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Articles from the May 12, 2021 edition

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 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 12, 2021

Envision Three Forks: Third Questionnaire Available

With work continuing on the five-year update of the City of Three Forks Growth Policy (GP), residents are being encouraged to participate in a third questionnaire, which launched in late April. According to City Clerk Crystal Turner, the first... Full story


Health Board keeps in force rule, discusses HB 257

The Gallatin-City Board of Health voted last week to keep in force the current face covering rule until it expires, while also publicly discussing the recently passed HB 257 which will limit the authority of local governments. The face mask rule rema...


Teaming up to remove 'Jefferson River Contraption'

The Jefferson River Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation hosted a paddle day and clean-up of the Jefferson River Canoe Trail on Saturday, May 1. The Jefferson River Chapter teamed... Full story


'Batty' new addition at Caverns

There is a wonderful new addition at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. It is also one that came as quite the surprise to Park Manager Rhea Armstrong. When a new flagpole was recently installed at...


2021 Three Forks Education Foundation Scholarships: $11,700 awarded to 5 Three Forks High School students

The Three Forks Education Foundation awarded a total of $11,700 last Thursday to members of the Class of 2021. The five Three Forks students receiving scholarship awards from the foundation were...


The Prairie Doc: Delivering Health Care to the Patient

In the old days, country doctors often cared for folks by coming to the patient’s homes. These house calls brought great relief to people and families that needed medical attention. Nowadays, we are becoming familiar with telemedicine, or health...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Column: Dad, shut up

I probably watch way too many sports on television, but the way I like to look at it is there are a lot worse things I could be doing with my time. One of the things that always seems to be on in my house on a Saturday is mixed martial arts, and a... Full story


Montana to Launch Return-to-Work Bonuses, Return to Pre-pandemic Unemployment Program to Address Workforce Shortage

Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week two measures to address the state’s severe workforce shortage and incentivize Montanans to reenter the labor force. The State of Montana will launch a return-to-work bonus program, utilizing federal...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 12, 2021

Wolves end regular strong at Anaconda, Livingston meets

The Three Forks High School track and field team wrapped up their regular season last week at Tuesday's John Cheek Top 8 event in Anaconda and a meet last Saturday in Livingston. The Wolves will open up the postseason Friday at the 5B District Track...


Construction to begin soon on Interstate 90 between Manhattan and Livingston

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will begin construction soon on two projects to improve Interstate 90 between Manhattan and Livingston. The projects will improve safety, provide a smoother driving surface, and extend the life of the... Full story

 By Staff Report    News    May 12, 2021

Willow Creek voters deny mill levy increase

Voters in Willow Creek decided against General Fund Mill Levy in last week’s School Election. In unofficial results from the Gallatin County Election’s Office, the levy failed by a vote of 49 (48.04 percent) to 53 (51.96 percent). Voters did...


Gallatin County Offering Vaccine Appointments for 12-15 Year Olds

In anticipation of soon receiving emergency use authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15 years old, the Gallatin County City-County Health Department (GCHD) will be expanding appointments for that age group in our...

 By STAFF REPORT    Sports    May 12, 2021

Three Forks Tennis Wraps up Regular Season

The Three Forks High School tennis team will open the postseason this week when they host the Divisional Tournament scheduled for May 14 and 15 in Belgrade. Last week, the Wolves traveled to Boulder... Full story


Detention Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Recently the Gallatin County Detention Center marked the 10th anniversary of the first inmates moving into the current Detention Center, a project the voters of Gallatin County approved in 2008. At the Gallatin County Detention Center, we have...

 By Matt Volz    News    May 12, 2021

5 Things to Know About Health Care Changes in Montana

HELENA, Mont. — The 2021 Montana legislative session will be remembered as one of the state’s most consequential as a Republican-led legislature and governor’s office passed new laws restricting abortions, lowering taxes and regulating...


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