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  • Three Forks City Council renews contract with Gallatin County Sheriff's Office

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    The Three Forks City Council voted last week to renew a five-year contract with the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office to provide law enforcement services in city limits. The contract that will begin on July 1, 2023, and end on June 30, 2028, will see a five percent increase in payments to the Sheriff's Office after the $356,400 fee for the fiscal year 2024. The fee schedule is $370,656.00 for FY 2025, $385,482.24 for FY 2026, $400,901.53 for FY 2027, and $416,937.59. As part of the agreement,... Full story

  • Downing discusses senior scams circulating statewide

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    At the beginning of May, the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance’s Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST) received multiple complaints about a phishing and cryptocurrency scam targeting senior citizens in the Gallatin Valley. According to Commissioner Troy Downing, this and other scams have been a huge issue and something they have really taken on in the agency, adding the lion’s share of the financial fraud they investigate and prosecute in Montana is perpetrated on senior cit... Full story

  • Chamber President attends M.A.C.E. Conference

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    After a recent visit to attend the Montana Association of Chamber Executives (M.A.C.E) Conference, Three Forks Chamber President Brooke Leugers recently shared some of the positive experiences from the trip. At last week's Chamber Board Meeting, she discussed several potential ideas she learned from the conference that took place April 26 to 28 in Kalispell. According to Leugers, she took home some really good points from what she described as a very positive and encouraging conference. Leugers...

  • Stageline Pizza hosting firefighter night

    May 17, 2023

    Later this week will be a perfect opportunity for Three Forks residents to enjoy some pizza but at the same time help emergency providers. Stageline Pizza is hosting an event on Saturday, May 20, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with all tips, delivers fees, donations, and 10% of sales going to the Three Forks Volunteer Fire Departments. As a bonus, the department will be delivering the pizzas. Because the department will be delivering with three or four trucks, there will be brief delivery times. To order from the Three Forks Stageline on May 20, please...

  • Buchignani signs to cheer at Rocky Mountain College

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    Three Forks High School senior Reagan Buchignani will continue her cheerleading career at the collegiate level. Buchignani signed last week to cheer at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Before signing, Buchignani said she was very excited to be able to continue in college, where she would be cheering for football, volleyball, and basketball. As far as choosing Rocky, Buchignani said what she likes about the program is their coach and how the team acts like a family. Former Three Forks High... Full story

  • Three Forks golfers advance to State Tournament in Shelby

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    With a fourth-place finish at last week's Divisional Tournament in Anaconda, the Three Forks High School Girls' Golf team qualified for the state tournament this week in Shelby. The boys' team just missed out on qualifying with a fifth-place finish. The divisional round had perfect weather and a course in great shape. We had a few kids take advantage of both, with Ari Judd shooting a career-low 87 and taking fourth. Lydia Kluin also finished inside the top 15, tying for 12th, which earned her... Full story

  • Guest Op-Ed: Montana House Leaders Recap the 68th Legislative Session

    May 17, 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 68th Session of the Montana Legislature is one that every Montanan can be proud of. Voters sent a Republican supermajority to Helena and the first thing we did was return overpaid tax dollars to you as well as providing the largest tax cut in Montana state history. As Republicans our primary constitutional duty is to pass a balanced state budget. We crafted a conservative budget by k...

  • Column: Pizza Rolls, I still love you

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    I don’t travel often, but when I do, it is usually for a sporting event or concert. Perhaps even more than the actual event, my favorite part of the journey is the different restaurants I visit. Often, I will visit a place known for a specialty dish, and as soon as I get home, I am like a scientist in the kitchen trying to figure out how they made something taste so magnificent. I enjoy these moments and the countless times during the year when I cook one of the family’s favorite recipes. I’m even learning to be a bit more patient when cooking... Full story

  • Wolves shine bright at District Track

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    It was a huge day for Three Forks at last week's 5B District Track meet in Belgrade. The Wolves ended Friday's competition with 20 student-athletes qualifying for the Southern B Divisional scheduled for Friday, May 19, in Laurel. Head Coach Casey McWethy said the Three Forks streak of numerous athletes getting PRs continued at the District Tournament. "We've got a solid number going to Divisionals. I'm definitely happy with our kid's performance. They work their butts off and take the coaching,...

