Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Business Bites: Harvest Craft Kitchen opens; Purple Gold back at it; NorMont building new facility; Montana Valley Irrigation opens new location

  Harvest Craft Kitchen Harvest Craft Kitchen opened April 8 in the former Tap House Grill at 220 Central Ave. The new restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for takeout Monday through Friday. Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding Purple Gold Purple

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12th positive COVID-19 case reported in Cascade County

Cascade County City-County Health Department was notified April 8 of the 12th positive case in the county. This case is a male in his 30s, according to CCHD. “As always, the individual is isolated and the Health Department is performing contact tracing. Anyone who comes up in our investigation as having been exposed will be contacted,” according to CCHD. “We

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Some RED HORSE members return from deployment

Twenty-eight members of the 819th RED HORSE Squadron returned from deployment over the weekend. Initially, military officials said they were stuck overseas due to the Pentagon’s stop-movement order that was issued March 25 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 819th RED HORSE airmen stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions “These 28 were due to come home, but were told they

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Trump approves federal funding for Montana Guardsmen supporting COVID-19 response

President Trump has approved Montana’s request for funding for National Guard operations in the COVID-19 response. Trump issued a memo on April 7 announcing that Montana, and several other states, will receive funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover costs associated with using National Guard troops for the COVID-19 response. Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives

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City cancels Neighborhood Council meetings through April 24

To comply with the federal social distancing guidelines and state stay at home directive, the City of Great Falls has canceled Neighborhood Council meetings through April 24. During the suspension, residents are encouraged to reach out to their council members directly. The council members’ contact information is posted online. The Citizen Complaint & Request Form is also available for residents

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City approves changes to landscape code; rezone, lot aggregation, road vacation for Russell Museum

Updated 5 p.m. April 8 to add more information on the commission actions. City Commissioners voted during their April 7 meeting to approve changes to the landscaping code that would lessen requirements for trees and shrubs in many instances for commercial and residential development; and approved a rezone, lot aggregation and street vacation for the C.M. Russell Museum. Rezone, aggregation

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Bullock extends stay home, school closures, dining-in directives through April 24

Gov. Steve Bullock has extended his directives to stay home, close public schools, restrict dine-in establishments, self-quarantine for inbound travelers for non-work purposes, preventing evictions and utility suspension for nonpayment, and others through April 24. He said during an April 7 press briefing that so far, an estimated 57 patients have recovered from COVID-19 in Montana but that he doesn’t

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Rezone, aggregation and street vacation for Russell Museum up for vote at April 7 commission meeting

City Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on a request from the C.M. Russell Museum and Trigg C.M. Russell Foundation to rezone and aggregate some parcels as they go through a master plan process and consider expansion, as well as vacate 5th Street North between 12th and 13th Streets. In February, the city planning board unanimously voted to recommend that

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Landscaping code changes up for consideration at April 7 city commission meeting

After about a year of review, city staffers are bringing proposed changes to the landscaping code to City Commissioners for final consideration. During the April 7 meeting, commissioners will conduct a public hearing on the proposed changes, which staff said in January are “pretty aggressive.” City testing phone-in option for public comment during commission meeting The proposed changes were presented

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