Category Archives: Cascade County

Tensions over jail overcrowding and COVID-19 testing continue in Cascade County

For months, Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter has been asking the Montana Department of Corrections to take custody of inmates in the jail who have been convicted and sentenced to the state prison system. The Cascade County Adult Detention Center has been overcrowded for years and in April, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was taking hold locally, Slaughter and Cascade

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GFPS officials discuss COVID-19 response; ransomware attack recovery

For the time being, Great Falls Public Schools is “going to stay the course” with in-person instruction, while continuing to explore options for expanded remote learning, individual or intermittent school closures if necessary and continuing to prepare for the possibility of another COVID-19 driven shutdown. Superintendent Tom Moore told the school board during their Sept. 28 meeting that the district

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Library foundation fundraising for new Bookmobile

The Great Falls Public Library Foundation is launching its annual Book-a-Thon fundraiser in November. The fundraiser generates funds to cover the cost of programs, services and materials at the Great Falls Public Library and runs through March 2021. As a special request this year, the GFPL Foundation is asking for donations for a new Bookmobile to replace the current 20-year-old

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Larson charged with attempted sexual assault; GFPD seeking additional information

The Great Falls Police Department is concerned that there may be additional victims related to a man who was arrested Sept. 25 on a felony count of attempted sexual assault. Gerard Larson, 60, was charged in district court after GFPD officers responded to a complaint of a man watching young girls and speaking to a 10-year-old Jane Doe. Through conversations

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Court strikes down ballot harvesting law

The Montana Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Yellowstone County struck down a state law that prohibited anyone from collecting more than six ballot. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Montana and Native American Rights Fund filed the case, arguing that it restricted the right to vote for Native American voters living on rural reservations. Western Native Voice v. Stapleton,

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Library improvement projects nearing completion; Shared Catalog now live; new hotspots will be available for patron check-out

Improvement projects at the Great Falls Public Library are underway or nearing completion. The public meeting space in the basement is expected to be complete by early October. There were delays in carpet manufacturing slowing the project that was expected to be finished by the end of August. Library projects underway; shared catalog transition in September; Community Conversations project in

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MDT construction project on Highway 87 north of city underway

The Montana Department of Transportation is beginning a new project on Highway 87 north of Great Falls. This seven-mile project area will not fully impact the roadway until spring of 2021 but to ready the area for spring work, Schellinger crews will be placing embankment throughout the work zone this fall. As large equipment is in the area, drivers may

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Cascade County adds 59 COVID-19 cases today; active total now 337

Cascade County added 59 new COVID-19 cases on Sept. 22, according to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services map. That’s the highest single day increase since Sept. 3, when the county added 58 cases. The county’s total is now 603 cases and of those, 337 are active. GFPS, CCHD will share COVID information as released by state;

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GFPS, CCHD will share COVID information as released by state; GFPS announces new case that requires cancellation of GFH volleyball for two weeks

Cascade County hit 500 total COVID-19 cases on Sept. 18. According to the state map, the county added 17 new cases Friday. The county has 242 current active cases, according to the state map. The Sept. 18 case details, according to CCHD, are: 3 males age 10-19 3 females in their 20s 3 males in their 20s 1 female in

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GFPS, CCHD won’t release COVID information by school; State to release cases by schools weekly

Cascade County has two new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the county’s total to 483 and of those, 225 are active. On Wednesday, the Cascade County City-County Health Department said there were 18 new cases, association with clusters, contact tracing and community spread. The previous day, there were 17 new cases. CCHD said Sept. 16 that there are now 16 active

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