Fun For The Fourth!

The City of Great Falls website has all of the information you need to know about what’s legal – and what’s not – when it comes to fireworks here in Great Falls. The official city-sponsored fireworks show is at 10:30 tonight. And if you need to cool down, try the Electric City Water Park – fun for the whole family, and perfect for a bright, warm day like today.

Changing Channels

As of today, KTGF (channel 12 cable, or channel 16 non-cable) is now a Fox affiliate, with some UPN programming thrown in, too. That’s cool, because we haven’t had a local Fox affiliate until now. The NBC affiliation has gone to newcomer KBGF…but I can’t seem to find it anywhere on the digital cable lineup yet. UPDATE: Found it – KBGF is broadcasting on cable-channel 6 (non-cable 50) under the name “Beartooth NBC.” Looks like the HQ for this station is actually in Helena, but there will be two reporters working here in Great Falls.

Quite a few changes — let’s recap:

NBC programming is now on KBGF, channel 6 (50 non-cable)
Fox programing is now on KTGF, channel 12 (16 non-cable)
Discovery Channel, formerly on channel 6, is now on channel 48 (which used to carry Fox shows)

The Hangout

Well, this certainly looks promising: The Hangout. I’m not sure when it opened, but it’s fairly recent, I believe. Plenty of activities for everyone: billiards, air-hockey, internet access, foosball, snacks & beverages, darts, videogames, and more. No drugs, no alcohol, no smoking, no gambling. The Hangout is located at 5501 9th Avenue South, and you can call them at 453.1099 for more information. Definitely plan to check this out!

UPDATE: sadly, The Hangout didn’t last…it was closed in the Fall of 2006. Good idea, but I think that the location was a big factor in its’ demise. Too far out — the farthest location on the East side of town — not near any shopping center, mall, or other social location.

*bang*

I’m sure many of you have heard fireworks going off all over town the last several days; sure, it can be fun to watch, but it sure is damn noisy. I confronted a teenager the other night at 10:30 pm and asked him to stop, explaining that people had to get up to go to work early in the morning. His response: “It’s legal two weeks before and two weeks after the 4th of July – state law!” I begged to differ, and asked him if he would prefer to have the police explain the laws to him. He snorted, but as I dialed the police on my cell phone, he promptly stopped lighting the fireworks. So, since you asked, here is the rule:

Though you can BUY fireworks now, a city ordinance makes it illegal to set them off in the city until Thursday. Fireworks may be used from June 30th to July 4th at midnight.

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