Week of May 22, 2024

  • Old Town Bridge Projects Awaiting Section 106 process

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    While the engineering design for replacing both bridges on Old Town Road near Three Forks is complete and ready to be put out to bid, the project still needs to go through the Section 106 process, which is intended to mitigate the removal of historic property. According to Stahly Engineering & Associates, both bridges are considered historic by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The latest update on an online project page created by Stahly Engineering states, “This process... Full story

  • Election: Three Forks voters have choice on study of city and county governments

    On June 4, voters in the City of Three Forks and Gallatin County will have the opportunity to decide whether to commission a study of county and city governments. This unique opportunity is granted to voters once every 10 years by Montana’s Constitution and is designed to ensure that our governments are by the people and for the people. All voters in Gallatin County will get a question about the county, while folks who live in the city limits of Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks and West Yellowstone will have a second question about...

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report May 12-18, 2024

    MEDIA REPORT Printed on May 20, 2024 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 05/12/24 01:21 N PINE AND 3rd DUI : DUI 05/12/24 01:33 MEDEMER : Medical Emergency 05/12/24 02:16 FRONT / D ST PURSUIT : Pursuit 05/12/24 08:34 24 : 24/7 05/12/24 08:45 46.324001, -111.491081 911OPN : 911 Open Line 05/12/24 11:42 SPRINGVILLE LN ANIMAL : Animal 05/12/24 11:46 CANTON LN CITASST : Citizen Assist 05/12/24 14:31 46.488218, -111.672742 MVAINJY : MVA Injury 05/12/24 19:04 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 05/12/24 19:11 HARRISON HEADED NB Traffic Complaint :... Full story

  • City hoping to receive FEMA decision before July

    jack, Three Forks Voice

    The City of Three Forks is still waiting to hear whether it will be officially awarded a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant for its ongoing Flood Mitigation Project. At last week’s City Council meeting, Flood Plain Administrator Kelly Smith told the governing body that she received an email from Great West Engineering stating that U.S. Fish, Wildlife & Parks has all of the information required to develop a biological opinion of the Three Forks project, which is needed for the grant, but they cannot get that to the City until... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 19, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on May 20, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 05/19/24 00:12 CFS24-069227 TRAFFIC STOP W MADISON AVE and DAKOTA ST (150.1 LE - Warning 00:16 CFS24-069228 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:19 CFS24-069229 TRAFFIC STOP JACKRABBIT LN and ON RAMP (72.6 LE - Warning 00:24 CFS24-069231 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 00:27 CFS24-069233 PATROL CHECK RIVER ROCK RD and NORTH SHORE DRLE - Documented 00:42 CFS24-069238 TRAFFIC STOP GALLATIN RD and DRIVEWAY (108.4 LE - Warning 01:12... Full story

  • Museum of the Rockies to explore life in 1890s at Living History Farm

    MSU News Service

    Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies is welcoming the public to the seasonal opening of the Living History Farm. The farm is now open and runs to Sept. 2. This exhibit offers visitors a glimpse into life in the 1890s. Located on the museum grounds, the Living History Farm depicts a Montana homestead circa 1890 to 1910. Visitors can explore the Tinsley House, gardens and groves that complete the farmstead. The Tinsley House is composed of the original 1889 homestead, a milking barn,...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 20, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on May 21, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 05/20/24 00:08 CFS24-069605 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 00:27 CFS24-069609 PATROL CHECK MEADOW VILLAGE DR and MARKET PL LE - Documented 00:44 CFS24-069612 PATROL CHECK E VALLEY CENTER RD and FREMONT LE - Documented 01:03 CFS24-069615 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 01:16 CFS24-069617 PATROL CHECK BALLANTYNE LN and SPRINGHILL RD LE - Documented 01:17 CFS24-069618 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 01:34 CFS24-069619 PATROL... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 17, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on May 18, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 05/17/24 00:08 CFS24-068233 AGENCY ASSIST HUFFINE LN and JACKRABBIT LN (91.3 LE - Agency Assist 00:13 CFS24-068236 WELFARE CHECK HIDDEN VALLEY RD and HIDDEN LE - Documented 00:27 CFS24-068240 PATROL CHECK ACCESS and FRONTAGE RD (0.1 miles) LE - Documented 00:40 CFS24-068245 FOLLOW UP S 16TH AVE and W DICKERSON ST (54.7 LE - Documented 00:50 CFS24-068247 TRAFFIC STOP FRONTAGE RD and INTERSTATE 90 LE - Warning 01:28 CFS24-068253 BURGLARY GALLATIN... Full story

