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  • Montana Farmers Union President – Alan Merrill & Government Relations Representative – Matt Perdue
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 1, 2018

    Our guests will be, Matt Perdue, Government Relations Representative with National Farmers Union and MFU President Alan Merrill, speaking on the Farm Bill and other Ag related topics.

    We believe in the benefits of a general farm organization, which bridges the divisions between commodities and spans the geographic diversity of the agricultural industry. Such a structure gives opportunity for all its members to participate in the processes of our society through the presence of a strong national organization. When buttressed by effective state organizations, which in turn find their strength in local and area “grassroots” alignments, the impact is most effective.

    While the Farmers Union is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or provide financial support, members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the political party of their choice.

    To be an effective force, members must be involved in the organization. Such involvement demands communication and motivational focus from its leadership in order to accomplish its goals, to develop the talents of the membership and to foster feelings of self-worth as individuals and as a group.

    We believe in the benefits of a general farm organization, which bridges the divisions between commodities and spans the geographic diversity of the agricultural industry. Such a structure gives opportunity for all its members to participate in the processes of our society through the presence of a strong national organization. When buttressed by effective state organizations, which in turn find their strength in local and area “grassroots” alignments, the impact is most effective.

    While the Farmers Union is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates or provide financial support, members are encouraged to participate in the activities of the political party of their choice.

    To be an effective force, members must be involved in the organization. Such involvement demands communication and motivational focus from its leadership in order to accomplish its goals, to develop the talents of the membership and to foster feelings of self-worth as individuals and as a group.

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  • Luke Russell, Vice President-External Affairs – HECLA Mining Company
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 5, 2018

    Luke Russell, Vice President – External Affairs
    Luke Russell was appointed Vice President – External Affairs in January 2014. Prior to joining Hecla, Mr. Russell was Senior Vice President Environment and Community of Coeur Mining (a mining company) from 2012 to 2013, Vice President Environmental Services from 2006 to 2011, and Director Environmental Services from 2004 to 2006 (and also from 1995 to 2000). Mr. Russell served as Coeur d’Alene Basin Project Manager for the State of Idaho, Department of Environmental Quality, from 2002 to 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Russell worked at Homestake Mining Company as Environmental Manager from 2000 to 2001 and Corporate Manager of Environmental Affairs from 1993 to 1995, and also held previous roles in environmental and governmental affairs with Kennecott Corporation from 1992 to 1993, FMC Gold Company from 1990 to 1992, and Wharf Resources Inc. from 1986 to 1990.

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  • MSU-Billings Chancellor — Dr Dan Edelman.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 7, 2018

    After a nationwide search for candidates, Montana State University Billings has a new chancellor.

    Dr. Dan Edelman, who has worked at the University of North Texas at Dallas since 2014, was selected by the 18-person search committee to lead MSUB.

    Edelman is the current executive vice president of administration and chief financial officer of the University of North Texas at Dallas and has many years of experience in higher education, as well as serving in the Army.

     

    “I’m excited. MSU-Billings is a great institution. Its got a great City College, the city is a wonderful place to live and be part of, and I just look so forward to working with the students, putting students first, expanding their educational opportunities and make sure they succeed.

    Edelman succeeds Larsen, a fellow candidate who has served as interim chancellor of MSU Billings since December of 2016.

     

     

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  • United States Congressman for Montana, Greg Gianforte
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 8, 2018

    Press Release

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte released the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s May 2018 jobs report:

    “Today’s jobs report continues the good news: our economy is growing stronger, wages are increasing, and unemployment is falling,” Gianforte said. “The pro-growth policies President Trump and congressional Republicans are enacting, from cutting taxes for hardworking Montanans to cutting red tape for Montana small businesses, are working. I’ll continue advocating policies that increase opportunities and improve the lives of all Montanans.”

    Background:

    The U.S. Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate fell from 3.9 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May, the lowest since 2000 and matching the lowest rate since 1969.

