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Articles from the April 12, 2023 edition

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  • Seasonal Shooting Restrictions to go into place on State Trust Lands in Gallatin County

    Apr 12, 2023

    A seasonal firearm restriction on a parcel of State Trust Land in Gallatin County near the Logan Landfill will go into effect on April 15 and be in place through June 30 during the grazing season to allow for active grazing, fence repair, and general lease management activities. Under the temporary restriction, all recreational firearm use on State Trust Land, Section 2 of Township 1 North, Range 2 East is prohibited. "We all have a responsibility to care for State Trust Land – it is a vital... Full story

  • Meridian Bridge replacement nears, road closure set for April 17 to Sep. 15

    Staff Report|Apr 12, 2023

    Meridian Cemetery Road near Willow Creek will be closed to through traffic from April 17 to September 15. The closure will go into effect to allow for the replacement of the Meridian Bridge, a two-span steel truss bridge constructed in 1914. Through traffic must use Williams Bridge Road or Frontage Road during the closure. In September 2022, Battle Ridge Contracting was awarded the bid for the bridge replacement for $1,796,232.50. The funding for the new bridge is a joint effort between Gallatin County ($460,051), Jefferson County ($345,038),... Full story

  • Gallatin County Commission approves new legislative precinct boundaries

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    The Gallatin County Commission voted last week to approve new legislative precinct boundaries. With the approval, the number of precincts in Gallatin County has grown from 32 to 46. According to County Election Administrator Eric Semerad, the Montana Districting and Appropriation Commission in Helena had already set the legislative boundaries and filed with the Secretary of State on February 22. "It is then the County Commissions' responsibility to conform the county precincts to the new House and Senate Districts within 45 days of that... Full story

  • 2023 Three Forks Mill Levy FAQ

    Apr 12, 2023

    Why does the district need a general fund mill levy when the community just passed a bond in 2020? Bonds are used to finance building projects, construction, or real estate purchases. Mill levies are for operational costs. Expenditures from each are limited to a specific scope and language. The recent bond passed for the TFS building project has specific language that limits the expenditure of funds to identified construction projects only. The mill levy is specifically for operational costs that have inevitably increased as a result of the... Full story

  • Writers on the Range: No one wants to collide with a deer

    Pepper Trail, Writers on the Range|Apr 12, 2023

    A deer stands paralyzed in the middle of a mountain highway, stunned by the lights and deafening roar of an 18-wheeler barreling toward it. At the last second, the deer leaps back into the forest. This time, the deer and the trucker avoid a fatal collision, but this stretch of Interstate-5 in southern Oregon is a known killing field for wildlife and dangerous for motorists. The highway cuts through a critical connection for wildlife moving between two mountain ranges and home to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which is the only... Full story

  • Column: Were they really studying for a test?

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    Commuting to work is not a fun ordeal. While it may allow for some time to think or jam out to music, it’s a major hassle because of sharing the road with people who cannot function properly behind the wheel. Over the years, I’ve had up to a 120-mile round trip, which was depressing. It seemed to zap my free time away. Luckily, I don’t have to be on the Interstate as much, but it is still enough to make me shake my head or curse under my breath repeatedly. On a recent trip, I was sitting shotgun and decided to get a closer look while... Full story

  • Print Subscriptions available for Three Forks Voice

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    Print subscriptions are now available for the Three Forks Voice. Subscriptions can be purchased at The cost for a year subscription in Gallatin and Broadwater Counties is $55 and is $100 for two years. The out-of-county rates in Montana are $60 and $120, and the cost outside of Montana is $75 and $140. Online-only subscriptions are still available through the website. “We are very excited to be offering print subscriptions for the Voice. We have had a lot of people asking when we were going to do... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: There is beauty in imperfections

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Apr 12, 2023

    “Where there is imperfection, there is an abundance of beauty.” I am not sure who the author is, but I love this quote and have it on the wall in our basement, and while watching a show, I will occasionally glance at it and begin to reflect on its meaning. People will ask me how I choose a topic for my articles; I tell them I reflect on my surroundings, stories, situations, and anything that may inspire me to write each week. I trust that the word that keeps showing up will be the word I expound on, and the topic may spark a conversation... Full story

