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Articles from the May 3, 2023 edition

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  • Voters decline school levies

    May 3, 2023

    Local voters denied on May 2 two levies that would have raised $674,000 for the Three Forks Schools. Voters also elected one incumbent and one newcomer for three-year terms on the Three Forks School Board. In unofficial results, the $385,350 Elementary Mill Levy was defeated by a vote of 482 (for) to 774 (against). The $288,650 High School Milly Levy was defeated by a vote of 492 to 767. The funds from this Mill Levy would have been used for increased operational costs and to fund new staffing positions. Incumbent Lori Sayers was reelected... Full story

  • Reminder to license dogs in Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    While the April 15 due date has passed for the yearly licensing of dogs in Three Forks, City officials continue to encourage and stress the importance of getting their pets registered with the municipality. According to City Clerk Crystal Turner, as of last Thursday, there are 156 licensed dogs within City Limits, and she estimates the number could be as high as 800 to 1,000. To license in Three Forks, residents must pay $15 per dog and show they have a current rabies vaccine on record. Turner s... Full story

  • Rodeo Season Underway

    May 3, 2023

    There was plenty of amazing action last week at the Three Forks High School and Junior High Rodeo. Voice photos by Melissa Jenkins... Full story

  • Give Big Gallatin Valley fundraiser this week

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    Over the past eight years, One Valley's Community Foundations Give Big Gallatin Valley event has raised over $11.4 million through 68,000 gifts for local nonprofits. This year's fundraiser, scheduled for May 4 and 5, will allow area residents to fund 250 local nonprofits. Among the Three Forks area nonprofits participating in the 2023 event are the Headwaters Trail System and Mason Moore Foundation. The event came to fruition after One Valley President and CEO Bridget Wilkinson saw giving days... Full story

  • SIM-MT partners with Three Forks Ambulance Staff to provide PHTLS training

    May 3, 2023

    Simulation in Motion Montana (SIM-MT) is partnering with Three Forks Ambulance Staff to provide cutting-edge PHTLS (prehospital trauma life support) training to local EMS providers. The collaboration aims to enhance the skills and expertise of local emergency responders in providing efficient and effective care to residents. On May 5th, SIM-MT specialists will bring their state-of-the-art mobile simulation lab to Three Forks to provide immersive, hands-on training to local EMS providers. The lab... Full story

  • Wolves Tennis team picks up 22 wins at DawgBite

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    It was a busy weekend with plenty of impressive results for the Three Forks High School Tennis team at last week’s DawgBite Invitational, with the Wolves winning 22 matches over two days. In day one action, Three Forks played against Lone Peak, Chester-Joplin-Inverness, and had a match with Broadwater, Fairfield, and Simms. Three Forks finished the day with a 7-9 record with two incomplete matches. “We struggled a little to find our pace, especially against teams we hadn’t played yet, like Lone Peak, CJI, and Simms. We had only 1:15 minut... Full story

  • Three Forks dominates Deer Lodge in 21-1 win

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    In their most dominant performance to date, the Three Forks High School Softball team picked up another win last week with a 21-1 road victory Friday against Deer Lodge. According to Head Coach Clay Feliciano, the Wolves racked up 11 hits and committed no errors in three innings. It was a big-time performance on the mound for Fallon Page, who gave up one hit, one walk, and struck out three over her 52 pitches. Feliciano said Sierra Schall led the team with two hits and 3 RBIs. "Eight different... Full story

  • Golfers have great day in Ennis

    Aaron Harkins, TFHS Golf Coach|May 3, 2023

    What started out as a frosty morning on the course ended up as an absolutely beautiful day in Ennis, with some great scores coming in on the Three Forks squad. On the girls’ side, Ari Judd finished with a career low of 89 and finished in a tie for second and as usual, Lydia Kluin was in the top ten again, taking a tie for sixth with a 98. Paige Lien has also been improving and putting together some consistently lower scores and ended up taking a tie for 13th place. The girls’ team finished the day in third place. On the boys’ side, Hunte... Full story

  • Our view: Rummage sale a boon for Three Forks

    May 3, 2023

    Throughout the year, numerous events in Three Forks bring the community together. This weekend is a perfect example, with the Spring Rummage Sale scheduled for Thursday to Saturday at 124 2nd Avenue East. The rummage sale brings crowds to the church, and it also serves as a fantastic opportunity for Three Forks residents to go through items they may not use that could be donated for an extremely worthwhile sale. Organizers of this event should be commended for volunteering to host biannual sales that allow people to get much-needed items such... Full story