    The economy added 223,000 in May, exceeding analysts’ expectations. Economists polled by Bloomberg anticipated job growth of 190,000, while Reuters had projected 188,000.

    Average hourly earnings increased 2.7 percent from a year ago, exceeding expectations and higher than the 2.6 percent from April.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta forecasts that the economy is growing at 4.7 percent in the second quarter of 2018, higher than the bank’s 4 percent estimate from a week ago and an increase over the 2.2 percent rate of the first quarter of the year.

    Small business optimism reached another record high, according to the MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index. The second quarter index reached 68.7, an increase of 2.4 points from the first quarter.

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  • Angela Marshall Hofmann–President of World Strategies,LLC
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 11, 2018

    Angela Marshall Hofmann is President of World Strategies, LLC, a certified, woman-owned government affairs and policy consulting firm that provides strategic, innovative solutions to accelerate global investment, manage risk, enhance reputation and drive significant cost savings by responsibly the leveraging chain.

    For over 20 years, Angela has served as a trusted advisor to members of the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch as well as to CEOs and senior executives in complex, multi-national organizations for over two decades.

    Previously, Angela was Vice President, International Corporate Affairs, at Walmart Stores, Inc. where she led the company’s external engagement in 40+ retail, ecommerce and sourcing countries around the world.  She also launched innovative public-private chain capacity building projects focused on transparency, building safety, agricultural development and women’s economic empowerment in Latin America, Asia and Africa.  Angela joined the company in 2002 as Director of International Corporate Affairs in the company’s Federal Government Relations office in Washington, D.C.  In 2005, she moved to company headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas where she led corporate affairs engagement in the Americas as well as gained operational experience in the supply chain when she was promoted to Vice President, GNFR (indirect spend) and Sourcing Services in Walmart Global Sourcing.

    Prior to Walmart, she served as International Trade Counsel on U.S. Senate Finance Committee under Chairman Max Baucus.  Angela joined the Senator’s staff in 1989 as a congressional liaison in the State of Montana and in 1997, after receiving her Juris Doctorate from the University of Montana, was his legislative counsel for agriculture and trade in Washington, D.C.

    Angela is a staunch advocate for women’s empowerment and continues to be active in the Organization of Women in International Trade (“OWIT”) a voluntary, non-profit association of professionals interested in international trade.  She joined the organization in 1997 and in 2005 served as President of the Washington, D.C. chapter.  From 2010-2013 she served as President of the organization which included 25 chapters and 2000+ members around the globe.

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  • Daniel Miller-Author “Texit” How and Why Texas Will Leave The Union. Amazon Best Seller.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 12, 2018

    Texit is the first non-fiction book to delve into the motivations, the process, and the practicality of a modern-day Texas exit from United States. Channeling his 20 years of experience on the issue, author Daniel Miller, takes the reader through the historical and cultural foundations of Texit, its impact on mainstream politics, and plainly lays out the grievances expressed by many Texans that drive their support for an independent Texas.

    Texit also addresses the most common objections with facts and sheds light on what a future Republic of Texas could look like.

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  • Larry Lopata, CEO of Gundynamics.com “Where Gun Related Inventors Can Promote Their Dreams”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 14, 2018

    Larry Lopata, CEO of GunDynamics.com

    An entrepreneurial visionary that has been on the cutting edge of innovative technology for over 20 years.  Mr. Lopata first started in the firearm industry 5 years ago and has numerous projects currently under development.  One of first projects that Mr. Lopata worked on was the ST1911 adjustable trigger for the legendary 1911 handgun.   From there he founded Gun Dynamics a crowdfunding platform which will serve as the catalyst for new gun related technologies for the firearms community.  In the next 12 months Mr. Lopata will be bringing to market new technologies from long guns to accuracy improvement technologies all with the intent of enhancing the shooters experience.

