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Quilt raffle raising money for scholarship fund

A community effort has resulted in an amazing quilt that is currently being raffled to raise money for the Three with Wings Memorial Scholarship Fund. Be Lazy Quilting, the Three Forks FCCLA Chapter, the Crooked Seamsters of Three Forks, and the Stit...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    December 4, 2019 

Column: Secret Shopper

Since I started studying journalism in college, I've been able to have a lot of very interesting newspaper jobs. While they were not always as much fun as I would have liked, I always learned a lot and from a wide variety of people. I just had a...

 

Library hosting 'books' raffle

An ongoing raffle at the Three Forks Community Library is raising money for adult and children's programs. "The Christmas Books" raffle will take place until December 20 and will feature six-book...

 

Sacajawea Hotel hosting variety of events during Stroll

The Sacajawea Hotel will once again be hosting a variety of activities during Friday's Three Forks Christmas Stroll. Events in 2019 include music in the lobby, a hot chocolate bar, and an ugly...

 

Our View: Shop Local Saturday, Throughout Year

This week families and friends will come together across the nation to celebrate Thanksgiving. Following the yearly holiday, many will start their Christmas shopping at bigger locations on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. While there will always...

 

Angel Tree gives back to Three Forks youth

For over a decade, the Angel Tree of Three Forks has brought smiles to local children. According to organizer Barbara Frost, there will be two trees in 2019, one at the Three Forks Library and one at...

 

Memorial to have new home at Veterans Park

A memorial erected by the late Navy Veteran Bud Lilly to honor Japanese Americans who served in World War II will soon have a new home in Veteran's Park in Three Forks. The memorial that tells the...

 

4 Three Forks teachers receive grants from Education Foundation

It was a great Monday morning for local educators thanks to the Three Forks Education Foundation. The foundation handed out four teacher/educator grants at the Three Forks School for a total of...

 

COLUMN: Ham and Beans

I really enjoy cooking and the weekends are my favorite time to put some time and effort into creating a great meal. It's never as much fun on weekdays because after a long day I really don't want to spend much time in the kitchen. A few weeks ago,...

 

2 Wolves named to all-conference team

The Three Forks High School volleyball team had two players voted to the 5B District All-Conference team. Senior Erin Welter was named to the All-Conference first team and fellow senior Kirstin...

 

Speech and Drama team starts strong

It has been an amazing start to the season for the Three Forks High School Speech and Drama team. Just two meets into the season, the Wolves have found early success in Billings and the Beaverhead High meet in Dillon. Three Forks finished first in...

 

Voters reject proposed law and justice center

Gallatin County voters rejected last week a proposed $59 million bond to replace the current Law and Justice Center. In unofficial final results from the Gallatin County Elections Office, the bond...

 

Holiday Extravaganza Show November 16

After two successful shows, the Holiday Extravaganza Vendor and Craft Show is once again taking place in Three Forks. The third annual show is scheduled for Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 3...

 

Three Forks Floral: Great place for flowers, specialty gift items

It's been so far so good for Three Forks Floral owner Mo Denny. The new business located at 101 N. Main had a grand opening May 1 and according to Denny, she is quite happy with the first few months...

 

Column: Goat Heads

While I certainly don't mind being outside for a hike or spending a few days camping without any technology or a care in the world, I also very much like to be sitting on the self-created divot on my couch and binge-watching a television show or a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 6, 2019

Voters retain Gifford as Three Forks Mayor

Sean Gifford will remain Mayor of Three Forks. In unofficial final results provided by Gallatin County, the incumbent received 332 votes, defeating current council member and longtime Mayor Gene...

 

Veterans Day event next week

The Three Forks School District is hosting its annual Veterans Day program next week. Under the direction of Susan Pitcher, the program is scheduled for Monday, November 11 at 9 a.m. in the new gym....

 

Headwaters Area Food Bank has wish list

With Thanksgiving Boxes set to be distributed later this month, the Headwaters Area Food Bank has a "Wish List" for the holidays. According to Operations Manager Kim Gelder, the boxes will be handed out November 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 6, 2019

Positive Posse making a difference at Three Forks Elementary School

The "Positive Posse" is doing some amazing things at Three Forks Elementary School. According to Principal Steven Fanning, members of the posse assist during recess blocks for grades K-2, acting as...

 

Our View: Drive appropriately for conditions

A storm last Monday led to some pretty nasty conditions on Interstate 90 throughout Southwest Montana. A jackknifed semi near Logan blocked both westbound lanes of traffic Monday afternoon and there were multiple other incidents of wrecks and...

 

School, MSU partner for safe water project

Three Forks High School students and teachers have partnered with Montana State University for a Safe Water Drinking Project. According to Three Forks science teacher Steven Hamilton, the purpose of the project is to test private wells in and around...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 30, 2019

Commission approves "Hoot Owl" restrictions

The Montana Fish, Parks, & Wildlife Commission approved earlier this month permanent "Hoot Owl" Restrictions on the lower Madison River. Proposal 31 was part of the 2020 Fishing Regulations. The...

 

New daycare opens in Three Forks

There is a new daycare facility in Three Forks. Grandma's Drop Zone opened for business on October 15 and is located in the basement of the Three Forks Community Library at 607 S. Main. Owner Tracy Colsch moved to Three Forks in March and in August...

 

Our View: Harvest Dinner huge for holidays

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are always a magical time of year and a wonderful time for families to spend time together. There are many holiday dinners and there are so many things to be thankful for. Unfortunately, there are people who...

 

Wolves wrap up season at state

The Three Forks High School cross country team finished their season on a high note at last week's State Meet at the Eagle Falls Golf Course in Great Falls. Head Coach Tara Forsberg said the top five boys ran really well for the Wolves who finished...

 

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