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Articles from the April 6, 2022 edition

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  • Madison River recreationists cautioned about low water levels and asked to avoid Rainbow Trout spawning redds

    Apr 6, 2022

    Persistent drought conditions, low soil moisture and low snowpack are contributing to a forecast of continued low water levels at Hebgen Reservoir this season. The Madison River Basin is experiencing Severe and Extreme Drought conditions. Hebgen Reservoir is currently at an elevation of 6,524.6 feet, which is 10.3 feet from full pool. Inflows into Hebgen throughout the winter have been 79% of normal, while snowpack in the Madison River Basin is at 76% of normal levels and precipitation for the... Full story

  • 3 qualify for Nationals

    Apr 6, 2022

    STAFF REPORT Three Forks wrestlers showed up big time at the recent 2022 Northwest 16 Under and Junior Greco and Freestyle Regionals in Centralia, Washington. Three Forks ended the tournament with three qualifiers for the 2022 16 Under and Junior Nationals this summer in Fargo. Jacob Murphy had a fantastic tournament qualifying for nationals in both Greco-Roman and freestyle with a pair of second-place finishes in the 16U 100-pound division. Cole Rogers had already earned a spot at nationals by placing last year in Greco-Roman in Fargo but... Full story

  • Headwaters Area Food bank asks residents to 'grow a row'

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Apr 6, 2022

    With hints of spring flowing through Three Forks air, many residents have begun preparing their gardens. To help provide a balanced diet to their clients, the Headwaters Area Food Bank asks that gardeners consider growing a row of fruits and vegetables to donate to those in need. "We would love to have folks with gardens grow a row for us," the food bank operations manager Kim Gelder said. According to Gelder, the Headwaters Area Food Bank hopes to receive carrots, peppers, tomatoes, beans,...

  • Letter to the Editor: Superintendent discusses general fund levy

    Dr. Rhonda Uthlaut, Three Forks Schools Superintendent|Apr 6, 2022

    Dear Three Forks Community Parents & Stakeholders, A $241,650 high school district and $398,350 elementary general fund levy will be on the May ballot following a unanimous vote by the Three Forks Public Schools Board of Trustees. Three Forks Schools has not passed a general fund levy since 2017. Since that time TFS school enrollment has experienced a 21% increase. Funds generated by a general fund levy may cover a wide range of operating expenses. The mill levy can cover increasing costs related to health insurance, property liability... Full story

  • Guest Opinion: Say no to the special session

    Apr 6, 2022

    It is important to correct the record relating to recent representations about Montana's respected 100-plus year history of conducting fair elections: There has been no credible evidence of systemic fraud in Montana elections. In fact, the Montana Secretary of State's Office made substantial investments in election security, and has publicly declared that our elections are secure. The effort led by 10 overzealous legislators, among them Gallatin County Representative Jane Gillette, to call a spe... Full story

  • Column: What did you shoot Shawn?

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 6, 2022

    As I was writing a high school golf story last week, it started to bring back memories of when I decided to join the team before my freshman year in Wyoming. I had been on a golf course since I could walk, so it was only natural I join the team rather than get thrown around like a rag doll on the football field. I was a little nervous before joining because I would always play decent when I was with my dad or other family members, but I always choked big time when I was in a tournament. I tried to play as much golf over the summer, but it...

  • Coaches Corner: Facing your fears

    Ellie West|Apr 6, 2022

    I am so excited to be here as I will be sharing nuggets of inspiration, stories, and encouragement. There will also be opportunities for you, our readers, to ask me anything... My name is Ellie West, as a Certified Personal Empowerment Coach, I am passionate about serving, inspiring, and encouraging others and connecting heart to heart. I am very grateful to live here in my native state. How do you face your fears? The fear of the unknown-the fear of failure-the fear of dying-the fear of the... Full story

  • Letter: Rauser give campaign update

    Apr 6, 2022

    Dear Editor/Voters of Broadwater County, When I started this journey, running for office was something that I never thought I would do. Throughout my career I have had the pleasure of having many mentors and leaders that have helped shape me into the person I am today. Over the last few years I have realized that this country, state, and county need leaders to step up. Especially in the law enforcement career field, we need leaders more than ever. Law enforcement needs leaders that will continue to show how to do the right thing, and will...

  • Gallatin County 911 Releases Annual Report

    Apr 6, 2022

    Gallatin County 911 announces the release of its inaugural annual report, which highlights a continually increasing number of calls handled by our dispatchers in our rapidly growing county. The 2021 annual report shows that Gallatin County dispatchers processed 160,492 incoming calls in 2021, a 2.87% increase from the year before and a 21.25% increase from 2018. "These past twelve months have proven to be challenging as we faced staffing shortages, technological changes, operations upgrades...

  • Wolves start strong

    Apr 6, 2022

    STAFF REPORT There were plenty of positives in the two opening meets for the Three Forks High School Track and Field Team. The Wolves opened the season on March 31 in Columbus and would compete again on Saturday at the Class B Kickoff in Lockwood. According to Head Coach Tracy Welter, a big highlight from the opener in Columbus was Jasmyn Murphy finishing first and auto-qualifying for state in the long jump. Murphy also won the 400 meters and was fourth in the 800 meters. Welter noted other... Full story

  • Golfers open 2022 campaign

    Aaron Harkins, TFHS Head Golf Coach|Apr 6, 2022

    Surprisingly, the weather for the first golf meet (Boulder Invite on 3/28 at Bill Roberts Golf Course) of the spring season was absolutely perfect. There were some nerves and jitters before the round and encountering a little road work on the way to the course meant the kids didn’t have all that much time to really warm up, but all the kids handled the situation well and went out to compete to the best of their abilities. On the girls’ side, Taylor Raffety, Halee Wilson, Brooklynn Hossfeld, and Ari Judd, (all returning varsity players from las... Full story

  • Wolves show plenty of promise against Broadwater Bulldogs

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 6, 2022

    The Three Forks High School tennis team showed the season should be very bright in last week’s matchup against perennial power Broadwater High School (Townsend). Playing in just their second competition of the season, the Wolves were able to pick up four victories and battled tough in several other matches against the host Bulldogs. Sophie Meskimen picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Sydney Forney in singles action. Head Coach Janna Lauver said Meskimen had a smooth match showing she has learned a lot of new skills and has come to play hard. L... Full story

  • Montana State University 2022 Spring Rodeo to take place April 7 to 10

    Apr 6, 2022

    From the MSU News Service The 2022 Montana State University Spring Rodeo will run Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The action will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with performance rounds. Friday and Saturday slack rounds will start at 10 a.m., and performance rounds will begin at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the short-go performance will kick off at 1 p.m. The four-day rodeo will feature 39 MSU students competing on the men's and women's rodeo teams. MSU will compete...

  • 'Glamping' proposal threatens Gallatin River, conservationists claim

    Frank Eltman, Montana Free Press|Apr 6, 2022

    One side envisions a day when covered wagons, teepees and tents featuring plush, king-sized beds will dot a bucolic landscape, where guests can end their days at a tiki bar with an appetizer and a cocktail while their children hear fireside chats about nature and the environment. Others fear an inevitable moment when rapidly melting snow and heavy rain, or devastating ice floes, conspire to bring a flood crashing down the picturesque Gallatin River, washing away the happy glampground and... Full story