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  • Joseph E. Micheletti–Chief Operating Officer with Westmoreland Coal
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 15, 2018

    Westmoreland Promotes Joseph E. Micheletti to Chief Operating Officer;Appoints Jeffrey S. Stein as Chief Investment Officer; Forms Board-Level Operations Committee

    Westmoreland Coal Company (Nasdaq:WLB) today announced that it has promoted Joseph E. Micheletti to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Micheletti joined Westmoreland in 1998 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility including, most recently, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. During his nearly 20 years with Westmoreland, Mr. Micheletti has also served as Senior Vice President of Coal Operations and has led the company’s production, maintenance, processing, and engineering functions. Mr. Micheletti also proudly serves as a director of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.

    “This is a well-deserved promotion for Joe, who has been essential to Westmoreland’s success,” said Kevin Paprzycki, Westmoreland’s Chief Executive Officer. “Joe has extensive experience and an outstanding track record as a leader at Westmoreland during the last two decades. He has led the teams responsible for over-achieving our expectations on the acquisitions we have made in the past several years.”

    Mr. Micheletti replaces Westmoreland’s former President and Chief Operating Officer, John Schadan. Paprzycki said, “I am thankful to John for his contributions to Westmoreland and wish him well as he pursues other opportunities.”

    Separately, the board has engaged Jeffrey S. Stein to serve as Chief Investment Officer to help lead shareholder value initiatives. Mr. Stein will continue serving on Westmoreland’s board of directors, a position as he has held since August 2016. Mr. Stein is the Founder and remains the Managing Partner of Stein Advisors LLC, a financial advisory firm that provides consulting services to institutional investors.

    “Jeffrey’s significant capital markets expertise and his depth of understanding of capital allocation and structure makes him the ideal candidate to serve as our Chief Investment Officer,” said Jan B. Packwood, Chairman of the Board of Westmoreland. “We are confident in his ability to lead our efforts as we seek to optimize Westmoreland’s capital structure and maximize shareholder value.”

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  • Western Writers of America – Annual Convention – June 20th-23rd.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 20, 2018

    Many of the top Western writers will gather at the Double-Tree Hotel on June 20-23 when Western Writers of America celebrates its 65th anniversary convention.

    Roughly 200 writers of all forms — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, songs and screenplays — editors and literary agents are expected to attend sessions on Western history and publishing trends. Nonmembers are welcome, and day registrations are available.

    “The Literature of the West is steeped in the rich traditions of storytellers like our 2018 Wister Award Winner Rudolfo Anaya and Hall of Fame inductee Paul Horgan,” said Western Writers of America Executive Director Candy Moulton. “We embrace all writing about the American West.” Highlights include a live and silent-auction for the organization’s Homestead Foundation, a keynote address by Pete Simpson and the annual Spur Awards banquet. The writers also will visit many area attractions including Chief Plenty Coup State Park near Pryor and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and McCracken Research Library, which houses the Western Writers Hall of Fame, in Cody.

    The program includes sessions with editors and agents, presentations about the battle of the Little Bighorn, bison on the Plains, Montana literary traditions, and “Personifying Longmire” a session focused on the hit television series, Longmire, which is based on a series of novels written by Craig Johnson, who currently serves as a member of the WWA Board of Directors. The panel will include Johnson, A Martinez, who plays the character Jacob Nighthorse on the show, and Marcus Red Thunder, a technical advisor on the show. The session will be moderated by WWA President Kirk Ellis, an Emmy Award winning screenwriter.

    WWA was founded in 1953 and held its first convention in Denver in 1954. From its beginnings as a small group of mostly novelists it has grown to nearly 700 members, including Will Bagley, Sandra Dallas, Michael McGarrity, Nancy Plain, David Morrell, Anne Hillerman, Lucia St. Clair Robson, W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Kat Martin, and C. J. Box.

    Since 1953, WWA has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, which are given for works whose inspiration, image, and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West. This year’s winners include novelists David Osborne (“The Coming”) and Jeff Guinn (“Silver City”)

    and historian David Grann (“Killers of the Flower Moon”).

