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Articles from the August 10, 2022 edition


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  • Rockin' the Rivers this week at the 'Bridge'

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 10, 2022

    Later this week, music enthusiasts across Montana will make their way to the "Bridge" near Three Forks for the 21st annual Rockin' the Rivers Music Festival. The popular local event is scheduled to take place from August 11 to 13. The 2022 lineup includes Daughtry, Don Felder, Extreme, Buckcherry (see page 10), Quiet Riot, Scott Stapp of Creed, Vixen, Jefferson Starship, Limeberlost, and Dorothy. In an interview last week, Festival Office Manager Jodie Pettit said things have been extremely... Full story

  • Free well test kits available for Three Forks residents

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Aug 10, 2022

    The Gallatin Local Water Quality District, in partnership with the Montana State University Extension Water Quality well-educated program, is offering free well testing kits to county residents using private drinking water wells. Well testing kits are available at the Gallatin Local Water Quality District in Bozeman and the Madison Conservation District in Ennis. Residents who pick up a free testing kit will collect the sample by following the directions outlined on the packaging. They then send the water samples in the mail to a... Full story

  • Townsend to give final Missouri Headwaters State Park Summer Speaker Series talk of 2022

    Aug 10, 2022

    Gene Townsend, lifelong resident of the Three Forks area, will present a talk on Saturday, at 7:00 p.m. at the Missouri Headwaters State Park. The talk will be on the history of the towns and settlements in the Headwaters Park and Three Forks areas.          This presentation will conclude the Saturday evening programs at the park for this summer. S’mores are available after the presentation.... Full story

  • Fire prevention and preparedness key to safety during fire season

    Aug 10, 2022

    Prevention and preparedness play an essential role in staying safe during the fire season. Montana Agricultural Safety Program Director Dana Jansen said the first step to fire prevention is awareness of potential sources that could start a blaze. She urges people to store highly combustible materials appropriately, with hay, straw, and bedding stored away from buildings and if possible, on areas of bare ground. “Consider multiple hay yard sites to minimize overall risk and impact,” said Jansen. “If you have insured hay, check with your...

  • Our View: Thanks for all you do firefighters

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 10, 2022

    “Fire season” is a scary time for residents across the Treasure State. With the temperatures in the 90s for what seems like weeks and open burning banned in the Three Forks area, we wanted to take some time to thank all the area fighters and let them know how much they are appreciated. To all the volunteer firefighters in Three Forks, Willow Creek, and Clarkston, thank you for everything you do for our community. You go above and beyond donating your time for the betterment of the community, and it does not go unnoticed. When our local...

  • Column: Vacations Past

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 10, 2022

    Being an adult in the summer is far different from childhood innocence, where it was a magical time, often being outside from the early morning to when the streetlights came on. Instead of enjoying the weather and putting hundreds of miles on my bike, a successful summer day now includes keeping the house somewhat cool as the temperatures outside are near 100 degrees. I often look back at the summers as a kid with fond memories, including many amazing vacations. I was blessed to go on some great vacations, and, from time to time, I wish I... Full story

  • Armstrong takes new path after 36 years at Caverns

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Aug 10, 2022

    Thirty-six years ago, Rhea Armstrong took on a summer gig as a tour guide at the Lewis and Clark Caverns. Since then, she has worked in various positions at the park, her most recent being the park manager. Now, she is leaving the multi-decade career behind to pursue other adventures and to return to her teaching career. "We are so thankful for everything she did during her 36 years here," read a Facebook post made by the Lewis and Clark Caverns on July 27. "During her time as manager, she expanded cave accessibility through offering Paradise...

  • Several key proposals on the horizon for Montana's fisheries

    Aug 10, 2022

    Anglers will have multiple opportunities in the coming months to weigh in on a variety of proposals affecting fishing and recreation management for Montana's fisheries. Two efforts look at fishing regulations and fisheries management statewide, while two others involve the Madison River specifically. These four processes will each have distinct timeframes and opportunities for public comment. Comments from the public are a critical part of all proposals before they are considered for final adoption by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission.... Full story

  • FWP Wolf report shows stable population numbers through 2021

    Aug 10, 2022

    Wolf numbers and distribution continue to be stable across Montana, according to numbers released Monday in the 2021 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Wolf Report. "What the data shows us really isn't surprising," said FWP Director Hank Worsech. "Our management of wolves, including ample hunting and trapping opportunities, have kept numbers at a relatively stable level during the past several years." In understanding this report, people must keep in mind that population trends are monitored by the calendar year, in this case 2021, which is... Full story

  • Broadwater County Receives $400,000 of Grant Funding to Support Three Forks Brewery Expansion

    Aug 10, 2022

    The Montana Department of Commerce announced last week that $400,000 of federal economic development grant funding has been allocated to Broadwater County to provide a loan to Jackrabbit Pub, LLC for the purchase of new commercial kitchen equipment. The grant funding comes from Commerce's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Grant program. "At Commerce, we're always proud to support Montana's small businesses, which help our rural communities grow their economies and... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: Relationships

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Aug 10, 2022

    Relationships are the core of everything…they are embedded in every part of our lives. Some of them may be healthy, while others aren’t. We may feel closer to people that we aren’t even related to and feel distant from those in our own families. We may even have solid or broken relationships with our employers. Within relationships, we can witness the good in the lives of the people we love, but we also have to navigate challenging relationships like hurt, betrayal, disappointment, and frustrations. It seems that, at times, we handle...

  • Buckcherry takes to the stage August 12 at Rockin' the Rivers

    Alan Sculley|Aug 10, 2022

    Editor's Note: Buckcherry is scheduled to play Rockin' the Rivers on Friday, August 12. Buckcherry went into 2020 ready to tour throughout the year promoting the band's 2019 release, "Warpaint." The pandemic saw to it that the year was not going to go as planned.  But rather than just sitting around and watching one tour after another get pushed back and ultimately canceled, Buckcherry put the unexpected down time to work by making "Hell Bound," the studio album that arrived in June 2021.... Full story

  • MT 64 TIGER Grant Project in Big Sky Making Steady Progress

    Aug 10, 2022

    Local Big Sky residents have patiently followed the MT 64 TIGER Grant project since it was awarded to Gallatin County in 2019. Now, the surrounding community is witnessing the initial improvements take shape. “We are pleased to have this project underway,” Danielle Scharf, project manager at Sanderson Stewart, said. “These are much-needed enhancements and will greatly benefit anyone traveling this corridor.” Gallatin County, in collaboration with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Montana Department of Transportation (MDT),...

  • Governor Gianforte Announces Meat Processed in Montana More Than Doubled in Last Year

    Aug 10, 2022

    Governor Greg Gianforte last week announced meat processed in Montana facilities more than doubled in the last fiscal year. "Montana meat processors continued their strong momentum, more than doubling the amount of meat processed over the last year," Gov. Gianforte said. "This news is a testament to the Montana work ethic, and it's a strong signal that our targeted investments in local processing are working." According to data collected by the state's Department of Livestock Meat and Poultry Inspectors at state-inspected and custom exempt...

  • Big Sky Country State Fair announces attendance numbers

    Aug 10, 2022

    Final attendance numbers are in from the annual Big Sky Country State Fair held in Bozeman, MT July 20-24. The regional attraction drew 40,100 people; numbers were slightly down from 2021, with a decrease of 17%, from the 48,246 we saw in 2021. However, this was still a 22% increase in attendance from 2019. Despite the decrease in attendance, Food Row and Carnival sales held strong in 2022 with an increase of 16% and 10%, respectively. 4-H Market Sale also had an increase of 9.6% with another...

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