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 News    August 3, 2022 

'Hoot-Owl' implemented on area rivers

Daily "hoot-owl" fishing restrictions to reduce fish stress and mortality were implemented last week at various rivers in Southwest Montana. Hoot-owl fishing restrictions prohibit fishing each day... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    August 3, 2022 

Growth in Three Forks: As more permits approved, finding housing still presents a challenge

In January, Future West and the One Valley Community Foundation presented a study to the Three Forks City Council explaining the areas need for the construction of approximately 94 to 217 homes in the Three Forks area by 2026. Since the... Full story

 News    August 3, 2022 

Gallatin County Voters To Decide Again On Local Marijuana Taxes

After a clerical error negated the results of two local-option marijuana tax ballot questions in the June primary election, Gallatin County voters will be again asked to decide on the two taxes, but... Full story

 News    August 3, 2022 

Gallatin County Commissioners Considering Placing Mill Levy To Fund Rest Home on November Ballot

The Gallatin County Commission is considering asking voters to decide on a mill levy to fund operations of the Gallatin Rest Home, the soon-to-be only skilled nursing facility in the county. On Tuesday, July 26, commissioners unanimously passed a res...

 News    August 3, 2022 

MDT gives update on Headwaters Rest Area

Last week, the Montana Department of Transportation issued a construction update on the Headwaters Rest Area near Three Forks.   Since the original announcement of relocating the current rest area... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    August 3, 2022 

Council approves motion to continue test well negotiations

On July 12, the Three Forks City Council approved a motion allowing Great West Engineering to continue negotiating to secure another test well site on a property near Talc Road. The property in question is owned by Conner Kent Limited Partnership, a... Full story

 News    August 3, 2022 

Richtmyer seeks Commission seat

Hello Broadwater County! My name is Lindsey Richtmyer and I am running for District Two Broadwater County Commissioner in the general election in November. A few months ago, I embarked on this journey to get involved with our local county government.... Full story

 News    August 3, 2022 

Fish and Wildlife Commission to hold work session Aug. 4

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a work session on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 5 p.m. This is an information session during which the commission will discuss recommendations from the Madison River Work Group. The work session will include...

 News    August 3, 2022 

FWP seeks public comment on ice fishing contests

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on ice fishing contests proposed for the 2022-2023 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Applications for fishing contests...

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 27, 2022

School board seeks, approves new hires

The Three Forks School Board approved four new hires and a bus driver signing bonus for the 2022-23 school year, during its July 19 meeting. The board hired Sarah Dolan and Sarah Sapp as the middle school's and high school's secretary, respectively.... Full story


Madison River public hearing for rule proposal August 2

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing via telephone to collect comment on an administrative rule change that was proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its June meeting. The public hearing will be Aug. 2 at 6 p.m.... Full story

 By Eric Dietrich    News    July 27, 2022

Governor focuses housing task force on regulatory relief

As Gov. Greg Gianforte described the job facing his newly convened housing task force Wednesday, he made a point of asking the group's 26 members to think outside the box as they spend the next... Full story


Montana FWP seeks public input on revisions to Elk Management Plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public input on revisions to the statewide Elk Management Plan last adopted in 2005. FWP began work on the revised plan in 2020, when a citizen’s group was convened to develop guiding principles for the...


Open burning closed, DNRC gives weekly fire update

STAFF REPORT It was a busy July 20 for the Three Forks Volunteer Fire Department responding to four fire calls within 90 minutes. The department had also responded to a wind driven grass fire on July 18. The department also announced last week that... Full story

 By Keely Larson    News    July 27, 2022

What to know about smoke and health this summer

When wildfire smoke billows from its source and lingers in the air, the haze brings coughs and questions for many Montana residents. Among them: How should I interpret air quality ratings? How does... Full story


Update of Three Forks School registration

The Three Forks School District will require an annual registration process for all students beginning with the 2022-23 school year.  This will be an on-line process that will require parents to update household and contact information annually.... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 20, 2022

Three Forks ambulance district no more

The Gallatin County Commissioners terminated the interlocal agreement that formed the Three Forks Area Ambulance District at their July 12 meeting following months of discussion and a decision by the Three Forks City Council to end the agreement at... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 20, 2022

Marijuana discussion dies at city council meeting

A motion to allow residents of Three Forks to vote on whether to allow certain marijuana businesses within city limits died at the Three Forks City Council on July 12. Councilwoman Nancy Todd motioned to draft the language on the ballot and... Full story


Fishing restriction in place for lower Madison River due to high temps

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park announced July 14 a daily fishing restriction is now in place for the lower Madison River to reduce fish stress and mortality during high water temperatures. The hoot-owl fishing restriction, which prohibits fishing... Full story


Fish and Wildlife Commission considers delay of implementation of Madison River commercial use cap

The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet over Zoom at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 to consider a proposal to postpone the implementation of a commercial use cap on the Madison River. In 2020, the commission adopted rules regarding recreational use of the...


Governor Gianforte Promotes Launch of Montana 988 Lifeline

Governor Greg Gianforte last week joined Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials, mental health and crisis lifeline experts, and Montana State University (MSU) officials to promote the launch of the Montana 988 Suicide...

 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 20, 2022

NorthWestern plans August repair of Hebgen Dam

At an event last week, NorthWestern Energy outlined its plan to prevent future Hebgen Dam malfunctions like the one that dewatered the Madison River late last year, cutting flow to one of the state's flagship trout streams in half in a matter of minu...

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 13, 2022

Significant headway on school construction

In the spring of 2020, the Three Forks Schools passed a $25 million building bond for the elementary school and high school. Two years later, the project has made significant headway. On June 21, Project Manager Andy Becker updated the school board...


City Receives TSP Grant for Headwaters Trail System

STAFF REPORT Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced last week the City of Three Forks is one of 32 trail organizations, communities and various land-managing agencies throughout Montana to receive Montana Trail Stewardship Grant Program (TSP)... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    July 6, 2022

Council proposes maintenance ordinance

The Three Forks City Council approved first readings of ordinance that authorizes the city to take action when city residents neglect to remove weeds on their property and a resolution of intent proposing changes to the tax assessment methods for str...


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