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  • Rodeo Week in Three Forks: Numerous events scheduled from July 18 to 20

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    It's once again time for the most popular weekend of the year in Three Forks. Huge crowds are expected for the 77th Annual Three Forks NRA Rodeo and the Rodeo Dayz celebration, scheduled for July 18 to July 20. The Three Forks NRA Rodeo will take place on Friday, July 19, and Saturday, July 20. Action will begin at 7 p.m. on both nights. Events at the 2024 Three Forks NRA Rodeo include Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Tie Down Roping, Barrell... Full story

  • Freddie Obrigewitch named Grand Marshal of 2024 Three Forks Rodeo Dayz Parade

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    Earlier this year, Freddie Obrigewitch was named the Grand Marshal of the 2024 Three Forks Rodeo Dayz Parade. According to Three Forks Chamber Board Member Jill Peterson, she made the nomination because of Freddie and her late husband Mel Obrigewitch's strong ties to the Three Forks Rodeo and the rodeo circuit in several areas across the state. Peterson said she is in awe and humbled by the footprint Mel left behind. It was an emotional moment for Freddie when she learned about being named... Full story

  • Column: The art of avoiding interaction

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    n my line of work, I cover many different community events. It’s always great to get out during Rodeo week in Three Forks to visit with people and take in the wonderful sense of community the event brings. I’m far less social when not working; sometimes, I want as little human interaction as possible. It’s certainly not every day, but sometimes I don’t handle people well. It’s nothing against anyone these days; I want to get in and out of where I’m going as quickly as possible. Over the past nine years, I’ve gotten to know quite a few people in... Full story

  • Council hears update on Chamber project

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    In an effort to promote local businesses, the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce is working on a project to place banners on the power polls on Main Street. At last week’s Three Forks City Council meeting, Chamber President Leann Bryant updated the governing body on the new campaign, which will feature 12 banners. Bryant told the Council that the decision to start the “new and exciting campaign” was made after they were made aware that marketing was a barrier to getting new businesses to join or retaining current members. “In response, we want to...

  • Rogers competing at Fargo Nationals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    In February, Three Forks High School wrestler Cole Rogers captured his third consecutive state title with a pin over Elijah Nose of Laurel in the Class A 120-pound division. Set to compete later this year as a freshman at Western Colorado University; Rogers has one more opportunity to shine at the high school level. Wrestling for Team Montana, Rogers will compete June 19 and 20 at the 2024 U.S. Marine Corps Junior & 16U Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota, known as the biggest wrestling tournament... Full story

  • Three Forks native to perform following Rodeo Dayz Parade

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 17, 2024

    Three Forks native and professional magician Kyle Groves is returning home with two shows scheduled during Three Forks Rodeo Dayz. Groves of KCG Entertainment will perform at the Three Forks Community Library on Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. and on Saturday, July 20, around 1 p.m. in front of the office of the Chiropractic Clinic of Three Forks. Both shows are free of charge. For Groves, it is always a treat to come back and perform in his hometown. "Three Forks is where the magic all began. If... Full story

  • With temps rising, fire departments offers tips for home safety

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 10, 2024

    With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees this week, the Three Forks Fire Department is offering tips for keeping area residents' homes safe. "As we look ahead to the hot weather this week, with possible temperatures in the 100s, our command staff is very concerned about the wildfire potential. If you live out of town, now is the time to make sure to keep your home safe," Training Captain Charles Eastty said. Tips provided by the Department Include: Create Defensible Space: Clear... Full story

  • Health Department: Essential protecting your health during extreme heat

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 10, 2024

    With a heatwave in full effect in Three Forks,, the Gallatin City-County Health Department reminds area residents of precautions to take during the ongoing heatwave. Communications and Website Specialist Holly Whaley stressed the risks associated with the higher temperatures. “Severe heat-related illness can be very dangerous. Knowing if you’re experiencing the symptoms of heat-related illness—and what actions to take next—is essential to protecting your health during extreme heat,” Whaley said. According to Whaley, older adults, the very youn... Full story

