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Increased school levies back on the ballot

Members of the Three Forks School District Board of Trustees are once again approaching voters this May with a request for more funds. The proposed levy will increase district revenue by $674,000, broken down to $385,350 for the elementary school... Full story


Council chats on Chickens

Three Forks City Council members hosted a first reading for an ordinance amending the city’s Livestock and Fowl policies during its March 14 meeting, which would implement an annual renewal fee for residents holding a chicken permit. If the... Full story


Council approves application for work-live development

Three Forks City Council members approved an application for a work-live development at the Three Forks Market RV Campground Expansion during its Feb. 14 meeting, weeks after approving previous amendments to the site’s permit. The application...


Rest Area a hot topic at Commission Meeting

The recently constructed rest area in south Broadwater County has been a hot topic as of late, and the conversation continued during the Jan. 9 county commissioners meeting. Elizabeth and Butch... Full story


School Board wraps up for the calendar year

The Three Forks School District Board of Trustees hosted its final meeting of 2022 before the winter break, discussing topics such as the ongoing bond project, coach resignations, and surplus sales. Andy Becker, the bond project manager informed the... Full story


Three Forks Council shows support for proposed bills

The Three Forks City Council approved a resolution supporting legislative positions proposed by the Montana League of Cities and Towns for Montana’s 68th Legislature, during its Dec. 13 meeting. The legislative positions include — but are not... Full story


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


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