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Air Force beginning environmental impact study process for ICBM replacement system

The Air Force has issued its notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement to “evaluate potential impacts on the human and natural environments of deploying the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile system and decommissioning and disposing of the Minuteman III ICBM system. The Air Force invites public participation in the scoping process to determine the scope

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Positive COVID test confirmed at local assisted living

The Goldstone Assisted Living community has been notified of positive COVID-19 cases among its residents and staff, according to release from the facility. The Goldstone participated in Gov. Steve Bullock’s sentinel testing on June 29 and all test results were negative for the virus. Fourth COVID death reported in Cascade County Nearly a month later, on July 28, a resident

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City moving forward with plans for license plate readers, pay stations for downtown parking

City staff and the Parking Advisory Commission are continuing their proposal to purchase license plate reader technology and pay stations to replace the parking meters downtown. In June, the PAC voted to pursue those options and staff has been working on pricing options and a contract to bring to the City Commission for consideration in August. City considering license plate recognition,

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Sunday Reads: May 24

Short list this weekend. Enjoy the weather and time with friends and family. Also, take a moment to remember fallen troops this Memorial Day Associated Press: Study: World carbon pollution falls 17 percent during pandemic peak Vox: Pandemics are not wars The Atlantic: ‘How could the CDC make that mistake?’ CityLab: Nextdoor’s delicate partnership with local police The Economist: Inefficiencies

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Sunday Reads: May 10

Enjoy the weather and Happy Mother’s Day. Associated Press: It’s gone haywire: When COVID-19 arrived in rural America L.A. Times: Study reports mutant coronavirus that may be more contagious NPR (opinion): Always the bridesmaid, public health rarely spotlighted until it’s too late Vox: States are trying to stop stimulus checks from seizure by debt collectors Route Fifty: Work from home

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City, county testing remote options for public comment during commission meetings

City Commission meetings are looking a bit different these days. During the April 7 meeting, the city is testing call-in system for public comments. The city began changing the meeting format last month as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. The meetings are being held by video-conference, but the city is still make the effort to meet the requirements of open meeting

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Sunday Reads: Feb. 23

Have a great weekend Great Falls, happy reading. The New York Times: The whole-grain grail: A sandwich bread with mass appeal Houston Chronicle: Landlords see opportunity in shortage of workforce housing Economist: Experts predict that covid-19 will spread more widely The New York Times: Marfa’s answer to the collapse of local news: coffee and cocktails NPR: Who should allow what

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Sunday Reads: Feb. 16

Enjoy the sunny, albeit blustery, weekend Great Falls. Her’es your weekly reading list. Route Fifty: Cities and towns are abandoning recycling. Can it be saved? CityLab: How French intellectuals mapped relationships Route Fifty: Do older taxpayers balk at supporting schools? New York Times: Never mind the internet. Here’s what’s killing malls. Civil Eats: The growing trend of dining at your

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USDA grants disaster designation to 17 Montana counties for farm losses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a secretarial natural disaster designation to 17 Montana counties, including Cascade County, that requested federal assistance after suffering losses caused by multiple disasters during the 2019 crop year, according to a release from Gov. Steve Bullock’s office. “Montana farmers faced extraordinary circumstances this season with snowstorms, freezing temperatures, and excessive rain that left

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Sunday Reads: Jan. 26

Have a great week Great Falls!   The New York Times: Chaos as militants overran airfield, killing three Americans in Kenya The New York Times: Rural Montana has already lost too many native women.  The New York Times: A decade later, Dutch officials publish study critical of Boeing 737 Washington Post: The audacious effort to reforest the planet PBS: Remembering

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