Open Burning Ends November 30 in Gallatin County

GCEM Media Release

Media Release:  191114-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 548-0111

Open Burning Ends November 30 in Gallatin County

Bozeman, MT – The last day for opening burning in 2019 is November 30th in Gallatin County.  Open Burning is permitted from March 1 to November 30th each year in Montana with a valid burn permit.  Individuals in Gallatin County with a valid burn permit are reminded to finish their fall burning in the next two weeks.

After December 1st, only individuals conducting burning under special authorizations separate from Burn Permits (such as Hazard Reduction Agreements, land management agencies, etc…) in coordination with Montana Department of Environmental Quality are able to conduct burning.  This annual closure for Open Burning is in place to avoid affecting air quality with our frequent stagnant air in the winter season.

More information on Open Burning in Gallatin County is available at http://www.ReadyGallatin.com/burn-permits.

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VOTE! One day left to return ballots for Gallatin County elections

Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!

That’s what the Gallatin County Election Department is encouraging our citizens to do! There is ONE day left to return ballots for municipal general and countywide special elections this November.

As of Monday afternoon, the Election Department has received 22,683 of the 65,491 ballots it issued to voters across the county.

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to return their ballots to any of these locations:

  • Gallatin County Election Office in Bozeman – 311 W. Main St., Room 210 in the Gallatin County Courthouse
  • Belgrade City Clerk’s Office – 91 E. Central Ave.
  • City of Bozeman Finance Office – 121 N. Rouse Ave.
  • Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office – 207 S. 6th St.
  • Three Forks City Clerk’s Office – 206 N. Main St.
  • Town of West Yellowstone Clerk Office – 440 Yellowstone Ave.

And for folks stopping by the Gallatin County Courthouse on Tuesday, you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle! We will have a curbside drop-off on Main Street in front of the Courthouse starting at 8 a.m. We will also have our lobby drop-off table, which will open at 7 a.m.

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder
582-3050

(File photo courtesy of Gallatin County)

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Tax bills get an updated look

For the first time in over a decade, the tax bills sent out by the Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office are getting a fresh look!

The new design is meant to be more transparent and provide taxpayers with an easy-to-understand look at where their taxes go. This is the first time the format of the bills has been changed since 2008.

Tax bills are already available online. Hard copies will hit mailboxes early this week.

The Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office is encouraging folks to save time and pay their taxes online. You can use debit cards, credit cards or our new e-check option online at itax.gallatin.mt.gov. Note that fees do apply online.

The 2019 Real Property tax statements have the first half due on Dec. 4 and the second half due on June 1. The second half of all mobile home property taxes is also due by Dec. 2.

If you have any questions about your tax bills, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 582-3030 or stop in at 311 W. Main St., room 103, in downtown Bozeman.

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Community gives input on future of Axtell Bridge

Gallatin County, in coordination with the Montana Department of Transportation, held an open house this week to gather community input on potential Axtell Bridge replacement options.

Dozens of community members attended the meeting Tuesday night in Gallatin Gateway to ask questions and let the Gallatin County Commission hear what was important to them.

Most of the initial feedback received at the meeting reflected an understanding of the need for a new structure without the size, weight and single-lane limitations. Opportunities for roadway safety improvements, improved Fish, Wildlife and Parks fishing site access, and creative ideas on how to best handle the existing 100-year-old bridge were also discussed.

The Gallatin County Commission will continue to welcome public comment and notify MDT of their preference moving forward with the project in the November-December timeframe.

The Axtell Bridge, located on Axtell Anceny Road, is a one-lane truss bridge south of Four Corners. Gallatin County is weighing three options for replacement through the MDT off-system bridge program: replacing the bridge with a two-lane bridge and re-aligning the road near the ends of the bridge, replacing the bridge in its current location, and rehabilitating the old bridge.

You can email public comment to the Gallatin County Commission at commission@gallatin.mt.gov, or mail comments to 311 W. Main St. room 306, Bozeman, MT 59715.

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Fundraiser established to support Deputy Allmendinger’s family

A team of community members has come together to help support the family of a beloved Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office deputy who lost his life in the line of duty.

On Tuesday night, the group created an online fundraiser seeking donations to help the family of Deputy Jake Allmendinger, who was killed in a tragic accident in the Bridger Mountains on the night of Oct. 19.

Organizers have a unique goal – they are hoping to get donations from 100,000 people – donations as small as just a couple of dollars.

“We want everybody to feel like they can contribute and make a difference,” said Tony Johnson, one of many team members who are helping with fundraising efforts.

And even if you can’t donate financially, organizers hope people will simply share the link to the fundraiser with their family, friends and coworkers to help spread the word.

