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Articles from the August 18, 2021 edition

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  • U.S. Census releases detailed 2020 counts -- with an asterisk

    Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press|Aug 18, 2021

    The U.S. Census Bureau released detailed statistics Thursday on the 2020 populations and racial compositions of Montana counties, cities, towns and neighborhoods, providing a once-in-a-decade look at demographic change across the state, and also handing the Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission the block-by-block data it will use to define the state's two U.S. House Districts. The new data, which has been delayed more than four months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, represents... Full story

  • Council Signs Letter Opposing Rest Area

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 18, 2021

    The City of Three Forks City Council approved to sign a letter last week that opposes the Headwaters Rest Area. The Council unanimously voted to approve the letter written by Amy Weidinger that will be sent to Montana Governor Greg Gianforte asking him to put a halt to the planned rest area at the interchange of Interstate 90 and U.S. 287 in Broadwater County. The letter states, "The City of Three Forks and Gallatin County already support Broadwater County due to their lack of law enforcement... Full story

  • Headwaters Country Jam: Sotillo playing Next from Nashville Stage Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 18, 2021

    The 2021 Headwaters Country Jam near Three Forks will feature a Next from Nashville stage, allowing festival attendees to hear some of the future stars of country music. Among those in the lineup on the stage is rising talent Nolan Sotillo who is scheduled to play Friday, August 20 at 7 p.m. Sotillo is no stranger to the entertainment business after playing lead roles as a teenager in Disney's Prom, and the Steven Spielberg produced Red Band Society. He is now making a name for himself in countr... Full story

  • Midland Headlining Thursday Night at Headwaters Country Jam

    Aug 18, 2021

    Midland will be the headlining act Thursday, August 19 at the Headwaters Country Jam near Three Forks. Midland's "The Last Resort" EP arrived last month, and with it comes a quirky, detailed roll-out of the world that the band seeks to create with their new project. That includes a digital magazine that the band created to advertise their self-created Last Resort Hotel & Day Spa, complete with an infomercial starring the group's backing guitarist, Luke Cutchen. "This infomercial has become all...

  • The Prairie Doc: Laughter is the Best Medicine

    Jill Kruse D.O.|Aug 18, 2021

    It is often said that laughter is the best medicine, yet I have never written a prescription for a funny movie, or a television comedy show, and I have no clowns or rubber chickens in my office. On the contrary, doctors are often expected to be serious and professional. Perhaps we are missing a great opportunity to help heal. What if more doctors were like Dr. Patch Adams, who is known by the medical community for his quest to inject humor and laughter into the treatment of patients? In medicine we work to cure disease. To cure means “to elimin...

  • Column: Fast food and my bike

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 18, 2021

    I used to ride my bike everywhere as a kid. Both houses I grew up in were near vast open spaces, and I would spend hours exploring the desert only to stop if I was trying to catch a lizard or horny toad. I prefer to go riding with friends, but if a riding partner was grounded or the rest of the crew was out doing something else, I could spend the day the day away finding different trails. Once I got closer to high school, I would spend less and less time on my bike. I want to say I was encouraged to get a job as a sophomore, but this was not...

  • 35th annual Potato Festival this week

    Aug 18, 2021

    The 35th annual Potato Festival is slated for Saturday, August 21 in Manhattan with various family-friendly activities. The Manhattan Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast is scheduled from 6. a.m. to 10:30 a.m., or until the food is gone. The parade will take place on Main Street at 11 a.m. Strings and Things will bring their fun, festive, musical flare to the Gazebo at Railroad Park from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The group features Beck McCotter, Kay Dailing, Jan Wong, Angela Reese, and Allyne Webster. The first annual Spud Fest Hoe Down is scheduled from 7...

  • The inaugural BOAR race benefiting homeless youth slated for Aug. 21

    Aug 18, 2021

    HRDC’s Blueprint Obstacle Adventure Race, the BOAR, a family-friendly,team-oriented race with 1K and 5K options, will be held on Aug. 21 at Glen Lake Rotary Park, formerly called the East Gallatin Recreation Area. Proceeds from the race will directly support Blueprint, a program started by HRDC in 2015 to provide a safe and inclusive environment for youth ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Blueprint offers transitional housing along with a continuum of care including case management services, support services, rent a...

