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 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 20, 2021 

WIND EVENT WREAKS HAVOC

What is being described as a once in ten-year wind event wreaked havoc across the Treasure State last week including multiple trees being uprooted and power outages in the Three Forks area. According... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 20, 2021 

Gianforte issues directives, Kelley responds

On Wednesday of last week, new Montana Governor Greg Gianforte issued a new directive to replace several directives related to the pandemic that were put in place by former Governor Steve Bullock. Shortly after, Gallatin City-County Health Officer...

 

2 seats up for election on Three Forks School Board

There are two spots up for election on the Three Forks School Board. The two open seats belong to trustee Robert Buchholz who was elected to a one-year term in 2020 and Mat Marx who was appointed in...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 13, 2021

Madison-Ruby- Jefferson River Watersheds updating maps

A collaborative effort launched in 2016 between government agencies and local government is currently in the process of updating the Flood Maps for the Madison-Ruby-Jefferson River Watersheds. The... Full story

 

Prolonged December Dry Spell Decreases Early Season Snowpack Totals

Entering the 2021 Water Year on Oct. 1 there was a great deal of excitement about the possible “La Nina” winter forecasted for the fall and winter seasons. What would this mean for Montana’s winter air temperatures and one of Montana’s most...

 

Gootkin nominated for state position, retires as Gallatin County Sheriff

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin has been nominated by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte to serve as the next director of the Montana Department of Corrections. He retired from his post as Gallatin County Sheriff on Thursday, Dec. 31. "I will miss...

 

First Week of 67th Legislative Session Sees New Governor, COVID-19 Plans and Gun Bills

HELENA -- A bill to reduce COVID-19 liability for Montana businesses and the first meeting of the Legislature's COVID-19 panel came during the first week of the session, a day after Republican leadership confirmed the first known positive test for...

 

NWS discusses ice jam dangers

HELENA, Mont. – Damaging floods caused by ice jams are a fact of life along many Montana rivers and streams. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) would like to remind... Full story

 

2021 Legislature convenes in a crowded Capitol

HELENA - Members of the House and Senate kicked off the 2021 Legislature in person at the state Capitol on Monday, formally convening and electing leadership for what may be a turbulent 90-day session during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers took... Full story

 

NWS issues advisory about potential of minor ice jam related flooding

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory Sunday for the Jefferson River near Three Forks due to an ice jam that may cause minor lowland flooding. The service is asking residents to report...

 

New ice rink filled, vandalism reported

While there was some great news last week in Three Forks with the filling of the new ice rink, some vandals soured the party with vandalism less than 24 hours since water was added to the portable...

 

Start your New Year off right with a First Day Hike at Lewis and Clark Caverns

Those looking to start 2021 off on the right foot will be able to do so with a First Day Hike planned for January 1 at Lewis and Clark Caverns near Three Forks. On Jan. 1, Montana State Parks is... Full story

 

Vaccines distributed to health care providers including school nurses

The Gallatin City-County Health Department received 300 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine last week. According to County Health Officer Matt Kelly, this batch of doses will continue to focus on frontline health care providers including all the...

 

Search and Rescue, Gallatin River Ranch Fire respond to overturned canoe

On Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:05 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue and Gallatin River Ranch Fire Department responded to a call from a 26-year-old man and his 63-year-old mother who...

 

District announces winter fan policy

Three Forks High School has announced its attendance policy for the upcoming basketball and wrestling seasons. At a school board meeting last week, Principal Greg Heys the policy will be 2 fans for each active player for both Three Forks and the... Full story

 

Voice your opinion at Envision Three Forks

City of Three Forks officials is reminding local residents to learn more or voice their opinion about the Growth Policy in the City of Three Forks. The website https://envisionthreeforks.com gives local residents the opportunity to fill out a...

 
 By Matt Volz    News    December 23, 2020

Mask Mandate in Doubt With Incoming Governor

HELENA, Mont. - Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won't continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against...

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    December 23, 2020

'We're getting there': Health care workers are first in line as Montanans receive initial round of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

HELENA - At St. Peter's Health in Helena, many doctors and medical staff spent the beginning of this week eagerly preparing for a pivotal moment. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the hospital...

 

Superintendent submits letter of resignation

Three Forks Superintendent Jeff Elliott has submitted a letter of resignation to the School Board of Trustees. In his third year in the position, Elliott said Monday he would be leaving when he fulfills his contract on July 1. The School Board voted... Full story

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    December 16, 2020

Montana prepares for initial COVID-19 vaccinations

When 9,750 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Montana as early as this week, the delivery will mark the beginning of a complex distribution plan organized by public health officials,...

 

City applies for FEMA BRIC Grant

The City of Three Forks applied this week for a FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant that would pay for 75 percent of a mitigation project to reduce flooding from the...

 

Missing Christmas Stroll Items Recovered

The Three Forks Chamber of Commerce has recovered three wreaths and two trees that were taken during this month's Christmas Stroll. According to Chamber Director Leandra Hill, they were able to identify who took the items and they were contacted by...

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    December 16, 2020

Lawmakers continue rules debate

HELENA - Lawmakers who sit on the House and Senate rules committees convened virtually and at the state Capitol this week to debate how the upcoming legislative session should operate as COVID-19...

 

Madison River recreation management rules become official Christmas Eve

The rules regulating recreation use on the Madison River will be official on Dec. 24, even though nearly all of the rules, as adopted by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission, won't be implemented... Full story

 

Guest Editorial: It's time to come to the aid of wildland firefighters

By mid-September, there was no one left to call. The West, with its thousands of federal, state, and local fire engines and crews, had been tapped out. Wildfires across the West had consumed the labor of all available wildland firefighters, and...

 

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