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 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 12, 2021 

Envision Three Forks: Third Questionnaire Available

With work continuing on the five-year update of the City of Three Forks Growth Policy (GP), residents are being encouraged to participate in a third questionnaire, which launched in late April. According to City Clerk Crystal Turner, the first... Full story

 News    May 12, 2021 

Health Board keeps in force rule, discusses HB 257

The Gallatin-City Board of Health voted last week to keep in force the current face covering rule until it expires, while also publicly discussing the recently passed HB 257 which will limit the authority of local governments. The face mask rule rema...

 News    May 12, 2021 

Montana to Launch Return-to-Work Bonuses, Return to Pre-pandemic Unemployment Program to Address Workforce Shortage

Governor Greg Gianforte announced last week two measures to address the state’s severe workforce shortage and incentivize Montanans to reenter the labor force. The State of Montana will launch a return-to-work bonus program, utilizing federal...

 News    May 12, 2021 

Construction to begin soon on Interstate 90 between Manhattan and Livingston

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) will begin construction soon on two projects to improve Interstate 90 between Manhattan and Livingston. The projects will improve safety, provide a smoother driving surface, and extend the life of the... Full story

 By Staff Report    News    May 12, 2021 

Willow Creek voters deny mill levy increase

Voters in Willow Creek decided against General Fund Mill Levy in last week’s School Election. In unofficial results from the Gallatin County Election’s Office, the levy failed by a vote of 49 (48.04 percent) to 53 (51.96 percent). Voters did...

 News    May 12, 2021 

Detention Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Recently the Gallatin County Detention Center marked the 10th anniversary of the first inmates moving into the current Detention Center, a project the voters of Gallatin County approved in 2008. At the Gallatin County Detention Center, we have...

 By Matt Volz    News    May 12, 2021 

5 Things to Know About Health Care Changes in Montana

HELENA, Mont. — The 2021 Montana legislative session will be remembered as one of the state’s most consequential as a Republican-led legislature and governor’s office passed new laws restricting abortions, lowering taxes and regulating...

 By Austin Amestoy    News    May 5, 2021

Montana Legislature Adjourns With Marijuana, Budget and Tax Plans En Route to Governor

The 67th Montana Legislature has adjourned, capping four months of work in an unprecedented hybrid session as the state and the nation struggle to end the COVID-19 pandemic. With more than 1,300... Full story

 News    May 5, 2021

Governor's Office Issues Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report

HELENA, Mont. – The Office of the Governor last week released the 2021 Montana Water and Supply Drought Outlook Report. According to data in the report, 42 percent of the state is classified as abnormally dry, with another 18 percent of the state...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    May 5, 2021

Montana grows into a second U.S. House seat

Montana will gain a second representative in the U.S. House as seats are reapportioned according to population counts from the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau said last week. The news means that, starting with the 2022 election, Montana will...

 News    May 5, 2021

New DNRC web application offers mobile-friendly customer access to surface water data

HELENA, Mont. – A new web application from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) puts real-time streamflow data at the fingertips of boaters, anglers, water management professionals, and the general public. The web...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 5, 2021

Rockin' the Rivers Returns this August

After having the event canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rockin' the Rivers is set to return in 2021. According to RTR office manager Jodie Petitt, the 2021 festival is scheduled to take... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 28, 2021

Commission Approves Rest Area Design-Build Project

The Montana Transportation Commission unanimously voted last Thursday to approve a staff recommendation on a design-build contract for a new rest area at Interstate 90 exit 274 in Broadwater County near Three Forks. The commission voted to award the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 28, 2021

High School Rodeo Saturday, Sunday

Rodeo is back in Three Forks. After having the 2020 season canceled, action will return this weekend with the Three Forks High School Rodeo. The two-day event is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 1 at... Full story


Proposed Resurfacing Project on Montana Secondary Highway 205 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 15 miles of Montana Secondary Highway 205, northeast of Three Forks. The project begins on the north side of the T... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 28, 2021

Bids come in $1 million under budget

There was a double dose of good news at last week's Three Forks School Board meeting. Andy Becker, Project Manager for Hulteng CCM, reported the bids opened March 31 for the Three Forks School building addition and renovation project, and they came...


Gallatin County warning of vaccine scam

The Gallatin City-County Health Department has been notified of a potential scam in the Gallatin County area. Individuals are calling and asking to reschedule your second dose COVID-19 vaccine appointment, and they are asking for irrelevant personal... Full story


FWP announces change to walleye regulation in section of Missouri River, Canyon Ferry and Hauser reservoirs

Anglers need to be aware of a new fishing regulation change for walleye on the Missouri River from Toston through Canyon Ferry and Hauser Reservoir.   The new regulation went into effect April 1 and are limits for walleye of 10 daily, only one over... Full story


Governor signs into law Montana Trades Education Credit

At the construction site for SCHEELS, Governor Greg Gianforte last week signed into law the Montana Trades Education Credit (M-TEC) to expand trades education in the state. “Many jobs require specialized skills, and M-TEC ensures that Montanans...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 21, 2021

Spring Work Underway on US 287 Project

Spring work has started on both the USA 287 North of Three Forks and Toston Structures Projects. According to MDT Public Information Officer Becky Bey, this week, travelers on 287 can expects to see reduced speeds and flaggers, but two-way traffic...

 By STAFF REPORT    News    April 21, 2021

No school election in May

There will not be a May 4 School election in Three Forks. The election was canceled after incumbents Mat Marx and Robert Buchholz were the lone candidates to file prior to the March 24 deadline. Buchholz was voted in for a one-year term in 2020, and...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 21, 2021

Kelley discusses J&J vaccine pause

After receiving questions from numerous area residents, Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley recently discussed the CDC and FDA recommendation to suspend the Johnson & Johnson (Jansssen) vaccine. According to Kelley, Gallatin County's...

 By Austin Amestoy    News    April 21, 2021

Pair of Bills Seek Prohibition on Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status, Possessing a Vaccine Passport

After the narrow defeat of a similar measure earlier in the session, lawmakers in the Montana Legislature have revived a debate over vaccine passports and exemptions. The bill is drawing supporters who are anti-vaccine and say the legislation would p...


Board of Health Extends Face Covering Rule

Last week, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health made a number of changes to local emergency rules that are meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County. Changes include: ... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 14, 2021

Truck, other items stolen in Milligan Canyon area

A vehicle and numerous other items were taken last week from a residence in the Milligan Canyon area. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle, the truck and items were stolen on April 4 around 6:15 a.m. on Cottonwood Road in Cardwell.... Full story


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