  • Scam calls continue to be a problem in Gallatin, Broadwater Counties

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 10, 2024

    An FBI report released earlier this year showed that 14,190 people reported being victims of government impersonation scams in 2023, with losses totaling more than $394 million. The impersonation scams are nothing new to the Three Forks area. Last week, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office once again reported an increase in calls " where the caller says they are from the Sheriff's Office, may even use a deputy's name, informs the victim that they owe the GCSO money for some reason, such as a... Full story

  • 7 county residents to be elected to study commission

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 10, 2024

    In June, Gallatin County residents voted 13,700 to 11,094 to commission a study of county government. Now that the measure has moved forward, seven county residents will be selected in a nonpartisan election on November 5 to serve on a study commission, with a registration deadline of August 12. Gallatin County Commissioner Zach Brown said he encouraged the election, which is allowed by state statute every ten years, passed on the county-wide level. "We haven't taken a close look at our form of...

  • Column: All I need is a quick glance at the menu

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 10, 2024

    June went by too fast for me. While I was lucky enough to have some family come and visit, I didn't get out of the house nearly as much as I told myself I was going to. I must really change that in July and August. Even if it's just a day trip or a short overnight one somewhere, I need to get out of the house and explore. Once I get through the stress of planning a trip and finding affordable options, I get very nervous before going anywhere. It's a strange feeling to get so much anxiety for... Full story

  • Council nearing adoption of CIP

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 3, 2024

    The City of Three Forks is moving closer to adopting a new Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). At last week’s special City Council Meeting, the governing body provided input and comments on the latest draft of the CIP, a prioritized list of infrastructure projects with a schedule for the projects and funding sources. Near the conclusion of the meeting, the Council moved forward with placing a Resolution of Intent to pass the CIP at its July 9 meeting and a Resolution to Adopt the CIP the following month. The draft states the CIP “is a blu... Full story

  • Broadwater County launches TextMyGov

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 3, 2024

    Broadwater County has officially launched TextMyGov, a service that will send text alerts and notifications to residents, providing information including road closures, public hearings, and voter registration. Broadwater County Commissioner Lindsey Richtmyer encouraged residents to sign up for the service by texting BCNOTIFY to 91896. Richtmyer said getting the word out about news and announcements can be difficult, and the county hopes this will help communicate with residents, especially in... Full story

  • City Chip Seal Project to start this month

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 3, 2024

    A chip sealing project in the City of Three Forks is expected to start on Monday, July 8. In March, the Three Forks City Council approved a bid award for the project to Hollow Contracting Inc. for $286,785.35. According to City Officials, this will be the first chip-sealing project in the city in about a decade. Street sweeping is underway, and City officials are asking residents to please move vehicles off the affected streets. The Streets that are part of the project include: 1. 1st Avenue... Full story

  • Column: Oh great another shipping container in the Indian Ocean

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 3, 2024

    While researching a recent column, I decided to go online and search for the prices of a hotel that my family used to stay at years ago in Jackson, Wyoming. I knew the prices would be high enough to put me in a foul mood, and I was not wrong. Many people could afford a $ 500-a-night hotel, but I’m certainly not one of them. I’d rather sleep in the car than pay that much money. A few hours later, I logged onto Facebook, and my feed became inundated with ads for the hotel. I did not like this at all. All it took was one simple online search, and... Full story

  • TFVFD offers Fireworks tips

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 26, 2024

    Three Forks Fire Department Training Captain Charles Eastty can remember responding to a call on the Fourth of July where a stray a firework went through an open window and started a house fire. Luckily, he said they were able to control the fire before any major damage was done. With the holiday approaching, Eastty said one of the primary challenges the department faces on the holiday is an increase in emergency calls during the evening. “Historically, the holiday sees a spike in f... Full story

  • School District receives 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 26, 2024

    There was great news last week for the Three Forks School District. At the June School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Rhonda Uthlaut announced that the district had been awarded a renewal for a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant worth $503,082, which is used for the after-school and summer enrichment programs. Uthlaut said Lisa Malmquist worked hard to ensure the requirements were met to secure the grant, which is huge for the district to get. The grant will fully fund... Full story

