Billings and Missoula together have 70% of the violent crime in Montana and violent crime is up 85% since 2010.
Twito says because we are releasing to many criminals and we have tripled the release rate since last summer with 75% repeat a crime within one year.
We talk to the county attorney about this dangerous problem.
The County Attorney handles county prosecutions and legal guidance to county boards, departments & elected officials.
Cory Swanson will be speaking in favor of the CSKT water compact.
PEAKS is a non-profit volunteer organization founded in Billings, MT in 1988 to raise money for cancer patients in need in our area.
Rose Spaulding and Linda Bofto with PEAKS, will be the two ladies that will join us for our interview.
Auxilary of St Vincent Healthcare Foundation (People Everywhere are Kind & Shaing) PEAKS!
Many people facing cancer treatment do not have the financial resources to pay for their daily, non-medical expenses associated with cancer. Transportation and loding are a few. Some may also get behind in their normal daily living expenses, like rent and utilities. Sometimes just paying for groceries is a struggle.
PEAKS helps with those kinds of hardships.
PEAKS members organize a variety of fundraisers through out the year. The funds raised go directly to these people in need.
Over 2,000 FFA jackets will fill the Red Lion Convention Center in Billings, April 5-6, 2018.
These members will gather from across the state to participate in their annual Montana FFA State Convention. It is my great pleasure to extend our cordial invitation to you and your organization to join us for the Career and Trade Show. Each year the convention brings together agricultural students from over 94 communities. The four-day event will feature outstanding speakers, daily workshops and the Montana FFA Foundation’s Career and Trade Show.
Scott has over 30 years’ work experience in surface mining gold, copper, iron ore, and coal while living in the USA, Australia, Indonesia and Argentina. Scott has held senior positions in mine engineering, production, and mine management with a strong commitment to improving safety practices
Scott utilizes and shares these real world experiences in the classes he teaches and draws on his industry network to provide frequent guest lectures.
Rock fragmentation, underground mine access design; mine operations costing; equipment selection, operation, and cost modeling.
Career in Brief
- Assistant Professor—Mining Engineering Department, Montana Tech (2013-Present)
- Senior Director, Mine Engineering—Technical Services, Newmont Mining Corporation (2002-2013)
- Mine Engineer/Cost Coordinator—Morenci Mine (Phelps Dodge Morenci Inc.). (2001-2002)
- Placer Mine Operator—Freegold Placer Gold Mine, Self (2001)
- Mine Manager—Minera Alumbrera Limited (Xstrata) (1999-2000)
- Mine Manager—Senakin Mine (BHP Coal Indonesia) (1996-1999)
- Superintendent Mining—Mt. Whaleback Mine, (BHP Iron Ore) (1990-1996)
- Senior Mine Foreman—Barrick Goldstrike Mine (Barrick Gold) (1987-1990)
- Mine Engineer—Navajo Mine (BHP World Minerals) (1982-1987)
- Rock Fragmentation
- Mineral Property Evaluation
- Mining Methods
- Mine Design Project
- Practical Underground Mining
- Mine Scheduling
The majority of Mr. Lesofski’s career has been spent working in fast-paced environments where success is dependent on being self-motivated and a high-value team player.
Early in his career, he managed State campaigns and ran grassroots for Federal candidates and ballot initiatives. He also worked under two Administrations, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education respectively, where he distinguished himself through his work on Tribal and adult education priorities. Mr. Lesofski also had the opportunity to work as a Washington, D.C. representative for the Governor of Nevada, giving him experience lobbying Congress and the Executive Branch on a variety of Nevada priorities, including education, health and environmental policy.
With over a decade of experience, Mr. Lesofski is a proven leader in association building and grassroots advocacy. He excels at developing organizational priorities and messaging while balancing the needs of executive leadership with organization goals. His skills have allowed him to repeatedly realize successful grassroots and political strategy at both the state and federal level for multiple organizations, as well as the resulting exponential growth and expanded influence from his efforts.
