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 By Jack H. Smith    Community    May 31, 2023 

Skate Park 5K Fundraiser Next Week

A 5K run in June at Stevenson Park will help raise funds for a skate park in Three Forks. The run hosted by the Three Forks Skate Park Coalition is scheduled for Saturday, June 10, from 2 p.m. to 6... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 31, 2023 

Counties to receive MCEP Grants

Gallatin and Broadwater Counties will each receive $750,000 in Montana Coal Endowment Program (MCEP) Grants for replacing the two bridges on Old Town Road. Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed House Bill 11 earlier this month, which will allocate... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 31, 2023 

McDermott is new Council member

There is a new member of the Three Forks City Council. The governing body voted 4-0 last week to appoint Roxi McDermott to the Council. McDermott will take over the position of longtime council member Debra Mickelberry who resigned earlier this... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 31, 2023 

Residents share concerns about Headwaters Rest Area

At a public meeting last week with two officials from the Montana Department of Transportation, residents of southern Broadwater County shared their concerns about the Headwaters Rest Area and traffic on US 287. Butte District Engineers Dave Cunningh...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 31, 2023 

Wolves wrap up season at Class B State Meet

Eleven Three Forks High School Track and Field team members ended their 2023 at last week's Class B State Meet at Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Butte. "For our kids that made it, they competed well and... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 31, 2023 

Three Forks tennis concludes season at state

The Three Forks High School Tennis team wrapped up their 2023 campaign at last week's Class B-C State Tournament in Great Falls. Following the tournament, Head Coach Janna Lauver said she could not have been prouder of the six who qualified to... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 24, 2023

Three Forks Tennis Wins Divisional Title

The Three Forks High School Tennis team is the 2023 Southeast Division Champions. With the first-place finish at last week's tournament in Billings, six Wolves will compete at the state tournament sch... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 24, 2023

Council continues work on Capital Improvements Plan

The City of Three Forks is continuing work to update its Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). At a Council meeting earlier this month, Jerry Grebenc with Great West Engineering discussed the CIP, which he said is essentially a prioritized list of... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 24, 2023

Sheriff: Many unknowns about new rest area

With the Headwaters Rest Area near the intersection of Interstate 90 and US 287 set to open sometime this summer, Broadwater County Sheriff Nick Rauser said there are many unknowns about the facility. In an interview last week, Rauser explained he... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 24, 2023

Rural Press Call: Tester discusses fentanyl crisis in Treasure State

In a Rural Press Call last week, U.S. Senator Jon Tester discussed his efforts to declare fentanyl a National Emergency. “One of our greatest threats at home is the influx of fentanyl and other dangerous drugs that are literally tearing Montana... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 24, 2023

Three Forks golf team finishes 4th at state

The Three Forks High School Girls' Golf team ended their season in style at last week's Class B State Tournament in Shelby. The Wolves had two golfers earn All-State honors on their way to a fourth-pl... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 24, 2023

Wolves pick up win at Divisional Tournament

A fantastic inaugural campaign for the Three Forks High School Softball team ended at last week’s Western B/C Divisional Softball Tournament. After a 7-1 opening-round loss to St. Ignatius/Arlee-Charlo, the Wolves (8-10) bounced back with an... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 24, 2023

Column: The magical last days of school

With the school year ending, it brings back many memories, especially those of grade school and what was always a very relaxed pace at the end of the year. Looking back, I’m pretty sure nothing important got completed in the last two weeks of the... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 24, 2023

Three Forks qualifies 11 for State Meet

At last week's Southern B Divisional Meet, the Three Forks High School Track and Field team qualified 11 student-athletes for the 2023 Class B State Meet Scheduled for May 25 to 27 in Butte.... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 17, 2023

Three Forks City Council renews contract with Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

The Three Forks City Council voted last week to renew a five-year contract with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement services in city limits. The contract that will begin on July 1, 2023, and end on June 30, 2028, will see... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 17, 2023

Downing discusses senior scams circulating statewide

At the beginning of May, the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) received multiple complaints about a phishing and cryptocurrency scam... Full story


Chamber President attends M.A.C.E. Conference

After a recent visit to attend the Montana Association of Chamber Executives (M.A.C.E) Conference, Three Forks Chamber President Brooke Leugers recently shared some of the positive experiences from the trip. At last week's Chamber Board Meeting, she...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 17, 2023

Buchignani signs to cheer at Rocky Mountain College

Three Forks High School senior Reagan Buchignani will continue her cheerleading career at the collegiate level. Buchignani signed last week to cheer at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Before... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 17, 2023

Three Forks golfers advance to State Tournament in Shelby

With a fourth-place finish at last week's Divisional Tournament in Anaconda, the Three Forks High School Girls' Golf team qualified for the state tournament this week in Shelby. The boys' team just... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 17, 2023

Column: Pizza Rolls, I still love you

I don’t travel often, but when I do, it is usually for a sporting event or concert. Perhaps even more than the actual event, my favorite part of the journey is the different restaurants I visit. Often, I will visit a place known for a specialty dis... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 17, 2023

Wolves shine bright at District Track

It was a huge day for Three Forks at last week's 5B District Track meet in Belgrade. The Wolves ended Friday's competition with 20 student-athletes qualifying for the Southern B Divisional scheduled...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 17, 2023

Divisional Bound: Wolves beat Anaconda in play-in game

What has already been an incredible first season for the Three Forks High School Softball team became even sweeter after the Wolves qualified for this week’s Divisional Tournament with an 8-1... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 10, 2023

MDT meeting May 23, rest area opening soon

The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting on May 23 in Townsend with Butte Operations Manager Gino Liva on hand to update and answer questions from area residents. In a Facebook post to county residents, Commissioner Debi R... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 10, 2023

Wolves tennis competes in East Helena, Divisionals May 15 and 16

The Three Forks High School Tennis team battled cold and rainy conditions at last week’s Jefferson Invite in East Helena. According to Head Coach Janna Lauver, the Wolves had a few key matches against host Jefferson to help their seeding at... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 10, 2023

Golfers shines at Friday's home event

On a perfect day for play last Thursday at their home course, the Three Forks High School Golf team did not disappoint with a fantastic performance at the annual Headwaters Invite. "Our kids ended up... Full story


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