Week of July 24, 2024

  • High temperatures trigger widespread fishing restrictions in Montana, Yellowstone

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press

    Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has implemented fishing restrictions on 13 western Montana rivers that are exceeding temperature thresholds following an underwhelming snowpack and a heat spell last week that broke records in some parts of the state. The list includes both low-flow rivers that see hoot owl restrictions more years than not, such as the Big Hole, Beaverhead and Jefferson rivers, and other, higher-volume rivers that typically hold onto enough water to stay open for afternoon...

  • Montana State recognized for leadership in fostering economic growth, prosperity and innovation

    Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service

    Montana State University has been recognized for its leadership in fostering economic growth, prosperity and innovation. This month, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, or APLU, extended MSU's designation as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. The distinction, which MSU has held since 2016, recognizes institutional commitment to economic engagement and work with public and private sector partners in Montana and the region. APLU extended MSU's designation for...

  • Fiber-optic cable route work ongoing in Three Forks area

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    Work is currently underway in the Three Forks area on a project installing a new fiber-optic cable route across Montana. In 2023, Intermountain Infrastructure Group (IIG) began work on the project loosely following the I-90 corridor and Montana Highway 200 in the northwest portion of the state, with most of the construction taking place along the sides of primary and secondary highways. According to IIG, “the installation of this new fiber-optic cable route will expand the availability and... Full story

  • Montana 4-H Foundation awards nearly $40,000 in scholarships

    MSU News Service

    The Montana 4-H Foundation recently announced that it has awarded nearly $40,000 in scholarships to 45 graduating 4-H members and alumni. The recipients, from 28 Montana counties and tribal areas, can use the scholarships for post-secondary education during the 2024-2025 academic year. Scholarship recipients were recognized July 11 at the 2024 Montana 4-H Congress held on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. Jane Wolery, executive director of the Montana 4-H Foundation, said the...

  • The Gallatin WIC Program Upgrades, New Location in Belgrade

    The Gallatin Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program is headed to a new location in Belgrade. The Belgrade WIC office is now in the Heck/Quaw building at 91 West Southview Ave., Entrance 8 in Belgrade. This space is provided through a cooperative partnership with the Belgrade School District to better serve the families of Belgrade, Three Forks, Clarkston, and Manhattan. “We are very excited about a few updates in recent months for the Gallatin WIC Program,” states Amie Gatterdam, Maternal Child Health Services Group Manager at the...

  • Headwaters Country Jam: 49 Winchester headed to the 'Bridge' near Three Forks

    Alan Sculley, For the Three Forks Voice

    "Leavin' This Holler," the new album from 49 Winchester, includes the song "Make It Count," which refers to both the opportunity and the challenge that faced the band when work began on the album. The previous 49 Winchester album, "Fortune Favors the Bold," had marked an inflection point for the band. After releasing three albums and building a touring base as a true do-it-yourself indie act, 49 Winchester had signed with New West Records and seen "Fortune Favors the Bold" get rave reviews and...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 22, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on July 23, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 07/22/24 00:01 CFS24-100805 77 INTERSTATE 90 HWY and OFF RAMP LE - Agency Assist 00:54 CFS24-100820 ALARM GOOSE CREEK RD and FS 1005B (86.7 LE - 01:30 CFS24-100835 WELFARE CHECK E VALLEY CENTER RD and FREMONT LE - Case Generated 03:12 CFS24-100851 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Documented 03:17 CFS24-100852 PATROL CHECK RIVER ROCK RD and NORTH SHORE DRLE - Documented 04:40 CFS24-100860 ALARM ASPEN LEAF DR and DRIVEWAY (31.9 LE - Documented 05:00 CFS24-100864...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 23, 2024

    GCSO Media Report - All Printed on July 24, 2024 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 07/23/24 00:04:23 CFS24-101324 DRIVEWAY and BUFFALO HORN CREEK RD ANIMAL 07/23/24 00:04:23 - Sullivan, Jessica New CFS - DOG BITE 07/23/24 00:05:17 - Sullivan, Jessica - VIC - 07/23/24 00:05:37 - Sullivan, Jessica - RP IS NURSE AT BSMC 07/23/24 00:05:55 - Sullivan, Jessica - BITE HAPPENED AT 07/23/24 00:06:08 - Sullivan, Jessica - IS AT THE HOSPITAL 07/23/24 00:08:33 - Sullivan, Jessica - 634 - Assign 07/23/24 00:18:36 - Jarrett, Andrew - over... Full story

