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Articles from the January 26, 2022 edition


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  • TFHS Speech wins Divisional Title, Drama third

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 26, 2022

    It was quite the weekend for the Three Forks High School Speech and Drama team. After a successful regular season, Three Forks continued the momentum into the postseason, finishing first in Speech and second in drama at last week’s Divisional Tournament in Manhattan. According to head coach Jonathan Sutton, the speech team had a decisive victory beating Missoula-Loyola and Manhattan for the first-place win. Finishing first in Speech was Yen Shae Fan in Lincoln Douglas Debate and Grace Donnelly in Impromptu. Josh Williams was second in... Full story

  • A road runs through it

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Jan 26, 2022

    Road ecologists say wildlife crossings are one of the best ways to reduce wildlife-vehicles collisions and mitigate one of the most significant human impacts on ecosystems. This three-part series examines regional crossing initiatives as the federal government prepares to implement a $350 million pilot project - the largest investment of its kind in U.S. history. This final installment examines the issue on Highway 191, one of Montana's busiest roadways. When wildlife researcher Patricia Cramer... Full story

  • Three Forks School Board Opens Discussion of Possible New Mill Levy

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Jan 26, 2022

    The Three Forks School Board opened discussion of passing an eventual General Operation Levy at their Jan. 18 meeting. Talk about a new Mill Levy was brought up during Lisa Morgan’s, the District Clerk/Business Manager, report to the school board. Morgan and District Superintendent Rhonda Uthlaut emphasized that the board is just the beginning of the conversation. “The district is currently operating at approximately 90% of the maximum budget allowed by [the] current state funding formula,” Morgan said in a news brief. “In order to get...

  • Baseball signups start Feb. 2

    Jan 26, 2022

    Three Forks Baseball Signups will start February 2 at Stageline Pizza in Three Forks from 6 to 8 p.m. The last sign up will be February 20th at the Little Wolves Tournament from 2-5pm. Your child must be 5 on or before May 1, 2022, in order to sign up. 1st year t-ball players must bring a copy of birth certificate. The season will begin April 18th for 9–15-year old’s and May 2nd for 5-8 year old’s. The season will be over the weekend of June 4th for 5–12-year old’s. Fees: 5–8-year old’s $60.00, 9-12 Year old’s $60 plus $10 fee...

  • Three Forks High School ACT scores on the rise

    Eliza McLaughlin, Three Forks Voice|Jan 26, 2022

    Even after a pandemic halted traditional learning throughout the state, the Three Forks school district saw an increase in average ACT scores. Superintendent Rhonda Uthlaut credits these improvements to the district's dedicated teachers. "Very impressed with the leadership and the teaching staff here in Three Forks," Uthlaut said. "They work hard." Three Forks students scored an average composite ACT score of 20.6, 1.5 points higher than the state average. The Three Forks school district also scored higher with the percentage of students who...

  • The Prairie Doc: Humanity in Medicine

    Joy Falkenburg M.D.|Jan 26, 2022

    What does it mean to practice humanity in medicine? The phrase is used as a tagline and in book titles. Humanity and compassion in medicine is touted as something to aspire to, a noble accomplishment. But in reality, the biomedical model of health, the business model for healthcare, is not set up to support it. Algorithms and best practices set forth by insurance companies and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid do not account for the time required to establish meaningful human interaction between patient and caregiver.  This conundrum can be...

  • Daines Op-Ed: Democrats' Federal Election Takeover Bill Undermines What Montanans Want

    U.S. Senator Steve Daines|Jan 26, 2022

    If there’s one thing Montanans are about, it’s common sense. We work hard, play by the rules and don’t like when Washington elites impose laws that go against what works for Montana. That’s why I fought against President Biden and the Democrats’ attempt to pass their partisan bill to enact a federal takeover of elections every step of the way—because what they were trying to do didn’t make sense, and it’s not what Montanans wanted. In Montana, thanks to the leadership of Governor Greg Gianforte and Secretary of State Christi...

  • Boyer Launches Campaign for Gallatin County Commission

    Jan 26, 2022

    Jennifer Boyer announced her campaign for Gallatin County Commission last week. Jennifer is a mom, a facilitator, a wife, a farmer and a volunteer and lives with her family on their farm east of Bozeman. Her experiences have focused on public engagement, building partnerships, and policy development. "I care about this place. It is where my husband and I chose to put down roots and raise our family. I'm inspired to run because I have spent my entire career working to solve local community...