  • MDT places new variable message signs near Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 26, 2024

    The Montana Department of Transportation recently placed variable message signs on Interstate 90 east and west of the U.S. 287 Three Forks Interchange. According to MDT Public Information Officer Charity Burns, the new signs are part of the ongoing I-90 Incident Management Project. "This project will install 17 new variable message signs and outfit ten interchanges with road closure gates. These signs will aid motorists by communicating road conditions, crash information, or other important... Full story

  • Tester: Bill would 'crackdown' on DJI Drones

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 26, 2024

    During a Rural Press Call last week, US Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) discussed a bipartisan bill that would "crackdown" on DJI Drones. "The Chinese Communist Party is doing everything it can to undermine our position as the world's greatest military and economic power. That is a fact. Their actions are affecting folks right here in Montana. Defending our state is a top priority of mine, and that means making sure our foreign adversaries, like our leading adversary, which is China, don't use...

  • Column: Not the Jackson of my childhood

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 26, 2024

    Growing up, I was always excited for the school year to end and for summer to begin. One of the things I looked forward to the most was our annual trips a couple of hours north to the Jackson, Wyoming, area. We would often come in the Hoback, where we would fish, and there were always plenty of day trips to places like Astoria Hot Springs, where my cousins and I would swim for hours in the warm waters. The usual weeklong trips would also include plenty of trips to Yellowstone, Jenny Lake, and... Full story

  • Council to explore solar panels at sewer lagoons

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 19, 2024

    The Three Forks City Council unanimously voted last week to seek more information about possibly adding solar panels to the Sewer Lagoons. At the June 11 meeting, City Treasurer Kelly Smith told the Council that about four years ago, someone approached them about installing solar panels at the sewer plant, but the governing body did not seem too interested. According to Smith, the city spends $60,000 or more a year on power at the sewer lagoon, and Public Works Superintendent Steve Johnston thought it would be a good idea to add the possible ad... Full story

  • Norman receives 100-year sentence for deliberate homicide

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 19, 2024

    At a hearing Monday, June 17, in Bozeman, 18th Judicial District Court Judge John C. Brown sentenced Zachary Norman to 100 years in the Montana State Prison for the January 15, 2022, shooting death of Chase Estabrook in Three Forks. After a week-long bench trial in April 2024, Brown found 27-year-old Norman guilty of the deliberate homicide of Chase Estabrook and not guilty of the deliberate homicide of Brendan Estabrook. Following a jury trial in July of 2023, Brown announced a mistrial in the two deliberate homicide cases, with the jury... Full story

  • DPHHS official offers tips for tick removal, prevention

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 19, 2024

    Earlier this month, the Three Rivers Medical Clinic in Three Forks reported encountering a handful of embedded ticks. Montana DPHHS Communications Officer Holly Matkin recently shared tips for area residents about tick removal and prevention. Matkin said if someone finds a tick, they should first remove it as quickly and safely as possible. "The longer a tick is embedded, the higher risk you are for developing a tickborne illness if that tick is infected –it gives the infection more time to t...

  • Column: Why is purple dripping from his hair

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 19, 2024

    With a weekly newspaper, it can be challenging to do a lot of traveling. Outside one or two weekend trips a year to my hometown, seven hours away in Wyoming, I don’t usually visit anywhere else. Because I cannot travel much, it’s always a treat when family or friends visit Montana. At the start of May, my uncle from Arizona contacted me about visiting while he was with his family on an extended trip throughout the western United States. I don’t see my uncle often, so spending a couple of days with him was nice. While they only stayed two nights... Full story

  • Council to discuss CIP at June 25 meeting

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 19, 2024

    The Three Forks City Council voted last week to table comments and input on the latest draft of the Capital Improvements Project (CIP) until Tuesday, June 25. The city is currently working with Great West Engineering to update the CIP, a prioritized list of infrastructure projects with a schedule for the projects and funding sources. According to Jerry Grebenc of Great West Engineering, the CIP helps funding agencies see the city’s overall priority list and helps everyone understand their priorities. Mayor Randy Johnston said there is a lot t... Full story

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