Category Archives: Arts and Culture

City Commission asked to set Feb. 2 public hearing for visitor center lease

The City Commission will be asked next week to set a public hearing for Feb. 2 to consider the lease of the city-owned property at 15 Overlook Drive. In August, the city solicited proposals to lease the former Visitors Center, which has been vacant since the summer of 2017, when Great Falls Tourism moved downtown, to the basement of 100

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Library considering inventory system change; request for name change

The Great Falls Public Library has finished several capital projects recently and has plans for other projects in the near future. The library initially received $10,000 in CARES Act funds and used it to remodel the back book drop in the alley into a drive-through pick up window, which went live Nov. 13 and 28 patrons used the window during

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County Commission adopts resolution of opposition to proposed heritage area

County Commissioners voted 2-1 during their Dec. 8 meeting to adopt a resolution in opposition to the creation of a National Heritage Area that encompasses Cascade County, as currently proposed. A local group has been working to establish a National Heritage Area in the region since 2015 and are in the final stages of developing their feasibility study that will be submitted to the National Park

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Opposition to heritage areas rises to County Commission

A local group has been working to establish a National Heritage Area in the region since 2015 and are in the final stages of developing their feasibility study that will be submitted to the National Park Service for review and then to Congress for consideration. The group established a nonprofit, Big Sky Country National Heritage Area Inc., and released the draft feasibility study

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County adds 218 new COVID-19 cases; rodeo moving to Kalispell; Russell Auction date set; Municipal Court canned food drive canceled

On Dec. 1, Cascade County added 218 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 5,166, according to the state map. The steep increase was due in part to the holiday backlog, according to the Cascade County City-County Health Department. Of those, 2,156 are currently active according to the state. Cascade County adds 3 COVID-19 deaths; city commission meetings going virtual

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Business Bites: New owner for The Living Room; Greystone renovation plans ongoing; Popcorn Colonel, R&R reopening; C.M. Russell Museum speaker series; Embark Credit Union lobby closed; CMR HOSA collecting donations for healthcare workers

The Living Room Michelle Bebbington has purchased The Living Room salon at 614 Central Ave. from Jolie Kiser. She has been an independent contractor in the salon for more than 10 years. Bebbington “has been an inspiration to all who have had the opportunity to work with her. She has always had an entrepreneurial spirit & this is the perfect

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Library hotspots available; Bookmobile shifting operations; pick-up window opens this week

The Great Falls Public Library has 52 hotspots available to lend to patrons thanks to a Montana State Library program. To check out hotspots, patrons need to have a library card in good standing and anyone under the age of 18 will need to have a signed permission form from a parent or guardian. Hotspots can be requested at the

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Holiday events coming up in downtown Great Falls; STroll canceled

Updated Nov. 12 with information about the Stroll cancelation. Military Appreciation Days are 10 a.m. Nov. 11 through 11 p.m. Nov. 14 in Great Falls. Many stores and restaurants are offering discounts and check online ordering and shopping options for the discounts too. Look for this poster in participating business windows. Event information continues below the image. Ladies’ Night Out

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Health regulations shut down live performances for Symphony, GFPS; Bullock announces new medical teams in Great Falls, other communities; The Square adjusting hours for COVID-19 exposure

The new health restrictions adopted by the Cascade County City-County Board of Health have shut down live performances of the Great Falls Symphony for the time being. The health board voted last week to reduce event sizes to a maximum of 50, regardless of indoor or outdoor and regardless of the ability to distance. CCHD releases new health order, goes

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Downtown Group recommends approval of TIF funds for Civic Center repairs

The Downtown Development Partnership voted during their Oct. 28 meeting to recommend approval of the use of $6 million in downtown tax increment financing funds for the Civic Center repair project. The city is planning to bond against the TIF funds, which will extend the Downtown Urban Renewal TIF District, depending on the term of the bonds, likely for another

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