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 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 17, 2019 

Three Forks High School Rodeo next week

There will be plenty of great rodeo action next week in Three Forks. The annual Three Forks High School and Junior High Rodeos are scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. The event will start at 9 a.m. on April 27 and 8 a.m....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 17, 2019 

Fatal accident number down statewide in 2019

There has been a total of 24 fatalities on Montana roads in 2019, five occurring in the MDOT Region 7 that includes the Three Forks area and Gallatin County, Broadwater County, Meagher County, Madison County and Park County. A report from the...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    April 17, 2019 

State Budget Bill Ahead of Schedule, But Many Other Spending Bills Sparking Debate at Montana Legislature

The only constitutionally-mandated assignment for state lawmakers is to construct a balanced two-year budget, and the 66th Montana Legislature is ahead of schedule. Butte Democratic Sen. Jon Sesso said on the Senate floor that approving a budget this...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 10, 2019

Council votes to use BARSAA funding

The Three Forks City Council voted Tuesday on a resolution that allows the governing body to utilize its share of funding from the Montana Department of Transportation Bridge and Road Safety and Accountability Program. The City of Three Forks plans...

 

FCCLA student project wins award

Three Forks Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competed at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Bozeman. Students from Three Forks won $2,500 from Ford Driving Skills for Life for their project "Make a Change Montana." The c...

 
 By STAFF REPORT    News    April 3, 2019

Be prepared for spring flooding

The challenges of spring flooding were very evident last week with a road closure reported Friday in Three Forks. Talc Road was closed from the Conner's Ranch driveway to 7th Ave. E. due to overflow...

 

2 file for open board position

Two candidates have filed for the open seat on the Three Forks School Board. Robert Buchholz and Stephene Kamerman both filed prior to last Thursday's deadline. The elected official will replace board chair Dale Kober who is not seeking re-election....

 
 By Tim Pierce    News    April 3, 2019

Lawmakers Look for Workforce Shortage Solutions in MT School-Based Programs

HELENA -- Conrad Superintendent Sharyl Allen said, about two years ago, she received countless letters, phone calls and emails demanding she quit her job. "We had people calling for my resignation saying how dare I challenge their kids like this."...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 27, 2019

Missoula Children's Theater next week

Next week will be busy for students in Three Forks culminating with Friday and Saturday's Missoula Children's Theater Performances of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves". Students will start with auditions Monday, April 1 at 3:30 and live...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 27, 2019

New Boilers Discussed

The plans are in motion for the purchase of two new boilers at Three Forks High School. At last week's School Board meeting, Superintendent Jeff Elliot told trustees for a week and a half they have gone without full heat in the high school and no...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 27, 2019

Lawmakers Consider The Future Of Bison In Montana

Debates are intensifying at the Montana Legislature over the state's management of North America's largest land mammal: The American bison. Some argue bison are a critical cultural, spiritual and...

 

Montana House Bill 2 combines $10 billion of state, federal funding

HELENA - The Montana House of Representatives has passed House Bill 2, which combines about $10 billion of state and federal funding for state agencies for the next two years. The bill passed with a vote of 54-45 last week and now moves to the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 20, 2019

Operational mill fund levy set for May 7

The Three Forks School Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to approve a resolution to set a May 7 operational mill fund levy for both the elementary and high school districts. Both districts are seeking $55,000 for their general funds. The money would...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 20, 2019

Montana Lawmakers Consider New Ways To Protect Against Aquatic Invasive Species

A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana's ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state's borders. Aquatic...

 

Medicaid expansion a hot topic during last week's session

People filled the Montana Capitol Saturday to testify during an all-day hearing on two competing bills that would extend Medicaid expansion, some of them arguing to keep the program as is, some...

 

February weather adds to snowpack

Shucking expectations of continued above average temperatures and below normal snowfall, February delivered abundant snowfall and December-like temperatures to the Treasure State. Snowfall for the month was above normal to record setting across the...

 

Budget hearings kickoff second half of 2019 Legislative session

HELENA -- The Montana House Appropriations Committee opened public testimony last week on House Bill 2, the bill that sets the budget for state agencies. Some of the most controversial changes come from the subcommittee that deals with the budget...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 13, 2019

Council approves light manufacturing permit

The Three Forks City Council approved Tuesday a conditional use permit for Benjamin C. Linkenhoker to operate a light manufacturing and engineering design business at his residence at 314 W. Front St. Linkenhoker will be working with a Computer...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Temperatures drop, ice jam near Logan

A crippling winter storm sent temperatures this week well below zero across Southwest Montana. According to accuweather.com, the low temperature in Three Forks was -32 on March 3, -39 on March 4, and -27 on March 5. The National Weather Service...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Science fair project gives city heads up on arsenic in water

A middle school science project helped the City of Three Forks find out their water system had violated the Arsenic drinking water standard. At last week’s Council Meeting, Council member Teri Whitesitt said she received a text from Melissa...

 

Montana lawmakers Debate Bison Grazing, Vaccines and Country Of Origin Labeling

HELENA - The 66th Montana Legislature is at its halfway mark and that means that any general bills that did not make it through their first house before the transmittal deadline are effectively killed. About sixty bills have passed both houses and...

 

Lawmakers Debate Fire Suppression, Local Gun Ordinances

The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to transfer funds out the state's fire suppression account. The governor would still hold the authority to pull from...

 

Lawmakers Weigh Bill on DUI

As Montana lawmakers consider overhauling the state's DUI laws, the Montana Highway Patrol wants to dispel myths about blood alcohol levels. Last week, the Highway Patrol hosted a demonstration for lawmakers to show just how much alcohol it actually...

 

Board discusses closure to out of district students

The Three Forks School Board of Trustees will vote next month on an action item that would close the three schools to out of district students. The proposed action would not affect out-of-district students who are currently enrolled. Superintendent...

 

Montana Attorney General Pushes for Opioid Prescription Regulation

McKenna Fromm was a straight-A high school student, basketball player and member of student government in 2011. By 2015, she was living in a spider-infested "drug den," estranged from her family and deep in addiction. Fromm said her life turned...

 

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