Category Archives: Public Safety

City continuing budget discussion

City Commissioners continued their budget discussions during a special work session on June 28. They didn’t make any decisions and will have another meeting at 4 p.m. June 29. During the meeting, commissioners asked staff what they needed to help move the budget process forward. City Manager Greg Doyon said that he needed commissioners to reach a consensus on whether

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Man charged for shooting, vehicle pursuit

Tyson Whiteplume has been charged in relation to the June 23 shooting and vehicle pursuit in Great Falls. Whiteplume has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, two counts of assault with a weapon, criminal endangerment and negligent vehicular assault, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of fleeing from or eluding a peace officer and obstructing a peace officer, according to

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Commissioners review proposed city budget, tax increases

City Commissioners got their first look at the budget proposal during their June 21 work session. The budget, proposed by City Manager Greg Doyon and staff, includes taking the full property tax increases available to the city, using a portion of the fund balance and some CARES Act funds to balance the budget. The city didn’t raise property taxes through

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Downtown church withdraws permit application for tent encampment

The First United Methodist Church at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 6th Street in downtown is withdrawing its conditional use permit for an emergency shelter. Jeff Hindoien, Great Falls city attorney, said during the June 21 commission meeting that he’s been in touch with the church’s legal counsel and they’re withdrawing the application to revise their plan and

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County sending local marijuana tax question to November ballot

County Commissioners voted unanimously during their June 21 meeting to put the question of a three percent local  tax on marijuana sales on the November ballot. The county can, if voters approve, implement a combined three percent local tax on all medical and non-medical marijuana sold in the county. On the same November ballot, the city is planning to ask

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Reeves leaving CCSO; Van Dyken named undersheriff

Undersheriff Cory Reeves is leaving the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office. He’s retiring after 25 years in law enforcement and taking a job with Alluvion Health. In mid-July, he’ll start as the executive director of the Adlera Lab. On July 1, Capt. Scott Van Dyken will assume the role of undersheriff at CCSO. County board votes to increase pay for elected

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Zoning board denies permit request for tent encampment at downtown church

The city zoning commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Commission deny a request from the First United Methodist Church at the corner of 2nd Street North and 6th Street to operate a tent encampment. The church has already allowed the tent encampment and city staff notified church officials that without a conditional use permit to allow the encampment,

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