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Articles from the February 8, 2023 edition


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  • Wolves maul the competition to capture Divisional Championship

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Feb 8, 2023

    It was a phenomenal start to the postseason for the Three Forks High School Wrestling team, with four Wolves winning individual titles on their way to first-place team finish at last week's Western B/C Divisional Tournament in Pablo. Three Forks captured the first Divisional Title in school history, dominating the field finishing with 335 team points, 99 points ahead of second-place Lincoln County (Eureka) with 236. Whitehall was third with 230, Jefferson was fourth with 211, and Cut Bank... Full story

  • Boyer looks forward to working with communities across Gallatin County

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Feb 8, 2023

    New Gallatin County Commissioner Jennifer Boyer describes her first month on the job as both exciting and incredible. Boyer, who was elected in November of 2022, is also thankful for the warm welcome she has received from fellow commissioners Zach Brown and Scott MacFarlane, county staff, and community partners. Boyer said that while she can relate to 'drinking from a firehose,' her experience is that you cannot study from the shore and wade in. "Local government is a fast-flowing river that... Full story

  • Feliciano hired as Three Forks Softball Coach

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Feb 8, 2023

    With their inaugural season inching closer, the Three Forks High School Softball team has its first Head Coach after Clay Feliciano was hired to lead the new Wolves program. While thankful for the opportunity, Feliciano said he is more excited for the girls to have the ability to continue playing the game they all love. "My goal for the program's first year is that we all, coaching staff and players build strong relationships and grow together. We want to establish a supportive and encouraging c... Full story

  • Brown finishes third at state

    Feb 8, 2023

    Three Forks High School student Cadence Brown wrapped up the 2023 season in impressive style with a third-place finish in Impromptu at last month's State Meet in Manhattan. Brown also won a Divisional Title in Impromptu.... Full story

  • The Prairie Doc: It's time for your checkup

    Andrew Ellsworth M.D., The Prairie Doc|Feb 8, 2023

    Recently I received a mailing from my clinic reminding me it is time to schedule my annual preventative care physical. Apparently, doctors need to go to the doctor, too, even when they feel fine. As a primary care physician, one of my passions is preventative care. Preventative care is focused on catching problems before they even start to cause symptoms, catching issues early when they are easier to treat. Whether you want to call it your annual physical, your yearly checkup, or an annual wellness visit, this appointment gives the time for you...

  • Column: I'm not so sure how 'Super' it is anymore

    Feb 8, 2023

    This weekend I will be one of the around 100 million people in the United States who tunes in for the Super Bowl. This year is another Super Bowl where nobody from the National Football League reached out to me about my ideas to improve the game, but I figured I better share some just in case they send out an email asking for my input. I’m hoping next year will be the first Super Bowl that can be broadcast without announcers. Announcing is a tough gig that can never please everyone, but it has gotten to the point that it is pleasing just a... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: Have your dreams been crushed?

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Feb 8, 2023

    Have you ever had a dream of yours crushed…maybe even as a child? Many of you have, and in retrospect, you have forgotten how to dream. Do you often feel stuck in your current vocation or life in general? Zippia, the career expert, states that 65% of U. S. workers are happy in their jobs, but only 20% are passionate about their jobs. That leaves 35% who are stuck. Likewise, only 49% of American workers report being “very satisfied with their work,” while 30% are “somewhat satisfied.” There is nothing wrong with finding fulfillment at work, but... Full story

  • Landowners have until March 15 to apply for FWP public access to public lands programs

    Feb 8, 2023

    HELENA – Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide recreational public access to state (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no or limited legal public access currently exists. For enrollment in U... Full story

  • Headwaters Heritage Museum: Before We Turn 41

    Patrick Finnegan|Feb 8, 2023

    In the late seventies, historical-minded members of the Three Forks community got together and formed the Headwaters Area Historical Society, which was then a chapter of the Gallatin County Historical Society. They elected Lyle K. Williams as the first President. Lyle was in his late seventies and nearly blind at the time. The former owner of the Three Forks Herald and an author, Lyle had visions of a museum in Three Forks and had put much effort in trying to get one started. Today, we know his... Full story

