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  • Three Forks Fly In Starts Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    There will be fun for all ages this weekend at the 44th annual Three Forks Fly In. The event hosted by the Montana Antique Aircraft Association is scheduled for Friday, August 6, and Saturday, August 7, at the Three Forks Airport. According to Pat Greene, the 2021 Fly in will have a People's Choice award, and there will not be airplane judging. Green said a kiosk will be placed in front of the administration so those in attendance can vote on their favorite airplane The Friday festivities includ... Full story

  • FEMA Denies City Grant Application

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    City Treasurer and Flood Plain Administrator Kelly Smith announced last week the City of Three Forks had been informed they would not be receiving a FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant. The City originally applied for the grant in December that would have paid 75 percent of a mitigation project to reduce flooding from the Jefferson River by putting in 3,600 feet of channels. Smith said she is unsure why the city was turned down. The estimated cost of the mitigation plan is $5,042,000. The FEMA BRIC Grant amount...

  • Rest Area Petition Organizers Obtain Over 1,000 Signatures

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    The ongoing efforts by local residents to put a stop to the relocation of an MDT Rest Area from Bozeman to land off U.S. 287 in Three Forks continued last week. A petition created against the planned Headwaters Rest Area has over 900 online and over 100 in-person signatures. Petition creator Amy Weidinger approached the Three Forks City Council July 27, asking them to help out in any way possible. Weidinger shared concerns with the governing body about safety due to the lack of infrastructure... Full story

  • Historical Society looking for volunteers

    Aug 4, 2021

    The Three Forks Area Historical Society will have “Walking Tacos” at the Farmers’ Market, Thursday, August 5th.  Volunteers are needed to help serve the food.  We will set up beginning at 3 p.m.  If anyone would like to help serve tomatoes, onions, lettuce, cheese, cookies or water, please let Pat Townsend know by calling 580-3164.  If anyone is interested in contributing chopped tomatoes, chopped onions, lettuce, salsa, black beans or regular size Fritos, Pat is the one to call....

  • Our View: Thanks for an amazing Rodeo Dayz Celebration

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    After a hiatus in 2020, the Three Forks Rodeo organizers were expecting a big crowd in 2021. Their expectations were more than accurate with record attendance at last month's event. It was not only the rodeo that had large crowds in Three Forks. The stick horse rodeo, parade, street dance, street fair, and Thursday night concert brought residents from across the Gallatin Valley to Three Forks. As with any significant event like Three Forks Rodeo Dayz, it could not be done without the gracious help of volunteers. Without them, these events...

  • Column: Sweet Pork

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    A few years back, I received an instant pot as a gift, and I wasn’t sure what to think. I was excited to bring something new to the kitchen but worried because I had always been a little bit intimidated by pressure cookers. I thought it would probably sit in the pantry next to the vegetable cutter we received three or four years ago that is supposed to make things easier but is far more complicated than simply using a knife. It turns out the instant pot was so easy to use that even I could do it, and for the past three years, I have been...

  • Rogers finishes fourth at Fargo Nationals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 4, 2021

    With a fourth-place finish at what is widely regarded as largest wrestling tournament in the world, Cole Rogers of Three Forks is now a two-time All-American. A soon-to-be sophomore at Three Forks High School, Rogers earned the prestigious All-American honor at last month's USA Wrestling 2021 US Marine Corps Junior & 16U Nationals Tournament in Fargo. The 50th-anniversary Tournament had a record number of participants in 2021, with over 6,000 in the six different divisions. Rogers was... Full story

  • Outlaws Win State Title

    Story Courtesy of 406mtsports.com|Aug 4, 2021

    HAVRE - Patrick Dietz tossed a four-hit shutout over five innings and Josh Majors went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in as the Gallatin Valley Outlaws blitzed the Glacier Twins 10-0 on Monday afternoon to win the State A American Legion baseball tournament. The Outlaws, who advance to the regional tournament starting Friday in Anchorage, Alaska, blew open the game with a five-run fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Cyrus Richardson was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs for Gallatin Valley, which...

