from Congressman Greg Gianforte on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as well as took your calls ...
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New Solution in Dealing with Industry By-Product Water

New Solution in Dealing with Industry By-Product Water

The Problem: Industry (Oil & Manufacturing) has too much By-Product Water Encore Green Environmental Solution: Clean the By-Product Water and use it to grow vegetation. If we do, then everyone wins! Encore Green Environmental works with Landowners, Oil Companies, Manufacturing Plants, Government Regulators, Policy Makers, Environmentalists, and Concerned Citizens, we will be ...
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MT State Parks Foundation and How They Support Our State Parks

MT State Parks Foundation and How They Support Our State Parks

There is a lot of work that goes into maintaining our great State Parks. We took your calls and talked with Coby Gierke, Executive Director about the Montana State Parks Foundation and how they support our State Parks, what projects they are currently working on, and how you can have ...
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LWCF: Congress voted to permanently reauthorize LWCF but the bill signed by Trump didn’t include mandatory funding… find out what this means to Montana

LWCF: Congress voted to permanently reauthorize LWCF but the bill signed by Trump didn’t include mandatory funding… find out what this means to Montana

For more than 50 years, The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, trails, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level. LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars – it is funded using a small portion ...
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Miss Montana: How the program changes lives for the positive

Miss Montana: How the program changes lives for the positive

As her current reign comes to a close, we spoke to the current Miss Montana, Laura Haller, What has the past year meant to her and about being the first Miss Montana to receive the STEM scholarship from the National Miss America Pageant. We also discussed the upcoming Miss Montana ...
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Congressman Greg Gianforte

Congressman Greg Gianforte

We took your calls as we talk with Congressman Gianforte on the various events he is attending over the weekend as well as what is currently happening in DC ...
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Challenges Facing Rural Law Enforcement

Challenges Facing Rural Law Enforcement

This was a unique opportunity to discuss the Challenges Facing Law Enforcement in Montana. The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) are two of the largest granting entities within the U.S. Department of Justice. For the first time the directors of BJA ...
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Why is weed control important and What are Integrated Weed Management Best Practices

Why is weed control important and What are Integrated Weed Management Best Practices

Integrated Weed Management (IWM) is an way to manage weeds utilizing multiple control tactics. According to IntegratedWeedManagement.org, "Herbicide application is the main weed control strategy used. Reliance on this one method has led to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds. There are a limited number of herbicides available to use and ...
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Great things came out of the VP Visit, We heard about it with US Marshall, Rod Ostermiller

Great things came out of the VP Visit, We heard about it with US Marshall, Rod Ostermiller

We looked forward to having US  Marshall Rod Ostermiller in the studio to give his first hand account of meeting with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the Meth Epidemic in Montana ...
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We caught up with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen

We caught up with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen

What is available for teachers and students during the school year. What resources are available for parents. And, how are things going out on the Campaign Trail. Photo Credit: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction ...
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Dr Al Olszewski, State Senator, Former State Representative, and Candidate for Governor

Dr Al Olszewski, State Senator, Former State Representative, and Candidate for Governor

Learn more about Dr. Al Olszewski and why he feels he is the best option to be the next Governor for Montana. Dr. Al is a third-generation Montanan and native of Great Falls. He graduated from Carroll College in Helena, completed medical school at the University of Washington. He went ...
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The People’s Compact

The People’s Compact

In this podcast you will hear from Catherine Vandemoer, Ph.D. the Chair of Montana Land and Water Alliance.  Topics of discussion include the objectives to the CSKT Water Compact, How it differs from other Tribal Water Compacts, and how it impacts not only the entire State of Montana but also ...
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Re-districting. What does this mean and how does it affect you? Jeff Essmann joins VOM to answer your questions.

Re-districting. What does this mean and how does it affect you? Jeff Essmann joins VOM to answer your questions.