Currently Mr. Lesofski is a Principle with Yellowstone Strategies a consulting group with offices in Arizona, Montana, and Washington D.C. with our primary focusing on U.S. Department of Interior, and Bureau of Reclamation issues for clients across the West.
Mr. Lesofski is a sixth-generation Montanan and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Montana. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Emy, and their dog, Huckleberry.
Contact: Russ Doty, 406-696-2842, email@example.com
Former Montana legislator Russ Doty, now volunteering for MTCARES, will be speaking on and taking questions on proposed ballot initiative, I-184.
I-184 would require Montana’s investor-owned utilities to provide 50% of the electricity they sell to be from renewable energy by 2030; 80% by 2050. Additionally, I-184 provides training and enhanced benefits for workers displaced by the current shift to zero-fuel-cost electricity.
It levies a small replacement tax on each kilowatt of electricity produced to offset coal severance tax and royalty revenue reductions. Replacement revenue will be necessary so schools, libraries, water projects, and tribes are not disadvantaged by the inevitable transition away from coal-fired power.
Signatures from 25,468 Montana voters are needed to put I-184 on the fall ballot for approval by a majority of voters.
More on I-184 is at: www.mtcares.org (copy and paste link–hyperlink removed to avoid junk mail filter) Click the about tab and “Initiative I-184…” link in the dropdown box for copy of the initiative, etc.
Bryan Lorengo, Safety Management Consultant
Bryan Lorengo joined the staff of the MLA in January of 2012 as a Field Safety Representative. Prior to teaming up with the MLA, Bryan received his Elementary Education degree from the University of Montana – Western in 2000 and began working for Lorengo Logging and for the Montana DNRC as a wildland firefighter and Fire Team Leader. He spent several years working as the Wildland Fire Instructor for the MLA during spring breakup. Most recently, he spent two years working for the Anaconda Job Corps as a safety officer but found that his passion lie in the logging industry. Bryan lives in Anaconda with his wife, Kim, and their three children: Logan, Carter and Kendyl.
Call us and talk to Montana’s lone congressman, Greg Gianforte.
Call 866-627-5483 or text us at 781-627-5483.
A Christian pastor and former Muslim, Shahram Hadian travels around the nation speaking on critical issues facing us as Americans. The simple mission of The TIL Project is to courageously speak the “truth in love” on issues such as…
- The true goal of Islam and threat of Shari’ah Law in America
- Exposing the lie of Chrislam (false claim that Christianity and Islam have a common god and a common word)
- Restoring our Constitutional Republic
- Revival and restoration
- The need for courageous leadership in the pulpit and in our churches
- Restoring the 10 Commandments in our nation
- Sanctity of life and marriage
- Protecting our Constitution and the rule of law from application of foreign law
- Protecting our 2nd Amendment
- National security
- Standing with the nation of Israel
Shahram was born in Iran in 1971. His father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, and his mom was an elementary school teacher.
At the time, Iran was a growing, modern democracy that enjoyed relative freedom. In the weeks leading up to the winter of 1978, there was a stirring movement towards Islam within the country, and many people were under the dangerous illusion that Islam would usher in an era of peace.
Shahram’s parents had a sense of urgency to leave the country as
soon as possible and in December of 1978, with nothing but their
suitcases, moved to America to seek freedom. Only a few weeks later, the government of the Shah of Iran was overthrown and an oppressive Islamic regime took over, eradicating the freedoms that Iranians had previously enjoyed.
“I witnessed my birth country lose its freedoms, and now I’ve come to America and this is my home, and I’m seeing America lose her freedoms. I cannot be silent and do nothing. It is time that we stand for the truth and founding principles that have made the United States a beacon of light to the world.”
– PROUD U.S. CITIZEN –
Shahram lived in the U.S. until 1982, when his family moved to Canada. After spending his childhood there, (where his parents lived and owned several small businesses), Shahram waited over eight years to legally get his green card before moving back to the United States. He then waited another eight years to become a proud U.S. Citizen.
“I am all for legal immigration, but after waiting over 16 years to become a proud U.S. Citizen, I am deeply concerned with the impact of illegal immigration and lawlessness in this country.”