  • Rural Ambulance Services Are in Jeopardy as Volunteers Age and Expenses Mount

    Aaron Bolton, KHN|Aug 4, 2021

    DUTTON, Mont. - Vern Greyn was standing in the raised bucket of a tractor, trimming dead branches off a tree, when he lost his balance. He fell 12 feet and struck his head on the concrete patio outside his house in this small farming town on the central Montana plains. Greyn, then 58, couldn't move. His wife called 911. A volunteer emergency medical technician showed up: his own daughter-in-law, Leigh. But there was a problem. Greyn was too large for her to move by herself, so she had to call in help from the ambulance crew in Power, the next...

  • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park to host 'Bat Week' events

    Aug 4, 2021

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park’s Bat Week begins Sunday, Aug. 8, kicking off a variety of daily events and speakers celebrating bats. Bat Week has been an annual event at the Caverns for 12 years, and park staff are looking forward to to sharing their passion and knowledge with visitors each night from Aug. 8 through 14. Every evening that week at 8 p.m., there will be a campground talk or walk for visitors that will focus on many different aspects of bats. While visitors wait for a tour, park staff will also have interactive bat programs h...

  • Missouri Headwaters Summer Speaker Series: Maintaining public lands

    Aug 4, 2021

    Missouri Headwaters State Park will host a free speaker presentation featuring Scott Harvey of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. in the park campground. Bring your own lawn chair. A marshmallow roast follows each program, weather permitting. The State of Montana and the western U.S. have millions of acres of public land, as well as buildings and infrastructure on those lands that the public need and rely on. Harvey will discuss why all those buildings are important for public lands now and into the future. He’ll...

  • Letters to the Editor: From the 2021 All-School Reunion Committee

    Aug 4, 2021

    Thanks to all who attended the 2021 All School Reunion in Three Forks, July 16 and 17. We hope everyone had a good time, and most importantly, a safe trip home. It was great to see old friends and classmates again. It was a hard working committee that put it on…thanks go to Pam Kolokotrones Carey, Linda Flaten Wilcox, Mary Mason Miller, Janet Dorsey Scoffield, Vic Veltkamp, Diane Furhman, Carolyn Clark Miller, Beth Parker Derby, Brooke McLees, Kelly Cooper Bugland, Theresa Fairhurst Roadarmel, Cindy Stolfuss Ross and Robin Cadby-Sorensen.... Full story

  • Gallatin Valley 10U Baseball Team has Strong Showing at Regionals

    Aug 4, 2021

    EUGENE -- After winning state and earning a spot in the Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken Regional Championship, Gallatin Valley's 10U All Stars baseball team traveled to Eugene, Oregon. They had a strong showing, putting up two definitive wins the first day of play.   "It was a great opportunity for the kids to see the next level of baseball," said head coach Zak Tesoro.    The day before play began, the team had batting practice at a local facility and attended a Minor League baseball game between the Eugene Emeralds and the Hillsboro Hops, wh... Full story

  • Recommending new rules for schools

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|Aug 4, 2021

    Over the past six weeks, two review committees convened by the Montana Office of Public Instruction have begun discussing potential revisions to state regulations governing educator licensure. So far their deliberations have focused on bolstering recruitment and retention in the midst of a teacher shortage and providing a clearer pathway for school counselors to become administrators — all in hopes of removing roadblocks to certifying the people charged with educating Montana’s youth. For OPI and the Board of Public Education, the process i...

  • Gianforte Secures Wildfire Response Support from Utah, California

    Aug 4, 2021

    Governor Greg Gianforte last week announced he secured the assistance of Utah and California for Montana's wildland fire response. Requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), the support from Utah and California has already arrived in Montana. "I want to thank Utah Governor Spencer Cox and California Governor Gavin Newsom for authorizing the deployment of critical wildland firefighting resources and personnel to the state of Montana," Gianforte said. "We will continue to support our neighbors, as they're supporting...

  • Additional fire restrictions in place for FWP sites in several southwest Montana counties

    Aug 4, 2021

    BOZEMAN – Additional fire restrictions are in place for properties managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in several southwest Montana counties due to high fire danger. FWP sites in Silver Bow, Beaverhead and Madison counties have entered Stage-2 fire restrictions. FWP sites in Jefferson County entered Stage-2 fire restrictions on Saturday, July 31. FWP sites in Broadwater County have entered Stage-1 fire restrictions. This follows fire restrictions implemented by these counties. Stage-1 restrictions at FWP sites ban campfires except w...

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