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Forest Management Practices

Forest Management Practices

On today's show, we discussed forest management practices, how they have changed over time, climate change, forest health, fire management and much more. Our guests were Leanne Marten, USFS Region 1 Forest Supervisor, Chuck Roady – VP and GM of F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Company and Sam Bullington – ...
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LIVE REMOTE: Big Sky State Games

LIVE REMOTE: Big Sky State Games

Join us as we go broadcast from Daylis Stadium in Billings, the location of the Opening Ceremonies as well as the Track & Field competitions. Photo Credit: https://bigskygames.org/about/media.php ...
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Asian Clams in Lake Elmo, Whirling Disease, New Zealand Mud Snail…What is the Impact of Invasive Aquatic Species

Asian Clams in Lake Elmo, Whirling Disease, New Zealand Mud Snail…What is the Impact of Invasive Aquatic Species

Whether they come on the trailers or hulls of recreational boats, or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, invasive species have found their way into Montana. But, what is there impact to Big Sky Country? We took your calls as we discussed concerns and prevention measures with Bob ...
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Attorney General Tim Fox

Attorney General Tim Fox

This episode featured Attorney General Tim Fox. He talked about Montana challenging a D.C. law on Bakken oil shipments with our listeners today ...
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Red Ants Pants Music Festival Sarah Calhoun

Red Ants Pants Music Festival Sarah Calhoun

In this episode of todays show, we had guest Sarah Calhoun; Producer of the Red Ants Pants Festival. She talked about this years event with our listeners today ...
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Congressman Greg Gianforte

Congressman Greg Gianforte

The guest in this part of the days program was Congressman Greg Gianforte who gave us his weekly update on all the happenings in Washington, D.C ...
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Traveling Across America at 14mph, Gives Ivan a Different Perspective

Traveling Across America at 14mph, Gives Ivan a Different Perspective

Ivan Stoltzfus is driving his 1948 John Deere tractor across America awareness for veterans, first responders, service members and law enforcement.  We caught up with him during his stop in Red Lodge.   Photo Credit: https://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com ...
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Kathleen Williams, Democrat Candidate for US Congress

Kathleen Williams, Democrat Candidate for US Congress

On April 5, 2019 Kathleen Williams announced her second run for Montana's lone Congressional seat. With Congressman Greg Gianforte vacating the position to run for Montana Governor, some say she is the front runner. What do you say? Join in the conversation as we talked with her about her 2020 ...
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Will MSU Athletics Break Ground Soon?

Will MSU Athletics Break Ground Soon?

We took your calls as we discussed the MSU Athletics 20-Year Master Plan. Unveiled in 2017, we got an update from Athletic Director Leon Costello ...
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The Impact of the Digital Divide in Rural Broadband

The Impact of the Digital Divide in Rural Broadband

We took your calls as we talked with Jon Conradi the Outreach Director for Connect Americans Now (CAN), a coalition dedicated to eliminating the digital divide that is holding rural America back.   ...
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Shane Morigeau, Candidate for State Auditors Office

Shane Morigeau, Candidate for State Auditors Office

State Representative Shane Morigeau, who served as the House Minority Whip in the 2019 legislative session, recently announced his run for the State Auditors Office. We took your calls and discussed his plans to hold insurance companies accountable and lower health insurance rates. Photo Credit: https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-information/roster/individual/5154 ...
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Is the Famous Yellowstone Volcano Up To Something?

Is the Famous Yellowstone Volcano Up To Something?

Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park has been putting on a show since early spring and is at near record pace for frequency of eruptions. Does the increased geyser activity make you wonder if the famous Yellowstone volcano is up to something? Is there any connection to the increased geyser ...
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Lt. Governor Mike Cooney

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney

Could the census result in getting back our second Congressional Seat? How does the immigration debate impact the Census in Montana? Those questions and more as we took your calls in our conversation with Lt. Governor Mike Cooney regarding the 2020 Census and the importance to our State ...
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Update from Congress with Greg Gianforte

Update from Congress with Greg Gianforte

We took your calls as we talked with Congressman Greg Gianforte about the current affairs of our nations capital.  He updated us on the National Defense Authorization Act, Malmstrom Air Force Base, the new Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) formula, and the Census ...
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The future of the Montana Republican Party

