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Articles from the August 17, 2022 edition


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  • Headwaters Country Jam starts Thursday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 17, 2022

    For the second straight year, the Headwaters Country Jam will be taking place in August. The popular annual event is scheduled for August 18 to 20 at the "Bridge" near Three Forks. Festival Director Erin McSpirit is excited about the 2022 lineup. "Ticket sales have been going well. We have been having great feedback for our line up. This year we have Hardy, Chris Janson, Lee Brice, along with many other talented musicians," McSpirit said. The main stage lineup for August 18 features the Red... Full story

  • Softball fundraiser Aug. 27

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 17, 2022

    It was a banner day on June 21 for local players when the Three Forks School Board of Trustees voted to approve softball as a high school sport. Since then, members of the Three Forks Softball Recreation Program have been working hard to raise money for upcoming seasons, including a forthcoming golf fundraiser on August 27 at the Headwaters Golf Course. According to Clay Feliciano of the Three Forks Fast Pitch Softball League, they have a fundraising goal of $100,000. "Which will go towards a... Full story

  • Council changes meeting time

    Aug 17, 2022

    The Three Forks City Council voted last week to change the time of their meetings. The governing body voted unanimously to approve a resolution changing the times to 6 p.m. The Council had been meeting every second Tuesday and every fourth Tuesday as needed at 7 p.m. The resolution states “that due to the work schedules of current Council members and the heavy agendas based on the general growth in Gallatin County, it is in the best interest of the City to move its regularly scheduled meetings.” At a meeting last month, the City Council ado...

  • Clarkston fire contained at 75 acres

    Aug 17, 2022

    Clarkston Firefighters were paged to a wildland fire on Saturday, August 13, at 5:21 p.m. According to a social media post from Clarkston Fire Service Area # 6, the fire was actively burning in trees and grass with structures threatened. "Thanks to the hard work of our crews and our mutual aid partners, the fire was contained at around 75 acres with one unoccupied structure destroyed and no injuries," states the post. Clarkston Fire officials gave huge thanks to their mutual aid partners,... Full story

  • Gallatin County Voters to Decide on Mill Levy to Fund Gallatin Rest Home

    Aug 17, 2022

    This November, Gallatin County voters will be asked to decide on a mill levy to fund continuing operations at the Gallatin Rest Home, the soon-to-be only skilled nursing facility in the county. Last week, the Gallatin County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to place a mill levy of up to nine mills on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. Nine mills would raise, at the fiscal year 2022 value, $3,933,459 annually. Commissioners emphasized that, if passed, while they would be authorized to levy up to nine mills, they wouldn’t be r... Full story

  • City-County Health Department Announces First Probable Case of Monkeypox in Gallatin County

    Aug 17, 2022

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) confirmed a single probable case of monkeypox virus in a Gallatin County adult. Initial testing was completed last week at the Montana State Public Health Laboratory and confirmatory testing will occur next with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gallatin City-County Health Department is performing contact tracing and will communicate with individuals identified as a close contact. The patient did not require...

  • Op-Ed: Law enforcement fighting human trafficking, but needs more resources

    Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General|Aug 17, 2022

    It’s a horrific reality for Montanans to consider, but human trafficking takes place every day in our state. The odds are most of you have seen it but didn’t know. Last month, a man involved in a sex trafficking ring in Billings was sentenced to nearly 27 years after exploiting vulnerable victims for nearly a decade – plying them with drugs and alcohol to create addictions and then forcing them into commercial sex. The operation also led to the tragic death of one of the victims. Four other men were sentenced for their role in this crimi... Full story

  • Crystal Jean Houska

    Aug 17, 2022

    Crystal Jean Houska, born August 24th, 1947, succumbed to heart failure July 30th, 2022, surrounded by her family at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Crystal was born to Eugene and Viola Backes in White Lake, South Dakota. She was an only child. She met her future husband Merlin Houska in Chamberlain, South Dakota and was married there shortly after. The newly formed family moved to Lead and eventually on to Gillette, Wyoming where she worked as a bookkeeper at a department store called Alco. She worked there while raising five boys and eventually... Full story