  • Addiction Treatment Homes Say Montana's Funding Fixes Don't Go Far Enough

    Katheryn Houghton, KFF

    Montana health officials have started a voucher system to help people with substance use disorders move into transitional housing as they rebuild their lives. But those who run the clinical houses said the new money isn’t enough to fix a financial hole after a prior state revamp. Residential treatment facilities are usually nondescript homes tucked into neighborhoods. The state’s lowest-intensity homes can provide people with alcohol and drug addiction leaving inpatient care a bridge to independent living. They’re the final option of...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 21, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on May 22, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 05/21/24 00:13 CFS24-070171 911 HANG UP SAPPINGTON RD and JEEP TRAIL (0.1 LE - 01:29 CFS24-070182 VIOLATION OF COURT S 16TH AVE and W DICKERSON ST (54.7 LE - Documented 02:21 CFS24-070190 PATROL CHECK W CAMERON BRIDGE RD and LE - Documented 02:37 CFS24-070192 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 06:40 CFS24-070215 VIOLATION/LITTERING TRAIL CREEK RD and CHESTNUT RD LE - Referred 07:13 CFS24-070217 YFOP BRIDGER CANYON RD and... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 22, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on May 23, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 05/22/24 00:04 CFS24-070670 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:15 CFS24-070674 PATROL CHECK INTERSTATE 90 HWY and ACCESS (0.2 LE - Documented 00:20 CFS24-070677 AGENCY ASSIST S 16TH AVE and W DICKERSON ST (37.6 LE - Agency Assist 01:14 CFS24-070684 PATROL CHECK W CAMERON BRIDGE RD and LE - Documented 01:25 CFS24-070687 PATROL CHECK RIVER RD and W CAMERON BRIDGE RD LE - Documented 02:23 CFS24-070696 PATROL CHECK BULL... Full story

  • Judd wins state individual title, Wolves finish third

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Three Forks High School Golf team ended their season in impressive fashion at last week’s Class B State Tournament at the Marias Valley Golf & Country Club in Shelby. The Lady Wolves wrapped up the tournament with an outstanding third-place finish, with senior golfer Ari Judd winning the state individual title with rounds of 81 and 78. Judd finished six spots above second-place finisher Cate Leydig of Lone Peak. Head Coach Aaron Harkins said it was quite the thrilling ride over two days... Full story

  • Wolves headed to state

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    After losing 3-2 in extra innings to Thompson Falls on May 16 in the opening round of the Western B/C Divisional Softball Tournament in Florence, the Three Forks High School Softball team would need to win two consecutive games the following day to advance to state. Not only did the Wolves win their next two on May 17 with a 12-2 victory over Troy and a 15-5 win over Mission-Arlo-Charlee (MAC), but they would also get revenge against Thompson Falls with a phenomenal 20-3 win on May 18 to finish...

  • Wolves finish second, Eriksson wins singles title

    jack, Three Forks Voice

    After an amazing performance at last week’s Southeast Divisional Tournament in Belgrade, the Three Forks High School Tennis team is headed to state. The Wolves finished the two-day tournament in second place with 46 points, just behind Broadwater County High School, which had 48. For the first time in program history, Three Forks had an individual champion, Malia Eriksson, who finished in first place. The doubles team of Maddie Griffiths and Karin Williams also excelled in Belgrade, becoming... Full story

