Category Archives: Great Falls

GFPS says threat at CMR was unfounded

Great Falls Public Schools officials said in a Dec. 6 statement that they were made aware of a possible threat of violence on Dec. 3 at C.M. Russell High School. The possible threat involved a potential school shooting, according to GFPS, and was investigated throughout the weekend and is continuing with the Great Falls Police Department. “The administration and police

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City to consider lease of city parkland

The City Commission will consider during their Dec. 7 meeting setting a public hearing for Dec. 21 regarding the lease of a portion of Highland Park to the Electric City BMX Association. The proposed lease with the Electric City BMX Association is a five-year lease with an option to renew at the city’s sole discretion, according to the city staff

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City considering changes to weapons ordinance

During their Dec. 7 meeting, City Commissioners will consider setting a public hearing on a proposed ordinance change regarding firearms. The commission will be asked to accept the proposed ordinance on first reading and set a public hearing for Dec. 21. The change is largely due to changes in state law, including Legislative Referendum 130 in the November 2020 general

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Cascade County implements Stage 1 fire restrictions

Cascade County has implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions. The cause of the Dec. 1 fire in Gibson Flats area has yet to be determined, but “the rapidly deteriorating fire conditions due to low humidity, unusually high temperatures and extreme blowing and gusting winds across the county were significant contributing factors and have caused Cascade County’s Disaster and Emergency Services director

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County warns Gibson Flats area residents of flooding dangers; need for permit to work in designated flood area

Cascade County officials issued a notice on Dec. 3 warning Gibson Flats area residents of the increased risk of flooding following the Dec. 1 fire in that area. Residents are required to submit emergency notification to the Cascade County Planning Department for work in the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency’s special flood hazard area. County officials also encouraged affected residents

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City considering changes to fire code for false alarms; licensing; maintenance of fire alarm systems

During their Dec. 7 meeting, City Commissioners will hold public hearings on two proposed changes to the city’s fire code. The first is a proposed fine for false alarms. GFFR has experienced an increase in false alarm calls to businesses in recent years that waste time and resources, according to GFFR. GFFR to cease responding to minor medical calls; proposing

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Road closure for 52nd Street North

The Phillips 66 Company has a contract with AECOM for abandoning four groundwater monitoring wells. Temporary street lane closures will occur on 52nd Street North between River Drive North and 18th Avenue North. The construction activity will require temporary closure of the southbound lane on 52nd St N. The contractor will be working in this area between Dec. 6-10. During

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Gardner leaving CCHD for DPHHS job

Trisha Gardner, the county public health officer, is leaving the Cascade County City-County Health Department effective Dec. 24. She’s headed to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services in their immunization division. The Board of Health and County Commissioners were notified earlier this week of her planned departure. Commissioners have not yet responded to questions from The Electric

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