Voices of Montana https://northernbroadcasting.com/ Voices of Montana is MT's only statewide, daily, radio talk show. The show is a platform for Montanans to share their opinions on issues that matter to MT. Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:05:53 +0000 en-US © 2019 Northern Broadcasting System, Inc. Listen LIVE Weekdays from 9:06 am to 9:58 am at NorthernBroadcasting.com. Montana's LIVE Statewide Talk Show Northern Broadcasting System, Inc. episodic Voices of Montana is MT's only statewide, daily, radio talk show. The show is a platform for Montanans to share their opinions on issues that matter to MT. Northern Broadcasting System, Inc. operations@northernbroadcasting.com clean https://northernbroadcasting.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/voicesofmontanats-1-scaled.png Voices of Montana https://northernbroadcasting.com/ Take the Census – Avoid the Scams https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/take-the-census-avoid-the-scams/ Sat, 06 Jun 2020 00:03:54 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37485 The U.S. decennial census is taken only once every 10 years. It may be new, and it may be unfamiliar to some, and that’s where scammers and fraudsters will try to take advantage.

Listen to the podcast to learn what 2020 census workers ARE and ARE NOT doing as Zachary Schwartz, U.S. Census Bureau Division Chief joins AARP State President Al Ward to help Montanans take the census and avoid the scams.

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Racing to the Auditor – Voices of Montana Special Program with Guest Host Russ Fagg https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/racing-to-the-auditor-voices-of-montana-special-program-with-guest-host-russ-fagg/ Fri, 29 May 2020 21:28:07 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37406 clean no 36:45 Josh Rath What’s It Like Back in the Gym? https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/whats-it-like-back-in-the-gym/ Fri, 22 May 2020 23:38:04 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37341 Trainers and athletic club owners are playfully calling it the COVID-15 – that extra 15 lbs you may have put on during the coronavirus lockdowns. Well, those lockdowns are lifting and gyms are open once again. What’s it like being back in the gym? The short answer is, it’s not exactly the same — yet.

Listen to the podcast to hear certified trainer, and PEAK Downtown Fitness Director Mike Rankin talk about the steps trainers and club members are taking to get back into their fitness routines. Rankin, a former All-American linebacker from the University of Montana, also talks about what athletes may be going through as the fate of the 2020 gridiron season is still up in the air.

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Faithless Electors Allowed https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/faithless-electors-allowed/ Fri, 22 May 2020 22:35:49 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37338 Are the 538 presidential electors in the Electoral College able to choose who they wish, or are they bound to vote in accordance with election results?

It’s an important question as the 2020 general election looms and the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two cases involving so-called “faithless electors.” Author and constitutional scholar Rob Natelson, who wrote court briefings regarding the cases, joined Voices of Montana to discuss issue.

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St. Mary’s Diversion Failure https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/st-marys-diversion-failure/ Wed, 20 May 2020 22:17:09 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37306 The century-old St. Mary’s Diversion Works has failed.

Hydraulic Drop 5 collapsed May 17. It was the last piece of the 29-mile long mishmash of dams, siphons, head gates, tubes, and canals that divert water from the St Mary’s River eastward to the Milk River.

The diverted water irrigates more than 110,000 acres of crop land, feeds municipal water systems for Hi-line communities, and supplies water for popular recreation sites.

Montana DNRC Director John Tubbs, who has been a part of the twenty-year effort to rehabilitate the diversion works, said engineers and local officials have to act fast if they hope to supply water for the 2020 growing season, or, for that matter, the 2021 growing season.

The cost of the repairs is unknown, but it will largely fall on the farmers and ranchers of the local irrigation districts. Jeff Pattison, a Hi-line producer and Chair of the Milk River Watershed Alliance said the irrigators, who account for about one-fifth of the overall water usage, can’t afford to keep paying to repair the aging system.

Listen to the podcast as Director Tubbs, and Jeff Pattison join Tom Schultz to discuss the collapse, the next steps, and the on-going saga of the St. Mary’s Diversion.

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Issues and Answers – Follow up to the Supreme Court Candidate Series https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/issues-and-answers-follow-up-to-the-supreme-court-candidate-series/ Tue, 12 May 2020 23:05:57 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37216 What’s the importance of following precedence, or setting precedence when it come to Montana’s Supreme Court decisions? Why have rulings from the state’s highest court caused concern for judicial watchdog organizations?  Those are some of the topics covered in Tuesday’s Voices of Montana program where David Bell, Chair of the Montana Chamber of Commerce Justice Coalition, and Bridger Mahlum, Government Relations Director for the Chamber, reviewed Voices’ recent Montana Supreme Court Candidate Series featuring the three June 2 primary candidates for Supreme Court Seat 5: Mars Scott, Mike Black, and Justice Laurie McKinnon.

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The COVID Stakes https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/the-covid-stakes/ Tue, 12 May 2020 19:24:50 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37213 This one’s just for fun, but it does bring home the point that all the Who, What, Where, When, and Whys of the COVID-19 pandemic is enough to spin you around sometimes. Credit Ken Elder with the brilliant call.

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AARP Voter Guide: Day 5 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/aarp-voter-guide-day-5/ Fri, 08 May 2020 22:19:28 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37101 Broadband access solutions from GOP gubernatorial candidate Dr. Al Olszewski. Prescription drug plans from democratic gubernatorial candidate Whitney Williams. Five candidates, five questions, five days. The AARP Montana Voter Guide series wraps up today.

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“Butte and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic” https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/butte-and-the-1918-influenza-pandemic/ Thu, 07 May 2020 23:43:48 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37064 Austrians, Fins, Serbians, Germans, Italians, Chinese, Englishmen, and of course, the Irish. Butte, America is Montana’s melting pot, and a microcosm of the U.S. at the turn of the century where immigrants flocked to the states for opportunities not found elsewhere in the world.

Among the many tales that Butte can tell is that of a devastating toll from the last global pandemic – the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Butte was by far Montana’s largest and most influential city at the time, and though it held 10% of the state’s population, 20% of the recorded pandemic deaths in the state happened in Butte.

Historian Janelle Olberding wrote the book on Butte and the Spanish flu, and joined us today on Voices.

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AARP Voter Guide: Day 4 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/aarp-voter-guide-day-4/ Thu, 07 May 2020 20:57:31 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37062 How would an Attorney General turned governor fight fraud and abuse? How would a tech entrepreneur turned governor promote broadband in Montana? Why is the daughter of Montana’s longest serving U.S. Congressman running for governor?

Find out during today’s edition of the AARP Montana Voter Guide.

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AARP Voter Guide: Day 3 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/aarp-voter-guide-day-3/ Thu, 07 May 2020 00:03:11 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=37039 It’s Day 3 of the AARP Montana Radio Voter Guide – where all five of the major party candidates for governor are giving their responses to questions on important 2020 election issues.

Listen to the podcast to hear what Dr. Al Olszewski says when asked why he’s running for governor, and what Lt. Governor Mike Cooney believes needs to be done to promote broadband in Montana’s rural areas.

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Montana Supreme Court Candidate Series: Justice Laurie McKinnon https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montana-supreme-court-candidate-series-justice-laurie-mckinnon/ Tue, 05 May 2020 23:27:33 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36997 Decisions made by those who sit on the high bench have a huge impact on our daily lives, yet these non-partisan justice elections seemingly draw little attention for such a crucial position.

That’s why Voices has teamed up with the Montana Chamber of Commerce to bring you the Supreme Court Candidate Series. It’s an opportunity for you to hear directly from the candidates and learn how their experiences, knowledge, and character may shape their decisions on the state’s highest court.

Listen to the podcast the hear the 3rd in our four-part series featuring current Supreme Court Justice Laurie McKinnon.

