Category Archives: Great Falls Montana

In & Out

Had a very pleasant healthcare experience on Saturday. Well, as pleasant as can be expected, considering that I don’t feel so great.

As much as I appreciate my military healthcare option, sometimes it just isn’t very convenient – especially on weekends, when the Malmstrom clinic is closed!

Walk-In Express in Great Falls

Walk-In Express in Great Falls

So after feeling pretty yucky for more than 24 hours, I decided to try to the (fairly) new Walk In Express on the NW side of town.

It was simple – went to the website, booked my appointment, and drove down there about 20 minutes later.

It’s a small facility, but very clean, modern, and efficient, given its purpose.

The friendly med tech screened me in, I paid the flat $89 visit fee, and got seen by a very nice, professional nurse practitioner (NPs are dear to my heart, as are PAs).

Diagnosis: basically, a double-ear infection. She prescribed me some meds, and I popped over to the pharmacy inside Albertsons right across the street, paid $52 for the 2 meds. And, of course, picked up my regular drink at SBX (thanks Taylor and Katie!) and a few snackables.

And…I was home in less than an hour. Couldn’t have been simpler or more convenient.

A+++ for Walk In Express!

Cookie Jar farewell

Sad news — The Cookie Jar in Holiday Village Mall announced that it is closing.

They posted this on Facebook on Saturday:

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It opened in May 2015 (details).

“The Cookie Jar at its peak in the 80s boasted several locations in Great Falls and Billings. The location — on the upper level of the mall next to the GNC store — was most recently occupied by Amy’s Morning Perk.”

I suspect the problem wasn’t the quality or selection of the cookies, nor the staff — it was the location.

Fingers crossed they will re-open somewhere else in Great Falls.

Cookie Jar t-shirt from the 80s.

Cookie Jar t-shirt from the 80s.

Prime Location

Heck of a location!

Heck of a location!

What should be built on the space currently occupied by this decrepit building? Wait, don’t tell me: a mattress store! Or a bank! Or a casino!

Kidding.

Actually, “what should be built there?” is not the right question.

The question is actually: Will the City of Great Falls force the owner to do something about it?

City officials will discuss this week a resolution which states that “…if the owner fails to abate said nuisance as ordered and within the time allowed, the City Staff is directed to take any and all steps necessary to abate the nuisance with all expenses to attach as a lien against the property.”

I agree that the building is pretty much an eyesore – and it has also sparked the imagination of many, many people over the years.

The location – right along the west bank of the Missouri River by the Central Avenue bridge – seems ideal for many ventures — a riverside restaurant, for instance, or perhaps an events center.

And when this news article was posted on KRTV, people weighed in with their answers to the first (but incorrect) question.

Among the suggestions:

Holly Gordon: Turn it into something so that the high schoolers and young adults have some else to do in this town.

Mamie Ann Webster Carter: This would make a beautiful restuarant, overlooking the river, patio for outside dining. Great Falls needs good restaurants with good service.

Desiree Boothe: I would love love love to see it be turned into a reception hall for weddings! I think it could be turned into a beautiful place! Especially since Great Falls has NOTHING like that in town.

Nikki Pearson: I wish there was a way to save this building.. It would make a great spaghetti factory! It’s a neat looking place but needs something done with it.

Zaeda Denae June: My mom always wanted to do kayak and bike rentals, a small arcade, smoothie/coffee bar and like an info center & little family fun area there. A little of everything for everyone.

Corey Hughes: I wish we had a comedy club here, its a nice spot though kinda limited parking if you planned something there. Curious what of will become.

Patty Kelly Morris: I thought maybe an ice/skating rink or a very nice steak house or sushi place

So there’s a sampling of what people think.

As for me: well, sure, it would be cool to have that spot used for something…cool.

But unless someone is willing to give me several million dollars to turn it into the coolest Starbucks / skating rink / art gallery /events center, the decision is up to Ken Holman, the owner of the property.

Crimestoppers (August 2016)

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Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers has released the August 2016 “Most Wanted” list.

If you have information about the location of any of the people on the list, you’re asked to call the 24-hour Crimestoppers Hotline at 727-TIPS (8477).

If you believe that any of the information contained on the list is inaccurate, call the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office at 406-454-6820 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone who uses information contained in the list to commit a criminal act against someone else is subject to criminal prosecution.

Click here for the Crimestoppers page on Facebook.

(PS – you can meet Tipper, the adorable Crimestoppers mascot, on August 9th at Lions Park!)

TIpper the Crimestoppers mascot!

TIpper the Crimestoppers mascot!

14 Years!

Today marks 14 years since I arrived in Great Falls. I truly can not put into words how happy it makes me. A few months ago, at about 13 years + 8 month, this officially became the place where I have lived longer than anywhere else in my life (although that previous record was set during two periods in one hellish location).

As a military brat who then spent 20 years on active duty, “home” was never a tangible, concrete thing for me – I had a vague understanding of what it meant, and knew that other people had a “home,” but until I arrived in Great Falls, the true nature and feeling of “home” was something I honestly never thought I would feel.

If you know me, or have been checking out my blog over the years, you know how much I love Great Falls, and how I fell in love with this community literally within days of arriving.

I believe the first meal I had in Great Falls was at the Apple Mill Grill (in the mall parking lot); it became Fiesta En Jalisco a few years later. The next evening, I had Howard’s Pizza – ’nuff said.

Thank you so much, Great Falls and Montana, for being the only place that I have ever lived that truly feels like – and is – home.

Here is one of the very first photos I took after arriving in Great Falls (on a then-fancy 640x360px camera phone!).

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