Category Archives: Cascade County

Additional information submitted on Big Sky Cheese project; second public hearing set for July 22

During the June 27 public hearing on the Big Sky Cheese special use permit application, the Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment requested additional information on the project. The company’s principal member is Edward Friesen, who is also the principal in Madison Food Park, a proposed agricultural processing complex on U.S. Highway 89, a few miles outside the Great Falls

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Love’s Travel Stop annexation on city planning board agenda Tuesday

The Love’s Travel Stop and Country Stores project is progressing and the company has requested annexation into the city and zoning for the property just off the I-15 interchange at Gore Hill. The two parcels that will be annexed will be part of a development that will include two additional parcels already within the city limits that are owned by

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Updates considered to transportation plan to move two projects to recommended list

The Long Range Transportation Plan for the Great Falls area was updated last year, but is getting another minor update. The current proposed update is an amendment to shift a project priority. Public comment period open on regional transportation plan; several area road projects coming up The Technical Advisory Committee ,which is the technical body charged with analyzing transportation needs

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County approves purchase of second ballot counting machine

County election officials will have a new counting machine in time for this fall’s election. Since there was no school election this year, the elections office had a cost savings and was in a position to purchase another DS850 counting machine for $126,321. The elections office is using $76,321 that was existing in their reserve fund, plus the $50,000 in

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County approves projects for juvenile, adult detention centers

Cascade County Commissioners recently approved a contract with James Talcott Construction for the remodel and addition of two classrooms at the Juvenile Detention Center. The $848,000 contract includes adding two classrooms, over-framing the main entry and reroofing it, reroofing the entire building, as well as site improvements for drainage and parking lot rehabilitation. Commissioners also approved staff to use a

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Multiple inmates, others charged in smuggling ring at Cascade County jail

Several inmates at the Cascade County Adult Detention Center and several people on the outside have been charged in connection with a smuggling operation bringing methamphetamine, suboxone, marijuana, tobacco, lighters and rolling papers into the jail. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said Wednesday that detectives began investigating the smuggling operation in June and the investigation is ongoing. Inmates involved are Calvin Racine,

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Grandstands complete at Montana Expo Park

The county officially opened the new Expo Park grandstands this afternoon. The old grandstands were demolished last fall, right after the 2018 Montana State Fair. The new grandstands are about a $2.5 million project and was partially funded by a $2 million intercap loan through the Montana Board of Investment. The county has also reconstructed the Paddock Club in conjunction

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No decision on Big Sky Cheese permit until at least July

A decision on the proposed cheese plant just east of the city limit won’t be made until at least July. The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment met June 27 to consider a special use permit application from Big Sky Cheese for a  value-added agricultural commodity processing facility at 8346 U.S. Highway 89. The project is tied to the proposed

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NWS: Severe weather expected today

Severe weather is expected across central and north-central Montana this afternoon and evening. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds, however a tornado or two is also possible. For the latest watches and warnings, check our website at www.weather.gov, follow your local media source or listen to NOAA Weather Radio, or access the information on your mobile device at http://mobile.weather.gov. Know

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