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US Senate candidate, Ron Murray talks about Infrastructure in Montana and More.
Montana’s roads and bridges need continuous repair. As the 4th largest state, with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees below to over 100 degrees above, with two major Interstates and freight flowing north to south and east to west, our infrastructure takes a beating, and the upkeep takes money. We need to ensure that our highway funds are invested in fiscally sound projects and that budgets and schedules are met. Rules and regulations need to be reviewed and adjusted for efficiency, safety and providing a quality product.
Our world has changed and our communities aren’t the same as what we grew up in. Montanans need to be aware that our neighbor’s to the north have instituted liberal immigration policies that potentially leaves us open to vulnerabilities. Our northern border is an integral part of our national security and must be monitored and protected for our safety and security.
Montana’s official nick-name is the Treasure State, and for good reason! From our incredible landscapes, to the rich ground producing some of the best grains and livestock in the world, to our oil, gas and coal deposits and our mineral resources of palladium, platinum, gold, silver, copper and more, we truly live in the Treasure State! We need to focus on responsible natural resource development, with our neighbors and environment in mind, which can be achieved through cooperation between state and federal agencies and private enterprises. We, as Montana citizens, have so much to offer our great state and country. Through good stewardship and innovation, we can better fund our education system to insure our children carry on the Montana Values that we cherish.
Economic growth and stability is critical to keep our state moving forward. Our economic base needs to be broadened to provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs, college graduates, tradesmen and companies and industries looking to relocate or expand.
Per capita, Montanan’s enlist and serve our nation more than any other state in the union. We need strong leadership to make sure our veterans get what they earned and were promised. We need a healthy economic environment to offer employment and business opportunities for our veterans upon return from their enlistments.
PO Box 760
Belgrade, MT 59714
Kathleen Williams, a three-term Democratic state lawmaker from Bozeman, has announced her candidacy for Montana‘s lone U.S. House seat.
Williams said in a statement Thursday that the political polarization in Congress is bad for the country and she would work with diverse interests to get things done.
In the state House of Representatives she helped shepherd through a water compact between the state and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Williams is a former Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employee and now works for the conservation group Western Landowners Alliance.
She joins a Democratic field that includes Billings attorney John Heenan, former land-trust director Grant Kier and state Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman. They are seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.
The JOY of INTIMACY
We all crave intimacy. It’s essential to our emotional and spiritual health, and without it we don’t feel whole. Yet today our culture faces an intimacy crisis. Many of us, even when we’re in a committed relationship, still feel painfully alone.
For more than four decades, world-renowned author, counselor, and teacher Manis Friedman has empowered couples to successfully navigate their own intimacy crisis and replace loneliness and unfulfilled expectations with a deeply soulful and satisfying relationship. In this refreshingly frank, sensible, and at times humorous guide, Rabbi Friedman and Ricardo Adler share the deeper truths at the heart of our longing for intimacy along with practical wisdom from Jewish tradition—insights anyone can use to recapture passion, save their relationship, and tap into the essence of the true intimate experience.
You’ll learn how to overcome the greatest obstacles to a healthy intimate relationship and explore secrets to preserving your natural spontaneity, setting the mood for intimacy, and making your bedroom a sacred space. You’ll also learn how to increase your sensitivity to the sacred experience of oneness that has the power to transform every aspect of your marriage and nourish all those around you.
Whether you are married or single, in a relationship or seeking to create one that is both meaningful and lasting, The Joy of Intimacy will give you the skills and confidence you need to keep your relationship alive, fresh, and fulfilling.
Seth Bodnar is an innovative and collaborative leader with a track record of success in building effective teams and helping people and organizations reach their full potential. Having successfully led in both the public and private sectors, he is experienced in shaping the strategy of an organization and providing the vision, voice, and visibility needed for growth and long-term vitality.
