Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Sunday Reads: July 3

Happy Fourth of July weekend everybody. Here’s this week’s reading list. NPR: The barista uprising: Coffee shop workers ignite a union renewal The New York Times: When Brazil banned abortion pills, women turned to drug traffickers NPR: How much health insurers pay for care is about to go public Associated Press: New NHTSA chief: Agency to scrutinize auto-driver technology NPR:

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Commissioners to consider Civic Center office remodel contract

During their July 5 meeting, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $626,500 contract to Wadsworth Builders Company to remodel the human resources office at the Civic Center. Due to added staff and the transfer of duties from other departments, HR staff are located in different areas of the building “making collaboration and supervision more difficult. Currently, none of the offices

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City requesting CDBG funds to convert baby pool to splash pad at water park

City staff are recommending that the City Commission approve the use of $200,000 of Community Development Block Grant funds to convert the baby book at the Electric City Water Park into a splash pad. Commissioners will consider the request during their July 5 meeting. GFFR requesting CDBG funds to purchase new ambulance The baby pool currently has several mechanical and

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City Commissioners supporting tax increase in proposed budget

City Commissioners told staff during a special budget work session on June 29 that they would support the recommended tax increases in the proposed budget. Those include the full inflationary factor and permissive medical levy, as well as using CARES Act dollars and a portion of the fund balance to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins

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City continuing budget discussion

City Commissioners continued their budget discussions during a special work session on June 28. They didn’t make any decisions and will have another meeting at 4 p.m. June 29. During the meeting, commissioners asked staff what they needed to help move the budget process forward. City Manager Greg Doyon said that he needed commissioners to reach a consensus on whether

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Dispensary owners file lawsuit challenging city prohibition of marijuana sales

A lawsuit has been filed in district court challenging the City of Great Falls’ prohibition on marijuana dispensaries within the city limits. Lawyers for Dale and Janelle Yatsko filed in district court on June 27. Earlier this year, the Yatskos submitted a safety inspection certificate application with the city for a recreational marijuana dispensary within the city limits. County sending

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Man charged for shooting, vehicle pursuit

Tyson Whiteplume has been charged in relation to the June 23 shooting and vehicle pursuit in Great Falls. Whiteplume has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, two counts of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and negligent vehicular assault, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer, according to

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