  • Divisional Bound: Wolves beat Anaconda in play-in game

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|May 17, 2023

    What has already been an incredible first season for the Three Forks High School Softball team became even sweeter after the Wolves qualified for this week’s Divisional Tournament with an 8-1 play-in game win Monday evening over Anaconda. “I am extremely proud of the way they played. They had a ton of energy all game,” said Head Coach Clay Feliciano. It was quite the night on the mound for Three Forks pitcher Fallon Page who finished with a complete game and nine strikeouts. “Fallon pitched... Full story

  • One Valley Community Foundation's 9th Annual Give Big Gallatin Valley Raises $2.9 Million for 250 Local Nonprofits

    May 17, 2023

    The Gallatin Valley community came together on May 4th and 5th to once again break Give Big records with 6,620 donors raising $2.9 million for 250 local nonprofits. One Valley Community Foundation's Give Big Gallatin Valley, sponsored by Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, is a 24-hour celebration of giving that offers donors the opportunity to support all their favorite organizations from one convenient website. Nine years ago, One Valley hosted its first Give Big with the goal of raising...

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Courage

    May 17, 2023

    Courage is more than facing fear and doubt; it’s also about standing up for my beliefs and values, speaking the truth, and being open to opportunities for growth in all my experiences. By choosing to build courage, I declare my intention to live a life of my design that is true to who I am on the deepest level. I don’t know who wrote this manifesto, but I found it about three years ago when I chose a word for that year. This resonated with me, and I still ponder “courage” daily. I think about courage and what it means to different people....

  • How the 2023 Legislature tried to tackle Montana's housing crunch

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|May 17, 2023

    by Eric Dietrich Montana Free Press This is news to no one: Montana is facing a historic housing crunch. Population growth, much of it driven by in-migration, has spurred demand for homes and apartments beyond available supply in many if not most of the state’s communities. According to real estate website Zillow, the state’s typical home value was nearly $428,000 as of March, up from $267,000 at the beginning of 2020. Higher rents, too, make it increasingly hard for businesses to find workers. In particularly tight markets such as Boz...

