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New Gallatin County Vaccine page available

The Gallatin County Health Department shared last week information about a new web page dedicated to helping direct local residents to where they can look for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The page is located at https://www.healt...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    March 17, 2021

New round of federal COVID-19 aid means billions for state of Montana

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed by U.S. Congress Wednesday and heading to the desk of President Joe Biden, will bring billions of stimulus dollars into Montana under the auspices of a wide-ranging effort to pull the...



Our country is at a crossroads, one that should not go unnoticed. Americans face an enduring quandary as we consider the future of our novice democracy; we would be wise to consider carefully how to proceed. On January 20, 2021, President Biden was...

 By Mara Silvers    News    March 17, 2021

Can Montana get a grip on addiction?

In late January, when Mary Windecker got up to testify in front of the budget committee considering how to fund Montana’s addiction and mental health treatment programs, her words cut through a typically bureaucratic proceeding to present an...


Gallatin County DUI Task Force Providing Breathalyzer Education Program

Think Twice was created with guidance and support from insurance providers to help patrons who are NOT visibly impaired get home safe. This breathalyzer education program is funded by the Gallatin DUI Task Force, making it free for all...


Public Comment Sought on Gallatin County Growth Policy

Gallatin County is excited to announce the final outreach phase of Envision Gallatin: The Growth Policy Public Working Draft. Please take a moment to visit to review and comment on the draft Growth Policy. Envision...


U.K. Covid Variant confirmed in County

Gallatin City-County Health Officer Matt Kelley confirmed last week three cases of the U.K. variant of Covid-19 have been identified within Gallatin County. The cases were confirmed by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services....


Cold and Wet February Boosts Prospects of Spring and Summer Water Supply

After abundant snowfall in many of Montana's river basins during February, streamflow forecasts issued by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on March 1 indicate an increased likelihood of near to slightly above average spring and... Full story


Open Burning Season Starts in Gallatin County

March 1 marked the first day of open burning season in Gallatin County. Residents are asked to remember they need to purchase and activate a burn permit for anything larger than a recreational fire. To purchase or activate a burn permit, or for...

 By Chris Aadland    News    March 10, 2021

State expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Up to 140,000 more Montanans will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine Monday thanks to an expansion of the state's current distribution phase.  As Montana begins to receive more doses of COVID-19...


Gallatin County Sheriff Selects Undersheriff

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer has selected a sheriff's office captain to be his undersheriff. Last week, Jeremy Kopp was chosen to be the next undersheriff for the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office. Undersheriff Kopp is a native Montanan who...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 3, 2021

Uthlaut Accepts District Top Job

The Three Forks School District will soon have a new Superintendent. According to Elementary School Principal Steve Fanning, Rhonda Uthlaut was offered the job Monday, and she accepted. The School Board must officially approve at a special meeting... Full story


Three Forks Airport receives funding

The Three Forks Airport will receive $13,000 in grant funding to keep up with costs and continue projects amid the Covid-19 project. The funding is part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was signed into law...


Southwest Airlines Coming to Bozeman; Daily Service to Begin May 27

In its 50th year of service, Southwest Airlines will bring low fares to the state of Montana on May 27, 2021 with the addition of service to Bozeman Yellowstone Int'l Airport (BZN).  The new service...


Flood Plain Open Houses Next Week

Gallatin County residents will have the opportunity to learn more about draft FEMA floodplain maps at two Public Open House Meetings next week. The Gallatin County Planning Department and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation...


Council seat vacant

There is a vacancy on the Three Forks City Council. Town officials announced last week the immediate resignation of Erin Schattauer. The appointment of the vacancy is planned for March 23 at 7 p.m. The deadline to file is March 18. The Three Forks... Full story


Sheriff Meehan Concerned About Lack of Infrastructure

Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan is concerned with the growth in the Wheatland area near Three Forks. At the top of the list of concerns for Mehan is the lack of infrastructure. "The county is gr... Full story


Health Officer Urges Residents to Wait Turn

With Gallatin County still in Phase 1B of the Covid-19 vaccine distribution process, Health Officer Matt Kelley is asking some help from the community and pleads with them to not skip their place in line. "We need you to know that if you are in a...


Superintendent interviews next week

The Three Forks School Board will meet Wednesday, February 24, to select candidates for the new Superintendent of Schools. The staff and public interview process are scheduled for Monday, March 1, and Tuesday, March 2 (see photo) at a... Full story


Proposal to nullify local mask mandates advances

Lawmakers advanced a bill last week that would essentially nullify local health measures like mask mandates and prohibit local governments and health officials from adopting similar requirements in th...


Suspect fires at GSCO Detective, apprehended after chase

On February 17, 2021 at approximately 11:45 p.m., officers with the Belgrade Police Department were dispatched to a residence in Belgrade for a report of a partner or family member assault. The...


Three Forks School Disrict Announces Candidates for Superintendent

The Three Forks School District #J24 received four applications for the open Superintendent position and the school board and administrative team met Wednesday evening to screen the applications. The team selected two finalists that will take part... Full story


Missouri River Drug Task Force wages war on meth

The effects of methamphetamines and other drugs can have a devastating impact on a community. The crippling effects of drug abuse are present in Three Forks and throughout the Gallatin Valley, both... Full story


Landowner questions flood maps, mitigation

Last week, a local landowner approached the Three Forks City Council, asking them to pull back from the FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure Grant funding process. Terry Anderson requested the City provide more information to area residents about...


City committee discusses several improvements

The City of Three Forks Streets and Alleys and Parks Committees have recently been discussing several improvement projects. At last week’s City Council meeting, Council and Committee member Gene Townsend discussed a recent tour of several areas...


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