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Articles from the April 21, 2021 edition

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  • Three Rivers Laundry Open for Business

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    Three Forks is now home to a laundromat. Three Rivers Laundromat officially opened for business last week and is owned by Tami Hill, and managed by Brandon Harper. The new business located at 15 Main Street has one 40-pound washer, three 30-pound washers, six 20-pound washers, and ten dryers. Hill said the best part about the new business is that the Three Forks residents will not have to travel out of town to go to a laundromat. "Everyone seems to be so excited about the idea. We are asked... Full story

  • Spring Work Underway on US 287 Project

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    Spring work has started on both the USA 287 North of Three Forks and Toston Structures Projects. According to MDT Public Information Officer Becky Bey, this week, travelers on 287 can expects to see reduced speeds and flaggers, but two-way traffic will be maintained. Paving on the road started on Monday. As far as the Toston Project, Bey said travelers should expect single lane traffic over the new bridges as crews work to seal the concrete deck. USA 287 North of Three Forks Project This project will bring this section of US 287 into...

  • Farmer's Market gets early start in 2021

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    "Thursdays in Three Forks" will be getting an early start in 2021. At last week's City Council meeting, Three Forks Chamber member Leandra Hill and event organizer, asked the city to use John Q. Adams Milwaukee Park starting on June 3. She added the Farmer's Market would run until the end of September. The 2020 Farmer's Market started on July 8. Other than the dates expanding, Hill said the market would be similar to what they did last year the includes renting a porta-potty and handwashing...

  • No school election in May

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 21, 2021

    There will not be a May 4 School election in Three Forks. The election was canceled after incumbents Mat Marx and Robert Buchholz were the lone candidates to file prior to the March 24 deadline. Buchholz was voted in for a one-year term in 2020, and Marx was appointed in late 2020 to fill the seat of Sheri Brown....

  • 'Three Forks Lunch Ladies' win statewide photo award

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    Throughout the school year, the "Three Forks Lunch Ladies" work hard to provide nutritious and delicious meals to students. They were recently recognized for their efforts during Luau Day at the school, with a second-place finish in the creative nutrition category for the MT School Eats Photo Contest. With some tough competition throughout the state, the ladies were very excited to hear of the $250 award, especially in their first year of submitting a photo in the contest. "The competition was... Full story

  • Guest Editorial: Is Your Insurance Company Doing What They're Supposed To?

    TROY DOWNING, Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor|Apr 21, 2021

    Have you ever been the victim of an automobile accident and had the other driver’s insurance company partially blame you for the accident and require you to pay part of the claim? Nearly every driver in the United States will submit an insurance claim at some point in their life. We buy auto insurance to protect ourselves and our property in case of an accident. Few insured people realize that if they are involved in an accident, even if the other party was mostly at fault, they can find themselves on the hook for part of the damages and medica...

  • Column: Laundry and the steam tunnels

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    Earlier today, I wrote a story about the new laundromat in Three Forks, and it reminded me of my first experience of doing my laundry regularly. While I did do an occasional load of laundry in high school, it was not until that I made it to the University of Wyoming that I learned how much my poor mom did when I was growing up. In hindsight, I should have been helping out a lot more with stuff like that, but I make up for it now by rewarding the two kids at the house with their fair share of work. The next time I head home, I should think... Full story

  • Dr. Seuss Read-Along April 27

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    The Three Forks Community Library will celebrate Dr. Seuss with a special online read-along event scheduled for Tuesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. Three Forks Librarian Fawn Venzor said they love Dr. Seuss and had initially planned to do something to honor his birthday. After some controversy with the announcement, several of his books would not be republished, the library decided to wait and instead do the read-along. The event will air on Facebook (@ThreeForksCommunityLibrary), and Venzor will be...

  • Kelley discusses J&J vaccine pause

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    After receiving questions from numerous area residents, Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley recently discussed the CDC and FDA recommendation to suspend the Johnson & Johnson (Jansssen) vaccine. According to Kelley, Gallatin County's total vaccine allocation that is Johnson and Johnson, is seven percent. He added the Johnson and Johnson allocation to Gallatin County as of April 12 was 2,800, and they had a large shipment of 1,500 doses of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) that arrived the week of April 5. The total vaccine allocation as o...


    Ranee Berg, Contributing Writer|Apr 21, 2021

    Somehow in all the moves with the military, Sean and Kira Gifford's paths crossed in Colorado and they married at Three Forks' Sacajawea Hotel. When Sean was no longer in active duty with the military, he and Kira moved in 2010 to Three Forks to be near family. "My grandpa graduated from Harrison High, my great-grandparents' farm in Eastern Montana is still in the family," says Kira. "Aunts and uncles live in the Gallatin Valley, a sister in Belgrade, and grandma is here in Three Forks." What...

  • Track and Field continues hot start

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 21, 2021

    As the season moves forward, the Three Forks High School track and field team has continued to put together some incredible performances. In a busy week that included a Tuesday meet in Laurel and a Friday trip to Livingston, the Wolves once again came away with some fantastic finishes from both the boys and girls teams. "I think we are right on track with where we should be. Everyone is making improvements, which is very impressive," said Head Coach Tracy Welter. "These kids have been fabulous to work with, and I'm excited to see how well they...

  • Tennis team misses tourney, has busy upcoming week

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 21, 2021

    The Three Forks High School tennis team will be back in action this week after not competing last week. Originally set to travel to a two-day tournament in Choteau on April 16 and 17, the team cancelled the trip after a COVID-19 exposure late in the week. It will be a busy week for the Wolves with a trip to Townsend Tuesday, a meet in Livingston Thursday, and the DawgBite Friday and Saturday in Helena....

  • Evelyn Grace (Kennedy) Brainard

    Apr 21, 2021

    Evelyn Grace (Kennedy) Brainard, 95, passed away peacefully October 23, 2020. She was born October 13, 1925 at home in Rosebud County, Montana to Joe and Gladys (Noyes) Kennedy. She joined two brothers James and Eugene. She grew up on the family ranch on the Rosebud Creek in Eastern Montana and attended rural elementary schools until the family moved to Manhattan in 1936. After graduating from Manhattan High School in 1943, Evelyn attended Dillon Normal School (Western Montana College, Dillon) obtaining a teaching certificate. She then taught... Full story

  • Chris Kennard

    Apr 21, 2021

    Chris Kennard slid into this world in July of 1957. His spirit soared away from a body ravaged by multiple myeloma on 14 April 2021. He left in peace, in the sanctuary of his home in Willow Creek, MT. His wife Becky and daughter Lillian will miss him forever. We will set his ashes free on the wind to become part of the earth and sky he loved. Condolences can be sent to PO Box 205, Willow Creek, MT 59760.... Full story

  • Pair of Bills Seek Prohibition on Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status, Possessing a Vaccine Passport

    Austin Amestoy, UM Legislative News Service|Apr 21, 2021

    After the narrow defeat of a similar measure earlier in the session, lawmakers in the Montana Legislature have revived a debate over vaccine passports and exemptions. The bill is drawing supporters who are anti-vaccine and say the legislation would preserve freedoms and opponents from the medical industry who say forcing private businesses to accept vaccine exemptions risks public health and safety. Rep. Jennifer Carlson, R-Manhattan, is sponsoring House Bill 702, which seeks to prohibit discrimination by private businesses or government...

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