  • Aunt Dofe's Hosting Joint Exhibition

    Aug 18, 2021

    Aunt Dofe's Gallery in Willow Creek is hosting a joint exhibition by Jerry Rankin and Joop de Meij. The exhibition is scheduled for Friday, August 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be up through September 19 at the gallery located at 102 Main Street in Willow Creek. Jerry Rankin Artist Statement As a Montana artist I continue to share my exploration of the allegorical landscape in its various dimensional perceptions: its oscillations and horizons, its chromatic and tectonic shifts, and the analogy...

  • Roberts Fundraiser set for August 28

    Jessica Ferguson, Contributing Writer|Aug 18, 2021

    Editor’s Note: A special fundraising event is scheduled August 28 to benefit Three Forks resident Ted Roberts. The fundraiser will begin at 1 p.m. at 354 Countryside Lane in Belgrade. The event will include food, music, and both a live and silent auction. Roberts was diagnosed in 2020 with Glioblastoma Multiform, one of the most aggressive human cancers. Ted Roberts is a local contractor, husband, father and friend. He works for Battle Ridge Builders and is known throughout the contracting a... Full story

  • A bit of history of the Railroad and Trident Heritage Center

    Aug 18, 2021

    The Trident depot building that was moved to Three Forks in 2011 was over 100 years old at that time. It was built by the Northern Pacific Railroad to serve the cement plant and the company town of Trident. The Ideal Cement Plant at Trident was the largest employer in Gallatin County for a number of years. The Trident depot was the last remaining depot that was still in use in Gallatin County in 2010. Northern Pacific Railroad had standard building plans for train stations or depots in the early...

  • Back to School Walk-In Immunization Clinics with an Option for COVID-19 Vaccine

    Aug 18, 2021

    The Gallatin City-County Health Department will be hosting a number of immunization clinics for children entering kindergarten through twelfth grade who are in need of vaccine updates. There will also be an option for kids 12 and up as well as their parents/guardians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Walk-In Immunization Clinic Details: • Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Monday, August 23, 2021 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. We ask that everyone 2 years old or older wear a mask...

  • Send us your best fishing photo and art

    Aug 18, 2021

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces the annual fishing regulation photo and kids’ art contest. Winners will see their work on the front and back cover of the 2022 fishing regulation booklets. All submitted photos will be considered for the contest, but the department will give special consideration to photos that highlight the diversity of people and fishing opportunities that Montana has to offer. Photo contest: • Photo must be vertical (portrait) mode, or suitable for tight vertical cropping to fit the available space on the regs cover....

  • Cities grapple with what legal weed will mean

    Justin Franz, Montana Free Press|Aug 18, 2021

    With five months until Montana's adult-use marijuana market opens up, municipalities from Kalispell to Billings are figuring out what legal cannabis will look like in their communities. Voters legalized general-use cannabis for adults last November and the Legislature sorted out additional details during its session this spring. It's now up to municipalities to figure out things like which zoning districts dispensaries will be allowed in and whether legal marijuana will be subject to local optio...

  • Proposed Law Enforcement Office Addition to Headwaters Rest Area

    Aug 18, 2021

    Editor's Note: The following was a press release issued Tuesday by the Montana Department of Transportation. The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is pleased to announce coordination with the design and construction team to add a law enforcement office space to the Headwaters Rest Area design. Conversations are ongoing with the Broadwater County Sheriff, Montana Highway Patrol, and MDT Motor Carrier Services who have all expressed support and interest in using the shared workspace to... Full story

  • Residents respond to MDT proposal

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Aug 18, 2021

    On Tuesday afternoon, the Montana Department of Transportation issued a press release with their plans to construct a law enforcement office at the planned Headwaters Rest Area in Three Forks. Within a matter of minutes, those who live close to the planned rest area had plenty to say. Justin Brewer, who lives near the planned rest area, fired back to comments from MDT Butte District Administrator William Fogarty, who said in the release, "We heard the public's concern about law enforcement's challenges patrolling this part of the county loud... Full story