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The Missoula County commissioners host the "The Agenda" podcast, which aims to help county residents better understand how local government works and how it affects their lives. In each episode, the commissioners sit down with fellow staff, elected officials and community partners to discuss public sector projects and trending topics.The Communications Division at Missoula County produces "The Agenda" with support from Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). If you have something you’d like to add to the conversation, email communications@missoulacounty.us.

The Agenda with the Missoula County Commissioners Missoula County Commissioners

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The Missoula County commissioners host the "The Agenda" podcast, which aims to help county residents better understand how local government works and how it affects their lives. In each episode, the commissioners sit down with fellow staff, elected officials and community partners to discuss public sector projects and trending topics.The Communications Division at Missoula County produces "The Agenda" with support from Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT). If you have something you’d like to add to the conversation, email communications@missoulacounty.us.

    The Spirit of the Snake: A Brief History of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

    The Spirit of the Snake: A Brief History of the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area

    The Rattlesnake National Recreation Area, located minutes from downtown Missoula, is part of the Lolo National Forest. Many know the Rattlesnake as Missoula’s backyard, offering ample outdoor recreation opportunities and access to the adjoining wilderness area. But did you know that in the 1930s there were homes, mines, a school and telephone lines scattered through the forest?
    This week, the commissioners were joined by Andy Kulla, the former Recreation Area and Wilderness Manager for the Rattlesnake. Andy details how the grassroots efforts to preserve the area from development led to its designation by Congress in 1980. They also discuss how changes in the logging industry, wildfire research and recreation trends influence public land management.

    Related links:
    Learn more about the ongoing Lolo National Forest Management Plan Revision and upcoming engagement opportunitiesRead the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness Act of 1980
    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 42 min
    Remarkable opportunities: A conversation with Mayor Andrea Davis

    Remarkable opportunities: A conversation with Mayor Andrea Davis

    Andrea Davis was elected as the 52nd Mayor of the City of Missoula in Nov. 2023 and in her first few months of office she has been addressing the hot topics of housing, homelessness, public meetings and other issues. 
    This week the Missoula County Commissioners caught up with Mayor Davis to discuss what has surprised her since taking office, how the city and county governments collaborate for their constituents and so much more. 

    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 42 min
    From the Ashes: How the Office of Emergency Management Responds to Disasters Near and Far

    From the Ashes: How the Office of Emergency Management Responds to Disasters Near and Far

    When disasters like wildfires, floods and hazardous waste spills strike, Missoula County is ready to respond, thanks to the work of the Office of Emergency Management and the Western Montana Incident Management Team. 
    On this week's podcast, the commissioners sit down with Deputy Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinators Nick Holloway and Ken Parks to talk about their recent deployment to help with recovery efforts in wildfire-ravaged Lahaina, Maui. They also discuss the importance of being prepared for emergencies on both the personal and government levels, and how the inter-state partnerships help strengthen communities across the country following disasters. 

    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 22 min
    Just Response: Advocating for survivors, children and families

    Just Response: Advocating for survivors, children and families

    Domestic violence, also often referred to as intimate partner violence, can be difficult to address and has lasting effects on individuals, families and communities. Missoula County’s Just Response program, made up of mental and medical health professionals, law enforcement, advocacy groups, child protection and criminal justice organizations, works to respond to DV cases and increase overall community safety. 
    The commissioners recently sat down with Erin Shreder, Just Response coordinator, to discuss the tangible results of this inter-agency collective, the upstream causes of domestic violence and more.  

    This episode deals with difficult topics like relationship and domestic violence. The Crime Victim Advocate Division of Missoula County is here to help you. Please call 406-258-3830 or visit their office at 317 Woody Street. YWCA Missoula is another resource and their crisis line is 1-800-483-7858.

    Related links and resources:
    Strangulation ProtocolFirst Step Resource CenterAll Nations Health CenterUniversity of Montana Student Advocacy Resource CenterNational Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 25 min
    What's Going On With All These Bridges?

    What's Going On With All These Bridges?

    The Agenda's foray into transportation issues continues this week with Shane Stack, director of Missoula County Public Works, and Erik Dickson, county engineer.

    With the recent closure of Maclay Bridge in Target Range, residents have a lot of questions about how we got here. The commissioners, Shane and Erik tackle those questions and much more in this episode. Be sure to follow this project on Missoula County Voice for more updates and information.

    This episode has a lot of acronyms and engineering terms, so here's a guide for you, in alphabetical order:
    BIP: The Bridge Improvement Program, a funding opportunity administered by the Federal Highway Administration.Categorical exclusion, also called a CE or Cat Ex: A finding of a National Environmental Protection Act process that determines a project has no significant effect on the human environment. If a CE is granted, the project does not need an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.  Creosote: A material derived from tar that is used to preserve wood.EA: Environmental assessment. If a categorical exclusion does not apply to a project, then an environmental assessment must be developed before the project can move forward. This is a public document that provides sufficient evidence and analysis for determining whether the project meets the criteria for a Finding of No Significant Environmental Impact (FONSI) or if an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed. Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): Federal agencies prepare an Environmental Impact Statement if a project is determined to significantly affect the quality of the human environment. The regulatory requirements for an EIS are more detailed and rigorous than the requirements for an EA.FHWA: The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the federal Department of Transportation.FONSI document: Finding of No Significant Impact. A FONSI document is the decision document of an EA and is signed by the federal agency.  HDR: An engineering firm employed by both Missoula County and MDT to assist with bridge planning.Load rating: The amount of weight a structure can safely carry. A load posted or load limited bridge is restricted by its load rating.Local option gas tax: A voter-approved 2-cent tax on gas sold within Missoula County. Revenue from this tax was specifically designated for road and bridge improvements. County residents approved this measure in 2020, but the state repealed in 2021. MDT: Montana Department of Transportation, the state's transportation agencyNEPA: National Environmental Protection Act, passed in 1970 to promote and protect the environment. Click here for the full glossary.

    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 44 min
    Reserve Street: The Sequel

    Reserve Street: The Sequel

    This week the Missoula County Commissioners continue their discussion with transportation planner Aaron Wilson. They discuss the concept of 15 minute cities and how creating diverse, accessible transportation choices can reduce traffic congestion. Aaron also gives updates on the safety studies and plans for accommodating growth in areas like Brooks Street in Missoula and Highway 200 in East Missoula.
    Don’t miss part two of this series on planning, traffic and transportation!

    Thank you to Missoula's Community Media Resource for podcast recording support!

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Giftless in Seattle ,

Love it!

This is such a great podcast for anyone interested in what’s happening in our community. I really appreciate our local leaders taking the time to do it. I learn something new every episode!

XStitchSRS ,

Great Podcast

Thank you county commissioners for this enlightening podcast. I enjoy the conversations you have with each other which show how well you work together as you provide so much useful information on how county government works. I also learned a lot from the interviews you have had with various county workers. Please keep the information coming.

Rural Missoula County resident ,

Excellent podcast should be required listening for county residents

This is an excellent podcast for many different reasons: first, you get to hear first hand, how your commissioners think, their positions on issues, and their general attitude toward providing excellent service to the community. Secondly, it lets you know a lot about how county government actually works and not only the challenges they face each day, but their many accomplishments. thirdly it is a good study of community dynamics, controversial issues, nuts, and bolts operations, and all the moving parts it takes to make the county function.
If you live here, you owe it to your self and our community to take a listen.

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