Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Court strikes down ballot harvesting law

The Montana Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Yellowstone County struck down a state law that prohibited anyone from collecting more than six ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana and Native American Rights Fund filed the case, arguing that it restricted the right to vote for Native American voters living on rural reservations. Western Native Voice v. Stapleton,

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AAUW cancels annual book sale for first time in 60 years due to COVID-19

For the first time in 60 years Great Falls American Association of University Women will not be holding its annual used book sale due to COVID-19. “Though we have been taking donations all summer, we have been unable to develop a scenario that provides safety for our members and our customers. We do not want the annual sale to become

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Neighborhood Council 3 meets Oct. 1

Neighborhood Council 3 meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the Redeemer Lutheran Church Fellowship Room, downstairs, at 332 Riverview 3 W. Agenda items include committee reports, neighborhood concerns, Calumet update, NeighborWorks clean-up recap, work session debrief, council visioning and goal setting overview with Mark Willmarth, Little Shell annexation and Skyline Heights apartments annexation. The council’s northern boundary is the

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Downtown group asks city to convert one-ways to two-way traffic

The Downtown Development Partnership is renewing the effort to convert the downtown one-ways to two-way traffic. Scott Reasoner, a downtown business owner, sent an email in August to the Business Improvement District asking about their appetite to revisit that discussion in an effort to make more space for pedestrians and outdoor dining. Joan Redeen, community manager for the BID, brought

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Library improvement projects nearing completion; Shared Catalog now live; new hotspots will be available for patron check-out

Improvement projects at the Great Falls Public Library are underway or nearing completion. The public meeting space in the basement is expected to be complete by early October. There were delays in carpet manufacturing slowing the project that was expected to be finished by the end of August. Library projects underway; shared catalog transition in September; Community Conversations project in

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MDT construction project on Highway 87 north of city underway

The Montana Department of Transportation is beginning a new project on Highway 87 north of Great Falls. This seven-mile project area will not fully impact the roadway until spring of 2021 but to ready the area for spring work, Schellinger crews will be placing embankment throughout the work zone this fall. As large equipment is in the area, drivers may

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Cascade County adds 59 COVID-19 cases today; active total now 337

Cascade County added 59 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 22, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services map. That’s the highest single day increase since Sept. 3, when the county added 58 cases. The county’s total is now 603 cases and of those, 337 are active. GFPS, CCHD will share COVID information as released by state;

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Business Bites: Zandy’s demolition; Town Pump building car washes; 721 Central Avenue renovation; Alluvion Health buys more space

Zandy’s Demolition work began last week on the former Zandy’s site at 1111 Central Ave. But, the contractors didn’t have a demolition permit and the city put a stop work order on the project late Friday afternoon. Business Bites: Carnivorium opening; Hokkaido now open; The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers moving; Dante’s reopens after COVID scare; Paris Gibson Square hosting Arts on

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Sunday Reads: Sept. 20

Hope everyone had a good weekend, here’s to a good week! NPR: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at 87 The Atlantic: Why everything is sold out Scientific American: Population density does not doom cities to pandemic dangers Kaiser Health News: COVID exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Bozeman, Gallatin County housing prices escalate, median

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