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Guest Op-Ed: Three Forks student discusses Affirmative Action Policies

Disclaimer: The views expressed in Op-Ed’s published in the Three Forks Voice are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the publication. By Madison Griffiths Prejudice, racial inequity, and discrimination are just a few of...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 22, 2023 

Column: No beef with a four-day week

While there certainly are some hassles about being self-employed, there are also many rewarding things. One of my favorite things about having a home office is unless I’m out covering an event or doing an in-person interview, I can wear whatever I... Full story


Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Finding quiet

It seems all too common that we have difficulty turning off our thoughts when we go to bed at night. Our minds keep racing…How do we quiet our minds and hearts? We think about many things, an event, a situation, or the stuff we didn’t mark off... Full story


Column: A March Madness Road Trip

I’m an avid sports fan, and my absolute favorite time of the year is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, especially the first four days. I may not leave the couch this Thursday morning until Sunday night, and I’m perfectly okay with this. As a kid,... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 8, 2023

Our View: Important night for Education Foundation

The Three Forks Education Foundation is a gigantic asset to the three local schools. Whether it is their annual teacher grants or student scholarships, the foundation goes above and beyond to benefit students and teachers. The Three Forks community... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 8, 2023

Column: Is that a monster at the self checkout?

I’m okay with getting a little more cynical every day, and I guess it’s just part of my journey of aging. I’m at the point where most things cause me stress, but a few hit home a little harder. These are just a few examples of the little... Full story


Letter to the Editor: Your Community Needs You

Are you an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or would you like to become one? Could you drive an ambulance to help community residents when they are suffering and need help? We need YOU to volunteer with the Three Forks Area Ambulance Service (TFAAS... Full story

 By Molly Absolon    Opinion    March 1, 2023

Writers on the Range: Backcountry adventurers know they're taking chances

Six people have died in avalanches in the United States since the snow started to fly this fall. Every year, an average of 27 people -skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers - die this way.... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 1, 2023

Column: No popcorn chicken? Time to riot

You can’t log onto social media these days without seeing some vitriol spewing in the comments sections. It really is unfortunate, and I miss the days when all I would see were pictures of people’s families. At this point, I’d even settle for w... Full story


Our View: A job well done, Three Forks teams

How about them Wolves! It was quite a weekend for the Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team after the regular season conference champions won the 5B District Tournament with a thrilling... Full story


Coaches Corner: You have the power to build up or tear down

Gossip...according to the Oxford dictionary, is informal talk or stories about other people's private lives that may be unkind or not true. Webster's dictionary defines gossip as "casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people." W... Full story


Column: Did I really lose the office in 15 minutes?

I’ve been lucky to work in many great newsrooms with fantastic co-workers. I’ve also had some jobs in journalism that were awful experiences. Whether I liked a past job or not, they have led me to what I’m doing now in Three Forks, and I am... Full story


Our View: Slow it down during incidents

Earlier this month, I was one of the many area residents who had the minor inconvenience of waiting in traffic for an hour because of a semi-rollover on Interstate 90 between Logan and Manhattan. While sitting in traffic was not how I envisioned... Full story


Column: Can't beat a loose meat sandwich

2023 is off to a great start in the kitchen, seeing I’ve gone over a month without dropping a pizza in the bottom of the oven. It has been nice enough that I could probably smoke something outside, but I recently signed up for Apple TV, so I have... Full story


Coaches Corner by Ellie West: The Value of Time

I never really overthought time until I became much older. Now, I think about it more but look at time differently. I value time more now than I did in my twenties, perhaps because I realized that the years I may have left are fewer than when I was... Full story


The Prairie Doc: It's time for your checkup

Recently I received a mailing from my clinic reminding me it is time to schedule my annual preventative care physical. Apparently, doctors need to go to the doctor, too, even when they feel fine. As a primary care physician, one of my passions is pre...


Column: I'm not so sure how 'Super' it is anymore

This weekend I will be one of the around 100 million people in the United States who tunes in for the Super Bowl. This year is another Super Bowl where nobody from the National Football League reached out to me about my ideas to improve the game,... Full story

 By Ellie West    Opinion    February 8, 2023

Coaches Corner: Have your dreams been crushed?

Have you ever had a dream of yours crushed…maybe even as a child? Many of you have, and in retrospect, you have forgotten how to dream. Do you often feel stuck in your current vocation or life in general? Zippia, the career expert, states that 65%... Full story


Guest Editorial: Fighting for Montana Values

With the holidays behind us and Congress gearing up for a new session, I look forward to continuing my mission fighting for our Montana way of life in Washington, D.C. Under President Biden and Democrat congressional leadership, Montanans are facing... Full story


Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Decluttering

When we think of decluttering, most think of removing junk and cleaning our closets, drawers, garages, or storage areas. The start of a new season is often the perfect time to get rid of stuff and reorganize. Or perhaps, the new year is an... Full story


Op-Ed: Montana Taxpayers Deserve a Refund

By Speaker of the House: Rep. Matt Regier, Speaker Pro Tempore: Rep. Rhonda Knudsen and Major Leader: Rep. Sue Vinton The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in session, and the House has already gaveled in. This year the state faces a unique... Full story


Column: Don't eat the gas station egg salad sandwich

When I first decided to move to Montana nearly eight years ago, I ended up staying for a few weeks at a hotel. I was very excited about my new adventure, but looking back, I did not enjoy my time at the motel. The hotel room was the type of dirty... Full story


Coaches Corner by Ellie West: Ripple Effect

I love being near water, throwing rocks, or skipping stones, especially on lakes that appear to look like glass. What happens when we throw rocks into a body of water? Once the rock hits the water, depending on the weight or size, it creates a...


Column: The Happy Meal is on the Roof

There is an infamous scene from the television show "Breaking Bad" where the main character tosses a pizza on the roof of his home in a fit of rage. As bizarre as that may sound, it seemed completely normal to me. While it wasn't a pizza, I had once... Full story


Op-Ed: Medicaid Rates for Montana Nursing Homes

As Montanans, we care for each other. Across the rural-urban divide, generational divide, and Brawl of the Wild divide. Of all our constituents across Montana, the most deserving are our elderly neighbors who are on Medicaid benefits. They have... Full story


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