It is time for Montana’s ten-year Legislative Re-districting process, meaning that Montana will soon create new boundaries for state Legislative Districts.  The lines are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census because Federal Law stipulates that districts must have nearly equal population.  Drawing the new state legislative district boundaries ...
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Who wouldn’t want to win thousands or even millions of dollars? There are plenty of tips to protect your self from Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams, find out more during the AARP Fraud Watch Friday

Who wouldn’t want to win thousands or even millions of dollars? There are plenty of tips to protect your self from Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams, find out more during the AARP Fraud Watch Friday

Who wouldn’t want to win thousands or even millions of dollars, or the chance to go on a luxury vacation? There are many legitimate sweepstakes and contests out there, and the idea of winning some fabulous prize can be mighty alluring. Con artists get that, and they exploit your eagerness ...
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Summer is a deadly in Construction Work Zones! MT Contractors Assn Exec David Smith says their members take that very seriouslyo

Summer is a deadly in Construction Work Zones! MT Contractors Assn Exec David Smith says their members take that very seriouslyo

Summer brings “Road Construction Season” in Montana!  Combine that with a few million visiting Tourists and it’s a dangerous time for motorists facing more challenging commutes and increased distractions.  Nationally there are 158,000 work zone crashes a year…one every 5.4 minutes…with nearly 800 deaths,  The new Executive Director of the ...
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Find out how things are in the banking industry and the economic climate in Montana with Bill Coffee CEO of Stockman Bank

Find out how things are in the banking industry and the economic climate in Montana with Bill Coffee CEO of Stockman Bank

Colter Brown took  your calls as he interviews Bill Coffee, CEO of Stockman Bank. We found out how things are in the banking industry and much more in this half of the program ...
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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 15, 2018

    Montanans’ for I-185 have a lot of ads on Montana media saying that “Big Tobacco is at it again, first they lied about being addictive now, those same big corporations are lying about I-185”  Other ads state “If you don’t smoke, you don’t pay!  Is this true?

    Other proponents say that it will keep 100,000 Montanans covered by medicare, helps keep rural hospitals open, and also will provide suicide prevention services to Veterans.

    Former Yellowstone County Judge, Russ Fagg joins us to sift through the statements and, in his opinion, whats true and whats not.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 16, 2018

    I’m a wife, mother of 4, and attorney living in Billings. Spent my formative years in Alaska. Went to medical school for a year before switching tracks to law, and was struck by how politicians use people as guinea pigs, without their consent, and without respecting personal autonomy. There is a stark difference between those two worlds.

    We have a mountain of debt. Every man, woman, and child is $75,000 in debt due to federal government borrowing. Year after year, federal government borrowing grows faster than the American economy. Year after year, the debt increases.

    We don’t know what financial challenges the future might bring. Yet, we are committing future generations to cover our costs as well as their own, without their consent. That is taxation without representation. Future generations didn’t vote for the debt they will inherit.

    Together, let’s do the right thing, so that our children and grandchildren won’t be paying the price.

    This road doesn’t have to be so hard. There are over one million people in Montana, and hundreds of millions of people in America. Each one of us has overlapping and occasionally conflicting interests, identities, and desires. How do we peacefully and respectfully choose only a single set of cultural, religious, and social values to govern us all? We can’t.

    Nor should we.

    America is a diverse place, and that diversity needs freedom to thrive. We can live together harmoniously if we acknowledge each peaceful, honest individual’s right to live according to the dictates of personal conscience. Every one of us has the right to live free, so long as we aren’t harming anyone else.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 17, 2018

    Mr Brooks comes on the show to support I-186 representing Montana’s Trout Unlimited. The Initiative would require the DEQ to deny a permit for any new hard rock  mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by contaminants.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 18, 2018

    Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization. It is supported by individuals and businesses who are passionate about improving the health of our forests and the future of our rural, forested communities. Originally founded in Roseburg, Oregon in 2013, we have grown and now advocate for active forest management through regional programs in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes States.

    We are a grassroots coalition that supports the need for active, sustainable forest management to improve and sustain forest health; restore jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities; and provide timber-based revenues to support essential public services. We support balanced policies that promote rural economic opportunity while also maintaining the many benefits we have come to expect from our forests, including recreation and diverse wildlife populations.  Our partners include local elected officials, business and labor groups, law enforcement, educators, tribes, sportsmen and outdoor groups, and more.

