Category Archives: Cascade County

County implementing pre-trial assessment tool in hopes of reducing jail population

Cascade County has adopted a public safety assessment tool in what they hope is a way to help reduce the county jail population. The jail is designed to hold 365 people, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said on Friday, when the jail population was 428. Finding solutions: Local efforts for mental health court; mental health police officer; pre-trial and addiction services Overcrowding

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GFPL hosting ‘Library Invitational;’ Carnegie Library events

The Great Falls Public Library is inviting all library workers in the entirety of Cascade County to a “Library Invitational.” “Sharing information is what libraries are all about,” Katie Richmond, GFPL program coordinator, said in a release. “So it makes sense to coordinate between all of us to make sure we are keeping communication lines open, and exploring the resources

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Nominations open for The Fire Within 2020

Nominations are now open for The Fire Within 2020, sponsored by Embark Credit Union. The Fire Within award program has been recognizing exceptional female entrepreneurs in the Golden Triangle for 10 years. The rules: The entrepreneur must be female. Her business must operate from within the Golden Triangle The business must be for-profit. Nominations fall into two categories – Aspire

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Commissioners delay decision on fire board appointment policy based on opposition from most fire districts

County Commissioners tabled a decision regarding a proposed policy on appointments to the rural fire districts boards that would prohibit volunteer firefighters in those districts from serving on the board that governs their operation. Commissioner Joe Briggs was absent and commissioners said they’d prefer to have all three present for making a decision. Commissioner Jim Larson said he’d received a

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Options still being considered for DNRC land in Fox Farm area

The future of about 80 acres off Fox Farm Road is uncertain as the Montana Department of Natural Resources works to meet the statutory mandate for the land to generate revenue for the state’s school trust fund. A group of locals has been working to conserve the property as open space and briefed City Commissioners on their efforts during the

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County considering policy for fire board appointments to reduce conflicts of interest

During their Jan. 14 meeting, County Commissioners will consider a policy regarding appointments to the various fire boards in the county. Currently, there is no policy regarding whether staff or volunteer firefighters at those fire departments can be appointed to the boards that govern their operations. That’s a “tremendous problem,” Deputy County Attorney Carey Ann Haight told commissioners during their

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Fox Farm state land being considered for development, locals seek city help for conservation

During their Jan. 7 meeting, City Commissioners will hear from a group of locals who are asking the city to consider purchasing a conservation easement for about 80 acres off Fox Farm Road owned by the Montana Department of Natural Resources. The Fox Farm property is School Trust Land. Clock starts on Fox Farm DNRC property June 3 for conservation

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County makes appointments to planning, zoning boards

The County Commission voted last week to make appointments to the planning and zoning boards. The commission voted to reappoint Dexter Busby and Dan Johnstone to the Cascade County planning board. They also appointed Bruce Moore to the board. Commissioners also reappointed Charles Kuether and Michelle Levine to the Zoning Board of Adjustments for terms through Dec. 31, 2021.

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County approves contract for electronic health records system for CCHD

Next week, the County Commission will consider another contract for the Cascade County City-County Health Department to handle tasks previously handled by what is now Alluvion Health. Commissioners will consider a “business associate agreement” with Office Ally for and electronic health record system. The agreement will cover the handling, usage, storage and transmission of HIPAA protected information for CCHD clients.

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