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Articles from the May 4, 2022 edition

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  • Voters say no to mill levies

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    Local voters Tuesday denied two general fund levies for the Three Forks School District. In unofficial results from the Gallatin County Elections Department, the $241,650 high school district levy was defeated 546 to 340. The $398,350 elementary district levy was defeated 546 to 347. The mill levies would have funded increasing costs related to health insurance, property liability insurance, utilities, technology, maintenance, and salaries. Incumbent Christian Potts was victorious in her bid for a three-year term on the school board. Potts... Full story

  • Andrew Thomas Evenson

    May 4, 2022

    Andrew Thomas Evenson, D.C., 49, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho doing what he enjoyed, helping others. Andrew was born on August 26, 1972 in Bozeman, MT to Myron and Karen Evenson. Born the second child, he was always found spending time with his big brother Mike and the neighborhood kids on Third Avenue E and the playground of Three Forks Schools. He graduated from Three Forks High School in 1990, where he attended school K-12. During this time in his life Andy learned the gift of education. You could often find... Full story

  • CEDS Community Meeting set for May 17 in Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    As they work on the five-year update of their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Gallatin and Park Counties, the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD) is hosting several community meetings to gather feedback from public officials, community members, non-profits, and business owners. A community meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Three Forks. Formed in 2006, the NRMEDD is a private, non-profit organization that supports local economic development,...

  • Bridger Brewing eyes July opening

    May 4, 2022

    STAFF REPORT The Bridger Brewing Three Forks location will be opening this summer. While acknowledging they have been dealing with post-COVID supply chain and labor shortages, Max Rabidue of Bridger Brewing said they are slated to open the property near the intersection of US 287 and I-90 the first two weeks of July. The groundbreaking for the location took place in the spring of 2021. According to a release from the company who currently has a location at 1609 S. 11th in Bozeman, the new...

  • FFA auction, banquet May 5

    May 4, 2022

    As part of their May 5 banquet, the Three Forks FFA Chapter is hosting a silent auction fundraiser. The auction is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the new gym. The banquet scheduled from 7 to 8 will include an award ceremony, and new officer installation. Three Forks FFA members have made several projects that will be part of the auction. • Savannah Emens has made a charcuterie board • Calla Donnelly has made a horseshoe pumpkin decoration • Alecia Gonzalez made a horseshoe hanger • Rylee S... Full story

  • Guest Editorial: I-191 restricts public access, agriculture, and more in Southwest Montana

    Walt Sales, Montana State Senator|May 4, 2022

    As part of a multigeneration farm/ranch family in the Gallatin Valley, I understand the vital importance of protecting our land and water resources. Farmers' and ranchers' stewardship of the land and water is our livelihood. When I heard of the proposed ballot initiative 191 that would apply new, strict regulations to stretches of the Gallatin and Madison rivers-the type of regulations usually reserved for national parks and wilderness areas-I looked at the fine print. The proponents are selling this initiative as a move to protect the rivers.... Full story

  • 5 Wolves sign letters of intent

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    It has been quite the week for the Three Forks High School athletic program, with five Wolves signing letters of intent to continue their careers in college. The 2022 Class B State Champion Wolves basketball team had four players sign, with Jacob Buchignani, Mikey O'Dell, Owen Long, and Finn Tesoro putting the ink to paper to play at the next level. Cross country and track standout Jayden Woodland also signed a letter of intent to compete in both sports. JACOB BUCHIGNANI The starting point... Full story

  • Letter: Boyer running for Gallatin County Attorney

    May 4, 2022

    My name is Bjorn Boyer and I am asking for your vote to be the next Gallatin County Attorney. I am the only candidate in the Democratic primary that possesses the experience, leadership, and ideas to guide the criminal justice system in Gallatin County. I have served the citizens of Gallatin County for over seven years as a Deputy County Attorney. I have prosecuted serious felony cases including homicide, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, child sexual abuse, and domestic violence. I am a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team and the... Full story

  • Montana's Economy 7th Strongest in Nation With Robust Growth in 2021

    May 4, 2022

    Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week Montana’s economy grew an inflation-adjusted 6.7% in 2021, the seventh largest rate of growth in the country. It also marks the sharpest rate growth in Montana in more than 40 years. Montanans’ personal income also grew by 8.5% in 2021, the fastest increase in 15 years. “Thanks to hardworking Montanans, our state had an economic boom last year, despite inflation and the pandemic. Montanans’ earnings increased at the fastest rate in 15 years, and we’re producing more than we have in near two generatio...

