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Grizzly Bear Recovery - the Science

Grizzly Bear Recovery – the Science

The endangered species recovery of the grizzly bear is a topic we continue to discuss, as it’s something that’s not settled – at all. We've been exploring the issue from ...
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Montana Leading the Way in Public Lands Policies

Montana Leading the Way in Public Lands Policies

Public lands policy is complicated. There are many groups with diverse and often competing interests vying for their agendas when it comes to establishing public lands policies. Approximately 30% of ...
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Chronic Wasting Disease - Nip it in the Bud

Chronic Wasting Disease – Nip it in the Bud

Have you seen wildlife in Montana that look emaciated – scrawny, scraggy, acting abnormal? Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected along the Hi-line, southeastern Montana, and an outbreak in ...
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A Night of Terror, a Lifetime of Change. The 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake

A Night of Terror, a Lifetime of Change. The 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake

80 million tons of rock fell from a Montana mountainside on Aug. 17, 1959 - that's enough fill to build a roadway from here to ..... ? Joanne Girvin, from ...
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MT FWP MEASURES TO FIGHT CWD

MT FWP MEASURES TO FIGHT CWD

Have you seen wildlife in Montana that look emaciated – scrawny, scraggy, acting abnormal? Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in Montana – along the Hi-line, and in southeastern ...
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60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HEBGEN LAKE EARTHQUAKE

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HEBGEN LAKE EARTHQUAKE

It was the strongest and deadliest earthquake to ever hit Montana. 10x the strength of the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that wracked havoc in Helena in 1935. This weekend marks the ...
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Combating the Spread of Non-native and Invasive Plant Species

Combating the Spread of Non-native and Invasive Plant Species

Weeds. They are resilient, spread quickly, and put up a good fight. Thankfully, so do the good guys. Our series on fighting and preventing the spread of noxious weeds and ...
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A "Get to Know" with Joe Dooling, Candidate for Congress

A “Get to Know” with Joe Dooling, Candidate for Congress

He grew up in a ranching family near Dillon and continues that tradition ranching near Helena. Lewis and Clark County GOP Chairman Joe Dooling has thrown his hat in the ...
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Submersibles Deployed at Flathead Lake Lead to New Discoveries Down Deep

Submersibles Deployed at Flathead Lake Lead to New Discoveries Down Deep

Two privately-owned submersibles deployed by a science and education group at Flathead Lake are giving the scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station a glimpse of things unseen. Tom Bansak, ...
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How do You Take Your News?

How do You Take Your News?

What is your go-to news source? Do you trust any others? Is local news more reliable than the national media? The Greater Montana Foundation's 2019 News Media Preferences and Issues ...
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Feeling the Heat - Updating Wildfires and Summer Restrictions

Feeling the Heat – Updating Wildfires and Summer Restrictions

Did you know there were 58 new fire starts in the west this past weekend? Local volunteers and first responders are crucial in getting on top of those mostly lightening-caused ...
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US Congressman Greg Gianforte

US Congressman Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte joined us on the show for our weekly update ...
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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 15, 2019

    Congressman Gianforte will wrap up his week in DC and give us a look ahead at the upcoming political week.

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 15, 2019

    Neo-Marxism vs. the Free Market and the Future of America

    Dr. Jay Richards – March 22-23rd, 2019 at the Bighorn Resort.  Bring your teenagers! (Details &ticket info. below)

    AOC, Bernie, & Elizabeth – don’t underestimate their influence!

    In a political climate where “the country can’t afford it – can’t pay for it” means nothing.  And with Socialism becoming so fascinating – maybe you ought to consider bringing your youth to hear one of America’s best on why these ideas are a danger to their future?

    Dr. Richards is the perfect guy to answer these questions:

        How should Christians think about free enterprise & is it advantageous to the poor?

        Has Socialism ever created flouring for all – anywhere?

        Is capitalism consistent with Christianity – are Progressive myths about it realistic?

        What was Karl Marx’s key argument – central doctrine?

        Why are young adults fascinated with Socialism?

        Is there a future for the American dream in an age of Smart Machines or is it over?

        Will robots replace us – should we fear them?

    Forum – March 22-23rd , 2019 – Friday PM & Saturday AM
    Location – Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Ln., Billings, MT
    Register and buy Tickets Here $10 on line, $14 at the door lets you in to both days.

    While the LEFT plays politically correct calling it “Socialism” we must recognize that it is the thinly veiled worldview of Marxism.  No other philosophy is as large a threat in America. No other worldview has killed like this one.

