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Articles from the April 19, 2023 edition

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  • Montana Shakespeare in the Parks announces Three Forks performance

    Apr 19, 2023

    Montana Shakespeare in the Parks announced its longest summer tour season to date with performances of two classic plays in 2023, one of which is new to the performance group. This year's date includes a stop on September 10 at Bridger Brewing in Three Forks. In its 51st season, the traveling theater group, which is an outreach program of Montana State University's College of Arts and Architecture, will perform Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" and the action-packed "The Three Musketeers," by... Full story

  • Norman Trial continued

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    The trial date for Zachary Norman, charged with two counts of deliberate homicide following the January 15, 2022, shooting deaths of brothers Brendan Estabrook and Chase Estabrook in Three Forks, has been moved to July. The trial for Zachary Norman was initially scheduled to begin on March 21 but was later continued. The trial will now start on July 17 at the Gallatin County District Court in Bozeman. Following the decision by District Court Judge John C. Brown to continue the trial, Norman filed via his counsel a writ of supervisory control...

  • Flood Mitigation Project: City submits SRF Loan Application

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    Last week, the Three Forks City Council unanimously voted to apply for a $3 million loan with 2.5 percent interest from the State Revolving Fund. The municipality would use the money as part of a Flood Mitigation Project to create a conveyance channel and culvert crossing mitigation option designed to capture overflow flooding from the Jefferson River before reaching the City of Three Forks. The city will use the SRF funding for the Special Improvement District (SID) created in October 2022 and to purchase easements needed for the project.... Full story

  • School Board Candidate Profile: Emily Kennedy

    Apr 19, 2023

    Could you please give a bit of background about yourself? I am a mother of three with two Kindergarteners and a second grader, and married to my best friend. My husband and I moved to Three Forks primarily for the excellent school that had small town family values, which are very important to us. I am a mortgage lender for Stockman Bank and work closely with finances, budgets, and have a healthy understanding of mill levies as well as housing affordability concerns in the area. Why did you... Full story

  • School Board Candidate Profile: Brooke Pestel

    Apr 19, 2023

    Could you please give a bit of background about yourself? Hello, my name is Brooke Pestel and I have lived in Three Forks since I was born. I was raised here and attended Three Forks Schools from elementary through high school. I attended MSU-Bozeman and received a bachelor's degree in accounting and a minor in English. I have worked in public accounting for over 20 years, focusing on both personal and business taxes. Why did you choose to run and what qualities would you personally bring to... Full story

  • School Board Candidate Profile: Lori Sayers

    Apr 19, 2023

    Could you please give a bit of background about yourself? My husband and I have lived in Three Forks for 32 years and raised 2 great kids here. We own Sayers Fence and have served this area for over 25 years. Over the years I can honestly say I have volunteered for pretty much everything kids! I still do, even with my own being young adults now. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family enjoying this great state we live in. Why did you choose to run and what qualities would you... Full story

  • School Board Candidate Profile: Travis Short

    Apr 19, 2023

    Could you please give a bit of background about yourself? Hello, I my name is Travis Short, and I am running for Three Forks School Board. I am a 4th generation born and raised Montanan. Grew up in a small town and loved the small town atmosphere. I have 2 children in the Three Forks Elementary. This is one of the main reasons I want to run for school board. Why did you choose to run and what qualities would you personally bring to the board? I want to help have a positive impact on our next... Full story

  • School Board Candidate Profile: Lori Van Vleet

    Apr 19, 2023

    Could you please give a bit of background about yourself? I was born and raised in Wyoming, where I received my Masters in Social Work. I am married to Jason Van Vleet, and we have three amazing teenagers! We have owned a masonry business here in the valley for 20 years! We both grew up in small rural towns and wanted that experience for our kids, so we moved to Three Forks. Why did you choose to run, and what qualities would you personally bring to the board? I have the time and energy to... Full story

  • Kamps signs with Keiser University

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    7 Montana High School Class B 145-pound State Champion Dylan Kamps is not done with his wrestling career. Kamps signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to wrestle for Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida. Kamps was the first TFHS wrestler to sign a letter of intent to compete in college following the return of the program six years ago. Kamps found out about the school through a friend from Columbus who is currently attending the school. "I took a visit down there, and loved the... Full story

  • Guest Op-Ed: Determined to return tax money

    Sen. Greg Hertz, Chair, Senate Taxation Committee|Apr 19, 2023

    Disclaimer: The views expressed in Op-Ed’s published in the Three Forks Voice are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the publication. The 2023 Montana legislature began its legislative session with an unprecedented surplus, mainly due to the over-collection of state taxes from Montana taxpayers. Since this is ultimately taxpayers’ money, I - along with other conservatives in the legislature - were determined to return money to Montana taxpayers and to reduce your taxes in the future. Tax relief has long been an obj... Full story

