Great Falls

Great Falls
9:03 am
Wed August 14, 2013

A tour of the L&C Interpretive Center

A life-size replica of the dugout canoes used by the Corps of Discovery is the centerpiece of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls
Credit Dan Boyce

It’s been more than 200 years since Lewis and Clark led the ‘Corps of Discovery’ through Montana as part of their legendary expedition across the American West.

Their exploits are chronicled at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls.

About 70 volunteer guides lead visitors through the various exhibits.

Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce joins one such guide for a look around.  

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Great Falls
10:11 am
Fri August 2, 2013

The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls

The new Rainbow Dam power plant generates 60 megawatts of electricity, the old plant (left) generated 36 megawatts.
Credit Dan Boyce

PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.

The $230 million project marks the biggest investment in energy generation in the state since the Colstrip coal-fired power plant was built about 30 years ago.

PPL Montana Director of External Affairs David Hoffman said the new power house generates almost twice as much electricity as the old one. It’s enough to power about 45-thousand homes.

Construction on this renovation started back in 2009 and went fully online this past April.

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Great Falls
11:02 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act?

Marsha Fries smokes while playing keno in the smoke shack of the 'Do Bar' in Great Falls
Dan Boyce

A group of Great Falls health advocates are accusing at least nine bars and casinos in that city of not being in compliance with Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act.

The law prohibits smoking in public buildings and fully went into effect in 2009.

At issue are so-called ‘smoke shacks’ attached to the casinos. These ventilated rooms allow people to smoke, drink and use gaming machines. Bar owners are open-air vents in the rooms make them technically not indoor, enclosed, spaces.

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