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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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    Lesli Allison, Executive Director-Western Landowners Alliance & Senator Terry Gauthier R-Helena

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 20, 2018

    Lesli Allison, Executive Director

    Western Landowners Alliance (WLA), a landowner-led nonprofit organization focused on advancing policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species, released the following statement today after Congress released the conference report on the 2018 Farm Bill.

    Western Landowners Alliance would like to thank members of Congress for working together across party lines to find common ground on one of the nation’s most important pieces of legislation. The Farm Bill represents a long-standing public/private partnership to ensure healthy, affordable food, clean water, wildlife habitat and a strong agricultural economy.

    “The public depends on the food, fiber and energy that working lands supply,” said Lesli Allison, executive director of the Western Landowners Alliance. “But we also want these same lands to provide things like clean water and wildlife habitat. Farm Bill programs make it possible for farmers and ranchers to meet these needs while also supporting rural livelihoods. This is why the Farm Bill has traditionally had solid bipartisan support. Americans recognize that taking care of the land is essential to our collective well-being and national security.”

    “In a time when the West is facing unprecedented challenges, from wildfires to water shortages, we are particularly pleased to see continued support from Congress for the conservation programs that help us meet these challenges,” Allison said.

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    Professor Rob Natelson - Constitutional Scholar With The Institute Of The Constitutional Studies Center

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 21, 2018

    Professor Robert G. Natelson, who contracts with II, heads the Institute’s Constitutional Studies Center and its Article V Information Center.  He is a nationally known constitutional scholar and author whose research into the history and legal meaning of the Constitution has been cited repeatedly at the U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals courts, and state supreme courts—both by parties and by U.S. and state Supreme Court justices and by federal appellate judges.  He is widely acknowledged to be the country’s leading active scholar on the Constitution’s amendment procedure and among the leaders on several other topics. In September, 2018 he was named a Senior Adviser to the Convention of States Project.

    He was a law professor for 25 years, serving at three different universities, where among other subjects he taught Constitutional Law, Constitutional History, Advanced Constitutional Law, and First Amendment. Professor Natelson is especially known for his studies of the Constitution’s original meaning. His research on that subject has carried him to libraries throughout the United States and in Britain, including four months at Oxford. His books and articles span many different parts of the Constitution, including groundbreaking studies of the Necessary and Proper Clause, federalism, Founding-Era interpretation, regulation of elections, and the amendment process of Article V.

    U.S. Supreme Court justices have relied explicitly on Professor Natelson’s research in six cases:

    • Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm’n, 135 S.Ct. 2652, 2684 (2015) (Roberts, C.J., dissenting)
    • National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, 134 S.Ct. 2550, 2596 (2014) (Scalia, J., concurring)
    • Town of Greece v. Galloway, 134 S.Ct. 1811, 1835 (2014) (Thomas, J., concurring)
    • Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., 133 S.Ct. 2247, 2265 (2013) (Thomas, J., dissenting)
    • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 133 S.Ct. 2552, 2565 & passim (2013) (Thomas, J., concurring).
    • Upstate Citizens for Equality v. United States, 583 U.S. ___ (2017) (Thomas, J. dissenting from denial of certiorari).

    He has been cited on constitutional and non-constitutional subjects in several federal appeals courts:

    • By Justice (then Judge) Gorsuch in Kerr v. Hickenlooper, 754 F.3d 1156,1195 (10th Cir. 2014) (dissenting)
    • United States Telecom Ass’n v. Federal Communications Comm’n, 855 F.3d 381, 414 (D.C. Cir. 2017) (Srinivasan J., concurring)
    • Upstate Citizens for Equality v. United States, 841 F.3d 556, 568 (2d Cir. 2016) (op. for court, Carney, J.)
    • Berlin v. Renaissance Rental Partners, 723 F.3d 119 (2d Cir. 2013) (Jacobs, C.J., dissenting)

    In addition, his work on constitutional and non-constitutional subjects has been relied upon by the highest state courts in Alaska, California, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington, and by the highest court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Besides writing articles on the U.S. Constitution, he

    Professor Natelson also has published extensively for the popular market. He authored the highly influential Article V Handbook for state lawmakers and the popular book, The Original Constitution: What It Actually Said and Meant. He is currently a regular columnist for both the Daily Caller, a leading news website, and The Epoch Times, an international newspaper. His contributions have appeared in the Washington Post, the Washington TimesThe Economist, the Denver Post, the American Spectator, the Wall Street JournalBarron’sTownhall.comThe Hill, and CNSNews, and many other news outlets.