Seth has deep roots in education and firmly believes in the power of higher education to transform lives and communities. The son of two educators, he is passionate about teaching and mentorship and has received multiple honors for his leadership and coaching. Seth graduated first in his class from West Point, received both the Rhodes and Truman scholarships, and earned two masters degrees from the University of Oxford. He served as an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point, where he taught economics, published research on economic development in conflict areas, mentored cadets applying for post-graduate scholarships, and led field training courses on leadership. Seth continues to serve as an Army Reserve officer and a visiting faculty member at West Point, and he is a board member of The Positivity Project, a non-profit organization focused on character education.
Prior to his time on faculty at West Point, Seth had a distinguished military career, serving in the 101st Airborne Division and the US Army’s First Special Forces Group. As a member of the Army’s elite Green Berets, he commanded a Special Forces detachment on multiple deployments around the world and later served as a special assistant to the Commanding General in Iraq. As a result of his collaborative leadership style and his ability to lead teams through uncertainty and change, he received numerous awards and was promoted early to the rank of Major.
Currently, Seth is a senior executive at the General Electric Company, where he is responsible for long-term strategy and business transformation at GE Transportation, a global company with over 10,000 employees and approximately $5 billion in revenue. Previously, he was President of GE Transportation’s Digital Solutions business and was GE Transportation’s first-ever Chief Digital Officer. In this capacity, Seth merged multiple teams from across GE – along with two acquired companies – into an integrated business with approximately 1,500 employees around the world. By implementing a rigorous operating process and a cohesive, mission-driven strategy, he and his team dramatically improved the business’s operational performance, launched innovative new products, and enabled double-digit growth.
An effective communicator with varied audiences, Seth is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences globally and has been an invited speaker to the United States Congress on technology and innovation.
Seth’s love for Montana bloomed while studying at Oxford, where he met fellow Rhodes scholar and his future wife, Chelsea Elander, a fifth-generation Montanan and native of Missoula. Chelsea is a pediatrician and a graduate of Hellgate High School, MSU-Bozeman, Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. Chelsea and Seth have three children and currently live outside Chicago, Illinois.
Brian Wilson is the assistant director of individual permanant placement with the Montana Conservation Corps.
“Inspiring young people through hands-on conservation service to be leaders, stewards of the land, and engaged citizens who improve their communities.”
Each year we enroll hundreds of young adults and school-aged youth in our AmeriCorps and Youth Service Expedition programs. The first three months are spent teaching leaders wilderness, leadership, and interpersonal skills as part of our highly-acclaimed Leadership Development Program. Our leaders then pass those skills along to their crews of members, as they live, learn, and serve together in some of our country’s wildest places. They complete conservation projects in local communities, national forests, state and national parks, wildlife refuges and federally designated wilderness areas.
We strive to give participants the experience of a lifetime through challenging projects and the rigors of life outdoors, coupled with education developed specifically to create engaged citizens and lifelong environmental stewards. We find that a term with Montana Conservation Corps is the ideal habitat to discover personal growth, increased confidence, communication, and leadership skills, and the ability to work well with people from all walks of life.
Our goal is that each participant will leave MCC with the following: an ethic of volunteer service and civic responsibility; strengthened communication and team-building skills; enhanced competencies to be leaders and contributing team members; increased knowledge of the natural environment; and an enthusiasm for the benefits of hard work and quality results.
Montana’s Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is a veteran, business owner, former state senator, and fourth generation Montanan from Great Falls. Following his high school graduation, Stapleton enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. After a fulfilling career as a Surface Warfare Officer, Corey and his wife Terry decided to return home and raise their four kids in Montana. Corey started Stapleton Financial Group, and has been a successful financial advisor for over twenty years in Billings, MT. He successfully campaigned and was elected Montana’s Secretary of State in 2016.
In addition to being the best run agency in state government, Secretary Stapleton’s mission is to help commerce thrive, promote democracy, and to record history for future generations.
Glendive Agri‑Trade Expo features ag‑related & business exhibits, on‑site concessions, a bull sale, exhibitors social, and banquet with entertainment.
We will talk to past winners and some of the organizers of the Miss Montana Pagent.
The pagent is held once a year in Glendive, Montana.
Mr Gunderson sits on the Business and Labor; Local Government; Natural Resources Committees.
