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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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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 15, 2018

    Montanans’ for I-185 have a lot of ads on Montana media saying that “Big Tobacco is at it again, first they lied about being addictive now, those same big corporations are lying about I-185”  Other ads state “If you don’t smoke, you don’t pay!  Is this true?

    Other proponents say that it will keep 100,000 Montanans covered by medicare, helps keep rural hospitals open, and also will provide suicide prevention services to Veterans.

    Former Yellowstone County Judge, Russ Fagg joins us to sift through the statements and, in his opinion, whats true and whats not.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 16, 2018

    I’m a wife, mother of 4, and attorney living in Billings. Spent my formative years in Alaska. Went to medical school for a year before switching tracks to law, and was struck by how politicians use people as guinea pigs, without their consent, and without respecting personal autonomy. There is a stark difference between those two worlds.

    We have a mountain of debt. Every man, woman, and child is $75,000 in debt due to federal government borrowing. Year after year, federal government borrowing grows faster than the American economy. Year after year, the debt increases.

    We don’t know what financial challenges the future might bring. Yet, we are committing future generations to cover our costs as well as their own, without their consent. That is taxation without representation. Future generations didn’t vote for the debt they will inherit.

    Together, let’s do the right thing, so that our children and grandchildren won’t be paying the price.

    This road doesn’t have to be so hard. There are over one million people in Montana, and hundreds of millions of people in America. Each one of us has overlapping and occasionally conflicting interests, identities, and desires. How do we peacefully and respectfully choose only a single set of cultural, religious, and social values to govern us all? We can’t.

    Nor should we.

    America is a diverse place, and that diversity needs freedom to thrive. We can live together harmoniously if we acknowledge each peaceful, honest individual’s right to live according to the dictates of personal conscience. Every one of us has the right to live free, so long as we aren’t harming anyone else.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 17, 2018

    Mr Brooks comes on the show to support I-186 representing Montana’s Trout Unlimited. The Initiative would require the DEQ to deny a permit for any new hard rock  mines in Montana unless the reclamation plan provides clear and convincing evidence that the mine will not require perpetual treatment of water polluted by contaminants.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 18, 2018

    Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization. It is supported by individuals and businesses who are passionate about improving the health of our forests and the future of our rural, forested communities. Originally founded in Roseburg, Oregon in 2013, we have grown and now advocate for active forest management through regional programs in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes States.

    We are a grassroots coalition that supports the need for active, sustainable forest management to improve and sustain forest health; restore jobs and economic opportunities in rural communities; and provide timber-based revenues to support essential public services. We support balanced policies that promote rural economic opportunity while also maintaining the many benefits we have come to expect from our forests, including recreation and diverse wildlife populations.  Our partners include local elected officials, business and labor groups, law enforcement, educators, tribes, sportsmen and outdoor groups, and more.

    Nick Smith

    Here are some ideas for the 2018 Farm Bill.

    1. Support for cross-boundary, landscape-scale efforts to tackle critical forestry issues, especially wildfireIssues like these do not stop at property lines which means it is no longer enough to address issues on only one piece of property. We need more efforts to work collectively across public and private land to get ahead of the issue across a landscape. To do this, Congress can strengthen the U.S. Forest Service tools to work collaboratively across boundaries, through the Landscape Scale Restoration program and their Hazardous Fuels program.

    2. Include measures to support a strong, diverse forest products industry. Across the country, landowners are struggling to manage their woods in the face of declining markets for low-value, small-diameter wood. This is the material that must be removed to reduce wildfire risk, improve habitat, and keep forests resilient.

    Without markets for this material, management costs become outlandish, causing forest owners to often leave their land unmanaged and vulnerable. Support and investment in programs such the Community Wood Energy Program, which can bolster markets for this low value material, will reduce treatment costs and create jobs across rural America.

    3. Support for landowners managing for at-risk wildlife.With an anticipated near doubling of the number of at-risk fish and wildlife that rely on family forests for their habitat in the southern U.S. alone, we need both policies and funding, that together will help family woodland owners proactively and voluntarily conserve critical habitat while avoiding burdensome regulations.

    4. Strong funding for forest owners in the forestry and conservation programs. Programs such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program have shown they provide enormous public benefit by providing families support to care for their land. In fact, according to a report from the American Forest Foundation, in the past three years alone, farm bill programs have helped family forest owners conduct conservation work across more than 10 million acres. To put that in perspective, that’s more than 9,000 acres improved every day.

    With a new and improved farm bill in place this year, family forest owners can do their part to keep our forests healthy and thriving, that in turn will help all Americans.

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  • 9:00 AM
    October 19, 2018

    Veterans can learn how to create business and Marketing Plans plus network and learn from others.

    Workshop is with Troy Downing, Successful Businessman, Vetrepreneur and Air Force Pilot.

    Also more on “Vote NO”on I-186 with Jessica Sena.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    October 22, 2018

    The Montana Opioid & Addictions Summit will be Oct. 22, 2018, at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Mont. The summit, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, features Keynote Speaker Ryan Leaf, and will also  include opening remarks by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, a presentation by Georgetown University Medical Center’s Pharmed Out Director Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, comments from Montana U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme, Region 8 SAMHSA Director Charlie Smith, and many more.

    About Keynote Speaker Ryan Leaf: Montana native and former NFL football player, Ryan Leaf is now a nationally recognized recovery advocate who travels across the United States speaking to communities who are in need. Hear from Leaf on how the pressure to perform ended his professional football career, his struggles with mental health and prescription opiate abuse, and how he made the decision to receive help with his mental health and substance abuse issues.

     

     

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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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