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Articles from the June 22, 2022 edition

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  • Task Force aims to reduce impaired driving

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 22, 2022

    Initially formed in 1982 as Montanans Against Drunk Driving, the Gallatin County DUI Task Force has a mission to reduce the incidence of driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. With many traveling and recreating during the warmer time of the year, Task Force Coordinator Anna Ewen recently discussed the importance of prevention and education during the summer months. "We have a lot of people coming into Montana from out of state who are unfamiliar with our roads. There are also a... Full story

  • City council approves marijuana business permit

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Jun 22, 2022

    The Three Forks City Council unanimously approved a conditional use permit to Top Shelf Botanicals Montana LLC. for a marijuana dispensary within the city zoning limits along with a conditional use permit for an existing non-permitted apartment and a minor subdivision request by RCREI Inc. for a RV park in town, during its June 14 meeting. The marijuana dispensary will open inside a building, which TSB Montana LLC. will remodel, located at the 279 Frontage Road property owned by Rob Norman. The Three Forks Zoning and Planning Board recommended... Full story

  • 'Exceptional set of circumstances' converge to shatter streamflow records across southern Montana

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Jun 22, 2022

    Low temperatures and persistent precipitation combined with an unusually high June snowpack to set the stage for historic flooding in southwest and south-central Montana last week. At least five rivers in Park, Carbon and Stillwater counties set all-time records for high flows, wiping out bridges and roads and sending entire buildings downstream in the process. Ed McIntosh, a meteorologist with Billings news station Q2, said a recent cycle of precipitation from the West Coast brought a significant amount of rainfall to southern Montana, where... Full story

  • Guest Editorial: I-191 would devastate Montana's Ag industry

    Jim Hagenbarth|Jun 22, 2022

    Agriculture is Montana’s top economic industry, generating approximately $4 billion last year alone. (citation: Topics/A-D/Ag-Facts). Our farmers and ranchers not only feed Montana but provide for people across the country and the globe, all while being stewards of the land. My great grandfather started a portion of our family ranch around Glen over 150 years ago and I’m blessed to have the opportunity to continue its operation along with my brother and son. Our family has lived off the land for generations, working... Full story

  • Column: The Flying Menu

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jun 22, 2022

    I have the utmost respect for restaurant owners and employees. Having worked a few years at a Mexican restaurant in college, I was able to see a couple pour their heart and soul into the business with countless hours of hard work. At this time, I learned that waiting tables was a stressful position. At the same time, I still had a lot of fun and could eat world-class green chili daily, which was never bad. The restaurant I worked at was like a family, and that is something I see locally, and I absolutely love it. In last week’s edition, I... Full story

  • Moeykens finishes in top ten, Bobcats end finals in fifth

    Jun 22, 2022

    STAFF REPORT After winning her second straight Big Sky Region title in Barrel Racing, Montana State Rodeo star Tayla Moeykens finished the 2021-22 season with a tenth-place finish in the event at last week's College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, WY. The defending national champion in barrel racing, the sophomore from Three Forks helped lead the Bobcat Women's team to a fifth-place finish in Casper. MSU won the Women's team title in 2021....

  • River rescue Sunday on Gallatin

    Jun 22, 2022

    On June 18, 2022, at 7:10 p.m. Gallatin County Dispatch received multiple calls from several residents along the Gallatin River who had watched an empty 14 foot raft go by their homes. While investigating, a deputy came across two other individuals who were kayaking, but appeared to be stranded on the west side of the river near mile marker 59. One member of the party had flipped their kayak and was able to get to shore, but was cliffed out and unable to get to the other side of the river. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers... Full story

  • Fallout from historic flooding already devastating tourism in park's gateway communities

    Cameron Evans, Montana Free Press|Jun 22, 2022

    The phone for Park Hotel Yellowstone in Gardiner has been ringing around the clock with guests canceling summer reservations after historic flooding led to the closure of Yellowstone National Park this week.  "I'm getting hundreds of emails and calls daily that I'm trying to keep up with," said Tami McDonald, the hotel's owner. "I've been up 20 hours a day trying to respond to everyone and trying to figure out what to do and get ahold of the insurance companies who won't get back to us."... Full story

  • Stockman Bank establishes Montana Flood Relief Fund

    Jun 22, 2022

    Stockman Bank has established the Montana Flood Relief Fund to assist those affected by record flooding across Montana this week. Thousands of residents and tourists have been trapped and isolated by the rising waters, which have also caused significant damage to roads, bridges and homes along area rivers and lowlands.  Stockman has opened the Fund with an initial deposit of $10,000 and will then match each deposit, dollar for dollar, up to an additional $15,000. "I have not seen widespread flooding like this in my lifetime," stated Bill...

  • BCSO locates missing person

    Jun 22, 2022

    The Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office reported on the evening of June 15 that missing person Michelle Collins had been located and is safe. Collins had been last seen walking away from the Travel Lodge/Wheat Montana area in Three Forks on Friday, June 10 at approximately 8 p.m....

  • Coaches Corner: Change...Do you embrace it or dislike it?

    Ellie West|Jun 22, 2022

    “The secret of change is to focus ALL of your energy, not fighting the old but on building the new.” ~Socrates Change…Do you embrace it or dislike it? Most recently, within the last couple of years, many of us have faced challenges that brought unexpected change. You may have experienced a change in your job/career, health, a move, a death, family separation, or divorce. Change is not easy for most; according to Leadership IQ, 62% of people do not like to leave their comfort zone or do so only occasionally. No one is immune from change. T...

  • Hunters can soon register online for Game Damage Hunt Roster

    Jun 22, 2022

    Hunters interested in participating in game damage hunt opportunities need to register online for the Hunt Roster through MyFWP ( The roster is used by Fish, Wildlife & Parks to quickly respond to landowners who are eligible for game damage assistance in the prevention or reduction of property or crop damage primarily caused by deer, elk and/or antelope.  New this year, hunters can register to be placed on a bison game damage roster. The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the addition at...

  • State, Local Officials Report Alarming Number of Fatal Overdoses in Recent Weeks

    Jun 22, 2022

    Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Montana Department of Justice, in conjunction with local law enforcement, have identified an alarming number of recent fatal overdoses across the state. In the period from May 22 to June 1, there were at least 8 fatal overdoses, likely due to opioids. These fatalities occurred in Cascade, Custer, Gallatin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, and Yellowstone counties and involved individuals aged 24 to 60 years old. “These tragic events serve as another reminder of the deadly consequences of... Full story

  • MSU Extension specialist discusses fertilizing mid-season if yield goals increase

    Jun 22, 2022

    From the MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Fields across Montana may be under-fertilized if fertilizer rates were based on drought conditions, since snow and rain this spring increased potential yields in some areas, according to Clain Jones, a soil fertility specialist with Montana State University Extension. Jones said that this year, producers may have fertilized less because of very high fertilizer costs combined with early-season drought. But, with recent rains in some areas, there may not now be enough of certain nutrients in the ground for...

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