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 By Jack H. Smith    News    September 22, 2021 

City Council votes to Cancel Mayoral Election

The Three Forks City Council voted last week to approve a resolution to cancel the November contests for Mayor and an unexpired Council Seat. With the approval of the resolution, Randy Johnston will become the new Mayor in January with a term... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    September 22, 2021 

$29 million Bond would replace current Law and Justice Center

In November, Gallatin County voters will decide on a $29 million bond that, if approved, would replace the current Law and Justice Center in Bozeman. Gallatin County Commissioner Zach Brown discussed... Full story


FWP: Use bear-resistant garbage containers

During September, numerous Three Forks residents have reported bear activity within City limits as well as outside of town. A recent release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminded residents to use bear-resistant garbage containers or keep...


Gov. Gianforte Solicits Applications, Nominations for Judgeships in 13th, 18th Judicial Districts

HELENA, Mont. – The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court has notified Governor Greg Gianforte there is a vacancy in both the 13th Judicial District (Yellowstone County) and 18th Judicial District (Gallatin County). The governor is now...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    September 22, 2021 

Federal oil and gas leasing program back in play in Montana

The federal government is moving forward with oil and gas leasing on 6,277 acres of Bureau of Land Management property in Montana following a judicial order directing the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands. The BLM...


Fish and Wildlife Commission approves changes to elk shoulder seasons

The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to elk shoulder seasons in several hunting districts at its meeting on Aug. 20. All changes apply to this coming hunting season. However, no early shoulder seasons were added. Elk shoulder season...


WHIP grant application period opens

The annual application period is open for the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP), a grant funding program administered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The purpose of WHIP is to accomplish large-scale restoration of private and publicly...


DEQ Releases Record of Decision for Mine Amendment at Golden Sunlight

On September 13, 2021, Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued a Record of Decision for Barrick’s Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM) proposed tailings reprocessing project. With this decision and the reclamation bond approval and (GSM)... Full story


Under Pressure, Montana Hospital Considers Adding Psych Beds Amid a Shortage

Gary Popiel had to drive more than 200 miles round trip to visit his adult daughters in separate behavioral health facilities as they received psychiatric and medical treatment.   It was 2000, and...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    September 22, 2021 

Stimulus infrastructure funds headed to water and sewer projects

An initial round of funding drawn from Montana’s share of the March federal coronavirus relief bill is heading toward 86 water and sewer projects around the state.  The awards, totalling nearly $127 million, were formally announced Thursday by...


Resurfacing Project Proposed on US 287 Near Three Forks

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to resurface about 6.5 miles of US 287, southwest of Three Forks. The project on... Full story


Suspected Explosive Device Found at Williams' Bridge Fishing Access

A suspected explosive device was found earlier this month at the Williams’ Bridge Fishing Access Site along the Jefferson River near Three Forks. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel found what appeared to be a pipe bomb... Full story


Sheriff Springer: Budget Includes Body-Worn-Cameras

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is always looking for ways to improve upon the exceptional service we provide to our citizens. With the help of the Gallatin County Commission, we are excited to provide a new tool for our deputies to do just... Full story


Wolf hunting and furbearer trapping regulations available online

HELENA – Wolf hunting regulations and furbearer trapping regulations for 2021-2022 are now available on Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' website. Print versions will be available at FWP offices and other outlets in a few weeks.   Wolf season da...


Gianforte budget director to step down after nine months

HELENA - State Budget Director Kurt Alme, Gov. Greg Gianforte's top fiscal adviser, will leave his position Oct. 1, less than a year after being named to one of the highest-profile roles in state...


State of Montana to Modernize Drought Management Plan

Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week effort to improve Montana drought and water supply planning. This planning effort was discussed during today’s Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Committee meeting. Approved in 1995, the existing...


Fire restrictions updated in several southwest Montana counties

BOZEMAN – Fire restrictions have been updated for properties managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in several counties.  Fire restrictions have been rescinded for FWP properties in Deer Lodge, Granite, Gallatin and Park counties. Stage-1...


USDA Accepts More than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Double Last Year's Signup

BOZEMAN -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup....


44th annual John Colter run set for September 18

The annual John Colter run is scheduled to return later this month. The 2021 run will take place Saturday, September 21, at the Missouri Headwaters State Park near Three Forks. The event is hosted by... Full story


Montana State Parks Hosting H.O.P event

Montana State Parks will host their first ever "H.O.P." (Hiking & Orienteering Puzzle) on Saturday, September 25, beginning at Missouri Headwaters State Park. This event will allow participants to explore some of the lesser-seen sides of the...


Governor Gianforte Announces DPHHS Emergency Rule to Promote Parental Rights Regarding Masking in Schools

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) issued an emergency rule last week to promote the role of parents as the ultimate decision makers on matters pertaining to the... Full story


County-Wide Burn Ban Lifted

The Gallatin County Commission voted last week to lift the county-wide burn ban. The Three Forks and Willow Creek Fire Districts still have a bun ban in effect. Citing recent rainfall and cooler temperatures, and safer fuel levels, the Commission on... Full story


Montanans to receive partial refunds for insurance premiums

Nearly 16,000 Montanans who purchased Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance through the marketplace are set to receive partial reimbursement for premiums paid between 2018 and 2020.  The Affordable Care Act requires insurers selling plans on the...


Broadwater County FSA Accepting Applications for Wildfire Recovery - The Deadline to Apply is September 30, 2021

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is accepting applications in Broadwater County for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to address damages from wildfire. ECP signup in Broadwater County will end on September 30, 2021. Producers must apply for...


Final Draft of Gallatin County Growth Policy Now Available

The Gallatin County Planning Department is excited to announce the final draft of the Gallatin County Growth Policy. More information on the project and the full document can be found at The County Growth Policy is the...


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