The newest PSC member, Randy Pinocci joins us for the entire hour.
Jessica Shackelford, Sheridan County Commissioner, speaking on the proposed changes to hours of operation at the Port of Raymond and other Ports of Entry in North Eastern MT.
Also lots of interesting comments coming from some of the Montana Republican House Leadership.
Both Republican Majority Leader Brad Tchida and Derek Skees comment on Republicans voting with the Democrats. Most recently with Medicaid expansion. There seems to be 20 to 30 Republicans willing to switch sides at a drop of the hat.
Host Jon Arnison talks to Representative Dennis Lenz on Child Protective Services
Lori Shaw from Northwestern Energy on what will happen to Transmission Lines if the Colstrip Power Plant Closes
Dr. Al Olszewski’s Breaking News Announcement. Listen below
On this show, we hear from Alan Olson, Executive Director of the Petroleum Association on what the new permit means. He also goes into details about the Keystone XL pipeline, how it has been studied more than any other pipeline in history and the environmental reviews are clear – the project can be built and operated in an environmentally safe way, while enhancing this nation’s energy security.
You hear about it everyday, someone gets ripped of and you feel bad for that person. Remember, many of these con artists are very good at coming up with new swindles and they could get you next time! Join Tim Fox and learn about the latest scams!
US Congressman Greg Gianforte also talks about his 2019 legislative goals include the China Trade Deal.
Sanjay Talwani, Public Information Officer with MT Dept of Revenue talks about what last minute tax filers need to know
Drew Leskofski, with Yellowstone Strategies, also talks about current events in DC and their impact on Montanans, including the Disaster Relief Bill.
Governor Bullock has announced that he will establish a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to help initiate a statewide discussion on grizzly bear management, conservation and recovery. The Council will be selected through an application process that ends April 12th: Governors Press Release
Taylor Brown will host a discussion on this issue, and why this new Advisory Council will be important to Montana. We will also discuss impacts, realistic solutions, and valuable advice.
The Montana Office of Public Defender estimates that there are at least 15 active sex trafficking operations in Montana right now. In one year, Billings FBI documented close to 20,000 online ads for sex with girls or women, most of the ads involved local massage parlors. The agent also found thousands of similar ads across the state.
Council woman Penny Ronning and Stephanie Baucus who created the Yellowstone Human Trafficking Taskforce have been working with Senator MacDonald and Representative Zolnikov on two important pieces of Legislation HB749 and SB147.
SB147 aids in stopping Human Trafficking by creating harsher penalties for traffickers while protecting victims.
HB749 Requires massage businesses to display on the premises the license of each massage therapist working at the business and appropriates money to fund a two-officer enforcement team in the MT Department of Justice.
Mr Webb sits on some very important committees including the senate highways & transportation, senate taxation, rules and local government. Remember, anything Governor Bullock wants, including money, has to go through the taxation committee, so that is a powerful committee and should be some interesting discussion on it.
Congressman Greg Gianforte will kick off the show and talk about Montana Ports of Entry and current legislation he is working on.
Senator Steve Daines will join us to discuss what he is doing to help 90% of the businesses in the State.
Eric Sommer State Statistician with the USDA Montana Field office for National Agricultural Statistics Service. We will talk to Eric about something that only happens every 5 years and that is the Census of Agriculture
Americans have never been more conscious of the quality of the food they consume. Two Montana natives are at the forefront of the movement to healthy nutritious food.
- Bob Quinn, long-time dry-land organic farmer from Big Sandy is on a quest to revive ancient wheat, rural jobs, and healthy food.
- Liz Carlisle, from Missoula is the author of the award-winning book “Lentil Underground” that describes the phenomenal story of pulse crop expansion on the northern plains.
Both will be in our VOM studio to launch a multi-city tour for their newest publication, “Grain By Grain”. Learn how people are eating heathier, and how regenerative agriculture is bringing back rural jobs to our area, by combining time-tested farming practices with modern science.
Billings Flying Service is a second generation company that took root in Billings, Montana in 1983. Since 1997, they have consistently maintained multiple contracts with the United States Forest Service. They will provide their unique perspective on the upcoming fire season and how fire management has changed since they started.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is responsible for collecting data to measure access to broadband Internet across the country. These data are used to prioritize funding for areas that have relatively poor access, as well as to help Internet Service Providers (ISPs) identify communities in which to invest additional resources. However, the FCC’s methodology in collecting this data has come under increasing scrutiny and criticized for systematically overestimating how much broadband access truly exists, especially for rural areas.
Our guest will be Zachary Cikanek who serves as the chief spokesperson for Connect Americans Now (CAN) to talk about the impact of the digital divide and CAN’s efforts to expand access to all of rural America.
Jon Bennion currently serves as the Chief Deputy Attorney General and also recently announced his bid Attorney General in 2020. We will talk with Jon about more than his current job title and his desired job title. We will also discuss Super Jack and his take on how the sausage is made in Helena.
Jon is a native of Billings. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in 2000 and a law degree in 2005 from the University of Montana in Missoula. In 2004, he authored Big Sky Politics, a book about the history of campaigns and elections in modern Montana. After law school, he clerked for a state district court judge in Billings. In 2006, Jon joined the Montana Chamber of Commerce staff as Government Relations Director, where he has also served as a staff attorney. In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission.
Montana’s lone Congressman, Greg Gianforte, will be on the show to give us an update on current legislation and take your calls to answer your questions.
We will have Joe Vranka the EPA Region 8 Montana Superfund Unit Supervisor on to give us an update on the remediation that has been done and what still needs to happen. We look forward to taking calls.
For Earth Day we take a moment to celebrate agricultural producers as key partners in improving water quality.
The guest for this segment is Rebecca Perrin, Agriculture Adviser for EPA Region 8. Rebecca provides a brief history of Earth Day and the US Environmental Protection Agency connection. She also talks about EPA’s efforts to reduce nutrient losses from agricultural lands and improve water quality through both industry engagement and the Clean Water Act. Rebecca provides examples of collaborations occurring both nationally and in Montana with agricultural producers.
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Tom Watson is the State Conservationist for Montana USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He gives an general overview of NRCS and their locally-led process for setting conservation priorities.
Dusty Hahn is a Rancher near Townsend, MT. His family has been Farming and Ranching in the area since 1908. He gives practical advice on protecting the water and land of our great State.
We will talk with John D. Hines, NorthWestern Energy Vice President of Supply and Montana Government Affairs. He is responsible for electric and natural gas planning, procurement and generation operations, the company’s environmental function and Montana’s government affairs.
John has held his current position since 2011 and has been in the utility industry since 1989.
How are our schools doing? We will have Superintendent Elsie Arntzen on the show to talk about:
- School Safety
- The Report Card on our Schools
- School Funding
- What Transpired During the Legislative Session