  • Column: Uh oh, the leftovers spent a few days in the car

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    On the very first day of my very first job at Wendy’s, I had to slice a bucket full of onions, and it took weeks for the smell to go away. I can remember washing my hands with bleach at one point to try and remedy the situation, but it did not help. As I was dealing with my smelly predicament, I also was operating the grill during the lunch shift, which always made me smell like a hamburger after my shift. When it was a busy Friday, I probably cooked hundreds of burgers, and the smell followed me into the car and home. I would always have to s... Full story

  • Busy Week nets fantastic results for TFHS Track and Field team

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    There were plenty of fantastic results during a busy week of action for the Three Forks High School Track and Field. The Wolves shined on April 11 at the Butte Area Meet and found a great deal of success competing in Belgrade and Cheney, Washington, on April 15. Three Forks set 39 personal records at the meet in Butte. “We are very proud of our kids. We help our own and won a few events outright,” Head Coach Casey McWethy said. The Three Forks boys’ team had two individuals finish first, with Garrett Golding winning the 800 with a time of 2:... Full story

  • Three Forks tennis team finds success at Choteau event

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 19, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Tennis team traveled to Choteau last Saturday for matches against Great Falls Central, Granite, Fairfield, Conrad, and the host Bulldogs. Head Coach Janna Lauver said it was a very busy and successful meet with 19 matches in nine hours. Picking up wins in singles play for the Wolves were Sarah Christman (2), Claire Cutler, Malia Eriksson, and Allie Kotter. In doubles play, Kotter and Sophie Meskimen, Maddie Griffiths and Alicia Deriana, and Eriksson and Cutler (2)... Full story

  • Wolves win again

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 19, 2023

    Propelled by a huge second inning, the Three Forks High School Softball team won their second game of the season last Tuesday with a 15-2 home win over visiting Deer Lodge. The Wolves scored ten runs in the second inning, including a grand slam by Ada Rae Thomas, her second home run in two games. Head Coach Clay Feliciano said it was a great performance for Fallon Page in the circle. "She managed to strike out 12, walked six, and gave up only two hits," Feliciano said. Thomas led Three Forks... Full story

  • House joins Senate in endorsing Montana TikTok ban

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Apr 19, 2023

    The Montana House followed the lead of the state Senate Thursday to endorse a statewide ban on the social media platform TikTok. Senate Bill 419, sponsored by Rep. Shelly Vance, R-Belgrade, would bar the platform's China-based parent company, ByteDance, from allowing "the operation of tiktok by the company or users" inside Montana's "territorial jurisdiction" as long as the platform is owned by a company based in China or another country designated a "foreign adversary" by the federal... Full story

  • Gallatin County 911 Releases 2022 Annual Report

    Apr 19, 2023

    The Gallatin County 911 annual report for 2022 highlights the activities and accomplishments of Gallatin County 911, operations, systems and records division last year. The 2022 annual report shows that Gallatin County dispatchers processed 152,829 incoming calls, a 4.77% decrease from the previous year. However, the 2022 total was 1.22% higher than the five-year average of calls. “We’ve seen several factors contribute to the decrease in calls being processed by our staff,” said Gallatin County 911 Director Tim Martindale. “Throughout the yea...

  • Three Forks City Council adopts ordinances

    Apr 19, 2023

    Last week, the Three Forks City Council approved three ordinances on their second readings, meaning these edits/additions to the City ordinances will take effect as law on May 12. • Adding a definition of “Meeting Hall” to the Zoning Code. Meeting Halls are a permitted use in the Central Business District, as are lodge halls, but were not defined as to what exactly that would entail. The definition has been added as, “A building or part of a building used for the assembly of persons for singular events such as conferences, religious functio... Full story

  • County provides sandbag, flooding insurance information

    Apr 19, 2023

    As temperatures rise and with more snow in the forecast, Gallatin County is beginning to see increased calls for assistance with flooding. If you are in IMMEDIATE need of assistance with obtaining sandbags, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at 406-582-2100. We will provide you information on where you can obtain sandbags. You can also call 211 to be connected to additional resources. And don't forget to sign up for emergency alerts through the Gallatin County...