For more than a decade, nonprofit Student Assistance Foundation (SAF) has worked side by side with students, parents, and education professionals to ensure Montanans are to able access and achieve their dreams of post secondary education. These ongoing efforts form the foundation for the development of an educated and prepared work force for Big Sky Country.
Today, SAF’s programs are poised to embark on a new effort to secure a successful future for Montana students. We are encouraging students to Reach Higher Montana. Our goal with this new brand is to unify the messaging in all of our programs to help students plan, prepare, and succeed in their educational endeavors after they graduate from high school.
While our name may be changing, we are firm in our commitment to helping Montana students pursue their college dreams and find the funding to make those dreams reality. You’ll still have the dedicated support and assistance provided by our staff in your community. In addition, you’ll continue to benefit from a cadre of college access professionals in our Helena headquarters continuously developing, evaluating, and improving upon the investments made by our organization in the future success of Montana students.
Welcome, and thank you for visiting northwestlibertynews.com. We are in dark times. War is raging worldwide with no end in sight. Government “officials” from across the globe have imposed austerity on their financially devastated populations, in many cases causing riots and even suicides. The financial system is run by a criminal cabal of the banking elite who have been openly robbing the population for nearly 100 years. The illegitimate, treasonous, so-called President of the US routinely exposes himself as an enemy of the Republic by usurping the US Constitution at every opportunity, his latest treason being “Executive Orders” to override the 2nd Amendment. And, I haven’t even scratched the surface yet. We are in dark times, indeed…
Just as darkness flees a room when the light is switched on, we will attempt to extinguish the darkness that resides in the minds of everyday citizens. Please trust me when I tell you that we are not anything special. We have no formal training in providing news, or even how to build this website. We are patriots who could no longer ignore the Founding Fathers whispering in our ear to take action. Our hope is to educate you by providing facts and a place to comment and express your views. However, our goal is to inspire you to take action. Future generations will look back at this time for many, many years to come. How the narrative of history reads is up to all of us. The time to take action is now.
– Jim White
Robert Brown and I will be discussing the Montana State Costitution and taking your calls!
A proud Montanan, Troy Downing has planted roots here and invested in the land and people who make our state.
Troy Downing began his career in education as a research scientist and educator at one of the largest private universities in the country. Troy would later found a technology startup company that would go on to merge with Yahoo!. Then came September 11th, 2001. Deeply affected by 9/11, Troy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served eight years in a Combat Search and Rescue squadron, including serving in two deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where Troy helped to evacuate countless wounded warriors off the battlefield.
Today here at home, Troy continues to support our wounded warriors and is actively involved with and serves on the advisory board of “Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation,” which uses fly fishing and Montana’s natural beauty as a simple but powerfully effective healing therapy for our traumatically wounded veterans. Across Montana, Troy has worked side-by-side with organizations supporting at-need families, at-risk youth, our veterans, and our schools, including the local school in Big Sky and the Performing Arts Center. Troy now has a successful career in commercial real estate but once again heard the call to serve his state and country. Troy Downing feels the threat to our American Dream from the career politicians and special interests.
Troy is dedicated to defending our principles and ideals. Troy firmly believes that we need a true conservative in Washington to stand up for Montana against the federal government whenever necessary. Troy is a strong supporter of smaller government, the 2nd Amendment, and economic prosperity for all through lower taxes. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Troy is a strong defender of public access to our great lands for recreational purposes.
Troy Downing is married to his wife Heather and they have four children.
Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) is the state education agency of Montana. Elsie Arntzen is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The agency is headquartered in Helena.
The people of Montana have elected a State Superintendent of Instruction as one of the five members of the Executive Branch since 1889. Montana demonstrates the high value it places on educating our children, by electing a State Superintendent for K-12 public education who is accountable directly to Montana citizens. By law, the State Superintendent has general supervision of the K-12 public schools and districts. The State Superintendent also serves as a member of the Land Board, the State Library Commission, and as an ex officio non-voting member of the Board of Public Education, the Board of Regents for the University System, and the Board of Education.
