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 By Jack H. Smith    News    September 23, 2020 

District Hears Positive Feedback About Distance Learning Program

The feedback on the new Acellus distance learning program in the Three Forks School District has been positive. At last week's School Board meeting, Assistant Principal Jake Lynch told the trustees... Full story


Toston Project Paving planned for end of September or early October

At the end of August, workers were able to complete piers and steel girders for the Missouri River Bridge as part of the Montana Department of Transportation Toston Structures Project. Road crews are now doing preparation work for paving near the... Full story

 By STAFF REPORT    News    September 23, 2020 

District updates fall sports attendance guidelines

The Three Forks school district has updated its attendance policy for fall sports. The new guidelines will allow every Three Forks family of active players and coaches four pre-selected guests to attend sporting events. The number had previously...

 By STAFF REPORT    News    September 23, 2020 

Three Forks students invited to Montana Virtual College Fair

Montana High School Students Invited to Shop for Colleges and Win Scholarship Money Statewide Montana Virtual College Fairs throughout the state will feature 100+ higher education institutions, 500+ Live Sessions, 100’s of Live 1-on-1 Meetings,...

 By Mara Silvers    News    September 23, 2020 

Lawmakers spar over legislative rules

HELENA — Republican lawmakers from the Joint Senate and House Rules Committee met last Thursday in an unusual effort to propose changes to legislative rules before the 2021 session. Democratic lawmakers boycotted the meeting, insisting that it was...


City approves MOU with Headwaters Economics

The Three Forks City Council approved last week a Memorandum of Understanding with Headwaters Economics to assist the City with flood mitigation solutions. Based out of Bozeman and Helena, Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research gr... Full story


Satellite Voting Office Headed To Three Forks

In an effort to serve voters in advance of Election Day and to alleviate crowding, the Gallatin County Election Department has developed a mobile satellite office that will be traveling across the county during the month of October to provide voter... Full story


Steam Engine arrives in Three Forks

An eight-year project came to fruition last week as the "Trident Steam Engine" was delivered to its new home on the tracks on the east side of the Railroad and Trident Heritage Center in Three Forks.... Full story


Gallatin County providing multiple ballot locations

The Gallatin County Election Department will provide multiple locations for dropping off ballots for the 2020 general election. Ballots will be mailed to active registered voters on Friday, Oct. 9. Beginning that day, the following locations will...


Limited attendance for start of fall sports season

There will a limited number of fans this fall at Three Forks High School sporting events. According to Athletic Director Terry Hauser, the school policy only allows two spectators for each home...


Hoot Owl restrictions lifted in SW Montana

Afternoon fishing restrictions on several southwest Montana waters were lifted last week. "Hoot-owl" restrictions were put in place on Aug. 6, prohibiting fishing each day from 2 p.m. to midnight on the following waters: • The lower Gallatin River...


GCSO looking into "Zoombombing"

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office is investigating "Zoombombing" that took place during the August 25 meeting of the Three Forks City Council. According to City Officials, their Zoom portion of the meeting was hacked with foul language and...


November election mail only in Gallatin County

The Gallatin County Election Department will be conducting the Nov. 3, 2020 general election by mail ballot. Per the Governor's directive, ballots will be sent on Oct. 9. In addition to returning ball...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 19, 2020

Bullock issues school mask directive

Students in both public and private schools will be required to wear masks for at least the start of the upcoming school year. Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive last Wednesday that is...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 19, 2020

Council approves employee raise

hree Forks City employees and Council Members will be getting a raise in the 2020-21 fiscal year budget. The Three Forks City Council voted last week to give both full time and part-time city employees a 3.5 percent raise. According to Council...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    August 19, 2020

Analysts say state budget looks OK for next year

HELENA - State government is facing a $300 million-plus revenue cliff in the coming year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, legislative analysts told lawmakers last week. Regardless, it's looking...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 12, 2020

District announces reopening guidelines

Three Forks students will be returning to school on August 26. The School Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve the recommendations from the administration to come back five days a week with an...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    August 12, 2020

Counties will have option to conduct all-mail elections in November

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday giving Montana counties the option of shifting to all-mail ballots for the November general election as they did for the June primary, saying the order gives local election authorities a way to...


FWP announces Hoot-Owl restrictions

Several rivers in southwest Montana will close to fishing during the afternoon each day due to a seasonal rise in water temperatures. "Hoot-owl" restrictions prohibit fishing during the hottest times...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 5, 2020

2020 Three Forks NRA Rodeo Canceled

The 2020 Three Forks NRA Rodeo has been canceled. The Three Forks City Council voted unanimously last week to cancel the event that had been rescheduled from its original date in July to August 28 and...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 5, 2020

School district to announce reopening plan August 5

Three Forks Superintendent announced last week the district would release Wednesday, August 5 their reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. In a YouTube video released by the district, Elliott said they would be meeting with teachers and staff...


Construction site in Big Sky generates more than 100 COVID-19 cases

The construction site of a $400 million luxury resort in Big Sky has led to at least 116 COVID-19 cases in July, public health officials confirmed to Montana Free Press. The outbreak is one of the largest in the state. It is also unique in that the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 29, 2020

District secures low rates, will save taxpayers $3.6 million

There was some good news recently for the Three Forks School District. The 2020 Bond Issue Summary showed the district was able to take advantage of record low-interest rates, $3,666,994.50 lower...


Board of Health Passes Local Face Covering Emergency Rule

During a special meeting on Friday, July 24, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health voted 7-2 to adopt a local emergency that requires use of face coverings by most people within most indoor public...

 By Alex Sakariassen    News    July 29, 2020

Slow COVID-19 test results complicate life for public health workers and patients

In mid-June, as Montana's COVID-19 case count began its summer climb, the Missoula City-County Health Department announced it would begin testing asymptomatic frontline workers. The declaration...


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