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Articles from the November 1, 2023 edition

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  • Wolves Advance to Quarterfinals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Nov 1, 2023

    Throughout the 2023 season, there has been a buzz building around the Three Forks High School football team as they inched closer to the postseason. After finishing the regular season with a 6-3 record, the Wolves would travel north on October 28 for a tough battle in inclement weather conditions against a streaking Malta High School team. Three Forks would rise to the occasion and made huge plays in all three phases of the game on their way to a spectacular 40-22 road win over the Mustangs.... Full story

  • Design work underway on western Old Town Bridge

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks|Nov 1, 2023

    Design work is underway for replacing the Old Town Bridge (West) in Broadwater County. According to Broadwater County Commissioner Darrel Folkvord, once Stahly Engineering and Associates completes the work and it is reviewed, the bidding process will begin, and a contractor will be selected to complete the project. "I would estimate spring of 2024 before that process is complete," said Folkvord. "Then it depends on when the project fits into the contractor's schedule to start construction."... Full story

  • Sheehy makes stop at meet and greet in Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Nov 1, 2023

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tim Sheehy stopped in Three Forks last Friday morning for a meet and greet with area residents at Jack Chater Auto Works. For Sheehy, getting out and visiting rural areas in Montana is paramount for his campaign. "This really gives you a chance to talk to the grassroots of Montana. And that's why we're not spending all of our time in the largest cities in Montana. We're trying to get out to every community, from Culbertson to Dillon, to Libby, to here (Three... Full story

  • Regular Public Office Hours Reinstated at Gallatin County Motor Vehicle Offices

    Nov 1, 2023

    Regular public office hours at the Gallatin County Motor Vehicle offices in Bozeman and Belgrade went into effect Monday. The Gallatin County Motor Vehicle Department is responsible for titling, registration and collection of fees associated with motor vehicles in the county. Starting next week, public office hours will return to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bozeman office (Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St.) and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Belgrade office (312 W. Main St., suite B-8). Bot...

  • Headwaters Town Hall scheduled for November 9

    Nov 1, 2023

    Area residents will be able to learn more about Montana’s legislative redistricting and a brief candidate forum at next week’s Headwaters Town Hall. The non-partisan informational event hosted by local volunteers is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bridger Brewing Conference Room in Three Forks. According to organizers, candidates in attendance will represent areas from across Belgrade to Whitehall and Townsend to Norris. Complimentary coffee and water will be served, and the downstairs restaurant will be... Full story

  • Guest Op Ed: Talking Actual Property Tax Numbers

    LLEW JONES, Representative -- Appropriations Chair|Nov 1, 2023

    Montana collects $2.1 billion in property tax, with allocations as follows: 56% to schools, 28% to counties, 11% to cities/towns, and 5% to special districts. The 6 statewide university mills stay at the state, while the 95 statewide school mills are redistributed to local community schools, accounting for 35-40% of the $1.1 billion annual state school funding distribution. According to the latest Department of Revenue (DOR) appraisal, Montana properties have a total market value of $259 billion, spread across 18 tax and rate classes.... Full story

  • Column: Short term rentals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Nov 1, 2023

    Over the past several weeks, I’ve read a couple of stories about short-term rentals in Bozeman, and there have been a lot of passionate opinions on the issue. I know quite a few people who have sworn off hotels and will only stay at short-term rentals when they are on vacation. Looking back at my experiences in short-term rentals, I think I would fall into the I’m just going to stay in a hotel category. I certainly understand the appeal of renting a house, condo, or apartment, but it’s just not my cup of tea. A few years ago, we decided to he...

  • Powerlifting Club on the Horizon

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Nov 1, 2023

    The Three Forks School District is in the beginning stages of adding a powerlifting club. At last week’s School Board Meeting, Three Forks teacher and coach Stan Provenza discussed the club that would afford students the opportunity to compete in both powerlifting and strongman competitions. The club will be co-sponsored by Provenza and the head of the strength and conditioning program and coach, Casey McWethy. In a presentation to the board, Provenza said he and his wife will be attending powerlifting competitions and would like to extend t... Full story

  • Missouri Headwaters State Park event rescheduled

    Nov 1, 2023

    A fall event at Missouri Headwaters State Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 4, due to inclement weather. Park staff are still excited to host the event, which was originally scheduled for October 28, for families and participants of all ages. Activities will begin at 1 p.m. in the picnic area and last until 4 p.m. The event will include a Halloween costume contest for kids and pets, a "photo BOOth," a trick-or-treat table, and fun yard games-including a broomstick race. There will be... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Failed Friendships

    Nov 1, 2023

    Even the closest friendships have moments of hurt - distance, misunderstandings, and disagreements. Losing a friendship can shake your world, weaken your confidence, and challenge your identity. The pain from these experiences can linger for years. Friendships hold immense value, worth fighting for, praying about, and working through. Despite our best and imperfect efforts, many of us have faced the heartache of failed friendships. When a friendship dissolves, it feels like a lonely loss, a private grief hidden from the world. No one will send...