  • Column: My Dad saved the princess before I did

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    It has been nearly impossible the past month to turn on the television and not see a commercial for the “Super Mario Brothers” movie. While I had zero interest in seeing the film, it brought back a rush of memories of a childhood spent hours playing on the Nintendo Entertainment System. I’ve talked a lot about spending countless hours in my youth navigating trails on my bike and staying outside in the summer until the streetlights came on. There was plenty of time outdoors, but once I received an NES, my time outside dissipated. A few of my fr... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Becoming Fearless

    May 3, 2023

    This new narrative is one of courage, strength, and resilience. It is one where we are not held back by fear. It takes bravery to confront our fears; by doing so, we can take control of our lives and create a new story within ourselves. It is important to remember that conquering fear is a process. It may take time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. We become stronger and more confident with each step we take to face our fears. It’s essential to have faith in yourself and persevere. Don’t let fear diminish your self-assurance. Per... Full story

  • City of Three Forks recommended for Recreation Trails Program Funding

    May 3, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on the proposed award of almost $1.6 million in grant funds to 36 applicants through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in 2023. The proposed funding includes $75,000 to the City of Three Forks for Phase One of the Headwaters Trail Extension. According to the Project Overview, the asphalt trail will be located on the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad between Three Forks and Logan. This year, FWP received a total of 46 RTP applications... Full story

  • Tester discusses Family Farm and Small Business Exemption Act

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 3, 2023

    In an effort to make sure Montana farm families and small business owners aren't paying higher costs to send their children to college, U.S. Senator Jon Tester and colleagues from both sides of the aisle introduced the Family Farm and Small Business Exemption Act. In a rural press call last week, Tester said as a farmer, he can say that one fit size policies don't work for Montana's rural communities, and that's why he introduced a bill that will make sure Montana farmers and ranchers don't... Full story

  • Montana State's new ranching system degree prepares students for post-graduation success

    Reagan Colyer, MSU News Service|May 3, 2023

    Growing up on a guest ranch near Emigrant meant that Cayden Rose had no doubts about his career aspirations when he arrived at Montana State University in 2019. Now a graduating senior from the College of Agriculture's Dan Scott Ranch Management Program, he's confident he made the right choice. "It was a perfect fit," said Rose of the new degree program, which was introduced during the 2019-20 academic year and graduated its first student in December 2021. "I was excited about it when it came...

  • Gianforte signals he'll sign TikTok ban - but prefers changes first

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|May 3, 2023

    Gov. Greg Gianforte is pushing for revisions to a proposed ban on the social media platform TikTok passed by the Legislature this month, suggesting the bill's backers amend its provisions to apply to all social media platforms that allow users' personal data to be provided to nations classified as "foreign adversaries." The change, Gianforte's office has argued, would make the ban easier to defend from court challenges. However, the governor's staff has also told the ban's supporters that he is...

  • Montana Considers Requiring Insurance to Cover Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

    Keely Larson, KFF|May 3, 2023

    Katie Beall was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 1, 2022. Two days later, doctors told her the chemotherapy she needed would make her infertile. The next day, she started looking into how she could freeze her eggs, which would give her the option of becoming a mother in the future. Twenty-three days after her cancer diagnosis, the 36-year-old Helena resident said, she had put $7,579 on three credit cards to pay for her out-of-pocket fertility preservation costs. Her insurance didn’t cover it. In Montana, fertility preservation for newly d...

  • Watercraft inspection stations open across most of Montana: 2,000 inspected so far this year

    May 3, 2023

    With the exception of Eureka, watercraft inspection stations are open. All vehicles transporting any type of boat, including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and rafts are required to stop at all inspection stations they encounter. Watercraft inspection stations are Montana’s first line of defense to prevent the movement of AIS, which can have devastating impacts on Montana waterways. More than 2,400 watercraft have been inspected so far this year. Of those, 13 boats were found to be transporting invasive mussels. Recently, a pontoon boat was i...

  • Governor Gianforte Increases Public Access with Block Management Reforms

    May 3, 2023

    At the Sieben Ranch Block Management Area, Governor Greg Gianforte last week signed a bill to double the payment cap for landowners increasing public access through Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Block Management Program. "Thanks to generous landowners like the Baucus family participating in Block Management, Montanans have access to millions of acres of private land to hunt," Gov. Gianforte said. "Today, we're investing in the success of this program for years to come for the benefit...

