Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

Montana’s Statewide Radio Talk Show …Since 1998

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  • United States Marshal Rod Ostermiller – District of Montana. Appointed by President Trump
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 2, 2018

    Russell Fagg is in studio to co-host Voices of Montana with Jon Arneson. The guest is US Marshall for Montana,  Rod Ostermiller

    Federal marshals provide law enforcement protection for federal courts, transport federal detainees to and from court appearances and spearhead the Violent Offenders Task Force, a multi-agency team in charge of arresting suspects in some of the most volatile cases in Montana.

    Rod Ostermiller grew up on Billings’ South Side and attended college at Montana State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He then earned a master’s degrees in public administration and business administration.

  • Scott Klusendorf – Founder and President of “Life Training Institute” Delivering The Pro Life Message!
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 5, 2018

     Scott Klusendorf – Life Training Institute.

    LTI was established to equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views.  Scott contends that “the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and articulated.”  He has appeared on syndicated Christian programs such as Focus on the Family, Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire, and Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision.  His debate opponents include a president of the ACLU, a Medical Director for Planned Parenthood, and the president of Planned Parenthood’s California organization.  He is the author of The Case for Life – Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.  Scott has lectured to students in   over 80 universities including Stanford, UCLA, USC, MIT, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.  A graduate of UCLA, he also holds a Masters in apologetics from Biola.  He was Director of Bioethics for Stand to Reason and Director of Education for the Center for Bioethical Reform.  Scott, his wife Stephanie and their children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Broadcasting Live-Farm Bureau’s 99th Annual Convention & What Exactly is The “Center For Food Integrity?”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 8, 2018

    Montana Farm Bureaus 99th annual convention in Billings.

    The Montana Farm Bureau uses a grass-roots approach to represent the voice of agriculture at local, state and national levels. Working to keep Montana growing for generations to come, ensuring you; the Montana farmer and rancher has a seat at the table. A respected voice in the conversation. And a hand in the outcome. Below is how we effect policy, and evoke advocacy at the state and national levels:

    Center For Food Integrity.

    Consumers have questions about food — where it comes from, who’s producing it and how. Their healthy curiosity and skepticism is why we exist.

    It’s not about supporting a certain outcome. We don’t lobby or advocate on behalf of any brand or company or food production method.

    We simply want to make sure that consumers — in an environment where they are bombarded with contradictions — have the balanced information they need about food to make informed choices that are right for them and their families.

    We’re a not-for-profit organization whose members and project partners represent the diversity of today’s food system — from farmers, ranchers and food companies to universities, non-governmental organizations, restaurants, retailers and food processors.

  • Michelle L. Slyder Manager, DOT Compliance Pipelines and Terminals – (CHS) – Cenex Harvest States
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 9, 2018

    Also joining us on Voices of  Montana will be Clint Kelfell “Call before you dig” and Tina Beach Chairperson of the ” Montana liquid and gas pipeline association.”

    Pipelines are the safest and most efficient means of transporting natural gas and petroleum products.

    They move more than 700 million gallons of petroleum products a day – nearly two-thirds of all the oil transported annually in the United States.

    There are more than 185,000 miles of petroleum pipelines and 320, 000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines in use every day, in the United States alone.

    Because of their importance to our economy and everyday lives, protecting our pipeline networks is something everyone has a stake in.

    The key requirements for excavators (farmers/ranchers) to maintain compliance are as follows:

    • Use an available one-call system before excavating to notify operators of underground pipeline facilities of the timing and location of the intended excavation;
    • If underground pipelines exist in the area, wait for the pipeline operator to arrive at the excavation site and establish and mark the location of its underground pipeline facilities before excavating;
    • Excavate with proper regard for the marked location of pipelines an operator has established by taking all practicable steps to prevent excavation damage to the pipeline;
    • Make additional use of one-call as necessary to obtain locating and marking before excavating to ensure that underground pipelines are not damaged by excavation.
    • If damage to a pipeline from excavation activity causes the release of any PHMSA regulated natural and other gas or hazardous liquid as defined in part 192, 193, or 195 of this chapter from the pipeline, the excavator must promptly report the release to appropriate emergency response authorities by calling the 911 emergency telephone number and notify the pipeline operator at the earliest practical moment following discovery of the damage;
    • Notify the utility of any damage at the earliest practical moment.

  • Voices of Montana’s Washington DC Insider – Drew Lesofski Talking About Elections
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 13, 2018

    The majority of Mr. Lesofski’s career has been spent working in fast-paced environments where success is dependent on being self-motivated and a high-value team player.

