Category Archives: Cascade County

County revising health officer job in hopes of finding person to reorganize

The future of the Cascade City-County Health Department is uncertain. Since the county split with what is now Alluvion Health, a private nonprofit that took many county staffers with it including the health officer and prevention services division manager, the county has struggled to figure out next steps. By the end of a meeting on Sept. 18 between the County

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Emergency Preparedness Forum is Sept. 24

September is National Preparedness Month, by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is “Prepared, Not Scared.” You can find a number of emergency preparedness resources on the Ready.gov site. This year, The Electric has teamed with the Business Improvement District and NeighborWorks Great Falls to

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No bids received for 10th Street bridge project

Efforts to save the 10th Street Bridge are continuing, but a recently advertised project received no bids. The project to install pre-case concrete railings across the bridge is funded by Preservation Cascade, Inc., a local nonprofit, but the contracting runs through the City of Great Falls. No city funding would be used for the project. The project specifications were advertised

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Feasibility study nearing completion for Big Sky Country National Heritage Area

The proposed regional heritage area now has a name: Big Sky Country National Heritage Area. A local group has been pursuing the Congressional designation since 2015 and this week updated the community on their projects with the feasibility study, themes and projects already in the works within the proposed boundary. If approved, it would be the first heritage area in Montana.

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County planning board forwards zoning revisions to commission, with recommend to approve except for MU40 district

The Cascade County Planning Board voted 4-3 during their Sept. 10 meeting to recommend approval of the proposed zoning regulation revisions, with the exception of the MU40 district and an amended provision for medical marijuana. After spending about 20 minutes discussing whether to reduce a 1,000 foot setback for medical marijuana to 500 feet, the board realized the proposed revisions

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Labor Day fire started by target shooting, burned 16,000 acres

The Labor Day fire north of Great Falls burned about 16,000 acres, according to Vaughn Fire Chief Jason McAllister. It burned one unoccupied residence and eight outbuildings in the Golden Valley Loop area, according to a release from Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter. According to Slaughter’s release, a deputy made contact with the 911 caller who told the deputy that

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