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AARP Voter Guide: Day 2 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/aarp-voter-guide-day-2/ Tue, 05 May 2020 22:57:53 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36994 What is Lt. Governor Mike Cooney’s plans for tackling the high cost of prescription drugs? How would Tim Fox help promote broadband infrastructure in Montana? There are five primary candidates seeking their party’s gubernatorial nomination to serve as Montana’s next governor. Find out their plans for tackling important issues facing Montana through the AARP Montana Gubernatorial Voter Guide.

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AARP Voter Guide: Day 1 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/aarp-voter-guide-day-1/ Mon, 04 May 2020 23:19:49 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36957 The AARP Montana Gubernatorial Radio Voter Guide brings all the major party candidates seeking to be Montana’s next governor to one place to answer questions on important issues. Questions such as what are the candidates plans for lowering the cost of prescription drugs, what plans do they have to improve rural broadband access, and a simple, straight forward “Why are you running for Governor?”

The 2020 election is as critical as any, all the more as it’s been altered by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Without campaign rallies and open meeting forums, virtual campaigning has become the tool for which you, the voting public, has had to utilize to determine who among those seeking public office best represent your governing principles.

In this series, the candidates for the governor’s office have sent responses to five questions. Each day over the course of this week (May 4 – May 8), you will hear those responses as each candidate responds daily to one of the five questions. Their order of appearance has been chosen at random.

Listen to the podcast to hear Mike Cooney, Tim Fox, Greg Gianforte, Dr. Al Olszewski, and Whitney Williams discuss their plans and their positions on important election 2020 issues.

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Congressional Debate – 5 2 2020 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/congressional-debate-5-2-2020/ Mon, 04 May 2020 16:25:32 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36954 clean no 2:10:05 Josh Rath Economic Impact Scams https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/economic-impact-scams/ Fri, 01 May 2020 22:10:45 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36937 Fraudsters are using the federal stimulus payments to 1) try and rip you off,  2) get identity information that will lead to 3) you getting ripped off.

Join Montana Taxpayer Advocate Paul Harper and AARP Montana President Al Ward to learn what identity thieves and scam artists are doing lately, and avoid getting, you know, ripped off.

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Montana Supreme Court Candidate Series: Mike Black https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montana-supreme-court-candidate-series-mike-black/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:58:21 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36926 Decisions made by those who sit on the high bench have a huge impact on our daily lives, yet these non-partisan justice elections seemingly draw little attention for such a crucial position.

That’s why Voices has teamed up with the Montana Chamber of Commerce to bring you the Supreme Court Candidate Series. It’s an opportunity for you to hear directly from the candidates and learn how their experiences, knowledge, and character may shape their decisions on the state’s highest court.

Listen to the podcast the hear the 2nd in our four-part series, featuring Havre native Mike Black.

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Open For Business and Thoughts on Ron https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/open-for-business-and-thoughts-on-ron/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 19:00:54 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36922 Learn how a Montana business owner keeps the ship a-sail through the unpredictable waters of a global pandemic; how a salon owner and her colleagues do the same, and how they are now meeting the non-essential but essential needs of a haircut done right; and hear the fond remembrances that former State Senator John Brenden has of his close friend and colleague, Ron Marlenee, Montana’s longest-serving republican U.S. House member who passed away Sunday.

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Montana Supreme Court Candidate Series: Mars Scott https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montana-supreme-court-candidate-series-mars-scott/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:44:08 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36919 Do you know the candidates currently running for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court?

Decisions made by those who sit on the high bench have a huge impact on our daily lives, yet these non-partisan justice elections seemingly draw little attention for such a crucial position.

That’s why Voices has teamed up with the Montana Chamber of Commerce to bring you the Supreme Court Candidate Series. It’s an opportunity for you to hear directly from the candidates and learn how their experiences, knowledge, and character may shape their decisions on the state’s highest court.

Listen to the podcast the hear the first candidate interview of the series – Helena native Mars Scott.

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Health vs Economy, and Other Take-Aways https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/take-aways-so-far/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:22:55 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36912 From so many viewpoints, we are in unprecedented times. Economist and Associate Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, Robert “Tino” Sonora joined Voices on Monday for his latest perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE to read his recent article, which notes the difficulty in “the ongoing health vs. economy debate (that) is centered on the extent of the trade-off we are willing to make with imperfect information.”

As an international speaker, Sonora shares some thoughts on the different actions taken by foreign countries and discusses some of the take-aways from this pandemic that could better our social safety platforms.

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Republican and Democrat Gubernatorial Debates 4-25-2020 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/republican-and-democrat-gubernatorial-debates-4-25-2020/ Sun, 26 Apr 2020 03:00:37 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=36907 clean no 1:46:03 Josh Rath Compelling Interest to Do What is Necessary https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/compelling-interest-to-do-what-is-necessary/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 22:06:24 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34595 The temporary suspension of liberties is permitted under our constitutional form of government, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Find out more as constitutional scholar Rob Natelson leads the discussion on Voices of Montana, with Tom Schultz.

Also, State Auditor candidate Nelly Nicol has been involved in the pandemic helping a company working on innovative ways to sterilize PPEs.

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Coffee, Knudsen, and More https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/coffee-knudsen-and-more/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 18:22:20 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34553 From today’s show: People anxious to get back to work, and those anxious about further unleashing a health crisis, might just be on the same side. How’s that? That’s a part of the Wilde and Wacky Week that is Was segment from today’s show.

Also, Bill Coffee, President of Stockman Bank discusses the latest developments for businesses tackling a pandemic economy, the possibility another financial relief program may be on its way, and how the low price of oil may impact our region.

Austin Knudsen, Roosevelt County Attorney and GOP primary candidate for Attorney General then joins in to talk about some key endorsements from the virtual campaign trail, as well as discusses the responsibilities and unique challenges COVID-19 directives place on the criminal justice system.

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Senator Steve Daines https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/senator-steve-daines-2/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 23:40:31 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34388 How many Montanans have filed unemployment claims since March 15? How many folks are out of work across the country in the last three weeks? The answers: more than 60,000, and 16 million, according to Montana Senator Steve Daines, who credited his entire team for working non-stop to provide relief that will help the country get past the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Senator Daines’ Voices of Montana interview on Monday, the 5th generation Montanan recalled the uncertain times his family was facing during the recession of 1982, when a previous record 695,000 Americans lost their jobs in one week. Listen to the podcast for that story and more.

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Across the Pond, with Mark Sutherland https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/across-the-pond-with-mark-sutherland/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 22:10:25 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34383 What’s the mood in Europe when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic? Conservative political analyst and film producer Mark Sutherland offers his view from London, England. Sutherland discusses European reactions to closed shops and closed borders, and sees a push-back against the open border policies of the European Union.  As in the US, there are many unanswered questions regarding the widespread public restrictions. Sutherland also discusses his latest short film “The Iris Echo,” a fictional tale on the seeds of revolution against a totalitarian regime.

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Montana Educators Keeping School in Session https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montana-educators-keeping-school-in-session/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:51:24 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34237 Establishing efficient lines of communication, getting resources into the hands of students, and continuing to care for the entire community. Those were some of the first orders of business for Montana educators as it became apparent that school campuses would be vacated to keep students safe and help curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Listen to the podcast to hear how students, parents, teachers, and school leaders tackled the problem of keeping schools open “virtually,” even while school buildings were closed.

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Paycheck Provider Program 101 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/paycheck-provider-program-101/ Wed, 08 Apr 2020 01:29:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34218 Barely more than a week old, the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the federal government’s $2.2 trillion stimulus bill passed March 27, is already providing a critical lifeline for Montana businesses. How does the program work? Which businesses are eligible? Where does a business owner get connected, or find other means to survive?

