- MSUB Buzzin’ in Eastern Montana
MSUB will be on the show to talk about their upcoming tour of Eastern Montana and to talk about their Golden Graduates Program.
- Legislative Wrap-Up on Taxes
We will have Bob Story, Executive Director of the Montana Taxpayers Association on the show to talk about the Legislative Session from a Taxpayers prospective. We will cover Revenue Increases, revenue Reductions, and Spending for the coming Biennium.
We look forward to taking your calls as we go live with Bob.
- “Legislating to Stop the Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls” With Greg Gianforte
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Greg Gianforte serves on the communications and technology subcommittee which held a hearing centered on “Legislating to Stop the Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls.” He will talk about the hearing and give us an update on what is happening in DC.
- Judge Rules In Favor of Environmental Groups Trying to Stop the Rock Creek Mine
An April 9th ruling by a Montana judge stated that the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation failed to adequately consider the potential impact of the Rock Creek mine’s groundwater pumping on streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. We will be getting an update on where the mine currently stands and if there is an impact to the Exploration Phase
- AARP Fraud Watch Friday: “Do Not Call” Scams and Annoying RoboCalls
Con artists are posing as Federal Trade Commission workers and calling people about the Do Not Call registry… Find out what you can do to combat these calls.
You get a phone call, you look at the caller ID, You don’t recognize the call – but maybe you should answer it anyway because it is a Montana phone number after all. Find out what is being done to take care of these annoying calls.
We will talk with AARP Fraud Watch Expert Al Ward and answering any questions you might have.
- What is going on at the PSC with Commissioner Tony O’Donnell
Public Service Commissioner Tony O’Donnell will be catching us up on PSC Business. He will also give us his viewpoint on Colstrip. Be sure to have your questions ready.
Tony O’Donnell was elected to District 2 of the Montana public service Commission in November 2016. His district encompasses most of South West Montana, including: Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Treasure, Rosebud, Powder River, Custer, Prairie, Fallon, and Carter counties.
- Libby Superfund Sites Update
Most people have heard about the Libby Asbestos Superfund site, but most have not heard about the Water Contamination Superfund Site. We will be speaking with Stan Christensen, the Remedial Section Chief with EPA Superfund and Emergency Response Division about both sites.
- Can the MT Manufacturing Extension Center help your business
We will speak with Paddy Fleming, The Director of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Center and how they can potentially help your business grow and prosper.
Paddy has over 27 years of experience in leading, managing and improving manufacturing businesses. He is the past Vice Chair of Montana’s District Export Council and was named the 2015 Montana Manufacturing Advocate of the Year by the Montana Manufacturing Association. Prior to joining MMEC, he held numerous top level engineering and management positions in the paper, aluminum and machinery industries for such companies as International Paper, Tenneco, BW Paper Systems and Timberline Tool.
- Beyond the Headlines: What Does SB 239 Accomplish for Rural Broadband and Why would the Governor Consider a veto?
We will be getting beyond the headlines in talking about Senate Bill 239, currently awaiting the Governor’s signature.
We will talk with Geoff Feiss, Executive Director of the MT Telecommunications Association about how providing a moratorium on property taxes for new broadband fiber and cable will benefit the expansion of new coverage in the state.
- It’s surprising that there are still Federal payments going to dead people…
This week Congressman Greg Gianforte will discuss the bipartisan bill he introduced with Cheri Bustos of Illinois called the “Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act”
We will also take any questions you have for the Congressman
- Small Business Assistance for Veterans and Their Spouses
We will speak with Dustin Frost, the Region 8 Director for the Veterans Business Outreach Centers. The program is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard & Reserve members and military spouses interested in starting or growing a small business.
- Small Business Administration and How You Can Access Their Services
The Small Business Administration does more than guarantee loans, they can help your business before you even open the doors, assist in day to day operations, and help in expanding an already existing business. Find out all about of their programs and ask your questions of Brent E. Donnelly, the Montana Deputy District Director for the US Small Business Administration
- What does being the first Clerk of the MT Supreme Court in 30 years look like
This year, Bowen Greenwood was sworn in as the first new Clerk of the Supreme Court in 30 years. we will touch base with Bowen on how the first 5 months in office has gone and what plans he has for his role into the future.
- Do you know what to do if there is an Active Shooter where you work?
Surviving an active shooter incident might seem unbelievable for many people. But not for those who are mentally prepared and have sharpened their wits for just such an event. That is the belief and mission of Patrick Hoy; to help people keep from being victimized by an armed killer whose only goal is to vent his maniacal rage through the violent deaths of many innocent people before taking his own life.
We will also have Dr. Eric Arzubi with Billings Clinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Arzubi will talk about the mental health and characteristics to be aware of.
- Those Darn Obnoxious Weeds – What are you Going to do?
Join Taylor Brown as he talks to the experts on how to deal with obnoxious weeds. It doesn’t matter if you have a small garden, a yard, or a large operation. This show is for you.
One of our guests will be Becky Kington who has been the Executive Director of the Montana Weed Control Association since 2000 and the Current President of the Association Dale Butori
- Jim Brown gives his take on the 2019 Legislative Session
Attorney Jim Brown will give his unique perspective on how the legislative session turned out. He will also be making a special announcement during the show.
