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Articles from the April 26, 2023 edition


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  • Gallatin County Commission Approves Funding of $100k for Headwaters Trail System

    Apr 26, 2023

    There was some phenomenal news last week for the Headwaters Trail System. At their regular meeting last week, the Gallatin County Commission approved using $100,00 in Open Lands Program Money for the trail system. The funding will be used as part of a $182,500 maintenance project slated to begin in September or October. The maintenance project will crack seal, repair root and rodent damage to the asphalt trail surface, and seal coat trail. According to the trail system's application to the Open... Full story

  • Annual Spring Rummage Sale next week

    Apr 26, 2023

    The annual Three Forks United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale is just around the corner. This year’s sale is scheduled for Thursday, May 4, to Saturday, May 6, at the Church Annex at 124 2nd Avenue East in Three Forks. Donation drop-offs are planned for Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to Noon, Monday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to Noon (or until space runs out). The popular annual event that features three days of shopping will start on May 4 with a Moonlight Madness Sale from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The s... Full story

  • High School, Junior High Rodeo this week in Three Forks

    Apr 26, 2023

    The 2023 rodeo season in Three Forks begins this week. The annual Three Forks High School and Junior High Rodeo are scheduled for Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, at the Rodeo Grounds. The event, which is set up as two one-day rodeos, is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on April 29 and on April 30 at 8 a.m. Admission is free. High School events in 2023 include bareback, barrel racing, breakaway roping, bull riding, goat tying, pole bending, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, and... Full story

  • MDT planning high-tension cable project

    Apr 26, 2023

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will begin a four-phase road safety improvement project by installing high-tension cable rail along sections of Interstate 90 (I-90) in the Missoula, Butte, and Bozeman areas and Interstate 15 (I-15) in the Butte and Helena areas. From start to finish, the Median High-Tension Cable Rail project will add high-tension cable guardrail across 150 miles of Montana's roadways. Coral Construction Company will be constructing the just more than 40-mile... Full story

  • FWP embarks on mule deer monitoring, research, and outreach initiatives

    Apr 26, 2023

    Hunters in Montana, along with Fish, Wildlife & Parks, are concerned about declining mule deer populations in much of the state. In response to this concern, FWP is embarking on research efforts to look into the declines and engage hunters about their attitudes on mule deer management and hunting. Mule deer numbers have typically been tracked over large areas using aerial surveys and declines can be attributed to several different things including winterkill, short-term habitat changes, like those that result from drought to potentially... Full story

  • From the Desk of Mr. Fanning: May Election

    Steve Fanning, TFES Principal|Apr 26, 2023

    If you have not already, you should be soon receiving a mail-in ballot from Gallatin County. Three Forks School District has been working to provide valuable information to voters to assist them with making an informed decision. The biggest piece of advice that I can share is to vote!! In the 2022 spring election Three Forks School District only had approximately 900 voters participate. These numbers are extremely low and we ENCOURAGE you to get out and vote. Ballots can either be mailed or dropped off at the Gallatin County Elections Office,... Full story

  • Three Forks Track and Field excels at MCHS Invite

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 26, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Track and Field team continues to produce impressive results with a strong showing at last week’s Manhattan Christian Invite at Gallatin High School. The girls’ team finished third out of 19 teams, and the boys’ finished fifth out of 17. “We were missing a few seniors, so that hurt us overall, but it did allow for some of our younger athletes to get crucial reps,” said Head Coach Casey McWethy. “It’s clear we are getting into track shape as our numbers continue to i... Full story

  • Opinion: Farmers, Ranchers, and Irrigators Urge Opposition to Permanent Water Court Bill

    Carl DeVries|Apr 26, 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. I have been blessed to be operating alongside the 5th generation of our family ranch in Roberts, Montana. Ranch families like mine understand the importance of neighbors, community, and keeping decision making at the most local level possible. That’s why we are deeply concerned about an effort by attorneys to jam a bill through the Montana Legislature that would take away local power and... Full story

  • Column: It's about time to mow the lawn

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 26, 2023

    It’s just about time to do the first mow of the season, and I have mixed feelings about it. In fact, it would be safe to say I have a love/hate relationship with my mower. One of the most significant issues with the first mow of the year is the amount of poop I have in my yard. I don’t own a dog, but my neighbor’s dog uses my front and back yard as its own private toilet. I wouldn’t mind as much as I do if the dog wasn’t a jerk, but he’s about one step away from Cujo. I have many other animal droppings in the yard, along with Fido next door. I... Full story

