Category Archives: Cascade County

County zoning board applications due Friday for two vacancies

Cascade County is seeking applicants for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which will be the body to approve or deny the special use permit application for the Madison Food Park. Terms for two ZBOA members expire at the end of this month. One of those members, Jim Edwards, has requested to be reappointed, according to the county. Applications for the

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County Commission denies Montana Egg tax abatement, approves final plat extension for Big Bend Ranch

The Cascade County Commission split the vote for the requested Montana Egg, LLC tax abatement, effectively denying the request. Commissioner Jim Larson voted against the tax abatement and Commissioner Joe Briggs voted in support. Commissioner Jane Weber was absent. The proposed abatement was for new or expanding businesses and is allowable under Montana state law. The abatement lasts for 10

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GFES now an authorized American Heart Association Training Site for basic life support courses

Great Falls Emergency Services recently became an authorized American Heart Association Training Site, allowing GFES to provide basic life support courses in the community. BLS includes training in performing CPR and using an Automatic External Defibrillator. Bystander CPR and use of an AED before paramedic ambulance arrival has been shown to dramatically improve survival rates in cardiac arrest victims, according

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Great Falls discusses opioid litigation; suits filed in federal court on behalf of Cascade, Gallatin counties

First responders and the city’s judge asked City Commissioners to consider pursuing litigation against opioid manufacturers, if for no other reason than to make a statement. Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen said “I’m a guy about principles.” Bowen was more animated and emotional than he usually is in city meetings while discussing the impact of opioids. He said it’s

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This year’s city Christmas ornament is now available

This year’s official City of Great Falls ornament is now available. The ornament features the Fort Shaw Regimental Commander’s Quarters, in honor of the structure’s 150th anniversary this year. Fort Shaw was built in 1867 as a military post and provided protection for settlers bound for gold mining camps in the Montana Territory. The commander’s quarters is the most historic

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124-unit Rockcress Commons set for Commission vote on annexation, zoning on Dec. 5

City Commissioners are scheduled to make a final decision Tuesday on annexation, zoning and the preliminary plat for a five lot subdivision that will become Rockcress Commons, a 124-unit apartment complex for workforce housing. NeighborWorks Great Falls is developing the project and received approval from the state to use federal housing tax credits for the housing for families and individuals

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Cascade County first in Montana to pursue litigation against opioid manufacturers

Cascade County is the first in Montana to retain a legal team to bring claims against opioid manufacturers for misleading users about their addictiveness. During their Tuesday meeting, County Commissioners approved a retention agreement with Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, P.C.; Kovacich Snipes P.C. of Great Falls; Edwards, Frickle and Culver of Billings; Beck, Amsden and Stalpes PLCC of Bozeman; and Boone

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