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Articles from the January 25, 2023 edition


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  • Counseling Services return at Three Rivers Medical Clinic

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    Counseling services are once again available at the Three Rivers Medical Clinic. Jen Kamps was recently hired as a Counselor for the Behavioral Health Program at the clinic located at 16 Railway Avenue in Three Forks. The Three Rivers Medical Clinic is currently offering acute and crisis care through its Behavioral Health Program and longer-term care for mental health issues. Counseling appointments are available Monday through Thursday. After Cindy Bates, FNP, took over ownership of the Three R... Full story

  • TF Schools Adult Education Program to start on February 13

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    The Three Forks Schools are hosting their annual Adult Education Program next month. The program will start on February 13 and run for eight weeks. According to Program Director Tyler Palmer, they will be offering 19 classes with four first-time instructors, which he said is exciting. "Our new building has afforded us additional resources to offer classes like soccer and cooking that we were previously unable to provide to the degree demand warranted. I will keep the online registration portal open until early February, as instructors will need... Full story

  • Sub-Zero Temperatures Followed by Warm Up Increase Potential for Ice Jams and Flooding

    Jan 25, 2023

    Fluctuating temperatures across Montana have already resulted in ice jam flooding in some areas of the state and is raising concerns for potential flooding along other rivers and streams. "We urge residents to be observant to rapidly changing conditions and prepare for the possibility of flooding," said Traci Sears, the Montana National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. A period of sub-zero temperatures followed by a rapid warm up has... Full story

  • City of Three Forks seeks to fill Council vacancy

    Jan 25, 2023

    STAFF REPORT After the January 13 resignation of Steve Dahl, the City of Three Forks is looking to fill a vacancy on the City Council. The person selected by the governing body will serve in the position until December 31, 2023. QUALIFICATIONS Every resident of the City of Three Forks who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of Montana and a qualified elector pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the Montana Constitution is eligible to hold the office of council member. Interested candidates shall submit a letter stating their interest to the... Full story

  • Three grizzly bears test positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza

    Jan 25, 2023

    HELENA – Three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus this fall. The three bears, one near Augusta, one near Dupuyer, and another near Kalispell, were observed to be in poor condition and exhibited disorientation and partial blindness, among other neurological issues. They were euthanized due to their sickness and poor condition. These were the first documented cases of HPAI in grizzly bears. A fox and a skunk in Montana also tested positive... Full story

  • MSU Extension to offer series of webinars on estate and legacy planning

    Jan 25, 2023

    From MSU News Service BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension has once again teamed up with the Montana 4-H Foundation and MSU 4-H Center to offer its Fabulous Fridays webinar series on estate and legacy planning. The six-part webinar series will happen Fridays, Jan. 27 through March 3. Each installment will run from 10 to 11:15 a.m., which includes a 15-minute Q&A period. Fabulous Fridays topics include: • What factors determine who receives your property after you die? • Saving more money for your heirs by avoiding probate. ... Full story

  • Drama finishes second, speech third at Divisionals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Speech and Drama team had top-three finishes at last week’s Divisional Tournament in Columbus. The Drama team finished in second place in Class B behind only Broadwater County High School, and the Speech team ended the tournament in third behind only Manhattan and Loyola. “Although the day didn’t work out like we had hoped, I am still proud of the work and effort the students put out for our divisional tournament,” Head Coach Jonathan Sutton said. In speech, Cadence Brown brought home a first-place medal in... Full story

  • Construction Update

    Jan 25, 2023

    On January 23, the Middle School and District Offices were relocated to the north side of the building, facing the stadium bleachers. The Middle School main entrance on Neal will be closed and inaccessible due to construction. The new high school entrance on Neal will be open as well as the west middle school entrance along 2nd street for morning drop off. During school hours, parents and community should use one of the three official entrances to check in: Elementary Office - Corner of 4th & Oak Middle School & District Office - North side...

