- Changes to Border Hours of Operation
Jessica Shackelford, Sheridan County Commissioner, speaking on the proposed changes to hours of operation at the Port of Raymond and other Ports of Entry in North Eastern MT.
Also lots of interesting comments coming from some of the Montana Republican House Leadership.
Both Republican Majority Leader Brad Tchida and Derek Skees comment on Republicans voting with the Democrats. Most recently with Medicaid expansion. There seems to be 20 to 30 Republicans willing to switch sides at a drop of the hat.
- Fraud Watch Friday With Montana Attorney General Tim Fox; Congressman Gianforte on his 2019 Legislative Goals
You hear about it everyday, someone gets ripped of and you feel bad for that person. Remember, many of these con artists are very good at coming up with new swindles and they could get you next time! Join Tim Fox and learn about the latest scams!
US Congressman Greg Gianforte also talks about his 2019 legislative goals include the China Trade Deal.
- Human Trafficking in Montana is Real and the Numbers are Staggering
The Montana Office of Public Defender estimates that there are at least 15 active sex trafficking operations in Montana right now. In one year, Billings FBI documented close to 20,000 online ads for sex with girls or women, most of the ads involved local massage parlors. The agent also found thousands of similar ads across the state.
Council woman Penny Ronning and Stephanie Baucus who created the Yellowstone Human Trafficking Taskforce have been working with Senator MacDonald and Representative Zolnikov on two important pieces of Legislation HB749 and SB147.
SB147 aids in stopping Human Trafficking by creating harsher penalties for traffickers while protecting victims.
HB749 Requires massage businesses to display on the premises the license of each massage therapist working at the business and appropriates money to fund a two-officer enforcement team in the MT Department of Justice.
- Montana Senator Roger Webb (R) SD 23 Sits On The Important Taxation Committee
Mr Webb sits on some very important committees including the senate highways & transportation, senate taxation, rules and local government. Remember, anything Governor Bullock wants, including money, has to go through the taxation committee, so that is a powerful committee and should be some interesting discussion on it.
- Congressman Gianforte, Senator Daines, and Eric Sommer with USDA NASS
Congressman Greg Gianforte will kick off the show and talk about Montana Ports of Entry and current legislation he is working on.
Senator Steve Daines will join us to discuss what he is doing to help 90% of the businesses in the State.
Eric Sommer State Statistician with the USDA Montana Field office for National Agricultural Statistics Service. We will talk to Eric about something that only happens every 5 years and that is the Census of Agriculture
- Learn from Montanan Ranchers Providing Nutritious Food “Grain by Grain”
Americans have never been more conscious of the quality of the food they consume. Two Montana natives are at the forefront of the movement to healthy nutritious food.
- Bob Quinn, long-time dry-land organic farmer from Big Sandy is on a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food.
- Liz Carlisle, from Missoula is the author of the award-winning book “Lentil Underground” that describes the phenomenal story of pulse crop expansion on the northern plains.
Both will be in our VOM studio to launch a multi-city tour for their newest publication, “Grain By Grain”. Learn how people are eating heathier, and how regenerative agriculture is bringing back rural jobs to our area, by combining time-tested farming practices with modern science.
- Upcoming Fire Season – from a unique perspective
Billings Flying Service is a second generation company that took root in Billings, Montana in 1983. Since 1997, they have consistently maintained multiple contracts with the United States Forest Service. They will provide their unique perspective on the upcoming fire season and how fire management has changed since they started.
- “Serenity in the Storm” Award Winning Mental Health Spokesperson and Singer/Songwriter From Montana, Jason DeShaw
- FCC Data Overstating Broadband Access in Rural Montana
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for collecting data to measure access to broadband Internet across the country. These data are used to prioritize funding for areas that have relatively poor access, as well as to help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) identify communities in which to invest additional resources. However, the FCC’s methodology in collecting this data has come under increasing scrutiny and criticized for systematically overestimating how much broadband access truly exists, especially for rural areas.
Our guest will be Zachary Cikanek who serves as the chief spokesperson for Connect Americans Now (CAN) to talk about the impact of the digital divide and CAN’s efforts to expand access to all of rural America.
