2006 Highlights

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As we bid farewell to 2006, let’s take a look back at just a few of the entries at GreaterFalls.com that generated some discussion in each month:

In January, the saga of Molly B, the Runaway Cow, grabbed headlines not just here, but around the nation. The closure of the east-side County Market made local news, too.
In February, Great Falls residents voiced their opinion about what makes our community so great, and the responses were wonderful.
March brought lots of discussion about whether or not Wal-Mart should build a second store in Great Falls; the next month Wal-Mart opted to pass on a second store.
In April, the Great Falls police conducted a “sting” of restaurants and convenience stores to identify stores that sold alcohol to minors, and there was a bit of controversy.
In May, we learned that Larry, a fixture of Great Falls streets and sidewalks, had what appeared to be his very own MySpace page.
In June, I (finally!) discovered the joy of the Great Falls Farmers Market – fun!
In July, things began to get a little busier at Westgate Mall as Action Cards & Comics moved in; since then, Westgate has also added a skating rink and laser-tag facility.
In August, I enjoyed breakfast at one of the newest eateries in town, the Rio Ranch Grill; others were not quite so impressed.
In September, there was a fire downtown that destroyed a local business – but no injuries, thankfully. And the 16th of the month brought our first official snow of the season!
In October, I floated the idea of changing the names of our two middle schools by incorporating the name of the now-defunct Paris Gibson Middle School into their names.
In November, of course, everybody was watching the Senate race (and others), and AJ showed off his skillz by making a campaign poster of sorts.
In December, the month got off to a chilly start with the Polar Plunge at the downtown Christmas Stroll, which generated plenty of good-natured rivalry between KFBB and KRTV.
In December, our City Commissioners and Mayor Dona got plenty of input on the topics of east-end development and the the Highwood coal plant.

And you can scroll through the entire year of entries right here. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by GreaterFalls.com this year, either as a reader, a commenter, a friend, or lurker!

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