  • Country Jam offering student discount

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    The Headwaters Country Jam recently announced a new promotion for college students with $125 student passes for the three-day festival scheduled for August 18 to 20 at the "Bridge" near Three Forks. Festival Director Erin McSpirit said there are so many great universities throughout Montana and the surrounding areas, and organizers want the Headwaters Country Jam to be a great experience for those students. "We wanted to hopefully incentivize the students to do something fun together before...

  • New process announced for fishing regulations review cycle

    May 4, 2022

    HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking a new approach to the fishing regulations review and development process. The new process will be simpler and allow the department to be more responsive to public input and resource needs. The biggest change the public will see is that fishing regulations booklets will be printed only on odd-numbered years, with the next booklet ready by March 1, 2023, and valid through Feb. 28, 2025. The department's proposals for the 2023-2024 regulations will put out for public comment Aug. 26, and comment w...

  • Gallatin County Commission approves funding for Public Open Lands Project

    May 4, 2022

    The Gallatin County Commission approved using Open Lands Program money to help fund three projects, including the expansion of Burke Park on Peets Hill, and improvements to the Gallatin County Regional Park and Anderson Dog Park in Bozeman. On Tuesday, April 26, commissioners voted unanimously to spend $172,900 total on the following projects: • Burke Park (Peet’s Hill) expansion and improvement project – City of Bozeman – $100,000 • To assist with the acquisition of 12 acres at the south end of Peets Hill • Gallatin County Regional Pa...

  • Three Forks hosting golf tournament this week

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    The Three Forks High School golf team will get the opportunity to play on their home course when they host Thursday's Headwaters Tournament. Wolves Head Coach Aaron Harkins is looking forward to playing at home. "There will be a lot of golfers there, so we will get some more great competition, and we will look to use our home course advantage to all it is worth," said Harkins. "I think the kids are really excited that they don't have to get up super early to catch the bus as well." With a lot... Full story

  • Strong week for Wolves tennis

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 4, 2022

    The Three Forks High School tennis team was impressive, winning seven of 11 matches in action against Jefferson High School last week. Head Coach Janna Lauver said the team played really hard through some exhaustion and soreness achieved after hard work the prior week. Lauver said notable matches, including Ali Kotter having an impressive run and Sophie Meskimen playing two very long sets with tiebreakers. Lauver added Jacqueline Rollyson had a good day in singles after playing doubles for most of her tennis career. It was a great day for the... Full story

  • Three Forks finishes fifth in loaded field

    May 4, 2022

    STAFF REPORT It was a phenomenal performance last Saturday with numerous personal bests for the Three Forks High School girls track and field team. The Wolves finished fifth overall in a loaded field that included one Class AA and numerous Class A Schools. Three Forks had the top finish among the Class B Schools. Jasmyn Murphy continued her impressive senior season finishing second in the 200 with a personal record of 27.19. She was also second in the long jump at 16-06.50. Murphy was also third in the 300 hurdles and tenth in the triple jump....

  • Aunt Dofe's hosting opening reception

    May 4, 2022

    Aunt Dofe's Gallery in Willow Creek is hosting the opening reception for artist Jon Lodge this week. The "Pulse Interval Analysis" opening is scheduled for May 6, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 102 Main Street in Willow Creek. The display is scheduled at the gallery until June 10. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment by calling 406-570-6986. Jon Lodge grew up in Red Lodge, Montana, and studied jazz performance and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston in...

  • Education Board settles comments on new teacher licensing rules

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|May 4, 2022

    During a special meeting Thursday, the Montana Board of Public Education combed through more than 130 public comments submitted on proposed revisions to state teacher licensing regulations — one of the final steps toward adoption of the changes next month. The process kicked off last June when a 24-member task force began poring over rules surrounding educator certification in the state, including the types of licenses available and the requirements necessary to obtain them. Proposals from the task force then passed to Superintendent of Public...

  • Avian Influenza Reported in Backyard Flock in Gallatin County

    May 4, 2022

    Gallatin County officials were notified that avian influenza A (H5N1) was detected in a flock of domestic poultry located in rural Gallatin County. The site was identified late last week near Manhattan/Belgrade. The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) has identified a “Surveillance Zone” of ten kilometers around this location, and an investigation is ongoing. This Surveillance Zone includes all of Manhattan and parts of northwest Belgrade. If you are in the Surveillance Zone, and you have registered your outdoor birds with the Town of Man...