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 By Jack H. Smith    Community    August 4, 2021 

Three Forks Fly In Starts Friday

There will be fun for all ages this weekend at the 44th annual Three Forks Fly In. The event hosted by the Montana Antique Aircraft Association is scheduled for Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 4, 2021 

FEMA Denies City Grant Application

City Treasurer and Flood Plain Administrator Kelly Smith announced last week the City of Three Forks had been informed they would not be receiving a FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant. The City originally applied for...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 4, 2021 

Rest Area Petition Organizers Obtain Over 1,000 Signatures

The ongoing efforts by local residents to put a stop to the relocation of an MDT Rest Area from Bozeman to land off U.S. 287 in Three Forks continued last week. A petition created against the planned... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 4, 2021 

Our View: Thanks for an amazing Rodeo Dayz Celebration

After a hiatus in 2020, the Three Forks Rodeo organizers were expecting a big crowd in 2021. Their expectations were more than accurate with record attendance at last month's event. It was not only the rodeo that had large crowds in Three Forks. The...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 4, 2021 

Column: Sweet Pork

A few years back, I received an instant pot as a gift, and I wasn’t sure what to think. I was excited to bring something new to the kitchen but worried because I had always been a little bit intimidated by pressure cookers. I thought it would...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    August 4, 2021 

Rogers finishes fourth at Fargo Nationals

With a fourth-place finish at what is widely regarded as largest wrestling tournament in the world, Cole Rogers of Three Forks is now a two-time All-American. A soon-to-be sophomore at Three Forks... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 28, 2021

Petition aims to put a halt to rest area

Residents, law enforcement officials, and emergency personnel raised concerns last week at an open house for the Montana Department of Transportation's relocation of the state rest area in Bozeman to... Full story


Lending Library added at Missouri Headwaters State Park

Over many years backpacking and camping, Patricia Wise said she found herself desperate for something new to read and always appreciated a campground or trailhead that offered reading materials. "I would trade in my old, dog-eared copy for something... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 28, 2021

Column: Shampoe Brown

I was always lucky on the first day of school because it was impossible to mess up the pronunciation of my name during roll call. For some of my classmates, it was awful to watch the teacher butcher their names. Although I’m completely fine with my... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 28, 2021

New Superintendent impressed with community interactions

In her first several weeks in the position, new Three Forks School Superintendent Dr. Rhonda Uthlaut has been impressed with her interactions with the local community. At last week’s School Board Meeting, Uthlaut said she had been welcomed by both...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 21, 2021

Ordinance would allow for bottling, canning facility

Last week, the Three Forks City Council took the first steps for an ordinance that would allow for beverage, bottling, and distribution facilities up to 7,000 square feet in the Central Business and Neighborhood Highway Business Districts. The...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 21, 2021

Firefighters, ambulance personnel presented with National Medal of Honor for Courage

Local firefighters and Ambulance Personnel were honored last week for their quick response to June's Willow Creek Fire with a National Medal of Honor for Courage. Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford presen... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 14, 2021

Rodeo Dayz returns to Three Forks

It's once again time for the Rodeo Dayz Celebration in Three Forks. The popular annual event will return in 2021 with three days of events headlined by the annual Three Forks NRA Rodeo scheduled for... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 14, 2021

Headwaters Rest Area Meetings July 20 and 21

The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting an open house and virtual public meeting to discuss the ongoing Headwaters Rest Area Project. The Montana Transportation Commission unanimously voted in April to approve a staff recommendation on a... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 14, 2021

Kick-off concert Thursday

Organizers have added a new event to the annual Three Forks Rodeo Dayz celebration. A Thursday night kick-off concert headlined by Levi Blom of Butte with opener Kailey Marie of Bozeman is scheduled for July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Three Forks Rodeo... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Our View: Great to have Rodeo Dayz back

A year ago this week, the new bleachers at the Three Forks Rodeo grounds should have been packed. The same could be said for downtown Three Forks, where the crowds of both current and former residents lining the streets were absent. Unfortunately,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Column: Beer Can Chicken

I really enjoy beer. I also enjoy roasting chicken. Once I figured I could combine the two, I was happy for about a week and could not wait to make “beer can chicken” for the first time. I was flipping through channels on a cooking show and...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    July 7, 2021

Cheering for an amazing cause: Three Forks well represented at East-West Shrine Game

Each year the Montana East-West Shrine Game in June highlights some of the best football and cheerleaders throughout the state, at the same time raising money for the Shriners Children's Hospital in... Full story


Headwaters Bank Walk/Run will return in 2022

The 16th annual Headwaters Bank Walk/Run will not take place in 2021. This is the second straight cancellation of the event that is a fundraiser for the Headwaters Trails System. According to Gene...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Column: Stallin(g)

For pretty much the entire final semester of high school, I spent my first-hour class sitting in a chair in the attendance office. To this day, I say it was just a tremendous misunderstanding, but nobody wanted to hear my side of the story. I should... Full story


Welcome to Three Forks: Visitors have three opportunities to learn more about area

With summer in full swing, visitors to and new residents of Three Forks have ample opportunity to learn more about the area. The Railroad and Trident Heritage Center, Headwaters Heritage Museum, and... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 30, 2021

Johnston lone candidate to file for Mayor

There was only one candidate to file by deadline for November’s race for Three Forks Mayor. Randy Johnston was the only resident to file by June 25 for the position currently held by Mayor Sean Gifford. Appointed by the Council in 2019 to fill the...


Deputies visit area youth

The Three Forks School summer lunch program had some special guests last week. Gallatin County Sheriff's Deputies Tom Pallach and Kaelin Kiesel were both on hand at the school to hand out lunches and...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Column: Stuck in the parking lot

To say it has been hot the past few days in Three Forks would be an understatement. I’m thinking not only could you have fried an egg on the sidewalk, but it was also warm enough to have cooked a complete Irish breakfast with ham, bacon, sausage,... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 23, 2021

Potts is new board member

There is a new member on the Three Forks School Board. The trustees voted last week to appoint Christian Potts to the position vacated last month by Stephene Kamerman. Potts said she has lived in Three Forks for about eight years and was interested...


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