    There are several keys to his success as a constitutional analyst. Unlike most constitutional writers, he has academic training not merely in law or in history, but in both, as well as in the Latin classics that were the mainstay of Founding-Era education. He works to keep his historical investigations objective. He also has the benefit of lessons and habits learned in the “real world,” since prior to entering academia he practiced law in two states, ran his own businesses, and worked as a journalist and at other jobs.

    For about a decade, Professor Natelson had a career in public life in his “spare time.” He  created and hosted Montana’s first statewide commercial radio talk show; became the state’s best known political activist; led, among other campaigns, the most successful petition-referendum drive in state history; and helped push through several important pieces of legislation. In June 2000, he was the runner-up among five candidates in the party primaries for Governor.

    Recreation?  he loves to spend time in the great outdoors, where he enjoys hiking and skiing with his wife and three daughters. He also likes travel, science fiction, and opera, and is active in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild.

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    Captain Warriner - Salvation Army & What They Mean To Those In Need

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 24, 2018

    Yuletide shoppers are familiar with the tinkle of bells wafting above the tinny sounds of Christmas songs, wafting above the din of beleaguered parents searching for the “must have” toy of the season.

    Bell ringers stand apart as they represent the opportunity to give during the season of giving; to give to strangers along with whose name you drew at work, or to pile gifts on gifts for opening on Christmas Day. The Red Kettles of the Salvation Army have been the definitive spirit of Christmas for 125 years.

    The iconic Red Kettles can be found in Korea, Japan, Chili and many European countries but are prominent across the United States. In Billings/Laurel there are twenty kettle sites. On a good day five or six of them are manned by volunteers. The rest are paid volunteers receiving $10 per hour to ring their bells. Some start at 10AM and work till 7PM. Ninety percent of those are former members of the Salvation Army that were helped by its programs.

    In Billings the $1M worth of programs are run by three full time staff, one part time cook, and a plethora of volunteers. Half of the money goes for programs to feed the poor….8000 meals a month. Salvation Army vans pull up in low income areas and honk their horn. Those that respond are fed; no questions asked.

    When financially challenged families run out of gas while passing through Billings the Salvation Army will buy them a tank of gas. Coordinating with other social service providers’ mental health and job training are made available. Last year in Yellowstone County the Army put 32 families on the path from homeless to home ownership. During disasters the Salvation Army is there.

    While the kettles are an important funding mechanism the majority is from community donations and grants; there is zero federal or state taxpayer funding of the SA which functions as a church. They believe you can speak of salvation but if the listener is hungry they cannot hear. So the SA is devoted to easing the burden of the poor so they might accept an offer to improve their lot physically and spiritually.

    Brad Molner, for Voices of Montana.

     

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    Merry Christmas! - Another Voices of Montana Special "Best of Broadcast" From An Earlier Date

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 25, 2018

    We all hope you will enjoy this special  “Best of Show” this morning.

    Remeber we will not be taking calls and texts during the special show.

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    Newly Elected Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives- (R) Greg Hertz Polson & Senator Keith Regier (R) Kalispell

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    December 26, 2018

    The new speaker, Greg Hertz joins us to talk about the upcoming 2019 session of the Montana Legislature.

    Some items to discuss include Medicaid expansion, passing a balanced budget, little or no new taxes and infrastructure funding.

    Republicans have controlled both chambers within the state house for the last several sessions, but not the governors position for a decade and a half and that is something the republicans wish to change.

    Also, Republican Senator Keith Regier will join us from Kalispell.

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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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