  • Hunting permit drawing results now available

    Apr 26, 2023

    The drawings for Montana deer and elk permits and for nonresident combination licenses are complete and applicants can find their results online. You can see your results by visiting fwp.mt.gov, click on MyFWP Login in the upper righthand corner, then click on Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists tab on the left-hand menu, or login to your MyFWP account. You may also sign up for an account at myfwp.mt.gov. Applicants may also call any FWP Regional office or the licensing office at 406-444-295... Full story

  • Montana DEQ Proposes to List the Middle Segment of the Gallatin River as Impaired

    Apr 26, 2023

    HELENA-The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing to list the middle segment of the Gallatin River, from Yellowstone National Park to Spanish Creek, as impaired for excessive algal growth due to exceeding established thresholds for algae (ARM 17.30.637(1)(e)). The listing has been submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review and, if approved, will be included as an addendum to the 2020 Integrated Report-a report that identifies impaired waterbodies in... Full story

  • Historical Society meeting set for May 4

    Apr 26, 2023

    The Three Forks Area Historical Society is having their monthly meeting on May 4th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be in the Railroad and Trident Heritage Center so we can show off some of our new items we have received this winter. We have a 1912 Northern Pacific Railroad safe that used to be in the depot at Trident! Another item is a hand carved oak flag donated by a woodworker from Missoula! We will be discussing the status of the downtown roof replacement and fixing the dental room among other agenda items. All are invited to come to the... Full story

  • Softball wins 3 at weekend tourney

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 26, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Softball team continued to make waves during its inaugural season, picking up three victories last week at a two-day tournament with games in Missoula and Florence. On April 21, the Wolves defeated Plains, 12-10, and won 8-7 over Eureka. The following day, Three Forks shined with a dramatic 12-11 come-from-behind victory over Eureka. "I am very pleased with the way the team played. The bats are really starting to show up in the bottom half of the order, which is... Full story

  • TFHS Golfers shine in Livingston

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 26, 2023

    While the weather has not always cooperated for the Three Forks High School Golf team, the Wolves have produced some big-time results when they have competed. Head Coach Aaron Harkins said Three Forks had another great day on the course while competing at a tournament in Livingston. The girls' squad finished in an impressive second place with a team total of 411, and the boys finished in fourth place. It was quite the day for Lydia Kluin, who Harkins said shot a PR of 96, good for fourth place.... Full story

  • Busy week nets positive results for Wolves tennis

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Apr 26, 2023

    A busy week of action in Billings was plenty successful for the Three Forks High School Tennis team. The Wolves found success on Tuesday with matches against Red Lodge, Forsyth, and Baker and were also strong winning 13 matches Friday and Saturday at the Red Lodge Invitational. "I was absolutely thrilled with the style of play Three Forks played this weekend and the amount of hard-fought points and difficult matches they faced. We had a successful day with 13 wins. They played patient and... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: Disappointments

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Apr 26, 2023

    Disappointments in life will happen. Life is not easy or fair, and none of us are exempt from struggles or disappointments. Do not fall into the entitlement trap. There will be things in your life that will throw you off course. But you can get through it - we are all in the same boat. Write down challenges you may have encountered in a situation that disappointed you, and grow from them. When I become disappointed, I journal all my positive attributes - my strengths and characteristics, even if they seem minor. That is what builds your... Full story

  • Registration open for 406 Grazing Academy hosted by Montana State University and partners

    MSU News Service|Apr 26, 2023

    BOZEMAN – Registration is open now through May 15 for the three-day 406 Grazing Academy workshop to be held June 6-8 in southwestern Montana. Montana State University and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will host the workshop, which is aimed at ranchers seeking to hone their grazing management skills and learn new strategies. Classroom activities will take place at the Forge Hotel in Anaconda, with field activities held on working ranches in Deer Lodge Valley. W... Full story

