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  • 01

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 1, 2018

    Pastor Ramin Parsa was born and raised as a devout Shiite Muslim in Iran.

    After diligently practicing the religion and suffering under Sharia law, he was disappointed with Islam as his hunger and thirst for God could not be quenched.

    When Ramin heard the Christian gospel on satellite TV at age 19, he committed himself to Jesus and his life was forever changed. Ramin fled Iran due to persecution.

    He lived in Turkey for two years as a refugee and served as a missionary where he was arrested multiple times for spreading the gospel. After coming to the United States, he graduated from Rhema Bible College in Oklahoma.

    He currently serves as the pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Los Angeles and as the president of Redemptive Love Ministries International.

    Ramin travels  the globe as an evangelist and preaches the gospel, encouraging churches with his personal story.

    He was a TV host for five years and currently has a TV station where he creates Christian programs in order to reach out to the Muslim world. Ramin sees himself as a missionary to America where he feels the calling to awaken and help revive the church.

    Ramin has traveled to Helena for missionary conferences in 2017 and 2018.  He was recently interviewed on the 700 Club.

    He is author of his newly published book entitled FROM ASHES TO GLORY – available for $20.00. 

    He is coming to Montana to be one of the speakers for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3rd – at noon, at the State Capitol, in the Rotunda.

     He will be staying in Helena during his time here (4/29-5/10) in which several speaking engagements have been scheduled.

  • 02

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 2, 2018

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  • 03

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 3, 2018

    Industrial Hemp has been approved for producers to grow by the Montana Department of Ag.

    Hemp is a multi-purpose agricultural crop delivering seeds, fibers and bio-active chemicals for a number of uses and markets. Industrial hemp is defined in federal and Montana statute as Cannabis sativa L. that contains no more than 0.3% delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Industrial hemp is authorized as an alternative agricultural crop by the Montana Legislature, Section 80-18-101 through 80-18-111 of Montana Code Annotated.

    This law provides a framework for commercial industrial hemp production in Montana following approval by the federal government. Provisions added to the 2014 Farm Bill (Section 7606) defined industrial hemp under federal law and recognized state agricultural departments’ authority to develop research pilot programs to study the growth, cultivation, and/or marketing of industrial hemp.

    Montana Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

    Industrial hemp may be grown in Montana only by the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) through the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program or by institutions of higher education in Montana for agricultural or academic research. Only seed purchased from the Pilot Program seed repository or ordered from a DEA-approved source can legally be planted in Montana. Industrial hemp is currently regulated as a Schedule I Controlled Substance by the federal government. Persons who violate state or federal laws regarding hemp may be subject to federal prosecution under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Refer to the DEA website for more information.

    Applicants must agree to comply with Section 80-18-101 through 80-18-111 of MCA and ARM 4.19.101-106, adopted on March 10, 2017. An industrial hemp license is required prior to planting hemp seeds in Montana.

  • 04

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 4, 2018

    Matt Rosendale, 57, is a rancher, businessman and proven leader. He is the son and brother of U.S. Marines.

    Matt was instrumental in taking a five agent, one office real estate firm and growing it into a four office, 65 agent organization. He was a broker and owner.

    When he is not in Helena doing his work as Montana’s State Auditor, he and his wife Jean live on their family ranch north of Glendive, in Eastern Montana. Matt has spent many long hours mending fences, herding cattle and working the land. After living and working in their tight-knit community for a nearly a decade, Matt was asked by community members to run for the Montana legislature in 2010 and his political life got underway.

    In addition to his current responsibilities as Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, the Office of State Auditor is one of the five members of the State Land Board. Matt has been recognized by his colleagues on the Land Board as the expert in land use and management, and has fought tirelessly to improve access to public lands.

  • 07

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 7, 2018


    Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.


    Networking – To create and sustain channels that encourage collaboration, participation, and sharing of knowledge and expertise.

    Education – To provide non-biased and balanced collection, sharing, and dissemination of noxious weed knowledge to the membership and the public.

    Research Assistance – To gather input from members to ascertain research priorities, to communicate priorities and needs to the research community, to assist in the funding process, and to relay research results back to the membership.

    The MWCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, which was started in the 1960’s by extension agents and weed managers. Over the years the MWCA has expanded to include professional weed managers, weed control businesses (grazing, commercial applicators, bio-control agent providers, re-vegetation and planning specialists), ranchers/farmers, educators, researchers, students, government officials at the city, county, state and federal levels, recreationalists, visitors to Montana and private landowners. We are funded primarily through membership dues, fees from educational trainings and publications, specialty plate license plate fees, and grants and donations.



