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Articles from the April 5, 2023 edition


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  • Corb Lund to play Three Forks show

    Alan Sculley, For the Voice|Apr 5, 2023

    For many artists, making albums tends to become a longer, more involved process as they get further into their careers, learn more about studio capabilities and achieve more success. For country artist Corb Lund, recording albums has gotten simpler the deeper he's gotten in his career, which stretches back to 1995, when he released his first solo album, "Modern Pain." "We've made about 10 or 11 records, and each one gets more and more, going more with four dudes in a room playing music," Lund... Full story

  • Superintendent Discusses General Fund Mill Levy

    Dr. Rhonda Uthlaut, Three Forks Superintendent|Apr 5, 2023

    The Three Forks School Board recently approved a General Fund Mill Levy to be placed on the ballot in May. With the addition of approximately 32,800 square feet, there continues to be increased operational costs including rising costs of utilities, technology, maintenance & custodial services, salaries and increased costs of health and property liability insurance. Three Forks Schools has not passed a general fund levy since 2017. Since that time TFS Schools has had continued enrollment... Full story

  • Candidate forum, open house next week

    Apr 5, 2023

    STAFF REPORT A total of five candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the Three Forks School Board in the upcoming May 2 election. The candidates running for the two three-year terms are Emily Kennedy, Brooke Pestel, Lori Sayers, Travis Short, and Lori Van Vleet. A candidate forum for the School Board is scheduled for Thursday, August 13, at 7 p.m. LEVY Local voters will also be able to get information on a proposed levy increase for the Three Forks School District. The district is hosting an Open House on August 13 from 5:30 p.m. to... Full story

  • Op Ed: Are You Ready for Another Flood Season?

    TROY DOWNING, State Auditor and Commissioner of Securities and Insurance|Apr 5, 2023

    My team and I were on the ground in eastern Montana helping families work with their insurance companies to rebuild immediately following the devastating flooding of 2022. Meeting at the civic center in Red Lodge with hundreds of Montanans, we learned the true extent of the damage and devastation families faced. As we drove down a county road just outside of Fromberg, the sound of water pumps grew louder as we approached a rancher’s home encircled by downed trees strewn across his property. Standing on the bank of the Clark’s Fork of the Yel... Full story

  • Column: Plenty of fun at the Alta

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 5, 2023

    I could probably fill a Stephen King-length book with the stupid things I’ve done, and I’m sure I will generate enough foolishness to generate a sequel. The only saving grace is that there was usually a lesson learned, and it often makes for a super interesting story. I was lucky growing up and went on some fantastic vacations. I have fond memories of trips to San Diego and Los Angeles. I’m sure planning was much more complicated in those days, and I’m 99 percent certain we got a little help from a travel agent. And that was a good thing b... Full story

  • Three Forks Council to vote on water, sewer rate resolution

    Apr 5, 2023

    STAFF REPORT The Three Forks City Council will vote April 11 on the second reading of a resolution that would add a four-inch water meter base rate and restructure minimum (base) sewer and water rates. According to City Officials, the resolution would not change much other than shifting revenue from the sewer fund to the water fund. Three Forks residents were sent a letter discussing the proposed changes. This would result in no change to the users' monthly expenses but provide more revenue for... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Expectations

    Apr 5, 2023

    Expectations can be a heavy burden, but they can also be a source of inspiration. Maya Angelou once said, “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” We all have hopes, dreams, and expectations for our future, but pursuing them takes courage, dedication, and hard work. However, not meeting expectations can lead to disappointment, frustration, and even loss of hope. In a recent conversation with my husband, I asked him, “While growing up, were expectations placed on you by your father?” He answered, but not in...