  • MSU Extension releases new MontGuide on testamentary trusts

    Jan 26, 2022

    MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension has released a new MontGuide fact sheet discussing testamentary trusts. According to Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist, a person can create a testamentary trust in a written will. A testamentary trust is one that is established according to the instructions contained in a last will and testament. The will maker names a trustee to manage the assets on behalf of the beneficiaries, adds co-author, Edwin Eck, Professor Emeritus in the Alexander Blewett III...

  • Guns or marijuana, but not both

    Max Savage Levenson, Montana Free Press|Jan 26, 2022

    While marijuana became legal for adults to purchase in Montana on New Year's Day, a key federal agency has confirmed a fact underreported in coverage of the state's new marijuana program: It remains illegal under federal law for individuals to simultaneously possess marijuana or marijuana products and firearms, and penalties for violating that law are severe. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the policy to Montana Free Press last week, noting that the fede...

  • Letter to the Editor: American Prairie Does More Than Pay Taxes

    Gene Walborn|Jan 26, 2022

    Those claiming to be property rights advocates are once again saying charitable organizations should not be allowed to own land. The recent purchase of the historic 73 ranch in Central Montana by American Prairie has sparked a new surge of misinformation claiming non-profit organizations aren’t carrying their share of the tax burden. As the former Director of the Montana Department of Revenue and thirty-year veteran of that state agency, I’m troubled about this misinformation. It’s imperative that Montanans understand that not only does...

  • Aunt Dofe's postpones start of 2022 season

    Jan 26, 2022

    Aunt Dofe’s Gallery in Willow Creek has postponed the start of their 2022 season. The The Rollin Beamish and Jim Zimpel ‘s show will now begin Saturday, February 12th and end Sunday, March 20th. The opening reception at the Gallery will be Saturday, February 12th from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  As a reminder, Aunt Dofe’s hours for the 2022 Season will be Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. when a show is up....

  • With almost two months remaining, wolf harvest on par with past seasons 

    Jan 26, 2022

    With almost two months remaining, this season's wolf harvest is on par with past seasons in the state of Montana. As of today, 166 wolves have been harvested during the current hunting and trapping seasons, a  number similar to that of previous years. The general hunting and trapping seasons are open until March 15.  "I know we've had many people watching Montana's wolf hunting and trapping season this year," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Director Hank Worsech....

  • Governor Launches New Program to Help Montana Businesses Invest and Grow 

    Jan 26, 2022

    Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week Montana entrepreneurs have a new tool to grow their businesses. Approved by the governor in December, the Montana Down Payment Assistance Program is a public-private partnership between the State of Montana and Montana’s banks, credit unions, and economic development agencies.    “Montana entrepreneurs and job creators now have another tool in their toolbox to invest and grow their business, create more good-paying jobs, and meet increasing consumer demands,” Gov. Gianforte said....

  • Public Service Commission warns about ratepayer phone scam

    Jan 26, 2022

    The Montana Public Service Commission is warning ratepayers about a phone scam targeting Montanans by alleging they have a faulty or dangerous meter and threatening to shut off power unless the resident makes an immediate payment. This is a scam by thieves attempting to steal Montanan’s money. The scammer claims to be a PSC employee and asks for payment through an electronic payment method such as Zelle or Venmo. The scammer may also seek credit card or debit card information over the phone. Anyone receiving a suspicious or aggressive...

  • Three Forks strong in win over Big Timber

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Jan 26, 2022

    The Three Forks High School boys basketball team will look to move to 7-0 in 5B District play with a Thursday matchup at Whitehall. In action last week, Three Forks (10-2, 6-0 5B) picked up a convincing 78-47 home win Friday over Big Timber and fell Saturday 53-45 at third-ranked Columbus. Wolves Head Coach Terry Hauser was pleased with his team’s performance Friday against the Herders. “I thought we played a great game. Defensively we hounded the ball, and our help was in the right spots. Offensively we moved the ball as well as we have... Full story

  • In Pictures: Wolves host Eureka, compete at Class B/C Duals

    Jan 26, 2022

    The Three Forks High School wrestling team was busy last week with a dual victory Friday over Eureka and the Class B/C Duals Friday and Saturday in Townsend. Photos by Jenn Wagner....

  • Wolves take down Herders

    Jack H. Smith, Wolves take down Herders|Jan 26, 2022

    It was a phenomenal night last Friday for the Three Forks High School girls basketball team. Playing against defending state champion and fifth-ranked Big Timber, the Wolves came out of the gates strong and willed their way to a 48-42 victory. Head Coach Mike Sauvageau said it was very exciting to see the smiles from the players after the win. He added everyone who played contributed to the win. "That was a huge win for us," he said. It was a huge night for senior Jayden Woodland, who finished... Full story

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