Category Archives: Great Falls

City Commission denies second marijuana dispensary appeal

City Commissioners denied an appeal of a staff decision not to process a safety inspection certificate during an Aug.10 special meeting. Emma Albers had applied earlier this year for a safety inspection certificate for a marijuana dispensary in the city limits. City planning board rejects proposed marijuana regulations All land uses for marijuana, such as sales, cultivation, testing and other

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GFPS hosting informational session on new language arts curriculum

Great Falls Public Schools is hosting an informational session on Aug. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Great Falls High for the district’s new language arts curriculum materials. Attendees should use the east entrance on 4th Avenue South and 20th Street. The school board approved the new materials in February. At the time, district officials were negotiating the purchase price for

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City planning board rejects proposed marijuana regulations

The city planning board voted unanimously during their Aug. 9 meeting not to recommend a proposed regulatory framework for marijuana activities to the City Commission. The framework, as proposed by staff, and if approved, would only go into effect if the District Court finds that the city cannot prohibit marijuana activities as it currently does, or if the voters opt

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NorthWestern Energy continuing power line upgrades downtown

NorthWestern Energy is upgrading power lines in downtown Great Falls. Traffic will be detoured from 5-9-a.m. on Aug. 10 5th Street South from Central Avenue to 1st Street South. The alley between Central Avenue and 1st  Avenue South from 4th Street to 6th Street will be closed at the same time. The upgraded lines will increase service reliability. Traffic interruptions

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GFPS approves substitute incentive pay; labor agreements

The Great Falls Public Schools board voted unanimously during their Aug. 8 meeting to improve incentive pay for substitute teachers and several collective bargaining agreements. The district used incentive pay for substitute teachers during the last school year and had higher fill rates during those months, according to Kerry Dattilo, the district’s human resources director. She said that teacher absences

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Library, association name Robison first recipient of Alma Smith Jacobs Award

The Montana Library Association and Great Falls Public Library have named Ken Robison as the first recipient of the association’s Alma Smith Jacobs Award–to honor library efforts in the area of equity, diversity and inclusion. “The award’s purpose is to recognize a library, an individual or a group whose efforts have had an outstanding positive impact in improving equity, diversity

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Library, safety group hosting session on large, abandoned vehicle parking enforcement

The Great Falls Public Library and the Downtown Safety Alliance are hosting a presentation on the city’s abandoned and large vehicle parking enforcement program on Aug. 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. The presentation will be given by Adrienne Ehrke, the Great Falls Police Department’s volunteer coordinator. City approves fines for RV parking; using COVID dollars to replenish some city funds Ehrke

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Great Falls airport receives grant for new Dallas-Fort Worth flights

The Great Falls International Airport has been awarded a 2022 Small Community Air Service Development Grant for new air service to Dallas-Fort Worth. The grant doesn’t guarantee the new air service but it does help Great Falls establish a minimum annual revenue guarantee for a new flight. John Faulkner, airport director, said they were notified that they had received a

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Calumet announces investors for renewable diesel project

Calumet Specialty Products Partners’ unrestricted subsidiary, Montana Renewables LLC has conducted a series of transactions. Montana Renewables is a renewable fuel business. The company is converting part of the existing Calumet refinery into a renewable diesel plant. City approves Calumet tax abatement Warburg Pincus has agreed to invest $250 million in Montana Renewables in the form of a participating preferred

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