Category Archives: Cascade County

County approves permit extensions for Big Sky Cheese, Silver Falls Distillery

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved 24-month extensions of the special use permits for Big Sky Cheese and Silver Falls Distillery, both components of the proposed Madison Food Park project between Great Falls and Belt. The board considered both extension requests during their Sept. 16 meeting. The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the special use permit for

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Library seeking community input on renaming proposal

The Great Falls Public Library’s naming committee is surveying the community through Oct. 1 on the proposal to rename the library. In December 2020, the library received a request to consider renaming the library for Alma Jacobs, who served as head librarian at the Great Falls Public Library and the state librarian, both historic firsts for a Black woman during her time.

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Great Falls High going remote due to COVID-19 cases

Updated 10 a.m. Sept. 14  Great Falls Public Schools has identified 35 positive COVID-19 cases at Great Falls High School, including students and staff. As of noon on Sept. 13, the district has identified more than 40 classrooms that will need to be disinfected and custodians have begun the process that will continue into the evening, according to a GFPS

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City seeking legal opinion on joint operation of city-county health department

City Commissioners have asked staff to get a legal opinion regarding the governing body for the joint City-County Health Department. During their Sept. 7 work session, commissioners said they didn’t want to sign the version of a temporary operating agreement as approved by the County Commission on Aug. 24. The county selected itself as the governing body and views the

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C.M. Russell Musuem purchases painting from Benefis

The C.M. Russell Museum has purchased the Russell watercolor Brother Van on Buffalo Hunt from long-time owner Benefis Health System. The purchase was made possible through a cooperative agreement with Benefis and donors who helped the museum raise $400,000 to purchase the painting. The acquisition was supported by lead donations from local donors, including the museum’s Art and Soul Campaign co-chair

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Cascade County COVID numbers still high

Cascade County added 351 new COVID-19 cases over the last week, bringing the cumulative total to 11,470, of which 970 are currently active, according to the weekly update from the City-County Health Department. The county’s case rate for the last week is 61.6 per 100,000 and the positivity rate is 12.5 percent, according to CCHD. That’s down from last week’s

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County adopts budget

County Commissioners unanimously passed their budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1, during a special Sept. 7 meeting. There was no public comment on the budget during the meeting. The budget, as proposed, is available here. This year’s budget includes a 1.6 percent increase in expenditures, according to Budget Officer Mary Embleton, including: $1.8 million for the

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Malmstrom raises health level, implements mask rule due to COVID-19 case increase

Malmstrom Air Force Base officials have raised their health protection condition from Alpha to Bravo and implemented a mask mandate for all personnel, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors, effective Sept. 7. The base made the change based on the increase in COVID-19 cases statewide and in Cascade County, On Sept. 7, the county added 116 new cases, according to

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Local COVID working group meeting to coordinate efforts for ongoing pandemic response

The local COVID working group met for the first time this week. The group came out of the discussion at the COVID after-action reaction meeting in mid-August. City returning to online meetings due to COVID-19 The group includes Cascade City-County Health Department, Cascade County Disaster and Emergency Services, Great Falls Fire Rescue, Great Falls Emergency Services, Benefis Health System, Great

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