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 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    May 18, 2022 

City Council approves zoning changes

The Three Forks City Council unanimously passed three changes to local zoning ordinances which will allow conditional use permits for adult-use marijuana dispensaries and work-live structures, during its May 10 meeting. The council also held a... Full story

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Bridge construction underway

The Gallatin County Bridge Department recently announced they would be closing the Williams Bridge near Willow Creek two times in May for a bridge resurfacing project. The bridge that crosses the Jefferson River on Williams Bridge Road will be... Full story

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Commissioner Downing suspends bail bondman's license

Citing a significant risk to public safety, Commissioner Troy Downing summarily suspended the license of Montana bail bondsman, Adam Patrick Lee, following multiple alleged violations of the law arising from violent fugitive recovery...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Elections Office Mails Absentee Ballots for June 7 Primary

On Friday, May 13, the Gallatin County Elections Office mailed about 59,000 ballots for the June 7 primary election to active registered absentee voters in Gallatin County. Ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes in the following days. Two ballots...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 18, 2022 

Commissioners approve resolution establishing "court of record"

Last week, the Gallatin County Commission voted 3-0 to approve a resolution establishing the Gallatin County Justice Court as a “court of record.” According to County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes, a “court of record” means that...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Montana Streamflow Forecasts Increase After April Precipitation Adds to the Snowpack

After nearly three months of waiting for typical winter weather, cool temperatures and precipitation finally arrived during April in Montana. Prior to April, northwest Montana had been the largest recipient of precipitation this water year.... Full story

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

NorthWestern Energy works with stakeholders to protect Madison River Basin

Water levels at Hebgen Reservoir will be low this summer and fall. April snow and rain only minimally improved conditions in the Madison River Basin, which is experiencing extreme drought, low soil moisture and low snowpack. Based on the U.S....

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    May 18, 2022 

New workgroup is paving the way for more election legislation in 2023

State lawmakers, county election administrators and the Montana Association of Counties have established an unpublicized informal workgroup to examine Montana’s current election processes and discuss opportunities to enhance the election system...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 18, 2022 

EPA nixes Montana's new water quality standards

The Environmental Protection Agency thwarted Montana lawmakers’ attempt to loosen water quality standards last week, telling the state that it acted out of turn by adopting a new regulatory framework without first obtaining federal approval. In a...

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Environmental assessment on FWP's pheasant release program complete

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks continues to prepare for fall pheasant stocking efforts with the final decision on an environmental assessment (EA) and ensuring biosecurity protocols are in place at the rearing facility at the Montana State Prison....

 
 News    May 18, 2022 

Montana State Parks sees slight decrease in visitation so far for 2022

Temperate weather with a few cold spells during the first quarter of 2022 contributed to a slight decrease in the number of overall visitors to state parks in Montana. The state park system recorded 358,230 visitors in the first quarter, a decrease o...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 11, 2022

Voters deny levies

Local voters last week denied two general fund levies for the Three Forks School District. In unofficial results from the Gallatin County Elections Department, the $241,650 high school district levy was defeated 546 to 340. The $398,350 elementary...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 11, 2022

Gov. Gianforte presses to extinguish all fires in 2022 Montana wildfire briefing

Gov. Greg Gianforte asked land managers for their commitment to aggressive initial attack to extinguish all wildfires at a 2022 wildfire briefing in Helena last week. "In Montana, we do not, and will not, have a 'let it burn' policy," Gov. Greg... Full story

 

City of Three Forks accepting applications for Judge position

STAFF REPORT The City of Three Forks is accepting applications for a City Judge. According to City Treasurer and Court Clerk Kelly Smith, Judge Wanda Drusch has put in her resignation for June 30, and they will be looking to fill the position as soon... Full story

 

Avian Influenza Reported in Backyard Flock in Gallatin County

Gallatin County officials were notified that avian influenza A (H5N1) was detected in a flock of domestic poultry located in rural Gallatin County. The site was identified late last week near Manhattan/Belgrade. The Montana Department of Livestock...

 

Commerce Awards $580,000 in Workforce Training Grants

The Montana Department of Commerce announced last week that more than $580,000 of grant funding has been awarded to 22 Montana non-profit and for-profit businesses for skill-based training of new and existing employees. The funding is through...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    May 11, 2022

Poll finds three-quarters of Montanans worried about housing affordability

Housing affordability, development and Montana's changing character topped the list of issues Montanans identified as serious problems facing the state in a poll commissioned by University of Montana researchers last month. A striking majority of... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 4, 2022

Voters say no to mill levies

Local voters Tuesday denied two general fund levies for the Three Forks School District. In unofficial results from the Gallatin County Elections Department, the $241,650 high school district levy was defeated 546 to 340. The $398,350 elementary... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 4, 2022

CEDS Community Meeting set for May 17 in Three Forks

As they work on the five-year update of their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Gallatin and Park Counties, the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD) is hosting several community meetings to gather...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

Montana's Economy 7th Strongest in Nation With Robust Growth in 2021

Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week Montana’s economy grew an inflation-adjusted 6.7% in 2021, the seventh largest rate of growth in the country. It also marks the sharpest rate growth in Montana in more than 40 years. Montanans...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

New process announced for fishing regulations review cycle

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is taking a new approach to the fishing regulations review and development process. The new process will be simpler and allow the department to be more responsive to public input and resource needs. The...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

Gallatin County Commission approves funding for Public Open Lands Project

The Gallatin County Commission approved using Open Lands Program money to help fund three projects, including the expansion of Burke Park on Peets Hill, and improvements to the Gallatin County Regional Park and Anderson Dog Park in Bozeman. On...

 
 By Alex Sakariassen    News    May 4, 2022

Education Board settles comments on new teacher licensing rules

During a special meeting Thursday, the Montana Board of Public Education combed through more than 130 public comments submitted on proposed revisions to state teacher licensing regulations — one of the final steps toward adoption of the changes nex...

 
 News    May 4, 2022

Avian Influenza Reported in Backyard Flock in Gallatin County

Gallatin County officials were notified that avian influenza A (H5N1) was detected in a flock of domestic poultry located in rural Gallatin County. The site was identified late last week near Manhattan/Belgrade. The Montana Department of Livestock...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 27, 2022

Emergency Services a focal point of joint meeting

Concern about emergency services in the southern end of Broadwater County was a focal point of the discussion of last week's joint meeting between the Gallatin and Broadwater County Commissions. The... Full story

 

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