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Articles from the March 8, 2023 edition

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  • City seeking public input on CIP Update

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

    Currently in the process of updating its Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the City of Three Forks is asking for assistance from residents in filling out a survey for advice on selecting and prioritizing the municipalities most essential needs. The survey, which can be found at, will be available to fill out until March 31. A hard copy of the survey can also be filled out at City Hall at 206 S. Main Street. According to City Officials, the CIP is a budgeting and financial tool that the City Council wil... Full story

  • Three Forks Education Foundation hosting fundraiser

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

    Three Forks Education Foundation Board President Dave Chojnacki is passionate when he speaks about the local organization that provides scholarships and teacher grants. "We are a small school. We are not like Bozeman or Billings. We are Three Forks, and we are six blocks long. We want our students to know there are a lot of people who care about them and their future in this community who care about their future. And they are our future," he said. Chojnacki and the board members are inviting... Full story

  • 2023 Open Burning Season Underway in Gallatin County

    Mar 8, 2023

    The open burning season in Gallatin County begins started last week. Open burning requires the purchase and activation of a burn permit, which can be obtained at Permits can also be picked up in person at the Three Forks Community Library located at 607 S. Main Street. Open burning season runs March 1 through Nov. 30 each year. Remember – ensure you are properly equipped to manage your fire. You are ultimately fiscally responsible for any escaped fires and the r... Full story

  • Three Forks School Officials seek public input on courtyard projects

    Mar 8, 2023

    The new construction at the Three Forks Schools has created five fully enclosed courtyards in a variety of sizes that need designed and landscaped into usable spaces. School officials are beginning the design process by looking for ideas from our school and community members. District officials are asking residents to fill out a survey for their ideas about how to utilize the courtyards. A link to the survey can be found at and on the district Facebook page at... Full story

  • Broadwater County Trust Board Major Supporter of Local Recreation

    Mar 8, 2023

    Broadwater County, which includes its county seat of Townsend, sits nestled between the Big Belt and Elkhorn Mountains. It offers a myriad of activities and recreation opportunities via access to the Missouri River, Canyon Ferry Lake, Fairgrounds, and many city parks. The Broadwater County Trust Board (BCTB) has been working diligently for the last 22 years, in conjunction with other boards and organizations, to enhance these recreational opportunities for the residents of Broadwater County and... Full story

  • Our View: Important night for Education Foundation

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

    The Three Forks Education Foundation is a gigantic asset to the three local schools. Whether it is their annual teacher grants or student scholarships, the foundation goes above and beyond to benefit students and teachers. The Three Forks community is lucky to have such a wonderful group who, year in and year out, step up to the plate for the betterment of local education. Next week will allow area residents to help the foundation at their annual fundraiser scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at the school cafeteria. This fundraising dinner is a... Full story

  • Column: Is that a monster at the self checkout?

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

    I’m okay with getting a little more cynical every day, and I guess it’s just part of my journey of aging. I’m at the point where most things cause me stress, but a few hit home a little harder. These are just a few examples of the little things that are turning my hair grayer by the day. I try to shop locally and small as much as I can. It is important. Unfortunately, there are times when I have to venture out to a bigger “box” store, and when the lines are long, I will use self-checkout to get in and out as quickly as possible. Every tim... Full story

  • Letter to the Editor: Your Community Needs You

    Mar 8, 2023

    Are you an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or would you like to become one? Could you drive an ambulance to help community residents when they are suffering and need help? We need YOU to volunteer with the Three Forks Area Ambulance Service (TFAAS) on a schedule that works around your other obligations. The problem: TFAAS serves an area of about 500 square miles - the City of Three Forks, Willow Creek Rural Fire District and Three Forks Rural Fire Districts. When a resident or visitor calls 9... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Forgiveness

    Mar 8, 2023

    Why is it sometimes so hard to say, “I’m sorry, please forgive me, or I forgive you.” Perhaps it has something to do with false pride, self-worth, insecurities, or deep pain. Self-worth is often based on possessions and titles, and false pride is based on comparing ourselves to others. Insecure people are fragile and do their best to protect themselves from hurt. Deep pain holds you in a place of despair. This topic is challenging to write about because I have often struggled with forgiveness. I ask myself how to forgive those who have offen... Full story

  • Montana Senate votes forward statewide TikTok ban

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Mar 8, 2023

    The Montana Senate voted Thursday to advance a statewide ban on Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, calling the service a threat to privacy, national security and public safety. The text of Senate Bill 419, sponsored by Sen. Shelley Vance, R-Belgrade, says the platform's data collection practices, combined with the potential for that data to be shared with the Chinese government, harm Montanans' privacy. It also says public safety is jeopardized by how the platform spreads viral... Full story

  • Committee votes on four wolf bills

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Mar 8, 2023

    The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted on four wolf-related measures last week ahead of a key legislative deadline. The committee narrowly approved two bills that would codify wolf trapping season dates and trappers' ability to use neck snares in state law. The committee also tabled two wildlife advocate-backed measures related to a controversial hunter and trapper reimbursement program and the hunting and trapping of wolves near national parks. Rep. Paul Fielder, R-Thompson Falls, s... Full story

  • Elk Hunting Access Agreement application deadline is May 15

    Mar 8, 2023

    Landowners have until May 15 to apply for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Elk Hunting Access Agreement Program. These agreements, which were established by the 2001 Legislature, provide landowners with an elk license or either-sex permit in exchange for allowing free public hunting access for elk management purposes. These permits and licenses are valid only on the landowner’s property. The program allows landowners to apply for an elk license, permit or a combination of both in exchange for...

  • Multiple area crews respond to Thursday fire

    Mar 8, 2023

    STAFF REPORT The Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department was quickly on the scene at a camper fire last Thursday off US 287 in the Wheatland Area. According to the TFVFD, they were paged out at 3:24 p.m. The first command unit arrived on the scene at 15:32 to find a fully involved RV/Camper fire. The first engine arrived at 15:36, with firefighters pulling lines and knocking down the fire to prevent the spread of exposure. The TFVFD reported crews from Willow Creek, Manhattan, Amsterdam, and the...

  • Wolves finish 1 win shy of state

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

    There was plenty to be proud of with this year's Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team. After losing eight seniors from last year's state championship squad, the 2022-23 team forged their own identity, ended the campaign as 5B regular season and tournament champions, and finished just one game away from the state tournament. The Wolves' season came to an end at last week's Southern B Divisional Tournament after a 73-55 loss to Lame Deer. Three Forks opened the Divisional Tournament on... Full story

  • Joan Mary Benusa

    Mar 8, 2023

    Joan Mary Benusa, 90, of Manhattan, MT, passed away March 7, 2023, at Parkhaven Retirement Community, where she had been a resident for the past 6 years. Joan was born to John Egnatius and Mary (Filip) Witucki at home in Bowlus, MN, on February 20th, 1933, during a severe Minnesota blizzard. Joan grew up in Bowlus, MN, and attended school at a one room country schoolhouse from 1st through 8th grade. As the only student from 5th to 8th grade, she found herself helping in the younger grades,... Full story