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Articles from the January 18, 2023 edition

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  • Three Forks team heading to LLS Firefighter Stairclimb in Seattle

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    The Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department will be well represented at the 32nd annual LLS Firefighter Stairclimb scheduled for Sunday, March 12, at the Columbia Center in downtown Seattle. To raise money in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Captain Charles Eastty, Captain Cheryl Carrasco, and Firefighter Chase Moore will ascend to the top of the fourth tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River in full turnout gear weighing over 60 pounds. They will also be using a self-contained... Full story

  • Rural Fire District, Council conduct annual meeting

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    The Three Forks Rural Fire Department and City Council conducted their annual joint Special Meeting last week. In a report on the interlocal agreement between the two entities, Fire Chief Keith Aune reported they currently sitting at 19 volunteers. The current agreement has a limit of 28 firefighters. Aune said in 2022, they responded to 186 calls, a lower number than in 2021. He added the calls were mainly out of town. “We were down, but that’s a good thing,” he said. Emergency Medical Response (EMR) training for volunteers was also discu... Full story

  • Snowpack Conditions Ideal After Two Months of Consistent Precipitation

    Jan 18, 2023

    A late October winter storm brought widespread precipitation to many SNOTEL stations in Montana. That snow was within one to two weeks of the typical snowpack onset and earlier than the fall of 2021, which was nearly a month late in some locations due to an unseasonably warm and dry fall. "Other good news is that November and December brought cool and wet weather, above normal precipitation, and snowfall across most of Montana. The result was a good start to the snowpack accumulation season and... Full story

  • Three Forks Speech and Drama excels at Loyola, preps for postseason

    Jonathon Sutton, TFHS Speech and Drama Coach|Jan 18, 2023

    We had a successful meet over the weekend in Loyola, both the Speech and Drama teams won 2nd in sweeps. In Speech, Loyola is still the team to beat as we look to Divisionals and State coming up. We have some strong contenders in individual events going into Divisionals at Columbus. Our veteran Public Forum Debate team of Noah Murphy and Arlo Smith are going into this next tournament with high hopes of winning the event. New Lincoln Douglas debater Harper Gleason has been performing well all... Full story

  • Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Ripple Effect

    Jan 18, 2023

    I love being near water, throwing rocks, or skipping stones, especially on lakes that appear to look like glass. What happens when we throw rocks into a body of water? Once the rock hits the water, depending on the weight or size, it creates a circle followed by additional circles….creating a ripple effect. What kind of ripple effect are you having with others? This is an excellent metaphor for how our lives can have a positive or negative ripple effect. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “ripple effect” as “a spreading, pervasive, and usually...

  • Column: The Happy Meal is on the Roof

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    There is an infamous scene from the television show "Breaking Bad" where the main character tosses a pizza on the roof of his home in a fit of rage. As bizarre as that may sound, it seemed completely normal to me. While it wasn't a pizza, I had once done something similar, which seemed pretty appropriate at the time. I am ten years older than my sister Megan, and I often had to watch her during the summer months. We would usually get along, but she also displays a stubborn side, and when this... Full story

  • Three Forks Wrestling finds success at 2 large tourneys

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Wrestling team had four wrestlers place at two large tournaments last week. Brayden Linville finished fifth (106), and Cole Rogers was seventh (113) at the prestigious Rockwell Rumble in Herriman, Utah. Competing with nine wrestlers, Three Forks finished 28th out of 71 teams in the field from nine states, including California powerhouse Clovis High School and the top-ranked team in Utah, Layton High School. The Wolves also found success at the Choteau Classic, with... Full story

  • Rest Area a hot topic at Commission Meeting

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    The recently constructed rest area in south Broadwater County has been a hot topic as of late, and the conversation continued during the Jan. 9 county commissioners meeting. Elizabeth and Butch Barton approached the board during the public comment portion of the meeting, asking why the commissioners had not responded to an email sent to them on Nov. 23. Butch Barton began his comment period explaining that he understood the commissioner weren't supposed to responded to public comments and asked... Full story

  • Wolves get huge road win at East Helena

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    The Three Forks High School Girls' Basketball team picked up a huge road win last week with a 46-44 victory on January 10 against Class A East Helena. "It was a pretty great night for the Lady Wolves. That was a huge win. The East Helena girls have been playing together for several years now, and it was almost the same team we saw last year," said Head Coach Lacy Noble. "I think that shows that the girls are playing more as a team now and helping each other when they need." Freshman Maddie... Full story

  • Senior care providers, urge Montana lawmakers to boost Medicaid rates

    Mara Silvers, Montana Free Press|Jan 18, 2023

    Advocates for senior services, assisted living facilities and nursing homes packed a hearing room in the state Capitol Thursday, imploring lawmakers to increase Medicaid payment rates or else watch the already wounded industry buckle in coming months and years. Since the last legislative session convened two years ago, 11 nursing homes have closed around the state. The hearing before the committee that oversees the Department of Public Health and Human Services’ budget was one of the first opportunities this session for lawmakers to hear d... Full story

  • Legislature to begin assembling feedback on new House and Senate maps 

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press|Jan 18, 2023

    The Legislature’s joint committee on redistricting will hold public testimony and adopt a resolution this week to provide feedback on how Montana establishes its new legislative districts, the chair of the committee said during its first meeting on January 12. Sen. Mike Cuffe, R-Eureka, said he expects the committee to field public comment in a meeting on Jan. 17, and then receive testimony from Districting and Apportionment Commission Chair Maylinn Smith on Jan. 20. Following Smith’s comments, the joint committee will adopt its rec... Full story

  • Governor Gianforte Promotes Tax Relief for Families, Businesses

    Jan 18, 2023

    Governor Greg Gianforte last week spotlighted his pro-family, pro-business tax relief agenda in a press conference at the State Capitol. "All of our tax proposals are rooted in a simple philosophy: hardworking Montanans should keep more of what they earn," Governor Gianforte said. "We're ready to give Montanans $1 billion in tax relief, and we look forward to working with the legislature to do it. Now, it's time to get to work and get it done." During the press conference, the governor... Full story

  • Three Forks hosting Columbus on January 20

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 18, 2023

    In non-conference action last week, the Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team lost 51-41 on January 10 at East Helena and 66-47 on January 14 at home against Manhattan Christian. "We had two tough opponents this past weekend. I thought we played really well, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We didn't capitalize in either game. We missed way too many opportunities at the line versus East Helena that could have put us in a position to win the game," said Head Coach Terry... Full story

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