Category Archives: Cascade County

Historic preservation work honored at next week’s award ceremony

It’s National Preservation Month and the Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is hosting their annual awards ceremony on May 30. The event is 6-8 p.m. at the C.M. Russell Museum, 400 13th St. N. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and the public is invited to attend. During the event, the commission will recognize the preservation of three

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County planning board finds growth policy adequate; asks for zoning, medical marijuana amendments

The Cascade County planning board voted 4-2 not to revise the growth policy. After about three hours of discussion the majority of the board decided that the policy that was adopted in 2014 remained adequate today. County reviewing growth policy The board largely agreed that the five primary goal included in the 2014 document had not changed. Those five goals

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Clock starts on Fox Farm DNRC property June 3 for conservation interests

The clock is about to start on 80 acres off Fox Farm Road for anyone looking to procure a conservation easement before the Montana Department of Natural Resources moves forward with development options. Andy Burgoyne, the Helena unit manager for DNRC, updated Neighborhood Council 1 again this week on the process. Burgoyne said DNRC is opening the process on June

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New county DES coordinator selected

Ron Scott has been selected as the new county DES coordinator. Scott is a former assistant fire chief at Great Falls Fire Rescue. He begins June 1. In a release, County Commission Chairman Joe Briggs said, “we had several fine candidates, but Ron’s experience with fire operations and his understanding of emergency services made this choice clear. We are grateful

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County approves contract for additional Expo Park study; funding to replace vandalized equipment

Cascade County Commissioners approved a $27,500 contract during Tuesday’s morning for additional study on the livestock zone at Montana Expo Park. The study is an add-on to the study already conducted by the Great Falls Tourism Business Improvement District with Conventions, Sports and Leisure International and Populus to make recommended improvements and site layouts for Montana Expo Park. County approves

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CCSO developing resident deputy program, starting with Fort Shaw

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is looking to establish a resident deputy program with the first one being based in Fort Shaw. On Tuesday, the County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding with the Sun River Valley School District. County officials sworn into office Under the agreement, the district would provide housing at 2 School Loop Road in Fort Shaw.

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Hitchcock takes deferred prosecution in CCSO theft case

Prosecutors have reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Raymond Hitchcock for the misdemeanor charge of theft of property by embezzlement. Hitchcock was employed at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, becoming the captain of operations before retiring in June 2017, according to court documents. He is accused of taking a weapon with him after retiring that had been

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CSSO making changes to prevent theft, fraud

By Jenn Rowell, The Electric, and Margaret Demarco, KRTV Cascade County is making changes to financial and equipment purchasing policies after a series of criminal investigations exposed shortcomings in the system. The Electric and KRTV have teamed up to look into the investigations and issues at the county level that lead to these situations and how they’re being corrected. Since

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County approves $14k contract for mobile kitchen use during jail kitchen repairs

The kitchen at the Adult Detention Center is scheduled for repairs later this month and will be unusable for food preparation during that time. On Friday, the County Commission approved a $14,855 contract with Yellowstone Kelly’s Catering Company of Billings to lease their mobile kitchen Mat 18-27, plus additional fees for fuel, propane and usage of the generator and refrigerator

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Former CCSO employee sentenced to three months in prison for $31K theft

A federal judge sentenced Michele Levesey Woods, also known as Michele Levesey Saubak, to three months in prison on a count of theft from a program receiving federal funds. Woods plead guilty in January to taking $31,614.37 in cash over a period of about two years while she was employed as an accountant at the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. Former

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