    New Mexico journalist Ollie Reed Jr., will be honored with WWA’s Branding Iron Award, given for outstanding service to the organization. The McCracken Research Library will be recognized with the John M. Cleary Homestead Honoree Award for outstanding support to Western Writers of America and the literature of the American West. The Arthur H. Clark Company will receive the Lariat Award for its extensive reputation in publishing Western Literature.

    WWA moves its convention each year. Next year’s convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona. For more information, log on to www.westernwriters.org, or email: wwa.moulton@gmail.com.

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  • Western Landowners Alliance
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 22, 2018

    Western Landowners Alliance is a West-wide organization established by landowners to improve the ecological health and economic prosperity of working lands in the American West.

    • Our mission is to advance policies and practices that sustain working lands, connected landscapes and native species.
    • At WLA, we envision a future where our land and water, private and leased, delivers increased agricultural production and profitability, thriving wildlife populations, vital water supplies and other important natural resources.
      • For example, private lands provide habitat for a high percentage of threatened and endangered species. Let’s EMPOWER and SUPPORT landowners to do good work, rather than respond to good work with increased restrictions (e.g. ESA – good stewardship = increased habitat = renewed presence of threatened species = restrictions)
    • We currently have offices and staff in Montana, Colorado and New Mexico.
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  • Larry Lopata, CEO of Gundynamics.com “Where Gun Related Inventors Can Promote Their Dreams”
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 14, 2018

    Larry Lopata, CEO of GunDynamics.com

    An entrepreneurial visionary that has been on the cutting edge of innovative technology for over 20 years.  Mr. Lopata first started in the firearm industry 5 years ago and has numerous projects currently under development.  One of first projects that Mr. Lopata worked on was the ST1911 adjustable trigger for the legendary 1911 handgun.   From there he founded Gun Dynamics a crowdfunding platform which will serve as the catalyst for new gun related technologies for the firearms community.  In the next 12 months Mr. Lopata will be bringing to market new technologies from long guns to accuracy improvement technologies all with the intent of enhancing the shooters experience.

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  • Joseph E. Micheletti–Chief Operating Officer with Westmoreland Coal
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 15, 2018

    Westmoreland Promotes Joseph E. Micheletti to Chief Operating Officer;Appoints Jeffrey S. Stein as Chief Investment Officer; Forms Board-Level Operations Committee

    Westmoreland Coal Company (Nasdaq:WLB) today announced that it has promoted Joseph E. Micheletti to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Micheletti joined Westmoreland in 1998 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility including, most recently, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. During his nearly 20 years with Westmoreland, Mr. Micheletti has also served as Senior Vice President of Coal Operations and has led the company’s production, maintenance, processing, and engineering functions. Mr. Micheletti also proudly serves as a director of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute.

    “This is a well-deserved promotion for Joe, who has been essential to Westmoreland’s success,” said Kevin Paprzycki, Westmoreland’s Chief Executive Officer. “Joe has extensive experience and an outstanding track record as a leader at Westmoreland during the last two decades. He has led the teams responsible for over-achieving our expectations on the acquisitions we have made in the past several years.”

    Mr. Micheletti replaces Westmoreland’s former President and Chief Operating Officer, John Schadan. Paprzycki said, “I am thankful to John for his contributions to Westmoreland and wish him well as he pursues other opportunities.”

    Separately, the board has engaged Jeffrey S. Stein to serve as Chief Investment Officer to help lead shareholder value initiatives. Mr. Stein will continue serving on Westmoreland’s board of directors, a position as he has held since August 2016. Mr. Stein is the Founder and remains the Managing Partner of Stein Advisors LLC, a financial advisory firm that provides consulting services to institutional investors.

    “Jeffrey’s significant capital markets expertise and his depth of understanding of capital allocation and structure makes him the ideal candidate to serve as our Chief Investment Officer,” said Jan B. Packwood, Chairman of the Board of Westmoreland. “We are confident in his ability to lead our efforts as we seek to optimize Westmoreland’s capital structure and maximize shareholder value.”

