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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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  • 15

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 15, 2018

    Guest host Robert Brown interviews, Theresa Manzella (R) HD 85.

    The Hamilton Montana legislator sits on the Judiciary; Natural Resources and Rules committees.

    She has been in the Legislature since 2015 and is a private business owner.

  • 16

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 16, 2018

    t is John Eidsmoe who we are planning to have with you in studio March 16th

    John Eidsmoe is a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches, and civics groups. As a constitutional attorney, he has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment religious freedom and has defended home education and Christian schools, championed the right of students and teachers to study the Bible in public schools, debated ACLU attorneys on radio and television, and served on the Ten Commandments Legal Defense Team. He is an ordained pastor in the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, and with his family (he and his wife have been married over 30 years, have three children: David, Kirsten and Justin) he lives in rural Pike Road, Alabama.

    He holds five degrees in law, theology, and political science. These include two doctorates, one in law from the University of Iowa, and one in ministry from the Oral Roberts University. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Lutheran Brethern Seminary and his Master of Arts degree in biblical studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Arts degree in political science is from St. Olaf College. He is also a graduate of the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War College.
     
    He has taught legal history and church history at law schools and seminaries. He currently serves as a professer of constitutional law and related subjects at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, where his students have twice given him the Outstanding Professor Award. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Birmingham Theological Seminary. A constitutional attorney and retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Colonel Eidsmoe has also taught church history and other subjects in various seminaries.
     
    He has authored 12 books, including Christianity & the Constitution, Columbus & Cortez, and the video series titled The Institute on the Constitution. A Second Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Foundation, Colonel Eidsmoe also serves as Regional Representative for the Gospel Martial Arts Union, is an avid horseman and skier, and tries to get 8 hours of sleep every week.
  • 19

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 19, 2018

    Sales has been described as an “outspoken conservative”[4] and an “ultraconservative.”[5] At the time Sales was selected by his Republican colleagues in 2006 to serve as speaker of the House, the Billings Gazette described him as “easily one of the body’s most conservative members.”[6]He is a supporter of the Tea Party movement, favors budget cuts and tax cuts, supports “right-to-work” legislation, and expanded gun rights.[2] Sales praised Sarah Palin in 2009, saying: “I think she should be part of the discourse and part of the process.”[7] Sales criticized the Affordable Care Act and in the Montana Legislaturevoted against accepting the act’s Medicaid expansion, stating, “There is no constitutional guarantee to healthcare.”[8]

  • 20

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 20, 2018

    High-tech companies continue to be an important component of Montana’s economy, generating nearly $1.7 billion in revenues in 2017 and growing at rates up to nine times faster than the statewide economy, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    The study found that Montana High Tech Business Alliance members continue to grow, with Montana employment of just under 6,000 and paying an median annual salary of $63,000, a five percent increase over 2016.

    High-tech survey respondents expect to add more than 1,200 new jobs in 2018, an 18.5 percent increase over 2017. According to the study, high-tech pays more than twice the median earning per Montana worker and represents the third highest-paying industry in Montana.
    The fourth annual survey, commissioned by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, includes responses from 134 members of the statewide organization that has more than 320 high-tech and manufacturing firms and affiliates as well as responses from 55 non-member high-tech and manufacturing companies. It also includes new insights on hiring and the high tech labor force in Montana, as well as trends in Alliance member wages, employment, revenue, and capital expenditure over the four years the study has been conducted.
    “The growth trajectory of Montana’s high-tech industry has far exceeded our expectations when we began collecting this data in 2015,” said Christina Quick Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. “The removal of geography as a barrier to doing business, Montana’s attractiveness as a location for startups and second offices, and the economic success of companies like RightNow Technologies in Bozeman and onX in Missoula have all converged to create billions of dollars in revenue in a state with just over one million people. This data tells a new and surprising story about what is possible not just for our state, but for other rural communities across America.”
    According to Lance Tinseth, board chair of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and CIO of Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply in Bozeman, “This report confirms that Montana’s tech companies are continuing to grow at a record pace, ensuring that Montana natives and expatriates will be able to find rewarding, high-paying jobs right here in their home state. It also indicates that the Montana tech community is vibrant and invested in growing Montana’s economy as a whole.”
    Montana high tech companies expect to increase wages by 5 percent in 2018, significantly faster than the 1.6 percent growth of all Montana employers in the most recent data. According to the study, growth in Alliance member and nonmember firms “vastly exceeds” average statewide economic growth. Employment and revenues are expected to grow at rates that are nearly nine times the BBER’s projection of statewide growth for member firms, and four times projected statewide growth for nonmember firms.

