Category Archives: Cascade County

Library eliminating late fines,planning major repair for basement flooding

The Great Falls Public Library board voted unanimously to eliminate late fines and forgive all outstanding late fees during their May 26 meeting. Staff and the board had been considering the move for months and recently an anonymous donor offered $85,000 to the library, contingent on the elimination of late fees. Staff estimates that there is about $85,000 in outstanding

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Ryan Island picnic area reopens June 1

The picnic area at Ryan Island will open for public use for the season on June 1. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to NorthWestern Energy. Users should observe social distancing protocols when visiting Ryan Island to limit the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, according to NorthWestern. Follow NorthWestern Energy on Facebook or on Twitter (@NWEinfo) for

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Downtown art to honor class of 2020 being installed this week

In honor of the 2020 graduating classes around Great Falls, two local artists will be creating each school’s logo in front of downtown businesses on May 26. The logos will be created over the next two days using chalk and will be located at Candy Masterpiece, Belle’s and Lace Bridal, Kaufman’s Menswear, The Last Straw Bistro and Dragonfly Dry Goods.

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County considers contract for cleanup of old jail

During their May 26 meeting, County Commissioners will consider awarding a $122,022 contract to Hazardous Technologies, Inc. of Great Falls for asbestos and lead abatement in the old county jail. The project is being funded with a grant from the Great Falls Development Authority. The county received previous grant funds from GFDA this spring to inspect the two-story jail, plus

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Montana State Fair 2020 is canceled

The 2020 Montana State Fair has been canceled. Cascade County Commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting May 19 to cancel the fair due to concerns and restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To hold the fair at all, the state would need to be in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, according to county staff and commissioners. There’s

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County gets $134K grant for hazardous material cleanup in old jail

Great Falls Development Authority approved a brownfield cleanup of up to $134,225 to Cascade County for the removal of asbestos and lead paint from the historic old jail downtown. Commissioner Jane Weber told The Electric that the county must award a contract for the cleanup and she’s hoping commissioners will be able to do that at their May 26 meeting.

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Restoration of 10th Street Bridge ongoing

Precast railings with baluster sections are being placed on the 10th Street Bridge. It’s a continuation of the restoration work being funded by Preservation Cascade. The contract for this phase of the project was awarded by the City Commission in December to Dave Kuglin Construction Inc. for $355,895. 10th Street Bridge project on Tuesday’s [Dec. 3] city commission agenda No

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2020 Lewis and Clark Festival canceled due to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lewis and Clark Foundation has decided to cancel the 2020 Lewis and Clark Festival, which was scheduled for June 19-21. The Lewis and Clark Festival has been an anticipated annual event for 30 years, since 1989. With public safety concerns, the foundation determined that social distancing guidelines would be difficult to implement at such

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