Month: May, 2017

Outside Looking In
Great Falls

Outside Looking In

What is now known as Paris Gibson Square was completed in 1896 and served as a public school in Great Falls for 79 years. In 1975, the school system closed the building. In 1976, the Junior League, assisted by the efforts of numerous community volunteers, reopened the building and it has served as the backbone…

Fox News Report: Gianforte Also Punched Guardian Reporter
U.S. House Special Election

Fox News Report: Gianforte Also Punched Guardian Reporter

Holy sh*t. What else can really be said about the stunning news of Republican Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slamming a reporter, the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, today in Bozeman? The audio, which you can listen to here, doesn’t sound good for Gianforte. After an hour or so, Gianforte’s press secretary, Shane Scanlon, offered the following statement: ‘Tonight, as…

The Square
Law

The Square

Several readers have stated that the Rob Quist campaign signs are not supposed to be on any “public” property, period. Regardless of my personal feelings about political signs on public property, I feel the information those allegations are based on may not say what they think it says. I certainly disagree that it is as…

CDBG Records
City Commission

CDBG Records

In an earlier piece, we pointed out that City Commissioner, Tracy Houck, complained about an alleged conflict of interest by a member of the Community Development Council, which allocates CDBG funds among various local government entities, charities, and other groups. Houck had gotten wind of the fact that a particular individual had down voted the…

Comment Of The Day
City Commission, Great Falls Tribune

Comment Of The Day

The Tribune finally caught up to the Tracy Houck, CDBG funding story, but the reporter didn’t have nuthin’ on this commenter: Robert Tyler Great Falls, Montana How can Houck claim to be personally handling this issue because of concern about the privacy protections of a male employee while in tandem exposing the sexual harassment complaint…

Challenger Emerges For City Commission Seat
City Commission

Challenger Emerges For City Commission Seat

On April 20, the filing period opened for Great Falls Mayoral and City Commission candidates. Despite an otherwise quiet municipal electoral landscape, we were recently alerted to the online presence of one Commission candidate, Tyson Habein. You can follow his campaign on Facebook here. While he doesn’t seem to possess particularly high name ID, Habein’s could make for an interesting candidacy. He’s…

Of Smoke…And Fire
City Commission

Of Smoke…And Fire

On May 15, 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with City Manager, Greg Doyon, City Attorney, Sara Sexe, and City Planning Director, Craig Raymond, to discuss City Commissioner Tracy Houck’s involvement in the allocation of CDBG funds to the Paris Gibson Square where she serves as the Executive Director. Some takeaways: The March…

Even More CDBG Mania
City Commission

Even More CDBG Mania

Have you noticed that when it comes to Community Block Grant funding and voting, the Great Falls City Commission abounds with apparent conflicts of interest, or with situations with the appearance of conflicts? We’ve already seen an article in E-City Beat about Commissioner Houck and the appearance of a huge conflict of interest involving Paris…

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