Al Ward, with AARP will tip us off on all the different scams people are experiencing at different times each year
AARP Montana’s State President Alex Ward is the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. AARP has more than 150,000 members statewide and more than 38 million members nationwide.
Montana Congressman Greg Gianforte has introduced the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act, the TARA Act, with Congressman Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma.
The legislation will combat meth use across Montana and improve the ability of Indian tribes to address the scourge of meth.
“Montana is suffering a crisis of methamphetamine use, which affects not only the addicts, but also their families, communities and even babies who are born addicted,” Gianforte said. “This tragic epidemic requires more resources and the focus of officials at all levels of government.”
Gianforte toured the Nexus Treatment Center in Lewistown on Thursday, February 22, 2018. While there, he talked with the center’s manager as well as the sheriff, under-sheriff, and county attorney about strategies for combating meth use.
Gianforte met the following day with Judge Mary Jane Knisely who presides over the Yellowstone County Veterans Treatment Court. Judge Knisely introduced Gianforte to members of the court, including law enforcement officials, veterans, attorneys, and other personnel. Each shared how the court plays a critical, effective role in helping address drug abuse.
Background on Methamphetamines in Montana:
Montana saw a 427 percent increase in methamphetamine violations from 2010-2015.
Fifty-four percent of investigations conducted by Montana Narcotics Bureau agents involve meth.
Methamphetamines account for the second most drug violations in Montana at 31 percent; marijuana accounts for 57 percent of drug violations in the state.
Background on the Tribal Addiction and Recovery Act:
The TARA Act, H.R. 5140, makes meth and other addiction programs eligible for funds authorized to address the opioid crisis through the 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted in 2016.
The legislation makes tribes eligible to receive funds for federal programs that address the crises of opioids and meth use.
Bozeman lawmaker Kerry White has recently introduced a bill with a lot of new ideas on a Montana sales tax.
Alan Redfield has a bill discussing fake meats in Montana food stores.
Established in 2014 to promote viticulture (grape growing) and enology (wine making) in the state, the MTGWA serves commercial and amateur fruit and grape growers and winemakers across Montana. An annual conference is held in early spring each year to bring in speakers from across the country to help grape growers and winemakers improve their knowledge and develop a sustainable wine industry in Montana. The annual conference also brings together people to taste, evaluate and improve Montana wines, ciders and meads.
This year the association will celebrate its fifth year with an annual meeting in Helena, March 21-23, 2019, timed to coincide with the Legislature and giving them an opportunity to get to know the growers and wine makers and taste some of Montana’s great wines.
With over 60 vineyards and 20 licensed wineries, the industry is expanding rapidly. Members and others will have opportunities to hear from speakers who work on the development and improvement of cold hardy grapes that thrive in the state’s climate and from noted winemakers who will offer tips and knowledge for improvements. Of keen interest to Montana is speaker Mike White from Iowa State University who chronicles Iowa’s journey over 20 years going from 5 wineries to 105, and what it has done to Iowa’s economy, it can happen here!
Montana’s climate is unique to the cold hardy grape industry compared to other parts of the world that have much higher precipitation and humidity. Montana has a semi-arid climate that enhances grape quality and reduces disease pressure allowing for less inputs. MTGWA is currently working with the Western MT Agricultural Research Center in Corvallis on a $130,000 USDA grant to study vineyard management to improve grape quality. The grant is starting its second of a three-year study. So, don’t miss this opportunity to taste Montana grown wines and learn about this new industry and it’s potential.
The event lasts through Saturday noon at the Delta Colonial Hotel in Helena and is open to anyone interested in the industry, although advance registration is needed. Contact the association website for more information, montanagrapeandwine.com.
Billings Montana will be the host city for the Marine Corps leagues annual 96th annual national convention, 2019. We talk to the leader of the Montana Corps League Convention, Tom Lowery from Grass Range, will talk about what it will all mean for Montana.
