- Help STOP Human Trafficking in Montana
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that subjects children, women, and men to force, fraud, or coercion. Billings Councilwoman Penny Ronning, and Attorney Stephanie Baucus who created the Yellowstone Human Trafficking Taskforce discuss signs of human trafficking, task force events, training on what you can do to help, progress on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, recent success of SB147 and HB749, the Yellowstone Human Trafficking Taskforce, and more.
- Kimberly Dudik, Candidate for Attorney General
Meet State Representative Kimberly Dudik, who is running for the Democratic nomination to serve as Montana’s next Attorney General. Her focus is on improving public safety, protecting Montana citizens, and making communities safer. Previously serving as an Assistant Attorney General for Montana, she worked on enforcing Montana’s laws to protect children in abusive home situations.
- Summer is a deadly in Construction Work Zones! MT Contractors Assn Exec David Smith says their members take that very seriously.
Summer brings “Road Construction Season” in Montana! Combine that with a few million visiting Tourists and it’s a dangerous time for motorists facing more challenging commutes and increased distractions. Nationally there are 158,000 work zone crashes a year…one every 5.4 minutes…with nearly 800 deaths, The new Executive Director of the Montana Contractors Association, David Smith is our Guest, along with Brian Turmail, Executive Director of Public Affairs at Associated General Contractors of America, to discuss new data on how they say we can reduce these preventable accidents.
- Who wouldn’t want to win thousands or even millions of dollars? There are plenty of tips to protect your self from Sweepstakes/Lottery Scams, find out more during the AARP Fraud Watch Friday
Who wouldn’t want to win thousands or even millions of dollars, or the chance to go on a luxury vacation? There are many legitimate sweepstakes and contests out there, and the idea of winning some fabulous prize can be mighty alluring. Con artists get that, and they exploit your eagerness to score that big check or dream trip. Learn tips to protect yourself in this AARP Fraud Watch Friday Segment
- Re-districting. What does this mean and how does it affect you? Jeff Essmann joins VOM to answer your questions.
It is time for Montana’s ten-year Legislative Re-districting process, meaning that Montana will soon create new boundaries for state Legislative Districts. The lines are redrawn every 10 years following the U.S. Census because Federal Law stipulates that districts must have nearly equal population. Drawing the new state legislative district boundaries is done by a Commission comprised of five members, including two Democrats and two Republicans. This cycle one of those Republican members is Jeff Essmann, who joins us to discuss the process.
Photo Credit: https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-information/roster/individual/4796
- The People’s Compact
We will be taking your calls and speaking with Catherine Vandemoer, Ph.D. who is the Chair, Montana Land and Water Alliance. Topics of discussion will include the objectives of The People’s Compact which, according to the website is:
The People’s Compact is a good faith effort to resolve a difficult problem with the following objectives:
To STAY within the confines of federal reserved water rights law and the constitution
To PROVIDE a simple and final resolution for all of Montana, that benefits people, not governments.
To PROTECT the water rights of ALL MONTANANS and
To MEND fences with our friends and neighbors
Photo Courtesy of: http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/reserved-water-rights-compact-commission/approved-compacts
- Dr Al Olszewski, State Senator, Former State Representative, and Candidate for Governor
We will be taking your calls and talking with Dr. Al Olszewski is a third-generation Montanan and native of Great Falls.
He graduated from Carroll College in Helena, completed medical school at the University of Washington.
He went on to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1984 to 1997 as a flight surgeon and rapid mobility trauma surgeon, fixing broken and wounded warriors. For the past 20 years, Dr. Al has cared for over 100,000 patients as an independent orthopedic surgeon in Kalispell and was the recipient of the Montana Medical Association (MMA) Award of Merit and Flathead’s Best Orthopedist Award in 2018. Dr. Al is a husband of 31 years, the biological and adoptive father of six
children, and a grandpa! He has served as a State Representative and is the State Senator for Senate District 6.
Dr. Al is currently running to be Montana’s next Governor.
Photo Credit: Dr. Al Olszewski for Governor
- We will be catching up with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Elsie Arntzen.
