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Articles from the December 8, 2021 edition

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  • The Shoppe Pastry and Coffehouse officially open for business

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    The Shoppe Pastry and Coffeehouse is officially open for business in Three Forks. The business located at 119 S. Main in downtown Three Forks opened its doors during last Friday's Christmas Stroll and will be open Monday to Saturday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the limited opening last week, owners Rikayla Bjorndal and Nancy Todd discussed what has been a long journey to finally welcome customers. According to Todd, starting this type of business has been a goal and dream for a long time that in... Full story

  • Montana Winter Burning Season Begins

    Dec 8, 2021

    Smoke from open burning can get trapped in Montana's mountain valleys during wintertime inversions causing poor air quality. For this reason, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reviews atmospheric conditions daily during the winter months to determine when and where it's safe to burn. Open burning is defined as outdoor burning of materials such as slash piles, yard or field waste. It does not include small recreational fires, flares or construction site heaters. Between Dec.... Full story

  • Madison River flow returns after midnight dam repair

    Amanda Eggert, Montana Free Press|Dec 8, 2021

    Near-seasonal flows to the Madison River, one of Montana's most popular fisheries, have been restored following a late-night repair last Thursday to Hebgen Dam's outflow gate. NorthWestern Energy posted on Twitter at 12:33 a.m. Thursday morning that crews repaired Hebgen Dam's outflow gate just before midnight Wednesday and "the water in the river is rising." Early Tuesday morning, flows to the Madison were cut in half when the dam's outflow gate malfunctioned, killing trout that were stranded i... Full story

  • Wolves wrestlers finish 4th at Cascade

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    It was an impressive start to the 2021-22 season for the Three Forks High School wrestling team, with the Wolves taking home two individual champions and finishing fourth out of 19 teams at last week's Cascade Invitational. Three Forks finished the two-day tourney with a total of 130 points, placing behind Jefferson (218), Choteau (152), and Whitehall (135). Head Coach Nye Howey said his team dealt with some nerves their first time out, and they have some things to work on, but overall the team...

  • Our View: Community steps up during holidays

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    A few days before Thanksgiving, volunteers gathered at the Three Forks Senior Center for an outreach project that helped feed those who might have needed a little extra food. In the weeks before the holiday, numerous individuals and organizations including a record donation from the Manhattan Christian School were received at the Headwaters Area Food Bank in Three Forks. A couple of individuals have stepped up with Angel Trees to help out those less fortunate with Christmas gifts. These are...

  • Column: Never a bad meal

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    It would be pretty safe to say that I was one of many devastated a few months ago with the news that the LaHood Park Steakhouse near Cardwell was a total loss due to a fire. I recently read a book about the Sacajawea Hotel, and it mentions how Three Forks residents will often feel an “ownership” of the building, which certainly applied to LaHood. I know of many people who considered the long-established restaurant part of their family, and a special event was always celebrated with a trip to the establishment outside of Cardwell. I know qui...

  • Strong senior class, talented newcomers leading the way for Three Forks basketball

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    Since taking over the program in 2016, Three Forks High School boys basketball coach Terry Hauser has had a plethora of talented players that helped lead the way to three trips to the Class B State Tournament. Always excited for the start of the basketball season, Hauser said he is even more so this year because of the talent the program has at all levels, including the sub-varsity teams. "Might be the most talent from top to bottom that I've had since I started coaching here. It's been a great... Full story

  • Deep Wolves team opens season Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 8, 2021

    When the Three Forks High School girls basketball team opens the season this week at a tournament in Shelby, they will do so with four seniors returning leading the way. Head Coach Mike Sauvageau is also excited about his team's depth in the 2021-22 season. After the first few weeks of practice, Sauvageau feels things have been going great, and he has liked what he has seen from the Wolves. "They have had great enthusiasm and great work ethic. The team attitude has been awesome, and it has been... Full story

  • Gianforte Appoints Andrew Breuner to 18th Judicial District Court

    Dec 8, 2021

    HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced he is appointing Andrew Breuner to serve on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court. Breuner fills the vacancy created by the 2021 Legislature’s addition of a district judge position to the Eighteenth Judicial District. “Andrew Breuner is a talented attorney who will make an exceptional judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District,” Gov. Gianforte said. “He is committed to the fair, consistent, and objective application of the law, and I’m confident he’ll serve Gallatin County well by inter...

  • Addictive Birding Behavior: Search for Brambling leads to Three Forks

    Gary Swant, GoBirdMontana|Dec 8, 2021

    My wife claims that I am addicted to birding. I adamantly deny that claim, though I have never tried to quit since I seriously started in 1993. The reason that my wife says am addicted is that I will chase the same bird year after year even though I have seen it many times. She thinks that is an addictive behavior. The only evidence of my birding becoming addictive is about this time of year when there is an uncommon bird, but not a rare one, I will drive to Great Falls or Missoula to get it,... Full story

  • Judge strikes down gun law on campuses

    Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press|Dec 8, 2021

    On November 30, Lewis and Clark County District Court Judge Michael McMahon struck down provisions of Montana's new "constitutional carry" law that apply to college campuses, ruling that the law violates the constitutional authority of the Montana Board of Regents. The board filed the lawsuit against the state in May. In his order, issued shortly after the latest round of oral arguments in the case, McMahon said the Montana Constitution grants the Board of Regents (BOR) sole power to determine...

  • Reminder: Muzzleloader heritage season open December 11 to 19

    Dec 8, 2021

    HELENA – While the general rifle season is now closed, traditional muzzleloader enthusiasts will have a season of their own starting in about two weeks. The nine-day season muzzleloader heritage hunting season was established when House Bill 242 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte earlier this year. The season begins on Dec. 11 and goes through Dec. 19. Hunters should note that many of Montana’s Wildlife Management Areas will be closed from Dec. 2 through May 14. Before heading to the field, hunters need to check the online hunting reg...

  • America's Best Kept Secret Celebrates 80th Anniversary

    Dec 8, 2021

    Billings, MT—Civil Air Patrol (CAP) was officially established by the Office of Civilian Defense on December 1, 1941, just six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy. From March 5, 1942, until August 31, 1943, 26 CAP civilian-volunteers lost their lives fending off German submarines, and sinking two submarines, that were attacking Merchant Marine cargo ships, United States Coast Guard ships, or United States Navy ships, off the East Coast of the United States, often within sight of land. In total, 65 CAP civilian-v...

  • Tester, Thune Lead Colleagues in Requesting Assistance for Livestock Producers Affected by Drought

    Dec 8, 2021

    United States Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont) and John Thune (R-S.D.) this week led a bipartisan group of senators in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to address a gap in coverage under the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). In September, USDA announced it would provide ELAP assistance for the cost of transporting feed to livestock, but producers who are transporting their livestock to feed are not eligible fo...