The Eugene Sara Detachment exists to help support our fellow marines (past, present, and future) as well as to assist the local community by providing Color Guards and Shooting Details for events such as funerals, parades, shows, etc. Events we have sponsored have been Marine Day and the Wounded Warriors Fund Raiser. One of our public service projects in conjunction with the County Commission has been to replace tombstones at Riverside Cemetary. One of the annual events we have been involved in has been Toys for Tots. We help collect toys and donations during November and December to make the drive successful. In 2017 the drive provided toys for 10,000 families in Yellowstone County. The League in conjunction with the Active Duty Command and Reserve Unit at the Armed Forces Training Center also raise money to support the Marine Corps Birthday Ball each year. We also work with the Young Marines at many events in Yellowstone County. The Eugene Sara Detachment also has an active squad in Miles City, MT and there is a Marine Corps League detachment in Roundup, MT
Jay Bodner took over the position of Natural Resource Director in 2002. Utilizing his strong agricultural background and education, he has developed and executed innovative campaigns for issues affecting the cattle industry. In June 2018, Jay was named the Executive Vice President of the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
Jay works with local, state, and federal officials to achieve workable solutions concerning complex issues such as water quality regulations, wildlife management, and federal land issues. In addition, he extends his strong relational skills and advocacy for the cattle industry as a lobbyist for the association during Montana Legislative sessions.
Northwest Energy is seeking a rate increase of almost 4.7% for “Smarter Energy Infrastructure” and a portfolio of “Clean Energy Solutions” Plus N/W Energy also wants the increase for “wind farm development” Should the taxpayers pay for their R & D? The PSC will be meeting soon to discuss these questions. PSC Chairman
We speak on the opioid crisis on the reservation with the Tribal Opioid Response/TRAC II Project-Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council Staff: Mr. Roy Pack, Director-TOR/TRAC II, Mr. Bill Snell, Executive Director-RMTLC and Ada L. Bends Tribal Opioid Response TOR Project Coordinator Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council
Tribal Opioid Response Grants (Short Title: TOR) provide funding to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment. The overall goal of the program is to reduce unmet treatment needs and opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and/or recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD).
According to Chuck Denowh, APR’s ultimate objective is to create a free-roaming bison herd, which by definition means that neighboring landowners will be forced to have wild bison on their property as well.
APR also wants preferential treatment for the public grazing permits they control. They have requested to graze public land year-round, which no cattle or sheep operation has the freedom to do. Ranchers have cooperated for years with BLM and CMR to establish best practices for grazing—APR’s plan would ignore those, which could do a great deal of damage to the public’s land.
APR has represented this area as virtually vacant. That’s an obvious mistruth to anyone who’s been through Eastern Montana. The economic repercussions of liquidating a significant part of Montana’s agriculture economy will have ripple effects throughout Montana’s economy. APR’s promises of new tourism opportunities ring hollow.
APR is a well funded, well run non-profit NGO which derives virtually all of its support from outside Montana. They have been here for about 15 years, pretending to be new neighbors only wanting to blend in. Recently their gloves have begun to come off, and people are getting a clearer picture of what their success will mean.
That’s sparked a grassroots movement in the communities APR wants to take over and eliminate. Signs with the message “Save the Cowboy, STOP American Prairie Reserve” are now ubiquitous throughout the area. Heinlein struggled to understand what that means, to stop APR. Let’s make it simple so he can understand, our objective is to turn the tables and wipe the APR from the map.
Our mission is to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States, a refuge for people and wildlife preserved forever as part of America’s heritage.
As a Board and staff, we run our business each and every day following the principles outlined in our six values. In our interactions with one another and with those outside our organization, including our donors, our partners and the community around the Reserve, we do our best to act in accordance with these values. We share them with you here because we believe they are a window into our organization and our culture.
Openness with Respect
This means exercising the courage and skills to be open with each other, but in such a way as to demonstrate respect for the other’s implicit desire to add value. It means actively engaging in truthful dialogues that improve organizational effectiveness without shying away from conflict or difficult conversations. We foster a culture in which people feel acknowledged and respected for raising concerns, yet take responsibility to present solutions.
