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 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 27, 2021 

Board Accepts Superintendent Resignation

The Three Forks School Board voted unanimously last week to accept the resignation of Superintendent Jeff Elliott. His last day with the district will be June 30. Originally hired in 2018, Elliott had previously served as the Principal at Fergus... Full story


COVID-19 & BUSINESS: Main Street Office continues to meet the needs of Three Forks Residents

Editor's Note This is the first of a series of articles to show how Three Forks businesses are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The articles will also serve as a way to highlight the wonderful... Full story


Wolf Update: News and Notes from the January Three Forks School Board Meeting

There was some positive news last week at the Three Forks High School home basketball games versus Dillon. According to High School Principal Greg Heys, new band instructor Jon Sutton has been doing...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    January 27, 2021 

Our View: Ice rink huge for Three Forks

While many residents may have been glad to see the end of 2020, there was some great news at the end of the year from the City of Three Forks. A new portable ice rink was constructed and filled at Stevenson Park and although the weather has not alway...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    January 27, 2021 

Column: Hastings

I am not a big fan of huge retail stores. Sometimes it is a necessary evil to go to one of the big box stores to make a purchase but that does not mean I have to enjoy even one second of it. My hometown didn’t get a Walmart until I was in late...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 27, 2021 

A Different Swagger: Wolves take down Herders

Before the start of last Friday's conference road matchup with Big Timber, Three Forks High School boys basketball coach Terry Hauser told his staff he saw a different swagger with his team before tip-off and they were going to win the game. Hauser... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 27, 2021 

Three Forks continues to battle hard

Throughout the 2021 season, the Three Forks High School girls basketball team has faced an extremely talented schedule and this will once again be the case this week with a Friday home game against Jefferson High School (Boulder), and a Saturday...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    January 27, 2021 

Wolves strong to start 2021 campaign

It has been a great start to the 2021 season for the Three Forks High School wrestling team. In action last week, the Wolves picked up a 36-18 road win at Livingston and lost a hard fought 38-31...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 20, 2021


What is being described as a once in ten-year wind event wreaked havoc across the Treasure State last week including multiple trees being uprooted and power outages in the Three Forks area. According... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 20, 2021

Gianforte issues directives, Kelley responds

On Wednesday of last week, new Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued a new directive to replace several directives related to the pandemic that were put in place by former Governor Steve Bullock. Shortly after, Gallatin City-County Health Officer...


Chamber Hires New Director

The Three Forks Chamber of Commerce has a new Executive Director. Melissa Jenkins was hired for the position earlier this month. The position had previously been held by Leandra Hill. Having officially started Monday, Jenkins was thrilled to be...


Column: One of those things

When I was a kid, I probably spent more time on the golf course than just about anyone in my hometown. If I was staying with my dad, we would get in nine holes before 8 a.m., golf another nine after 5 p.m., and on the weekends play between 18 and 36...


Wolves continue to 'trust the process'

At the start of the 2021 season, Three Forks High School boys basketball Head Coach Terry Hauser told his team the upcoming campaign is going to be a process. 6 games into the season, he feels this still rings very true. In action last week, the...


Sauvageau pleased with progress of Wolves

4 games into the 2021 season, Three Forks High School girls basketball coach Mike Sauvageau admits the team has faced a difficult schedule but he is happy with the progress the team is making. In...


Whitesitt shares passion of pottery at Next of Kiln

During her childhood, Teri Whitesitt remembers making trips with her grandmother to dig clay they would use for pottery projects. This would spark a love interest in pottery at an early age for... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 13, 2021

Madison-Ruby- Jefferson River Watersheds updating maps

A collaborative effort launched in 2016 between government agencies and local government is currently in the process of updating the Flood Maps for the Madison-Ruby-Jefferson River Watersheds. The... Full story


Column: 'Big Sky'

I’m not quite sure what my mom likes more, reading or a nice glass or six of wine. When she’s not partaking in the fun of adult grape juice, you can always find her with her Kindle or a book in her hand. While my mom will read a variety of...


Busy Week for Three Forks Basketball

It will be a jam-packed week of action for the Three Forks High School boys basketball team. The Wolves (0-3, 0-2 5B) fell 46-41 Tuesday at home against Twin Bridges, will be on the road on January... Full story


Three Forks takes down conference foe Townsend

Things are starting to come together for the Three Forks High School girls basketball. One night after falling after an epic comeback 38-36 against rival Manhattan, Three Forks was strong from the start Saturday picking up a 49-44 win over...


Angel Tree Shows best of Community

The Three Forks community went above and beyond to show their giving nature during Christmas of 2020. After learning of the cancellation of the annual "Family" Angel Tree because of COVID-19, Three Forks resident Dawn Miller decided she would create... Full story


Wolves face Manhattan Friday

Trailing 33-21 at half to visiting Columbus, the Three Forks High School boys basketball team regrouped during the break and would cut the lead to as little as four in the second half. Unfortunately, the valiant effort would eventually fall short in... Full story


Lady Wolves fall to Columbus, play Manhattan Friday

With a young team, Three Forks High School girls basketball head coach Mike Sauvageau wants his team to get better every week and "take care of the things they can take care of". After falling behind...


Talented, deep Wolves wrestling team opens season Friday

With a full roster and two returning state qualifiers from 2020, there are high hopes for the 2021 Three Forks High School wrestling team. According to Head Coach Nye Howey, sophomores Levi Wagner and Dylan Kamps both wrestled at the state tournament... Full story


Jingle on Main scheduled for January 1, 2

There will be plenty of New Year's fun in downtown Three Forks with Jingle on Main scheduled for January 1 and 2. Sponsored by the Madison River Equine Performance Center and Madison River Ranch, the event is scheduled on both days from 4:30 to 6... Full story


Column: Radio

After my first year of college at the University of Wyoming, I procrastinated a little too long and did not end up finding a job until mid-June. Because I was late finding work and perhaps spending too much of my salary from McDonald’s I was forced...


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