  • Library taking part in YFOP fundraiser, authors visiting

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    The Three Forks Community Library is taking part in a fundraiser for the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office Youth and Family Outreach Program (YFOP). With April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Library is one of several places in Gallatin County with yard signs available in coordination with the YFOP and Gallatin County CASA/GAL. According to Librarian Fawn Venzor, the signs can be purchased at the library for $20 through cash, check, or PayPal and Venmo through the QR code on the sign. Pinwheels can also be purchased for $5 at the library... Full story

  • T. Ralph McCormick

    Apr 12, 2023

    T. Ralph McCormick, an MSU Bobcat through and through, passed away on April 3, 2023, at the age of 87. He is survived by Linda Prinkki McCormick, his wife of almost 41 years, who resides at the family home in Bozeman. Ralph was the friend and neighbor you’d want. He was quick to lend a helping hand, with a smile on his face and only a beer or coffee expected for payment. He was a jack of all trades and was beloved for snowblowing entire neighborhoods and installing solar tubes, carports and decks, lending his leadership skills to homeowner... Full story

  • TFHS Tennis battles at Triangular

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Tennis team was busy last Tuesday with a strong showing against in a Triangular against Broadwater and Red Lodge. The Wolves opened against Red Lodge with Sophie Meskimen picking up a 6-3, 6-3 win over Taylor Schultz and the doubles team of Malia Eriksson and Claire Cutler picking up 6-2, 6-2 wins over Meredith Buchanon and Chole Buescher, and Sam Lenohs and Buescher. TFHS Head Coach Janna Lauver said Red Lodge had a much smaller team because of illness. Along with... Full story

  • Hot start to season for Three Forks Track and Field squad

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    It was quite the start of the season for the Three Forks High School Track and Field team. Competing at their season-opening Townsend Invite last week in East Helena, the Wolves had nearly two dozen student-athletes set personal records to accompany several first-place finishes. “Our kids were eager to get out there and compete. That’s exactly what we did,” said Head Coach Casey McWethy. “We overcame a strong headwind and cold temperatures to finally get to run in competition. As we’ve preached since day one, compete against yourself... Full story

  • Three Forks wins thriller over Ennis

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 12, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Softball team picked up the first win in program history with a thrilling 10-9 walk-off victory over visiting Ennis. Head Coach Clay Feliciano said the game was freezing, but the girls battled all seven innings to get the first win after a walk-off single. Tied at nine going into the bottom of the seventh, Feliciano said Sierra Schall hit a fly ball to right field that went off the glove of the Ennis player, with Schall ending up at third. He said Ada Rae Thomas hit... Full story

  • Golfers compete at Eurkea Tournament

    Aaron Harkins, TFHS Golf Coach|Apr 12, 2023

    Great two days (April 5 and 6) in Eureka, as the golf team was able to compete for the first time this year. Both teams played well with some early season jitters coming through but perseverance paying off. On the girl's side, the team took 2nd place with Ari Judd and Lydia Kluin taking 5th and 7th respectively. Paige Lien and Claire Van Vleet were both in the top 20 as well. On the guy's side, the team took 5th with Dylan Kamps finishing in a tie for 8th. We had quite a few younger golfers at this tournament, so it was fun seeing them in... Full story

  • Spring Has Arrived, Snowpack Largely Above Normal

    Apr 12, 2023

    As we enter spring and the typical snowpack peak season, the water supply outlook is currently good across most of Montana. That can be attributed to consistent and mostly above normal precipitation this water year. "March precipitation continued the trend of exceptional moisture received this year on the east side of the Continental Divide," said Eric Larson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Water Supply Specialist. East of the divide, March precipitation ranged from about... Full story

