Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

One week remains to file with 7 commission candidates; mayor unchallenged

With one week remaining to file in the city election, there are seven candidates for commission and one for mayor. Filing opened April 22 and so far, Kendall Cox, Susan Wolff, Joe McKenney, Eric Hinebauch, Greg Schoby, Paige Turoski and Joshua Copeland have filed for the two open seats on the City Commission. Wolff enters City Commission race Mayor Bob

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City planning ADA sidewalk improvements near Longfellow

The city commission will consider awarding a $77,465 contract to MRTE during their June 15 meeting for sidewalk improvements around Longfellow Elementary School. The project will improve pedestrian traffic and meet federal ADA requirements, as well as provide an accessible route to a state maintained ADA compliant pedestrian corridor along 10th Avenue South, according to the staff report. “The locations’

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Sunday Reads: June 13

Hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Here’s this week’s list. The Washington Post: ‘Cool’ roofs, cooler designs as the building industry embraces energy sustainability The New York Times: Carbon dioxide in atmosphere hits record high despite pandemic dip The Wall Street Journal: No Parking: Cities rethink garages for a world with fewer personal cars The Washington Post: Drop in childhood vaccinations during pandemic may

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Calumet planning transition to renewable diesel operations

Calumet Montana Refining is in the early stages of a $200 million project to convert portions of its facility for renewable diesel. Ron Colwell, general manager at the Great Falls Calumet facility, discussed the project with Neighborhood Council 3 members during their June 10 meeting. He said there’s a lot of cultural change in the industry toward greener fuels driven

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Memorial service for Jan Cahill is June 17

A memorial service for Jan Cahill, former chairman of the Great Falls Public Schools board, will be held at 2 p.m. June 17 in the Great Falls High School auditorium. Chaplain Richard Brennan from Benefis Health System will officiate the service. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the GHFS HUB. Cahill, GFPS board chairman, has died

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MT Supreme Court OKs governor’s judicial appointment powers

by Mara Silvers | Montana Free Press HELENA — The Montana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a law allowing the governor to directly fill vacant judicial seats is constitutional, apparently bringing the lawsuit to a close. Senate Bill 140 was signed into law by Gov. Greg Gianforte in March and was immediately challenged in court. The legislation abolishes the Judicial Nomination Commission, an

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County to increase pay for elected officials, non-union employees, deputies

Cascade County compensation board voted unanimously during their June 10 meeting to increase the base salary of elected officials by two percent. The estimated cost of living increase, according to the Montana Association of Counties, is 1.2 percent. County finalizes raises for elected officials, deputies, non-union employees [2020] Since the board only gave a 1 percent increase last year when

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Couple drops effort to revive urban chicken initiative


The authors of the latest urban chicken proposal have suspended their effort. Jaron and Angelique Wethington notified the city’s neighborhood council coordinator on June 10 that they’re stopping their effort and “provided no further explanation,” according to Lanni Klasner. In May, Jaron Wethington spoke at neighborhood council meetings asking the councils to consider supporting an urban chicken ordinance. A number

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