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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 17, 2019 

COLUMN: Store shenanigans

The other day I was at the grocery store searching for some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce when I overheard two ladies having a conversation. They had not seen each other in quite some time and were very happy to see each other and exchange...

 

COLUMN: Nicked nose

The past couple of years I've spent a great deal of time with a beard. Every so often I would let it get a little too long and perhaps look more like a Grizzly Adams than a newspaper guy. It is just really convenient to have a beard. I don't have to...

 

OUR VIEW: Take Back Event A Huge Deal

Opioid addiction is a major crisis in the United States. It affects communities both large and small. While the epidemic is one faced by many adults, it is really scary to see what the consequences opioids have had on the youth of America. Most...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 3, 2019

OUR VIEW:Trail event huge for Three Forks

For Three Forks residents, those across the Gallatin Valley, and visitors, the Headwaters Trails System has become a go to destination that is utilized throughout the year. May 8 is surely to be a mon...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 3, 2019

Column: The clutz

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how karma may have played a part in two wonderful spills I had while walking around town. After another horrifically embarrassing fall inside of a school on my way to a building, I'm beginning to think that it probably...

 

Column: Moving Stinks

I can't remember a time in my life where I was ever so excited for the transition to spring and eventually the high temperatures of summer. This was a brutal winter with a few weeks I thought would never end. Driving was of course a nightmare and...

 

OUR VIEW: Future bright for Three Forks Wrestling

The future looks extremely bright for Three Forks wrestling. The decision by the school board several years ago to add wrestling as a sport led to a team returning to the high school for the first time in several decades. This was a monumental...

 

Column: Sweet, Sweet Karma

I'm by no means a spiritual guru who spends hours a day cross legged on the floor mediating, but I'm a firm believer in karma. What goes around often does come around. While I certainly have my moments, I try to do the best I can and treat people the...

 

Column: Peaches, Bella, and the intruder

I had written a column about bullying for this week but decided at the last moment to not run it. It was perhaps a bit too aggressive and I'm sure it would have ruffled some feathers, so I decided to go with something a little more lighthearted....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 6, 2019

COLUMN: Storm People

When a severe winter storm hit recently, I didn't think it would stick around for nearly a week. I'm over the freezing cold, horrible roads, snow everywhere, crappy drivers and everything else that has to do with winter. For the first time I really...

 

OUR VIEW: Student involvement says a lot

At a Three Forks School board meeting last week, I heard an amazing statistic from High School Principal Justin Helvik. He told board members that 89 percent of the students at the school are...

 

Column: Bleacher Butt

When I first started in journalism, I always thought a dream job would be a major movie critic. Several times a week I'd be able to watch movies and then would get the opportunity to write about them. I don't watch nearly as many movies as I used...

 

Column: Social Media

I'm a little bit ashamed of how much time I spend a day on social media. I cannot imagine how productive I would be without it, but it does connect me with friends and family from afar, and is also useful for work, so it does have value. It also...

 

EDITORIAL: Cheeks in the Seats: Make the trip to Belgrade

In small towns across America there may not be anything that brings the community together in unison more than high school sports. Whether it be a huge crowd under the Friday Night Lights or a rivalry basketball game, the sporting events are a...

 

COLUMN: Adam & Janet

In the days after the Super Bowl social media was on fire and it wasn’t about the actual game that just so happened to be probably the least exciting championship affair in recent memory. Instead of talk about how the Patriots defense played or...

 

Our View: Our View: Senate bill a boon to state park

The Missouri Headwaters State Park in Three Forks is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. A proposed bill in the Montana State Legislature would remove the park from the Primitive Parks Act which would allow for upgrades and be a boon...

 

Column: February in Moscow

The past few days of below zero temperatures reminded me of growing up in what is known as the "high desert" of Wyoming. It is full of wide-open spaces and plenty of outdoor opportunities and also has some cold temperatures during the winter months....

 

Column: 5 Minutes

A few years ago, my mother Janet retired after working many years at a coal fired power plant in Wyoming. While it was a great job with outstanding benefits, she was very eager to move on with her life. While many people have an elaborate list of thi...

 

Column: "K"

I'm a little late to the party for a "New Year's" column, but there are certainly some things I would like to see unfold a little bit different in 2019. Don't get me wrong, I'm completely happy with my life, I would just like to see few minor things...

 

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