Category Archives: Great Falls

City moving forward with plan to suspend design review board; looking at changes to development codes

The city is moving forward with plans to temporarily suspend its Design Review Board in an effort to relieve some stress on the planning staff. City Manager Greg Doyon is requesting a six month hiatus for the DRB and explained his reasoning during the Oct. 16 City Commission work session. City recommending temporary halt to Design Review Board in effort

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Ballot initiative would prevent ballot harvesting, elections offices have safeguards in place to prevent fraud

County elections officials have processed 8,082 ballots as of Friday afternoon of the 33,008 that were mailed. Those ballots include a measure that, if approved, would prohibit ballot harvesting, or the collection of multiple ballots. Proponents of the measure argue it would limit voter fraud, but opponents say the law would create barriers and is an attempt to solve a

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Focus on food, drink and tourism can drive local Montana economies;

Visitors to Cascade County spent about $203.8 million at local restaurants, bars, hotels, gas stations, retailers and more, according to data from 2015-2016. Bed tax collections in the Great Falls area have also been trending up since 2007, according to Dax Schieffer, director of the non-profit Voices of Tourism. Schieffer spoke to a group of hoteliers, business owners and civic leaders

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Leaf pickup starts Monday

The City of Great Falls’ leaf pickup program runs Oct. 22 through Nov. 7. The schedule is weather dependent. For those in the boulevard district, the Natural Resources Division will vacuum leaves from the boulevards. The city Street Division will be sweeping streets in conjunction with leaf pickup. Residents within the Boulevard District area are asked to deposit leaves on the

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City approves annexation of 20 acres for 83 homes on southern edge

During their Tuesday meeting, City Commissioners approved the annexation of about 20.5 acres for a NeighborWorks Great Falls project. The undeveloped land along 20th Street South and 24th Avenue South will be used for an 85-lot subdivision, including at least 50 homes that will be dedicated to the NWGF Mutual Self-Help Program. City to consider annexation for 85-lot NWGF development on

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Business Bites: Double Barrel reincarnated in former Pickle Barrel; Allure Aesthetics wins national award

The Double Barrel Coffee House Cafe is getting ready to open in early November in the space formerly occupied by the Pickle Barrel at 1500 9th Ave. S. Nathaniel and Reba Cunningham have been working to clean up the space that’s been vacant for about seven years and are bringing back some of the favorites from the old Double Barrel

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AUDIO: County candidate forum

Ballots were mailed Friday and most voters should have received one by now. The audio from The Electric’s Oct. 9 candidate forum is here, thanks to Star Radio. Thanks to everyone who attended and submitted questions. Jane Weber and Josh Eli participated as candidates for county commissioner and Bob Rosipal participated as a candidate for sheriff/coroner. Jesse Slaughter did not

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