Innovation and Optimism
This means we exhibit a strong belief that we can get this project done and are willing to use whatever works provided it is in keeping with our mission, values, and visionary goals. We are not wedded to traditional approaches but strive to learn from other industries, taking the best ideas and effectively applying them to our efforts.
Our goal is to always be looking for ways to make things smoother, faster, easier, more effective and of higher quality. We believe every process APR uses has endless room for improvement. We are convinced that everyone in the organization has valuable ideas for ways to improve our processes.
This means that we are strongly oriented to getting the things done that we say we are going to do. We are deliberate in our commitments and choose our goals carefully with an eye towards accomplishment. We reward performance of individuals who succeed in linking their efforts to the realization of the organization’s goals.
This means that we focus on productivity instead of accumulated hours. We are committed to taking care of each other and value each other’s and our own non-work life.
This means that when appropriate and when it will lead to smoother, faster and better execution, we act collaboratively to accomplish results. We take initiative to understand and support the roles of others within and beyond our own functional teams. We proactively contribute, and act, on ideas to improve cross team collaboration and enthusiastically support the efforts of others to do the same. We work to understand the goals of others, and effectively communicate our own, and make consistent efforts to help each other achieve them. We take the initiative to highlight situations where cross team collaboration is not working, for whatever reason, and bring it to the attention of the right people in the organization, and contribute to finding good solutions.
Voices of Montana will have these four legislators on the air with us talking on bills, legislation and will an bigger Infrastructure bill materialize this session.
This is National Agriculture week, and who better to talk about the land than two of the best in Ag broadcaster in the business. From Northern Broadcasting’s, Colter Brown and Leif Bakken.
Congressman Gianforte will wrap up his week in DC and give us a look ahead at the upcoming political week.
Neo-Marxism vs. the Free Market and the Future of America
Dr. Jay Richards – March 22-23rd, 2019 at the Bighorn Resort. Bring your teenagers! (Details &ticket info. below)
AOC, Bernie, & Elizabeth – don’t underestimate their influence!
In a political climate where “the country can’t afford it – can’t pay for it” means nothing. And with Socialism becoming so fascinating – maybe you ought to consider bringing your youth to hear one of America’s best on why these ideas are a danger to their future?
Dr. Richards is the perfect guy to answer these questions:
How should Christians think about free enterprise & is it advantageous to the poor?
Has Socialism ever created flouring for all – anywhere?
Is capitalism consistent with Christianity – are Progressive myths about it realistic?
What was Karl Marx’s key argument – central doctrine?
Why are young adults fascinated with Socialism?
Is there a future for the American dream in an age of Smart Machines or is it over?
Will robots replace us – should we fear them?
Forum – March 22-23rd , 2019 – Friday PM & Saturday AM
Location – Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Ln., Billings, MT
Register and buy Tickets Here $10 on line, $14 at the door lets you in to both days.
While the LEFT plays politically correct calling it “Socialism” we must recognize that it is the thinly veiled worldview of Marxism. No other philosophy is as large a threat in America. No other worldview has killed like this one.
Jay is a Research Professor in the Busch School of Business and Fellow at the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. He is also Executive Editor of The Stream, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and host of A Force for Good. He has written in the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Daily Caller and many other publications. Richards is author or editor of a dozen books including Money, Greed, and God, winner of a Templeton Enterprise Award and his newest book, The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in the Age of Smart Machines. Jay has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs. He is the producer of several documentaries including The Privileged Planet and author of five best-selling books. Jay holds a Ph.D., in philosophy and theology from Princeton. He lives with his family in the Washington D.C. Metro area.
For more than 100 years, NorthWestern Energy has delivered the energy and exceptional service that our customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly.
We own and operate natural gas production, transmission and distribution systems serving 282,600 customers. We own and operate a diverse generation fleet of wind, water, natural gas and coal-fired resources* and the high-voltage transmission system and distribution system that reliably delivers responsibly-produced electricity to more than 427,000 customers daily.
