Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Prescribed fire operations start tomorrow in the Little Belts

Favorable burning conditions create an opportunity for Bureau of Land Management North Central Montana District fuels program team to implement the Blacksmith/Tiger Butte prescribed pile-burning operations this week. Starting Jan. 31, the team plans to burn about 410 acres of woody hand piles on BLM-managed lands administered by the Lewistown Field Office in Montana’s Little Belt Mountain Range, about 30

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GFPS board reports “high satisfaction” with superintendent performace

The Great Falls Public Schools board completed its annual review of the superintendent last week. The board released a summary of their evaluation on Jan. 27. In a release, Board Chair Gordon Johnson wrote that the board was “pleased to report high satisfaction with the job performance of Superintendent Tom Moore and commend him on his exemplary leadership of the

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MDT seeking comment on pavement preservation projects in Great Falls

The Montana Department of Transportation would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to perform pavement preservation on five roads within the Great Falls area. The work will be done on River Drive North, Park Drive North, 2nd Street North/South, 6th Street North and 3rd Avenue South. Proposed work on a portion of River Drive

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Two neighborhood councils meet this week

Two neighborhood councils meet this week. Neighborhood Council 6 meets at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Sunnyside School library. Agenda items include council vacancy, Council of Council recap and neighborhood concerns. Residents interested in filling the council vacancy must be registered voters living within the council boundaries and willing to serve the remainder of a two-year position through December

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GFPS hosting community forum on youth wellness Feb. 2

The Great Falls Public Schools district is hosting a community form on youth wellness at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the University of Providence conference center. The forum will include an overview of the issues currently facing youth in the community. The event will also have a panel of stakeholders who will share data and discuss what is currently being

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Lawmakers hear testimony on bills that would fund $1.3 billion in infrastructure projects

By Caven Wade | UM Legislative News Service, University of Montana School of Journalism In the last 11 years, the city of Havre has had 255 water main breaks. The city’s public works director, Dave Pederson, says 46 of those breaks happened in the last two years alone. “During main breaks, large sections of the city are without water for a long

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Great Falls library hosting Black History Month event

The Great Falls Public Library is hosting a special event celebrating the heritage of Great Falls’ Black community at 6 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Cordingley Room. This free program, open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Alma Smith Jacobs Foundation, a non-profit promoting education, and the GFPL. Featured will be the public premier of the documentary film Leader, Activist,

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Sunday Reads: Jan. 29

Little behind on this week’s reading list as Jenn went to Virginia for the week to visit family. Stay warm Great Falls. Reuters: Falling costs may boost McDonald’s, other restaurant profits in 2023 The New York Times: Video of Tyre Nichols beating raises questions about medical response NPR: ‘Everybody is cheating’: Why this teacher has adopted an open ChatGPT policy Axios: How opioid misuse

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GFPS estimates reduction in permissive levies for second year

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted during their Jan. 23 meeting to approve estimated changes in the district’s permissive levies. Those levies include tuition, adult education, building reserve, flexibility fund, bus depreciation and transportation. Overall, the levies are estimated to go down, according to Brian Patrick, GFPS’ director of business operations. Patrick said it’s the second year in a

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Lawmakers looking at options to address Montana’s healthcare worker shortage

By Keely Larson | KHN-UM Legislative News Service Jenna Eisenhart spent nearly six years as a licensed therapist in Colorado before deciding to move to a place with a greater need for her services. She researched rural states facing a shortage of behavioral health providers and accepted a job as a lead clinical primary therapist at Shodair Children’s Hospital in Helena,

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