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Articles from the March 15, 2023 edition


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  • Man of the Woods: Mobile Barbershop Making Weekly Stops in Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Mar 15, 2023

    In December 2021, the Montana Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists officially passed new regulations to allow mobile units. As soon as Man of the Woods Barbershop in Big Sky owner Kyle Pemberton heard the news, he jumped on the opportunity to serve clients through a mobile unit as quickly as possible. The Man of the Woods Mobile Barbershop officially opened for business in February and is traveling to communities throughout the area, which includes stops each Thursday and Friday in Three Forks at... Full story

  • Double homicide trial starts next week

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Mar 15, 2023

    The trial for Three Forks resident Zachary Norman, who faces two counts of felony homicide and two counts of tampering with evidence, will start on Tuesday, March 21, at the Gallatin County District Court in Bozeman. Norman was arrested following the January 15, 2022, shooting deaths of brothers Brendan Estabrook and Chase Estabrook in Three Forks, and his bail was later set at $1 million. Norman plead not guilty to the charges on February 16, 2022. The deliberate homicide charges carry a... Full story

  • Rebekah Lodge hosting St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser

    Mar 15, 2023

    This Friday will present an excellent opportunity for Three Forks residents to celebrate St. Patrick's Day while at the same time helping out a local organization. The local Rebekah Lodge is hosting their annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser on March 17. This year's cost is $8, and the dinner includes corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes, a dinner roll, and a cupcake. The drive-through-only event at 120 East Date (across from the fire hall) is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. or until the food... Full story

  • 3 Wolves named to All-Conference team

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Three Forks High School basketball teams had three players voted to the 5B All-Conference team. Sophomore Dylan Swenson and junior Shane Williams were selected to the All-Conference Second Team for the 5B regular season and tournament champion Three Forks High School boys' team. Freshman Maddie Tesoro was selected to the second team for the Lady Wolves.... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Finding quiet

    Mar 15, 2023

    It seems all too common that we have difficulty turning off our thoughts when we go to bed at night. Our minds keep racing…How do we quiet our minds and hearts? We think about many things, an event, a situation, or the stuff we didn’t mark off the do-to list. We are a tired nation. We live in a fast-paced environment, and we are constantly moving. Our minds race, our calendars are packed, and we are digitally connected. Keeping up with this pace and striving to perform each day causes us to become exhausted. It may be time to permit our... Full story

  • Column: A March Madness Road Trip

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Mar 15, 2023

    I’m an avid sports fan, and my absolute favorite time of the year is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, especially the first four days. I may not leave the couch this Thursday morning until Sunday night, and I’m perfectly okay with this. As a kid, I attended the tournament with my grandparents, cheered on the University of Wyoming basketball team, and witnessed their magical run to the Sweet 16 and a heartbreaking loss in the first round the following year against Loyola Marymount. Unfortunately, they have not returned to the NCAA Tournament too... Full story

  • Three Forks Firefighters attend Scott Stairclimb

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department had a tremendous showing on March 12 at the 32nd Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. Captain Charles Eastty, Captain Cheryl Carrasco, and Firefighter Chase Moore ascended 69 flights of stairs to the top of the fourth largest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River in full turnout gear, using a self-contained breathing apparatus. In his first year at the event, Moore had a phenomenal time of 15:54. Carrasco... Full story

  • Snowpack Percentages Increase After Above Normal February Precipitation

    Mar 15, 2023

    After a large late January storm ended several weeks of dry weather, active weather has persisted. "There were not many days in February in which it wasn't snowing somewhere in Montana," said Eric Larson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Supply Specialist. In addition to consistent precipitation during the month, there were a couple large storms that added to the totals. The most significant storm occurred near the end of the month, and similar to the late January storm,... Full story

  • New Montana State program helps student teachers form connections with rural communities

    Anne Cantrell, MSU News Service|Mar 15, 2023

    When Montana State University education student Mariah Leum considered moving to a new Montana community to complete her student teaching, she felt nervous and anxious. But thanks to a new offering at MSU, Leum said, those feelings were eased right away. Leum, who is from Three Forks, is completing her student teaching this semester at the elementary school in Shelby, a community of about 3,000 people in north-central Montana. She is one of seven students from the MSU teacher education program based in Shelby or nearby Cut Bank as members of... Full story

