Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

City considering traffic study on north side of Great Falls

City Commissioners will consider a $92,700 professional services agreement during their Jan. 21 meeting for a transportation study. The agreement proposed is with Sanderson Stewart for preparation of the North Great Falls Sub-Area Transportation Study. There will be no financial impact to the city since $82,700 will be paid by reimbursement from the Montana Department of Transportation with 86.5 percent

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Sunday Reads: Jan. 19

Just a short list today, enjoy. Vice: Tons of new apartments are being built that almost no one can afford Route Fifty: Five states diverted 911 fees for other purposes, FCC says The Atlantic: The working to afford childcare conundrum The Economist: America’s pension system is now less of a mess PBS: What is the toll of trade wars on

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City proposing increased trash pickup rates

During their Jan. 21 work session, City Commissioners will hear the annual sanitation rate analysis from the public works department. During the regular meeting, they’ll consider proposed rate increases on first reading and set a public hearing on the proposal for their Feb. 18 meeting. If approved, the new rates will go into effect March 1. [The presentation slides are

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County implementing pre-trial assessment tool in hopes of reducing jail population

Cascade County has adopted a public safety assessment tool in what they hope is a way to help reduce the county jail population. The jail is designed to hold 365 people, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said on Friday, when the jail population was 428. Finding solutions: Local efforts for mental health court; mental health police officer; pre-trial and addiction services Overcrowding

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Two Great Falls neighborhood councils meet next week

Two neighborhood councils are meeting next week in Great Falls. Neighborhood Council 5 meets Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center Conference Room, 3000 15th Ave. S. Agenda items include neighborhood concerns, council member onboarding, election of officers and guest speaker Jamie Wyatt Marshall from KEY – Kids Education Yes. The council’s northern boundary is

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Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding

Hi-Line Climbing Center The Hi-Line Climbing Center announced this week it’s got plans to expand their gym at 608 1st Ave. S. “We are by no means breaking ground but we have the ground to break and we have 80 percent of the plans in place. All we are missing is the down payment. We’ve taken 100 percent of membership

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Symphony conductor previews this weekend’s concert at GFCMSU Thursday

Grant Harville, music director for the Great Falls Symphony, will be hosting a concert preview from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Great Falls College MSU in Heritage Hall. This weekend’s concert is Jan. 18, Queen of the Night. The concert features Caitlin Cisler, a long-time friend of Harville’s. She performed in Missoula in July and will be in Bozeman

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Great Falls airport hosting TSA pre-check enrollment event

Great Falls International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program at a temporary enrollment center located in the airport terminal Feb. 10-14. Pre-check is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. Pre-check travelers don’t have to remove shoes, liquids, laptops, light outerwear or

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GFPL hosting ‘Library Invitational;’ Carnegie Library events

The Great Falls Public Library is inviting all library workers in the entirety of Cascade County to a “Library Invitational.” “Sharing information is what libraries are all about,” Katie Richmond, GFPL program coordinator, said in a release. “So it makes sense to coordinate between all of us to make sure we are keeping communication lines open, and exploring the resources

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