Category Archives: Public Safety

Commission adopts budget, including intent to raise taxes and plan to close Natatorium

City Commissioners unanimously approved the $117.9 million budget Tuesday, which includes property tax increases and a plan to close the Natatorium by Jan. 1, 2019. Several members of the public attended the meeting, but no one spoke during the public comment period for the budget. After commissioners made budget comments, Mayor Bob Kelly reopened public comment and Larry Johnson said

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Occupational physical for Great Falls firefighters up for City Commission vote

Commissioners will consider tonight an agreement with Benefis Healthcare Occupational Health for firefighter occupational physicals. The physicals for operational staff were added as a requirement in the labor agreement between the city and International Association of Firefighters Local 8. During last year’s budget process, commissioners approved $35,000 for the annual occupational physicals. But finding a provider proved a more complicated

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City’s longest serving employee has retired from the Great Falls Police Deparmtent

After 44 years with the City of Great Falls, Sergio Carrion retired on Friday. He’s the longest-serving employee with the Great Falls Police Department and across all city departments. Carrion started as a civilian jailer in 1974 when the city jail was located where the Cascade City-County Health Department is now. In Christmas of 1974, the jail moved to the

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Sample tests positive for West Nile Virus in Cascade County

The Cascade County Weed and Mosquito Division has detected its first West Nile Virus positive mosquito sample this year. A WNV positive sample of adult Culex tarsalis mosquitos was collected approximately 6 miles north of Great Falls on July 12. The sample was confirmed to be West Nile Virus positive by the lab at the Montana Department of Public Health

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City budget up for vote Tuesday, includes intent to increase taxes

Most of the discussion around the City of Great Falls’ proposed budget has centered around the Natatorium, but there’s a lot more going on in the $117.9 million budget. Commissioners are scheduled to vote on the budget during their July 17 meeting as well as their intent to raise property taxes. Natatorium closure likely through city budget process The mill

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Cascade County Sheriff’s Office warns of scammer impersonating deputies

The Cascade County Sheriff’s Office is warning citizens of a new phone scam. The perpetrators are representing themselves as “Detective Sellers” and  “detective with the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office” during the phone call to the victim. Undersheriff Dave Phillips said in an email release Wednesday that the caller informs the victim that there is a warrant for their arrest or

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City continuing discussion to close Natatorium, repair fire stations; additional budget work session set for July 11

Closure of the Natatorium remains on the table in the proposed Great Falls budget. City Commissioners and city staff further discussed the proposed $117.9 budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. No members of the public attended the work session. Commissioners added another special work session on at 2 p.m. July 11 for another public comment opportunity and

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It’s a holiday week, but don’t forget the fireworks rules

It’s a holiday week in Great Falls and Great Falls Fire Rescue is reminding residents to follow the rules and safety precautions for fireworks. City officials also ask that residents using fireworks be respectful of their neighbors, especially veterans and pets. According to the Consumer Product Safety Committee 2014 Annual Report, 230 people on average visited the emergency room every

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GFFR hires new paramedic, third female in department history

Great Falls Fire Rescue has been actively recruiting paramedics to address their shortage and the newest rookie is helping fill that role. Brooke Lindskog is a paramedic and is also the third woman to be hired at GFFR. The department hired the state’s first professional female in 1982 and Maren Reilly, the second female hired at GFFR, has been with the

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