  • Joan Mary Benusa

    Mar 15, 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

  • Bridger Brewing announces first act of 2023 Summer Series

    Mar 15, 2023

    The Bridger Brewing Three Forks location recently announced the first act of their inaugural Summer Concert Series. Country duo Muscadine Bloodline is scheduled to play on Saturday, June 24. The concert will take place on the lawn outside the Three Forks Pub & Grill. Tickets for the event are available on Friday, March 17. Proudly independent and unapologetically Southern, country duo Muscadine Bloodline found their true voice on their latest album. Lauded by Taste of Country, Rolling Stone,... Full story

  • Avalanche reported on March 9 at Bacon Rind

    Mar 15, 2023

    On March 9, 2023 at 4:44 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue was requested to assist Yellowstone National Park with an avalanche search in the Bacon Rind area on Gallatin Road near mile marker 23. The reporting party was concerned that the slide was recent, and someone could be trapped, so they conducted a search from a safe distance with their avalanche beacon. The skier’s beacon picked up a signal indicating a person with a beacon was possibly in the debris. To assist Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin County Sheriff Search a...

  • Code Girls United Seeking Northwest Regional Competition Judges, Sponsors

    Mar 15, 2023

    Code Girls United invites judges and sponsors to support the Northwest Regional Competition in April 2023. The virtual event allows teams of two to five girls in fourth through eighth-grade to demonstrate their technical skills, teamwork and business skills to qualified community leaders. The competition offers scholarship prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000. “Code Girls United puts the power of business and computing in the hands of these girls,” Marianne Smith, founding member of Code Girls United, said. “The NW Regional Competition allow...

  • Gallatin County Hosting Open House for Discussion on Paved Pathway Between Bozeman and Four Corners

    Mar 15, 2023

    Gallatin County wants to improve safety along Huffine Lane and we need your support and input! The Triangle Trails Plan identifies a Primary Commuter Pathway along Huffine Lane from Four Corners to Bozeman. Gallatin County is applying for a grant to support planning and building this paved, separated pathway along Huffine from approximately Circle F Trail to Cottonwood Road. This priority project would close a nearly three-mile gap in connectivity. The grant is through the Montana Transportation Alternatives Program. The county’s application i...

  • FWP: Help wildlife survive winter by giving them space

    Mar 15, 2023

    Winter and spring are stressful times for wildlife as they must rely on fat reserves and limited nutrition to survive. This can make encounters with people especially detrimental to wildlife as the stress of these encounters can deplete an animal’s energy reserves. The best thing people can do to help wildlife survive is give them plenty of space. This helps animals retain the energy they need to make it through this season of cold temperatures and limited forage. This need is illustrated in an area of the Spanish Peaks near Big Sky. Bighorn s...

  • Montana's housing puzzle at the legislative halftime

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Mar 15, 2023

    There’s broad bipartisan agreement in the Montana Capitol that rising housing costs, driven by the state’s finite supply of homes and rapid in-migration from other states, rank among the most pressing issues facing Montana residents. According to real estate website Zillow, the typical home price in Montana was $430,000 in January, a slight dip from last summer, but an increase of nearly double in five years. Anecdotal evidence indicates that rents are also a major pain point for many residents, particularly in tight markets around Boz...

  • For the third year, Montana State ranks as a top 10 university with Military Friendly designation

    Emme Demmendaal, MSU News Service|Mar 15, 2023

    BOZEMAN — Montana State University has been recognized for its efforts to support student veterans by being named a top 10 Military Friendly School for 2023-24. The honor marks the third year MSU has received the national designation from the website MilitaryFriendly.com. MSU ranks eighth in the nation among peer institutions this year. The university was first ranked in the top 10 in 2021, earned a gold ranking in 2020 and earned a silver ranking in 2016. “Student veterans and military-connected families are at the center of what we do. We...

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