    Early in his career, he managed State campaigns and ran grassroots for Federal candidates and ballot initiatives. He also worked under two Administrations, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education respectively, where he distinguished himself through his work on Tribal and adult education priorities. Mr. Lesofski also had the opportunity to work as a Washington, D.C. representative for the Governor of Nevada, giving him experience lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch on a variety of Nevada priorities, including education, health and environmental policy.

    With over a decade of experience, Mr. Lesofski is a proven leader in association building and grassroots advocacy. He excels at developing organizational priorities and messaging while balancing the needs of executive leadership with organization goals. His skills have allowed him to repeatedly realize successful grassroots and political strategy at both the state and federal level for multiple organizations, as well as the resulting exponential growth and expanded influence from his efforts.

    Currently Mr. Lesofski is a Principle with Yellowstone Strategies a consulting group with offices in Arizona, Montana, and Washington D.C. with our primary focusing on U.S. Department of Interior, and Bureau of Reclamation issues for clients across the West.

    Mr. Lesofski is a sixth-generation Montanan and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Montana. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Emy, and their dog, Huckleberry.

  • Is The CSKT Water Compact Good Enough For Montana or Do We Need A Totally New Compact?
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 15, 2018

    Welcome to the Website for the People’s Compact

    Photos: city-data.com

    We begin with an admission that the government’s very bad solution to resolving the federal reserved water rights  of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, along with its well hidden details, was a necessary part of the process of developing a real solution.

    Necessary because it stands out as a shining example of what “not to do,”  and also of government overreach at its worst.

    In its wake comes forth an opportunity to introduce an easy to understand and workable solution, written and supported by citizens seeking to decisively resolve what has become Montana’s most divisive issue.

    We call it the People’s Compact, or the Mending Fences Act.

    Its primary purpose is to unite rather than divide, and to bring reasonableness to the table by proposing a fair and comprehensive solution that will bring finality while at the same time protecting the property and water rights of all people, especially our friends and neighbors.

    Our community is amazing and unique, and the history that brought us to this place is important.  It should be celebrated and acknowledged, not hidden or rewritten inside a 1,500 page monstrosity that enriches and benefits the governments who wrote it, to the detriment of the people they represent.

    The People’s Compact is a grassroots solution that throws off the chains of the controversial, divisive and failed effort by government, and proposes to replace it with a fresh new, solution that is compatible with the law and is fair and equitable for all of Montana.

    Our approach to resolving this issue comes from a position of strength, not weakness.  After all it is the people who created these governments, and not only is it our right, but it is also our duty to push for a significant course correction when it is necessary.

    The People’s Compact does just that.

    On the pages of this website, we will share with you important background information and it necessary details to will leave no doubt that this is a common sense, people-first approach to resolving the huge mess that governments have created.

    The People’s Compact is a good faith effort do resolve a difficult problem.  We threw out the old compact and built ours upon the following objectives:

    To STAY within the confines of federal reserved water rights law and the constitution

    To PROVIDE a simple and final resolution for all of Montana

    To OFFER a solution that benefits people not governments

    To PROTECT the water rights of ALL MONTANANS and

    To MEND fences with our friends and neighbors

    We are pleased with the result and know you will be too.

  • EPA Wrapping Up Decades Of Libby/Troy Asbestos Cleanup – Mike Cerian – EPA Libby Remedial Project Manager (Also) US Congressman Greg Gianforte
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 16, 2018

    Gold miners discovered vermiculite in Libby in 1881. In the 1920s, the Zonolite Company formed and began mining the vermiculite. In 1963, W.R. Grace bought the Zonolite mining operations. The mine closed in 1990.

    While in operation, the Libby mine may have produced 80 percent of the world’s supply of vermiculite. Vermiculite has been used in building insulation and as a soil conditioner. Unfortunately, the vermiculite from the Libby mine was contaminated with a toxic and highly friable form of asbestos called tremolite-actinolite series asbestos, often called Libby Amphibole asbestos (LA). EPA’s investigation determined LA to be present in air (indoor and outdoor ambient), vermiculite insulation and bulk materials, indoor dust, soil, water, animal and fish tissue and various other media.

    In 1999, EPA responded to citizen, local government and media concerns regarding possible exposure to asbestos from the nearby vermiculite mine. EPA’s Removal program began conducting investigations and removal actions to address LA beginning in 2000. EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) in October 2002. In 2009, for the first time in the history of the agency, EPA declared a Public Health Emergency in Libby to provide federal health care assistance for victims of asbestos-related disease.

