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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    January 27, 2021 

Our View: Ice rink huge for Three Forks

While many residents may have been glad to see the end of 2020, there was some great news at the end of the year from the City of Three Forks. A new portable ice rink was constructed and filled at Stevenson Park and although the weather has not alway...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    January 27, 2021 

Column: Hastings

I am not a big fan of huge retail stores. Sometimes it is a necessary evil to go to one of the big box stores to make a purchase but that does not mean I have to enjoy even one second of it. My hometown didn’t get a Walmart until I was in late...

 

Our View: New members would be huge for TFAA

In late 2020, Three Forks Area Ambulance hosted a drive-by fundraising event to help generate funds for an Emergency Medical Training Class for new members. When putting together a story about the event it became very clear that the service was in...

 

Column: One of those things

When I was a kid, I probably spent more time on the golf course than just about anyone in my hometown. If I was staying with my dad, we would get in nine holes before 8 a.m., golf another nine after 5 p.m., and on the weekends play between 18 and 36...

 

Our View: Page shows positives of social media

It’s oftentimes easy to get swept up in the negative news that can be seen all over the place. Sometimes a quick visit to social media can be an instant downer with the amount of not only negative news but also a lot of fake news. 2020 was a rough...

 

Column: 'Big Sky'

I’m not quite sure what my mom likes more, reading or a nice glass or six of wine. When she’s not partaking in the fun of adult grape juice, you can always find her with her Kindle or a book in her hand. While my mom will read a variety of...

 

The Prairie Doctor: Choose Respect Not Fear

My son is a cub scout, and I am den leader. Recently our den met outside and practiced putting up tents and learned how to build a fire. With efforts to stay distanced, every scout made his own s’more, and we had such a fun time. One highlight of t...

 

Column: The Tree Farm

I recently read that Republic Services was offering free Christmas Tree recycling in Three Forks. Within seconds of viewing this, I was flooded with a memory that has disappeared for well over a decade. Truth be told I probably have a lot of... Full story

 

Guest Editorial: 2020 a challenge at Montana State Parks

As one of the most challenging years in Montana history comes to a close, we want to call Montanans' attention to the important role our state parks and fishing access sites have played during the COVID crisis. As social distancing became necessary...

 

Column: Radio

After my first year of college at the University of Wyoming, I procrastinated a little too long and did not end up finding a job until mid-June. Because I was late finding work and perhaps spending too much of my salary from McDonald’s I was forced...

 

Our View: Be prepared to take care of pets

In a Facebook post last week, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office shared a seasonal reminder that had a very important message. The message detailed how pets are not toys and to not give a puppy and kitten as a gift unless prepared to take care...

 

Column: Hood Wars

I’m sure I probably sound like a cranky neighbor yelling at people to stay off my lawn who also walked nine miles through a mountain pass to get to school, but kids are just not outside very much anymore. It’s kind of sad because a lot of them...

 

Guest Editorial: 229 years ago, America became . . . America

Yesterday marked a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago December 15 that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Bill of Rights Day...

 

Column: Philly 'Wit' Cheese

The City of Philadelphia is rich in history and perhaps and is perhaps as important or more in the creation of the United States as anywhere else. While Philadelphia does have the nickname of the "city of brotherly love", it has also garnered a reput...

 

Guest Opinion: Recommitting to Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

The most recent increase of positive COVID-19 cases in our community and state may have many of us feeling vulnerable, isolated with uncertainty about the days ahead. Please remember we are in this together and will get through these tougher times...

 

Column: Ring, Ring

I never have been one that has been a huge fan of talking on the phone, but it is a necessary part of my job. While there are a lot of things I much rather take care of in person or through email, I still find myself making a handful of calls every...

 

Our View: Please shop local this holiday season

It would be an understatement to say 2020 has been rough for so many small-town businesses in Montana. I’ll readily admit it has been tough trying to navigate through the closures, mandates, growing cases, and uncertainty. The next few weeks are go...

 

Column: Dreaming of Turkey

I’m sure that most people have a favorite holiday, and this is certainly the case for me. The fourth Thursday of November, also known as Thanksgiving, is by far my favorite, and I’m not going to lie it has a lot to do with the food. It’s...

 

OUR VIEW: Slow down for emergency personnel

In late October, two tow truck drivers were killed on the scene of an accident on Interstate 90. This was a very tragic accident and one that should send a loud and clear message to those who are driving by tow truck drivers and emergency personnel...

 

Column: Fake troubles...

It was the middle of the night and here I found myself in the high desert of Wyoming with my headlines on trying to navigate through a never-ending sea of sagebrush. While I certainly wasn’t hiding a body as I see on so many of the true-crime shows...

 

Opinion: Veterans Day a poignant time

The month of November is a special time for the nation's veterans. While Memorial Day honors fallen soldiers and service people, Veterans Day, which takes place each November, is an opportunity to...

 

Column: Up All Night

When I was a sophomore in high school, I decided I would join the speech and debate team and it was one of the best decisions I ever made in school. Not only did I make a lot of friends and travel all over Wyoming, but I also had an amazing job and...

 

Guest Opinion: Justice Amy Coney Barrett will Protect Montana's Way of Life

Earlier this year, I joined two Montana families at the United States Supreme Court. I went to hear the oral arguments for a landmark case very relevant to the State of Montana. The case was about equal protection under the Constitution, religious...

 

Our View: Please slow it down

Without trying to sound too much like Lord Eddard Stark on "Game of Thrones", winter is coming in southwest Montana and its pending arrival has already brought the return of nasty roads to the...

 

Column: Vacation Friends

I by no means have a photographic memory but do believe I can vividly remember a lot of things, especially small moments that probably should have no business taking up space in my brain. I am also the same guy that knows there is a council meeting...

 

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