Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

GFFR proposing fees for noncompliance with fire code

Last summer, Great Falls Fire Rescue told the City Commission that a change was needed to the fee structure for repeated fire code violations. During their Jan. 18 meeting, commissioners will consider a proposed change to add a fee for continued violations of the fire code. The meeting will include a public hearing on the proposed changes. Under the current

Read more

GFPS returning to classrooms Jan. 18

Great Falls Public Schools will reopen for in-person learning as normally scheduled on Jan. 18. Health officials are recommending masks and GFPS is recommending that people wear masks when they return on Tuesday but they are not requiring them, Superintendent Tom Moore said on Jan. 16. Some activities and sports may not be on their normal schedule due to staff

Read more

Sunday Reads: Jan. 16

Here’s this week’s reading list. Associated Press: Judge pokes holes in Swiss cheesemakers’ legal arguments Grub Street: The restaurant industry has always treated sick workers with no remorse. Will anything change because of omicron? The Washington Post: Schools are facing dire staff shortages. Some are asking parents to step in. The Missoulian: Missoula school board meeting ends quickly after trustee refuses to

Read more

State superintendent pitches revisions to teacher licensing

by Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press On Thursday, the Montana Board of Public Education conducted its first review of state Superintendent Elsie Arntzen’s proposed changes to regulations governing teacher licensing. The proposals were the result of a months-long regulatory revision process undertaken last year by a 24-member task force composed of teachers, administrators and other education stakeholders, and included a recommendation to

Read more

FWP seeking public comment on proposals to increase trout in Belt Creek watershed; plant trees in Giant Springs State Park

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on draft environmental assessments for two proposed projects in the Great Falls region. The first project is to increase the number of Westslope cutthroat trout within the Belt Creek watershed. The species has “undergone substantial reductions in distribution and abundance throughout their native range. Genetically unaltered WCT presently occupy 6.2 percent

Read more

GFPS waiting until Sunday to determine whether to reopen next week, cases increasing

Great Falls Public Schools officials reviewed the district’s COVID-19 numbers on Jan. 14 and have more than 250 infections among faculty and staff, according to the district. “That is the highest number of infections we have experienced since COVID-19 hit our community in the winter of 2020,” according to the district. All GFPS schools going remote due to COVID Jan.

Read more

GFPS accepting applications for new citizens academy

The Great Falls Public Schools district is launching a citizens academy. The academy will meet six times starting Feb. 3 to offer participants an in-depth look at the district and its programs.  The Citizens Academy will be limited to 35 participants. Participants must be able to commit to the entire meeting schedule (Feb. 3, Feb. 17, March 3, March 17,

Read more

Two neighborhood councils meet Jan. 17-21

Two neighborhood councils meet Jan. 17-21. Neighborhood Council 5 meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center Conference Room, 3000 15th Ave. S. Agenda items include the Downtown Safety Alliance 2021 safety plan, election of officers and neighborhood concerns. More information on NC5, including boundaries and contact information, is here. Neighborhood Council 8 meets at

Read more

GFPD seeking public’s help in finding person wanted in relation to downtown assault

The Great Falls Police Department has been investigating incidents of assault on homeless people in the downtown area. The assaults reportedly occurred in September and October 2021. Det. Will Fleming of the GFPD has been investigating the cases and is now asking for the public’s help to find one of the people wanted in relation to the assaults. GFPD seeking

Read more
« Older Entries