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  • 16

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 16, 2018

    Congressman Gianforte will call us at 9:36 am for an update from Washington DC.

  • 17

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 17, 2018

    Congressional candidate Kathleen Williams believes that our state – and our country – deserve qualified, honorable representation. First and foremost a thoughtful, dedicated member of the Montana community, Kathleen feels just as comfortable rolling up her sleeves for work in rural fields and streams as she does under the Capitol roof.

    Her thirty-four-year natural resources career traverses the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The principles of responsible, science-based stewardship, the voices of individuals who work the land for a living, and the shared-used policies of state government inform her pragmatic, forward-thinking views on water rights, public access, and sustainability policy.

    During her three terms as a Representative in Montana’s Legislature, Kathleen served as Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Taxation committees. She became well-known for fostering successful bipartisan relationships based on ethical behavior and mutual respect – principles increasingly absent from Washington, D.C. today.

    Kathleen believes in the importance of independent, local farming initiatives. During her time in the Montana House, she distinguished herself as a legislative playmaker in agricultural circles. She served on the Governor’s Drought Committee and the Reserved Water Rights Compact Commission. Her graduate research on flows necessary to keep rivers healthy forming the basis of her expertise, she fought on the front lines to protect irrigator water rights, the water rights of the Salish-Kootenai tribes, and the protection of priority fisheries.

    As a leader of the House Taxation Committee, Kathleen Williams familiarized herself with the urgent need for effective tax reform to help working-class families and worked to advance an Earned Income Tax Credit in 2013 – a measure which successfully passed in 2015. And for years, the Revenue Estimate – the state’s method for determining which programs to prioritize – was performed effectively and accurately with her contributions and leadership.

    Williams is a champion for healthcare, understanding that the systemic gutting and overcomplication of insurance coverage does not serve the needs of working, retired, or low-income Montanans. A caregiver for her ailing mother at an early age, Williams developed a life outlook of caring for people in need. As a legislator, she advocated for those who have been discarded by the healthcare system. After four years of hard work, Williams passed a bill which ensured coverage of crucial routine cancer treatments while allowing patient participation in innovative, life-saving clinical trials.

    Kathleen Williams graduated with a B.S. in Resource Economics from U.C. Berkeley, and from Colorado State University with an M.S. in Recreation Resources. As an Associate Director at the Western Landowners Alliance, she served as a resource on water and policy issues, told the story of private land conservation through film, and provided information important to the ecological, economic, and cultural pulse of over 14 million acres of privately held land in the West.

    Williams hunts and fishes, hikes and canoes, and protects sustainable public access to the incredible rivers and mountains that all Montanans have the right to utilize and the responsibility to protect. She enjoys cycling, music, and a good two-step. Williams is step-mom to two adult boys and an overactive German wirehair pointer.

  • 18

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 18, 2018

    In a highly successful effort to help fill the world’s need for saddles, the firms started by Al Furstnow and Charlie Coggshall blended assembly line techniques from back East with custom care exercised by the one-man shops of the West.

    Miles City saddleries employed dozens of men who came to specialize in various aspects of making this most necessary of cowboy tools. Some saddlemakers made four to six saddles per week, and some stayed in the business long enough to make 2,000 to 3,000 saddles.

    Since many cowboys were in the saddle nearly 365 days of the year, they were willing to pay good money for a saddle that was built well and built to order. Order forms had specifications for the type of tree, width and length of seat, width of swell, skirts, style of rigging, horn, cinch, stirrups, initials, brand, pockets and also weight and height of the rider.

    The saddleries published extensive catalogues featuring just about everything a cowboy might need. The 1925 Miles City Saddlery Catalog featured the following items and prices to mention just a few: Premium No. 1, $160; Saddle No. 95, $85; white or black Angora Chaparejos, $24; cowboy cuffs, $1.25-$3.50; spurs, $2-$24; Stetson Rider Hat, $17.50; Justin Cowboy Boots, $22; bridle headstalls, $3.25-$15; lariats, $1.50-$6.

    Furstnow and Coggshall combined the need to make custom saddles with the need to make a lot of them. In fact, some of their saddlemakers learned the general trade on production lines in cities like St. Paul, and then came to Miles City to learn to make a fine saddle.

    A saddle generally started with the wooden frame known as the tree. The trees were made of softwood often from Oregon. The tree was covered with rawhide to provide strength. A poster-sized list of specifications for each saddle would be placed on the wall. The foreman would cut the pieces out of cowhide, which generally came from tanneries in Illinois. The cutters didn’t just start cutting at random. Each part of the hide was suited for a particular part of the saddle. For instance, parts required to stretch more would come from the neck or stomach areas. Stirrup leathers and the riggings, requiring considerable strength, would come from the better parts of the hide.

