This week, the Great Falls blog Electric City Weblog announced it is shutting down. And while I won’t miss Rob Natelson’s posts, Gregg Smith was a good writer and an engaged blogger who covered local Great Falls civic issues no one else was covering.
Perhaps most notably, Smith was the only news source I know of that covered the Great Falls City Commission’s scandalous treatment of a local woman who stood up for homeless pets from the very beginning.
Readers of ECWL will recall the story of Ms. Susan Overfield.
The city of Great Falls ended up paying a cool half million dollar settlement to Ms. Overfield who, a judge ruled, was assaulted, beaten, falsely imprisoned–and deprived of all her Constitutional rights to liberty, speech, and participation in government–all because she made some comments that were critical of the city over what she saw as shady handling of an animal shelter contract.
There was quite a bit more to the story than what you could find in the papers, and Electric City Weblog was there at every turn. You don’t have to be of the same political persuasion as Smith to appreciate this as good reporting.