Category Archives: Great Falls

City proposing increased trash pickup rates

During their Jan. 21 work session, City Commissioners will hear the annual sanitation rate analysis from the public works department. During the regular meeting, they’ll consider proposed rate increases on first reading and set a public hearing on the proposal for their Feb. 18 meeting. If approved, the new rates will go into effect March 1. [The presentation slides are

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County implementing pre-trial assessment tool in hopes of reducing jail population

Cascade County has adopted a public safety assessment tool in what they hope is a way to help reduce the county jail population. The jail is designed to hold 365 people, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter said on Friday, when the jail population was 428. Finding solutions: Local efforts for mental health court; mental health police officer; pre-trial and addiction services Overcrowding

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Two Great Falls neighborhood councils meet next week

Two neighborhood councils are meeting next week in Great Falls. Neighborhood Council 5 meets Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center Conference Room, 3000 15th Ave. S. Agenda items include neighborhood concerns, council member onboarding, election of officers and guest speaker Jamie Wyatt Marshall from KEY – Kids Education Yes. The council’s northern boundary is

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Business Bites: Pier 1 closing in Great Falls; work at Joe’s Place; Hi-Line Climbing expansion plans; Fast Signs opens; Purple Gold expanding

Hi-Line Climbing Center The Hi-Line Climbing Center announced this week it’s got plans to expand their gym at 608 1st Ave. S. “We are by no means breaking ground but we have the ground to break and we have 80 percent of the plans in place. All we are missing is the down payment. We’ve taken 100 percent of membership

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Symphony conductor previews this weekend’s concert at GFCMSU Thursday

Grant Harville, music director for the Great Falls Symphony, will be hosting a concert preview from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 16 at Great Falls College MSU in Heritage Hall. This weekend’s concert is Jan. 18, Queen of the Night. The concert features Caitlin Cisler, a long-time friend of Harville’s. She performed in Missoula in July and will be in Bozeman

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Great Falls airport hosting TSA pre-check enrollment event

Great Falls International Airport invites passengers to enroll in the TSA Pre✓® expedited screening program at a temporary enrollment center located in the airport terminal Feb. 10-14. Pre-check is an expedited screening program that enables identified low-risk air travelers to enjoy a smart and more efficient screening experience. Pre-check travelers don’t have to remove shoes, liquids, laptops, light outerwear or

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GFPL hosting ‘Library Invitational;’ Carnegie Library events

The Great Falls Public Library is inviting all library workers in the entirety of Cascade County to a “Library Invitational.” “Sharing information is what libraries are all about,” Katie Richmond, GFPL program coordinator, said in a release. “So it makes sense to coordinate between all of us to make sure we are keeping communication lines open, and exploring the resources

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Nominations open for The Fire Within 2020

Nominations are now open for The Fire Within 2020, sponsored by Embark Credit Union. The Fire Within award program has been recognizing exceptional female entrepreneurs in the Golden Triangle for 10 years. The rules: The entrepreneur must be female. Her business must operate from within the Golden Triangle The business must be for-profit. Nominations fall into two categories – Aspire

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Commissioners delay decision on fire board appointment policy based on opposition from most fire districts

County Commissioners tabled a decision regarding a proposed policy on appointments to the rural fire districts boards that would prohibit volunteer firefighters in those districts from serving on the board that governs their operation. Commissioner Joe Briggs was absent and commissioners said they’d prefer to have all three present for making a decision. Commissioner Jim Larson said he’d received a

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