  • Online registration underway

    Steve Fanning, TFES Principal

    It is mid-July and the start of another school year at Three Forks Schools is right around the corner. School staff will begin trainings and orientations mid-August with the first day of school for students in grades 1-12 being August 21st. The official first day of school for both 2YK and Kindergarten will be August 28th. Online registration for all incoming students officially kicked off on July 20th. Parents can access the District website at tfschools.com to find the registration link.... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 20, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on July 21, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 07/20/24 00:04 CFS24-099886 FP BIG PINE DR and SNOWY MOUNTAIN LE - Documented 00:10 CFS24-099889 PATROL CHECK E VALLEY CENTER RD and FREMONT LE - Documented 00:11 CFS24-099890 PATROL CHECK COUNTRYSIDE LN and BAKER ST (37.1 LE - Documented 00:13 CFS24-099891 TRAFFIC STOP GALLATIN RD and MOOSE CREEK RD LE - Warning 00:16 CFS24-099893 FP ASPEN LEAF DR and RAINBOW TROUT LE - Documented 00:28 CFS24-099899 PATROL CHECK AMSTERDAM RD and DRIVEWAY (67.5... Full story

  • Community rallies in support of Horse Gulch Fire evacuees

    Zeke Lloyd, Montana Free Press

    On Wednesday, July 17, Brandi Castleberry stood behind the counter of the store at Kim's Marina & Resort, looking out over the empty room. Just outside the window, a fleet of boats floated idly at the docks. A few more dotted the water beyond. A thick cloud of white smoke hung over Canyon Ferry Lake. The Horse Gulch Fire had just turned a week old. "Typically we are on a waiting list, fully booked, with everything from RV sites to boat rentals," resort owner Lukas Jewett said. Jewett estimates...

  • Fuller Promoted To Consumer And Commercial Loan Officer For Stockman Bank

    Stockman Bank is pleased to announce that Paul Fuller has been promoted to Consumer/Commercial Loan Officer. His responsibilities include developing and servicing consumer and commercial loans and assisting customers with their lending and credit needs. Fuller joined Stockman Bank in May of 2021 and holds a bachelor's degree in business from Montana State University. He will continue to be an asset to Stockman Bank. Born and raised in Belgrade, Fuller enjoys volunteering for Petra Wilderness...

  • DEQ Approves Assignment Change of Majesty Mining, Inc. to Bear Claw Mining Services, LLC

    Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has approved a hard rock mining operating permit assignment for the Revenue Mine. The assignment transfers the operating permit from Majesty Mining, Inc. (Majesty) to Bear Claw Mining Services, LLC (Bear Claw). The assignment will allow Bear Claw to take over the approved operating plan and reclamation plan for the Revenue Mine, a gold and silver mine located approximately 4.5 miles southwest of Norris in Madison County, Montana. The Revenue Mine first began operating under a Small Miner Exclusion...

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report July 14 - 20, 2024

    MEDIA REPORT Printed on July 22, 2024 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 07/14/24 01:12 HWY 287 NB DUI : DUI 07/14/24 07:32 24 : 24/7 07/14/24 08:03 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 07/14/24 08:17 CITASST : Citizen Assist 07/14/24 08:44 24 : 24/7 07/14/24 09:11 MVA : MVA 07/14/24 09:19 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 07/14/24 09:58 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 07/14/24 11:24 FOTHER : Fire Other 07/14/24 13:40 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 07/14/24 13:46 CITASST : Citizen Assist 07/14/24 14:20 MVA : MVA 07/14/24 15:22 SUSP : Suspicious 07/14/24 15:45 46.477929, -111.657164... Full story

  • Wildfires Increase Flooding Risks

    Recent hot temperatures and dry conditions have triggered wildfires throughout the state. While some wildfire effects are predictable, a lesser-known effect can be an increased risk of flooding due to wildfire burns. “It is difficult to think about flooding in the middle of or after a wildfire event. We urge residents to be observant of rapidly changing conditions, especially on uphill slopes, and be prepared for the possibility of flooding,” said Traci Sears, the Montana National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator at the Department of...

