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 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 19, 2022 

Charges filed in double homicide

Twenty four year-old Zachary Eugene Norman has been charged with two counts of deliberate homicide resulting from a shooting incident early Saturday morning in Three Forks. The Gallatin County... Full story

 
 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    January 19, 2022 

Study shows up to 217 new homes needed in the Three Forks area by 2026

To keep up with the increasing demand for housing in the Gallatin County, between 94 to 217 homes need to be built in the Three Forks area by 2026, a study presented to the City Council on Jan. 10 said. The study, conducted by Future West and the... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 19, 2022 

Active COVID-19 cases on the rise in Gallatin County

In a surveillance report released last Friday, health officials reported that as of January 13, there are currently 2,539 active Covid-19 cases in Gallatin County. In a weekly press conference, Gallatin City-County Health Officer Lori Christensen sai...

 

Montana State University receives $6 million to continue National Center for Rural Road Safety

Marshall Swearingen MSU News Service BOZEMAN — With $6 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Montana State University will continue to offer services for improving road safety in Montana and rural areas nationwide. The new four-year...

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    January 19, 2022 

Gallatin County ends decade-long contract with Western Montana Mental Health

One of Montana’s leading providers of behavioral health services will no longer have an operating contract with Gallatin County as of Feb. 2.  Citing several breaches of its agreement, Gallatin County Commissioners and County Attorney Marty...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 19, 2022 

City officials report positive feedback about grant applications

In late December, the City of Three Forks submitted FEMA Building, Resilient, Infrastructure & Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant applications to the state of Montana. According to City Treasurer/Flood Plain Administrator Kelly...

 

Gov. Gianforte Secures 650,000 Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Statewide Distribution

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced plans to increase access to at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests for Montanans. The governor has secured approximately 650,000 tests which will be distributed statewide through local public he...

 

1 seat open on Three Forks School Board of Trustees

One seat on the Board of Trustees of the Three Forks School Board is set to expire in May. Candidates must reside in the district, be at least 18 years of age, and must be registered to vote. Anyone qualified to run must file a Declaration of Intent...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 12, 2022

Chairman sees path forward to restoring passenger rail

Since southern Montana lost passenger rail service in 1979, Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority (BSPRA) Chairman Dave Strohmaier said there have been various attempts over the past four decades to try an...

 

DEQ Issues Draft Environmental Assessment for Proposed Landfill Expansion in Gallatin County

Last week, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) published a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed expansion at Logan Landfill, a Class II landfill operated by the Gallatin County Solid Waste District (District) . The District... Full story

 
 By Justin Franz    News    January 12, 2022

As winter roars, MDT navigates a plow driver shortage

As yet another winter storm wallops western Montana, the Montana Department of Transportation is trying its best to keep the 12,923 miles of road in its care clear of snow and ice. But this year,... Full story

 
 By Justin Franz    News    January 12, 2022

Medical Marijuana Users Brace for Shortages as Montana's Recreational Market Opens

More than a year after voters approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Montana, anyone older than 21 can now walk into a dispensary and buy cannabis. That has medical marijuana user Joylynn Mane Wright worried. Wright lives in Prairie... Full story

 

NRCS: December Precipitation Improves Conditions After a Dry Start to the Water Year

Following two months of below normal precipitation across most of Montana, snow was welcomed during the month of December. October and November did bring above normal precipitation to portions of... Full story

 

UM Study: Climate Change, Invasive Species Drive Native Trout Declines

UM News Service In a new study published in Science Advances, University of Montana researchers found that climate change drives native trout declines by reducing stream habitat and facilitating the expansion of invasive trout species. "This study ha...

 

Gov. Gianforte, AG Knudsen Encourage Montanans to Join the Fight to End Human Trafficking

HELENA, Mont. – After proclaiming January as Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in Montana, Governor Greg Gianforte today teamed up with Attorney General Austin Knudsen to encourage Montanans to join the fight to end human trafficking.... Full story

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 12, 2022

How does the wildlife cross the road?

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... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 5, 2022

New Mayor: Johnston takes the reins

In December, the City of Three Forks celebrated the retirement of longtime public works employee Randy Johnston. After nearly 31 years with the city, Johnston is not entirely done playing an integral... Full story

 

Ice Jams reported on Gallatin, Jefferson

STAFF REPORT The National Weather Service issued Sunday night a flood advisory for the Jefferson River near Three Forks due to an ice jam. On Monday, an ice jam was reported on the Gallatin River... Full story

 

Commission passes rule changes on Madison, regulations on stretch of Big Hole

HELENA – The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved two rule changes on Monday concerning recreational and commercial use on the Madison River. In addition, commissioners approved an adjustment to brown trout regulations on a section the...

 

Many accomplishments during tenure of Three Forks Mayor Sean Gifford

From the City of Three Forks January 2 marked the final day of Sean Gifford's term as Three Forks Mayor. Sean began as a police officer with the City in 2011 and served in this capacity for five years...

 

As ice recreation season begins, anglers, others encouraged to practice safety

It's that time of year when ice anglers and other recreationists head out to Montana's "hard" waters for the winter season. Whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling or just taking a walk, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

 

Paulsen, Franks sworn in last week

Angie Paulsen, recent Executive Staff for Montana's Secretary of State, was sworn as Broadwater County Clerk & Recorder / Election Administrator. "The Clerk & Recorder/ Election Administrator job is an important position for Broadwater...

 

Gov. Gianforte: State of Montana More than Doubles Forested Acres Treated in 2021

HELENA, Mont. - Together with the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), Governor Greg Gianforte today announced that the State of Montana reached its goal to more than...

 

Public comment period extended for hunting regulation proposals 

HELENA – The deadline for public comment on the 2022/20223 hunting regulation proposals has been extended from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21.   Those interested can view the proposals and provide comment online at fwp.mt.gov/regpropos...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    January 5, 2022

Federal judge: At least two Public Service Commission districts are 'presumptively unconstitutional'

A federal judge issued an order yesterday blocking the state's top election official from certifying candidates running for the Public Service Commission until the constitutionality of the commission's district map has been evaluated. Read the... Full story

 

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