  • MSU Extension reminds Montanans about medical care savings accounts

    Nov 1, 2023

    From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montanans can open a Medical Care Savings Account or make deposits into existing MSAs before Dec. 31 to reduce their state income taxes for 2023, according to Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist. MSA account holders may deposit up to $4,500 to use for eligible medical and long-term health care expenses. The Montana Legislature has extended the Montana Medical Care Savings Account Act into 2024. A person with taxable income over $19,800 could save approximately $304 in state income taxes b...

  • PSC approves NorthWestern Energy Rate Hike

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Nov 1, 2023

    After at least 20 commenters urged the Public Service Commission to deny an electricity and natural gas rate increase for Montana consumers, commissioners Wednesday approved a new NorthWestern Energy rate structure that will go into effect next month. Residential customers will see a 28% increase in bills as compared to August 2022, or an 8% increase since the all-Republican commission approved an interim rate increase for Montana's largest monopoly utility last fall. The new rate structure was...

  • Wolves season ends at 5B District Volleyball Tournament

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Nov 1, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Volleyball team had its season come to an end at last week's 5B District Tournament in Manhattan. The fifth-seeded Wolves fell in the opening round of districts on October 26 in a thrilling five-set match against fourth-seeded rival Manhattan. After the Wolves won the first set 25-21, the Tigers would battle back and win the following two sets, 25-18 and 26-24. Three Forks stormed back in fourth, winning emphatically, 25-14. Playing on their home court, Manhattan... Full story

  • Hockey season begins

    Sean Gifford|Nov 1, 2023

    Hockey season is officially underway in Gallatin Valley, and the Bozeman Ice Dogs have already hit the road to take on the Great Falls Americans. The women's 19U team put on quite a show, earning back-to-back shutouts and putting up an impressive 9 points in the first game and 8 in the second. These wins mark a great start to the season for the Ice Dogs, who now look ahead to their next games on November 10th and 11th against the Flathead Fusion in Kalispell. Meanwhile, the 14U women's team... Full story

  • Hunters can thank landowners through new portal on FWP website

    Nov 1, 2023

    HELENA – In Montana, many landowners allow hunting on their lands with permission or as part of a Fish, Wildlife & Parks access program. Now hunters have a simple way to say thank you for the privilege of access. Today FWP is launching a portal for hunters to say thank you to landowners who provided access and helped make their hunting season a success. Hunters can go online, identify a landowner by name and/or block management area and FWP region, provide a note of thanks and even upload a photo. FWP will collect these thank you notes and d...

  • Gallatin County, City of Bozeman Partner on Waste Transfer Station

    Nov 1, 2023

    Residents around Bozeman, and commercial haulers, may have a closer place in the future to dispose of trash rather than heading to the landfill in Logan. Gallatin County and the City of Bozeman have signed a memorandum of understanding to create a solid waste transfer station. The city will donate a plot of land located by the Water Reclamation facility to the county, who will construct and operate the project through its Solid Waste District. “We’re grateful for this important partnership with Bozeman,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Zach...

  • CHILD Task Force community meeting next week

    Nov 1, 2023

    The CHILD Task Force in collaboration with Child Care Connections is developing a Child Care Strategic Plan. As part of the strategic planning process, we are seeking community input on how to achieve accessible, affordable and thriving childcare throughout Gallatin County. A community meeting is scheduled for Monday, November from 11 a.m. to Noon at the Three Forks Community Library. Who should attend? Anyone who impacts, influences, cares and/or wants childcare options: businesses, parents, future parents, schools, childcare providers,...

