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  • Rodeo Dayz returns to Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 14, 2021

    It's once again time for the Rodeo Dayz Celebration in Three Forks. The popular annual event will return in 2021 with three days of events headlined by the annual Three Forks NRA Rodeo scheduled for Friday, July 16, and Saturday, July 17. Three Forks Rodeo Arena Board Member Chuck Wambeke said they are more than enthused to have the event back in 2021 and expect a great crowd, and that attendance will help the finances for the bleacher project. The theme for 2021 is Celebrating 75 Years of... Full story

  • Headwaters Rest Area Meetings July 20 and 21

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 14, 2021

    The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting an open house and virtual public meeting to discuss the ongoing Headwaters Rest Area Project. The Montana Transportation Commission unanimously voted in April to approve a staff recommendation on a design-build contract for the new rest area at Interstate 90 exit 274 in Broadwater County near Three Forks. The new facility would replace the current rest area at the 19th Avenue Interchange in Bozeman. A public open house is scheduled for Tuesday,... Full story

  • Kick-off concert Thursday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 14, 2021

    Organizers have added a new event to the annual Three Forks Rodeo Dayz celebration. A Thursday night kick-off concert headlined by Levi Blom of Butte with opener Kailey Marie of Bozeman is scheduled for July 15 at 7 p.m. at the Three Forks Rodeo Grounds. According to Three Forks Rodeo Arena Board Treasurer Adam Miller, due to COVID-19 shutting everything down in 2020, they decided to add an extra day of fun to the weekend. Miller said to help continue to raise funds for the beautiful new... Full story

  • Our View: Great to have Rodeo Dayz back

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 14, 2021

    A year ago this week, the new bleachers at the Three Forks Rodeo grounds should have been packed. The same could be said for downtown Three Forks, where the crowds of both current and former residents lining the streets were absent. Unfortunately, the popular annual Three Forks Rodeo and adjoining celebration was canceled last July as well as a subsequent attempt to host the event in late August. While it was unfortunate the event, like so many others, did not take place in 2020, it should make the 2021 Three Forks Rodeo Dayz something to...

  • Column: Beer Can Chicken

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jul 14, 2021

    I really enjoy beer. I also enjoy roasting chicken. Once I figured I could combine the two, I was happy for about a week and could not wait to make “beer can chicken” for the first time. I was flipping through channels on a cooking show and could not believe what I was watching. I had occasionally cooked a kielbasa in beer but had never made it a star of the show in a dish. Before I tried to adapt the recipe that was used on television, I went over to a friend’s house and watched him attempt to do “beer can chicken” on his grill. That chef...

  • Cash for the Caboose: Three Forks Historical Society raising funds

    Jul 14, 2021

    The Three Forks Area Historical Society is raising cash again! Their latest project is the restoration of the Milwaukee Railroad caboose located in the John Q. Adams Milwaukee Railroad Park at the east entrance of town. The Three Forks Chamber of Commerce uses the caboose as the Visitor Information Center. Conductor Joe and Betty Brand donated the caboose to the Historical Society in 1992. It was moved to the park by the Montana National Guard. A goal of trying to raise at least $35,000 has...

  • Comment period open for proposed wastewater facilities upgrades at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    Jul 14, 2021

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are proposing to replace and upgrade the septic drain field at the park. The new system would handle projected increases in visitation over the next 20 years. The existing drain field is insufficient to support the current number of visitors, which have recently increased. Visitation during the first quarter of 2021 at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park was up by 78 percent from the same period in 2020 and more than triple the visitation during the first quarter of 2019....

  • All-School Reunion this week

    Jul 14, 2021

    The Three Forks All-School Reunion is scheduled for Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 at John Q. Adams Railroad Park. Although it has been difficult for some alumni to gain access to rental vehicles and lodging has been difficult to find, a good turnout is expected. The Reunion Committee has been diligent in seeing to the many details necessary to have this event. Many thanks go to them for their efforts. The depot mentioned above is the newly restored Railroad and Trident Heritage Center (formerly known as the Trident NP Depot). The depot...

  • Rockin' the Rivers Receives Shuttered Venue Operators Grant

    Jul 14, 2021

    The Rockin’ the Rivers Music Festival near Three Forks has received a $306,309 Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced last week $8,246,070 in relief has so far gone to live venues, theatres, and concert halls across Montana through the Additional grant awards are expected in the near future. “When this pandemic hit, Montana’s live venues were the first to close their doors to help keep folks in our communities healthy, and now, more than a year later, they are amo...

  • MSU team publishes coronavirus vaccine and antibody research

    Reagan Colyer, MSU News Service|Jul 14, 2021

    BOZEMAN - A team of scientists from Montana State University's Department of Microbiology and Cell Biology published research earlier this month evaluating the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and seeking to learn more about how long the resulting antibody protection may last. The study, "Titers, Prevalence and Duration of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in a Local COVID-19 Outbreak and Following Vaccination" published in the journal Vaccines, was conducted using volunteer subjects and data collected...

  • Leona Mildred Weldele Harmon

    Jul 14, 2021

    The world became brighter with the birth of Leona Mildred Weldele Harmon on February 27, 1942. Born the twelfth child of thirteen to George and Myrtle (Vick) Weldele of Scobey, MT, she passed peacefully on July 9th, 2021. Leona was a bubbly little girl, always talking and asking questions. She loved the outdoors, making mud pies and playing games with her siblings. Leona attended school in Scobey, MT, Detroit, MI and graduated from Billings Senior High, Billings MT Class of 1960. She continued... Full story

  • Officials kill grizzly bear near Ovando

    Jul 14, 2021

    OVANDO – Wildlife officials shot and killed a grizzly bear early Friday morning less than two miles from Ovando, where a woman was killed in a grizzly bear attack early Tuesday morning. The bear was killed at the scene of a second chicken coop raid that was very similar in nature to the one that happened in Ovando the night of the fatal attack. Given the proximity to Tuesday's attack, the evidence found at the scenes and the fact another chicken coop was raided, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks of...

  • Federal spending drives Montana budget

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Jul 14, 2021

    HELENA - Montana lawmakers approved about $16 billion in spending during the 2021 legislative session, more than $17,400 per Montana resident. That's money for everything from plowing highways to paying district court judges and administering COVID-19 vaccines over the state's next two-year budget period, which started at the beginning of July. It turns out that more than half the money flowing out of Helena this budget cycle won't be collected by the state Department of Revenue. A majority of...

  • Gallatin Valley 10U Baseball Team Wins State Title

    Jul 14, 2021

    MILES CITY -- Gallatin Valley's 10U All Stars baseball team became the first Gallatin Valley team to win the State Tournament in the organizations 20+ year history. Ten boys from Manhattan, Amsterdam, Three Forks, Townsend, and Whitehall seized the opportunity and are now headed to Eugene, Oregon on July 21 for the Cal Ripkin Pacific Northwest Regional Championships. The winner in Eugene goes to the league World Series in Florida. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Zak TeSoro, the... Full story