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 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    May 18, 2022

City Council approves zoning changes

The Three Forks City Council unanimously passed three changes to local zoning ordinances which will allow conditional use permits for adult-use marijuana dispensaries and work-live structures, during its May 10 meeting. The council also held a... Full story

 

Three Forks High School graduation set for May 22

STAFF REPORT The 56 members of the Three Forks High School Class of 2022 will graduate in a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. The 2022 Valedictorians are Zoie Partain, Grace Donnelly, Cassie Whitcome, Lauren Stone and Isabella Mulder.... Full story

 

Bridge construction underway

The Gallatin County Bridge Department recently announced they would be closing the Williams Bridge near Willow Creek two times in May for a bridge resurfacing project. The bridge that crosses the Jefferson River on Williams Bridge Road will be... Full story

 

Commissioner Downing suspends bail bondman's license

Citing a significant risk to public safety, Commissioner Troy Downing summarily suspended the license of Montana bail bondsman, Adam Patrick Lee, following multiple alleged violations of the law arising from violent fugitive recovery...

 

Three Forks Education Foundation Awards Scholarships

STAFF REPORT 12 Three Forks High School seniors were awarded last week with $1,000 Three Forks Education Foundation Worthy Student Scholarships. Michael O'Dell, Taylor Raffety, Macie Jensen, Saryna... Full story

 

Opinion: Montana Farm Bureau opposes river control initiative

The Montana Farm Bureau has joined more than 50 groups in opposing I-191 which would subject large stretches of the Gallatin and Madison rivers to the same strict regulations currently found only in national parks and wilderness areas. The result...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Column: Working at home

Until March of 2020, I had never spent much time working from home. Occasionally I would write a story at home, but I preferred to do it at the office. I always tried my best to separate work from home and going to the office to write allowed me to d...

 

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to resident who bought meal

The New Horizons Group of Whitehall would like to thank the generosity of the kind lady who paid for our meal last Wednesday afternoon (May 11), at the Three Forks Peking China Restaurant. We were so pleasantly surprised, and we want to thank you...

 

Elections Office Mails Absentee Ballots for June 7 Primary

On Friday, May 13, the Gallatin County Elections Office mailed about 59,000 ballots for the June 7 primary election to active registered absentee voters in Gallatin County. Ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes in the following days. Two ballots...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 18, 2022

Commissioners approve resolution establishing "court of record"

Last week, the Gallatin County Commission voted 3-0 to approve a resolution establishing the Gallatin County Justice Court as a “court of record.” According to County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes, a “court of record” means that...

 

Joseph Ralph Baker

Joseph Ralph Baker passed away at his home in Three Forks on Friday May 13 after a short illness.  Joe was born in Bozeman on June 9, 1936, and attended Bozeman school, graduating from Gallatin County High School in 1954.  Joe spent four years in t... Full story

 

Edward Max Makoff (1933-2022)

Edward Max Makoff of Bozeman passed away surrounded by his family at Parkhaven Retirement Community in Manhattan on May 15, 2022. He was born July 12, 1933, in Lustre, MT, to parents Max Makoff and Helen (Zavalney) Makoff Kuzbar. The love of Ed's... Full story

 
 By Aaron Harkins    Sports    May 18, 2022

Three Forks wins second straight Divisional Golf Title

What a great few days at Fairmont for the Divisional tournament.  From a cold and windy practice round Monday where we discussed some ways to attack the course and some ways to simply survive a few... Full story

 
 By Ellie West    Opinion    May 18, 2022

Coaches Corner: Living in Harmony

How do we live in harmony with others? We encounter people every day who are just more difficult to love. People in this category may have different beliefs, opinions, or viewpoints than we do, and we can often find ourselves frustrated or...

 

Montana Streamflow Forecasts Increase After April Precipitation Adds to the Snowpack

After nearly three months of waiting for typical winter weather, cool temperatures and precipitation finally arrived during April in Montana. Prior to April, northwest Montana had been the largest recipient of precipitation this water year.... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 18, 2022

Wolves track team strong at 5B District Meet

It was a banner day last Friday for the Three Forks High School track and field team with numerous outstanding performances at the 5B District Track Meet in Belgrade. The Wolves girls team finished in...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    May 18, 2022

Wolves tennis shines at Divisionals

The Three Forks High School tennis team opened up the postseason in impressive style with a second-place finish at last week's Southeast B-C Divisional Tournament in Butte. Alicia Deriana and Ruby...

 

HRDC AND GMD DEVELOPMENT LAUNCH AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Adults 55 and older seeking affordable, independent-style living arrangements can now lease an apartment home at Perennial Park, a new community developed by HRDC and Seattle-based GMD Development, LLC. Located at 1683 Tschache Lane, this...

 

NorthWestern Energy works with stakeholders to protect Madison River Basin

Water levels at Hebgen Reservoir will be low this summer and fall. April snow and rain only minimally improved conditions in the Madison River Basin, which is experiencing extreme drought, low soil moisture and low snowpack. Based on the U.S....

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    May 18, 2022

New workgroup is paving the way for more election legislation in 2023

State lawmakers, county election administrators and the Montana Association of Counties have established an unpublicized informal workgroup to examine Montana’s current election processes and discuss opportunities to enhance the election system...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 18, 2022

EPA nixes Montana's new water quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency thwarted Montana lawmakers’ attempt to loosen water quality standards last week, telling the state that it acted out of turn by adopting a new regulatory framework without first obtaining federal approval. In a...

 

MHSA names new Executive Director

The Montana High School Association Executive Board announced last week they have selected Brian Michelotti as the next MHSA Executive Director.  Michelotti will replace Mark Beckman, current Executive Director, who will retire on June 30th after 25...

 

Environmental assessment on FWP's pheasant release program complete

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks continues to prepare for fall pheasant stocking efforts with the final decision on an environmental assessment (EA) and ensuring biosecurity protocols are in place at the rearing facility at the Montana State Prison....

 

Montana State Parks sees slight decrease in visitation so far for 2022

Temperate weather with a few cold spells during the first quarter of 2022 contributed to a slight decrease in the number of overall visitors to state parks in Montana. The state park system recorded 358,230 visitors in the first quarter, a decrease o...

 

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