  • Solid start to season for Wolves tennis

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 5, 2023

    There were many positives in the season-opening competition for the Three Forks High School Tennis team. According to Head Coach Janna Lauver, the team opened on March 31 against Granite and Jefferson, with matches played in Three Forks and Manhattan. "It ended up being a good day. We rescheduled Jefferson to bring over their Varsity, so we started at 10 a.m. on a single dry court in Three Forks while we worked on the snow-covered courts in Manhattan," said Lauver. "This was all three teams'... Full story

  • 3 Qualify for Fargo Nationals

    Apr 5, 2023

    STAFF REPORT Three Forks Wrestling will be well represented at the 2023 US Marine Corps Junior and 16U Nationals set for July 15 to 23 in Fargo, North Dakota. Competing at the recent USAW Northwest Regional Tournament in Centralia, WA, three local wrestlers qualified for the prestigious national tournament. High School Junior Cole Rogers finished first in Freestyle and was third in Greco in the 113-pound Junior Division. A two-time Class B State Champion, this was the first regional title in... Full story

  • Robert E. Jones

    Apr 5, 2023

    Robert E. Jones, (94), of Three Forks, MT, passed away on March 26, 2023, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Robert was born to R. Frank and Nora D. Jones on August 3, 1928, in Bozeman, MT. He lived in Three Forks all 94 years. At the age of 13, Robert went to work at the Yellowstone Garage in Three Forks and there he discovered his passion for mechanical repair. Graduating from Three Forks High School in 1946, he entered the Army and completed basic training in tank repair at Fort Knox, KY. World... Full story

  • Softball plays first two games, track and golf yet to compete

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 5, 2023

    After falling 17-2 at Florence in the program's first game Friday, the Three Forks High School Softball team played far better in the second game of the doubleheader. Head Coach Clay Feliciano said with the first game in program history, jitters were expected, and they talked to the team between games, and the players had a great attitude. "They completely left that game behind them and battled the defending state Champs all seven innings in game 2. We went into the 7th down 8-5 and ended up... Full story

  • Gallatin County Clerk of District Court's Office Warns of Jury Duty Phone Scam

    Apr 5, 2023

    The Gallatin County Clerk of District Court's Office and local law enforcement want to alert the public about a telephone scam occurring in our area. The scammer calls pretending to be a deputy sheriff demanding payment for failure to comply with jury duty. The Clerk of District Court's Office and law enforcement will never call jurors to demand payment for failure to report for jury duty or failure to respond to a summons for jury duty. The callers can sound very convincing. This week, the... Full story

  • $1 million wildlife crossings fund passes MT legislative committee

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Apr 5, 2023

    A bill seeking to make Montana roadways safer for motorists and wildlife by creating a $1 million pilot program for wildlife crossing structures passed out of committee last week. The House Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee voted 13-6 to pass House Bill 887 shortly after holding a hearing on the measure. The bill would create a fund for the design, construction, restoration, protection and study of wildlife crossings and other highway features to reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions. If passed,... Full story

  • MSU Extension shares weather-based spring fertilizer adjustments

    Apr 5, 2023

    From the MSU News Service A Montana State University Extension soil fertility specialist suggests considering spring soil water content and temperatures when making fertilizer decisions for the upcoming growing season. According to Clain Jones, MSU Extension soil fertility specialist and a professor in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, many parts of Montana east of the Continental Divide received above-average precipitation from September 2022 through February 2023, including the Golden Triangle, which received at...

  • Seniors in Southwest Montana are Facing Extreme Cost of Living Pressure

    Apr 5, 2023

    A number of economic pressures are hitting the wallets of seniors living in and around Gallatin County. Rising rents, a significant deficit in affordable housing, inflation, high medical costs, and the recent cessation of the Montana Emergency Rental Program (MERA) are causing many people who are nearing retirement or who have already retired to seek help from HRDC. “Can you imagine what you would do if your rent were to suddenly go up $500 per month — or more — while your primary source of income is a monthly Social Security check that is less...

  • Conversations: Roland Deane

    Matt Wemple, Lewis and Clark Journal|Apr 5, 2023

    Author's Note: Hound hunting is a time-honored sporting tradition in Montana and the World. When you hear houndsmen talk of the high number of animals they chase and tree, the vast majority are left to be chased another day. In the case of wild cats, houndsmen do not kill every cat they tree. Quite the contrary. Houndsmen are some of the staunchest advocates for mountain lion and bobcat conservation in North America. For them it is the dogs and the chase that matter, not a dead cat. The lion and... Full story

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