  • Pro-housing zoning bills advance, but big funding remains in limbo

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Apr 26, 2023

    A slate of zoning bills intended to spur home construction by limiting how local governments can regulate housing development appears headed toward passage following votes on the floor of the Montana House in recent weeks. However, bills that would put money from the state’s $2.5 billion budget surplus toward housing affordability remain in limbo as the Legislature enters the final weeks of its 2023 session. Home prices and rents have soared across Montana in recent years, in part because rapid in-migration has crowded the state’s finite supply... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 23, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    Page 1 of 31 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 24, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/23/23 00:02:26 CFS23-046453 GALLATIN RD and COTTONWOOD RD (76.9 PATROL CHECK 04/23/23 00:02:26 - Pankey, Eric - 615 - Field Event 04/23/23 00:03:22 - Pankey, Eric - 615 - Available 04/23/23 00:06:17 CFS23-046454 GALLATIN RD and COTTONWOOD RD (76.9 TRAFFIC STOP 04/23/23 00:06:17 - Sullivan, Jessica - 615 - Traffic Stop - 4 RUNNER 04/23/23 00:06:21 - Sullivan, Jessica - 638 - On Scene 04/23/23 00:08:55 - Sullivan, Jessica - 615 -... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 24, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    Page 1 of 32 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 25, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/24/23 00:10:00 CFS23-046782 VAQUERO PKWY and DRIVEWAY (57.1 feet) COMMS PROB 04/24/23 00:10:09 - Solberg, Geoff - Scheduled Call - Log radio issues daily in this CFS 04/24/23 00:10:41 - Quimby, Joshua - GCSOSTACK - Stack 04/24/23 00:54:47 - Quimby, Joshua - 622 UNABLE TO GET OUT FOR OVER 5 MINUTES BY THE LOGAN BRIDGE WHILE TRYING TO DO A TRAFFIC STOP 04/24/23 00:55:41 - Quimby, Joshua - TRIED EVERY RADIO CHANNEL WITH NO SUCCES... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 25, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    Page 1 of 34 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 26, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/25/23 00:19:14 CFS23-047174 JUNIPER RD and DRIVEWAY (90.7 feet) MISSING PERSON 04/25/23 00:19:14 - Sullivan, Jessica - New CFS - HUSBAND PATRICK VAN NULAND - LEFT YESTERDAY AT 0915 IN THE MORNIGN 04/25/23 00:20:11 - Sullivan, Jessica - PATRICK 19610322 04/25/23 00:20:55 - Sullivan, Jessica - LEFT IN VEH - LATE 90S MODEL SAFARI VAN BLUE - CA PLATE UNK NUMBER 04/25/23 00:21:06 - Sullivan, Jessica - ON A DRINKING BENDER 04/25/23... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 27, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 28, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location 04/27/23 00:40:07 CFS23-047995 AIRWAY BLVD and ON RAMP (97.3 feet) 04/27/23 00:40:07 - Greer, Andrew - 667 - Traffic Stop 04/27/23 00:40:34 - Greer, Andrew - V/C INS CONF RO CLEAR Z 04/27/23 00:43:11 - Greer, Andrew - 667 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 5) 04/27/23 00:45:31 - Tapia, Alberto - WARNING, NOT SIGNALING DURING LANE CHANGE. 04/27/23 00:47:05 - Tapia, Alberto - 667 - Complete Type of Call TRAFFIC STOP 04/27/23 02:44:35 CFS23-048008 W RIVER ROCK... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report April 23-29, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    Page 1 of 5 MEDIA REPORT Printed on May 1, 2023 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 04/23/23 02:35 BILLINGS MED EMERGENCY MEDEMER : Medical Emergency 04/23/23 02:52 DUI : DUI 04/23/23 07:26 24 : 24/7 04/23/23 09:14 CLEAR CREEK RD CB : Control Burn 04/23/23 09:59 N FORK RD WELFARE : Welfare Check 04/23/23 11:41 46.39540, -111.47533 CB : Control Burn 04/23/23 13:01 STONEY TRL ANIMAL : Animal 04/23/23 13:35 THAZ : Traffic Hazard 04/23/23 13:41 46.222701, -111.461728 Traffic Complaint : Traffic Complaint 04/23/23 13:43 LF BAUM EXPATROL :... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 29, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 30, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location 04/29/23 00:09:47 CFS23-048805 04/29/23 00:09:47 - Largess, Andrew - 679 - Traffic Stop 04/29/23 00:16:13 - Largess, Andrew - 679- Check Status (Time (minutes): 6) 04/29/23 00:16:29- Kiewatt, Collin - SUSPICION OF DUI. NEG61 04/29/23 00:18:10 - Kiewatt, Collin - 679 - Complete 04/29/23 00:25:08 CFS23-048811 04/29/23 00:25:08 - Greer, Andrew - New CFS 04/29/23 00:25:53 - Greer, Andrew - WERID VEH ACTIVITY 04/29/23 00:26:06 - Greer, Andrew - BLK 4 DOOR FORD... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report April 26, 2023

    Apr 26, 2023

    Page 1 of 30 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on April 27, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 04/26/23 00:53:33 CFS23-047588 N 17TH AVE and PRAIRIE SCHOONER WAY PATROL CHECK 04/26/23 00:53:33 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Field Event 04/26/23 00:59:01 - Sullivan, Jessica - 603 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 7) 04/26/23 01:05:42 - Tapia, Carlos - ALL CLEAR 04/26/23 01:06:06 - Tapia, Carlos - 603 - Complete 04/26/23 01:14:36 CFS23-047591 DRIVEWAY and BRIDGER CANYON RD PATROL CHECK 04/26/23 01:14:36 - Sinclair, Chris - 636 - PAT... Full story

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