  • Friday Semi rollover sends traffic to Frontage Road

    Feb 8, 2023

    On February 3, 2023, at approximately 10:45 a.m., Gallatin County 911 Dispatch received a report of a semi-truck rollover on Interstate 90 near mile marker 284. The rollover partially blocked the eastbound lane of traffic. The semi-truck was carrying a load of cattle. Many of the cattle survived but some died as a result of the crash and some needed to be dispatched due to the severity of their injuries. To protect the first responders working at the scene and to protect the motoring public,... Full story

  • Montana Wing of Civil Air Patrol Hosting Three Forks Training Exercise

    Feb 8, 2023

    The Montana Wing of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) will conduct an Air Search & Rescue Training Exercise (SARX) at the Three Forks Airport next month. The exercise, weather permitting, is scheduled for the weekend of March 18 and will feature multiple CAP aircraft, including Cessna 182 and Cessna 206. According to CAP Major Steven C. Heffel, Assistant Wing Public Affairs Officer, all CAP pilots, and aircrews are civilian volunteers for the United States Air Force. Heffel added CAP is the officially...

  • Kenneth Lloyd Ypma

    Feb 8, 2023

    On the morning of February 2, 2023, Kenneth Lloyd Ypma died peacefully in his home at the age of 83. Ken was born March 16, 1939, in Bozeman Montana, to Ray and Dorothy Ypma. Ken lived in and around the Gallatin Valley his entire life. Ken attended school in Churchill Montana at Manhattan Christian School, where he excelled as a pitcher on the baseball team. For most of his working life, Ken was a general contractor, and builder in the Gallatin valley. Around the valley, the homes, and... Full story

  • Application Period Open for Project Funding from the Gallatin County Open Lands Program

    Feb 8, 2023

    Gallatin County is now accepting applications from projects seeking funding through the county’s Open Lands Program. This year, the voter-approved Open Space levy is estimated to bring in over $2.44 million total. While a majority of that money funds conservation projects, such as conservation easements for private landowners, a little over $458,000 has been earmarked by the Gallatin County Commission for “other eligible projects.” Applicants for projects that fall into the “other eligible projects” category are encouraged to apply for this...

  • Bill would force Montana cities to allow smaller home lots

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Feb 8, 2023

    A bill heard Tuesday at the Montana Legislature aims to increase the number of modestly priced homes available to Montana residents by reining in the power of city and town governments to require that new homes be built on properties of a certain size. House Bill 337, sponsored by Rep. Katie Zolnikov, R-Billings, would dictate that local governments can’t require minimum lot sizes bigger than 2,500 square feet in areas served by municipal water and sewer systems. It’s among the first major proposals to come before this year’s Legislature that... Full story

  • Montana Lawmakers Seek More Information About Governor Gianforte's HEART Fund

    Keely Larson, KHN|Feb 8, 2023

    A fund championed by Gov. Greg Gianforte to fill gaps in Montana’s substance use and behavioral health treatment programs has spent $5.2 million since last year as the state waits for an additional $19 million in federal funding. Now, the Republican governor wants to put more state money into the Healing and Ending Addiction Through Recovery and Treatment initiative, but lawmakers and mental health advocates are asking for more accountability and clarity on how the money is spent. Republican Rep. Jennifer Carlson, chair of the Human Services C... Full story

  • Feds to explore delisting of Greater Yellowstone and NCDE grizzlies

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Feb 8, 2023

    nnounced Friday that it is exploring whether grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Continental Divide ecosystems are sufficiently recovered to no longer be considered as an endangered species. The agency's announcement was welcomed by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte and other Republican officials, who've long sought to restore management of grizzly bears to state agencies. Environmental and conservation groups expressed wariness at the development, questioning whether state... Full story

  • Wolves sweep rivalry games

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Feb 8, 2023

    There is always something special about the energy in the arena for a rivalry basketball game, even more so when the game lives up to the billing. This was certainly the case last Thursday night, with the Three Forks High School basketball teams sweeping their home matchups against Manhattan. The girls opened the evening with a 43-40 win, and the boys ended the night with a 68-62 overtime victory over the visiting Tigers. Lady Wolves Head Coach Lacy Noble said a win against Manhattan is always... Full story

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