Week of April 10, 2024

  • TFVFD responds to working structure fire, shares open burning tips

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    It was a busy 24-hour stretch last week for the Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department as they responded to a working structure fire, gas leak, and outside fire. According to Captain Charles Eastty, the TFVFD responded the evening of Friday, April 6, to a working structure fire, with Engine 14-11 arriving on the scene within seven minutes of being dispatched. "This is a great response time as all our firefighters are volunteers. They need to stop what they are doing, leave their families, drive... Full story

  • MDT opens Headwaters Rest Area

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Montana Department of Transportation officially opened the Headwaters Rest Area on US 287 near Three Forks on Friday, April 5. In a release, MDT Interim Director Larry Flynn discussed the opening. "MDT appreciates the public's patience as this project took longer than expected," said Flynn. "This has been a long process. We look forward to opening the Headwaters Rest Area to better serve the needs of the traveling public." While this may have been positive news for travelers, the journey to... Full story

  • Deliberate homicide bench trial set for April 17

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    A new trial date for Zachary Norman has been scheduled, and this time, it will be without a jury. Norman, who is charged with two counts of felony deliberate homicide for the January 15, 2022, shooting deaths of brothers Brendan Estabrook and Chase Estabrook in Three Forks, has requested a bench trial before 18th Judicial Court Judge John C. Brown in the case scheduled to start on Wednesday, April 17 in Bozeman. On July 28, 2023, after three days of deliberation and the jury deadlocked at 10 in... Full story

  • Gianforte announces Montana National Guard deployment to Texas border

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press

    Gov. Greg Gianforte announced last week that the state is deploying a small number of Montana National Guard troops to the nation's southern border, describing the action as an effort to help the state of Texas police cross-border drug trafficking in light of what he described as inaction by the federal government. According to the announcement, 10 Montana National Guardsmen have volunteered for active duty as part of Texas' Operation Lone Star. The Guardsmen are scheduled to arrive in Texas...

  • Land Board approves donation to Missouri Headwaters State Park

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    At their March meeting, the Montana Land Board approved the donation of 26.36 acres to the Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks. The land was donated to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) by the Montana State Parks Foundation (MSPF) to preserve cultural resources, safeguard history, revitalize fish and wildlife habitat, and enhance recreational opportunities. The MSPF purchased the private land with funds provided by a grant from Montana's Outdoor Legacy Foundation and the Fish and... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 5, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 6, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/05/24 00:13 CFS24-047348 RECKLESS LE - GOA / UTL 00:34 CFS24-047355 PATROL CHECK RIVER RD and W CAMERON BRIDGE RD LE - Documented 00:37 CFS24-047356 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Citation 00:40 CFS24-047359 PATROL CHECK BULL TROUT RD and JACKRABBIT LN LE - Documented 00:44 CFS24-047361 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 00:54 CFS24-047366 PATROL CHECK MILL ST and ADAMS ST (29.3 feet) LE - Documented 00:55 CFS24-047367 PATROL CHECK E VALLEY CENTER RD and... Full story

  • How we traveled before GPS-and how the technology affects our brains

    Stacker, Mike Taylor

    If it feels like GPS has been around forever, that's because it has. Well, at least the human brain-powered version. People have been making their way around the world—with and without maps—for ages. It is a true survival instinct. It has been just a few decades since humans outsourced their wayfinding to global navigation satellite systems. The United States only completed its global positioning system in 1993. Perhaps because superpowers don't want to rely on something outside their... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 7, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 8, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/07/24 00:06 CFS24-048396 RECKLESS FRONTAGE RD and BOGART DR (0.2 LE - GOA / UTL 00:27 CFS24-048405 AGENCY ASSIST HIGHWAY 287 and ON RAMP (103.1 feet) LE - Agency Assist 00:35 CFS24-048408 THREATS GREEN TREE DR and E RIVER ROCK LE - Documented 01:04 CFS24-048413 PATROL CHECK LE - 01:16 CFS24-048416 PATROL CHECK ACCESS and FRONTAGE RD (0.1 miles) LE - Documented 01:20 CFS24-048417 PATROL CHECK FRONTAGE RD and FRONT RD (51.3 LE - Documented... Full story

