Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

County approves recreational marijuana in heavy industrial districts

Updated 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29 County Commissioners unanimously approved changes to the county zoning regulations to allow recreation marijuana in the I-2 heavy industrial areas, where medical marijuana is already allowed. Several people spoke, asking commissioners to deny allowing recreational marijuana due to health and safety concerns, but Commissioner Joe Briggs said denying it in zoning wouldn’t stop it from

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County set to take final action on zoning changes for recreational marijuana

Cascade County Commissioners are scheduled to take final action on changes to the county zoning regulations for recreational marijuana during their Dec. 28 meeting. Commissioners voted unanimously in November to accept the changes, starting a 30-day comment period, during which one comment was received in opposition to the the changes, according to county planning staff. Montana marijuana FAQ The changes

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County planning board votes to recommend zoning changes for recreational marijuana

The Cascade County planning board voted unanimously to adopt changes proposed to the zoning regulations related to recreational marijuana. The proposed changes next go to the County Commission for consideration and they’re expected to make a final decision in December, according to county planning. The changes are the result of I-190, the Montana Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which was

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County Commission disbands fair board

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their Oct. 1 meeting to disband the Montana ExpoPark Advisory Board in favor of a “resource team.” The move comes after more than a year of tension between the commission and the fair board. The fair board has argued for the last year in particular that they’ve been trying to make recommendations to improve the

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County considering disbanding fair advisory board

During their Sept. 22 work session, County Commissioner Don Ryan said that staff is proposing to disband the ExpoPark Advisory Board. The move comes after a year of tension between commissioners and the board during which one of the primary points of contention was fair financials. During the work session, Ryan said that “after many months of observation and information

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County approves permit extensions for Big Sky Cheese, Silver Falls Distillery

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved 24-month extensions of the special use permits for Big Sky Cheese and Silver Falls Distillery, both components of the proposed Madison Food Park project between Great Falls and Belt. The board considered both extension requests during their Sept. 16 meeting. The county Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the special use permit for

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County releases fair revenues; fair board says there’s room for improvement

The Montana State Fair released its revenues last week and county officials said it was one of the better fairs. The county’s fair advisory board painted a different picture during their Aug. 25 meeting that was not attended by commissioners or fair staff. Commissioner Don Ryan stopped by to drop off financials but didn’t stay for the meeting. He told

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Business Bites: New Thai food truck; The Boutique Co. for sale; apartment demolition; outfitters for sale; pop-up concert at Cassiopeia; river cleanup event; Children’s Museum still fundraising; GFPD has new vehicles

N Thai Food There’s a new food truck in Great Falls. N Thai Food has been working with the health department and said Aug. 10 that they are now fully licensed. They’ll do their first set up at the Farmers Market on Aug. 14. The Boutique Co. The Boutique Co., which is currently located at 1201 10th Ave. S., is

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Commission approves permit change for chemical storage

City Commissioners voted unanimously to amend a conditional use permit for Helena Agri-Enterprises, formally Helena Chemical, to allow the use of anhydrous ammonia at their facility in Agri-Tech Park, an industrial park near Malmstrom Air Force Base. Commissioners had approved the initial CUP in 2015 and specifically prohibited anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate from being brought into the facility. At

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