  • Dennis D Voeller

    Aug 17, 2022

    Dennis D Voeller of Three Forks, MT sadly passed away on August 9, 2022 at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. He was surrounded by close family and friends. Dennis was born in Rugby, ND and spent most of his life between Rugby and Minot, ND. He served proudly in the Army National Guard and was deployed overseas during Desert Storm. For most of the last decade he spent his time enjoying the beauty of Montana. He lived a full life; traveling, hiking, hunting, kayaking, and many other activities with those he cared for the most. Dennis loved his... Full story

  • Trail system serving food at Farmers' Market

    Aug 17, 2022

    The Headwaters Trail System will be serving bacon cheeseburgers and brats at the Farmers’ Market this week, August 18th, from 4-7 PM in John Q. Adams Milwauke Railroad Park. People can purchase a bacon cheeseburger or a bratwurst with a bag of chips, bottle of water and a cookie for $7. The monies raised will be used in ongoing trail construction and maintenance for thetrail. Take-out containers will be available. So, come to the Park this Thursday and stop by for dinner after you shop at Farmers’ Market....

  • Column: Trouble Passing

    Aug 17, 2022

    There are so many wonderful things about living in Southwest Montana. One of my favorite things is the absolute beauty, and often, when the weather allows, I prefer to take an alternate route to the Interstate. I find the views to be better and the pace a bit slower. The other day I forgot about the construction on US 287, which set me back a few minutes, but I didn’t mind waiting instead of playing chicken on the I-90 with a bunch of people driving way faster than they should have been. While there is a bit more traffic in the summer, the stun...

  • State of Montana Seeks More Religious Exemptions to Vaccination Requirements

    Matt Volz, KHN|Aug 17, 2022

    State health officials want to create a religious exemption from routine vaccinations for kids and staff members in child care facilities and children in certain foster homes. Under the two proposed administrative rule changes, parents, guardians, and child care staff could submit a notarized affidavit that says being vaccinated against diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough goes against their religious beliefs or practices. The child care measure also would delete an existing requirement that unvaccinated kids stay away from a...

  • The story of fire retardant

    Keely Larson, Montana Free Press|Aug 17, 2022

    A thick stream of red mist falling from an airplane is one of the most common and dramatic images of Montana's wildfire season. But while the photos may seem self-explanatory, that red mist - also called long-term fire retardant - has its own complicated story and history. There are three distinct types of fire retardant commonly deployed for firefighting, each with its own chemical makeup and criteria for use. Fire managers calculate a variety of factors, including the size of the fire and... Full story

  • Elk management group passes recommendations on to FWP director

    Aug 17, 2022

    After 10 meetings and much deliberation, the Elk Management Citizen Advisory Group has forwarded its recommendations to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Hank Worsech. "I'm very impressed with the work that went into these recommendations," Worsech said. "I asked the members to bring their own experience and creativity to help us advance potential solutions to issues facing elk management in Montana. Their recommendations are innovative, heartfelt and collaborative – all I could hope for." The citizen advisory group was formed this p...

  • High temps prompt full fishing closure on Jefferson River

    Aug 17, 2022

    A full fishing closure went into effect Wednesday for the entire Jefferson River. Fishing restrictions, such as hoot-owl restrictions and full closures, are designed to protect trout and other fish that become more susceptible to disease and mortality when conditions, such as low flows and high water temperatures, combine with other stressors, including catch-and-release fishing. Restrictions are also in place for other waterbodies. Anglers can find a statewide list of current restrictions at fwp.mt.gov/news/current-closures-restrictions. All... Full story

  • Letter: Update from Rauser

    Aug 17, 2022

    Dear Editor/Broadwater County Residents It's been a few months since my last letter. I figured I better give an update on how the campaign has been going. I want to thank everyone for the continued support. It's been truly overwhelming. I have been focusing on the parades and talking to as many of you as possible these last couple months. It has been a busy summer trying to balance family, campaigning, enjoying the Montana summer, and of course work. In June I was surprised with a gift. I want to give a small history lesson first. I reached out...

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