    Nick Smith

    Here are some ideas for the 2018 Farm Bill.

    1. Support for cross-boundary, landscape-scale efforts to tackle critical forestry issues, especially wildfireIssues like these do not stop at property lines which means it is no longer enough to address issues on only one piece of property. We need more efforts to work collectively across public and private land to get ahead of the issue across a landscape. To do this, Congress can strengthen the U.S. Forest Service tools to work collaboratively across boundaries, through the Landscape Scale Restoration program and their Hazardous Fuels program.

    2. Include measures to support a strong, diverse forest products industry. Across the country, landowners are struggling to manage their woods in the face of declining markets for low-value, small-diameter wood. This is the material that must be removed to reduce wildfire risk, improve habitat, and keep forests resilient.

    Without markets for this material, management costs become outlandish, causing forest owners to often leave their land unmanaged and vulnerable. Support and investment in programs such the Community Wood Energy Program, which can bolster markets for this low value material, will reduce treatment costs and create jobs across rural America.

    3. Support for landowners managing for at-risk wildlife.With an anticipated near doubling of the number of at-risk fish and wildlife that rely on family forests for their habitat in the southern U.S. alone, we need both policies and funding, that together will help family woodland owners proactively and voluntarily conserve critical habitat while avoiding burdensome regulations.

    4. Strong funding for forest owners in the forestry and conservation programs. Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program have shown they provide enormous public benefit by providing families support to care for their land. In fact, according to a report from the American Forest Foundation, in the past three years alone, farm bill programs have helped family forest owners conduct conservation work across more than 10 million acres. To put that in perspective, that’s more than 9,000 acres improved every day.

    With a new and improved farm bill in place this year, family forest owners can do their part to keep our forests healthy and thriving, that in turn will help all Americans.

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  • 9:00 AM
    October 19, 2018

    Veterans can learn how to create business and Marketing Plans plus network and learn from others.

    Workshop is with Troy Downing, Successful Businessman, Vetrepreneur and Air Force Pilot.

    Also more on “Vote NO”on I-186 with Jessica Sena.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 22, 2018

    The Montana Opioid & Addictions Summit will be Oct. 22, 2018, at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Mont. The summit, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, features Keynote Speaker Ryan Leaf, and will also  include opening remarks by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, a presentation by Georgetown University Medical Center’s Pharmed Out Director Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, comments from Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, Region 8 SAMHSA Director Charlie Smith, and many more.

    About Keynote Speaker Ryan Leaf: Montana native and former NFL football player, Ryan Leaf is now a nationally recognized recovery advocate who travels across the United States speaking to communities who are in need. Hear from Leaf on how the pressure to perform ended his professional football career, his struggles with mental health and prescription opiate abuse, and how he made the decision to receive help with his mental health and substance abuse issues.

     

     

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  • Petroleum Association on President Trump’s Keystone Permit

    Today on Voices of Montana Alan Olson, Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association, was asked about the efficacy of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline now that President Donald Trump has issued a new permit to cross the Montana/Canadian Border. Hear Alan Olson’s response Listen to the Entire Show Here
  • Save Colstrip and the Mueller Report

    Greg Gianforte called us live from the swamp to update us on the Mueller Report. Colstrip United Representatives discussed the “Save Colstrip Bill” Senator Tom Richmond (SD 28), and Senator Duane Ankney (SD 20) joined us. Click To Listen
  • Working through issues on Colstrip Power Plant

    Today, we heard Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopmans’ thoughts on Colstrip. The PSC, NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Legislature are working through some issues that revolve around Colstrip Power Plant. Click To Listen      
  • Does the state of Montana really need to expand Medicaid Insurance?

    We started with John Doran, VP of External affairs and Chief of Staff with Blue Cross Blue Shield as he gave us his ideas on Medicaid expansion. Also joining us on the show was Tom McGillvrey with the Montana State Senate and Senator Dr. Al Olszewski, who also spoke on …
  • The Columbia River Treaty

    The Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States is an agreement that was reached in 1964 to manage flood risk and hydropower. Canada was compensated in the agreement by receiving half of the value of the electricity generated from the Libby Dam. Eureka Senator Mike Cuffe was on …

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