  • Track and Field headed to state

    Jack, Three Forks Voice

    After two strong postseason performances, the Three Forks High School Track and Field team will wrap up the 2024 season at this week's Class B State Meet scheduled for May 23 to 25 in Laurel. It was another great weekend for the Wolves at last week's Southern B Divisional Meet in Laurel. Numerous Three Forks student-athletes finished in the top eight and qualified for the season-ending meet. "Overall, it was an incredible day at Divisionals with huge PRs from the relays for boys and girls. We... Full story

  • Greater Goods Thrift Store opening on Saturday, June 1

    The Three Forks United Methodist Church is excited to announce the grand opening of the Great Goods Thrift Store on Saturday, June 1. The grand opening event will include a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., treats, door prizes, and great deals until noon. Hours for the new business located at the United Methodist Church Annex on Cedar and 2nd Avenue East will be Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Details about the store website and social media accounts will be shared... Full story

  • Column: Fried Chicken and Fighting Neighbors

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    As much as I enjoy cooking, there are a few dishes that I don't feel comfortable making. It's usually either because it's too messy, takes far too long, or is a bit complicated for culinary aptitude. While fried chicken has always been one of my favorite things to eat, I've probably only made it two or three times because I usually end up splashing my face with oil and making a mess that takes a complete shift of work to clean up. After getting super sick once after an old roommate made fried... Full story

  • Guest Opinion: EV mandates not practical for Montana

    Alan Olson

    Life in Montana takes energy. Companies and individuals across the state have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure Montanans have the power to go about their lives in the way they want. It is part of what makes Montana the Last Best Place. However, the Biden-Harris administration's new EPA mandate threatens that freedom. Under the EPA's final rule, two-thirds of vehicles sold by U.S. automakers need to be battery-powered or plug-in hybrid by 2032. Fundamentally – Montanans, and the rest...

  • Letter to the Editor: EV Mandate Unworkable for Rural Communities by Terry Murphy

    Rural Montanans deal with many trials that those in urban areas do not typically struggle with—whether that is internet connectivity, access to healthcare, or simply just the mileage it takes to get to a gas station or grocery store, the fact of the matter is that folks in the more remote portions of our state rely heavily on their vehicles to access the basic needs and services that we all rely on. Unfortunately, the EPA’s recent rule mandating that two-thirds of vehicles sold by U.S. automakers be either electric battery powered or... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor - Montana's 50+ Voters Hold the Key: Why Candidates Need to Appeal to Them for Election Success

    Montanans are considering who to vote for in the upcoming primary election on June 4th -- and the candidates are doing everything they can to try to earn those votes. One fact should be top of mind: voters 50 plus decide elections, and candidates who ignore this powerful segment of the electorate do so at their own peril.  Voters 50 plus are the majority in every election. In fact, in 2022, 65% of the electorate in Montana was 50 plus. We want to see politicians address our day-to-day challenges, such as caring for our loved ones to keep...

  • Broadwater County seeks letters of support for GWIP in Wheatland Area

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Broadwater County Commission is asking for letters of support for a possible Groundwater Investigation Program (GWIP) in the Wheatland Area. In an email sent by the Commission last week, they requested the letters for a project nomination package for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology GWIP. According to the County, the GWIP study is an in-depth investigation that takes one to three years to complete, depending on its complexity. It would provide a more detailed understanding of water sources in the Wheatland area and will benefit... Full story

  • Three Forks Area Ambulance Community Update

    April ended with 26 emergency responses. Six transports to Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center were aided by AMR paramedics due to needed pain management. TFAA EMTs did six more transports to BDH. TFAA did one standby at a structure fire to support the Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department. The rest of the calls were for refusals (six) of transport and unfortunately one DOA. Three calls were cancelled prior to arrival on scene. Three Forks EMTs stood by both days of the Junior High and High School Rodeo. One major injury and... Full story

  • Interpretive programs begin at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is kicking off its summer interpretive programs this month with talks that highlight everything Montana's first state park has to offer. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9 ,or visit https://fwp.mt.gov/stateparks/lewis-and-clark-caverns. May 24: Not Just A Cave Although the park is famous for its caverns, there is so much more to Lewis...

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