Listen to the podcast, as Brent Donnelly, Montana District Director for the Small Business Administration provides those answers, helps folks over some of the program’s rough edges, and provides other valuable information. Likewise for Steve Arveschoug, who was along side Donnelly for the interview on Voices. Arveschoug is President of the Montana Economic Developers Association, and Executive Director of the Big Sky Economic Development Authority. Those are among the dozens of Montana development organizations which are providing funding, resources, and consultations to help Montana’s businesses.

The discussion begins with Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, who had been working to address an oversight in the program overlooking Montana establishments that generate more than a third of their revenue from gambling. Those businesses were among the first to close their doors due to COVID-19.

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Stimulus: From Package to Paycheck https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/stimulus-from-package-to-paychecks/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 22:38:17 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34147 In less than a week’s time, money from a $2.2 trillion stimulus package has been made ready for businesses through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program. The PPP is intended to help businesses meet payroll and liquidity needs. Montana’s Stockman Bank is among the many Montana financial institutions helping their customers access that assistance. According to Stockman Bank CEO Bill Coffee, the weekend has been a whirlwind of activity. From late Thursday evening (04/2) to early Monday morning, Stockman Bank lenders processed over 900 applications resulting in $178 million in loans. Given the multiplier effect of money, that could result in an immediate boost of three-quarters of a billion dollars to the Montana economy. And the lending continues.

Listen to the podcast to hear Coffee discuss the early pace and gauge the effectiveness of the assistance program, and also hear his take on the economic impact of COVID-19 as a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

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COVID-19 Scamdemic https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/covid-19-scamdemic/ Sat, 04 Apr 2020 01:01:37 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=34055 Where there is fear, there is usually a scammer trying to take advantage of it. Have you received a phone call or email offering free COVID-19 test kits? Have you received an email from a seemingly reputable organization, like the World Health Organization, offering advice, or free services? Don’t fall for these scams. Listen to the AARP Fraud Watch Friday podcast and hear Laureen France, Senior Investigator with the Federal Trade Commission, and Al Ward, President of Montana AARP, help consumers avoid the newest scams as the world wrestles with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Responses: Legislature, Utilities, Manufacturing https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/covid-19-responses-legislature-utilities-manufacturing/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 21:30:19 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33923 As the people’s branch of government, what responsibilities fall upon the Montana state legislature during this time of crisis? How are the state’s utilities responding, and what does the public need to know about directives from the governor that affect their utility bills? Also, though they are expecting a tremendous economic impact, several Montana manufacturers are pooling resources to collaboratively produce critical products that have been found in short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen to the podcast to hear Montana leaders discuss these issues on Voices of Montana, with Tom Schultz.

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WildRye’s Troy Downing and Montana’s AG Tim Fox https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/wildryes-troy-downing-and-montanas-ag-tim-fox/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:44:29 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33869 Troy Downing, co-owner of Wildrye Distilling, checked-in to tell the story of how the company shifted gears to pitch in and make a product in critical need: hand sanitizer.  Also, Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox joined the program to help explain the enforcement of Governor Bullock’s Stay at Home Directive.

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Governor Bullock’s Conference Call for Stay At Home Directive https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/governor-bullocks-conference-call-for-stay-at-home-directive/ Fri, 27 Mar 2020 01:05:16 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33755 Here’s Governor Bullock’s conference call Thursday afternoon detailing the COVID-19 Stay At Home Directive.

Directive PDF: Montana COVID19 Stay at Home Directive 032620

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CSI Rosendale on COVID-19 Insurance Provisions https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/33748/ Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:52:57 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33748 What do you know about the adjustments made to your health insurance that will help you get through the COVID-19 pandemic? There are expansions of tele-medicine coverage, as well as coverage for testing. The list doesn’t stop there. Listen to the podcast to hear Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Matt Rosendale detail the new provisions.

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State Legislative Update: COVID-19 https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/state-legislative-update-covid-19/ Mon, 23 Mar 2020 22:07:34 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33628 Montana’s legislative leaders have been in discussions over the state’s resources and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Voices Monday, Rep. Nancy Ballance, Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Frank Garner of the House Administration Committee detail the state’s economic and hospital resources readied as the coronavirus begins to affect Montana.

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COVID-19, 2020: U.S. Response, with Congressman Greg Gianforte https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/covid-19-2020-u-s-response-with-congressman-greg-gianforte/ Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:32:13 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33558 Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte’s check-in with Voices today focused on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to the podcast to hear more about discussions Gianforte is having with the public, government leaders, health officials, and economic interests.

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Resurgence in Montana Timber? https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/resurgence-in-montana-timber/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 23:11:07 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33502 The implementation of Good Neighbor Authority rules could lead to a resurgence in the Montana timber industry. That’s good news for the economy and good news for our forests.

Taylor Brown guest hosts on Voices of Montana and talks with Bryan Lorengo of the Montana Logging Association, and Greg Archie, the Bureau Chief of the newly formed Good Neighbor Authority Bureau with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

Listen to the podcast to hear how collaboration is helping restore resilient forests in Montana, and why the 2020 Montana timber harvest is expected to be the highest in a decade.

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Black Butte Copper – Mine Permits Moving Forward https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/black-butte-copper-mine-permits-moving-forward/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 21:24:24 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33454 The proposed Black Butte Copper mine took a step forward this past week as two Montana environmental agencies released important documents relating to the mine’s permit application. One is the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and the other is a Preliminary Determination (PD) from the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation. Years in the making, both documents are vital in determining a Record of Decision for the proposed copper mine north of White Sulphur Springs.

Black Butte Copper parent company Sandfire America’s CEO Rob Scargill, and Nancy Schlepp, Vice President of Communications, joined Voices to discuss the project. Listen to the podcast to learn more about the environmental mitigation efforts, how a changing world has increased demand for copper, and the collaborative development of a modern underground mine.

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Covid-19, 2020 Coverage with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Montana https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/covid-19-2020-coverage-with-blue-cross-blue-shield-of-montana/ Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:27:53 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33385 Are hospitals prepared for the pandemic in America? Will closures and social distancing make a difference in limiting the coronavirus outbreak? Those are just a couple of the issues discussed with Dr. David Lechner, a longtime Montana physician, and Chief Medical Officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. Listen to the podcast for more information on COVID-19, 2020.


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Jon Bennion on the Trail https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/jon-bennion-on-the-trail/ Fri, 13 Mar 2020 22:58:30 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33165 Billings native and Chief Deputy Attorney General Jon Bennion is running for his boss’s job!  Current Attorney General Tim Fox, as you probably know, is term-limited from that position, and Bennion,who has been a part of the AG’s office since 2013, is seeking the GOP nomination to be the next Montana Attorney General.

Listen to the podcast, as we caught up with Jon on the trail this week on Voices of Montana, with Tom Schultz.


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Montana Newsmakers Weigh-In on the News https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montana-newsmakers-weigh-in-on-the-news/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 23:44:07 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33055 Veteran Montana legislators Scott Sales (Senate President, SD 35, and Secretary of State candidate) and Duane Ankney (SD 20) recently stopped in to the studios to weigh-in on news items of various sorts. Listen to the podcast to hear the two republican leaders discuss moving forward on power and remediation proposals at Colstrip, election integrity, COVID-19, the CSKT water compact, and other issues making news in Montana.

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TAX SCAMS: Not With the Government, Not Here to Help https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/tax-scams-not-with-the-government-not-here-to-help/ Fri, 06 Mar 2020 23:48:16 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=33021 Fake online tax prepares look like the real deal, and with all the bells and whistles, will promise you a big payday on your return. Would you know one if you saw one?

On this edition of AARP’s Fraud Watch Friday, Montana’s Local Taxpayer Advocate Paul Harper joins AARP Montana President Al Ward to pull the sheets off these so-called “ghosts,” a term for fake tax preparers that can not only steal your information and your refund, but leave you with unfinished business with the IRS.

