Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Monkeypox confirmed in Cascade County

Cascade County has confirmed its first case of monkeypox. The patient is a male aged 20-29, according to Cascade County City-County Health Department. The most common symptoms of a monkeypox infection include fever, muscle pains, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, respiratory symptoms, headaches, and a rash with blistering lesions, according to CCHD. The virus is typically spread through close skin-to-skin

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GFPD increasing police presence at schools due to investigation

Updated at 2:45 p.m. Sept. 28 There will be an increased police presence today at Great Falls Public Schools, according to the Great Falls Police Department. Det. Sgt. Katie Cunningham said in a release that investigators have been tracking a concerning image that likely originated through social media and has been shared numerous times locally. The threat isn’t specific to

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Great Falls library board pursuing levy

The Great Falls Public Library board is pursuing an operational levy. The board voted unanimously during their Sept. 27 meeting to direct the library director to begin preparing for sending a library mill levy to the ballot. Library staff has not yet determined when they will send the levy to the ballot and are developing those plans. Library proposes digital

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City construction survey will cause temporary lane closures

The City of Great Falls is conducting a construction survey that will require temporary lane closures on 1st Avenue South and 7th Street South periodically between Sept. 27-Oct. 5. During the construction survey period lanes may be closed to traffic. Business access will be provided during this period. City personnel will provide barricades and closure signs in the area of

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Business Bites: Crumbl Cookies opening; readings at Cassiopeia Books; Malmstrom contracts; Montana Mosaic moved

Crumbl Cookies Crumbl Cookies opens Sept. 30 at 2114 10th Ave. S. The store will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight that day. The store is owned by James and Andrea Holyoak. James Holyoak is from St. Ignatius and Andrea Holyoak is from Grace, Idaho. They’ve been coaches, educators and administrators with the school system for 25 years, according

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Student assaulting staff caused short lockdown at Great Falls High

Great Falls High School was locked down for about 10 minutes on Sept. 27 due to a student assaulting staff. Great Falls Public Schools administration said they were investigating the incident in which a student assaulted two staff members. Student in custody after making threat against GFHS The school administration went into lockdown at 12:42 p.m. to deal with the

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Exercise scheduled for Great Falls airport Sept. 28

The Great Falls International Airport is conducting a full-scale exercise on Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. The exercise is a simulated plane crash. The exercise does not include fire or smoke, but there will be numerous emergency vehicles responding to and from the airport, according to the exercise organizers. The airport last conducted a full-scale exercise in 2019

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City shelter offering free rabies vaccinations

The Great Falls Animal Shelter will be offering free rabies vaccinations for cats and dogs on Sept. 28 for World Rabies Day. “Rabies is one of the diseases that can be passed from our furry friends to humans and in humans is often life-threatening,” Laramie Smovir, volunteer coordinator at the city shelter, said in a release. “Our goal is to

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Student in custody after making threat against GFHS

A student was taken into custody Sept. 26 for making a threat toward Great Falls High School. GFHS students alerted the school resource officer of a potential theat to the school. Around 8:15 a.m., a student activated a school-wide fire alarm and while students and staff were evacuated outside, an image was air-dropped to all occupants of the school, according

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