  • August Historical Society Meeting Cancelled

    The August meeting of the Three Forks Area Historical Society has been cancelled on August 1st so we can serve our famous Walking Tacos at the Farmers’ Market that Thursday. We are looking forward to having everyone visit us at Farmers’ Market to check out the new pavilion next to the depot! It will be a great shady spot for the park’s picnic tables and a reminder of our past railroad history when there was a similar, but larger, pavilion next to the old Milwaukee Railroad Depot just down the street. Clay Feliciano has done a terrific... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 19, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on July 20, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 07/19/24 00:14 CFS24-099364 FP BIG PINE DR and SNOWY MOUNTAIN LE - Documented 00:17 CFS24-099365 FP ASPEN LEAF DR and RAINBOW TROUT LE - Documented 00:18 CFS24-099366 PARTY LE - GOA / UTL 00:45 CFS24-099380 OUT W/ VEHICLE WOODEN SHOE LN and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:48 CFS24-099382 OUT W/ VEHICLE CLARKSTON RD and ROUND BARN DR LE - Public Assist 00:49 CFS24-099383 ALARM SIMKINS DR and ASPEN LEAF DR (41.8 LE - Documented 00:52 CFS24-099384... Full story

  • Food-conditioned grizzly bear removed after conflicts in Gardiner area

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff shot and killed a grizzly bear Thursday after it had become conditioned to obtaining unsecured food attractants and breaking into houses in and around Gardiner. On Wednesday night, FWP grizzly bear specialists and game wardens conducted a patrol with partner agencies in search of a grizzly bear that has frequented Gardiner and nearby communities. Early Thursday morning, they received a report that a bear had broken into a home in Maiden Basin, north of Gardiner. FWP staff responded and dispatched the bear...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 21, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on July 22, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 07/21/24 00:30 CFS24-100403 PATROL CHECK BUSINESS HUB DR and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:35 CFS24-100405 FP BIG PINE DR and SNOWY MOUNTAIN LE - Documented 00:41 CFS24-100408 FP ASPEN LEAF DR and RAINBOW TROUT LE - Documented 00:58 CFS24-100414 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 01:09 CFS24-100415 FLAG DOWN RAINBOW TROUT RUN and ASPEN LE - Documented 01:22 CFS24-100422 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 01:26 CFS24-100425 PATROL CHECK GREEN BELT DR and NORTH... Full story

  • Montana's Plan to Curb Opioid Overdoses Includes Vending Machine

    Mara Silvers, Montana Free Press

    Before she stopped using drugs for good, Cierra Coon estimates that she overdosed eight times in a span of two weeks in the fall of 2022. One of those times, the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone helped save her life. She was riding in a car on the back roads of the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana when she lost consciousness. Someone in the car grabbed a small bottle of naloxone, sprayed it up her nose, and performed CPR until she came to. Coon said having quick access to the overdose reversal agent, also known by the...

  • Career and Technical Education Department Receives Grant to Install Raised Garden Beds

    The Three Forks Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department is thrilled to announce the installation of raised garden beds in the courtyard area between the elementary school and the new flex space. This initiative, aimed at enhancing educational opportunities and community engagement, has been made possible by a generous grant from the Montana Farmers Union Foundation. Additionally, the project has received support through a Rural Reserve Grant and Carl Perkins funding. The new garden area will serve as a versatile learning space for...