Do you suspect your social security number and identification might have been compromised? Listen to the podcast to find out what you should do to avoid Tax ID theft. And remember, if a stranger calls you and claims to be an IRS agent – it is NOT an IRS agent. Listen to find out more.

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Gianforte Selects Juras for the Race https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/gianforte-selects-juras-for-the-race/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 20:26:14 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32927 Gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte has selected Great Falls attorney Kristen Juras as his Lieutenant Governor running mate in his bid for the GOP primary nomination.

Juras is a former UM law school instructor whose private law practice focuses on agriculture and small business issues. She has also provided pro bono services to help people with disabilities, and individuals battling homelessness and addiction. Juras grew up on the family ranch near Conrad and says her family and rural Montana values play a large part in her desire for public service.

Get to know Kristen by listening to the podcast and hear more about Gianforte’s policy initiatives and the issues facing Montana voters this election year.


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Charlie Kirk On Voices Ahead of Montana Visit https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/charlie-kirk-on-voices-ahead-of-montana-visit/ Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:49:30 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32896 A leading conservative author and activist, Charlie Kirk, president and founder of Turning Point USA, minces no words when he warns the GOP not to be complacent about the chances Senator Bernie Sanders has of becoming President in this next election. “If we don’t recognize there is a true socialist insurgency in our country, we’re going to be very surprised when they finally take very, very high leadership positions,” he told Tom Schultz during an interview for Voices of Montana. Kirk will keynote a March 14 forum in Kalispell sponsored by the Flathead County Republican Women. (Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.)

When asked about some of the key challenges facing the country, Kirk described the importance of his conservative colleagues actively engaging in the ongoing cultural battle against the policies of the liberal left. “If we do not challenge the Left’s dominance on culture, we’re not going to have a country that’s recognizable,” he said.

Listen to the podcast to hear more. Kirk spoke fondly of his previous visits to Montana, and is looking forward to the event in Kalispell, and a May 14 event in Billings.

(Photo Credit: Turning Point USA)


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Size of the Herd Still Up for Debate https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/32846/ Fri, 28 Feb 2020 01:40:46 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32846 There are those who contend Yellowstone’s northern bison herd, numbering 4,000 and approximately 10 times larger than historical size, is leaving a damaging impact on the land.

There are those who would argue the shifting landscape is more a part of the natural process that includes a very large herd of ungulates, like the bison and elk.

One thing that all agree on is that Yellowstone National Park, and its surrounding ecosystems, are a treasure to be preserved for future generations to enjoy. How to best accomplish that is still up for debate.

Listen to the podcast to hear scientists and researchers discuss this unique dynamic of wildlife, landscape, and public policy.

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A Fish & Wildlife Commissioner’s View https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/a-fish-wildlife-commissioners-view/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 02:05:21 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32740 Are the extended elk hunting seasons in select districts – the shoulder seasons  – managing the populations as intended? Are they causing problems for landowners, outfitters, wildlife?

The five-member Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission is an important public connection the citizens have with our government wildlife officials. Richard Stuker, a Blaine County rancher, has been a member of that commission since 2013, and currently services as its Vice Chair. He joined Tom Schultz on Voices of Montana to review the recent discussion and decision regarding the elk shoulder seasons, as well as talked about measuring the numbers behind a seemingly increasing lion population, and also got a word in on the usage restrictions being looked at on the Madison River.

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B-47 Ridge: Remembering and Honoring the Fallen https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/b-47-ridge-remembering-and-honoring-the-fallen/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 01:19:22 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32702 1962 seems like a long time ago. Yet, there’s still plenty of connection to that not-so-distant past; a painful connection for the family members of a crew of USAF airmen who lost their lives when their B-47 bomber crashed into a Montana mountain side on a training mission.

That fateful summer night drew quite a bit of attention, but the years and the mountain had quieted the tragedy until a determined Paradise Valley man decided it was due time to honor the fallen and give closure to their families.

Listen to the podcast to hear the story of how Bryan Wells, who first climbed to the remote wreckage at age 15, worked to memorialize the sacrifice of Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Lt. Lloyd Sawyers, and Lt. David Sutton, the crew who lost their lives July 23, 1962 in service to our country.

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A Leading U.S. Scientist Educates on Glyphosate https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/a-leading-u-s-scientist-educates-on-glyphosate/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:48:40 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32383 Do you use a herbicide? Have you ever used Roundup? For over 40 years it has been a market leader in commercial and residential applications. Disturbing reports that the main chemical in Roundup, glyphosate, may be a carcinogen has lead to literally tens of thousands of claims against the maker of Roundup, Bayer.

If the chemical is definitively linked to cancer its use would be virtually outlawed, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found the herbicide is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. The report mirrored the independent findings of nearly a dozen international health and environmental organizations.

A leading research scientist on the topic is Dr. Jason Ferrell, Professor and Director of the Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants from the University of Florida. Listen to the podcast as Dr. Ferrell, who was recently in Montana for a presentation on the topic, explains the issue from a scientific perspective.

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2020 Democrat Gubernatorial Primary Debate https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/2020-democrat-gubernatorial-primary-debate/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 02:54:41 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32375 Hosted by the MSUB College Democrats & Northern News Network on the Voices of Montana Podcast

Tonight we welcomed Whitney Williams and Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney onto the Northern News Network for the 2020 Democrat Gubernatorial Primary Debate, LIVE from Montana State University Billings in Petro Theater, thanks to the MSUB College Democrats.

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Fox\Knokey Governor Campaign Ag Pillar Policy Press Conference https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/fox-knokey-governor-campaign-ag-pillar-policy-press-conference/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 22:26:14 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32371 In front of the parts counter at Torgerson’s in Billings on Tuesday, Feb. 11, gubernatorial candidate Tim Fox unveiled the first pillar of a strategy titled “Montana United: A Strategic Vision for the Future.”  This blueprint is a comprehensive outline of the team’s agriculture policy which they say will strengthen the state’s number one industry, enhance resource stewardship, and foster economic prosperity for Montana. Several dozen farmers and agri-business leaders gathered at Torgerson’s for a press conference for the Ag Pillar Policy announcement, which addressed 20 specific strategy points.  Listen to that 22-minute press conference here.


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FWP on Wild Bison Restoration https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/fwp-on-wild-bison-restoration/ Wed, 12 Feb 2020 01:26:12 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32348 Montana’s Fish, Wildlife, & Parks recently released its long-awaited Environmental Impact Statement Record of Decision (ROD) on the feasibility of bison restoration in Montana. The state agency concluded that “thoughtful implementation of a proposal within the general parameters of Alternatives 2, 3, and 4 or any combination thereof is appropriate.” (I highly recommend you read the ROD – linked HERE). This was a “programmatic” review detailing the process through which any specific restoration proposal must pass.

Montana land owners, farmers, and ranchers, knowing the risk of disease and the potential impact on Montana’s landscape associated with bison, are naturally concerned. Some Montanans, weary of the narrow agenda of the environmental community, see the ROD as an invitation that could further the erosion of Montana’s rural communities.

What is this Record of Decision, and how will it affect Montana?

FWP Director Martha Williams, who signed the document, was in-studio to answer those questions. She was joined by Lauri Hanauska-Brown from FWP’s wildlife division.

There was still much left to be discussed by the time the “fastest hour in radio” had concluded. As a follow-up, Director Williams welcomed the opportunity to come back on the program, while Hanauska-Brown invited you to contact her with further questions. Her email address is lhanauska-brown.mt.gov.

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Fall in Love, But Not for Romance Scams https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/fall-in-love-but-not-for-romance-scams/ Sat, 08 Feb 2020 00:57:49 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32290 Romance scams are one of the most lucrative for criminals, and costly for their victims — emotionally, as well as financially. Listen to the podcast to learn more as Montana AARP State President Al Ward and Jennifer Leach, with the Federal Trade Commission, join Tom Schultz on Voices for AARP’s Fraud Watch Friday.