    Eric Siegfried, CEO of onX, said Montana has been a key component of his company’s growth, which just closed a $20.3 million growth equity investment led by Summit Partners. “We launched onX in 2009 from my wife’s scrapbooking room in our Missoula home. Since then, the company has moved into much larger offices in Missoula and opened an office in Bozeman to house almost 70 employees. Over the past nine years, tens of millions of dollars in revenues and investment from out of state have flowed through onX and into Montana. This state’s culture, people, and landscape all played a major role in that growth story. Today’s report reinforces that Montana is the ideal place to build enduring tech companies.”

    Mike Myer, CEO & Co-Founder of Quiq, said, “Montana is a great place for entrepreneurs looking to start their own company, even though places like Silicon Valley get most of the credit. There is a ton of high-quality talent from the computer science graduates in the state and the work-life balance is really key. Companies are realizing more that startup life exists outside the mainstays, and that companies can be built almost anywhere. When companies are places where their employees’ quality of life is better, they’re going to have happier and in turn, better employees.” Quiq, formerly Centricient, closed a $6.5 million round led by Venrock in 2016.
    This year’s report included survey data from the last four years to show Alliance member trends in wages, employment, revenue, and capital expenditure. Reported median wages paid by Alliance members have been increasing each year since the 2014 reported median wage of $50,700. Total Montana employment of all Alliance firms is increasing each year, from 2,742 in 2014 to nearly 6,000 in 2017; BBER notes that it is important to remember the number of Alliance members has increased each consecutive year. Total annual Montana-generated Alliance member revenue has been growing steadily each year, from $632 million in 2014 to $1.4 billion in 2017. $86 million in total capital expenditures in 2017 in Montana shows a slight increase from 2016, but the overall trend appears to be more volatile.
    The 2018 survey added questions on the ease or difficulty of hiring in Montana and of obtaining new capital in Montana. Substantially more high tech businesses, 28 percent of members and 48 percent of nonmembers, reported that it was harder to hire more qualified new employees in Montana in 2017. More than two-thirds of survey respondents said there was no change in their ability to acquire capital in 2017. This data, analyzed by Dr. Yasuyuki Motoyama of the University of Kansas, indicated that companies with higher annual revenue were more likely to report that it was harder to hire in 2017 than firms with lower revenue and that very small, start-up companies were more likely to find  it harder to obtain capital in 2017.
    For the fourth year in a row, the BBER survey found that Montana’s quality of life – its lifestyle, the work/life balance, the recreational opportunities, and the beauty of the landscape – provided significant advantages to doing business in the state. Survey respondents also mentioned Montana’s high-quality workforce as a major advantage.
    High tech companies reported that attracting talent and hiring skilled technology workers are their firm’s largest impediments to growth. Alliance members added that visibility to customers is a new, but significant, impediment to growth.
    The fourth annual survey was sent to 270 Montana High Tech Business Alliance member companies in high tech and manufacturing and 290 non-Alliance member companies.
    Interviews with the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and member companies can be arranged by contacting katy.spence@mthightech.org. Photos and logos may be downloaded and a list of members by location may be found at http://mthightech.org/media/press-kit/. The full 2018 Montana High Tech Industry report can be downloaded at https://mthightech.org/surveys/.

     

  • 21

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 21, 2018

    A proud Montanan, Troy Downing has planted roots here and invested in the land and people who make our state. 

    Troy Downing began his career in education as a research scientist and educator at one of the largest private universities in the country. Troy would later found a technology startup company that would go on to merge with Yahoo!. Then came September 11th, 2001. Deeply affected by 9/11, Troy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served eight years in a Combat Search and Rescue squadron, including serving in two deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where Troy helped to evacuate countless wounded warriors off the battlefield.

    Today here at home, Troy continues to support our wounded warriors and is actively involved with and serves on the advisory board of “Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation,” which uses fly fishing and Montana’s natural beauty as a simple but powerfully effective healing therapy for our traumatically wounded veterans. Across Montana, Troy has worked side-by-side with organizations supporting at-need families, at-risk youth, our veterans, and our schools, including the local school in Big Sky and the Performing Arts Center. Troy now has a successful career in commercial real estate but once again heard the call to serve his state and country. Troy Downing feels the threat to our American Dream from the career politicians and special interests.

    Troy is dedicated to defending our principles and ideals. Troy firmly believes that we need a true conservative in Washington to stand up for Montana against the federal government whenever necessary. Troy is a strong supporter of smaller government, the 2nd Amendment, and economic prosperity for all through lower taxes. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Troy is a strong defender of public access to our great lands for recreational purposes.

    Troy Downing is married to his wife Heather and they have four children. 

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    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
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    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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