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Three Forks Christmas Stroll Friday

It will be fun for the entire family this Friday, December 3, at the 2021 Three Forks Chamber of Commerce Christmas Stroll. The popular annual event will feature a gingerbread contest, indoor and... Full story


Pre-Thanksgiving food giveaway highlights generous nature of local community

Just before Thanksgiving, the genuine caring nature of the local community was on display in Three Forks. Members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Bozeman and Belgrade, students and parents from... Full story


Hockey Tourney this week

With a new ice rink in town, Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford is hoping to see more local involvement in hockey. This weekend will serve as an opportunity to showcase the sport in the Gallatin Valley with two of his daughters playing at a home...


FFA members raise money with 'Top Turkey Teacher'

The Three Forks FFA Chapter had fun with a "Top Turkey Teacher" fundraiser before the Thanksgiving Holiday. According to Chapter Adviser Connie Olsen, feathers were sold to middle school and high... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    December 1, 2021

Three Forks Speech finishes first in Red Lodge

Under the direction of first-year head coach Jonathan Sutton, the Three Forks High School Speech and Drama has had a strong start to the 2021-22 season. The Three Forks Speech team opened with a second-place finish at a large meet in Billings and fir...


Three Forks wrestlers open season Friday in Cascade

After countless hours of hard work during the offseason and the last several weeks in practice, the Three Forks High School wrestling team is ready to hit the mat for their first competition of the season. Coming off a third-place finish at the Class... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 24, 2021 

Book Details History of Sacajawea Hotel

Just in time for the holidays, a new book about the Sacajawea Hotel published by the Three Forks Area Historical Society will make a perfect gift for both current and former residents. "The... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 24, 2021 

Monthly Report Details Continued Progress on Three Forks Schools Addition/Renovation Project

In a report to the School Board last week, Project Manager Andy Becker told the trustees they had made good progress over the past several weeks with the ongoing renovations and additions at the Three Forks Schools. Becker said they have currently...


Three Forks Education Foundation Awards 2021 Teacher Grants

The Three Forks Education Foundation once again stepped up for the betterment of local schools last week when they awarded their 2021 Teacher Grants. The total amount of grants handed out by the TFEF... Full story


Our View: Importance of shopping local

While Thanksgiving is traditionally known as a time for family and friends to come together, the following day has become synonymous with “Black Friday” and the start of the Christmas shopping season. It is a bit unfortunate that day has turned i... Full story


Column: Thanksgiving at home

Over the past few weeks, I’ve written a lot about food, including sharing a few recipes and my desire to make a seven-hour trip for Shakey’s Pizza and a five-hour venture to Salt Lake City for an In and Out Burger. As incredible as both sound,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    November 24, 2021 

4 Wolves named All-Conference

Last week, the 5B District Volleyball and Southern B Football Conferences released their all-conference teams, with four Three Forks High School student-athletes receiving postseason accolades. In...


City Council Commits $2.8 Million to Flood Mitigation Project

The Three Forks City Council voted last week to commit $2.8 million for a flood mitigation project. According to city officials, the proposed project is a conveyance channel and culvert crossing... Full story


Numerous Accidents Reported After Storm, Drivers Should Prepare for Conditions

When one of the first snowstorms of the season hit last week, it was a busy two days for the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. According to Captain Matt Boxmeyer, from midnight on November 11 until... Full story


A trip to Shakey's?

When I was in grade school, Friday was always a big deal. Not only did it mean the end of the school week, but chances were also I would be going to what was and still is my favorite restaurant. Around 6 p.m., we would make the short drive to... Full story


Council receives update on Three Forks Library

At last week’s City Council meeting, Three Forks Librarian Fawn Venzor presented her annual report for the fiscal year 2020-21. Venzor told the governing body that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, they never truly shut the doors by first offering...


City Ice Rink Opening Soon

Last Thursday, Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford was hard at work painting the warming hut at the new City of Three Forks Ice Rink at Stevenson Park. If all goes as planned, Gifford hopes to open the... Full story


Wolves learn from postseason, coach praises senior class

While they were unable to advance out of last month's 5B District Volleyball Tournament in Manhattan, the four matches provided a wonderful learning experience for the younger players on the team.... Full story


County Voters Approve Law & Justice Center, 3 Elected to Three Forks Council

A third time was a charm with voters who approved the funding for a new Gallatin County Law and Justice Center Tuesday night. After two unsuccessful attempts, the unofficial results from the Tuesday, November 2 election show voters approving the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 3, 2021

Gallatin County Voters Approve New Law and Justice Center

A third time was a charm with voters who approved the funding for a new Gallatin County Law and Justice Center Tuesday night. After two unsuccessful attempts, the unofficial results from the Tuesday, November 2 election show voters approving the... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 3, 2021

Seat at the Table: Gallatin County Housing Prices Soaring

The Gallatin County Regional Housing Study released in July showed the median sale price of the single-family home at $648,000. The average income needed to afford the median home is $166,000, which... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 3, 2021

School Board Receives Construction Update

The Three Forks School Board recently heard an update on the ongoing renovation/addition project. Andy Becker, Project Manager for Hulteng CCM, told the board that the total money spent on the project is $5.5 million, roughly 25 percent of the...


Packed schedule at Three Forks Community Library

It is going to be a busy couple of months at the Three Forks Community Library. With Christmas just around the corner, the library will soon have a North Pole Ninja on staff to help with missions of g... Full story


Three Forks wins 2 at District Tourney

The Three Forks High School volleyball team fell one win short of a berth at this week’s Southern B Divisional Tournament. After starting last week’s 5B District Tournament in Manhattan 2-1 with... Full story


Three Forks has phenomenal performance at state meet

Week in and week out during the 2021 regular season, the Three Forks High School Cross Country team produced incredible results. When it mattered the most Saturday afternoon at the Class B State Meet... Full story


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