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Like a Fox, Jon Knokey Joins the Race https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/like-a-fox-jon-knokey-joins-the-race/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 23:38:21 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32251 Montana gubernatorial candidate Tim Fox made the call, and Jon Knokey answered.

Fox selected Knokey (seated right in the photo) as his Lieutenant Governor running mate as Fox, term-limited as Montana’s Attorney General, continues his bid for the GOP primary nomination for the state’s highest office. Knokey, a former Bobcat quarterback with degrees from MSU, Harvard, and Dartmouth, recently served as the head of Corporate Strategy & Business Development for John Deere. His impressive resume’ notwithstanding, he says he’s a husband and father first.

Knokey joined Voices host Tom Schultz for a wide-ranging round — listen to the podcast to learn more about Tim Fox’s running mate, Jon Knokey.


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Behind “The House That Rob Built” https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/behind-the-house-that-rob-built/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 00:22:57 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32195 At a time when the state of Montana had crowned but a handful of girls’ basketball state champions, a young coach from the northeastern corner of the state took his first steps on a journey that few could have imagined. Former University of Montana Lady Griz head coach Robin Selvig began his college coaching career in 1978; 1151 games  – 865 of them victories – and 38 years later, he retired as the 8th winningest coach in women’s college basketball history. But it’s not just the wins that define his legacy …

The House That Rob Built” is a documentary film from Family Theater Productions produced and co-directed by Megan Harrington, a Montana native and former Lady Griz. She is joined on Voices of Montana by co-director and editor Jon Cipiti to talk about the film, the family, and the inspiration that fueled the hoops dreams of young women from small towns, ranches, and reservations across Montana and the west.

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Brexit: Sovereignty Returns to the UK https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/brexit-sovereignty-returns-to-the-uk/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:44:21 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32129 The United Kingdom entered into the European Union without a vote of its citizens. In a 2016 referendum, however, they spoke loud and clear of the direction they preferred to go, and on January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom will officially leave the EU.

What does it mean for America’s closet ally? Film producer and political analyst Mark Sutherland, a friend of the program who lives in London, called in to Voices to talk about the lead-up, and the follow-through to this history-making event.

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A Rush to Renewables? https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/a-rush-to-renewables/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 01:07:05 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32114 (34 minutes) Energy and environmental cooperatives, like the Northwest Power Pool, have cautioned about an increasing Loss of Load Probability in our energy future — meaning the likelihood has increased that at some point someone’s lights somewhere are not going to turn on because there is not enough power to go around.

Renewable, clean energy is desirable and the country is hurtling in that direction, yet the Loss of Load Probability grows as more of our coal plants are being taken off-line. The energy and environment council recently put that probability at 33% by the year 2024, and predicted an energy shortfall could last six hours in the summer and up to 23 hours in the winter.

What if that happens at a critical time? How does that affect healthcare, education, commerce and industry? Is this avoidable?

Voices continues to take part in critical discussions as Montana’s and the country’s energy sector transitions. Solar, wind, and hydro power are cleaner than coal and natural gas, but far less dependable, and there are inherent challenges within those industries on top of reliability. Will the rush to renewable energy cause us to stumble in a way that could be avoided?

Listen to the podcast to hear energy sector experts John Hines and Alan Olson discuss the Rush to Renewables, on Voices of Montana, with Tom Schultz


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Hard to Find: Good Help in a Great Economy https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/hard-to-find-good-help-in-a-great-economy/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 01:05:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=32059 (14 Minutes) The Bureau of Business and Economic Research‘s (BBER) 45th Annual Economic Outlook Seminar (EOS) series is coming to a Montana city near you – 10 locations from February 28 – March 19. It will feature state and local leaders discussing the outlook for key Montana industries. Check out their website for more information.

Dr. Patrick Barkey, BBER Director, joined Voices on Monday to talk about the seminar, discuss Montana’s economy, delve into important topics, such as the Federal Reserve Bank, and the outlook for a recession, and elaborate on the theme for the 45th EOS: Finding Good Workers.

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2020 GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/2020-gop-gubernatorial-primary-debate/ Fri, 24 Jan 2020 05:37:23 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31988 Presented by the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee & Northern News Network on the Voices of Montana Podcast

Tonight we welcomed Attorney General Tim Fox, Congressman Greg Gianforte and Dr. Al Olszewski onto the Northern News Network for the 2020 GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate, LIVE from the Billings Hotel and Convention Center, thanks to the Yellowstone County Republican Central Committee.

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Montana’s Taxes: Time for the Exam https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/montanas-taxes-time-for-the-exam/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:26:38 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31922 (41 minutes) On the heels of last week’s Legislative Week from the Capitol, we dig deeper into the issue of our taxes. Do they hit the mark or miss the target? Does our tax structure reflect our changing economy? Is it equitable, efficient, and stable?

House Joint Resolution 35 directed the legislature to study the issue, and Voices spoke with one of the leading legislative experts on state finances, Rep. Llew Jones. Listen to the podcast to learn more about what has changed in Montana’s economy and an important U.S. Supreme Court decision that is changing the dynamic of taxing commerce across the country. Also, hear from a listener and entrepreneur from Helena who is supporting a out-of-the-box internet tax for states without a sales tax.

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Attorney General Tim Fox: Live from the Capitol https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/attorney-general-tim-fox-live-from-the-capitol/ Sat, 18 Jan 2020 01:19:35 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31871 (26 minutes) Attorney General Tim Fox visited with you with Voices on location this week in Helena. The Hardin, Montana native and GOP gubernatorial candidate discussed the progress made in combating human trafficking over the last several years. Legislators were in the capital city for a discussion on multiple issues facing Montana – listen to the podcast to hear AG Fox weigh-in.

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Congressman Gianforte: Taxes, Trade, NEPA and More https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/congressman-gianforte-taxes-trade-nepa-and-more/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:36:18 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31868 (14 minutes) Checking in with Voices on Friday was Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte. Listen to the podcast to here more about the news out of Washington, D.C. and more on the discussion that dominated the “Legislative Week” in Helena, i.e., examining Montana’s tax structure and biannual legislative sessions.

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For Sale: Montana https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/for-sale-montana/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:54:08 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31758 (43 minutes) The issue of timberland for sale in Montana crosses many divides: private property, government, land management, natural resource development, and what’s hard to quantify, the loss of something very precious to us – our Montana way of life.

Weyerhaeuser’s announced sale of 630-thousand acres, nearly 1,000 square miles, of Montana has left many wondering what will be the future of that land. Local officials report the sale will be to a private real estate company from Georgia. How will it affect the timber industry in Montana? How will it affect hunting and fishing access? Who is this private company, and what are their intentions?

Listen to the podcast to learn more as concerned citizen Karl Schuman details the history of that land and the potential ramifications of it’s sale to everyday Montanans like himself.

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John Mues – Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/john-mues-democratic-candidate-for-u-s-senate/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 23:51:24 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31704 (43 minutes) He’s a Navy veteran, 4th generation Montanan, engineer, teacher, and running for U.S. Senate. Listen to the podcast and get to know John Mues and his views on the military, the on-going conflict in the Middle East, the economy, education, and more.

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Voices on the Road: LIVE from the 2020 Business Days in Helena https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/voices-on-the-road-live-from-the-2020-business-days-in-helena/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 23:43:54 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31651 Tom Schultz packed up the Voices of Montana mobile studio, and hit the road for the 2020 edition of Business Days at the Capitol! This premier business networking event of every year brings lawmakers, business executives, and experts to discuss trending business issues and identify solutions for those issues. Listen in as Tom welcomes multiple guests from all walks of life on Voices!

