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Great Falls woman sentenced to 12 years for overdose death

Brandie Rae Fulbright, 40, was sentenced in federal court on May 16 to 12 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing methamphetamine and fentanyl to an individual, who then died of a drug overdose, according to U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson. Fulbright had plead guilty in January to distribution of controlled substances resulting in death. Chief

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CCSO creating new crime analyst position

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has created a new crime prevention analyst position and been awarded a $215,000 grant to fund the position. This week, County Commissioners approved the grant from the Montana State Homeland Security Program for local program development. Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said it’s a two-year grant that is often renewed. He said the crime analyst will put

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Fire Within winners announced, including The Electric’s founder

The Great Falls Development Authority is hosting the 2022 Fire Within awards on May 19 at Haute Hive, 721 Central Ave. The annual awards honor women in business and this year’s event has a new format. The Inspire Awards go to female business owners with five or more successful years in business and have mentored at least one other entrepreneur.

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Bird flu detected in more birds in Cascade County


Bird flu has been confirmed in more bids in Cascade County. In April, highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, was detected in a commercial poultry flock in Cascade County. The exposed birds were culled and disposed of, according to the City-County Health Department. Since then, bird flu has been confirmed in wild or feral geese, a duck and a

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Two neighborhood councils meet May 16-20

Two neighborhood councils meet May 16-20. Neighborhood Council 5 meets at 7 p.m. May 16 in the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center Conference Room, 3000 15th Ave. S. Agenda items include Great Falls High School environmental science student presentation, Cascade County Sheriff candidate Jay Groskreutz, Great Falls Police Department presentation, council Facebook page and neighborhood concerns. More information on NC5,

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County accepts bid for CCSO body cameras

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their May 10 meeting to accept a¬†$225,909 bid for body worn cameras for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. The county received three bids, from WatchGuard/Motorola, Axon and Utility. The county reviewed and scored the proposals with WatchGuard/Motorola scoring the highest. County accepts grant to purchase body cameras for CCSO WatchGuard/Motorola is the current vendor for

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GFPS board approves employee stipends

The Great Falls Public Schools board of trustees voted unanimously during their May 9 meeting to approved essential worker stipend for many employees. The board voted to use some of its federal COVID relief funds for the stipends. The stipend will be $750 for staff who are regularly scheduled to work 21 hours or more per week. For those who

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City officials begin budget development discussion, tax increases likely

City staff walked City Commissioners through the basic mechanics of the budget during a special meeting on May 9. City Manager Greg Doyon had initially planned to do full presentations from each department, a format for budget development the city used years ago, but scheduling issues caused that plan to morph into a video briefing with information from the departments

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County attorney holds that petition required to send marijuana question to ballot

The Cascade County Attorney’s Office has issued an opinion stating that the County Commissioners cannot place the question on the ballot of whether recreational marijuana sales should be allowed without a petition from citizens. The county attorney’s office sent the opinion to commissioners on May 6 and the commission sent it to The Electric on May 9. In April, a

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