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Collins reported missing

Editor's Note: The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office reported that Collins has been located and is safe. The Broadwater County Sheriff's Office is asking for assistance in locating a missing individual. The BCSO is looking for Michelle Collins. She...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 8, 2022

Old Town Bridge Closed

The Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department announced Monday the closure of the Old Town Bridge. According to MDT Bridge Bureau Chief Stephanie Brandenberger, the bridge crossing the Jefferson... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    June 8, 2022

City helping with sidewalk replacements

Three Forks residents can get assistance replacing their dilapidated sidewalks from the city as part of a project to beautify the streets while making them safer, according to an email sent by the city on June 1. "The City is committed to the... Full story


More than 2,000 AIS inspections conducted over Memorial Day weekend

Although the weather wasn't ideal for outdoor recreation, aquatic invasive species stations around the state conducted more than 2,000 inspections over the Memorial Day weekend. So far this year, FWP and its partners have inspected 14,000 watercraft,...


Tickets for the Big Sky Country State Fair on sale

The Big Sky Country State Fair in Gallatin County is brining Bigger Fun, Bigger Smiles to this year's 2022 Fair and tickets are on sale now. The Big Sky Country State Fair is offering six amazing...


Cool, Wet Conditions Improve Snowpack and Delay Spring Runoff into June and July

April marked the start of a major weather pattern change which brought much needed precipitation to Montana, and while April was a wet month, May was even wetter in certain areas. Some of the largest totals were in southwest Montana and northern... Full story


Montana's First C-PACE Loan Saves Business Costs, Reduces Water Waste

The Montana Department of Commerce and the Montana Facility Finance Authority recently announced the loan closing for Montana's first Commercial Property Assessed Capital Enhancement (C-PACE) project... Full story

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    June 1, 2022

City council approves new lighting district boundary

The Three Forks City Council passed a resolution to exclude properties within city limits larger than one acre from the town’s special improvement lighting district tax rolls during its May 24 meeting. The decision to amend the district boundaries... Full story


Boaters can help protect Montana from aquatic invasive species

HELENA – Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Montana, and all aquatic invasive species inspection stations are now open on major routes of travel in the state. As boaters venture out to our rivers and lakes, please keep in...


Gallatin County Sheriff's Office warns residents about scam calls

Unfortunately it's time again to be alert to SCAM CALLS. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office has been receiving calls from multiple residents reporting a scam involving our office. The caller says... Full story


Gianforte, DPHHS Announce Major Investment in Montana's Health Information Exchange

Together with Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier and Big Sky Care Connect (BSCC) Chief Executive Officer Ben Tyrrell, Governor Greg Gianforte announced a $20 million investment in the state's health...

 By Eliza McLaughlin    News    May 25, 2022

Board approves 4-day school week

The Three Forks school board unanimously adopted a four-day school week for the 2022-2023 school year during its May 18 meeting, following the trend set by many other small town, Montana schools. With the new schedule, students will begin their... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 25, 2022

Counties seek grant for Old Town Bridge

Gallatin and Broadwater Counties are moving forward with applications to apply for funding to help replace two bridges on Old Town Road. Both counties have applied for a $750,000 grant from the Montana Coal Endowment Program as part of the... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 25, 2022

BCSO to purchase body scanner

The Broadwater County Commission has given the go-ahead for the Sheriff’s Office to obtain a Request for Proposals for a Body Scanner for the detention center in Townsend. The scanner will be utilized to check inmates for weapons, drugs, and any...


Property Tax Deadlines Approaching in Gallatin County

Tax deadlines are coming up in Gallatin County. • The second half of 2021 real property taxes are due May 31. • The first half of 2022 taxes for mobile homes are due May 31. Payments must be received in the Gallatin County Treasurer's...


Mandatory trapper education course available online soon

People looking to get into trapping will have a new, and required, education course available online June 1 from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The course is being developed by the Trapper Education Committee, which has members from the Montana...

 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


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


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...


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...


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


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...


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