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  • Western Writers of America – Annual Convention – June 20th-23rd.
    9:00 AM-10:00 AM
    June 20, 2018

    Many of the top Western writers will gather at the Double-Tree Hotel on June 20-23 when Western Writers of America celebrates its 65th anniversary convention.

    Roughly 200 writers of all forms — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, songs and screenplays — editors and literary agents are expected to attend sessions on Western history and publishing trends. Nonmembers are welcome, and day registrations are available.

    “The Literature of the West is steeped in the rich traditions of storytellers like our 2018 Wister Award Winner Rudolfo Anaya and Hall of Fame inductee Paul Horgan,” said Western Writers of America Executive Director Candy Moulton. “We embrace all writing about the American West.” Highlights include a live and silent-auction for the organization’s Homestead Foundation, a keynote address by Pete Simpson and the annual Spur Awards banquet. The writers also will visit many area attractions including Chief Plenty Coup State Park near Pryor and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and McCracken Research Library, which houses the Western Writers Hall of Fame, in Cody.

    The program includes sessions with editors and agents, presentations about the battle of the Little Bighorn, bison on the Plains, Montana literary traditions, and “Personifying Longmire” a session focused on the hit television series, Longmire, which is based on a series of novels written by Craig Johnson, who currently serves as a member of the WWA Board of Directors. The panel will include Johnson, A Martinez, who plays the character Jacob Nighthorse on the show, and Marcus Red Thunder, a technical advisor on the show. The session will be moderated by WWA President Kirk Ellis, an Emmy Award winning screenwriter.

    WWA was founded in 1953 and held its first convention in Denver in 1954. From its beginnings as a small group of mostly novelists it has grown to nearly 700 members, including Will Bagley, Sandra Dallas, Michael McGarrity, Nancy Plain, David Morrell, Anne Hillerman, Lucia St. Clair Robson, W. Michael and Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Kat Martin, and C. J. Box.

    Since 1953, WWA has promoted and honored the best in Western literature with the annual Spur Awards, which are given for works whose inspiration, image, and literary excellence best represent the reality and spirit of the American West. This year’s winners include novelists David Osborne (“The Coming”) and Jeff Guinn (“Silver City”)

    and historian David Grann (“Killers of the Flower Moon”).

    New Mexico journalist Ollie Reed Jr., will be honored with WWA’s Branding Iron Award, given for outstanding service to the organization. The McCracken Research Library will be recognized with the John M. Cleary Homestead Honoree Award for outstanding support to Western Writers of America and the literature of the American West. The Arthur H. Clark Company will receive the Lariat Award for its extensive reputation in publishing Western Literature.

    WWA moves its convention each year. Next year’s convention will be held in Tucson, Arizona. For more information, log on to www.westernwriters.org, or email: wwa.moulton@gmail.com.

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Montana News Headlines

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  • Petroleum Association on President Trump’s Keystone Permit

    Today on Voices of Montana Alan Olson, Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association, was asked about the efficacy of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline now that President Donald Trump has issued a new permit to cross the Montana/Canadian Border. Hear Alan Olson’s response Listen to the Entire Show Here
  • Save Colstrip and the Mueller Report

    Greg Gianforte called us live from the swamp to update us on the Mueller Report. Colstrip United Representatives discussed the “Save Colstrip Bill” Senator Tom Richmond (SD 28), and Senator Duane Ankney (SD 20) joined us. Click To Listen
  • Working through issues on Colstrip Power Plant

    Today, we heard Public Service Commissioner Roger Koopmans’ thoughts on Colstrip. The PSC, NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Legislature are working through some issues that revolve around Colstrip Power Plant. Click To Listen      
  • Does the state of Montana really need to expand Medicaid Insurance?

    We started with John Doran, VP of External affairs and Chief of Staff with Blue Cross Blue Shield as he gave us his ideas on Medicaid expansion. Also joining us on the show was Tom McGillvrey with the Montana State Senate and Senator Dr. Al Olszewski, who also spoke on …
  • The Columbia River Treaty

    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 …