  • Montana State University 2023 Spring Rodeo happening April 13-16

    MSU News Service|Apr 12, 2023

    BOZEMAN – The 2023 Montana State University Spring Rodeo will run Thursday, April 13, through Sunday, April 16, at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The action begins at 7 p.m. Thursday with performance rounds. Attendees are encouraged to show up in blue and gold attire to support the event's "College Night." Friday and Saturday slack rounds will start at 10 a.m., and performance rounds will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday is "Champion Sunday," and the short-go performance will kick off the day's events... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 12, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    Page 1 of 31 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 13, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/12/23 06:19:57 CFS23-041691 AUGUSTA DR and MCILHATTAN RD (226.8 17 EMS:HOT FIRE:HOT 04/12/23 06:19:57 - Russell, Natalie - New CFS 04/12/23 06:21:54 - Russell, Natalie - AMR2, E1, GTAC2 - Assign 04/12/23 06:22:49 - Sullivan, Jessica - AMR2 - Enroute 04/12/23 06:22:50 - Russell, Natalie - REQ RESPONDERS COME THROUGH THE GARAGE 04/12/23 06:23:44 - Russell, Natalie - RP WORKING ON PUTTING PETS AWAY 04/12/23 06:23:47 - Crew, E1 -... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report April 2-8, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    Page 1 of 5 MEDIA REPORT Printed on April 10, 2023 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 04/02/23 01:34 HWY 284 ACC : 911-Accidental 04/02/23 02:01 HWY 287 ANIMAL : Animal 04/02/23 07:18 24 : 24/7 04/02/23 08:06 END WHITEHORSE RD CB : Control Burn 04/02/23 09:00 Armory : Armory 04/02/23 11:01 TSTOP : Traffic Stop 04/02/23 11:42 HWY 12 E Traffic Complaint : Traffic Complaint 04/02/23 11:57 TOWN PUMP EXPATROL : Extra Patrol 04/02/23 12:38 BYPASS RD TSTOP : Traffic Stop 04/02/23 12:42 N FRONT ST VANDAL : Vandalism 04/02/23 12:57 S OAK ST AN... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 13, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 14, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location 04/13/23 00:18:14 CFS23-042132 DRIVEWAY and W DRY CREEK RD (99.1 04/13/23 00:18:14 - Pawlikowski, Derrick - 622 - Field Event 04/13/23 00:20:35 - Pawlikowski, Derrick - 622 - Complete Type of Call PATROL CHECK 04/13/23 00:32: 18 CFS23-042140 CIRQUE DR and MOUNTAIN VIEW DR (90.4 PATROL CHECK 04/13/23 00:32:18 - Pankey, Eric• 615 • Field Event 04/13/23 00:38:18 - Pankey, Eric• 615 - Available 04/13/23 00:37:26 CFS23-042141 04/13/23 00:37:26 - Greer, And... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 14, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    Date Time Call For Service #: Location 04/14/23 00:01 :43 CFS23-042575 N HUNTERS WAY and BREEZE LN (86.7 04/14/23 00:01 :43 - Russell, Natalie - New CFS 04/14/23 00:02:24 - Russell, Natalie - EXPECTED DEATH 04/14/23 00:06:48 - Crawford, Maya - 661 - Assign 04/14/23 00:08:14 - Burtch, Benjamin - 661 - Acknowledge Type of Call HOSPICE 04/14/23 00:10:28 - Burtch, Benjamin - 661 - On Call (Location: 484 Green Tree Dr, Belgrade MT 59714) 04/14/23 02:27:53 CFS23-042611 E VALLEY CENTER RD and FREMONT ST SEXUAL CRIME 04/14/23 02:27:53 - Russell,... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 15, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    Date/Time Call For Service #: Location 04/15/2301 :54:33 CFS23-043049 MACKENZIE PL and ROYAL RD (99.9 feet) 04/15/2301 :54:33 - Largess, Andrew - New CFS 04/15/2301 :54:39 - Largess, Andrew - RP REQ CB 04/15/2301 :55:06 - Largess, Andrew - IN REF TO AN ALLEGEDLY STOLEN MOTOR CYCLE 04/15/2301 :57:39 - Largess, Andrew - 667 HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH RP 04/15/23 01 :57:42 - Largess, Andrew - 611 - Assign Type of Call FOLLOW UP 04/15/23 02:37:24 - Coles, David - THE RP REQUESTED TO GET FOLLOWUP INFO FROM 603 IN REGARDS TO THE CASE. 04/15/23... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report April 9-15, 2023

    Apr 12, 2023

    CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 04/09/23 01:49 Agency : Agency Assist 04/09/23 07:20 24 : 24/7 04/09/23 09:06 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 04/09/23 09:48 TSTOP : Traffic Stop 04/09/23 10:09 TSTOP : Traffic Stop 04/09/23 10:56 CITASST : Citizen Assist 04/09/23 11:33 N SPRUCE ST DEATH : Death 04/09/23 11:55 ANIMAL : Animal 04/09/23 12:46 ANIMAL : Animal 04/09/23 14:50 N CEDAR ST CITASST : Citizen Assist 04/09/23 15:04 CITASST : Citizen Assist 04/09/23 15:10 45.901877, -111.592555 911H : 911 Hang Up 04/09/23 15:37 FOLLOWUP : Follow up... Full story