    EPA has made significant progress in reducing the amount of LA in the area. This has reduced the chance of contact with LA, which is known to cause lung disease and other breathing problems. The amount of LA in air in downtown Libby is now nearly 100,000 times lower than when the vermiculite mine and mill were operating.

    Investigation and cleanup of the site is expected to be complete in 2018 with the exception of the former vermiculite mine and forested areas (Operable Unit 3).

  • A New Montana History Center – Can It Become Both Public & Privately Owned? We Talk To An Organization That Say’s Yes!
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 19, 2018


    To purchase the Helena Capital Hill Mall land and build a new Montana History Center through a public/private

    partnership with the State of Montana so the  historical treasures of Montana and the  Montana Historical Society may provide an  extraordinary legacy for future generations.

    “One of the greatest gifts you can give future generations is to inspire them with the knowledge of their own history and heritage …”   – Former First Lady Betty Babcock

     Helena is in a period of economic revitalization and as plans emerge this is our last change to purchase this site to preserve the last best place.

     Time is of the essence!

    This prime location is the most suitable site in Helena for a majestic destination Montana History Center, worthy of more than 150 years of Big Sky, Big Land, and Big History.

    This is our window of opportunity for all of us who love Montana and our heritage to respond quickly in order to secure the land and prevent the loss of this opportunity forever.

    Al Garver (202-3005) and Ralph Kuney (594.6633) will be with us representing the MONTANA HISTORY CENTER board.

  • Broadcasting Live From The 135th Montana Wool Growers Convention In Billings!
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    November 30, 2018


    Guest post by Dr. Whit Stewart, Montana State University Sheep Extension Specialist

    The Montana sheep industry reinvests in it’s future by making educational opportunities possible for the next generation!

    A generous Targhee yearling ewe donation from Hughes Newford Co. raised $1,200 from buyers Randy Tunby, McRae Brothers Targhee, Thomas Blaine and Timber Coulee Columbias for a trip of five Montana youth to the Lamb 300 short course in Laramie Wyoming November 3rd to 5th. Proceeds from the donated ewe will cover registration and lodging during the program. Attendees will either have the option of traveling as a group from Bozeman or by their own transportation. Those interested in carpooling from Bozeman will leave the afternoon of November 1st to tour lamb packing locations in Colorado on Nov 2nd. While the scholarship is made available for young producers between the ages of 18 and 40, any interested producers, agricultural educators, agency representatives, and chefs are encouraged to attend.

    To be eligible for the scholarship producers need to 1) submit written justification regarding their future goals in the sheep industry and how the LAMB 300 class will help achieve these goals, 2) submit contact information for a sheep industry reference (name and phone number). Written justification and sheep industry reference need to be submitted no later than October 15th to whit.stewart1@montana.edu. Any questions please contact Dr. Whit Stewart 406.994.3758.

    What is LAMB 300?

    LAMB 300 is a three-day, hands-on workshop designed for progressive individuals involved with all aspects of the sheep industry. The course will focus on teaching producers, feeders, and marketers (regardless of the size or type of operation) how to produce and market quality lambs and lamb products. Participants will learn how environmental, nutritional, genetic, and managerial factors contribute to meat quality. Participants will also learn how meat quality factors influence the price producers receive for lamb and lamb products marketed through various outlets.

    This program will increase one’s understanding of lamb quality and marketing, enabling participants to make informed decisions to improve profitability, competitiveness, and wholesomeness of their products. Packer, retailers, and chef participation is also encouraged, as each segment gains appreciation for opportunity to improve profitability for all involved in the production of lamb and enhance the quality eating experience for the consumer. The course will feature nationally recognized speakers in the area of sheep production, feeding, processing, and marketing.

    For additional information on Rocky Mountain LAMB 300, contact: Warrie Means, (307) 766-5283 or means@uwyo.edu; Jan Busboom, WSU Meat Specialist, (509)335-2880 or busboom@wsu.edu; Lesa Eidman, Superior Farms Director of Producer Resources and Sustainability, (503)297-3523 or lesa.eidman@superiorfarms.com; or Sarah M. Smith, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, (509)754-2011, Ext 4363 or smithsm@wsu.edu. More information and registration forms are available on the WSU at http://extension.wsu.edu/grant-adams/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2016/08/2016-Lamb-300-Brochure-WY.pdf. Individuals who which to pay for the course with a credit card can do so by going to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2589825 and following the directions for on-line purchase.