Jason DeShaw is a cowboy, born and raised in Montana. He is a national award-winning speaker and singer/songwriter. He has recorded six albums, toured seven countries, and performed with Little Big Town. Behind the scenes, Jason nearly lost his life to mental illness and addiction, and is living proof that hope is worth believing in.
Serenity in the Storm is Jason DeShaw’s presentation – A story of hope, set to the soundtrack of his life. His journey to help others has taken him to schools, communities, and psychiatric hospitals across the nation, as well as sharing the merits of compassion with professionals in law enforcement and medicine. He received the Champions Award in Washington D.C. for “exhibiting courage, leadership and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness.”
I am excited to serve in the legislature for two reasons. First, to get our fiscal house in order. Government finances are frankly a mess. Second, to create the conditions for a new prosperity. That means getting the incentives right for job creation and business formation, for solid economic growth. I’m convinced Montanans want these things, our fiscal house in order and solid economic growth. Wouldn’t it be nice to have business leaders in the legislature to accomplish these things? It’s an exciting possibility! Let’s get Montana back to work.
Business experience is needed to solve the serious financial problems the state faces. The insights of entrepreneurship and management are in short supply in the House. I’ve started seven small businesses. Creating a business-friendly environment can best be done by people who’ve been there, who’ve started and grown businesses and created jobs. I advocate for capitalism, growth and prosperity.
I own guns. I’m a member of the NRA. They endorse me. My support for the right to bear arms is real, not theoretical.
I’ve lived in the Gallatin Valley for 44 years. I know your neighborhood and many of you and your families. I actually knock on your door. I care enough to know you. I listen. I serve as a volunteer in Boy Scouts, Sunday School, Habitat for Humanity, Family Promise, and in the past, on government boards.
I am a fan of and a graduate of the local primary and secondary schools and graduated from MSU. I put my concern for the education of children into action by mentoring and as a volunteer math teacher in schools.
In 1916, Congress created the National Park Service (NPS) and charged it with conserving some of the most spectacular landscapes in the United States, keeping them “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” With that mandate comes the responsibility to provide adequate federal funding to ensure that the agency can properly protect these national treasures. The service also oversees national monuments, memorials, and historic sites.
As the NPS enters its second century, its natural and cultural treasures are showing their age. After decades of inconsistent funding, the NPS says the backlog of deferred maintenance—repairs that have been put off for at least a year—is $11.6 billion. The infrastructure at many sites is deteriorating after decades of use: Roads and bridges are in disrepair, trails are run-down, historic buildings are rotting or closed, water and electrical systems are outdated and unsafe, and many iconic memorials and monuments are disintegrating.
In 2016, there were a record 331 million visits to the more than 400 sites throughout the country. According to NPS data, visitors spent $18.4 billion in 2016 in local communities—adding $34.9 billion to the nation’s economy and generating 318,000 jobs. When roads and other park infrastructure are in disrepair, however, visits to parks can decline, along with revenue that nearby communities depend on. Delaying upkeep can also prevent visitors from fully and safely experiencing our national parks and can threaten the integrity of historic places.
StudentLoanJustice.Org is a grassroots citizens organization dedicated to returning standard consumer protections to student loans. The group was started in March of 2005 and has focused primarily on research, media outreach, and grassroots lobbying initiatives.
The group and its members have been featured on 60 Minutes, 20/20, The News Hour, CNBC, and many other television programs, print media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many others as well as numerous radio and internet broadcasts. The group is also featured in multiple documentaries.
StudentLoanJustice was credited as the inspiration for The Student Borrower Bill of Rights, and has broken numerous news items in the press with its research findings regarding conflicts of interest in the student loan system, Student Debt levels, Default Rates, corporate lobbying, and other areas.
Group Founder Alan Collinge has written numerous articles and editorials on the topic, and also published The Student Loan Scam in 2009. He was selected as one of seven “Financial Heroes” by CNN/Money Magazine in December 2008.