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Guest Editorial: Stand up and be counted

Sheila M. Stearns Presiding Officer, Montana Districting and Apportionment Commission As the country celebrates its birth as a nation, one of the most patriotic things Montanans can do is stand up and be counted--in the 2020 Census. Or, more...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 24, 2020

Our View: Thanks for all you do Sheriff's Office, Search and Rescue

If you are an active user of Facebook and have not done so already, I would highly recommend following the pages of the Gallatin Valley Sheriff's Office and the Gallatin County Search and Rescue....

 
 By Whitney Bermes    Opinion    May 27, 2020

Guest Editorial: Election Day is around the corner

Election Day is right around the corner. These past few months at the Gallatin County Election Department have been both strenuous and rewarding. We've worked through the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that voters can register and receive a ballot for t...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 6, 2020

Editorial: Hats of the Class of 2020

Later this month the Three Forks High School Class of 2020 will receive their diplomas at what has been described as a unique and exciting ceremony. Not only will this ceremony be different than any class in the past, but the senior year for these...

 

Our View: Plenty of Positives

Over the past few months, I have certainly read about and even personally witnessed people acting in a manner that is not appealing to anyone. While there are certainly been a number of bad apples who are not following recommendations or directives...

 

Our View: Our View: Thanks to all doing their part

Thank you to everyone locally who is playing a role in keeping Montana safe and healthy. Doctors, PAs, nurses, first responders, and others really are making a difference in their battle on the frontlines. Thank you for all of your efforts and the...

 
 By Elsie Arntzen    Opinion    April 1, 2020

Guest Editorial: Schools and Families Lead Their Communities Through Unprecedented Circumstances

This week, I had a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to discuss national responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how the U.S. Department of Education can assist Montana schools. I encouraged flexibility for Montana schools. We...

 

OUR VIEW: Importance of shopping local

It is always important for residents of a small town to shop locally and to eat at local restaurants. This is even more important right now. While dining rooms at restaurants across the area are...

 

Column: The Uber

A little over five years ago Melissa and I went to go watch a UFC fight card in Las Vegas that featured Conor McGregor as well as many other well-known MMA fighters. It was a glorious time and I still think fondly on it often. Although most of the...

 

Column: The Radio

I have so many fond memories of my childhood spent with my Grandpa and Grandma Smith. The two were a huge part of my life and we spent many days attending the University of Wyoming football and basketball games and many fun-filled vacations to...

 

Our View: New Seats Great for Arena

The Three Forks Rodeo Arena may soon be receiving a major upgrade with 2,286 new seats. The City Council voted last week 5-0 in favor of adding the seats. Mayor Sean Gifford will still need to sign...

 

OUR VIEW: Portable signs could be big asset

During a town council meeting in late January, City Clerk Crystal Turner informed the governing body they would have extra money for street maintenance due to the gas tax income exceeding expectations. During a discussion on what to do with the...

 

Guest Editorial: Importance of 2020 Census

A wide range of folks call Gallatin County home. From those in our bigger cities of Bozeman and Belgrade, to our smaller towns of West Yellowstone, Three Forks and Manhattan, to those in unincorporated areas like Big Sky, Gallatin Gateway and Four...

 

COLUMN: Unsteady Work

It's always an exciting yet scary time when moving to a new community and this certainly was the case when I lived in Washington a few years ago. Normally when I had moved in the past, I had a job at a newspaper lined up, but this time was...

 

Our View: District videos a job well done

Over the past several weeks, Three Forks Superintendent Jeff Elliott has been putting "State of the School" videos on YouTube. During the videos which are a few minutes long, Elliott discusses a variety of topics including the need for more space,...

 

COLUMN: Discombobulated

In a few days, people across the world will stay up until midnight to welcome the new year. I most likely will not be one of them. In fact, it has been several years since I stayed up that late that night. This was not always the case and I can...

 

Our View: Be mindful of telephone, online scams

The other day I was sitting in the office when I received a voice recording that my stated Social Security Number had been suspended. Because I have dealt with similar things in the past, I instantly knew this was a scam, but it was still very...

 

Column: Turkey, Turkey, Turkey

Anyone that knows me well certainly understands how much I understand a traditional turkey dinner. If I was ever kidnapped for a ransom and told I could only pick one meal this would certainly be it, but I'm sure that after few hours of taking me...

 

Column: Secret Shopper

Since I started studying journalism in college, I've been able to have a lot of very interesting newspaper jobs. While they were not always as much fun as I would have liked, I always learned a lot and from a wide variety of people. I just had a...

 

Our View: Shop Local Saturday, Throughout Year

This week families and friends will come together across the nation to celebrate Thanksgiving. Following the yearly holiday, many will start their Christmas shopping at bigger locations on Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales. While there will always...

 

COLUMN: Ham and Beans

I really enjoy cooking and the weekends are my favorite time to put some time and effort into creating a great meal. It's never as much fun on weekdays because after a long day I really don't want to spend much time in the kitchen. A few weeks ago,...

 

Column: Goat Heads

While I certainly don't mind being outside for a hike or spending a few days camping without any technology or a care in the world, I also very much like to be sitting on the self-created divot on my couch and binge-watching a television show or a...

 

Our View: Drive appropriately for conditions

A storm last Monday led to some pretty nasty conditions on Interstate 90 throughout Southwest Montana. A jackknifed semi near Logan blocked both westbound lanes of traffic Monday afternoon and there were multiple other incidents of wrecks and...

 

Our View: Harvest Dinner huge for holidays

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are always a magical time of year and a wonderful time for families to spend time together. There are many holiday dinners and there are so many things to be thankful for. Unfortunately, there are people who...

 

Column: Green Hair Didn't Care

When I was a senior in college, I was taking classes through the University of Wyoming Extension office in my hometown and waiting tables at a local restaurant. I had a steady girlfriend, a great group of friends, was making pretty decent money and...

 

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