Category Archives: COVID-19

Public hearings on city assessments tonight, no increases proposed

During their Aug. 4 meeting, the City Commission will conduct public hearings on its assessments, which include street maintenance, boulevard maintenance, Portage Meadows maintenance, lighting districts and the park district. None of them are increasing and the budget, which commissioners adopted on July 21. Proposed city budget includes no tax increases The budget doesn’t include much for equipment or capital improvements

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University of Providence to start fall semester online

The University of Providence is starting the fall semester online. Fr. Oliver Doyle, university president, wrote on Aug. 4 that, “his decision saddens us. We were looking forward to reassembling as a campus community. We know many students will be disappointed and parents frustrated by the decision and the timing of the announcement.” The university announced in June that the

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Aug. 4 update: New COVID cases confirmed in Cascade County

The Cascade County City-County Health Department said there were 17 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county from Saturday through Tuesday. There were six cases on Saturday that were attributed to community spread or were found through contact tracing. New cases in Cascade County Here are the Aug. 1 case details: 1 Male under 18 1 Female in her 20s

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Sunday Reads: Aug. 2

Happy weekend Great Falls, here’s your reading list. NPR: Teachers union OKs strikes if schools reopen without safety measures in place National Geographic: Travel is said to increase cultural understanding. Does it? The New York Times: The lives of transit workers: Trauma and constant dread NPR: Analysts say armed groups at protests raise specter of a ‘street war’ Military Times:

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Back to School Rally set for Aug. 23, donations needed

The Great Falls Rescue Mission is hosting its annual Back to School Rally on Aug. 23 in front of the Cameron Family Center at 408 2nd Ave. S. Due to COVID-19, families in need of backpacks can register through Opportunities Inc. by phone at 216-3200 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is open July 29 through Aug.

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GFPS offers update on school reopening plans, fall sports

The Great Falls Public Schools district is still preparing to return to classrooms in late August, but plans are fluid as the situation continues to evolve. During a July 30 Facebook live update, Superintendent Tom Moore said that the deadline to opt-in to remote learning for elementary students has been extended to midnight Aug. 13. GFPS preparing to return to

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Parking meter key recovered, city considering options

The missing parking meter key has been recovered. It was found July 30, according to city staff, by a maintenance worker checking the elevator mechanical room in the city’s North Parking Garage. City moving forward with plans for license plate readers, pay stations for downtown parking The key had been missing since a March 23 break-in at the parking office

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Malmstrom getting new commander Aug. 5

The incoming commander of the 341st Missile Wing will be a familiar face to some. Col. Anita Feugate Opperman will assume command during a 9 a.m. ceremony on Aug. 5 at Malmstrom Air Force Base that will be streamed on the wing’s Facebook page due to COVID-19. New Malmstrom boss takes command [2018] Feugate Opperman is returning to Malmstrom after

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FDA updates warning on hand sanitizers containing methanol, updates do-not-use list

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its warning regarding certain alcohol-based hand sanitizers this week due to the presence of methanol, or wood alcohol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and can be life-threatening when ingested. The agency also took additional action to help prevent certain hand sanitizers from entering the U.S. by placing them on

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Great Falls High pool locker rooms renovated with $20,000 donation

The Great Falls High School swimming pool locker rooms were renovated this summer, while the pool was closed due to COVID-19, thanks to a $20,000 annonynmous donation that was matched by the Great Falls Public Schools district. “This donation means all of our boys’ and girls’ shower towers work and we were able to re-plumb the swimsuit dryers in the

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