The future of the Montana Republican Party

At their annual convention, the Montana Republican Party elected Don 'K' Kaltschmidt to lead them. We talked to Don about more than just the platform, but also where he envisions taking his party in the future ...
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Spending by Tourists is on the Rise, How Does That Mean for the State

Spending by Tourists is on the Rise, How Does That Mean for the State

A recently published report by University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Economists shows that the money spent by tourists rose in 2018 over  2017. We spoke to the Institute's Associate Director and Economist Dr. Jeremy Sage to discover the impact on the overall State Economy ...
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The best way to prevent the spread of weeds is to understand how they are spread y

The best way to prevent the spread of weeds is to understand how they are spread y

By participating in this conversation with Jesse Scott of the Carter County Weed District and Kellieann Morris with the Ravalli County Weed District, you will know the resources available so you too prevent the spread of weeds, report weed concerns, and what to be on the look out for weeds ...
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USS Montana

USS Montana

The Crew of the USS Montana spent a week touring Montana, we learned more about the experience and the Virginia Class nuclear attack submarine, SSN 794.  We spoke with Bill Whitsitt about how Montanans can support the crew and where they are in the construction process. Photo Credit: https://ussmontanacommittee.us/ ...
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January 28 - February 03
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    Eric Fulton-CEO of Treasure State Internet & Telegraph in Montana.

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 29, 2018

    Eric holds a master’s degree in information Security and Assurance from WGU and an

    Bachelors degree in managements information Systems from the University of Montana.

    He speaks at global hacking conferences, and has hacked a number of Fortune 50 businesses as a consultant, Giving him unique experience in attacking corporations, all in an effort to protect them.

    He is also very knowledgable in using Bitcoin Cash.

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    Alan Olson, Executive Director Of The Montana Petroleum Association.

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 30, 2018

     The U.S. petroleum industry is still ringing in the New Year with much to celebrate. Oil prices are at highs not seen since late 2014 and the forecast for 2018 is looking good.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), operators are projected to increase overall domestic oil production by 10 percent, elevating output to more than 10 million barrels per day and surpassing the previous all-time high. With WTI price above $60 a barrel, the current outlook seems to be delivering just what every displaced oilfield worker and strapped owner/operator has been wishing for since the latest downturn.

    Coupled with a Trump-sized regulatory rollback, 2018 promises to be a “YUUUGE” year for oil and natural gas, barring turmoil overseas or dramatic changes to output by OPEC and Russia. EIA projections expect U.S. LNG exports to average about 3 bcfd (billion cubic feet per day) this year, up from 1.9 bcfd in 2017.

    BLM Leases – Recently, the Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office announced a possible auction of 63,496 acres of federal public land for petroleum leases, with more than 4,000 acres of land in Park County.

    Environmental groups were quick to petition, filing an administrative appeal. Park County Environmental Council and local landowners (Livingston) worry that potential drilling would negatively impact the tourism economy in the area.

    The formal protest period on the proposed parcels ends this week.
    See more here.

    Sage grouse – Since Governor Bullock signed an executive order (no. 10-2014) creating the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team and the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program, and the 2015 Legislature passed the Montana Greater Sage Grouse Stewardship Act to establish the Sage Grouse Stewardship Account, little has been done to move the ball forward through the Oversight Team.

    As changes loom at the federal level, Montana has yet to approve a Habitat Quantification Tool to determine debits (impacts) and credits (conservation/improvements).

    Feds will no longer prioritize oil and gas leasing outside of imperiled bird habitat
    Interior Decision Nears on Sage Grouse Plans

    Without the HQT, projects face unnecessary delays and costs associated with waiting for the “go ahead”.

    Pipelines – Montana received exciting news from MPA Member, ONEOK, which has proposed a 900-mile pipeline to transport up to 240,000 barrels per day of unfractionated natural gas liquids (NGL) from Sidney, Montana to Kansas. The proposal couldn’t be timelier, as record oil production in the Bakken may be threatened by the current threshold on flared natural gas at well sites – a problem far greater in North Dakota than in Montana, where the state regulatory agency (Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation) boasts a more than 90% capture rate.

    ONEOK Inc. to build $1.4 billion natural gas pipeline system

    The estimated price tag on the Elk Creek Pipeline (and associated infrastructure) is $1.4 billion dollars.

