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The Prairie Doc: Opioids: The Unfolding of a Crisis

By now everyone with a television or internet connection has heard of the “Opioid Crisis in America”.  Deaths from accidental overdoses of opioids each year have now surpassed deaths from automobile accidents.  Depending on whose numbers you...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 16, 2021 

Column: Mac and Jack

Whenever there is a big sporting event or milestone at my house, it always involves food, and a menu is often planned weeks in advance. The whole house is involved with the decision-making, and whenever the topic of a big meal is planned, the kids wi... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Our View: Your Voice Matters with Growth Policy Update

With the City of Three Forks currently in Phase 2 of a five-year update on their Growth Policy, input from residents will play an integral role in the final document. For those who may not have had the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire, it...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 9, 2021

Column: Slow it down

I was lucky enough to have grown up in Wyoming and to spend the past six years living in Montana. In my humble opinion, there are not two better states in America. I should probably visit all 50 states before making that assumption, but I’ve done... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Our View: Make it out to the Farmer's Market

If you are looking for something to do on what is forecasted to be the hottest day of 2021, you won’t have to travel far. The Three Forks Farmer’s Market will kick off the season on June 3. The market will give residents across the Gallatin... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 2, 2021

Column: The Tambourine

I cannot play a musical instrument, and I’m pretty sure if anyone would hear me sing, they might run away as fast and as far away as possible. On one occasion in college, I was part of an organization that joined a singing competition. As silly as... Full story


The Prairie Doc: Dear Moms, I See You

This has been an exhausting year for moms. Last spring, we had no idea we would still be dealing with this pandemic a year later. It presented difficult decisions, such as in-person school or remote learning, how to work from home while caring for...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 26, 2021

Column: The Mower

Before moving to Montana six years ago, it had been quite a while since I had a nice yard that I could enjoy. The last place I lived had a nice big patch of dirt in front of the house, which was depressing, and since I didn’t own the home, I... Full story

 By Jim Kelly    Opinion    May 19, 2021

Guest Editorial: Chair Discusses Fatality Marker Program

State Leaders applauded the program as “…One of the finest projects I have ever seen undertaken by an Organization. . .” Numerous enough to notice, infrequent enough to startle at seeing, they stimulate reverence, sorrow, sympathy, curiosity,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 19, 2021

Column: Fried Chicken and Graduation

With the Three Forks High School 2021 graduation ceremony just days away, this is the perfect time to write a column about Colonel Sanders. Whoever reads this might be a little bit confused about what those two things have to do with each other.... Full story


The Prairie Doc: Delivering Health Care to the Patient

In the old days, country doctors often cared for folks by coming to the patient’s homes. These house calls brought great relief to people and families that needed medical attention. Nowadays, we are becoming familiar with telemedicine, or health...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 12, 2021

Column: Dad, shut up

I probably watch way too many sports on television, but the way I like to look at it is there are a lot worse things I could be doing with my time. One of the things that always seems to be on in my house on a Saturday is mixed martial arts, and a... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Our View: Added Seat a Boon to Montana

In the months leading up to and throughout the U.S. Census count in 2020, the Three Forks Voice and other newspapers across the state published editorials on the importance of residents ensuring they are counted. Not only was the vote crucial for...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 5, 2021

Column: The Stuffed Burger

Whenever I make a seven-hour trip to my hometown, one of my first stops is at Grub's Drive-In for a double shamrock burger. It is four patties of wonderful. The only thing I have found similar to a shamrock is a 4x4 at In-N-Out burger. The first... Full story


Our View: Great to see packed schedule

There certainly should be a buzz in the air this week in the Three Forks, with a variety of events planned later in the week. The busy schedule kicks off Thursday with the United Methodist Church Spring Rummage Sale, and Saturday, May 1, will...


Column: Concert Season

When I was a junior in high school, I was able to go to my first concert, and it was an eye-opening experience I will never forget. I had been to a few concerts at the local fair, but it was nothing like what I would experience when I was able to... Full story

 By TROY DOWNING    Opinion    April 21, 2021

Guest Editorial: Is Your Insurance Company Doing What They're Supposed To?

Have you ever been the victim of an automobile accident and had the other driver’s insurance company partially blame you for the accident and require you to pay part of the claim? Nearly every driver in the United States will submit an insurance cl...


Column: Laundry and the steam tunnels

Earlier today, I wrote a story about the new laundromat in Three Forks, and it reminded me of my first experience of doing my laundry regularly. While I did do an occasional load of laundry in high school, it was not until that I made it to the... Full story


The Prairie Doc: Sometimes a Diagnosis is Skin Deep

Recently I saw a patient who had experienced two consecutive days of pain in his right upper abdomen. I questioned him, looking for clues of gallstones, liver mass, or maybe an ulcer in the small bowel, but his answers did not fit my expectations....


Column: Taco Tuesday

The other day I heard someone on a television show mention “Taco Tuesday.” This not only made me hungry, but it also made me take a trip down memory lane to my time in high school. I was never a huge fan of high school, but one thing I did... Full story


Letters to the Editor

A concerning bill is about to become law in Montana. I urge our representatives not to support SB 100. Serving not-for-profit organizations showed me situations that work against the common good. This bill, named as anti-fraud, hurts our needy...

 By Jon Tester    Opinion    April 7, 2021

Guest Editorial: Targeted COVID Package Will Reopen Our Economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our frontline health care workers, and Spring is on...


The Prairie Doc: With A Little Help

As a primary care physician, I walk with my patients as they face many of life’s challenges. Facing the diagnosis of dementia may be one of the hardest. Any chronic illness involves loss, but dementia threatens the loss of not only ability and...


Column: Loco Moco

I've learned it is never an excellent idea to go grocery shopping when you are hungry. It's also a terrible idea to watch the Food Network when between meals. As much as I know either one is not a great idea, I still do both. When it is not eating...


Guest Opinion: HB 562 is a Win for Montana's Businesses

I’m JB Howick and my family and I own Townsend Hardware. As new business owners we learned the hard way about a small but important Montana law: MCA 60-6. This law protects the safety of drivers on state highways by prohibiting anything from being...


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