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Articles from the December 14, 2022 edition


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  • Black ice causes chaos on I-90

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    The evening of December 6 is one area residents will not soon forget, with black ice leading to horrific driving conditions between Three Forks and Manhattan. According to the Montana Highway Patrol Incident Report, there were 12 slide-offs and an additional 10 crashes on December 6 on Interstate 90 in Gallatin County. The report also showed a semi jackknifed during the evening on 1-90 W at mile marker 287. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office reported that traffic between Three Forks and... Full story

  • 'Swatting' incidents reported in Gallatin County, statewide

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    There was a scary situation last Friday morning in Gallatin County with the false report of an active shooter outside the Manhattan Library. Manhattan Police Chief Dennis Hengel said a little before 10 a.m., the department received a call from dispatch informing them there was an active shooter at the library next to the school. After being the first to respond, Hengel said everything looked normal, and there was no indication of an active shooter. Hengel immediately contacted the Manhattan Principal and told him to go into lockdown. After an... Full story

  • Coaches Corner: The Christmas Card

    Ellie West, Contributing Writer|Dec 14, 2022

    Writing and sending out Christmas cards is slowly becoming a distinct and lost art. Social media has taken over our human connectedness. Sure, we can scroll on social media anytime, day or night, and see what's happening locally and worldwide. But are we losing genuine connections? It is personal engagements that we cherish the most, and there is no substitute for the time and thought that goes into sending cards in the mail. Some may say the reason for not sending out cards is the cost of stamp... Full story

  • Three Forks finishes first at Whitehall Duals

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    It was an incredible weekend for the Three Forks High School Wrestling team at the Whitehall Duals. The Wolves went a perfect 7-0 in duals on their way to capturing the team title at the two-day event. "I'm very happy with the way the kids have been wrestling. I could not be happier with this team," Head Coach Nye Howey said. Three Forks opened the duals Friday with four victories. In a 69-3 win over the Ronan JV, Brummie Boggus (103), Brayden Linville (113), Cole Rogers (120), Gabe Hungerford... Full story

  • Superintendent Provides Update on Three Forks School Construction

    Dr. Rhonda Uthlaut, Three Forks Superintendent|Dec 14, 2022

    Dear TFS Parents & Community, Construction continues at TFS with the following building update: Three additional entrances should be completed within the next month including the cafeteria and high school entrances on Neal St and the new middle school / district office entrance on the north side facing the stadium. All three school entrances (elementary, middle, and high school) will offer secure access to the building through camera surveillance and a monitored “buzz-in” system. Please note that ALL visitors will be required to sign in at the... Full story

  • Op Ed: Skinner has served Gallatin County well

    Dec 14, 2022

    After 18 years of service to the residents of Gallatin County, Joe Skinner is retiring this month. We are writing as a bipartisan group of his former colleagues on the County Commission, who served with Joe across his 18 years at Gallatin County. We are/were very fortunate to work and serve Gallatin County with someone of Joe's character, humor, common sense, and humility. First and foremost, Joe emphasized to all of us that he wanted to make the Commission office a positive work environment. He... Full story

  • Three Forks wins first of year against Fairfield

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    The Three Forks Lady Wolves basketball team picked up their first win of the season on December 10 with a come-from-behind 40-31 win over Fairfield. Trailing 23-11 at halftime, Three Forks had a huge third quarter, outscoring the Eagles 25-5. After falling 50-29 in their season opener at Manhattan Christian, and 41-39 on December 9 against Belt, first-year Head Coach Lacy Noble said she was grateful to have the win under their belts. "The girls have worked the last three weeks for that. The... Full story

  • Column: Feeling cute, might wear pajamas to dinner

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    Some of the best memories of my childhood were from the weeks leading up to Christmas. Of course, I was more than excited to see what Santa had left on Christmas morning, but I also counted down the days to come together with my family. I have so many cherished memories of Christmas Eve at my grandparent’s house and the truly magical combination of my aunt Nancy’s lasagna to go with a prime rib prepared by Ben’s Foodliner. I still remember the smell of the exciting food combination from the kitchen as I waited by the massive front room window f... Full story

  • Wolves open 5B District Play Friday at Whitehall, host Big Timber Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    The Three Forks High School Boys’ Basketball team will open 5B District play this week with a road matchup Friday, December 16, against Whitehall and their home opener on December 17 at Big Timber. In a busy first week of action, the Wolves fell 73-32 on December against Manhattan Christian, 56-29 to Belt on December 9, and 43-32 on December 10 against Fairfield. Head Coach Terry Hauser said he is pleased with how much the team has improved over the season’s first three games. “We had a chance to win on Saturday against a very talented Fairfiel... Full story