  • Sheriff Springer releases name of recent death suspected to be related to food-borne illness

    May 3, 2023

    In the morning hours of Saturday, April 29, 2023, the Gallatin County Coroner’s Office investigated a death that occurred at the Bozeman Health Deaconess Regional Medical Center. The victim was identified as 64-year-old Donna Ventura of Belgrade. Donna’s death is suspected to be related to a foodborne illness. The Gallatin City-County Health Department has been notified. There is no current safety concern to the public. Donna’s cause and manner of death will remain pending until autopsy and toxicology results are available. Sheriff Sprin... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 1, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 40 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 2, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/01/23 00:17:01 CFS23-049552 TRAFFIC STOP 05/01/23 00:17:01 - Sullivan, Jessica - 679 - Traffic Stop 05/01/23 00:17:07 - Sullivan, Jessica - STILL EB 05/01/23 00:22:36 - Sullivan, Jessica - 679 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 7) 05/01/23 00:22:47 - Sullivan, Jessica - 679 - Message - BUSY CITE 05/01/23 00:30:33 - Sullivan, Jessica - 679 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 7) 05/01/23 00:38:07 - Sullivan, Jessica - 679 - Check Status... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 2, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 36 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 3, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/02/23 00:30:21 CFS23-050063 CLOUD NINE RD and DRIVEWAY (202.2 feet) MISSING PERSON - LOCATED 05/02/23 00:30:21 - Largess, Andrew - New CFS 05/02/23 00:30:54 - Largess, Andrew - 636 - Assign 05/02/23 00:31:07 - Largess, Andrew - HUSBAND CAME HOME 05/02/23 00:31:14 - Largess, Andrew - GOT LOST 05/02/23 00:32:09 - Largess, Andrew - CFS LINKED 05/02/23 00:50:04 - Sinclair, Chris - Deputy spoke with RP and RC. RC came home after... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 3, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 40 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 4, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/03/23 01:07:17 CFS23-050580 WOODEN SHOE LN and WOODEN SHOE PATROL CHECK 05/03/23 01:07:17 - Pawlikowski, Derrick - 622 - Field Event 05/03/23 01:11:07 - Pawlikowski, Derrick - 622 - Complete Page 2 of 40 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/03/23 01:11:43 CFS23-050582 TRAFFIC STOP 05/03/23 01:11:43 - Sullivan, Jessica - 407 - Traffic Stop - WB ON PARK 05/03/23 01:11:56 - Sullivan, Jessica - 60 MPH 05/03/23 01:12:0... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 4, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 39 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 5, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/04/23 00:10:00 CFS23-051101 VAQUERO PKWY and DRIVEWAY (57.1 feet) COMMS PROB 05/04/23 00:10:01 - Solberg, Geoff - Scheduled Call - Log radio issues daily in this CFS 05/04/23 00:10:51 - Russell, Natalie - BPDSTACK - Stack 05/04/23 05:15:20 - Sullivan, Jessica - RED M&MS OF DEATH AS OF 0511 - APEX UP AND RUNNING 05/04/23 05:15:55 - Sullivan, Jessica - RADIOS BACK UP 0515 05/04/23 08:08:41 - Fellows, Lana - 645 ON TS - CFS23-051162... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 5, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 30 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 6, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/05/23 02:14:50 CFS23-051587 E VALLEY CENTER RD and DRIVEWAY (19.1 BURGLAR 05/05/23 02:14:50 - Quimby, Joshua - New CFS - ZONE 9 SW CASINO DOOR 05/05/23 02:15:16 - Quimby, Joshua - NO CONTACT WITH KH 05/05/23 02:15:31 - Quimby, Joshua - ROBERT LETHERT 406-579-7698 05/05/23 02:16:10 - Quimby, Joshua - 611, 665 - Assign 05/05/23 02:17:19 - Kiewatt, Collin - 679 - Enroute 05/05/23 02:17:54 - Quimby, Joshua - CANCEL - PROPER PASSCODE... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 6, 2023

    May 3, 2023

    Page 1 of 27 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 7, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/06/23 00:29:36 CFS23-052025 OUT W/ VEHICLE 05/06/23 00:29:36 - Crawford, Maya - 615 - RED DOGE RAM 05/06/23 00:34:49 - Crawford, Maya - 615 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 7) 05/06/23 00:41:30 - Crawford, Maya - 615 - Status OK - CLR VEH STILL ON FOR NOTES 05/06/23 00:43:15 - Pankey, Eric - STOPPED OUT WITH VEHICLE AT FISHING ACCESS AFTER DARK. MADE CONTACT WITHE THE MALE WHO ADMITTED TO DRINKING A FEW BEERS. FEMALE PASSENGER HAD... Full story

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