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Voices on Grizzlies: Trina Jo Bradley & Kristen Kipp https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/voices-on-grizzlies-trina-jo-bradley-kristen-kipp/ Mon, 06 Jan 2020 21:53:21 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31618 One of the top stories over the last decade was the inability of the courts to settle the issue of grizzly bear management. Today we spoke to Trina Jo Bradley – MT Agvocate and Kristen Kipp, members of the Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council and livestock producers in Montana.

Increased livestock depredation, numerous grizzly bear-human encounters, and downright too close for comfort calls. What hampers de-listing? Those questions answered today on Voices… the continuing saga of the grizzly bear recovery.

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Bozeman High School Christian Club Facing Opposition https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/bozeman-high-school-christian-club-facing-opposition/ Sat, 04 Jan 2020 01:37:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31583 Can what you believe be an act of discrimination?

Four students from Bozeman High School have objected to a Christian student organization’s beliefs as discriminatory. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Statement of Faith declares that “marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman.” In 2008, the school added “sexual orientation” to it’s anti-discrimination policy and school administrators, upon the advice from the Montana School Boards Association, decided to bar the FCA “Huddle” from operating as an official student club at the high school.

However, this case has statewide, and possibly national implications. As such, the Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to Bozeman school officials requesting they reverse their decision. There has been no response from the school to that request to date.

Listen to the podcast to hear FCA State Director Bob Veroulis discuss the case and how FCA impacts the lives of students who are faced with difficult issues in today’s world.

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Top Stories of the Decade – Callie Benjamin https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/top-stories-of-the-decade-series-one/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:56:03 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31437 (34 minutes) Today on Voices of Montana, guest host Denise Smith kicked of our “Top Stories of the Decade” Series.

One major story from the past ten years was the Boston Marathon Bombing. Callie Benjamin, A Montana Native, survived this act of Terrorism. Now a singer and songwriter, Callie joined Denise in the studio to talk about her music and her experience.

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Newly Appointed 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Helena – Bishop Austin Anthony Vetter https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/newly-appointed-11th-bishop-of-the-diocese-of-helena-bishop-austin-anthony-vetter/ Tue, 24 Dec 2019 17:37:11 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31449 Voices of Montana on Christmas! Guest Host Russ Fagg spoke with the newly appointed 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Helena, Bishop Vetter, all about Christmas. Host Fagg also took your calls and texts.

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Battling Hunger in MT https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/battling-hunger-in-mt/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:42:08 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31341 (40 minutes) How many families, seniors, kids go hungry in Montana? According to the Montana Food Bank Network and Helena Food Share, 1 in 7 Montanans experience food insecurity. That’s a pretty high number considering the USDA estimates 30-40% of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted. But the battle against hunger is aggressively taken up by businesses, organizations, and hundreds of individuals across our state and in our communities. Listen to the podcast to hear more about the challenges some of your neighbors may face and how hunger is addressed in Montana’s urban and rural communities.

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NorthWestern Energy’s Proposal Keeps the Lights Shining On Colstrip and Montana Coal https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/northwestern-energys-proposal-keeps-the-lights-shinning-on-colstrip-and-montana-coal/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 01:48:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31310 (40 minutes) Montana’s coal industry has had its share of recent setbacks, but a new proposal by NorthWestern Energy could help turn that tide a bit.

Listen to the podcast to hear John Hines, VP of Supply, discuss how the proposal would likely have no impact on rate-payers while significantly reducing NorthWestern Energy’s peak demand reliance on the expensive open market. Combined with a new 6-year agreement to purchase coal from the nearby Rosebud mine, the deal sets the stage to possibly extend the operation of Colstrip’s electric generation facility and gives Montana’s coal industry a needed shot in the arm.

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Commander Ryan Zinke – Catching Up https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/commander-ryan-zinke-catching-up/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 23:48:22 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31278 (23 minutes) After spending the first 2 years of the Trump administration as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Commander Ryan Zinke is catching up on some projects. Voices was privileged to have caught up recently with the Whitefish native and hear his thoughts on impeachment, the aftermath of the 2016 elections, and what gets a Navy Seal through times of adversity. Zinke was the first Montanan and first Navy Seal chosen to serve as a cabinet member for a U.S. President.

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Issues the Stockgrowers Wrangle With – Live From the MSGA Annual Convention https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/issues-the-stockgrowers-wrangle-with-live-from-the-msga-annual-convention/ Sat, 14 Dec 2019 01:30:20 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31245 (43 minutes) Voices was on location Thursday at the 135th annual Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) convention to talk with national and state leaders from an industry that accounts for nearly $70 billion annually in America. Jennifer Houston, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was a keynote speaker at the event in Billings and joined the program, along with Fred Wacker, Jay Bodner, and Chisholm Christensen of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. The discussion centered on trade issues, with the recent US House passage of the USMCA. Also discussed were , ESA reform, Waters of the US, as well as the need for infrastructure improvements for the St. Mary’s Diversion Project.

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Education in Montana with Clayton Christian https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/education-in-montana-with-clayton-christian/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 22:00:10 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31737 Russ Fagg steps in for Tom Schultz and talks with Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian. Montana’s higher education system is adopting new ways to connect with Montana high school students, including making it easier for students to apply and get information on financial assistance, classes, tuition costs – and also earn more college credits while in high school.

Paving a New Highway for Higher Education on Voices.

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Congressman Gianforte on Better Business in the Big Sky https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/congressman-gianforte-on-better-business-in-the-big-sky/ Sat, 07 Dec 2019 00:13:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31082 (14 minutes) Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte checked in as he graciously does every week. The discussion focused on what’s needed to create opportunities for Montana businesses and residents to thrive. The Congressman also discussed the latest in the on-going impeachment inquiry and proceedings, along with action on addressing illegal robocalls.

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Granrud’s Lefse and Cowboy Cereal – Made in Montana https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/granruds-lefse-and-cowboy-cereal-made-in-montana/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 23:41:27 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31077 (28 minutes) Time for a little Made in Montana fun. We headed up to Scobey, the lefse-like-grandma-used-to-make capital of the world and chatted with Libi Susag, co-owner and magic maker at Granrud’s Lefse Shack. Then it was over to Harlowton, home of the famous cowboy cereal, Cream of the West, to hear from Alicia Moe, principal owner and general manager.  Listen to the podcast to hear the stories behind these unique Montana companies that, from humble beginnings, have stood the test of time.

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Homelessness – an Eastern Montana Public Responsibility https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/homelessness-an-eastern-montana-public-responsibility/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 23:48:34 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31046 (15 minutes) The nature of the oil boom cycles common in eastern Montana bring a unique set of challenges to housing officials. What does a family do if during a boom cycle housing is difficult to find, and in a downturn economy, housing is difficult to afford?

In our series on homelessness we talked with Stacey Netz, Executive Director, and Alli Nelson, Financial Manager, of the Richland County Housing Authority. The non-profit group is addressing a shortage of emergency housing, while their clients and the homeless population have difficulty accessing services because of the distance needed to travel to access it.


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Homelessness – a Western Montana Public Responsibility https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/homelessness-a-public-response/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 23:06:54 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31043 (27 minutes) Missoula has the largest homeless population of any urban area in Montana. To tackle the issue, elected officials and community members drew up the “Reaching Home” 10-year plan to end homelessness in 2012. In our continuing series, Eran Pehan, Missoula’s Director of the Office of Housing and Community Development, provides details on the plan and projects aimed at increasing affordable housing.

Also, as part of the public’s responsibilities when it comes to homelessness, Missoula Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Travis Welsh talks about the first-responder encounters with the chronic homeless and transient population. Often the most visible among the homeless, they account for 25% of the population but utilize 50% of the social service resources.

