Great Falls http://mtpr.org en A tour of the L&C Interpretive Center http://mtpr.org/post/tour-lc-interpretive-center <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>Their exploits are chronicled at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, on the banks of the Missouri River in Great Falls.</p><p>About 70 volunteer guides lead visitors through the various exhibits.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce joins one such guide for a look around. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:03:12 +0000 Dan Boyce 6805 at http://mtpr.org A tour of the L&C Interpretive Center The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls http://mtpr.org/post/new-technology-rainbow-dam-near-great-falls <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">PPL Montana is now operating a completely renovated Rainbow Dam, just a few miles northeast of Great Falls.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:11:05 +0000 Dan Boyce 6253 at http://mtpr.org The new technology of the Rainbow Dam near Great Falls Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act? http://mtpr.org/post/are-great-falls-smoke-shacks-violating-clean-indoor-air-act <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>The law prohibits smoking in public buildings and fully went into effect in 2009.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:02:15 +0000 Dan Boyce 6139 at http://mtpr.org Are Great Falls 'smoke shacks' violating the Clean Indoor Air Act?