Republican from Libby, Mt
Nick came to MWF after an 11 year stint with newspapers in Bozeman and Butte covering government, public lands, natural resource development, wildlife, the outdoors and hunting and fishing issues. A lifelong hunter and angler, he enjoys the outdoors with his daughter Leticia and dog Sapphire throughout Montana and the Northwest.
Montana Wildlife Federation
PO Box 1175
Helena, MT 59602
Phone: 406.458.0227 ext. 108
2018 MACo Midwinter Conference
Red Lion Convention Center
1223 Mullowney Lane
Billings, MT 59101
February 12, 2018
February 15, 2018
Registration | Draft Agenda | Floor Plan
NOTE TO POTENTIAL VENDORS/SPONSORS: The floor plan shows that all booth spaces are filled; however, if you are interested, please contact Karen Houston (406.449.4360, email@example.com).
The 2018 MACo Midwinter Conference will be held at the Red Lion Convention Center in Billings from February 12-15, 2018. All elected officials are welcome. Rooms have been blocked at the Red Lion and the rate is $93 plus tax. In order to get this rate, please make your reservation directly with the hotel, (406) 248-7151. The cut-off date is Sunday, January 28. When making your reservations be sure to refer to the MACo room block to get the rate.
Meetings planned include the MACo Board of Directors, MACo Trust meetings, MACo Committee Meetings, Urban Counties, Reservation Counties, Oil, Gas & Coal Counties, Hard Rock Mining Counties, Coalition of Forest Counties, and 6 County Fort Peck Lake Group.
Voices of Montana continues our series with members of the Montana Child Protection Alliance.
The group, which has about 140 members from around the state, also has a 15-member board and meets on the second Friday of the month at various locations.
Cleve Loney, the group’s president who also served as a state representative, said their new nonprofit status allows the group to start taking gift donations and help some of the people legally to go up against the child and family services division within the Department of Public Health and Human Services when they believe the state has erred in a decision regarding a family dispute involving a child.
Immigration — You Do Know That DREAMERS Are Bait Don’t You?
As we approach another budget deadline and possible government closure, the wedge issue continues to be giving legal status to DREAMERS. Those are the some two million 18 to 32-year-old millennial’s, that, by official definition, “came in the United States before the age of 16″, have been here for at least five years and are currently without documents” – ie: illegally in the country. Senator Durbin’s proposal expands the qualifications to under 18 with no upper age limit.
Some 700,000 DACA DREAMERS who applied and were accepted individually into Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program were given temporary (two years with a two year extension possible) waivers from deportation and an equally temporary work permit.
Millions of other DREAMERS did not apply for DACA, mainly because they didn’t qualify. They were over age 30 or had been convicted of and imprisoned for a serious felony or multiple misdemeanors or had entered the country illegally after having been deported (a felony that even President Obama said he could not forgive). Or they were hesitant to be identified officially as illegal immigrants.
DACA did not confer legal status. DACA is an executive memo, not a law passed by congress. Such orders can be rescinded any time by a sitting president. President Trump rescinded Obama’s DACA order as ofMarch 5, 2018, after which all protections and their temporary work permits terminate. All DREAMERS then are vulnerable to deportation – although no one in the Trump administration has said there would be massive sweeps and removal.
There is undeniably great public sympathy for DREAMERS. Almost everyone including Trump and most Republican legislators have said they greatly respect DREAMERS in general. They have been a focus of sympathy and immigration politicking since 2007.
So why haven’t DREAMERS been legalized in a simple stand alone bill? I have been covering Congress as an immigration reporter for over ten years. I’ve written two books about how immigration laws and politics have evolved, including the DREAM Act.
Peggy Sands Orchowski — Immigration Expert
Melba Pattillo Beals received the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bill Clinton in 1998. She was one of the nine African-American students who courageously integrated Little Rock High School in 1957, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement. She is living history, an icon.
