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 By STAFF REPORT    News    July 8, 2020 

Governor discusses reopening of schools

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney released last Thursday the Governor's Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in the fall....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 8, 2020 

Highway Patrol releases 2019 year end report

The recently released 2019 Montana Highway Patrol Annual Report listed a total of 184 fatalities, up two from 2018. Colonel Tom Butler said despite the number remaining virtually the same, it still means 184 people did not make it home to their...

 
 By Justin Franz    News    July 8, 2020 

Realtors report out-of-state rush on Montana real estate

Lydia Seely has wanted to move to Montana ever since her son came here five years ago. The California woman, who works in health care, had eyed properties in the Bozeman area in the past - initially...

 
 By STAFF REPORT    News    July 1, 2020

City officials discuss firework ordinances

With the 4th of July just a few days away, City of Three Forks officials are reminding local residents of fireworks rules. Under State statutes, fireworks are permitted to be sold in Three Forks...

 

Arbor Day Foundation Names Three Forks a "Tree City USA"

The City of Three Forks was named a 2019 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Three Forks achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a...

 

The peak that wasn't: How Montana avoided the worst of COVID-19, and how that success could be undone

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana has been the safest state in the Lower 48. Despite early projections of hundreds of deaths and a shortage of ICU beds, the state's initial outbreak peaked with a daily caseload of 23 on April 1....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 24, 2020

Hopes for onsite instruction for 2020-21 school year

While Three Forks Superintendent Jeff Elliott would like to have kids back at the three district schools at the start of the 2020-21 school year, he is also planning for alternative scenarios. Elliott addressed the issue at last week's school board...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 17, 2020

Three Forks Rodeo Postponed to August

The Three Forks Rodeo will happen in 2020 – just a little bit later than originally planned. The Three Forks City Council voted last week to postpone the annual rodeo from July 17 and 18 to August...

 
 By STAFF REPORT    News    June 17, 2020

Multiple Fires Reported in Southwest Montana

It was a busy weekend for firefighters in Southwest Montana. Firefighters from across the area responded to the Lump Gulch Fire in north Jefferson County near Sheep Mountain, the Sappington Fire east of Lewis and Clark Caverns, and two fires in the...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    June 17, 2020

Lagging rural census response could cost Montana second U.S. House seat

HELENA - Members of the commission tasked with redrawing Montana's legislative boundaries following the 2020 census expressed frustration over the state's dragging response rate in Native communities and other rural areas June 10, citing complication...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 10, 2020

Bleacher Backer: Rodeo Board Raising Funds

The Three Forks Rodeo Board is looking for a little help for their "Bleacher Backer" project. The project is a result of the Three Forks City Council in January giving the approval to the board to...

 

Abnormally Warm Weather During Last Week of May Causes Rapid Melt

BOZEMAN -- The June 1 Water Supply Outlook Report, released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), highlights the weather patterns which occurred during the month of May, which ranged f...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    June 10, 2020

Familiar names headed to general election for Montana's federal seats

When it comes time for Montana voters to decide who they'll send to Washington, D.C., in November, the names on the ballot will be familiar. As U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican, looks to win his second six-year term, he'll be challenged by...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 3, 2020

Voters approve Levy for Sheriff's Office

Broadwater County voters narrowly approved Tuesday a levy for 39.93 mills to fund approximately $700,000 for the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office. 1,398 voters were in favor of the levy and 1,329 voted against. According to County Attorney Cory...

 
 By STAFF REPORT    News    June 3, 2020

Minor flooding on Gallatin

The National Weather Service in Great Falls reported Monday that minor flooding is likely occurring along the Gallatin River from Big Sky north to near Logan. According to officials, water levels are...

 

Country Jam moved to August

The Headwaters Country Jam has been rescheduled. The popular annual event originally scheduled June 18 to 20 at the "Bridge" near Three Forks will now take place August 20 to 22. The most recent...

 

Wading pool closed for 2020

City of Three Forks officials announced last week the Wading Pool at Stevenson Park will not be open this summer. Due to the guidelines issued by the Governor and Health Department, the City of Three Forks cannot maintain social distancing...

 
 By STAFF REPORT    News    May 27, 2020

2 Summer Events Cancelled

The 2020 annual Headwaters Bank Walk/Run held the 4th weekend of July has been cancelled by race organizers. It was determined that the event could not be held safely or meet Governor Bullock's Phase...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 27, 2020

Superintendent discusses start of school year

Three Forks School Superintendent Jeff Elliott understands a lot of things could change prior to the start of the 2020-21 school year, but he still has the goal to reopen and with instruction the same way it has been in the past. Elliot wants the dis...

 

Montana to enter phase two of reopening

Montana will lift its 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers as the state transitions to phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan on June 1, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday. Lifting the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 20, 2020

Three Forks High School Graduation Sunday

The Three Forks High School Class of 2020 will graduate in a ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 24 at 2 p.m. The graduation is set to take place on the high school football field. Principal Greg Heys said the school is excited to be able to have the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 20, 2020

Bridger Aerospace to utilize local airport

Bridger Aerospace of Bozeman will soon be utilizing the Three Forks Airports for operating unmanned aerial vehicles. The aerial firefighting service has also expressed an interest in using the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 13, 2020

Three Forks Voters Approve School Bonds

Last Tuesday was a huge day for the Three Forks School District. Local voters approved a $15 million High School Bond and a $10 million K-8 bond. In results from the Gallatin County Elections Office,...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 13, 2020

Willow Creek Students Back at School

While many school districts across the state will not be returning to onsite instruction this year, one local school is bucking the trend. The Willow Creek School board recently voted to return for...

 

Cool April Weather Prolongs Snowpack Across Montana

Weather patterns during the first two weeks of April, while cooler than average, didn't yield much precipitation across the state of Montana. However, the below average temperatures during this period did help to delay snowmelt at many low- and mid-e...

 

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