  • Snowy February Weather Tapers off, More Snow is Needed to Improve this Summer's Water Supply Outlook

    Given the lack of precipitation from November through most of January in Montana, above normal precipitation was needed over the last couple of months. "February did provide well above normal precipitation to nearly all of Montana and those weather patterns continued into the first week of March across the state," said Eric Larson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Supply Specialist. What seemed to be the beginning of a potential recovery only tapered off in many basins....

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 8, 2024

    Page 1 of 7 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 9, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/08/24 00:03 CFS24-048813 WELFARE CHECK NORRIS RD and JACKRABBIT LN (103.3 LE - Public Assist 00:33 CFS24-048824 PATROL CHECK GALLATIN RD and SILLIMAN ST (37.4 LE - Documented 00:42 CFS24-048825 PATROL CHECK COTTONWOOD RD and DRIVEWAY (41.8LE - Documented 00:49 CFS24-048827 PATROL CHECK DRIVEWAY and COTTONWOOD LE - Documented 01:01 CFS24-048828 09 EMS:HOT FIRE:HOT 7TH ST and W CENTRAL AVE (61.7 feet) LE - Case Generated 01:32... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report March 31 - April 6, 2024

    MEDIA REPORT Printed on April 8, 2024 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 03/31/24 01:12 HWY 12 E TSTOP : Traffic Stop 03/31/24 08:12 ANIMAL : Animal 03/31/24 08:14 STAMPMILL LN CITASST : Citizen Assist 03/31/24 08:22 NORTH FORK RD MEDEMER : Medical Emergency 03/31/24 10:37 ANIMAL : Animal 03/31/24 11:01 N OAK ST TRANS : Transport 03/31/24 12:46 CLARKSTON RD Traffic Complaint : Traffic Complaint 03/31/24 19:01 HWY 287 NB TSTOP : Traffic Stop 03/31/24 19:14 HWY 287 NB TSTOP : Traffic Stop 03/31/24 19:31 HWY 287 NB TSTOP : Traffic Stop... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 6, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 7, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/06/24 00:03 CFS24-047886 TRESPASS DURSTON RD and LOVE LN (0.2 miles) LE - Documented 00:11 CFS24-047893 PATROL CHECK TALC RD and DRIVEWAY (156.1 feet) LE - Documented 00:43 CFS24-047903 PUBLIC ASSIST SPRUCE CONE DR and BIG PINE DR LE - Documented 00:53 CFS24-047907 AGENCY ASSIST LE - Documented 01:01 CFS24-047909 RECKLESS LE - Referred 01:03 CFS24-047911 FOLLOW UP DURSTON RD and LOVE LN (0.2 miles) LE - Documented 01:10 CFS24-047914 PATROL... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 11, 2024

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 12, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/11/24 01:09 CFS24-050295 DISORDERLY NORRIS RD and JACKRABBIT LN (103.3 LE - Documented 01:36 CFS24-050298 WELFARE CHECK COFFEE CREEK RD and DRIVEWAY LE - Agency Assist 02:15 CFS24-050303 UNSECURE PREMISE N 7TH AVE and W TAMARACK ST (55.1 LE - Documented 02:27 CFS24-050305 PATROL CHECK OFF RAMP and AMSTERDAM RD (15.3 LE - Documented 02:32 CFS24-050306 PATROL CHECK INTERSTATE 90 HWY and ON RAMP LE - Documented 02:41 CFS24-050308... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 9, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 10, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/09/24 00:27 CFS24-049320 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:36 CFS24-049325 PATROL CHECK W CAMERON BRIDGE RD and LE - Documented 01:13 CFS24-049333 PATROL CHECK E VALLEY CENTER RD and FREMONT LE - Documented 05:59 CFS24-049353 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 06:22 CFS24-049354 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 06:30 CFS24-049355 911 HANG UP YELLOWSTONE SPUR RD and LE - Unable to 07:09 CFS24-049356 CANCEL GALLATIN RD and RAINBOW... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 10, 2024