    The saddlemaker would begin assembling the pieces of the leather onto the tree. Nearly all of the pieces were applied while wet to certain degrees. He would work on several saddles at a time, so he would be able to work on one saddle while various parts on others were drying. At certain stages in the saddlemaker’s work the stamper or carver (some did both) would apply designs to certain pieces when they were nearly dry. This had to be done at the optimum time or else the design would be either mushy or ill defined.

    The stamper was a skilled artisan, and many fine saddlemakers never really made fine stampers. A strap maker or “short order man” would make many of the separate, smaller parts that went on the saddles, as well as bridles and other tack. Others ran heavy sewing machines or stitched by hand.

    There were “tricks to the trade,” including placing a sack full of lead shot on the seat to help form it, and using rub sticks to remove wrinkles. When the saddle was fully assembled, it would be treated with neat’s-foot oil, extracted from the hooves and shinbones of cattle, to protect the leather.

    The saddlemakers’ pay depended on the difficulty of the style being made. A 1913 Miles City Saddlery pay schedule shows that saddle style No. 91 paid the maker $3.75 each, while saddle style No.11 paid $9. Stamping ranged from $2.50 for style No. 90 to $14 for style No.11.

    Saddle styles changed, but both the Furstnow and Miles City Saddlery shops were making pretty similar saddles over the years. This was due, in part, to the fact that saddlemakers switched back and forth between shops for one reason or another.

    Pete Verbeck, a Miles City sadldlemaker, for example, started at the age of 15, in 1915, in an apprenticeship under Furstnow’s, Al Moreno. The youth spent five years learning the intricate art of carving flowers on the more ornate saddles. He worked there until 1920, when he went over to the Miles City Saddlery. He switched back and forth from time to time, thanks primarily due the Depression, which found a man taking work wherever and whenever it was available. He was the foreman at Miles City Saddlery from 1939 to 1944, at which time he opened his own shop.

    There were also “tramp saddlemakers,” who drifted around the West working at various places for a time and then moving on, sometimes not even owning the tools of the trade.

    Some of the individual saddles were more famous and more original than others. For example, the “Cisco Kid” saddle, which includes a great amount of silver, rests in the University of Wyoming Library. Similar saddles were built for movie cowboys, Tim McCoy and Tom Mix and his daughter. The Miles City saddlery put together a $2500 package for Crown Prince Olaf and Princess Martha of Norway for their 1938 sojourn to the states.

    A lot of fancy saddles were made for famous people, but thousands of unknown cowboys had life a lot easier, thanks to the saddlemakers of Furstnow, Miles City Saddlery and their followers, who made some of the finest saddles in the world.


  • 21

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 21, 2018
    I’m the owner of InterMountain Publishing and Western Sky Multimedia and getting ready to start teaching a handful of students and grow Western Sky Multimedia School. I’ve been a magazine publisher since 1993 and for years I produced welcome to the community magazines in every state…to the tune of hundreds of magazines. In 2002, I started developing a plan for creating prosperity after 911 when people were afraid to fly and travel. I live in Livingston and Park County has two of the four entrances to Yellowstone National Park and yet suffers from pretty extreme poverty. After 911 it was terrible. The former VP of Coca Cola, who was also a professor at Wharton Business School and consultant to the CEO’s of several fortune 50 companies, who retired to Livingston, formed an economic alliance and asked me to brainstorm entrepreneurial ways to help the economy.
    Then in 2008, I was asked to join local and state mental health boards to help stop the chronic mental health and suicide crisis in Montana. I was a founding member of the Peer Solutions Drop in Center, secretary of the mental health board and our representative in Helena. I produced the only Park County Mental Health Resource Guide and in 2014 I produced a suicide prevention video with Karl Rossten, MT’s suicide prevention coordinator as well as 72 pages of a Mental Health & Happiness Guide for Park and Gallatin counties. I am a re-evaluation counselor, studied and taught dialectical behavioral therapy and have also studied with many masters of personal growth and development. I’ve stayed abreast of all of the breakthroughs in mental health, personal growth, suicide prevention and the science of positive psychology.
    I am also a two time suicide survivor and had a best friend, who served on the local board and was the director of the day treatment program here in Livingston for over 11 years commit suicide on December 17th last year. I have a very unique and enlightening story and know exactly why we have the highest suicide rates and also what to do about it.
  • 21

    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    May 21, 2018

    Find out what programs and services are available from the Department of Agriculture, pertaining to noxiouse weeds.

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  • The Columbia River Treaty

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