- Raising Awareness of Children’s Rights in Due Process
Matt Furlong, Denise Johnson, and Dennis Lenz will join us to discuss the recent MT Supreme Court ruling which overturned a District Court Judge’s Termination of Parental Rights in Yellowstone County. We will also discuss the work being done by the Children, Families, Health, and Human Services Interim Legislative Committee on HJ 48 and HJ 49.
- No Fake News in these Survey Results
“Fake News” is bantered about constantly, in this show you will find out what local and national news sources are most trusted by Montanans. The results come from a survey commissioned by the Greater Montana Foundation and conducted by the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research. The foundations first surveys were conducted in 2015 and 2016 and set a baseline for evaluating Montana news consumption in the digital age. The trends between then and now are definitely thought provoking.
- Mission over Malmstrom
We will be discussing a once-in-a-lifetime event, Mission Over Malmstrom, hosted by the 341st Missile Wing. Learn about all of the fun activities and great showcase of our Military’s might during this Malmstrom Air Force Base Open House July 13 & 14th.
Photo Credit: http://malmstromopenhouse.com/
- What to expect with this Fire Season
In Montana we jokingly call summer “construction season”. But what is not a joke and has become a season of its own… Fire Season. We will speak with John Monzie, Deputy Chief of the Montana DNRC Fire Protection Bureau – Forestry Division. We will take your calls and get the answers to current fire activity, the DNRC Preparedness and a general prediction of what we can expect in July and August.
- Joe Dooling
Joe Dooling announced his Candidacy for US Congress on Voices of Montana June 26th. But, we didn’t have enough time to take your calls and take a deeper look into his Candidacy and what sets him apart from the other candidates running for Montana’s Lone Congressional Seat. Tune in to learn more about Joe’s platform and what he hopes to accomplish if elected.
- AARP Fraud Watch Friday: Affinity Fraud
All scams are offensive but affinity fraud is a particularly personal affront. Affinity fraud is a term for investment scams that prey upon members of specific groups, such as religious or ethnic communities, the elderly, or professional groups. During this show we will focus on scams that target Veterans and Native American Communities.
- US Supreme Court to Hear Case on the Montana School Choice Tax Credit
We will take your calls and speak with Jeff Laszloffy of the Montana Family Foundation regarding the US Supreme Court hearing a case about Montana School Choice Tax Credit Program.
- Ken Miller, Now What?
The 2012 campaign finance allegations against Ken Miller have been fully dismissed with no wrongdoing found. We will talk to Ken about his current plans and the difficulty in overcoming the defamation of his character.
- Could the US Bureau of Reclamation raise power rates in Eastern MT by 600%… find out more
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. On today’s show it is all about water as we take your questions and discuss the following topics:
- Pick-Sloan water users are seeking help to prevent the US Bureau of Reclamation from raising power rates by 600% and beyond the Congressionally-mandated Pick-Sloan irrigation land owners’ ability to pay.
- CSKT Water Compact
- USS Montana
The Crew of the USS Montana spent a week touring Montana, we will learn about more about the experience and the Virginia Class nuclear attack submarine, SSN 794. We will speak with Bill Whitsitt about how Montanans can support the crew and where they are in the construction process.
Photo Credit: USS Montana Commissioning Committee
- The best way to prevent the spread of weeds is to understand how they are spread
By participating in this conversation with Jesse Scott of the Carter County Weed District and Kellieann Morris with the Ravalli County Weed District, you will know the resources available so you too prevent the spread of weeds, report weed concerns, and what to be on the look out for weeds from other states.
- Spending by Tourists is on the Rise, How Does That Mean for the State
A recently published report by University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research Economists shows that the money spent by tourists rose in 2018 over 2017. We will speak to the Institute’s Associate Director and Economist Dr. Jeremy Sage to discover the impact on the overall State Economy.
- The future of the Montana Republican Party
At their annual convention, the Montana Republican Party elected Don ‘K’ Kaltschmidt to lead them. We will talk to Don about more than just the platform, but also where he envisions taking his party in the future.
- Update from Congress with Greg Gianforte
We will take your calls as we talk with Congressman Greg Gianforte about the current affairs of our nations capital. He will update us on the National Defense Authorization Act, Malmstrom Air Force Base, the new Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) formula, and the Census.
- Lt. Governor Mike Cooney
Could the census result in getting back our second Congressional Seat? How does the immigration debate impact the Census in Montana? Those questions and more as we take your calls in our conversation with Lt. Governor Mike Cooney regarding the 2020 Census and the importance to our State
- Is the Famous Yellowstone Volcano Up To Something?
Steamboat Geyser in Yellowstone National Park has been putting on a show since early spring and is at near record pace for frequency of eruptions. Does the increased geyser activity make you wonder if the famous Yellowstone volcano is up to something? Is there any connection to the increased geyser activity in Yellowstone and the recent earthquakes in California? Put on your muddiest geo-thermal lab coat and join us as we talk with Dr. Jamie Farrell from the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory about the inspiring and overwhelming power of Mother Nature.
