Category Archives: COVID-19

GFPS planning in-person graduation ceremonies; mask requirement remains

Great Falls Public Schools is planning in-person graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2021. All of the ceremonies are planned for the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Area at Montana Expo Park. Paris Gibson Education Center will have its ceremony at 2 p.m. May 30; Great Falls High School will be at 5 p.m. May 30; and C.M. Russell

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Farmers’ Market vendor meeting is April 17

The Great Falls Farmers’ Market is planning to have a season this summer, but things will be different. For vendors or those interested in being vendors, an informational meeting is scheduled for April 17 in the Gibson Room at the Civic Center. Pre-registration is required for the meeting and there will be sessions at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1

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Feds deny Montana’s standardized testing waiver request

By Alex Sakariassen | Montana Free Press The U.S. Department of Education has denied Montana’s request to cancel standardized testing for public school students this year. In a letter received Tuesday by Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, the agency stated that Montana had not made a compelling argument for how its request would advance student academic achievement or how the state

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County has small COVID-19 case spike; walk-ins now accepted at vaccine clinic at Expo Park

Cascade County’s COVID-19 case rate rose over the last week to 10.5 per 100,000 as of April 7. That’s up for 4 per 100,000 the previous week, according to Trisha Gardner, county health officer. She told the City-County Board of Health during their April 7 regular meeting that there “doesn’t appear to be any one certain event or large gathering

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Vaccine appointments still available, last week for community clinic signups

This is the last week to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the county community clinics. After this week, COVID-19 vaccines will still be available to the public but will no longer be administered through the Community Vaccination Clinic, which has been a partnership effort by the Cascade City-County Health Department, Benefis Health System, Great Falls Clinic and Alluvion

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Vaccine appointments still available in Cascade County, everyone over 16 eligible

Cascade County opened appointments to all residents 16 and older to schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine doses. As of Friday afternoon, only about 40 percent of those appointments had been filled, according to an email from Benefis Health System. “Next week is the last week for community clinic appointments. After that, the vaccine will be available at local pharmacies,” according

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Next round of vaccine appointments opens April 1

The next round of vaccination appointment signups opens 9 a.m. April 1. Everyone 16 and older is now eligible in Cascade County, but those under 18 need their parent or guardian present. Appointment signups are available here. As of March 29, there were 33,065 total doses given and 13,235 residents were fully vaccinated, according to the state dashboard. The county

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Library modifying operations as COVID-19 restrictions ease; new Bookmobile coming mid-April; roof project underway

The Great Falls Public Library is beginning to adjust their operations as COVID-19 restrictions lessen and cases numbers have stayed low. Susie McIntyre, library director, said that the plan is to change from requiring to recommending masks around the end of May, once all employees have had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Library Board delays decision on Bookmobile naming until

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City to receive $20 million in COVID funds; aquatic center plan updated; GFPD chief replacement process underway; Civic Center facade contract pushed to April 6

The City of Great Falls is slated to receive about $20 million in federal funds through the recently approved COVID-19 stimulus package. City Manager Greg Doyon said during the March 16 commission meeting that the funds would come in two seperate payments over the next year. He said that the rules regarding how the funds can be used haven’t been

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