  • Montana May Require Insurers to Cover Monitoring Devices for Diabetes

    Keely Larson, KFF|Apr 19, 2023

    In between sets of tumbling warmups, Adrienne Prashar crossed the gym to where she had stashed her diabetes supplies and tested her blood sugar. Prashar, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes the day before her 13th birthday, said tumbling usually drops her blood sugar levels. Prashar, now 14, did a finger stick, saw her blood sugar was 127, and went back to the mat. For most people with diabetes, the target range is about 80-130, and up to 180 two hours after meals. Prashar doesn't have to che... Full story

  • Ballots mailed out for May 2 election

    Apr 19, 2023

    Ballots for the 2023 school and special districts election on May 2 in Gallatin County were mailed last Friday to active registered voters in districts that are holding elections. This is a mail ballot election, meaning no polling places will open on Election Day. Those districts include the following. • Schools: o Anderson o Belgrade o Big Sky o Bozeman o Cottonwood o LaMotte o Malmborg o Manhattan o Monforton o Springhill o Three Forks o West Yellowstone o Willow Creek • Special districts: o Gallatin Valley Urban Transportation District o B... Full story

  • Montana FWP asks commission to initiate rule-making process on grizzly bear management

    Apr 19, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is looking for approval from the Fish and Wildlife Commission to move forward with a rule making process on administrative rules that address state management of grizzly bears. The request comes as the Montana Legislature considers Senate Bill 295. The bill would further clarify how Montana will manage grizzly bears once they are removed from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Specifically, SB 295 speaks to issues of human safety, conflict with livestock, and genetic exchange between grizzly bear recovery areas....

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 17, 2023

    Apr 19, 2023

    Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/17/23 00:10:00 CFS23-043774 VAQUERO PKWY and DRIVEWAY (57.1 feet) COMMS PROB 04/17/23 00:10:00 - Solberg, Geoff - Scheduled Call - Log radio issues daily in this CFS 04/17/23 00:11:36 - Largess, Andrew - BPDSTACK - Stack 04/17/23 17:52:09 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Assign 04/17/23 17:52:25 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Available 04/17/23 19:34:26 - Sullivan, Jessica - CFS23-044191 - NO FIRE OR MED UNITS WOULD DROP IN RUN CARD 04/18/23 00:21:25 - Russell, Natalie - Complete 04/17/23 00:10:57... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 18, 2023

    Apr 19, 2023

    Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/18/23 00:21:13 CFS23-044296 CLARKSTON RD and DRIVEWAY (144.1 feet) 77 04/18/23 00:21:13 - Sullivan, Jessica - New CFS 04/18/23 00:21:45 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Assign 04/18/23 00:22:07 - Sullivan, Jessica - TRUCK WENT INTO THE HILL 04/18/23 00:22:18 - Sullivan, Jessica - LOST SERVICE WITH RP 04/18/23 00:22:21 - Sullivan, Jessica - ATTEMPTING CB 04/18/23 00:23:41 - Sullivan, Jessica - AMR2, CSA, E14-14, GTAC2 - Assign 04/18/23 00:24:32 - Sullivan, Jessica - MHP ADV 04/18/23 00:24:57 -... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 16, 2023

    Apr 19, 2023

    Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/16/23 00:01:15 CFS23-043406 TRAFFIC STOP 04/16/23 00:01:15 - Sullivan, Jessica - 636 - Traffic Stop - WHIT GMC PU 04/16/23 00:06:41 - Sullivan, Jessica - 636 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 4) 04/16/23 00:07:03 - Sinclair, Chris - 636 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 10) 04/16/23 00:09:16 - Sinclair, Chris - Deputy stopped driver for leaving his lane over lane line, fog line, and yellow line. Driver was driving distracted. Driver was warned for failing to maintain lane. 04/16/23 00:09:25 -... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 19, 2023

    Apr 19, 2023

    Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/19/23 00:24:23 CFS23-044835 LARIAT LOOP and STAGECOACH DR (145.0 INJ/DEAD/RESCUE 04/19/23 00:24:23 - Greer, Andrew - New CFS 04/19/23 00:24:57 - Greer, Andrew - DEER IMPAILED ON FENCE IN DRIVEWAY 04/19/23 00:25:31 - Greer, Andrew - STILL ALIVE 04/19/23 00:25:43 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Assign 04/19/23 00:27:02 - Greer, Andrew - MHP ADVISED 04/19/23 00:30:57 - Greer, Andrew - ~NO ANSWER FROM ALL GAME WARDENS 04/19/23 00:47:18 - Sullivan, Jessica - 603 - On Scene 04/19/23 00:47:24 - Greer,... Full story

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