- Representative Shane Morigeau, Candidate for State Auditor
State Representative Shane Morigeau, who served as the House Minority Whip in the 2019 legislative session, recently announced his run for the State Auditors Office. We will take your calls and discuss his plans to hold insurance companies accountable and lower health insurance rates.
Photo Credit: https://leg.mt.gov/legislator-information/roster/individual/5154
- The Impact of the Digital Divide in Rural Broadband
We will take your calls as we talk with Jon Conradi the Outreach Director for Connect Americans Now (CAN), a coalition dedicated to eliminating the digital divide that is holding rural America back.
- Will MSU Athletics Break Ground Soon?
We will take your calls as we discuss the MSU Athletics 20-Year Master Plan. Unveiled in 2017, we will get an update from Athletic Director Leon Costello.
- Kathleen Williams, Democrat Candidate for US Congress
On April 5, 2019 Kathleen Williams announced her second run for Montana’s lone Congressional seat. With Congressman Greg Gianforte vacating the position to run for Montana Governor, some say she is the front runner. What do you say? Join in the conversation as we talk with her about her 2020 race and what is different this time around.
- Asian Clams in Lake Elmo, Whirling Disease, New Zealand Mud Snail…What is the Impact of Invasive Aquatic Species
Whether they come on the trailers or hulls of recreational boats, or from the water of an angler’s bait bucket, invasive species have found their way into Montana. But, what is there impact to Big Sky Country? We will take your calls as we discuss concerns and prevention measures with Bob Gibson, Education and Information Officer for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
Photo Credit: http://fwp.mt.gov
- LIVE REMOTE: Big Sky State Games
Join us live as we go broadcast from Daylis Stadium in Billings, the location of the Opening Ceremonies as well as the Track & Field competitions.
Photo Credit: https://bigskygames.org/about/media.php
- Scott Sales, President of the Montana State Senate
State Senate President Scott Sales will join Voices of Montana in-studio to talk about the 2019 Montana legislative session. His 16 years as a state legislator will provide a good background for the discussion of politics and policies in Montana.
Sales will also talk about his bid for the GOP nomination to run for Montana’s Secretary of State.
Photo Credit: Montana Senate Website
- Economic Development Tools to Encourage Growth and Opportunities for Montanans
Economic development is vital to Montana. Where will your next job come from? Join Voices and our guest Steve Arveschoug, President of the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA), to learn more about the tools communities and developers are relying on to encourage economic growth and opportunities for Montanans.
(Photo credit: Big Sky Economic Development)
- They Call it the “Silver Tsunami”
As boomers increasingly elect to work well into their 60’s, will Montana businesses need to adjust? Patrick Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) will discuss the impact of boomers in the workforce. Todd O’Hair, executive director of the Montana Chamber Foundation will also join Voices for the discussion.
(Photo credit: Montana Chamber Foundation)
- Greg Gianforte – the Weekly DC Update
We will take your calls and speak with Greg Gianforte on what is going on in DC as well as the upcoming plans for the August Break. Topics include the Mueller Testimony, Robocalls, the Budget, and Fighting Fraud.
- A Montana tale: Dean Folkvord
Join Voices of Montana for a story of hills and valleys, and, of course, wheat fields. Dean Folkvord, who with his family helped build one of Montana’s most recognizable businesses, Wheat Montana, will be in-studio to reflect on the challenges and rewards of a Montana farm family, and maybe give us a glimpse as to what’s next.
(Photo credit: From Farm to Table, The Montana chamber of Commerce)
- Montanan Named President of PNWER – what is the Economic Impact for MT
The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) is a public/private organization made up of representatives from 5 U.S. states, and 5 Canadian Providences.
The organization’s growing influence is felt in trade, energy, water, agriculture and other issues important to our region.
PNWER’s 2019 summit was held last week in Saskatoon, SK, and today on Voices, we are joined by newly elected PNWER President Mike Cuffe, a Montana State Senator from Eureka.
Also joining us will be three members of the Montana delegation who attended the annual summit, State Senator Jon Sesso, State Representative Brad Hamlett, and Montana Mining Association Executive Director Tammy Johnson
- LIVE REMOTE: Economic Outlook Seminar
Join us at we go Live from the Northern Hotel for the Montana Chamber’s Economic Update Series. Now in it’s 14th year, the series will tour around the state. We will speak with Statewide Experts regarding the updates on various industry economies across the state, address the Silver Tsunami, and discuss what the changing demographics in Montana’s workforce means to employers.
- Healthcare services – do hospitals over-charge or Medicaid under-pay?
What’s behind the RAND study that found some hospitals charge patients two to three times what Medicaid charges? Do you believe hospitals are over-charging for services, or is this Medicaid price-fixing by the heavy hand of the government?
Bob Olsen from the Montana Hospital Association, and John Doran from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana will be our guests to discuss making health care affordable. Also on Wednesday, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research released a new study on the impact of hospitals and Medicaid services on Montana’s economy. BBER Research Author Gregg Davis will join Voices of Montana.