Our vision: Enriching lives through a safe sustainable energy future.
Our mission: Working together to provide safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions that create value for customers, communities, employees, and investors.
NorthWestern Energy has filed for a general electric rate review request with the Montana Public Service Commission, the first such request since 2009.
Typically the proposed increase would mean an average monthly bill increase of $6.37 per month, or about 7.4 percent. About 80 percent of NorthWestern’s roughly 370,000 Montana customers are residential.
The rate request reflects the company’s significant investment in its electric transmission and distribution system and customer-service initiatives. NorthWestern has invested in a diverse mix of electricity sources that balances clean energy production with affordable, reliable service.
Stacey Zinn-Britain has spent 18 years with the Montana DEA, but she was an agent in the middle of the coke wars in Florida, Heroin trade in both California and Texas. She will tell you why refugees are dying to come to the USA plus, why we have an opioid, meth and cocaine problem in Montana.
We will be checking in with 4 legislators, working in Helena.
Dr. Gavin Clarkson is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. He is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Economic Development in the Department of the Interior, a former Associate Professor in the College of Business at New Mexico State University, and a former candidate for U.S. Congress. Clarkson has a BA and MBA from Rice University, is a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and is the first tribal citizen to ever earn a doctorate from the Harvard Business School (in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show.
(in Technology and Operations Management). At Harvard, he was the President of the Native American Law Students Association, Managing Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, and the only doctoral graduate in the history of the Harvard Business School who has also placed in a livestock show.
In November 2016, Sales won an internal election among state Senate Republicans to be the president of the Montana Senate in the 2017 election. His opponent was Senator Eric Moore of Miles City. Although the vote was by secret ballot, it was described as a close case. He assumed office in January 2017. Sales broke with tradition in January 2017 by deciding to not sit with the state House in the customary beginning-of-session joint sitting to hear speeches from members of Montana’s congressional delegation, the chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court, the Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a Native American leader. Sales’ choice to break from tradition was publicly criticized by former State Senate president Jon Tester.
After Republican U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior in 2017, Sales considered running for the open seat in the special election to fill the vacancy, but decided not to run. During his brief exploration of a candidacy, Sales said that if elected he would take a hard line on illegal immigration and would be “certainly more fiscally conservative than Ryan Zinke,” saying that he would not vote for continuing resolutions as Zinke did.
As Senate president, Sales took the leading role in supporting legislation to give state lawmakers the right to carry concealed firearms in the state Capitol and on other state property and allowing restaurant customers to carry concealed firearms to restaurants. Both bills were passed by the Senate on mostly party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed.
As Senate president, Sales opposed legislation to fund infrastructure projects in Montana, saying that he generally opposed bond issues for state building projects.
In March 2017, Sales said that he generally support privatizing the Montana State Fund (a semi-public entity that is the state’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance), but also said that he would consider supporting legislation to eliminate the fund entirely.
In 2017, Sales opposed legislation to require motorists to maintain a distance of 3 feet from bicyclists at 35 mph or less, and 5 feet at faster speeds. In debate, Sales harshly attacked cyclists, calling them “some of the most self-centered, rude people navigating on the highways and county roads I’ve seen” and saying that there were “too many of them” in Montana. Sales’ remarks prompted Derek Bouchard-Hall, the president and CEO of USA Cycling, to write an open letter to Sales expressing disappointment.
