Montana Focus

An in-depth news and public affairs series hosted by Gene Brodeur which tackles issues across the state relating to politics and government, natural resources, business development, and social changes. Produced by Gene Brodeur and Scott Sterling for MontanaPBS.

Breakaway Utility Districts
 (No. 101)
In the premiere of this bi-monthly newsmagazine, host Gene Brodeur introduces us to "Breakaway Utility Districts." The city of Great Falls is proceeding with plans to create its own utility district, not unlike a rural electric cooperative, in hopes of avoiding a repeat of the 2001 freefall that saw energy rates hit all-time highs. The Op Ed segment features the Great Falls Tribune's Elaine Kohanek, and rounding out the program is a profile of Henry Lockwood, who was raised at the state orphanage in Twin Bridges in the 1920s and returned, at age 81, to live on the grounds of the abandoned facility. (First Aired Thursday, February 12, 2004)
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