What is available for teachers and students during the school year. What resources are available for parents. And, how are things going out on the Campaign Trail.
Photo Credit: The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Great things came out of the VP Visit, We will hear about it with US Marshall, Rod Ostermiller
We are looking forward to having US Marshall Rod Ostermiller in the studio to give his first hand account of meeting with Vice President Mike Pence to discuss the Meth Epidemic in Montana.
- Why is weed control important and What are Integrated Weed Management Best Practices
Integrated Weed Management (IWM) is an way to manage weeds utilizing multiple control tactics. According to IntegratedWeedManagement.org, “Herbicide application is the main weed control strategy used. Reliance on this one method has led to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds. There are a limited number of herbicides available to use and cases of herbicide resistance are rapidly increasing in the US. As a result, herbicides are in need of extra help to continue to ensure adequate weed control.”
Learn more as we take your calls and discuss weed control with Megan Hoyer, Yellowstone County Weed District and Gary Adams, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Photo Credit: Montana Weed Control Association
- Challenges Facing Rural Law Enforcement
This is a unique opportunity to discuss the Challenges Facing Law Enforcement in Montana.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) are two of the largest granting entities within the U.S. Department of Justice. For the first time the directors of BJA and COPS will come to Montana to hear about the needs of rural law enforcement.
Our guests will be Phil Keith, Director of COPS and Matt M. Dummermuth, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General.
Photo Credit: US Department of Justice
- Congressman Greg Gianforte
We will be taking your calls as we talk with Congressman Gianforte on the various events he is attending over the weekend as well as what is currently happening in DC.
- Miss Montana: How the program changes lives for the positive
As her current reign comes to a close, we will speak to the current Miss Montana, Laura Haller, What has the past year meant to her and about being the first Miss Montana to receive the STEM scholarship from the National Miss America Pageant. We will also discuss the upcoming Miss Montana Pageant coming up in Glendive.
- LWCF: Congress voted to permanently reauthorize LWCF but the bill signed by Trump didn’t include mandatory funding… find out what this means to Montana
For more than 50 years, The Land and Water Conservation Fund has been America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, trails, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level. LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars – it is funded using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments.
In the past, Montana has received over $400 million in funding from LWCF. These funds have protected important lands in the Blackfoot Valley, on the Rocky Mountain Front, in the Greater Yellowstone region, and all over the state. LWCF funds have also been used to acquire key parcels that open up large areas of “land-locked” public land for hunting and fishing.
- MT State Parks Foundation and How They Support Our State Parks
There is a lot of work that goes into maintaining our great State Parks. We will be taking your calls and talking with Coby Gierke, Executive Director about the Montana State Parks Foundation and how they support our State Parks, what projects they are currently working on, and how you can have an amazing “stay-cation” right here in Montana.
Photo Credit: Montana State Parks Foundation
- New Solution in Dealing with Industry By-Product Water
The Problem: Industry (Oil & Manufacturing) has too much By-Product Water
Encore Green Environmental Solution: Clean the By-Product Water and use it to grow vegetation. If we do, then everyone wins!
Encore Green Environmental works with Landowners, Oil Companies, Manufacturing Plants, Government Regulators, Policy Makers, Environmentalists, and Concerned Citizens, we will be talking with them about their patent-pending methodology and it’s benefit to the Oil and Manufacturing Industries as well as the Agriculture Community and the Environment.
- What you need to know about Medicare
Join us as we talk with Medicare Specialist Bobbi Roberts. She will be answering your questions regarding Medicare and will be covering what you need to do to be prepared for the moment your are Medicare eligible.
Photo Credit: Roger L. Daniels Insurance
- DC Update with Our Congressman
There has been quite a bit happening in DC this week. We will get an update from Congressman Greg Gianforte on the Affordable Clean Energy Rule as well as taking your calls.
- There has been some movement with the Keystone Pipeline…
We will talk with Alan Olson, Executive Director of the Montana Petroleum Association about what the recent 9th Circuit Ruling means and where the project goes from here.