Captain David Marquet imagines a work place where everyone engages and contributes their full intellectual capacity, a place where people are healthier and happier because they have more control over their work—a place where everyone is a leader. This is his story …
In an Intent-Based Environment it is possible for:
- People to feel valued and proud of being a part of something bigger than themselves
- People to know the organization’s goals and thoughtfully contribute toward their accomplishment
- People to feel inspired, by pushing control and decision-making down the organization people take responsibility and have the authority to rise to the occasion, even during times of change
- The organization’s success be on the shoulders of all people and not simply the “leaders”
- Leaders to be at all levels
Montana’s High-Tech Companies Surpass $2 Billion in Revenue, Continue to Grow Nine Times Faster than Other Sectors
MISSOULA – High-tech companies continue to be an important component of Montana’s economy, generating more than $2 billion in revenue in 2018 and growing at rates up to nine times faster than the statewide economy, according to a recent study conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. According to the study, high tech pays more than twice the median earning per Montana worker and represents the third highest-paying industry in Montana.
The study found that Montana High Tech Business Alliance members continue to grow, with Montana employment of about 7,500 and paying an average annual salary of $65,000, 60 percent higher than the average earnings per Montana worker. Montana high-tech companies expect to increase wages by 5 percent in 2019, significantly faster than the 3.2 percent growth of all Montana employers in the most recent data. Survey respondents expect to add 1,700 new jobs in 2019 and make at least $125 million in capital investments in Montana, a 45.3 percent increase over 2018.
“2018 was an outstanding year of growth for Montana’s high-tech industry, with a record $2 billion in revenue, substantial acquisitions of Elixiter (now Perficient) and ATG, a Cognizant company, and the largest investments the state has ever seen with PFL and onX,” said Christina Quick Henderson, executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. “Five years in, we are more committed than ever to responsible tech growth – helping Montana companies create engaging, high-paying jobs while celebrating and sustaining our incredible quality of life.”
Blackmore Sensors and Analytics was one Montana company that received large out-of-state investments in 2018.
“Blackmore’s 2018 Series B with BMW iVentures and Toyota AI Ventures demanded rapid growth,” Stephen Crouch, CTO, Blackmore Sensors and Analytics, said. “Montana’s quality of life was key to attracting new talent as we nearly tripled in 2018. The HTBA is an outstanding outlet for sharing this growth experience and learning from companies facing similar challenges.”
The 2019 survey included a question on what skills high-tech employers are looking for in new hires. The most sought-after skills are coding and programming, mentioned by 10.6 percent of member respondents, followed by technical skills (6.5 percent) and sales and marketing skills (5.9 percent). Survey respondents also provided the job titles of three job types their firms most often hire. Software developers were mentioned the most by member respondents at 16.9 percent, followed by sales managers (10.2 percent) and other managers (7.0 percent). For the second year, member and nonmember respondents reported where they hired new employees from; 75-80 percent of new employees from survey respondents came from within Montana.
High-tech companies reported that hiring skilled technology workers and finding capital are their firms’ largest impediments to growth, though somewhat fewer Alliance companies (13.4 percent) reported that it was harder to obtain capital in 2018 when compared to 2017 (20 percent).
For the fifth year in a row, the BBER survey found that Montana’s quality of life – its lifestyle, the work/life balance, the recreational opportunities and the beauty of the landscape – provided significant advantages to doing business in the state. Survey respondents also mentioned Montana’s high-quality workforce as a major advantage.
Interviews with the Montana High Tech Business Alliance and member companies can be arranged by contacting email@example.com. Photos and logos may be downloaded at http://mthightech.org/media/press-kit/ and a list of members may be found at https://members.mthightech.org/memberdirectory. The full 2019 Montana High Tech Industries report can be downloaded at https://mthightech.org/surveys/. Additional findings and quotes from Alliance member companies can be found below.
The Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States is an agreement that was reached in 1964 to manage flood risk and hydropower. Canada was compensated in the agreement by receiving half of the value of the electricity generated from the Libby Dam. Eureka Senator Mike Cuffe was on Voices of Montana today.
We talk about the Medic Aide expansion plan.
The PSC, NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Legislature are working through some issues that revolve around Colstrip Power Plant.
Greg Gianforte calls us live from the swamp to update us on the Mueller Report.
Colstrip United Representatives discuss the “Save Colstrip Bill” Senator Tom Richmond (SD 28), and Senator Duane Ankney (SD 20) will be joining us.