  • Guiding principles for mule deer management plan released for public comment

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for public feedback on work from a citizen advisory council tasked with developing guiding principles for developing a new Mule Deer Management Plan. “We know how concerned people are with mule deer numbers across the state,” said FWP Director Dustin Temple. “Our focus is developing a new plan that will guide our efforts to manage herds well into the future. The council’s work is a critical first step for our planning process.” In early 2024, FWP solicited applications from Montana citizens...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report July 18, 2024

    GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on July 19, 2024 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 07/18/24 00:01 CFS24-098826 TRAFFIC STOP NORRIS RD and JACKRABBIT LN (103.3 LE - Warning 00:08 CFS24-098829 AGENCY ASSIST LE - Documented 00:10 CFS24-098831 NON INJURY LATIGO RD and CINCH LN (74.8 feet) LE - Documented 00:19 CFS24-098833 PATROL CHECK NORRIS RD and RIVER RD (0.0 miles) LE - Documented 00:32 CFS24-098839 PATROL CHECK W CAMERON BRIDGE RD and LE - Documented 00:43 CFS24-098842 PATROL CHECK AMSTERDAM RD and DRIVEWAY (67.5 LE -... Full story

  • Three Forks High School tennis team hosting camp next month

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    The Three Forks High School Tennis team is hosting a camp next month. This year's camp is scheduled for Monday, August 5, to Wednesday, August 7. It will feature groupings for kids entering 1st to 3rd grade, 4th to 6th grade, and 7th to 9th grade. "In general, our goal is to develop a love for the game that the participants can play as a family or competitively for their whole lives," Head Coach Janna Lauver said. The camp for 1st through 3rd graders will take place daily from 8:30 a.m. to 10... Full story

  • Our View: Event huge for Headwaters Trail System

    To say the Headwaters Trail System is a boon for the Three Forks area would be an understatement. Throughout the year, the 12-mile trail system is utilized by both area residents and visitors to the area. It’s a big deal for Three Forks. This weekend, the annual Headwaters Bank Run on Saturday, July 27, will be an excellent opportunity to give back to the trail system. Throughout the year, Trail System Director Gene Townsend and others work hard to obtain government grants for both maintenance and expansion. There have been plenty of recent... Full story

  • Column: Walking up 'B' street with a typewriter

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    Summer was always quite the adventure as a kid. While there was certainly plenty of time spent watching awful daytime television or Atlanta Braves baseball, there were countless hours spent outside. I vividly remember how much fun it was to be outside until the streetlights came on, playing all sorts of different night games. I'm not sure if it's because kids don't get outside as much, or my neighborhood is older, or perhaps a combination of both, but the younger generation is really missing... Full story

  • Guest Editorial from the Area IV Governing Board and Advisory Council

    We are the Area IV Governing Board and Advisory Council, which oversees older adult services in Broadwater, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Meagher, and Park Counties. We write to implore Governor Gianforte’s administration to prioritize improved resources to deliver Older Americans Act services in our six counties. Montana’s Medicaid unwinding process has largely ended and we are concerned about significant harm and unintended consequences on elders across the state. Specifically, many older Montanans should never have lost their...

  • Headwaters Bank Run set for July 27

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    This Saturday will be an excellent opportunity for area residents to help raise money for the Headwaters Trail System. The 2024 Headwaters Bank Run, which includes a 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run/Walk, and Half Marathon, is scheduled for Saturday, July 27. The half marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. The 5K and 10K are scheduled for 10 a.m. Same-day registration is also available at the event. Gene and Pat Townsend discussed the event’s importance for the trail system in an interview earlier this week.... Full story

  • Summer Reading Program, raising money for Three Rivers Senior Center

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice

    As part of its 2024 Summer Reading Program, the Three Forks Community Library has partnered with three local banks to raise money for the Three Rivers Senior Center. According to Library Director Jaime Ewan, First Security Bank, Manhattan Bank, and Opportunity Bank have pledged a total of $700 that can be donated to the Senior Center. “This has given our community another way to help a local non-profit just by reading. As of today (July 22), our patrons have raised $540 for the Senior Center.... Full story

  • Eric Lee Herrera

    On or about April 5th of this year, shortly after his 56th birthday, chronic alcohol use stopped the beat of our son's heart and the beat of his drums; but he is finally at peace and his spirit can't be touched. Eric Lee Herrera was born in Seattle, Washington, on April 3, 1968, to Paula Herrera and her husband Lonnie. Later, Eric and Paula moved to Kalispell, Montana, where he spent his childhood. Eric had his bike, buddies, grandpa and grandma, mom, and the Schmid and Sunde families, along... Full story

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