A link to the GoFundMe site can be found here.

A fundraiser for the family was also established last week by the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. A link to info on that fundraiser can be found here.

These are the ONLY two fundraisers authorized by the Allemendinger family. If anyone else calls asking for money for the Allmendingers, please report it to law enforcement.

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Media Protocol for Allmendinger Funeral

 

For media interested in attending the funeral of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger, please see our media protocol.

Please understand that we want to work with all media to get you what you need for your stories. But the family and their wishes are our top priority.

If you have any questions, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at 595-8963 or whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov.

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Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

FULL FUNERAL DETAILS

Thursday, Oct. 24

Public Viewing

There will be a public viewing at Dahl Funeral & Cremation Service from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. The funeral home is located at 300 Highland Blvd. in Bozeman.

 

Friday, Oct. 25

Procession

A procession of hundreds of law enforcement and first responders will help escort Jake from the funeral home to Journey Church for Friday morning’s service. The procession will begin on East Main Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. and head west and continue onto Huffine Lane. Vehicles will then turn north onto Love Lane and head to Journey Church, at the intersection of Baxter and Love lanes.

We encourage folks to line the procession routes to show their support of Jake’s family and the law enforcement and first responder communities.

Traffic

Drivers can expect long delays on Main Street during the procession. Please take alternate routes and avoid Main Street if possible.

Traffic will also be impacted at the intersection of Jackrabbit and Baxter lanes between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. as processional vehicles cross Jackrabbit to park. Please find alternate routes if possible.

Parking

Parking for the public will be at the Commons, located at 1794 Baxter Lane East. Traffic will be heavy in the area as the procession arrives, so please plan on getting to the church early to avoid further traffic congestion.

Service

The service is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. That start time could be pushed back while we wait for the entire procession to arrive at the church, so please be patient. The service is scheduled to last approximately two hours.

Reception

A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the service.

Livestream

For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed online at the following link: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/sheriffs-office

Media

Media will be allowed in the church for the service. Later today, we will be sending out rules for media who are planning to attend, so keep an eye out for that.

For any questions, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at 595-8963.

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Evening Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont) Oct. 23 evening update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

As of tonight, there are 226 law enforcement and first responder vehicles carrying 462 people from 75 agencies coming to escort Jake to the ceremony at the Commons on Friday. The procession will leave from Dahl’s Funeral Home on East Main around 8:45. Most of the vehicles will be coming from East Frontage Road to join the line. The procession will go west on Main Street and Huffine Lane to Love Lane, then north to Baxter and the Commons. The public is invited to line the route to pay their respect to Jake. Drivers can expect lengthy delays and may want to plan on an alternate route.

A detailed schedule will be released tomorrow.

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Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Oct. 23 morning update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Procession route

Law enforcement and first responder vehicles from around the region will be taking part in a procession prior to Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s funeral service on Friday, Oct. 25.

The procession will begin on East Main Street at approximately 8:45 a.m. It will continue west on Main Street to Huffine Lane. The procession will then turn north on Love Lane and head to the Commons at Baxter and Love, where Jake’s service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

We encourage people to line the procession route to show support for Jake’s family and the law enforcement and first responder community.

Drivers can expect long delays on Main Street as the procession moves through Bozeman. Please take alternate routes and avoid Main Street if possible.

Prior to the procession, vehicles will be staging off of Frontage Road, east of Bozeman. Frontage Road will remain open, but be aware that there will be a large presence of law enforcement and first responder vehicles in that area starting at 7 a.m. Friday.

For more information on funeral services, please visit www.readygallatin.com/jake.

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Evening Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death

(Gallatin County, Mont) Oct. 22 evening update on the line of duty death of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy Jake Allmendinger:

Planning Operations

Planning continues for the funeral. Forty members of GCSO, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County 911, Montana Highway Patrol, Bozeman Fire Department, Bozeman Police Department, Hyalite Fire Department, and Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office are working on everything needed for a line of duty death funeral, including an honor guard and bagpipe for the ceremony, parking for the vehicles lining up for the procession, and food for family, planners, and the reception. Arrangements are being made for the public safety responders coming from 21 agencies around Montana and South Dakota so far. Other planners are working closely with the family to make sure their needs guide all decisions and taking care of our local first responders.

Baxter Lane

Plans have changed and Baxter Lane will NOT be closed during the ceremony Friday. Sorry for any confusion. There are a lot of moving pieces in this process.

Media Opportunity

Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available to talk to reporters at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Gallatin County Coordination Center, 219 E. Tamarack at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. There will also be an opportunity to tour the planning operations. If you have any questions, contact Whitney Bermes, 406-595-8963.

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