Category Archives: Public Safety

 Rosipal files to run for Cascade County sheriff 

Bob Rosipal has filed to run for Cascade County sheriff. Currently, he’s a lieutenant, chief coroner and SWAT leader for the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. “I’ve always wanted to become sheriff of Cascade County,” the Great Falls native said after filing Wednesday morning. So far, no one else has filed to run for the office, including incumbent Bob Edwards.  Filing

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Park district is on track to go to May 8 ballot for $1.5 million assessment

The proposed park district will be on the Jan. 16 City Commission agenda for a first meeting and to set a public hearing for Feb. 6. That meets the deadlines set under state law to put the park district on the May 8 ballot. During a special work session Monday morning, commissioners discussed the mechanics of how the assessment process

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City crews on 24-hour schedule for snow and ice operations

Snow and ice removal crews at Great Falls Public Works operate on a 24 hour schedule during the winter. They’ve been busy the last few weeks. “It usually takes a good 24 hours after a snow event to get to all our priority roads,” said Eric Boyd, city street division foreman. Boyd and the street division were kind enough to

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Bundle up, have a winter survival kit in your car and give plows some space this weekend

It’s winter in Montana so it’s no surprise that it’s cold and snowing. But since none of use are perfect and most of us are probably going to think we can outsmart Mother Nature at some point, a weekend of subzero temperatures seems like a good time to review winter survival tips. City crews on 24-hour schedule for snow and

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Firefighter families brighten holidays for kids spending Christmas in the hospital

No one wants to spend Christmas in the hospital and it’s especially worrying for kids who think Santa won’t be able to find them. So firefighters from Great Falls Fire Rescue and their families play Santa’s elves every Christmas Eve. This year, firefighter Kris Whitaker started the day with a visit to the pediatric ward at Benefis Health System to

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City forestry completes 7-year project of hazard tree trimming

A late freeze in 2009 and an early freeze in 2010 damaged a tremendous number of the city’s green ash trees, which make up about 70 percent of the 13,000 boulevard trees. Because the city forestry department had a detailed inventory of those trees and the damage done, the city was able to file a claim with Montana Municipal Interlocal

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City staff, commissioner disagree on Fox Farm easement issue

Last week, the City Commission voted to allow the proposed Town Pump hotel at the Fox Farm intersection to proceed without requiring an easement for road access. Commissioner Bill Bronson said during the meeting that he had discovered through his research that the road in question had previously been a city road that was vacated in 1961. When the city

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