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Articles from the January 11, 2023 edition

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  • Medicaid and Abortion Top Health Agenda for Montana Lawmakers

    Keely Larson, KHN-UM Legislative News Service|Jan 11, 2023

    HELENA, Mont. - Montana lawmakers said lowering costs and expanding patient access will be their top health care goals for the new legislative session. But they also will have to contend with making changes to Medicaid, a management crisis at the Montana State Hospital, and proposals to regulate abortion. Republicans, who hold a veto-proof majority, said they will focus on three areas of health care: transparency, costs, and patient options. Party leaders aim to keep "taking small bites that... Full story

  • Center Offers Tips for 'Avalanche Terrain'

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 11, 2023

    While many Three Forks residents and others throughout southwest Montana enjoy getting outside to recreate during the winter, they should be mindful of increased avalanche dangers due to an above-average snowpack with weak layers. The dangers of the 2022-23 season were quickly brought to the attention of Treasure State residents when a fatal avalanche claimed the life of a snowmobiler on December 31 north of Cooke City. A large avalanche was also reported on January 6 at Saddle Peak. Based out o... Full story

  • Three Forks FFA Hosting Leadership Development Event

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 11, 2023

    The Three Forks Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter is hosting the Southwest Leadership Development event next week. According to Advisor Connie Olsen, approximately 200 to 250 Blue and Gold Jackets will converge at Three Forks High School on Friday, January 20, at the event that will take place from 7 a.m. to around 3 p.m. "The purpose of these competitions is to challenge students to develop critical thinking skills and effective decision-making skills, foster teamwork, and promote... Full story

  • Op-Ed: Medicaid Rates for Montana Nursing Homes

    Jan 11, 2023

    As Montanans, we care for each other. Across the rural-urban divide, generational divide, and Brawl of the Wild divide. Of all our constituents across Montana, the most deserving are our elderly neighbors who are on Medicaid benefits. They have served Montana well, and at this final stage in their lives seek the promise of compassionate, medically appropriate care. Most of them are out of money, have used up their care options with family members and loved ones, and cannot afford in-home care, which can cost more than $20,000 a month and is... Full story

  • Column: In bed by 10 on New Year's Eve

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 11, 2023

    I’m sure many people festively celebrated the New Year when the clock struck midnight, officially making it 2023. I was not one of them. In fact, I was in bed at about 10 p.m. I wasn’t a huge fan of 2022, so I did not want to celebrate anything about it, even the end. I was pleasantly surprised not to be shaken out of bed by several hours of fireworks, it was much quieter than I was used to, and I was not complaining. I had been invited by friends to ring in the new year with them in Helena, but I wasn’t up to traveling. Although it was only... Full story

  • Virginia A. (Ginny) Crowley Sullivan

    Jan 11, 2023

    Virginia A (Ginny) Crowley Sullivan passed away peacefully on December 19, 2022 after a short illness. Ginny was born in Bozeman, MT on September 30, 1939 to Bill and Mary Jane Crowley. She was the second of four children and grew up on a ranch in Logan, MT. She graduated from Three Forks High School and then went to Western Montana College and graduated with a degree in education. She and her husband, Allan Hopper, moved to California where she taught school in Mountain View. She later worked as an administrator for GE and Dow Jones. Ginny... Full story

  • Smith River application due Feb. 15

    Jan 11, 2023

    Permit applications to float the Smith River will be accepted through Feb. 15. The permit drawing will be held on Feb. 21. Celebrated for its spectacular scenery, remote location and excellent fishing, floating the Smith River is one of Montana’s most sought-after outdoor recreation experiences. Permits are required to float the 59-mile section of river between Camp Baker and Eden Bridge and are issued each year through a lottery. Parties of up to 15 people can float with one permit. A person applying for a Smith River permit must be a m... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: Expand Your Knowledge