  • Op-Ed: Montana Taxpayers Deserve a Refund

    Jan 25, 2023

    By Speaker of the House: Rep. Matt Regier, Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Rhonda Knudsen and Major Leader: Rep. Sue Vinton The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in session, and the House has already gaveled in. This year the state faces a unique challenge of deciding how to spend a $2 billion surplus. As Leadership of the Montana House, our response to that challenge is supporting House Bill 192, introduced by Representative Bill Mercer of Billings. The bill entails three initiates: refund taxpayers on overpaid income taxes, alleviate the... Full story

  • Firefighters honored at annual banquet

    Jan 25, 2023

    STAFF REPORT Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual banquet earlier this month. New Firefighters sworn in at the meeting were Joshua Bingham, Daniel Roney, and Chase Moore. Awards were also handed out for responding to the most calls in 2022. Trevor Aune responded to the most calls, followed by Chief Keith Aune in second and Jason Kelsey in third. Firefighters were also awarded for their service to the community, which included Years of Service Awards. Charles Eastty was named... Full story

  • Column: Don't eat the gas station egg salad sandwich

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    When I first decided to move to Montana nearly eight years ago, I ended up staying for a few weeks at a hotel. I was very excited about my new adventure, but looking back, I did not enjoy my time at the motel. The hotel room was the type of dirty that housekeeping could not fix, the walls were thin enough that I could hear the people next door even if they were whispering, and I felt bad for my cat, who had no idea what to think of the situation. The room also didn’t have ESPN, which was just weird, especially when I was trying to watch an... Full story

  • Senior wrestlers recognized, Wolves finish second at Class B/C Duals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    Not only did a January 19 Mixer event give local fans a chance to cheer on the Three Forks High School Wrestling team as they won 12 of 16 matches, but it also was an opportunity to highlight the five senior members of the team. Jesse Eide, Dylan Kamps, Chase Kirkland, Brayden Linville, and Levi Wagner were all recognized before the competition. Following the mixer, an emotional Head Coach Nye Howey discussed what the five have meant to the program. "This group of seniors has been with me since... Full story

  • Three Forks preps for busy week of conference action

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    It will be a busy week of conference action for the Three Forks High School Girls' Basketball team, with a Thursday home game against Whitehall and a Friday contest at Boulder. In action last week, the Wolves dropped two games to ranked teams, 48-27 Friday against visiting Columbus, and 67-44 Saturday at Big Timber. "Playing two state-ranked teams back-to-back was really mentally daunting for us. But I think our weaknesses are easier to pick out because Columbus and Big Timber capitalize on... Full story

  • Montana to pause rental assistance program, citing backlog and diminished funding

    Victoria Eavis, Montana Free Press|Jan 25, 2023

    A key COVID-era relief program to assist renters may be approaching its expiration date in Montana. The state’s Department of Commerce recently announced that it is set to pause emergency rental assistance applications in the next couple of days because of a backlog in applications and diminished funding. The pause comes as the department assesses whether the amount of remaining funding will be sufficient to keep up with the number of eligible applicants, so it is unclear if the application window is closed for good. The Montana Emergency... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: Be intentional with your inner circle

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Jan 25, 2023

    How do you choose friends? Do you value personality, integrity, morals, and values? We must be very intentional in how we choose our inner circle. The right friends for you should help you to become more humble and willing to serve others from all walks of life. Friends profoundly influence our lives - especially during moments of transparency and vulnerability at the intersection of decision-making. Surrounded by wrong friends or voices, unhealthy friendships can negatively influence you, and you may be encouraged to pursue unhealthy habits an... Full story

  • Publication finds Montana has second highest demand for leaders in the U.S

    Jan 25, 2023

    From the MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana has the second highest demand for leaders per capita in the country, according to the findings of a report that will be presented in a Montana State University Extension webinar at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. The publication, prepared for Montana by rural sociologist Benjamin Winchester of the University of Minnesota Extension, is titled “Montana’s Leadership Demand.” It reports that one in every 13 adults must hold a leadership position to keep the state’s existing government and...

  • Wolves defeat Columbus with buzzer beater

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 25, 2023

    It was quite the week for the Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team. The Wolves snapped a three-game losing streak on Friday, January 20, with junior Shane Williams hitting a shot at the buzzer for a thrilling 64-63 win over then-fourth-ranked Columbus. Three Forks (6-6, 5-1 5B) wrapped up a phenomenal week Saturday with a 45-33 road win over Big Timber. "That was a huge win Friday night, and to do it in the fashion we did with a buzzer-beater makes it that much more enjoyable. The fans got a great show, and it was a great game to be a... Full story