  • FWP to host free beginner fly fishing classes in Bozeman

    May 17, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host several fly fishing classes in Bozeman next month. These classes will be free and geared toward helping new anglers become familiar with the basics. Topics will include fly casting, fly tying, fishing knots and how to choose the right fly. All class equipment will be provided, but participants should be prepared to be outdoors for much of the class. Space is limited, and participants must sign up in advance. Classes for adults will be on these dates: • June 10 • June 17 • June 24 Classes for youth will... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 15, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 32 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 16, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/15/23 00:02:00 CFS23-055778 TRAFFIC STOP 05/15/23 00:02:00 - Largess, Andrew - 602 - Traffic Stop 05/15/23 00:07:07 - Largess, Andrew - 602 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 6) 05/15/23 00:11:34 - Largess, Andrew - 602 - Status OK - NOTES 05/15/23 00:13:36 - Morley, Logan - Deputy stopped driver for operating a motor vehicle with only one operational headlight. Driver was warned for the headlight, as well as a rear license plate... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 16, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 35 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 17, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/16/23 00:42:56 CFS23-056264 DISABLED 05/16/23 00:42:56 - Quimby, Joshua - New CFS 05/16/23 00:43:27 - Quimby, Joshua - SEMI ON CLOSED RD 05/16/23 00:43:40 - Quimby, Joshua - WAS STOPPED AND APPEARED TO BE OVERHEATING 05/16/23 00:44:27 - Quimby, Joshua - WHT CAB 05/16/23 00:44:32 - Quimby, Joshua - ORANGE LOAD 05/16/23 00:44:36 - Quimby, Joshua - CA PLTS 05/16/23 00:45:28 - Quimby, Joshua - 656 - Assign 05/16/23 00:48:20 - Quimby,... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 17, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 30 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 18, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/17/23 00:14:01 CFS23-056710 GALLATIN RD and DRIVEWAY (38.6 feet) AT LARGE 05/17/23 00:14:01 - Greer, Andrew - 656 - Field Event - 656 ANIMAL AT LARGE / HORSE ON THE LOOSE ,. CANYON ADVENTUERS 05/17/23 00:14:18 - Greer, Andrew - 656 ATTEMPTING TO CONTACT THE HOMEOWNERS 05/17/23 00:19:21 - Greer, Andrew - 656 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 5) 05/17/23 00:25:45 - Greer, Andrew - 656 - Check Status (Time (minutes): 10) 05/17/23... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 18, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 37 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 19, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/18/23 00:06:29 CFS23-057132 WOODEN SHOE LN and WOODEN SHOE PATROL CHECK 05/18/23 00:06:29 - Greer, Andrew - 642 - Field Event 05/18/23 00:08:53 - Sella, Mitchell - 642 - Complete 05/18/23 00:29:39 CFS23-057138 WOODEN SHOE LN and WOODEN SHOE THREATS 05/18/23 00:29:39 - Greer, Andrew - New CFS 05/18/23 00:29:51 - Greer, Andrew - THREAT FROM EX HUSBAND 05/18/23 00:30:19 - Greer, Andrew - RP DOES NOT FEEL SAFE 05/18/23 00:30:54 -... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report May 14-20, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 MEDIA REPORT Printed on May 22, 2023 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 05/14/23 00:57 5TH ST FOLLOWUP : Follow up 05/14/23 01:46 TSTOP : Traffic Stop 05/14/23 07:19 24 : 24/7 05/14/23 07:30 24 : 24/7 05/14/23 09:03 SPRUCE GROVE RD ANIMAL : Animal 05/14/23 09:25 MOSTAD DR PROPSTLN : Stolen Property 05/14/23 10:12 HWY 284 ANIMAL : Animal 05/14/23 10:22 S CEDAR ST FOLLOWUP : Follow up 05/14/23 10:37 MOSTAD DR CITASST : Citizen Assist 05/14/23 10:44 FOLLOWUP : Follow up 05/14/23 10:52 TSTOP : Traffic Stop 05/14/23 12:01 5TH S... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 19, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 33 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 20, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/19/23 00:09:10 CFS23-057577 OVERLOOK LN and ROLLING HILLS DR (0.1 BARKING 05/19/23 00:09:10 - Greer, Andrew - New CFS 05/19/23 00:09:26 - Greer, Andrew - 30 MIN NOW 05/19/23 00:27:30 - Coles, David - 611 - Enroute 05/19/23 00:38:53 - Coles, David - 611 - On Scene 05/19/23 00:39:28 - Coles, David - NO DOGS ACTIVELY BARKING 05/19/23 00:42:55 - Coles, David - 611 - Available 05/19/23 00:32:10 CFS23-057585 E OAK ST and N 5TH AVE E... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report May 20, 2023

    May 17, 2023

    Page 1 of 30 GCSO Media Report - All Printed on May 21, 2023 Date/Time Call For Service #: Location Type of Call 05/20/23 00:49:23 CFS23-057968 BEEHIVE BASIN RD and DRIVEWAY (0.0 BURGLAR 05/20/23 00:49:23 - Perry, Morgan - New CFS - ZONE 25: MOTION LL REC 05/20/23 00:49:39 - Perry, Morgan - PREMISE: 406-995-7211 05/20/23 00:49:46 - Perry, Morgan - RESIDENCE 05/20/23 00:50:33 - Perry, Morgan - KH: JOSH CANTRELL 406-209-5920 05/20/23 00:57:10 - Crawford, Maya - 674 - Assign 05/20/23 01:30:26 - Freml, Karl - 674 - On Scene 05/20/23 01:34:27 -... Full story

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