Category Archives: Montana

County Commissioners, Lewis and Clark Foundation concerned about future of interpretive center in Great Falls

The U.S. Forest Service has faced significant budget cuts and the increased demand for resources from the recent wildfire season has compounded the issue that is now affecting the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center. Last week, Cascade County Commissioners sent a letter to Bill Avey, forest supervisor for the Lewis and Clark and Helena National Forests, formally

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Montana firefighters called up for California fires

Fifty-four Montana wildland firefighters and 16 wildland engines are headed to California to assist in firefighting efforts. The state of Montana received a request from the California Office of Emergency Services this week to provide critically needed firefighting resources to support the firefighting effort in southern California. Gov. Steve Bullock authorized support for California, charging the Montana Disaster and Emergency Division

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Great Falls discusses opioid litigation; suits filed in federal court on behalf of Cascade, Gallatin counties

First responders and the city’s judge asked City Commissioners to consider pursuing litigation against opioid manufacturers, if for no other reason than to make a statement. Great Falls Police Chief Dave Bowen said “I’m a guy about principles.” Bowen was more animated and emotional than he usually is in city meetings while discussing the impact of opioids. He said it’s

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This year’s city Christmas ornament is now available

This year’s official City of Great Falls ornament is now available. The ornament features the Fort Shaw Regimental Commander’s Quarters, in honor of the structure’s 150th anniversary this year. Fort Shaw was built in 1867 as a military post and provided protection for settlers bound for gold mining camps in the Montana Territory. The commander’s quarters is the most historic

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Flags at half-staff in honor of Pearl Harbor

Gov. Steve Bullock has ordered all flags flown in the state to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7 in observance of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. “On this 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor those American patriots who lost their lives on that fateful day, and reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of freedom and liberty

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Fox Farm easement requirement removed allowing hotel project to advance

After about an hour of public comment, City Commissioners voted 5-0 to remove the easement requirement for the planned Town Pump hotel at the Fox Farm intersection. Staff had recommended keeping the easement requirement over public safety concerns related to traffic in the area. Fox Farm easement set for commission decision on Dec. 5 The easement requirement had been added

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Beargrass Village, city’s first pocket neighborhood, up for commission approval Dec. 5

Great Falls’ first pocket neighborhood, known as Beargrass Village, is set for final commission action on Dec. 5. NeighborWorks Great Falls is planning to build 10 single family homes and two two-unit townhomes on a 1.21 acre parcel at the corner of 3rd Avenue South and 14th Street. The property was formerly home to Kranz Floral, which was demolished. Pocket

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