Be Aware

Richard Shular The Great Falls Tribune reports that a Tier III sex offender has moved to Great Falls:

Richard Shular, 23…convicted of raping 2 teenage girls in 1997… finished his 5-year sentence in August 2003… is a tier III sex offender, considered high risk for reoffending… now living at 15 15th Street N. ..white male, 6-feet tall with blonde hair and blue eyes…175 pounds…medium complexion…tattoos on both arms and calves, a dragon on his back and various designs on his chest and stomach.

The Sexual & Violent Assault Registry still lists him as being in the Gallatin County Detention Center, but that (hopefully) will be updated soon.

Open For Business

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Finally! The northeast section of River Drive, also known as the Northeast Bypass, is scheduled to open at noon on Thursday, June 30, after nearly a year of detours, gravel, and dust for Great Falls drivers. This will make it much easier to get to the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, as well as local businesses that have been dramatically affected by the road closure, such as Best Resting Motel, Big Sky Animal Clinic, and others. It will make the drive to work much smoother for lots of Malmstrom airmen, too. Read more

Trib Feature on Blogging

Just finished up an interview with Rich Ecke, a features writer for the Great Falls Tribune. Basic stuff: how did I get into blogging, why do I enjoy it, etc. Also discussed what makes Montana bloggers so special, how many Montana bloggers are there, and such. I mentioned Miss Bonkrood, who was the very first Montana blogger that I read, back in 2002 before I moved here, and Rich mentioned AJ Tooley, who was also interviewed for the story. He also asked about Craig, and I explained that Craig was essentially The BlogFather for many Montana bloggers, and one of the first (THE first?) name-brand MT bloggers. Good discussion with Rich — nice guy – maybe we’ll get him on board as a blogger! I’ll post a link when the story runs in a few days or weeks.

Sip-n-Dip

Somebody has some fond memories (and pictures!) of their visit to the Sip-n-Dip! The Sip-n-Dip Lounge is located in the O’Haire Motor Inn in downtown Great Falls, and back in 2003 it was ranked by GQ magazine as the “#1 Bar In the World Worth Flying To.” The primary attraction, other than the kitschy ultra-tiki-theme, is the mermaid swimming in the tank; in fact, when the most famous mermaid of modern times, Darryl Hannah, visited Great Falls, she donned a mermaid suit and jumped in, too.

According to Rhett Gadke: “The Sip n’ Dip is a force of nature. Piano Pat singing Neal Diamond, stiff cocktails, unbelievable ambience (they have bloody mermaids.) This place has more character than a hundred contrived big-city bars. You do yourself and those you love an injustice by visiting Great Falls and not partaking of its glory.” Quite an endorsement! Definitely on the “must see” list of places in Great Falls.

Stormy Weather

Wow — quite a thunderstorm yesterday! Driving home from work, I crossed three sets of railroad tracks, and the lights were flashing at all three, but there were no trains. And the lights at the intersection of Central Avenue and 3rd Street Northwest were not working — created a bit of confusion. Even had some hail — I pulled over along River Drive, as did several other drivers, until the hail and heavy rain let up.

Java Up!

It’s finally official: Great Falls is getting it’s very first free-standing Starbucks! Great Falls will join Billings, Helena, and Missoula as a Starbucks town. I’m sure you’ve all noticed the building going up in the parking lot of Holiday Village Mall. I’ve heard that the intersection there, 10th Avenue South & 9th Street, is the busiest one in town, so I suppose it makes sense to plant Starbucks right there. I have no doubt that the store will be successful. I wonder if they’ll have any grand-opening celebrations and prizes and such?

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