- Matt Rosendale and the Fallout from the Governor’s Veto Pen
Beyond the Headlines: State Auditor Matt Rosendale will be on the show to talk about the Legislative Session and how the bills that Governor Bullock has vetoed will impact Montanans.
- Industrial Hemp: The Opportunities and Challenges for MT Farmers
Coming up this Thursday on Voices of Montana, Colter Brown has an exciting show talking about industrial hemp. With grain prices the lowest they’ve been in several years, hemp has become an interesting opportunity for Montana farmers. We’re going to be joined by Conrad farmer Colby Johnson who’s been growing hemp from years and will tell us about the challenges and the opportunity this new crop presents.
Senator Steve Daines will also talk with us about hemp being removed from the controlled substances list as well as the challenges producers have had this year getting seed out of Canada.
Lastly, Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas will join us on the phone from Washington where he’s talking with both the house and senate ag committees about Montana’s hemp program.
- Live from the Bucking Horse Sale – Come Down And Join Us
We are taking the show on the road to the Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City. If your in the area, stop by the new Ag Advancement Center (across the road from the Miles City Livestock Commission) We will be talking with
- Stacy Klippenstein, Miles Community College President
- Wally Badgett, MCC Equine Science Teacher
- John Laney, Miles City Chamber of Commerce Executive
- Haven Meged, PRCA Tie-Down roper from Miles City, On the top 50 Rookies to watch, No. 6 Man in the world
- Fred Wacker, MT Stockgrowers to talk about China Export Tariffs impact on the Stockgrowers/Chinese Beef Export Agreement
- US Marshall Rod Ostermiller, First Year Review and What is Impacting Law Enforcement the Most in Montana
As the United States Marshal for the state of Montana, Ostermiller oversees all operational and administrative activities to include but not limited to; judicial security, fugitive operations, tactical operations, prisoner operations, asset forfeiture, financial management, and a number of other mission related functions.
By listening, you will learn what is the biggest cause of crime in Montana as well as what you can do to help the US Marshall’s Office.
- How do we help children with Adverse Child Experiences
Discover the Long Term Solutions for the Health and Well-being of our Children as we talk with folks from the Lewis and Clark County Mental Health Local Advisory Council, Elevate Montana, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Our Guests are:
Tina Eblen – Interim Director Child Wise Institute
Jess Hegstrom -Suicide Prevention Health Educator at Lewis and Clark Public Health
Matt Furlong – Vice Chair for Lewis and Clark County Mental Health Local Advisory Council
- Senator Daines
We will have Senator Daines on the show to discuss what he is currently working on and what is coming up.
- Government contracting opportunities are available – are they a good fit for your business?
Discover new opportunities for your business!! MT PTAC has invited over 30 federal, state, and local government agencies to participate in our annual “GovMatch” event. The event is designed to facilitate introductions between business owners and government buyers for the purpose of discussing future government contracting opportunities. Business owners will be able to visit with various government buyers to discuss their company’s products or services, learn how different agencies do business and find out about upcoming projects.
- Senator Tester Talks with Colter Brown on current conditions for Farmers and Ranchers
Senator Tester and Colter talk about Japan, current conditions, hemp, and his bill that would impose a moratorium on large agricultural mergers for 18 months.
- What a joint SBA/USDA Office Approach means for Montana
This joint SBA/USDA office approach is the first of its kind in the nation, and will serve as a model for future cooperative federal government agency arrangements in the country. But, what does it mean for Montanan’s? Find out by listening in.
- Weekly Update with Congressman Gianforte
Greg will join us and give us an update on what is going on in DC and what he will be up to traveling around the state next week
- A behind the scenes view on Impeachment and the death of Bipartisanship with Drew Lesofski, Yellowstone Strategies
For those of you that listen regularly, Drew has been on our show in the past and always gives a different perspective on what is going on in DC. We will be taking your questions and discuss the following topics:
- Passage of Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
- Federal Budget
- US Forest Service Priorities and funding
- Lack of civility in politics – death of bipartisanship
- Real Montana Leadership – Becoming the best leader possible with Tara Becken & Taylor Brown
The REAL Montana leadership training program is seeking applicants for Class Four! The goal of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership) is to build a network of informed and engaged leaders for the natural resource industries in Montana. The deadline to apply for Class Four is May 31.
Tara Becken, the Program Director for REAL Montana is our guest, to discuss the 18-month program that features eight in-state seminars; a five-day national study tour in Washington D.C.; and a twelve-day trip to an international location.
Complete program information and application instructions are available at www.realmontana.org
- A year of accomplishments at MSUB with Chancellor Dr. Dan Edelman
During his first year, at the helm of MSU-Billings, Dan Edelman has some major accomplishments. Including expanding Veterans Services. We will talk about all of these and much more.
- Austin Knudson, Candidate for Attorney General
Taylor Brown will be taking your calls as we interview Austin Knudson, 2020 candidate for Montana Attorney General. Austin is a fifth generation Montanan, Roosevelt County Attorney and former two-time Speaker of the House. This is an opportunity to find out more about Austin and what sets him apart from the other candidates.