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Letters to the Editor: To those in charge of the Three Forks Rodeo

My wife and I have always enjoyed attending rodeos.  We recently attended the rodeo in Wilsall and really enjoyed it except my goodness we could not hear anything over their loud speakers. What a joy to be able to hear every word that the narrator h...

 By Elsie Arntzen    Opinion    July 21, 2021

Guest Editorial: Ensuring a Robust Civics Education for students in state of Montana

While summer is upon us, Montana teachers know that the learning hasn't stopped. They are busy preparing for the new school year to begin, and planning lessons and activities for students across our state. As we head toward the new year, teachers...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Our View: Great to have Rodeo Dayz back

A year ago this week, the new bleachers at the Three Forks Rodeo grounds should have been packed. The same could be said for downtown Three Forks, where the crowds of both current and former residents lining the streets were absent. Unfortunately,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 14, 2021

Column: Beer Can Chicken

I really enjoy beer. I also enjoy roasting chicken. Once I figured I could combine the two, I was happy for about a week and could not wait to make “beer can chicken” for the first time. I was flipping through channels on a cooking show and...


The Prairie Doc: The Liver, We Can't Live Without It

The liver is one of the most amazing but underrated organs in our bodies. We cannot live without it, and, unlike the kidney, we cannot bypass it with a dialysis machine. Lose your liver and you lose your life.  The liver is essential for digestion,...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 7, 2021

Column: Stallin(g)

For pretty much the entire final semester of high school, I spent my first-hour class sitting in a chair in the attendance office. To this day, I say it was just a tremendous misunderstanding, but nobody wanted to hear my side of the story. I should... Full story


Guest Editorial: Commission discusses APRA funds

After a tumultuous year for all of us – (How is that for an understatement?!) – our communities and citizens of Gallatin County are now facing a historic opportunity. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which Congress passed in March, has delive... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 30, 2021

Column: Stuck in the parking lot

To say it has been hot the past few days in Three Forks would be an understatement. I’m thinking not only could you have fried an egg on the sidewalk, but it was also warm enough to have cooked a complete Irish breakfast with ham, bacon, sausage,... Full story


Guest Editorial: The debt we owe wildland firefighters

“It’s like having gasoline out there,” said Brian Steinhardt, forest fire zone manager for Prescott and Coconino national forests in Arizona, in a recent AP story about the increasingly fire-prone West. Now something else is happening — and...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 23, 2021

Column: Like Mike

A famous Gatorade commercial saturated the airwaves in the early 1990s featuring the famous slogan of “Be Like Mike.” The campaign with the iconic former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan had millions repeating the catchphrase, and I’m sure that I... Full story


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...


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