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What the 6-Mill Levy Means for Montana

Montanans Decide: 6-Mill Levy Up for Vote in 2018 Billings – Bob Brown, former Secretary of State of Montana and veteran legislator says renewing the 7-decade mill levy for colleges and universities is critical for our state. The 6-Mill Levy is a legislative referendum that has existed since 1948 and is voted upon once every decade. The levy…

Troy Mine Says Recent Headlines Made False Suggestions

Troy Mine Provides Updated Reclamation Schedule LIBBY, MONTANA –Troy Mine Inc. (TMI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hecla Mining Company, has provided Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) an updated schedule for reclamation work at the former Troy Mine. In a letter submitted August 2, the new schedule modifies some interim milestones, but the overall…

Steve Daines & Greg Gianforte Working Together

Montana Senator, Steve Daines and Montana Congressman, Greg Gianforte have introduced legislation that they said would cut down on lawsuits about forest management projects on federal land. Their bill would free the Forest Service from consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service when “new information” related to federally protected species arises in relation to certain projects. If…

It Was Never About The Dinosaur Of The Yellowstone!

Was it ever about the fish? Not according to Drew Lesofski with the consulting firm, Yellowstone Strategies. It’s all about the money! U.S. District judge Brian Morris on Wednesday, green-lighted lower Yellowstone irrigation projects plans for a fish bypass channel to accommodate the prehistoric pallid sturgeon, an endangered shovel billed fish that swam the Yellowstone…

Newspaper Headlines Are Mostly Ridiculous, Even With “Leaked Email”

The Wednesday newspaper headlines made me think that there was possibly some sort of major meltdown at one of the largest electricity generation facilities in the northwestern United States, and that toxic air pollution had been spread across Montana and beyond from the Colstrip power plant. Upon further review, we learned, that Units one and…

Montana Senator David Howard Still Fighting Against Illegal Immigration

Montana state senator, David Howard feels very strongly about numerous subjects, but none more than illegal immigration. The Park City resident has been part of the Montana legislature since 2009 including 3 terms in the state house and presently serving his 2nd term in the senate, and he was our guest Thursday morning. He is…

High Tech Business The “Montana Way”

 There seems to be numerous good reasons why the High-Tech business climate in Montana is growing at a high rate. However, the biggest reason might be the simplest: Montana’s people. The lead author of the entrepreneurship ecosystems study, Yas Motoyama, Ph.D., concluded the report by encouraging Montanans to continue building a Montana-unique ecosystem for Montana…

Tornado & Micro Burst Are No Match For Plentywood.

It is just heart-wrenching to hear about the strong summer storm that hit Northeastern Montana and wide portions of northwest North Dakota earlier this week. There are no better people on earth than these folks and nobody deserves these kinds of hardships. According to Tanya Fransen, Meteorologist with the Glasgow weather service, “this area was…

Do We Need A Special Session For I-186?

The Montana Republican Party has control of the legislature, holding 91 of the state’s seats. Even so, their recent call for a special session seems to be dying a slow death.  A majority of the states 150 legislators would have to approve the request for a special session to take place. All the Democrats are…

Rosendale Gets A Boost From Trump

On the day that President Trump came to Big Sky Country, Voices of Montana had a full line up of politicians that were eager to hear what the president had to say. The show started out with Montana Auditor, and current candidate for the US Senate, Matt Rosendale. Rosendale was quick to bring up that…

Going Back To The Old West

If you are anything like me (and as old as me too) you might have enjoyed the western TV classics like Bonanza, The High Chaparral and of course, Gunsmoke! Those greats and others like them are what got me excited about western books, poetry and songs. That is why I was so excited to learn that The Western Writers…

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