  • Thrilling weekend for Ice Dogs Hockey team

    Dec 14, 2022

    It was a thriller this weekend in Bozeman with the Ice Dogs taking on the Butte Copper City Kings, Flathead Fusion, and Helena Big Horns. The Ice Dogs were victorious against the Butte Copper City Kings on Saturday. The Ice Dogs' defense led by team Captain Maren Carr and goalie Aislynn Gifford shut down the fast-paced Butte Offense. Gifford had 36 saves in their 3-2 victory while the defense kept the opposing forwards at bay. Not to be outdone on offense forwards Acie Kelly of Three Forks put... Full story

  • Montana State senior Noyes uses passion for leadership to forge career in agriculture education

    Meaghan MacDonald-Pool, MSU News Service|Dec 14, 2022

    When asked about his extracurricular involvement at Montana State University, senior Tyler Noyes paused to remember the long list of groups he's been a part of. Four years of activities adds up. There's the College of Agriculture Ambassadors, Agriculture Education Club, Alpha Zeta and Montana FFA Ambassadors program, not to mention the Boardroom Bobcats, Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Young Farmers and Ranchers and the College of Agriculture Student Council. Some students would have difficulty... Full story

  • More States to Consider Extending Postpartum Medicaid Coverage Beyond Two Months

    Matt Volz, KHN|Dec 14, 2022

    Lawmakers in several conservative-led states — including Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, and Mississippi — are expected to consider proposals to provide a year of continuous health coverage to new mothers enrolled in Medicaid. Medicaid beneficiaries nationwide are guaranteed continuous postpartum coverage during the ongoing covid-19 public health emergency. But momentum has been building for states to extend the default 60-day required coverage period ahead of the emergency’s eventual end. Approximately 42% of births nationwide are covered under... Full story

  • Sage Wellness Center hosting Holiday Open House on Dec. 16

    Dec 14, 2022

    The team at Sage Wellness Center is pleased to announce that we will be opening our doors and hosting a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 16th from 4-8 p.m. at our office located at 330 Highway 2 East, Whitehall. Everyone is invited to stop by to meet our team, tour our beautiful new facility, and discover all of the natural healthcare options we offer. Our services include a variety of modalities that address physical, mental, and emotional health for people of all ages. Light appetizers and an organic wine selection will be offered... Full story

  • No Three Forks Voice on Dec. 28

    Dec 14, 2022

    The Three Forks Voice will not be publishing a paper on December 28. The December 21 issue will serve as a double edition, and the paper will resume publication on January 4.... Full story

  • Johnston earns All-American honors

    Jack H. Smith, Three Forks Voice|Dec 14, 2022

    Three Forks senior Beau Johnston finished his winter running season in dynamic fashion earning All-American Status at last Saturday's USATF National Junior Olympics Cross Country Championships in College Station, Texas. According to Coach Tara Forsberg, Johnston received All-American status after finishing 23rd at the event. Competing as a member of the Three Forks Running Club, Johnston finished the race with a time of 17:12.6. Forsberg said Johnston and the other Three Forks runners had an... Full story

  • New podcast series from MSU Extension and Western Landowners Alliance examines sharing Western landscapes with wolves

    Dec 14, 2022

    From the MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The first season of a new podcast from Montana State University Extension and the Western Landowners Alliance digs into why finding a shared vision for wolf recovery in the lower 48 is important both for agricultural production and wildlife conservation. It also examines what this shared vision would mean for the future of wolves and working lands in the Western U.S. Jared Beaver, MSU Extension wildlife specialist, and Alex Few, coordinator of the Western Landowners Alliance’s Working Wild Challenge pro... Full story

  • House and Senate committees pass preliminary legislative rules

    Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Montana Free Press|Dec 14, 2022

    Lawmakers kept the lid on simmering conflict between Republican factions Tuesday and passed amended versions of the rules that govern legislative procedure and decorum in advance of formal votes that will codify those rules in the opening days of the 2023 session. Tuesday's process proved a far cry from the fireworks of last session, lawmakers say, when debates over COVID-19 precautions and intra-party feuding raised the specter of a last-minute leadership change and resulted in the House... Full story

  • FWP seeks public comment on draft grizzly bear management plan, EIS

    Dec 14, 2022

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on a draft plan and environmental impact statement to guide the long-term management and conservation of grizzly bears across the state. “For decades, FWP staff have worked with federal, tribal, and local partners, along with communities and landowners, to recover and then manage grizzly bear populations across much of Montana,” said FWP Director Hank Worsech. “This plan will put that experience into action and provide a framework for comprehensive management of grizzly bears in the s... Full story

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