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Three Forks schools teach 'good digital citizenry', loses coaches

The Three Forks School Board discussed methods to ensure technology does not become a distraction at school as well as ways to teach students to be "good digital citizens" while at home during its... Full story

 

Council pumps the brakes on slower speeds

After racing towards slower speeds, the Three Forks City Council put the brakes on conducting a speed study which could determine whether the town’s 15 mile per hour speed limit signs are enforceable within city limits during its Nov. 8 meeting.... Full story

 

Flood Mitigation Presses Forward

The Three Forks City Council unanimously approved the creation of a flood mitigation special improvement district during its Oct. 25 meeting to help gather funds for the construction, maintenance and incidental costs of the project. The council... Full story

 

Three Forks enrollment on the rise

Like the local population, Three Forks School District’s student enrollment has been on the rise and in an attempt to prevent overcrowding, the school board has moved forward with a policy which will close the district to new out-of-district studen...

 

Council receives request from Magris Talc, hears Rest Home Tax presentation

During its Oct. 11 meeting, the Three Forks City Council was approached via a letter by Magris Talc requesting assistance with a federal grant application that would improve the safety of the pedestrian crossing on the Montana Rail Links track near... Full story

 

Council selects assessment method for flood plain project

Property owners within the proposed Jefferson River flood special improvement district can expect a $194 increase in their taxes to help cover the city of Three Forks' flood mitigation construction... Full story

 

School Board: Construction continues at Three Forks Schools

The Three Forks School District opened its doors to students for the first day of school on Sept. 6 with the all too familiar sound of construction humming in the background, and school administrators expect that noise to continue through December. A... Full story

 

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...

 

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