Voices of Montana Upcoming Show Calendar

Montana’s Statewide Radio Talk Show …Since 1998

Read the below calendar to see what is coming up on Voices of Montana.

< 2019 >
March 01 - March 07
  • 01

    Fraud Watch Friday with Al Ward, Montana State President of AARP & The Scams Focusing On The Elderly - Plus, Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 1, 2019

    Al Ward, with AARP will tip us off on all the different scams people are experiencing at different times each year

    AARP Montana’s State President Alex Ward is the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.  AARP has more than 150,000 members statewide and more than 38 million members nationwide.

    Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte has introduced the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act, the TARA Act, with Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.

    The legislation will combat meth use across Montana and improve the ability of Indian tribes to address the scourge of meth.

    “Montana is suffering a crisis of methamphetamine use, which affects not only the addicts, but also their families, communities and even babies who are born addicted,” Gianforte said. “This tragic epidemic requires more resources and the focus of officials at all levels of government.”

    Gianforte toured the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown on Thursday, February 22, 2018. While there, he talked with the center’s manager as well as the sheriff, under-sheriff, and county attorney about strategies for combating meth use.

    Gianforte met the following day with Judge Mary Jane Knisely who presides over the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court. Judge Knisely introduced Gianforte to members of the court, including law enforcement officials, veterans, attorneys, and other personnel. Each shared how the court plays a critical, effective role in helping address drug abuse.

    Background on Methamphetamines in Montana:

    Montana saw a 427 percent increase in methamphetamine violations from 2010-2015.

    Fifty-four percent of investigations conducted by Montana Narcotics Bureau agents involve meth.

    Methamphetamines account for the second most drug violations in Montana at 31 percent; marijuana accounts for 57 percent of drug violations in the state.

    Background on the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act:

    The TARA Act, H.R. 5140, makes meth and other addiction programs eligible for funds authorized to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted in 2016.

    The legislation makes tribes eligible to receive funds for federal programs that address the crises of opioids and meth use.

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  • 04

    Montana House Members Kerry White (R) HD-64 & Alan Redfield (R) HD-59 - Will Montana Ever Accept A Sales Tax?

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 4, 2019

    Bozeman lawmaker Kerry White has recently introduced a bill with a lot of new ideas on a Montana sales tax.

    Alan Redfield has a bill discussing fake meats in Montana food stores.

  • 05

    Larry Roberts - Montana Grape & Winery Association - Flathead Lake Vineyard & Winery

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 5, 2019

    Established in 2014 to promote viticulture (grape growing) and enology (wine making) in the state, the MTGWA serves commercial and amateur fruit and grape growers and winemakers across Montana. An annual conference is held in early spring each year to bring in speakers from across the country to help grape growers and winemakers improve their knowledge and develop a sustainable wine industry in Montana. The annual conference also brings together people to taste, evaluate and improve Montana wines, ciders and meads.

    This year the association will celebrate its fifth year with an annual meeting in Helena, March 21-23, 2019, timed to coincide with the Legislature and giving them an opportunity to get to know the growers and wine makers and taste some of Montana’s great wines.

    With over 60 vineyards and 20 licensed wineries, the industry is expanding rapidly. Members and others will have opportunities to hear from speakers who work on the development and improvement of cold hardy grapes that thrive in the state’s climate and from noted winemakers who will offer tips and knowledge for improvements. Of keen interest to Montana is speaker Mike White from Iowa State University who chronicles Iowa’s journey over 20 years going from 5 wineries to 105, and what it has done to Iowa’s economy, it can happen here!

    Montana’s climate is unique to the cold hardy grape industry compared to other parts of the world that have much higher precipitation and humidity. Montana has a semi-arid climate that enhances grape quality and reduces disease pressure allowing for less inputs. MTGWA is currently working with the Western MT Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis on a $130,000 USDA grant to study vineyard management to improve grape quality. The grant is starting its second of a three-year study. So, don’t miss this opportunity to taste Montana grown wines and learn about this new industry and it’s potential.

    The event lasts through Saturday noon at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena and is open to anyone interested in the industry, although advance registration is needed. Contact the association website for more information, montanagrapeandwine.com.


  • 06

    Tom Lowery & The Marine Corps Leagues 2019 National Convention In Billings, Also Jay Bodner with Montana Stockgrowers Association

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 6, 2019

    Billings Montana will be the host city for the Marine Corps leagues annual 96th annual national convention, 2019. We talk to the leader of the Montana Corps League Convention, Tom Lowery from Grass Range, will talk about what it will all mean for Montana.

    The Eugene Sara Detachment exists to help support our fellow marines (past, present, and future) as well as to assist the local community by providing Color Guards and Shooting Details for events such as funerals, parades, shows, etc.  Events we have sponsored have been Marine Day and the Wounded Warriors Fund Raiser.  One of our public service projects in conjunction with the County Commission has been to replace tombstones at Riverside Cemetary.  One of the annual events we have been involved in has been Toys for Tots.  We help collect toys and donations during November and December to make the drive successful.  In 2017 the drive provided toys for 10,000 families in Yellowstone County.  The League in conjunction with the Active Duty Command and Reserve Unit at the Armed Forces Training Center also raise money to support the Marine Corps Birthday Ball each year. We also work with the Young Marines at many events in Yellowstone County.  The Eugene Sara Detachment also has an active squad in Miles City, MT and there is a Marine Corps League detachment in Roundup, MT

    Jay Bodner took over the position of Natural Resource Director in 2002. Utilizing his strong agricultural background and education, he has developed and executed innovative campaigns for issues affecting the cattle industry. In June 2018, Jay was named the Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.

    Jay works with local, state, and federal officials to achieve workable solutions concerning complex issues such as water quality regulations, wildlife management, and federal land issues. In addition, he extends his strong relational skills and advocacy for the cattle industry as a lobbyist for the association during Montana Legislative sessions.


  • 07

    Public Service Chairman Brad Johnson-What Is "Smarter Energy Infrastructure"? Plus Legislative Assistant Tom McKelvey

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 7, 2019

    Northwest Energy is seeking a rate increase of almost 4.7% for “Smarter Energy Infrastructure” and a portfolio of “Clean Energy Solutions” Plus N/W Energy also wants the increase for “wind farm development” Should the taxpayers pay for their R & D? The PSC will be meeting soon to discuss these questions. PSC Chairman