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Educating and Assisting Our Homeless Youth https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/educating-and-assisting-our-homeless-youth/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:51:12 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=31016 (43 minutes) You might be surprised to learn that from 3,000 – 4,000 Montana students may find themselves homeless at some point throughout the school year. How do we ensure our youth have the education they need to overcome the challenges of homelessness? Sue Runkle, a public school educator and homeless education liaison joins Voices host Tom Schultz to discuss the issue. Bob Buzzas, with the Montana Continuum of Care Coalition joins the conversation to talk about the development of a homeless youth project in Montana spurred by a $3 million HUD grant.

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Battling Homelessness at the GFRM https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/battling-homelessness-at-the-gfrm/ Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:33:34 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30992 (39 minutes) Homelessness is battled by both private and public organizations, not to mention the 1500 to 2000 or more Montanans that experience homelessness at any given time. Also, upwards of 3000-4000 students in Montana public schools may experience homelessness throughout the year. What causes homelessness? What’s being done to help our homeless population?

In the first of our three-part “No Place Like A Home for the Holidays” series we talk with Jim McCormick, Executive Director of the Great Falls Rescue Mission. Listen to the podcast to hear Jim describe how GFRM works to meet the needs of the homeless and the hurting, the challenges faced by our homeless population, and the stories of those who have overcome.


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Shop Small Saturday with Three Montana Business Owners https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/shop-small-saturday-with-three-montana-business-owners/ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 18:27:41 +0000 Josh Rath https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30940 (46 Minutes) Shop SMALL across Montana! Three local businesses discuss Small Business Saturday, and what businesses like theirs need to do to thrive in this world of E-Commerce and mass marketing. Taylor Brown guest hosts a “Voices of Montana” program that features Kristy Berckmoes – co-owner of Beyond the Box cabinet design center in Billings, Angie Bruskotter – the owner of Candy Masterpiece in Great Falls, and Aimee Mcquilkin – the owner of Betty’s Divine, a vintage-inspired boutique in Missoula. An uplifting conversation about how today’s small business owners are succeeding, by providing a unique shopping experience that inspires, engages and encourages Customers to shop with local small businesses in their own community!

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Sustainable Producer Practices & A Mindful Kitchen https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/sustainable-producers-practices/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:52:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30937 (37 minutes) In this edition of the BIG SKY’S BUSINESS we learn more about a family ranching operation from Sweet Grass that’s the first in Montana to earn all three of the AGW certifications for sustainable practices. Brian Kelleher and Heather Thompson also run a business called A Mindful Kitchen that helps people focus on getting the right nutrition at meal time.

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Politics Skew Pipeline Safety Truths https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/politics-skew-pipeline-safety-truths/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 23:40:24 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30914 (43 minutes) How many rail cars would it take to replace a 10 inch pipeline? How many more trucks would you see on the road? The safety and efficiency of pipelines often take a back seat to the politics of those who disapprove of the fossil fuels they transport. Listen to the podcast to hear Tina Beach, CHS Public Awareness Specialist and Chair of the Montana Liquid and Gas Pipeline Association, discuss facts surrounding pipeline safety and efficiency, the multiple uses of petroleum in today’s society, events that led to new technologies and safety measures, reporting requirements, and other issues in this Pipeline 101 edition of Voices of Montana.

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New Face Entering Auditor’s Race – Nelly Nicol https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/new-face-entering-auditors-race-nelly-nicol/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 01:35:33 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30902 (34 minutes) Nelly Nicol, a Billings professional who has spent part of her career in the insurance industry, is making her first run for office in the race for the GOP nomination for Montana State Auditor. She’s a 4th generation Montanan who grew up in a military family and says her priorities are to improve competition in the insurance markets in Montana to lower premiums and improve customer service. She’s also promoting better transparency in the Auditor’s office, security for our elderly, and more multiple use access of state trust lands to better fund Montana’s school system.


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Griz-Cat 84 Clash with Mahlum and McCauley https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/griz-cat-84-clash-with-mahlum-and-mccauley/ Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:22:01 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30896 (25 minutes) Here’s another podcast down memory lane as former high school teammates Tom Mahlum (Bobcats) and Bob McCauley (Grizzlies) talk about the the Cat-Griz rivalry and the 1984 muddy match-up in Missoula. Like the Bain brothers, each caught touchdown passes for their respective teams, and like that previously talked about 1968 classic, the Bobcats came back from a 2nd half deficit to win.


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The High Cost of Energy on the Open Market https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/the-high-cost-of-energy-on-the-open-market/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 23:48:32 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30892 (32 minutes) According to NorthWestern Energy Vice President and Controller Crystal Lail, the cost of energy for the typical residential customer will increase by about $3.09 in your monthly bill. Why?

It has to do with a prolonged record cold spell last year, the related high cost of energy on the open market, and an annual adjustment mechanism called the PCCAM (Power Cost & Credit Adjustment).

Listen to the podcast to hear Lail, and Kevin Markovich, Director of Energy Supply Market Operations, discuss the factors involved in predicting power needs and learn more about future challenges facing providers, such as the threat of base load losses with the closure of Colstrip generating units 1 and 2 and the inherent instability of wind and solar generation.

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Voices of the Griz and Cats Weigh-in on Top 10 Match-Up Saturday https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/voices-of-the-griz-and-cats-weigh-in-on-top-10-cat-griz-match-up-saturday/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:41:40 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30837 (25 minutes) Is there too much animosity in the Cat-Griz rivalry? What’s on tap for the 119th edition this Saturday? Play-by-play broadcasters Jason Alvine (Cats) and Riley Corcoran (Grizzlies) joined Tom Schultz on Voices to set the stage for the big game on Saturday.

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Bain Brothers Square Off in 1968 Cat-Griz Classic https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/bain-brothers-square-off-in-1968-cat-griz-classic/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 01:02:20 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30805 (22 minutes) The game was one for the ages. The heroics of MSU’s Paul Schafer solidified his place in the history of the Cat-Griz rivalry, but who was ripping holes open for him on the line? To find out, listen to the podcast, as Kalispell brothers, Bobcat Ron Bain, and Grizzly Doug Bain, relive the 1968 game.  Doug Bain caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Ray Brum for a 17-9 Grizzly lead. Ron answered with a scoring toss from Dennis Erickson to cut the Bobcat deficit to 24-22 with five minutes to play. It marked the first time in Griz-Cat history that brothers on opposing sides caught touchdown passes in the rivalry.

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Mick Holien – Three Decades of Rivalry Memories https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/mick-holien-23-years-of-on-the/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 01:19:50 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30765 (26 minutes) Nothing is more “From Montana, For Montana” than the Brawl of the Wild. This Saturday is the 119th game in the Montana-Montana State football series that began in 1897. It’s the 31st oldest rivalry in all of college football, 11th oldest west of the Mississippi, and the 4th oldest rivalry in FCS football. The rivalry game takes front and center this week on Voices. Listen to the podcast to hear long-time Grizzly sports broadcaster Mick Holien talk about the rivalry game, players, coaches, and memorable moments throughout his career.

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Dr. Al O! – Candidate for Governor, on Healthcare, Taxes, and 33K Around the State — So Far https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/dr-al-o-candidate-for-governor-on-healthcare-taxes-and-33k-around-the-state-so-far/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 00:02:12 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30728 (28 minutes) State Senator and Air Force veteran Dr. Al Olszewski joined Voices to talk about his campaign for the GOP nomination for governor. Healthcare reform, tort reform,and property tax reform were a big part of the focus. Listen to the podcast and find out the good doctor’s views on the issues.

