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Historic preservation projects honored

The Great Falls-Cascade County Historic Preservation Advisory Commission honored four projects and people on May 25 for their annual awards program. This year’s winners were: Burnette Batista was raised in Fort Shaw and has developed a passion for its history and that of the whole Sun River Valley. She was elected president of the Sun River Valley Historical Society in

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Construction, restaurant roundup

We get a lot of the same questions on repeat and see a lot of the same rumors and misinformation floating around social media, we decided to do a quick roundup of the latest top hits. The Electric hears rumors all the time and are constantly checking on them, but does not report information without confirmation through government paperwork, property

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BID seeking walls for 2023 mural festival

The Great Falls Business Improvement District is planning for the fifth annual ArtsFest MONTANA. The 2023 mural festival kicks off Aug. 11 and runs through Aug. 18. ArtsFest was launched in 2019 with the goal of educating artists while installing large-scale murals on buildings in downtown Great Falls. Since its inception, 36 murals have been installed on 19 buildings, employing

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City Christmas ornament now available

The Historic Preservation Office’s 2022 Christmas Ornament is now available and commemorates Gibson Park. The park has been a part of the city since 1883. Business Bites: Barges on the river; Loading Zone closing; car wash proposed for former Ryan’s Cash and Carry; Nourish kitchen moving; Signature Med Spa open; bakery opens; fitness equipment installed in Gibson Park; Jazz Night

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Commission approves TIF funding for downtown mural lighting

artsfest mural

City Commissioners unanimously approved a request for $150,000 in downtown tax increment financing funds for the design and installation of alley lighting. The Downtown Business Improvement District submitted an application for the funds, which was recommended by the Downtown Development Partnership. The project will design and install alley and mural lighting on 10 buildings. Commission approves downtown group funding request

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Cascade County implements fire restrictions

Cascade County has implemented Phase 1 fire restrictions. “Due to the ongoing increase in fire danger and a pattern of high winds throughout Cascade County our DES coordinator has polled the rural fire chiefs regarding the implementation of Stage 1 fire restrictions. The chiefs overwhelmingly support the immediate implementation of these restrictions,” according to a county release. Cascade County lifts

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Russell Museum hosting Saddles and Spurs on July 16

The C.M. Russell Museum is hosting the annual Saddles and Spurs family event on July 16, at the museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free, all-ages celebration gives the local community a chance to experience the best of cowboy culture and heritage in advance of the National Day of the Cowboy. Saddles and Spurs has expanded to include the Artist Stampede featuring artist

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City manager gets favorable review, raise

City Commissioners gave City Manager Greg Doyon a favorable review and a raise during a June 21 meeting. Commissioners conducted the review in closed session, but returned to open session to give an overview and vote on the raise. Commissioners renewed Doyon’s contract in 2020 for three years, expiring in March 2023. In 2020, his base salary was $161,500. Doyon

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