Category Archives: Cascade County

Community health survey process underway

Every three years, the county develops a Community Health Needs survey and sends it throughout the county. The process is starting again this week with a “Healthy Lives, Vibrant Futures” Community Health Symposium at 3 p.m. Jan. 17 in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College-MSU. Feedback and discussion from the even will be used by the newly formed coalition in

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Public hearing planned for input on county CDBG priorities

Cascade County will hold a public hearing on Jan. 22 at 9:30 a.m. as part of the regular County Commission meeting at the Cascade County Annex, 325 2nd Ave. N. The purpose of the hearing is to gather public comments regarding the county’s overall community development, public facilities, economic development, and housing and neighborhood revitalization needs, including the needs of low

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Wheat Ridge developers ask to postpone decision to March

Debate over storm water, public safety and compatibility with Malmstrom Air Force Base delayed a decision on the proposed Wheat Ridge Estates housing development from September to the Jan. 15 City Commission meeting. But, at the request of the developer, it will likely be delayed again. Spencer Woith, one of the developers, wrote to the city in early January asking

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Restaurant Week is returning to Great Falls in February

Restaurant Week is back for a second year in Great Falls. This year’s event is Feb. 15-24 and participating restaurants will showcase their talents with handcrafted menus at a fixed price. All participating restaurants and their menus are listed at www.GreatFallsMontanaRestaurantWeek.com. Restaurant Week is an opportunity to experience all the flavors Great Falls has to offer through its variety of restaurants.

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City beginning selection process for new library director

Kathy Mora retired as director of the Great Falls Public Library at the end of December after more than 30 years at the library. Susie McIntyre will be the interim director until a successor is selected. The city has received 11 applications for the library director position. Library director position posted, city accepting applications The process of hiring a new

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County gets more details on proposed cattle fee, but postpones vote to Jan. 22

County Commissioners postponed a vote on the proposed cattle fee to their Jan. 22 meeting. State law allows for the establishment of the fee if 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign a petition in support. The number of cattle producers is determined by those who self report to the Montana Department of Revenue. Livestock owners report

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Expo Park improvement project might be on November ballot

The effort to put Expo Park improvements to the November ballot is continuing. On Monday, the Tourism Business Improvement District approved $65,000 in funding to the Great Falls Area Lodging Association to help cover the cost of staffing related to a ballot education effort. Community presentation on Expo Park improvement proposal moved to Wednesday The lodging association is also planning

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County officials sworn into office

Cascade County officials were sworn in this week in two different ceremonies. On Wednesday, the following took their oath of office: Rina Fontana Moore, re-elected as clerk and recorder Jane Weber, re-elected as county commissioner Gerald Boland, re-elected as public administrator Diane Heikkila, newly elected county treasurer/superintendent of schools Heikkila worked in the treasurer’s office for about 3 years and

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Health center now split from county, but retains access to health insurance for now

Cascade County Commissioners approved a sub-entity agreement on Monday to allow employees at the Community Health Care Center to participate in the county’s health care plan after the Jan. 1 split. The CHCC is now a stand alone agency in Cascade County, though employees and funding are still transferring over to the new organization. Rocky Mountain Building will be the

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County cattle fee proposed for predatory animal control

Cascade County Commissioners are being asked to consider a new fee for cattle producers to cover predator control. Commissioners discussed the proposal during Wednesday’s work session, but Commissioner Jim Larson said he wanted better public notice of the proposal. State law allows for the establishment of the fee if 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign

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