- Jon Bennion, Chief Deputy Attorney General and 2020 Candidate for Attorney General
Jon Bennion currently serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General and also recently announced his bid Attorney General in 2020. We will talk with Jon about more than his current job title and his desired job title. We will also discuss Super Jack and his take on how the sausage is made in Helena.
Jon is a native of Billings. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.
- Update from Congress: A Conversation with US Rep. Greg Gianforte
Montana’s lone Congressman, Greg Gianforte, will be on the show to give us an update on current legislation and take your calls to answer your questions.
- What is going on with the Berkeley Pit and the Butte Superfund Site?
We will have Joe Vranka the EPA Region 8 Montana Superfund Unit Supervisor on to give us an update on the remediation that has been done and what still needs to happen. We look forward to taking calls.
- Celebrating Earth Day by Recognizing Agriculture’s Contribution to Improving Water Quality
For Earth Day we take a moment to celebrate agricultural producers as key partners in improving water quality.
The guest for this segment is Rebecca Perrin, Agriculture Adviser for EPA Region 8. Rebecca provides a brief history of Earth Day and the US Environmental Protection Agency connection. She also talks about EPA’s efforts to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands and improve water quality through both industry engagement and the Clean Water Act. Rebecca provides examples of collaborations occurring both nationally and in Montana with agricultural producers.
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- Learn How a Montana Rancher is Putting USDA Conservation Programs into Action
Tom Watson is the State Conservationist for Montana USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He gives an general overview of NRCS and their locally-led process for setting conservation priorities.
Dusty Hahn is a Rancher near Townsend, MT. His family has been Farming and Ranching in the area since 1908. He gives practical advice on protecting the water and land of our great State.
- Beyond Colstrip, What is the Montana Electric Supply Plan
We will talk with John D. Hines, NorthWestern Energy Vice President of Supply and Montana Government Affairs. He is responsible for electric and natural gas planning, procurement and generation operations, the company’s environmental function and Montana’s government affairs.
John has held his current position since 2011 and has been in the utility industry since 1989.
- Calves to Cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for kids like Grant
Meet Grant who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when he was 3. DMD is a genetic disease that destroys muscle, all of them. There is no cure or real treatment for DMD. Boys that are affected by it don’t make it out of their 20’s and are wheelchair bound by their early teens. In this show you will learn about the disease and how a donated cattle benefit research to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Sellers can bring in a calf, yearling, cow etc. and donate either all of their check for that animal, a set dollar amount or a percentage of the sale price. All donations are tax deductible.
- Legislative Update: The Infrastructure Bonding Bill and Medicaid Expansion
We will speak with Representative Mike Hopkins about the Infrastructure Bonding Bill. The $80 Million bill is heading to Governor Bullock and will assist in paying for things like the renovation of Romney Hall on MSU’s Campus and a State History Museum in Helena.
We will also speak with Representative Ed Buttrey about the Medicaid Expansion bill that passed out of the legislature and is heading to the Governor’s desk, includes work requirements and has a 6 year expiration date but it also comes with a hefty price tag.
- Miss Montana Flies Again for D-Day Anniversary
We talk to the pilot of “Miss Montana” a World War II era C-47 plane that will take part in the 75th Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 2019.
Pilot Bryan Douglass talks about the importance of recognizing the sacrifice of the 57,000 enlisted soldiers from Montana who served in the war, which at the time constituted 10 percent of our population.
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- The Future of Colstrip and Why Senator Ankney is Optimistic
We will talk with Senator Duane Ankney about the legislative session and why he is optimistic about the future of Colstrip.
- Legislative Wrap Up with Senator Mark Blasdel
We will talk with Senator Mark Blasdel, President Pro Tempore, who represents Senate District 4 in Northwest Montana about the outcomes of the 2019 Legislative Process? Be sure to tune in.
- Beyond the Headlines: Medicaid Expansion and How Hospitals are Paying for it
On this episode of Voices of Montana we will talk to Rich Rasmussen who currently serves as the President and CEO of the Montana Hospital Association. Find out how the Hospitals are funding the Medicaid Expansion recently passed in the Legislature. We will also discuss what Healthcare in Montana looks like into the future including TeleMedicine needs, and the challenges and opportunities facing Rural Healthcare.