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on April 11, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 04/10/24 01:01 CFS24-049802 PATROL CHECK BELGRADE BLVD and PLAZA PLACE DR LE - Documented 01:06 CFS24-049803 PATROL CHECK FRONTAGE RD and INTERSTATE 90 LE - Documented 01:24 CFS24-049807 PATROL CHECK N 19TH AVE and OFF RAMP (95.6 feet) LE - Documented 01:28 CFS24-049809 PATROL CHECK AIRWAY BLVD and ON RAMP (97.3 feet) LE - Agency Assist 01:40 CFS24-049812 PATROL CHECK CHURCHILL RD and OFF RAMP (90.7 LE - Documented 01:55... Full story

  • Another strong day for TFHS Track and Field

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Three Forks High School Track and Field team had a slew of fantastic performances at last week’s Fergus Invite on April 4 in Lewistown. It was quite the day for Wolves senior Colten Hayder, who finished first in the 200 meters with a time of 23.89 and tenth in the 100 meters at 11.83. “Seeing Colton winning that race was a pleasant surprise. We knew he was fast, but we’d be crazy if we were to expect the number two time in Class B fast, especially at his first track meet this year. Coach Noble and I are pretty sure he is only going... Full story

  • Wolves tennis team battles elements in Great Falls

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Three Forks High School Tennis team battled the elements last Friday at the CMR Courts in Great Falls, playing matches against Chinook and Chester-Joplin-Inverness. "We fought and struggled through cold, wet tennis weather. We spent an hour just trying to get water off the courts with squeegees. It was a high of 41, and you could feel it. But finally, the courts dried up just enough, and we got 23 matches," Head Coach Janna Lauver said. The Wolves squad ended the day with nine victories.... Full story

  • Bobcat spring rodeo set for April 11 to 14

    MSU News Service

    The 2024 Montana State University Spring Rodeo will run Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. It will be the rodeo teams' only home competition of the season. The rodeo will consist of two separate events: one on Thursday and Friday and one on Saturday and Sunday. The full competition breakdown is below. • Thursday, April 11: Performance rounds begin at 7 p.m. • Friday, April 12: Slack begins at 10 a.m., Short-Go Performance at 7 p.m. • Saturday...

  • Wolves dominate Butte Central

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    For the second straight week, the Three Forks High School Softball team did not need a full seven innings to come away with a victory. The Wolves were once again dominant from the start on April 2 with a 15-0 win over Butte Central in a game that was called after four innings due to the mercy rule. According to Head Coach Clay Feliciano, senior pitcher Fallon Page finished with seven strikeouts and allowed just two hits over the four innings. Page has now opened the season with seven scoreless... Full story

  • 2 Three Forks golfers finish in top ten at season opening meet in Florence

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Three Forks High School Golf team had two top-ten finishers at last Thursday’s season-opening tournament on April 4 at the Florence-Darby Invitational. According to Head Coach Aaron Harkins, the girls’ team ended up in third place, which also matched Ari Judd’s individual place. “Ari finished with a 90, and although there were a few shots she wished she had back, we were very pleased overall,” Harkins said. Claire Van Vleet finished with a 125, Paige Lien ended her round at 130, and Kennedy Rogers finished at 160. On the boys... Full story

  • Letter to the editor: Endorsement of Kyle McMurray

    Dear Editor; I am writing to inform readers of the candidate Kyle McMurray who is running for a seat in House District 77. Kyle was born and raised in Manhattan, Montana, so he knows the people of House District 77. He has lived in Gallatin County his whole life and paid property taxes as a homeowner and as a business owner. Like my husband and I, he has concerns for the young families raising children in District 77. How do we help our children afford a home and raise their children in a safe State? He is one of us, willing to go to Helena...

