Author Archives: Jenn Rowell

Montana State Fair 2020 is canceled

The 2020 Montana State Fair has been canceled. Cascade County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting May 19 to cancel the fair due to concerns and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To hold the fair at all, the state would need to be in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, according to county staff and commissioners. There’s

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GFPS changes course on graduation, now pursuing outdoor ceremony to allow two guests per student

Great Falls Public Schools is now pursuing an outdoor graduation ceremony to allow graduates to bring up to two family members to the ceremony. Superintendent Tom Moore said during a special meeting May 18 that the district received about 315 responses to the survey of graduates and their parents over the weekend and about 74 percent supported the option to

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City animal shelter adjusting operations for phase one reopening

The Great Falls Animal Shelter is updating operations with the phase one opening guidelines. Beginning May 18: Animal intakes will be available to the public. The Animal Shelter encourages citizens to call the shelter first for staff availability. Animal licensing and permitting will be done by phone or appointment only. Customers needing to renew their pet’s license or complete an animal/bee permit

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Fiber optic cables projects closing some downtown alleys, sidewalks and parking areas

Utility work associated with a Charter Communications fiber optic cable project requires an approximate two week through traffic closure of 1st Alley North between 5th and 6th Streets North and a three day through traffic closure 1st Alley South between 3rd and 4th Streets South. The project will also temporarily close on-street parking along the east side of 4th Street

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County gets $134K grant for hazardous material cleanup in old jail

Great Falls Development Authority approved a brownfield cleanup of up to $134,225 to Cascade County for the removal of asbestos and lead paint from the historic old jail downtown. Commissioner Jane Weber told The Electric that the county must award a contract for the cleanup and she’s hoping commissioners will be able to do that at their May 26 meeting.

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The History Museum reopens to public May 19 with limited hours, restrictions

The History Museum reopens to the public at noon May 19. “Our community is still in the early stages of Phase I reopening and the museum is taking extra precautions for the safety of our staff, volunteers, and community members. As we await an order of hand sanitizer and other safety equipment, please be patient with our reduced public hours

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Sunday Reads: May 17

Hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine and warmer temperatures. The New Yorker: Amid the coronavirus crisis, a regimen for reentry Reuters: Nine U.S. states sue EPA for easing environmental enforcement amid pandemic The New York Times: Get ready for a COVID-19 vaccine information war Foreign Affairs: Making cyberspace safe for democracy The Atlantic: Quarantine fatigue is real Route Fifty: Why a struggling

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Memorial Day ceremony will be done virtually due to pandemic restrictions

This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony from the Montana Veterans Memorial Association will be conducted online to comply with guidance for COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Montana Veterans Memorial. Navy Capt. Ken Robison, ret., will give the keynote speech and focus on a historical perspective of previous crises and moving forward as a

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GFPS surveying graduates, families about graduation options

Based on community feedback, Great Falls Public Schools is sending out a survey to graduating seniors and their parents today asking them to choose one of three options for graduation ceremonies later this month. The survey is being sent Friday afternoon and response are due back by noon May 18. The school board is having a special meeting May 18

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Oddfellows restrooms on commission agenda; Rec Center reopening details

During their May 19 meeting, City Commissioners will consider awarding a $151,208 contract for a precast concrete restroom from CXT, Inc., an L.B. Foster Company of Spokane. The precast restroom would replace the aging restroom in Oddfellows Park and include an accessible stall, four stalls and two sinks on the women’s side; and an accessible stall, two stalls, two urinals

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