Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Four Neighborhood Councils meet May 10-13

Four Neighborhood Councils meet next week. Neighborhood Council 7 meets at 7 p.m. May 10 in the Civic Center Gibson Room. Agenda items include Great Falls Rescue Mission, urban chickens, CommUnity Cleanup plans, committee reports and neighborhood concerns. More information on NC7, including boundaries and contact information, is here. Neighborhood Council 1 meets at 7 p.m. May 11 in the

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County Commission to consider several items related to removing state prisoners from county jail

Next week, County Commissioners will consider several items related to the Montana Department of Corrections vacating their inmates from the county detention center. The county is intending to terminate their contract with DoC that requires the county to house 150 state inmates who have been sentenced to the state prison system. County, state working to shift state prisoners to Shelby,

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City adjusts collection process for delinquent safety inspection certificate fees

Great Falls Fire Rescue is changing the process for collecting delinquent safety inspection certificate fees. Great Falls Fire Rescue asked commissioners for the change since the process of getting businesses to renew their SICs requires significant staff time. GFFR Chief Jeremy Jones told commissioners during their May 4 meeting that “we have a problem.” City resumes issuing safety inspection renewals

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MDT seeking comment on proposed project on 9th Street Northwest

The Montana Department of Transportation is proposing to reconstruct 9th Street Northwest from Central Avenue to the Northwest Bypass and to reconstruct Watson Coulee Road from Vaughn Road to Northwest Bypass. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve the deteriorating roadway pavement, upgrade the existing storm drain system and provide ADA compliant sidewalk and curb ramps. The project

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Portion of TIF request approved for Newberry event center

City Commissioners voted unanimously during their May 4 meeting to approve $9,100 in tax increment financing funds for The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the renovation projects

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County COVID-19 rate up slightly; several variants, breakthrough cases identified

The COVID-19 case rate in Cascade County has risen to 20.5 per 100,000 for the last week. Trisha Gardner, county health officer, told the Cascade County City-County Board of Health about the increase during their May 5 meeting. For now, there are no changes in COVID related restrictions, but health officials are continuing to monitor the situation. The county’s case

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Give Great Falls underway to support local nonprofits

It’s Give Great Falls week again in Great Falls. It’s a week that encourages donations to local nonprofits and highlights those organizations throughout the week. The week is hosted by the Nonprofit Alliance of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, Great Falls Area Community Foundation and United Way of Cascade County. “Our goal is to encourage philanthropic giving, community

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School board, flood district election results

Polls closed at 8 p.m. for the Great Falls Public Schools board election. Marlee Sunchild has been elected to the one vacant seat that Teresa Schreiner previously held. Schreiner opted not to seek reelection. A total of 9,767 votes were cast in the school board election. The results are: Russ Herring: 1,615 Scott Jablonski: 1,285 Marlee Sunchild: 3,711 Kevin Leatherbarrow:

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Newberry TIF request considered at City Commission May 4

During their May 4 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a request for tax increment financing funds for the The Newberry, at 420 Central Ave., which is currently under construction and the owners plan to open in September with their first concerts in October. The developers, STSA Partners, have requested $171,200 of tax increment financing funds from the city for the

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