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Here are the latest Voices of Montana Podcasts available for you to download!

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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  • 06

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 6, 2017

    Jim Beers retired from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  After working for the Utah Fish & Game and spending four years as a Reserve Officer in the US Navy, he joined the US Fish & Wildlife Service in the late 1960’s and was stationed in Devils Lake, North Dakota; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grand Island, Nebraska; New York City; and Washington, DC. He served as a wildlife biologist, wetlands biologist, special agent, and refuge manager.  While in Washington Jim was a Congressional Fellow, the Chief of Operations for the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Program Coordinator for the Animal Damage Control Program, and the wildlife biologist in the Central Office who served as Project Officer on nearly all national wildlife projects funded with Pittman-Robertson money.

     

    He was in Washington when the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Acts were implemented and he watched the Federal government evolve from a medium of environmental managers to a tool of environmental and animal rights extremists.

     

    Jim became aware of the pilferage of millions of dollars from State fish and wildlife excise taxes by US Fish and Wildlife Service managers in the late 1990’s.  He testified before Congress about the misuse of the funds and a GAO audit verified that $45 to $60 Million had been taken in a two year period. Jim was forced to retire under very adverse circumstances.  He spent 10 months at home on full pay and received a cash settlement.

     

    Today Jim writes and speaks about wildlife, animal rights, environmental, and government issues.

  • 07

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 7, 2017

    Joining me will be Loren BirdRattler Project Manager and MSU Tribal Extension Agent Verna Billedeaux.  We would like to provide an update on the development of the Blackfeet Agriculture Resource Management Plan (ARMP) a project that was funded under a 638 contract, a contract that allows Tribes to be contracted to carry out federal functions, between the Blackfeet Tribe and the U.S. government’s Department of Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs.  In this case, the ARMP will create policy for both the Blackfeet Tribe and the U.S. government in land, water and conservation management practices.  A major goal for the ARMP is to create an environment through public policy that benefits our Tribal producers in their endeavors and to explore ways to infuse institutional knowledge from an aging Montana farmer and rancher population to our younger folks through programs like 4-H.  Verna Billedeaux will be on hand to provide the update on our efforts for our Tribal 4-H program, its challenges, its successes, and how we are using the program to address the above mentioned goal.

    You can find more information on the:

    American Indian Agriculture Resource Management Act of 1993 at

    http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?req=granuleid%3AUSC-prelim-title25-chapter39&edition=prelim

     

    Public law 638:

    https://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/mywcsp/documents/collection/idc017334.pdf

     

     

    Thanks,

     

    Loren BirdRattler

     

    Loren BirdRattler

    Project Manager

    Agriculture Resource Management Plan

    Blackfeet Tribe

    (406) 338-7521 Ext 2370 Work

  • 08

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 8, 2017

    Join us as we talk to Senators and House members about what’s the very latest news from Helena, Mt.

  • 09

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 9, 2017

    The 2016-2017 class of REAL Montana participants has just returned from a trip to Columbia. Guest host Jessica Sena will be visiting with members from the class to discuss their experience, including insights on Columbian agriculture, culture, and trade.  Want to participate in the next two-year course? Tune in to find out how!

    REAL Montana

    Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership (REAL) Montana is the first comprehensive two year program offering in-depth education and training in the agriculture and natural resource industries. These industries in Montana are facing unprecedented change due to new technologies, consumer preferences, environmental concerns, government regulation, and global trade. At the same time, the population base from which they draw their leadership is diminishing. Learn more at www.realmontana.org

     

     

  • 10

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 10, 2017

    Once again VOM is proud to make the GATE show an annual trip. Glendive Agri Trade Exposition is a great place to see the latest in technology and meet up with old friends.

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On Voices of Montana

  • 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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