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Governing body revises, adopts Growth Policy Plan

The Three Forks City Council adopted the amended Growth Policy Plan during its Sept. 13 meeting, after eight months of revisions and public input – but not without further additions. The motion to pass a resolution which would adopt the Growth... Full story


City of Three Forks moves forward with flood mitigation

With the city on the brink of a $4.15 million FEMA grant, the Three Forks City Council has begun discussion of methods to fund the remaining 25% of the project cost. During its Aug. 23 meeting, the council received advice from Natural Resources... Full story


Three Forks schools approve increased budgets

Preparing for the return of students to campus, the Three Forks School Board approved the high school and elementary school’s budgets which featured increases in transportation cost and fund increases resulting from low expenses in the previous... Full story


Council approves FY budget

The Three Forks City Council approved the city’s 2022-23 fiscal year budget during its Aug. 23 meeting, planning for both big expenditures and cost savings. City Clerk Crystal Turner told The Voice that many increases in the city budget resulted... Full story


Bus purchase falls through, school finds 'silver lining'

The Three Forks school board received the disappointing news that the purchase of two school buses had fallen through during its Aug. 23 special meeting, after approving the purchase only a week earlier. What appeared to be a setback in upgrading... Full story


City closer to FEMA grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in Denver has selected Three Forks for further review before awarding the town a Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant, which would fund most of the city’s project. Being selected for further review brings Three... Full story


School purchases 2 new buses, seeks other equipment

The Three Forks School Board approved the purchase of two new school buses and tabled discussion on whether or not to purchase grounds maintenance equipment during its Aug. 16 meeting. The new buses will cost the district approximately $225,000. The... Full story


Free well test kits available for Three Forks residents

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District, in partnership with the Montana State University Extension Water Quality well-educated program, is offering free well testing kits to county residents using private drinking water wells. Well testing kits... Full story


Armstrong takes new path after 36 years at Caverns

Thirty-six years ago, Rhea Armstrong took on a summer gig as a tour guide at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Since then, she has worked in various positions at the park, her most recent being the park manager. Now, she is leaving the multi-decade...


Find a one of a kind gift at Custom Cups by Kim

While pursuing the Three Forks' Farmers' Market, visitors will come across a booth featuring custom tumblers made by a friendly face. Kim Lazoff, the founder of Custom Cups by Kim, started crafting se... Full story


Growth in Three Forks: As more permits approved, finding housing still presents a challenge

In January, Future West and the One Valley Community Foundation presented a study to the Three Forks City Council explaining the areas need for the construction of approximately 94 to 217 homes in the Three Forks area by 2026. Since the... Full story


Council approves motion to continue test well negotiations

On July 12, the Three Forks City Council approved a motion allowing Great West Engineering to continue negotiating to secure another test well site on a property near Talc Road. The property in question is owned by Conner Kent Limited Partnership, a... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 27, 2022

School board seeks, approves new hires

The Three Forks School Board approved four new hires and a bus driver signing bonus for the 2022-23 school year, during its July 19 meeting. The board hired Sarah Dolan and Sarah Sapp as the middle school's and high school's secretary, respectively.... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 20, 2022

Three Forks ambulance district no more

The Gallatin County Commissioners terminated the interlocal agreement that formed the Three Forks Area Ambulance District at their July 12 meeting following months of discussion and a decision by the Three Forks City Council to end the agreement at... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 20, 2022

Marijuana discussion dies at city council meeting

A motion to allow residents of Three Forks to vote on whether to allow certain marijuana businesses within city limits died at the Three Forks City Council on July 12. Councilwoman Nancy Todd motioned to draft the language on the ballot and... Full story


Headwaters Bank run kicks to the starting line

On Saturday, July 23, the Headwaters Bank Run will make its "COVID comeback" and take to the trails with approximately 100 runners. Racers can still register to participate in a 5K, 10K and a half-mar... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 13, 2022

Significant headway on school construction

In the spring of 2020, the Three Forks Schools passed a $25 million building bond for the elementary school and high school. Two years later, the project has made significant headway. On June 21, Project Manager Andy Becker updated the school board...

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 6, 2022

Council proposes maintenance ordinance

The Three Forks City Council approved first readings of ordinance that authorizes the city to take action when city residents neglect to remove weeds on their property and a resolution of intent proposing changes to the tax assessment methods for str...

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    June 22, 2022

City council approves marijuana business permit

The Three Forks City Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit to Top Shelf Botanicals Montana LLC. for a marijuana dispensary within the city zoning limits along with a conditional use permit for an existing non-permitted apartment and... Full story


Headwaters heritage museum celebrates 40th anniversary at current location, new updates

Both the Headwaters Heritage Museum and the Railroad and Trident Heritage Center will receive some long-awaited updates and installments this summer, according to Three Forks Area Historical Society... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    June 8, 2022

City helping with sidewalk replacements

Three Forks residents can get assistance replacing their dilapidated sidewalks from the city as part of a project to beautify the streets while making them safer, according to an email sent by the city on June 1. "The City is committed to the... Full story


'Murica -Trailer Trash Bash' themed rally June 16 in Cardwell

Dozens of trailer trash themed camper trailers will converge at the Cardwell Campground on June 16 for the sixth annual Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally. The 2022 Big Sky Vintage Trailer Rally welcomes... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    June 1, 2022

City council approves new lighting district boundary

The Three Forks City Council passed a resolution to exclude properties within city limits larger than one acre from the town’s special improvement lighting district tax rolls during its May 24 meeting. The decision to amend the district boundaries... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    May 25, 2022

Board approves 4-day school week

The Three Forks school board unanimously adopted a four-day school week for the 2022-2023 school year during its May 18 meeting, following the trend set by many other small town, Montana schools. With the new schedule, students will begin their... Full story


Board discusses high school softball team

More than a dozen community members approached the Three Forks High school board with the request to consider a high school girls softball team for the next spring sports season and to share their softball experience during the board's May 18... Full story


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