- Property Tax Assessment Alert
Owners of residential, commercial, and agricultural properties should have received their notice of new values in the past week, revalues of properties occurs every two years. Values of most properties increase as the result of the reappraisal. The notice you receive shows those new values as well as the value of the property from the previous appraisal.
Did you know that if you feel the new appraised value is incorrect, you have 30 days from the date on the notice to file an appeal. We will take your calls as we discuss the process with Bob Story, Executive Director of Montana Taxpayers Association.
- Public input requested on how best to fund public lands
Montana is facing a growing need to increase dedicated funding to better protect our way of life and help local communities respond. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project has launched a public outreach effort to gather Montanans’ ideas on whether and how to enhance funding for private and public lands conservation, wildlife management, and outdoor access and recreation. Montanans are invited to participate this summer by attending community conversations happening across the state and by taking a short survey found at www.montanaheritageproject.com. The Montana Outdoor Heritage Project plans to release results and recommendations later this fall based on this public input.
- “Animal Welfare and What it Means to You: The Destruction of Animal Ownership through Deceptive Legislation”
Montana Agri-Women (MAW) will host Mindy Patterson of the Cavalry Group in a public forum to promote understanding and truth about topics that affect each one of us. The realization that agriculture plays a vital role the economic, social and environmental progress of Montana is important to the future of our state and nation.
Mindy Patterson is President and Co-Founder of The Cavalry Group, LLC, regularly advocating for and defending the constitutional and private property rights of law-abiding animal owners and animal-related businesses. Mindy specializes in working with animal related businesses, national animal associations, animal agriculture interests, and outdoor sportsmen, leading the charge in defending against the onslaught of anti-animal ownership ideology while challenging the infiltration of animal rights activism in government at the local, state and federal levels. To learn more about the Cavalry Group, https://www.thecavalrygroup.com
Montana Agri-Women is a non-profit organization promoting a positive perception of agriculture and helping with the understanding of rural Montana issues to Legislators, regulators, consumers, and the general public. MAW is an affiliate of American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974.
Photo Courtesy of MT Agri-Women
- Joe Dooling Announces His Run For Congress
On Voices of Montana this morning, Joe Dooling announced his bid for Montana’s lone seat in the House of Representatives. In this podcast you will learn what sets him apart from the other candidates.
Photo Credit: Mark Larowe
- June is Home-ownership Month, we will talk to Charles Robison about the Rural Housing Programs available to Montanans
Charles Robison is the State Director for the Montana State office for USDA Rural Development. We will be taking your calls and discussing the connection between home-ownership and rural prosperity, the opportunities that are made possible after home-ownership is achieved. We will also highlight the 70th Anniversary of the Rural Housing Program.
- What are the Pitfalls Regarding Renewed Efforts to Pass a Sales Tax….
Dave Lewis, a 41-year State Budget Analyst and Former Legislator, will talk to Host Russ Fagg about his tenure working on the State Budget and his concerns regarding renewed efforts to get a Sales Tax in Montana.
Photo Credit: Dave Lewis
- New Medal of Honor Highway Dedication
We will be discussing dedicating U.S. Highway 20 as the Montana Medal of Honor highway on Friday June 28th in West Yellowstone.
- Fort Peck Summer Theatre Celebrates 50 Years
We will be discussing the rich history of the Fort Peck Summer Theatre as well as learning all about the performances this summer.
- US Congressman Greg Gianforte
We will be taking your calls and talking with Congressman Gianforte about action this week by the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, legislation he introduced Thursday to permanently extend the Indian Coal Production Tax Credit, and a resolution to proclaim Oct. 1 as National Health Literacy Day.
- Municipal Budget Constraints vs Public Safety
Billings Mayor Bill Cole and Councilman Mike Yakawich will discuss the constraints of the budget for municipalities vs the need for public safety. The City of Billings has been dipping into reserves to pay for the increase in crime for several budget cycles, we will discuss what is being done to address the issue.
We will also discuss where things currently stand for the Commissioning of the USS Billings.