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Local Calls Must Use 406 Area Code

Residents in Three Forks and across the Treasure State are recommended to update their cell phone and or home phone contacts. Beginning October 24, 2021, all local calls in Montana must be dialed... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 20, 2021 

Council receives water project update

Last week, the Three Forks City Council heard an update about test wells that will be drilled as the first phase of an ongoing water project. Susan Hayes of Great West Engineering told the Council they solicited bids for the two wells to be drilled... Full story


Election Department Mails 2021 Ballots

The Gallatin County Election Department mailed ballots for the 2021 Municipal General Election today, Wednesday, Oct. 13, to all registered active voters in Gallatin County. Voters will likely start... Full story


Rauser Announces Campaign for Broadwater County Sheriff

Broadwater County Sheriff's Captain Nick Rauser, a thirteen year law enforcement veteran, announced today he is running to succeed retiring Broadwater County Sheriff Wynn Meehan. Rauser is currently the third-ranking leader in the Office. "Broadwater... Full story


Fire season 2021: Early to start, late to finish, and smoky in the middle

The state's first major winter storm dropped snow on parts of southern Montana early this week, signaling the final act of an active fire season that had prompted Gov. Greg Gianforte to issue a...


Bear safety for hunters: virtual and in-person opportunities

Human-bear conflicts increase in autumn as bears gorge in preparation for hibernation, and people take to the woods for archery and rifle hunting seasons. Elk and deer rifle season opener is Oct. 23, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting two...


Western Legacy Center headed to Southwest Montana

Last week, the Western Legacy Center (WLC) announced its plan to create a viable, vibrant tourism-based enterprise to generate economic and cultural value for Whitehall and the surrounding area. The Western Legacy Center will celebrate Montana's cowb...


Governor Announces 16% Savings in Fire Costs Through Cost-Sharing Negotiations

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the state of Montana achieved a 16-percent reduction in fire costs for Fiscal Year 2022 from the Fire Suppression Fund through cost-sharing negotiations between the Montana Department of...


Tester Secures Nearly $350,000 to Support Montana Law Enforcement Agencies, Enhance Public Safety

U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week announced $341,238 in Department of Justice (DOJ) Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAGs) to help law enforcement agencies across Montana keep communities safe and keep officers on the job.  “Law enforcement office...

 By Eric Dietrich    News    October 20, 2021 

Nine ways to divide Montana

An effort to divide Montana into two districts for U.S. House elections over the next decade now has a set of nine finalist maps — and an unmistakable partisan divide. The maps were advanced this week by the Montana Districting and Apportionment...


Districts statewide struggling to staff their school bus routes

Despite offering perks, paid training, and higher wages, school districts and bus companies across Montana are scrambling to fill vacant school bus driver positions.  Though there is a continual... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 13, 2021

Sheriff discusses break-ins, thefts at local trailheads

Vehicle break-ins and thefts at trailheads in Gallatin County were once again a problem during the summer months of 2021. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office reported an uptick of the instances in September, and according to Sheriff Dan Springer,... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 13, 2021

2021 event a boon for rodeo board

After record attendance numbers in 2021, Three Forks Rodeo Executive Secretary Christina Kamps joked that board members are still recovering from July’s annual Three Forks NRA Rodeo. Three months after the event, Kamps said last week she was...

 By Mara Silvers    News    October 13, 2021

Bozeman Health presents roadmap for inpatient psychiatric unit

Bozeman Health, the dominant medical care provider in Montana's most rapidly growing region, has announced plans to develop a 12-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit at Deaconess Hospital by 2023,... Full story


Future Fisheries Improvement Program grant deadline is Nov. 15

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds landowners, watershed groups and others that this winter's deadline to apply for Future Fisheries Improvement Program grants is November 15. The goal of FWP's Future Fisheries Program is to restore rivers, s... Full story


Governor Gianforte Solicits Applications, Nominations for Judgeships in 13th, 18th Judicial Districts

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today again solicited applications and nominations for vacancies in both the 13th Judicial District (Yellowstone County) and 18th Judicial District (Gallatin County). The governor is still accepting...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 6, 2021

Gallatin Valley Vision opening eye care center in Three Forks

By this time next month, area residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of a full-service eye care center in Three Forks. Gallatin Valley Vision, currently located in Bozeman, is set to open a... Full story


Fire Destroys Legendary LaHood Park Steakhouse

Over nine decades of meals, laughter, memories, and music came to a screeching halt in the early morning hours of Thursday, September 30, 2021, when LaHood Park Steakhouse went up in flames. "It happe... Full story


One Montana announces 2022 Montana Master Hunter Program

One Montana’s Master Hunter Program (MHP) is accepting applications from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 for the 2022 program. Class locations include Missoula (March), Helena (April), Big Timber (April) and Havre (May).  Each class will consist of two...


Wildfire Smoke Is Here to Stay -- Here's How to Clean the Air Inside Your Home

The fierce wildfires that broke out across much of the western United States this summer, spreading smoke across hundreds of miles, continue to pose a serious health hazard to millions. More are expected this fall. That's a major health concern... Full story


Governor Gianforte, State Agencies Blast BLM Over Its APR Bison Grazing Proposal

HELENA, Mont. – In public comment to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Governor Greg Gianforte and four state agencies yesterday raised issues with the BLM’s Environmental Assessment of the American Prairie Reserve’s (APR) bison grazing...


FWP staff wraps up aquatic invasive species survey season

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is wrapping up another season surveying for aquatic invasive species (AIS). FWP and partner AIS early detection crews surveyed more than 300 waters around the state, collecting over 2,200 early detection samples...


Trail connection will not go through school property

The connection of the Headwaters Trail System from Jefferson Street to the area near hole number four of the Headwaters Golf Course will not be going through Three Forks School district property....


Districting commission takes an initial look at public-proposed U.S. House district maps

HELENA - The commission tasked with dividing Montana into two U.S. House districts for the first time since the 1980s asked the public for input last month. Montanans responded with an earful, submitt... Full story


Potential changes to 2022, 2023 hunting regulations available to review online

HELENA – Potential hunting regulation changes for 2022 and 2023 are available online for the public to review. The proposed changes are coming now during the normal biennial season setting year to help make Montana’s hunting regulations simpler...


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