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report October 31, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 1, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 10/31/23 00:09 CFS23-132921 PATROL CHECK RIVER ROCK RD and DRIVEWAY (68.3 LE - Documented 00:19 CFS23-132923 PATROL CHECK LANDMARK DR and MILESTONE DR (1.4 LE - Documented 00:41 CFS23-132925 PATROL CHECK TAWNY BROWN LN and BOBCAT DR LE - Documented 00:43 CFS23-132926 PATROL CHECK HOMESTAKE DR and PROSPECT LOOP LE - Documented 00:49 CFS23-132927 PATROL CHECK NORRIS RD and JACKRABBIT LN (103.3 LE - Documented 00:53 CFS23-132928... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 1, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 2, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/01/23 00:22 CFS23-133357 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 00:24 CFS23-133358 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 00:27 CFS23-133360 PATROL CHECK LONE MOUNTAIN TRL and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 00:32 CFS23-133362 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 00:47 CFS23-133368 PATROL CHECK HEIGHTS CIR and MAMMOTH FORK DR LE - Documented 00:52 CFS23-133371 FLAG DOWN S 16TH AVE and W DICKERSON ST (37.6 LE - Documented 00:55 CFS23-133374 PATROL CHECK BULL TROUT RD... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 2, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 3, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/02/23 00:08 CFS23-133801 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 00:31 CFS23-133809 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Case Generated 02:09 CFS23-133819 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 02:57 CFS23-133825 PATROL CHECK NORRIS RD and RIVER RD (0.0 miles) LE - Documented 02:57 CFS23-133826 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Documented 03:13 CFS23-133828 PATROL CHECK NORRIS RD and JACKRABBIT LN (103.3 LE - Documented 03:22 CFS23-133829 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 03:47 CFS23-133832... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 3, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 4, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/03/23 00:01 CFS23-134261 GUNSHOTS WAPPATO CT and LARKSPUR DR (184.9 LE - Documented 00:06 CFS23-134262 NON INJURY HYALITE CANYON RD and DRIVEWAY LE - Agency Assist 02:28 CFS23-134285 PATROL CHECK HOMESTAKE DR and PROSPECT LOOP LE - Documented 03:12 CFS23-134289 77 INTERSTATE 90 HWY and OFF RAMP Fire - Clear Fire 03:50 CFS23-134294 SUSPICIOUS LEXLEY ACRES TRAILER PARK TRPK LE - GOA / UTL 06:20 CFS23-134300 PATROL CHECK AMSTERDAM... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 4, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 5, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/04/23 00:15 CFS23-134781 PATROL CHECK GIDDY UP DR and BAXTER LN E (16.0 LE - Documented 00:19 CFS23-134786 PATROL CHECK BAXTER LN E and ACCESS (0.0 miles) LE - Documented 00:21 CFS23-134788 OUT W/ VEHICLE BAXTER LN E and ACCESS (0.0 miles) LE - Documented 00:36 CFS23-134793 PATROL CHECK DRIVEWAY and ICE CENTER LN (152.9 LE - Documented 00:54 CFS23-134798 PATROL CHECK DRIVEWAY and W DRY CREEK RD (99.1 LE - Documented 01:00... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 5, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 6 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 6, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/05/23 00:32 CFS23-135206 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Citation 00:46 CFS23-135210 HARASSMENT LINNEY RD and DRIVEWAY (0.1 miles) LE - Documented 00:48 CFS23-135212 PATROL CHECK LE - Documented 00:50 CFS23-135213 PATROL CHECK DRIVEWAY and ICE CENTER LN (152.9 LE - Documented 00:59 CFS23-135217 77 LE - Agency Assist 01:06 CFS23-135240 BURGLAR NORTH FORK RD and DRIVEWAY (183.9 LE - Documented 01:09 CFS23-135242 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 01:12... Full story

  • Broadwater County Sheriff's Report October 29-November 4, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 5 MEDIA REPORT Printed on November 6, 2023 CFS Date/Time Street Name Code : Description 10/29/23 00:32 BEHIND DEEP CREEK PIZZA OUTWVEH : Out With A Vehicle 10/29/23 02:05 HWY 287 FOTHER : Fire Other 10/29/23 08:36 24 : 24/7 10/29/23 10:27 THAZ : Traffic Hazard 10/29/23 10:38 TOWN PUMP PROPLOST : Lost Property 10/29/23 12:03 SHARON LP FSTRU : Fire Structure 10/29/23 12:10 CANTON LN WMA AREA ANIMAL : Animal 10/29/23 14:52 BALDY VIEW LN ANIMAL : Animal 10/29/23 15:33 FLAG : Flag Down 10/29/23 16:15 VEHLOCK : Vehicle Lock Out 10/29/23... Full story

  • Gallatin County Sheriff's Report November 6, 2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    Page 1 of 9 GCSO Calls for Service Yesterday Printed on November 7, 2023 Time Call # Type of Call Location Result 11/06/23 00:36 CFS23-135633 WARRANTS N MAIN ST and N RAILWAY AVE (28.5 LE - GOA / UTL 00:42 CFS23-135635 WILDLIFE AT LARGE LE - GOA / UTL 00:48 CFS23-135638 TRAFFIC STOP LE - Warning 01:27 CFS23-135648 BURGLAR LONE MOUNTAIN TRL and DRIVEWAY LE - Documented 01:59 CFS23-135651 SUSPICIOUS MAGENTA RD and INDIGO RD (176.9 LE - Documented 02:26 CFS23-135660 OTHER S 16TH AVE and W DICKERSON ST (37.6 LE - Documented 02:32 CFS23-135661... Full story