There have been 300 Congressional Gold Medals awarded since 1776. Nine of those medals – the highest civilian honor awarded by our government – were given to the “Little Rock Nine.” To give you an idea of the significance of this honor, other recipients include folks like George Washington, Mother Teresa, Charles Lindbergh, Thomas Edison, Marian Anderson, Dr. Jonas Salk, Simon Wiesenthal…
MARCH FORWARD, GIRL: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine is Beals’ personal, emotional remembrance of her early childhood and the hardships of life in the Jim Crow South.
Beals’ memoir for adults, WARRIORS DON’T CRY: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High, sold over one million copies and is required reading on many college campuses around the country.
Beals hopes that MARCH FORWARD, GIRL will inspire young readers to raise their voices for social justice.
Melba Pattillo Beals is the author of the bestselling WARRIORS DON’T CRY and the recipient of the American Library Association’s Nonfiction Book of the Year award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. She was given a Congressional Gold Medal for her role in the integration of Central High School, Little Rock, AR.
We will be broadcasting live at this outdoor show getting you ready for spring.
With several prominent RV Dealers in the area coming together for this show, we guarantee you will not find a better selection of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers and more! Make sure you stop down and see all of the new 2016 RV models on display, and start your RV lifestyle adventure!
This expo will feature many of the top boat brands in the industry from dealers across the state! If you’re in the market for a fishing boat, pontoon boat, sport boat or runabout there is no better place to see a huge selection of inventory. Get ready for another great Summer, and find the boat of your dreams before the season even begins!
Powersports & More
Maybe you’re more interested in the toys that help explore the great outdoors? No problem! We will have a great selection of ATV’s and UTV’s as well as cars & trucks on display. With so many dealers all in one place it will be hard to NOT find what you’re looking for! Get ready to see these adrenaline pumping toys in person.
Greg Gianforte back on VOM taking your calls.
Harris grew up in Lodge Grass, Montana, also known as the Valley of the Chiefs. He is a member of the Crow Nation. During his years at Lodge Grass High School, Harris played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track. His mother was an assistant coach for the track and field team. Harris’s family moved to Colstrip after his sophomore year. After moving from Lodge Grass to Colstrip, Harris continued playing football, basketball, and track for the Colstrip Colts. In 2001, Tuff set an all-class Montana high school state record in the 100-meter dash.
After graduating in 2002, Harris went to school at the University of Montana and was a four-year starter at cornerback for the Grizzlies and set school and BigSky records as a punt returner (including longest return, most return yards in one game, and most yards in a season).
After going undrafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, Harris was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on May 3. He was waived during final cuts on September 1 and re-signed to the team’s practice squad, where he remained until being promoted to the active roster on November 14. He made his NFL debut in the regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 30.
Harris was waived by the Dolphins the following offseason on April 24, 2008.
New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints signed Harris on May 27, 2008. He was released by the team on July 30 due to ankle injuries.
Harris was signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 19, 2008. He was waived on August 29 and re-signed to the team’s practice squad on September 1. Harris was signed from the practice squad to the active roster on November 22 after cornerbacks Reynaldo Hill and Eric King were placed on injured reserve.
The Titans waived Harris on September 4, 2009.
Harris was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad on September 7, 2009. He was signed to active roster on January 6, 2010. Pittsburgh waived Harris on August 8, 2010.
Daines Champions Proposal to End Federal Funding of Sanctuary Cities
U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today released the following statement after the Senate rejected his amendment to protect Americans and withhold certain federal funding from cities who deliberately protect illegal immigrants by refusing to cooperate with immigration services.
“It’s commonsense that our cities must follow the law and prioritize securing the safety of innocent Americans,” said Daines. “We should not be sending money we don’t have to cities that do not value the security of their law-abiding citizens.”
The amendment received bipartisan support with the support of 54 Senators, but failed to receive the 60 votes necessary for passage.
Montana Is a Special Place
Stunning landscapes, beautiful rivers, world class flyfishing and skiing define the incomparable quality of life. Montana’s people are equally special. We invite you to learn more about moving home if you are a native, bringing your current job here as a telecommuter or to grow your existing business or start a new one here. Don’t let the beauty blind you to vibrant communities, good schools and a growing technology economy in transformation.
Montana isn’t for everyone. That’s what makes it so special.
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