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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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  • 25

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 25, 2019

    Phil Kerpen—president of American Commitment—talks on why foreign price controls force Americans to pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and why we need to break these price controls in trade negotiations!

    According to Kerpin, Americans are justifiably angry that we pay the highest prescription drugs prices in the world – anger President Trump tapped into on the campaign trail.  The disparity exists because other rich countries use price control schemes, forcing American consumers to provide the returns on capital that justify the enormous research and development costs associated with bringing new cures to market;  the rest of the world free-rides on our innovation.

    The good news is that the Trump administration has been aggressive on the trade front in efforts to break foreign price control regimes; the bad news is that the Trump administration is also proposing to actually import foreign price control regimes into the Medicare program by adopting a payment formula that is pegged to foreign prices.

    In its recent report “The Opportunity Costs of Socialism,” the White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) looked at “the impact on medical innovation of the U.S. adopting European-style price controls” and found: “If M4A would entail the same experience with below-market prices as other countries with socialized medicine, it would reduce the world market size and thereby medical innovation, and ultimately mean that future patients would forgo the health gains that would have come from these forgone innovations.”

    It is remarkable that, just days later, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar proposed setting prices for drugs in the Medicare Part B program, which are doctor-administered drugs, with a formula based on foreign price controls.

    That would directly undercut the efforts of the U.S. Trade Representative to combat foreign price controls.  A recent study by the Committee to Unleash Prosperity found that eliminating price controls in OECD countries would result in eight to 13 more drugs coming to market every year by 2030 and raise life expectancy in the United States by 1.1 to 1.6 years.

    The U.S. Commerce Department has found that easing foreign price control regimes could, by increasing research and development of new drugs, result in more competition and lower prices in the domestic U.S. market.

    Doing the opposite – imposing foreign price controls to the domestic market – would have disastrous consequences.

    Join us, as we discuss prescription drug costs for Americans with Phil Kerpin, President of American Commitment.

  • 26

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 26, 2019

    Mayor of Billings, Montana will be on the air to explain exactly what Billings and “One Big Sky” are proposing to the Montana Legislature.

    Joining us will be Billings Police Captain Kevin Iffland who is also the Billings assistant city administrator who’s been with the Billings Police Department 23 years.

    Mr. Iffland, 48, is also in charge of the Office of Professional Standards, where he supervises many of the department’s support services and special assignments. As part of his job, he fields complaints against officers and is in charge of internal affairs investigations. Crime prevention, hiring and training are also under his purview.
  • 27

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 27, 2019

    Raheel Raza—Clarion Project Advisory Board member, a founding member of the Muslim Reformer Movement, and international human rights activist—to come on the show regarding the Clarion Project’s new “Preventing Violent Extremism” campaign to prevent the spread of radical Islamic ideology and violence among American children and youth.  Might you have some time to have Raheel Raza on the show this week or next week?

    The FBI is investigating radical Islamic terror plots in all 50 states, but many Americans are ignorant to this fact and wrongly believe “it won’t happen to me.”  The U.S. has no national program to prevent and counter violent extremism—and most local programs intervene too late.

    Raheel Raza contends that America’s youth are being radicalized, and that this crisis requires immediate action to prevent violent attacks in the United States and Western world.

    Raheel Raza:  “According to CIA estimates about 2000 Westerners have travelled to Iraq and Syria (many via Turkey) to join ISIS.  It’s estimated that from these more than 100 came from the USA.”

    Raheel Raza:  “The radicalization of youth is at a crisis level and in speaking with parents, youth, activists and legislators, there is a general agreement that there need to be programs put into place to help the youth.  Essentially there is not safe space “between the Mosque and the Mall” for Muslim youth to express their concerns.  The ones who are recruited are troubled youth with nowhere to turn, hence the mercenaries pounce on them—both Muslim and non-Muslim.”

    Raheel Raza:  “Clarion Project’s plan to educate youth before they are radicalized is a way of resolving the issue.  Their films and educational material addresses the issues that many people do not want to address given the politically correct climate we live in.  However hate taught at a young age is something we must address.  As a mother and grandmother I am concerned about the next generation of Muslim youth and want to provide support before it’s too late.”

    Radicalization can affect all children at any age. A child can be radicalized by race supremacists, religious extremists and social militarization.  Once a child is on the conveyor belt to radicalization, it’s nearly impossible to get off.  We can stop our kids from being pulled onto the conveyor belt in the first place.  Parents, teachers, a whole community, can prevent the radicalization process.  We just need to know the signs and how to respond.  Every child deserves to be protected against radicalization…and its repercussions.

    The Clarion Project’s “Preventing Violent Extremism” (PVE) campaign is a training program offered to the public, educators, law enforcement and government sectors that provides a three-stage strategy as follows:

    1)    How radicalization works and the process of recruitment

    2)    How to identify the tendencies in a child that would potentially lead him or her to extremism

    3)    How to meet the emotional and psychological needs of these children

  • 28

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    February 28, 2019

    We will have 4-legislators join us.

    When we get confirmation of guests very soon, we will add to this page.

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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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