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Jan 11, 2023

    At the end of December, I asked my husband if he was up for a challenge this year. He looked at me a bit perplexed and said, "hmmm, what is the challenge? I said, "a typical book has 55,000 to 65,000 words. If we spend 45 minutes a day reading, we can read one book weekly." Much to my surprise, he said, "I'm in." I believe he is on book five. Me, well, I'm on book three...sticking to one book a week. Why am I doing this? Readers make leaders, and I understand that successful CEOs and great... Full story

  • Wolves flex muscle at 2 weekend events

    Jan 11, 2023

    STAFF REPORT It was a phenomenal weekend of results for the Three Forks High School Wrestling team, with outstanding performances at the prestigious Bozeman LeProwse All-Class Tournament and Columbus Invite. The Wolves had four of 10 wrestlers in place and finished 11th out of 30 teams at the tournament on January 6 and 7 in Bozeman. Cole Rogers (120) and Levi Wagner (138) both finished in fourth place, and Brayden Linville finished in fifth at 113 pounds at the tournament that featured some of... Full story

  • Public comment deadline for several proposals is February 3

    Jan 11, 2023

    HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in February. Comment is open through Feb. 3. After public comment, commissioners can offer amendments to the proposals as they see fit. The proposals and supporting documents, commissioner amendments and collected public comment are available on the FWP website. The commission will make a final decision on these proposals at its meeting on Feb. 22. Fish removal projects for 2023-2026 For 2023-2026, there are 2... Full story

  • Three Forks picks up conference win

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 11, 2023

    One night after a tough 40-34 rivalry loss at Manhattan, the Three Forks High School Girls' Basketball team bounced back impressively with a 54-49 home win on January 7 over Townsend. The Wolves (3-5, 2-3 5B) opened strong taking a 24-19 lead into halftime, and outscored the visiting Bulldogs by one in the third to take a 39-33 lead into the final quarter. Head Coach Lacy Noble said they were able to get a nice lead at the start but let Townsend back into the game. The Bulldogs battled back in... Full story

  • Well-balanced attack leads Wolves to rivalry win

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 11, 2023

    It has been a strong start to 5B Conference play for the Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team. The Wolves finished the first half of conference play last week with a 4-1 record that included a 54-44 road win on January 6 over rival Manhattan. Three Forks fell 65-58 at home on January 7 against Townsend. Head Coach Terry Hauser felt his team played a well-balanced game in the victory over the host Tigers and were especially good on defense. "We held their two best players under double... Full story

  • MSU Extension offers updated legal and financial information for caregivers of those with memory loss

    Jan 11, 2023

    MSU News Service Montana State University Extension has partnered with the Montana Alzheimer's Work Group, the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Alzheimer's Association-Montana Chapter and AARP Montana to offer Montana-specific information for caregivers and others concerned about memory loss. The Work Group has a revised website with vital information on Alzheimer's in Montana, including resources for health care professionals and caregivers; a list of support agencies; and... Full story

  • Gallatin County 911 Hosting Recruiting Workshops

    Jan 11, 2023

    As part of its ongoing recruiting efforts, Gallatin County 911 is hosting a series of upcoming workshops to provide more information for anyone interested in a career as a 911 dispatcher. Come visit with our 911 staff about the hiring process, our on-the-job training program, special assignments, and professional growth opportunities. Dispatchers will answer your questions about working in this challenging and rewarding career. Come see if this professional path might just be for you. The workshops are scheduled for Jan. 12, Jan. 25 and Jan.... Full story

  • Bozeman Symphony's Free Family Concert Returns

    Jan 11, 2023

    The Bozeman Symphony’s Free Family Concert returns with The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra February 11 at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Designed specifically for children ages 5-12, this educational concert will be fun for the whole family! Music Director Norman Huynh will take the audience on a tour through Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, music from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Stravinsky’s Firebird, and a preview of Lee’s The Fire Beneath, which celebrates Yellowstone’s 150th anniversary. "The Bozeman Symphony has pr...