Governor Gianforte provided a clear path to rescinding the statewide mask mandate.
First, the most vulnerable Montanans are being vaccinated.
Second, the legislature sends to his desk a measure to protect businesses and schools from lawsuits if they make a good faith effort to protect individuals from the spread of coronavirus and follow clear public health guidelines.
The full text of Governor Gianforte’s Executive Order 2-2021 and Directive implementing EO 2-2021 may be found HERE
The U.S. Small Business Administration,
in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.
Montana Women’s Business Center Announces 3rd Annual Impact Grant Competition
Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Women’s Business Center (MTWBC) at Prospera Business Network has announced the grant opportunities for the 2021 MTWBC Impact Grant competition. Prospera raised $15,000 at the 2020 Prosperity Party fundraiser last September that will fund three grants to women owned businesses in Montana. Each applicant is challenged to share a compelling story of their business and their strategy to utilize the funds. Businesses can apply for a $2,500, $5,000, or $7,500 reimbursement grant to boost their business growth.
The 2021 MT Women's Business Center Impact Grant applications will open on January 18, 2021. Montana’s women entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply grant dollars to take their businesses to the next level by creating and retaining high paying jobs, increasing productivity, or supporting other female entrepreneurs.
Featured on Photonics.com
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in photonics and laser technology at Gallatin College in Bozeman is gaining national attention, thanks to a recent profile on Photonics.com.
The article highlights the skills developed by students who complete the program, which has a focus on AC/DC, solid-state, and digital electronics, as well as the fundamentals of light and lasers, laser systems, associated applications, and advanced manufacturing techniques. The first three cohorts have graduated 24 technicians, all of whom are working in local industry.
Headwaters Area Food Bank Gallatin Valley Food Bank is celebrating it's 39th year of service!
Thank you to everyone who has dedicated their time and talents, over the past 39 years, to ensure everyone in our valley has enough food to eat!
Our Gallatin Valley Food Bank was established in 1982 by a Bozeman dietician Maggie Price and HRDC Vista Mary Martin. Maggie Price was the first director of The Gallatin Valley Emergency Food Bank, which operated out of a small house donated by the City of Bozeman on Mendenhall and Third Street.
Find out more about their history by visiting gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org
The City adopted a policy regarding Ice Rink usage.
The ice rink is included in areas which can be reserved via Ordinance #8-6.
Ice Rink Use Policy:
The City of Three Forks is committed to providing long term financial support at an amount to be recommended annually by the Parks and Recreation Committee and adopted by the Budget Committee and City Council. Further support will come from volunteers who have committed to the City of Three Forks to provide in-kind labor and materials for this Fiscal Year.
Ice rinks pose an inherent risk to all who use them including, but not limited to, broken bones, cracked skulls, ice particles breaking the skin or injuring eyes. In an effort to reduce risk and educate the users of the ice rink, a regular maintenance plan and expectations is defined below.
• It is recommended that inspections of outdoor ice rinks be made once a day to ensure the ice remains safe for use.
• Inspections will be documented, including any repairs or maintenance done or maintenance that should be completed.
• Hazards such as cracked ice, frost boils, exposed ground, or chopped up surface should be repaired immediately, and the rink should be posted as closed until the repairs are completed.
• Ice shavings pose a risk to children as they can be tempting to be eaten or played with. Shavings can contain bodily fluids and so it will be posted at the rink that such shavings may be unsafe. Rink volunteers and City maintenance staff should remove shavings as soon as possible and should also be informed of this danger.
• Vehicles of any kind should not be used in the maintenance of the rink or for plowing snow. Vehicles bring debris onto the ice surface such as sand or salt, which can cause melting of sections of ice. Vehicles can also drip oil, gas, anti-freeze, etc. on the surface, creating hazards. Having a large vehicle on the ice surface near children is very dangerous, as the vehicle cannot stop quickly or safely.
B) Conflicting Uses:
• The ice rink is open for public use at any time. Considerations must be made by all users of the rink for noise or lights during the evening/night/dawn.
• Hockey playing and public skating is not allowed to take place at the same time at one rink.
• For a private use or event, an application shall be submitted to City Hall following #8-6 of the Three Forks Ordinances.
• Volunteers must be approved by the Mayor and complete workman’s compensation paperwork with City Hall.
• Volunteers help to ensure that rink conditions remain safe by supervising skating or conducting inspections and maintenance operations.
• Volunteers will be trained by municipal staff in the correct ways to perform their duties.
• The same municipal documents should be used for inspections performed, or incident reports.
• All documentation will be filed with the municipality at City Hall. (Maintenance document may be kept in the warming hut until the log sheet is filled, then returned to City Hall.)
D) Signage: Signs will be posted around the rink including information such as:
• Hours of operation: 24 hours a day except closed for maintenance or weather.
• No vehicles allowed on ice.
• Be respectful of other users, especially those younger or learning to skate.
• Open skating except as otherwise reserved or closed for maintenance/safety
• The City recommends the following:
Helmets be worn
Children be supervised
• City Hall contact number 285-3431
• Emergencies with the Rink outside of business hours contact number 539-6905.
• Volunteers are responsible for returning completed maintenance log sheets to City Hall.
• Volunteers are responsible for reporting any repairs needed to take place.
• City Employees are responsible for ensuring the repairs take place in a timely fashion and that signage to close the Rink is posted as needed.
• City Employees will acknowledge all calls to encourage the public to call in and report problems. Any issues will be directed to the appropriate department for repairs.
The Three Forks Chamber Bulletin is created by
2020 Chamber of Commerce
President Brooke Leugers, Member
Vice President Julia Caruana, Cowgirl Creativity
Treasurer Ranee Berg, Chiropractic Clinic of Three Forks
Director Chuck Wambeke, Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Director Dave Tudor, Tudor and Associates
Director Jill Ypma-Peterson, Three Forks Youth Rec Group
Cheers to our Platinum Members and our Board Members
Three Forks Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1103
Three Forks, MT 59752