  • Guest Edit: A Montana-Driven Solution to Access in the Crazy Mountains

    Lorents Grosfield

    As a third-generation cattle rancher and a former three-term Senate member of the Montana Legislature, I have seen firsthand the power of Montanans rolling up their sleeves and working collaboratively to achieve a common goal. It’s the Montana way. Our family’s multi-generational ranch, located northwest of Big Timber, is a stone’s throw away from the jagged and awe-inspiring Crazy Mountain island range. For over 5 years now, I have witnessed a diversity of Montanans coming together to solve a complex problem on the east side of the...

  • Letter to the Editor: Freeing Montana's Supreme Court from political bias

    Cory Swanson is a candidate for Chief Justice of the Montana Supreme Court. His recent opinion piece on the Clark Fork Valley Press is a timely reminder that Montana isn’t immune from political bias. The politicization of courts is a serious threat to our system of government at all levels, federal, state, and local. If Montanans don’t take this threat seriously in November, we risk 8 more years of allowing the Montana Supreme Court to throw out Montana laws because of political or personal motives. This risk is even more evident...

  • Column: Oh crap, they were not waving at me

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The older I get, the more I like to be at home. This is a drastic change from when I started working as an adult and would usually just be home to sleep. There was always something to do, and I would get stir-crazy if I had to spend more than a couple of evenings in a row at my house. As much as I like the friendly confines of where I live, my job requires me to get out in public quite a bit, which is good so that I don’t become a complete hermit. Much of my time out of the house is spent covering different things. A lot of times, this is... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Klebenow gives support for McMurray

    Dear Editor, All too often we as constituents elect candidates we don’t personally know or don’t know anything about. Only by their popularity in advertising and their name being plastered everywhere. Know candidates personally and what they stand for is what we as small-town folks strive for, let alone a true Montanan. I recently signed a lease with candidate Kyle McMurray and his partner for an office space to run my small business out of. The process was more than smooth, open-hearted and welcoming. Upon being in the space for 1 week,...

  • Letter to the Editor: Making decisions with integrity

    Letter to the editor Kyle McMurray is running for House District 77 and I’m writing to support his candidacy. I’ve known Kyle for my entire life (41 years). I know him to be an honest and hardworking man, who makes decisions with integrity. I know he is committed to helping preserve Montana values. I’m confident that he will advocate for parental rights, property rights, public access for sportsmen and women, as well as do what he can to protect family ranches and farms that are being threatened from different avenues, among other...

  • Three Forks Schools Mill Levy FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    Why does the district need a general fund mill levy? The operational costs for the district’s general fund have dramatically increased over these past three years due to the rising cost of gas, electricity, phone & data, property & liability insurance, and grounds, custodial & maintenance costs. Besides building expansion and inflationary impact, an additional contributing factor has been the end of ESSER (Covid) relief funding. Over the past four years ESSER funding has assisted the district... Full story

  • The Monthly Howl

    Steve Fanning, TFES Principal

    Three Forks Elementary is starting to gear up for the 2024-2025 school year. One of the funnest parts about this preparation is kindergarten screening. Kindergarten Screening is held each year to assist TFES staff with identifying the development of incoming K students. It also provides a great opportunity to give some helpful information to parents. If you live within the Three Forks District and have a child that will be 5 by September 10th, it is highly encouraged to have your child attend screening. Screening will take place on May 1st... Full story

  • DEt Meskimen

    On the morning of Friday, March 29, 2024, DEt Meskimen lost her battle with cancer at the Ruby Valley Medical Center in Sheridan, MT. DEt Ann Cook was born to Art and LaBina Cook in Bozeman, MT, on April 16, 1947. She grew up in Willow Creek, MT, riding horses, raising sheep, and enjoying her youth playing with her cousins. Growing up, DEt was active in Rainbow and 4-H. DEt attended grade school and high school in Willow Creek. After high school graduation, she attended Montana State... Full story

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