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Congressman Gianforte on Trade, Impeachment, and Bears https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/congressman-gianforte-on-impeachment-trade-bears/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 22:04:35 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30724 (13 minutes) Listen to the podcast for an update from Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte on the “official” impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives. The congressman also talked about new trade developments with Brazil, and his conversation with the democratic leader of the House Agriculture Committee about moving the USMCA closer to a vote. He also relayed additional information from his conversations with national leaders about the grizzly bear problems in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

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McPherson and Gasper at MFBF’s 100th Convention (Part 2) https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/mcpherson-and-gasper-at-mfbfs-100th-convention-part-2/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 02:11:21 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30664 (15 minutes) Our Montana way of life has long-been rooted in agriculture, an industry that has seen many changes over the years, and especially over the last two decades. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall was a special guest on the program Wednesday, as Voices was on location at the Montana Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention to visit with leaders of the farm and ranch community. Both those organizations were established in 1919 and are celebrating their centennial this year.

Issues important to the ag industry touch our Montana lives in many ways, and we discussed the full gamut of policies from trade, to public lands, to Waters of the US, and the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Along with Duvall, Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson, and Gil Gasper, Chairman of the Young Farmer & Rancher Committee, were on the show (see part two).

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American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall on Ag, Trade, ESA, WOTUS, and More https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/american-farm-bureau-president-zippy-duvall-on-ag-trade-esa-wotus-and-more/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 01:37:14 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30661 (26 minutes) Our Montana way of life has long-been rooted in agriculture, an industry that has seen many changes over the years, and especially over the last two decades. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall was a special guest on the program Wednesday, as Voices was on location at the Montana Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention to visit with leaders of the farm and ranch community. Both those organizations were established in 1919 and are celebrating their centennial this year.

Issues important to the ag industry touch our Montana lives in many ways, and we discussed the full gamut of policies from trade, to public lands, to Waters of the US, and the next generation of farmers and ranchers. Along with Duvall, Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson, and Gil Gasper, Chairman of the Young Farmer & Rancher Committee, were on the show (see part two).

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Jon Bennion – Candidate for Montana Attorney General https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/jon-bennion-candidate-for-montana-attorney-general/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:21:36 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30589 (24 minutes) Montana native Jon Bennion was a visitor to Voices on Tuesday. He has been serving as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for the state of Montana since 2013. A University of Montana law school graduate, Jon is making his first statewide race for political office in running for the Republican nomination for Montana Attorney General. Jon has spearheaded numerous initiatives and policies from his position in the AG office, including fighting sexual assault and drug addiction. Listen to the podcast to learn more about Jon’s qualifications and views and to find out more about his authoring and illustrating four children’s books.

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What is REAL Montana Leadership? https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/what-is-real-montana-leadership/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:27:33 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30502 (42 minutes) What does it take to be a REAL Montana leader — boldness, passion, connection? Listen to the podcast as Voices of Montana was on location as part of the REAL Montana leadership program, which seeks to build informed and engaged leaders advancing the agriculture and resources industries in Montana. The MSU sponsored program, now in its 7th year, is a two-year commitment for each of the 20 diverse class participants. Two participants, Orry Fruit, loan officer and assistant manager at First Bank of Montana in Fort Benton, and Zachary Bashoor, owner and founder of Bashoor Land Management of Missoula, were guests on the show as part of REAL Montana’s media and communications seminar. The podcast also features Chaley Harney, a program alum (2nd class), board member, and current executive director of the Montana Beef Council, and Tara Becken, REAL Montana Program Director, and member of the very first class.


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New Ranch Management Program at MSU Combines Scientific and Financial Expertise https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/30494/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:55:57 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30494 (25 minutes) Ranching today is a complicated and demanding business. It’s one that requires both scientific and financial expertise.

Recognizing the on-going challenge of managing a profitable and sustainable ranch, Montana State University has launched a new and unique four-year bachelor’s degree program for young ranchers that combines the disciplines of animal science, range science, and business management. It’s called the Dan Scott Ranch Management Program.

In today’s special podcast, Northern Broadcasting System President Taylor Brown, who grew up on his family’s ranch in Garfield County, talks with program lead Dr. Rachel Frost who is tasked with the challenge of building this program from the ground up.


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Walter Schweitzer Takes Over the Reigns at Montana Farmers Union https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/walter-schweitzer-takes-over-the-reigns-at-montana-farmers-union/ Wed, 06 Nov 2019 20:21:44 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30460 (40 minutes) Does the USMCA trade agreement really offer any new benefits to Montana? Did Montana ag producers irredeemably lose market share because the U.S. stepped back from TPP in favor of new unilateral trade agreements, such as was recently negotiated with Japan and South Korea? What direction will Walter Schweitzer, the newly-elected President of the Montana Farmers Union, take the 104 year-old organization?

Schweitzer, elected last week at the MFU annual convention in Great Falls, shared his thoughts on trade, Country of Origin labeling, the tough Montana “summer” harvest, cattle markets, the proposed CSKT Water Compact and more. Click on the podcast and join Northern Ag Network Ag Director Colter Brown and Voices host Tom Schultz in a conversation with Walter Schweitzer.

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Iraq War Veteran T.J. Smith on His Service in Theater and Out https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/iraq-war-veteran-t-j-smith-on-his-service-in-theater-and-out/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 20:21:00 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30390 (36 minutes) Injured in an IED attack, Montana Purple Heart Recipient T.J. Smith shared his experience in Iraq on Voices today. T.J. also works as the Housing Retention Coordinator with Volunteers of America and passed along some valuable advice for veterans.

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Don’t Let Scammers Humbug Your Holidays https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/dont-let-scammers-humbug-your-holidays/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 23:18:02 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30360 (40 minutes) On average, Americans are expected to spend nearly $900 each on gifts this holiday season. Scammers and fraud networks are out to get their unfair share of your money. Join Montana AARP State President Al Ward and Office of Consumer Protection Compliance Specialist Marcus Meyer to learn how to avoid being the victim of the latest holiday scams.


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Rethinking War and Diplomacy https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/rethinking-war-and-diplomacy/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 00:17:02 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30323 (30 minutes) When should America go to war? How do we protect our vital interests? Was the U.S. making the right move in withdrawing troops from Syria? Should we withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan?

This podcast is edited from our two-day series on “Rethinking War and Diplomacy,” the title of a public discussion Nov. 7 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Henry Kriegel of Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and John Byrnes with Concerned Veterans for America Foundation join Voices host Tom Schultz to launch into the discussion of America’s military and foreign policy. Both gentlemen have expertise and interesting stories to tell, and want you to know your voice matters in shaping our country’s foreign policies.


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The Real Fast Track to Business Creation https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/the-real-fast-track-to-business-creation/ Wed, 30 Oct 2019 22:26:46 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30285 (23 minutes) Do you have an idea for a business and are looking for a little advice? Maybe it’s just a little mentoring you need. Or perhaps all you know is that you have a solid idea and no other clue as to what to do next. Would you be surprised to learn that at a Techstars Startup Weekend, your idea could turn into a viable business in 54 hours?

This Voices podcast features Kevin Scharfe, Rock31 Program Manager, and Dustin Frost, Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center at Big Sky Economic Development. Listen to learn more about the Techstars Startup weekend in Billings (Nov. 1 – 3) as well as economic development events planned for National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 4 – 8.

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Austin Knudsen – Roosevelt County Attorney and Candidate for Attorney General https://northernbroadcasting.com/podcast/austin-knudsen-roosevelt-county-attorney-and-candidate-for-attorney-general/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 22:51:18 +0000 Tom Schultz https://northernbroadcasting.com/?post_type=podcast&p=30225 (24 minutes) Austin Knudsen became the youngest Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives when he was elected to the leadership position for the 2015 legislative session. In 2017, he became the first multi-term speaker to serve since term limits were set in place by Montana voters in 1991.

He grew up on the family farm and ranch near Bainville and received his undergraduate degree from Montana State University-Bozeman and his law degree from the University of Montana. He currently serves as the Roosevelt County Attorney and is running for the GOP nomination for Montana Attorney General.


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