     

    Jay is a Research Professor in the Busch School of Business and Fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He is also Executive Editor of The Stream, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and host of A Force for Good.  He has written in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Daily Caller and many other publications. Richards is author or editor of a dozen books including Money, Greed, and God, winner of a Templeton Enterprise Award and his newest book, The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines.  Jay has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs.  He is the producer of several documentaries including The Privileged Planet and author of five best-selling books. Jay holds a Ph.D., in philosophy and theology from Princeton.  He lives with his family in the Washington D.C. Metro area.

     

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 18, 2019

    For more than 100 years, NorthWestern Energy has delivered the energy and exceptional service that our customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly.

    We own and operate natural gas production, transmission and distribution systems serving 282,600 customers.  We own and operate a diverse generation fleet of wind, water, natural gas and coal-fired resources* and the high-voltage transmission system and distribution system that reliably delivers responsibly-produced electricity to more than 427,000 customers daily.

    Our vision: Enriching lives through a safe sustainable energy future.

    Our mission:  Working together to provide safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees, and investors.

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    NorthWestern Energy has filed for a general electric rate review request with the Montana Public Service Commission, the first such request since 2009.

    Typically the proposed increase would mean an average monthly bill increase of $6.37 per month, or about 7.4 percent. About 80 percent of NorthWestern’s roughly 370,000 Montana customers are residential.

    The rate request reflects the company’s significant investment in its electric transmission and distribution system and customer-service initiatives. NorthWestern has invested in a diverse mix of electricity sources that balances clean energy production with affordable, reliable service.

     

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 21, 2019

    Dr. Gavin Clarkson is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development in the Department of the Interior, a former Associate Professor in the College of Business at New Mexico State University, and a former candidate for U.S. Congress. Clarkson has a BA and MBA from Rice University, is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and is the first tribal citizen to ever earn a doctorate from the Harvard Business School (in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show. 

    (in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show.
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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 22, 2019

    In November 2016, Sales won an internal election among state Senate Republicans to be the president of the Montana Senate in the 2017 election. His opponent was Senator Eric Moore of Miles City. Although the vote was by secret ballot, it was described as a close case. He assumed office in January 2017.[3] Sales broke with tradition in January 2017 by deciding to not sit with the state House in the customary beginning-of-session joint sitting to hear speeches from members of Montana’s congressional delegation, the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a Native American leader.[20] Sales’ choice to break from tradition was publicly criticized by former State Senate president Jon Tester.[21][22]

    After Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior in 2017, Sales considered running for the open seat in the special election to fill the vacancy, but decided not to run.[23][24] During his brief exploration of a candidacy, Sales said that if elected he would take a hard line on illegal immigration and would be “certainly more fiscally conservative than Ryan Zinke,” saying that he would not vote for continuing resolutions as Zinke did.[25]

    As Senate president, Sales took the leading role in supporting legislation to give state lawmakers the right to carry concealed firearms in the state Capitol and on other state property and allowing restaurant customers to carry concealed firearms to restaurants. Both bills were passed by the Senate on mostly party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.[26]

    As Senate president, Sales opposed legislation to fund infrastructure projects in Montana, saying that he generally opposed bond issues for state building projects.[27]

    In March 2017, Sales said that he generally support privatizing the Montana State Fund (a semi-public entity that is the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance), but also said that he would consider supporting legislation to eliminate the fund entirely.[28]

    In 2017, Sales opposed legislation to require motorists to maintain a distance of 3 feet from bicyclists at 35 mph or less, and 5 feet at faster speeds. In debate, Sales harshly attacked cyclists, calling them “some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I’ve seen” and saying that there were “too many of them” in Montana.[29][30] Sales’ remarks prompted Derek Bouchard-Hall, the president and CEO of USA Cycling, to write an open letter to Sales expressing disappointment.[31]

     

  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    March 22, 2019-April 19, 2019

    Captain David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work—a place where everyone is a leader. This is his story …

    In an Intent-Based Environment it is possible for:

    • People to feel valued and proud of being a part of something bigger than themselves
    • People to know the organization’s goals and thoughtfully contribute toward their accomplishment
    • People to feel inspired, by pushing control and decision-making down the organization people take responsibility and have the authority to rise to the occasion, even during times of change
    • The organization’s success be on the shoulders of all people and not simply the “leaders”
    • Leaders to be at all levels
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Montana News Headlines

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  • 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 …