Category Archives: Public Safety

Great Falls to mark 20th anniversary of 9/11 with ceremony in Elks Riverside Park

Great Falls Fire Rescue, with other local first responders, is hosting a remembrance ceremony at 7:45 a.m. in Elks Riverside Park on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The ceremony will include music, color guard presentation, a bell ceremony at the time of the south tower collapse, a moment of silence and remarks

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City Commission delays vote on proposed RV, large vehicle parking ordinance change

City  Commissioners voted unanimously to postpone a decision on the proposed RV/large vehicle parking ordinance until their second meeting in October. After hearing more than an hour of public comment on the proposal during their Sept. 7 meeting, Commissioner Rick Tryon moved to delay the vote. He said he wanted to postpone the vote since the Sept. 7 meeting was

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RV, large vehicle parking rule on Sept. 7 City Commission agenda

During the Sept. 7 meeting, City Commissioners will consider a proposed ordinance change for the rules of parking RVs and other large vehicles on city streets. The city has fielded complaints about the long-term parking and/or storage of RVS, trailers, boats and the like on residential streets for years. The meeting will be conducted virtually due to the majority of

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City’s crime task force releases their recommendations, seeking public comment

The city’s Crime Task Force has released their draft recommendations and are seeking public comment in advance of their Sept. 13 meeting. The task force identified four focus areas: Resources for local criminal justice systems Communication and education Consequences Partnerships/collaboration The draft recommendations are available here, in full. Comments should be submitted in writing to the city manager’s office at

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Cascade County lifts fire restrictions

Cascade County Commissioners voted 3-0 during a Sept. 2 special meeting to rescind all fire restrictions in the county. That takes things back to normal with the regular burn permit process in place. Brad Call, the county’s disaster and emergency services manager, had recommended removing Stage 2 restrictions and returning to Stage 1 restrictions since the weather for the next

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County scheduled to meet Sept. 2 to discuss fire restrictions

County Commissioners are scheduled to meet Sept. 2 to consider adjusting the fire restrictions. Cascade County is currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions. After an Aug. 31 call with Great Falls Fire Rescue and rural fire departments in the county, “we feel it is time to adjust restrictions to the State 1 level, according to Brad Call, county Disaster and

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City crime task force developing ideas for crime reduction recommendations

The Great Falls crime task force is continuing its effort to craft recommendations to the City Commision to address crime and related issues in the community. During the meeting, Sandra Guynn, the task force chair, who is also chair of the Council of Councils, serves on Neighborhood Council 4 and is president of the local Crime Stoppers, read from a

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City staff proposing changes to several sections of city code

City staff are working on revisions and updates to several sections of city code. Jeff Hindoien, deputy city attorney, walked City Commissioners through some of the proposed changes during their Aug. 17 work session. One of those changes would update the city’s regulations related to weapons due to the passage of LR-130 last year and a legislative change this year.

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Calumet conducting response drill this week

Calumet Montana Refining will conduct its annual river spill response drill in coordination with Rapid Response Solutions August 10-August 12. This response readiness exercise is conducted annually and involves classroom training, land-based training and a deployment of booms in waterways in Fort Benton. Residents may become aware of drill activities and the presence of containment booms in the waterways. There

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Harris Mountain Fire evacuations lifted

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office has rescinded all evacuation warnings and orders related to the Harris Mountain Fire thanks to “lucky weather changes” and firefighting efforts. The fire is currently 31,591 acres and is 43 percent contained, according to InciWeb. The rain and cloud cover slowed fire growth allowing crews to make progress on the southern and western edges of

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