    North Dakota oil output cut back to meet gas capture rules
    North Dakota expects to hit oil production record in 2018

    Another MPA member, Denbury Resources, has also been working on a pipeline project to carry CO2 from the Powder River Basin into developed oilfields in the Cedar Creek Anticline.

    This project is perhaps the largest of the Petroleum Association’s members impacted by new sage grouse stipulations.

    Montana Pipeline Proposed to Transport CO2 for Oil Recovery

    The proposed Cedar Creek Anticline Pipeline will start in the Bell Creek oil field in Powder River County, Wyoming, and span 110 miles through Carter County into Fallon County, Montana. The pipeline will transport up to 400 million standard cubic feet of compressed carbon dioxide (CO2) per day for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

    The exact timing and schedule of the flood depends on future oil prices, permitting, and availability of CO2.

    Last fall, MPA submitted comments in support of the pipeline to the BLM; CO2 EOR operations provide a responsible method of utilizing CO2, including underground storage of otherwise emitted sources of CO2 into the atmosphere. Because of the enhanced recovery capability of this method, there is also the benefit of less wasted oil reserves; those which would remain trapped without a source of recovery.

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    The Montana Petroleum Association is a non-profit trade association representing the nearly two hundred businesses which work to facilitate energy production in Montana. These include integrated and independent producers; lease operators; service providers; pipeline companies; refineries; as well as professional entities providing legal, financial, and additional regulatory support to the oil and natural gas industry.
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    Montana State Represenative, Derek Skees & The Montana Constitution

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    January 31, 2018

    Republican state representative, Derek Skees gives us his take on the Montana Constitution.

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    Republican Ron Murray--Candidate for US Senate

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 1, 2018

    US Senate candidate, Ron Murray talks about Infrastructure in Montana and More.

    Montana’s roads and bridges need continuous repair.  As the 4th largest state, with temperatures ranging from -40 degrees below to over 100 degrees above, with two major Interstates and freight flowing north to south and east to west, our infrastructure takes a beating, and the upkeep takes money.  We need to ensure that our highway funds are invested in fiscally sound projects and that budgets and schedules are met. Rules and regulations need to be reviewed and adjusted for efficiency, safety and providing a quality product.

    Security

    Our world has changed and our communities aren’t the same as what we grew up in.  Montanans need to be aware that our neighbor’s to the north have instituted liberal immigration policies that potentially leaves us open to vulnerabilities.  Our northern border is an integral part of our national security and must be monitored and protected for our safety and security.

    Natural Resources

    Montana’s official nick-name is the Treasure State, and for good reason!  From our incredible landscapes, to the rich ground producing some of the best grains and livestock in the world, to our oil, gas and coal deposits and our mineral resources of palladium, platinum, gold, silver, copper and more, we truly live in the Treasure State! We need to focus on responsible natural resource development, with our neighbors and environment in mind, which can be achieved through cooperation between state and federal agencies and private enterprises.  We, as Montana citizens, have so much to offer our great state and country. Through good stewardship and innovation, we can better fund our education system to insure our children carry on the Montana Values that we cherish.

    Economy

    Economic growth and stability is critical to keep our state moving forward.  Our economic base needs to be broadened to provide more opportunities for entrepreneurs, college graduates, tradesmen and companies and industries looking to relocate or expand.

    Veterans Affairs

    Per capita, Montanan’s enlist and serve our nation more than any other state in the union.  We need strong leadership to make sure our veterans get what they earned and were promised.  We need a healthy economic environment to offer employment and business opportunities for our veterans upon return from their enlistments.

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    Kathleen Williams--Democratic Candidate for US Congress

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 2, 2018

    Kathleen Williams, a three-term Democratic state lawmaker from Bozeman, has announced her candidacy for Montana‘s lone U.S. House seat.

    Williams said in a statement Thursday that the political polarization in Congress is bad for the country and she would work with diverse interests to get things done.

    In the state House of Representatives she helped shepherd through a water compact between the state and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

    Williams is a former Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employee and now works for the conservation group Western Landowners Alliance.

    She joins a Democratic field that includes Billings attorney John Heenan, former land-trust director Grant Kier and state Rep. Tom Woods of Bozeman. They are seeking to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte.

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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 …

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