2019 Declamation Contest for Gallatin County’s rural schools

The 68th Annual “Patriotic Declamatory Contest For Rural Schools” will be held on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Gallatin County Courthouse.

Sponsored by the Gallatin County Bar Association and American Legion Post 14, the Declamation Contest is a patriotic essay/oratory competition held exclusively for middle school students in Gallatin County’s rural schools. Participating schools include Anderson, Gallatin Gateway, LaMotte, Monforton, Pass Creek and Springhill.

To compete, contestants must research a patriotic theme and either write a 600-word essay or prepare a 3- to 5-minute memorized speech to be delivered at the event. Contestants also take a written exam on flag knowledge as part of their score.

This year’s theme is “Ellis Island, Border Walls, and Sanctuary Cities: American immigration policies past, present, and future.”

In existence since 1951, the contest is officiated by local dignitaries and members of the Bar Association and is emceed by retired District Court Judge Mike Salvagni.

Trophies, cash prizes and American flags are awarded to the top finalists. The top two finishers in each category will then present their winning declamations at Law Day on Friday, May 3, at the Gallatin County Law & Justice Center.

For more information, contact the Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools at 406-582-3090

 

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Shooting Victim Identified Correction

(Bozeman, Mont.)

Corrected name for the shooting Thursday, 59 year old Cynthia Carol Wills of Bozeman.

The Gallatin County Office of the Sheriff/Coroner identified the victim of the shooting on Thursday, April 4th as 29 yr. old Carissa Perkins of Florida.

 

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National Forest and Sheriff’s Office Training Advisory

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Announcement from the Custer Gallatin National Forest and The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sunday, April 7th Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue teams will be training in Hyalite Canyon from 1:00 to 5:00.  There will be vehicles on the roadway and helicopters in use.  For those that are enjoying the early season in the canyon please be aware of rescuers and vehicles on the roadway.  There will be no closures and only slight delays if any on Hyalite Canyon Road.#####

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Fourth annual Law Enforcement DUI Awards Ceremony

The fourth annual Law Enforcement DUI Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Gallatin County DUI Task Force, will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

The event will honor the top three officers from each law enforcement agency in Gallatin County who made the most DUI arrests in 2018. Officers are given prizes and certificates to thank them for their efforts.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will be this year’s keynote speaker. The event will also include a guest speaker who will share a personal story of loss due to DUI.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

The awards ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. and be held in the community room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, located at 311 W. Main St. in Bozeman.

Media contact:
Kelley Parker-Wathne, DUI Task Force coordinator
Kelley.Parker@gallatin.mt.gov
406-585-1492

Photos from 2018 DUI Awards Ceremony, courtesy of the DUI Task Force

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Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office MSPOA Announcement

The Montana Sheriff’s and Peace Officers (MSPOA) is sending letters to residences informing them of the Honorary Membership with the MSPOA. If you should receive a letter, this is a legitimate offer of membership and the support of our citizens is greatly appreciated.

Sheriff Gootkin has endorsed this letter encouraging the community’s involvement.  As a reminder, the MSPOA never solicits for memberships or fundraising via the telephone.

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Gallatin Local Water Quality District to conduct Well Awareness Courses

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District will be conducting Well Awareness Courses designed to educate private well owners on best practices for protecting their drinking water. The courses, held in April 2019, are $20 each. Registration and more information is online at www.glwqd.org.

Homeowners will learn how to conduct an assessment of their well’s condition, identify potential contaminant sources, and discuss factors that can affect their water quality.  Proper septic system maintenance and potential impacts on groundwater will be discussed along with how to test your drinking water and what to test for.

Informational packets and well assessment forms will be provided. Once participants have conducted their own well assessment, GLWQD staff will follow up after the course to provide recommendations.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • Intro Course – Belgrade: April 9 at the Central Valley Fire Department Training Center, 95 N. Davis, Belgrade, MT
  • Advanced Course – Belgrade: April 10 at the Central Valley Fire Department Training Center, 95 N. Davis, Belgrade, MT
  • Intro Course – Bozeman: April 24 at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT
  • Advanced Course – Bozeman: April 25 at the Gallatin County Courthouse Community Room, 311 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT.  All events are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

If you would like more information about these courses, please call Christine Miller at (406) 582-3148, or email christine.miller@gallatin.mt.gov.

The Gallatin Local Water Quality District is a non-regulatory department of Gallatin County located in Bozeman, Montana. The District is focused on the protection, preservation and improvement of groundwater and surface water. The District strives to accomplish this through water quality monitoring and special investigations, educating residents of all ages in the District, and collecting and disseminating water information to the Gallatin community. To learn more about your water quality or to register for one of these courses please visit us online at www.glwqd.org.

Media contact:
Christine Miller, GLWQD
406-582-3148
Christine.Miller@gallatin.mt.gov

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Snowmobiler Burned near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Friday March 29, 2019 at 6:35 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile that caught fire on the Horse Butte Trail approximately 8 miles northwest of the Town of West Yellowstone. The reporting party, a 58-year-old female from Montana, had sustained a burnt foot when the snowmobile she was driving caught fire.

Personnel from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded.

Rescuers met the injured party at the scene of the fire approximately 50 minutes after the initial call for help.  The injured rider was traveling on a groomed snowmobile trail when her snowmobile caught fire, burning the rubber on her boot into her foot.  After an initial assessment, rescue personnel placed her on a two-up snowmobile driven by a SAR volunteer and transported her to an ambulance staged a few miles away.  The patient was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and treatment of a severe burn to the side and bottom of her foot.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind snowmobilers to always remember to ride with a partner and carry a reliable means of communication in case of an emergency.  For this rescue event, the injured party was able to contact 911, which provided rescue personnel with an exact GPS location.  Always be prepared for a worst case scenario, even one as unpredictable as this one.

 

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Community Conversation on Domestic Violence

The Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Community Conversation on Domestic Violence. Learn the signs, what you can do to help when you see it, and the challenges law enforcement faces in dealing with this serious issue. Please be advised that not all subject matter will be appropriate for younger audiences.

The event is on April 6th at 6pm at the River Rock Community Center. It is free and open to the public. Dinner will be provided and there will be door prizes.  We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Road reopens in West Yellowstone following federal investigation

Teams from multiple agencies that responded to help with a federal investigation in West Yellowstone were released Friday.

This week, the West Yellowstone Police Department investigated a felony stalking complaint. When the suspect was taken into custody, officers suspected violations under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were present. The ATF was called in and additional steps had to be taken with suspected hazardous materials in a local residence.

Numerous other agencies were called in to assist ATF, West Yellowstone PD and Hebgen Basin Fire District as part of the investigation on the 500 block of Firehole Avenue in West Yellowstone on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29.

During the course of the investigation, Firehole Avenue was closed between Geyser Street and Hayden Street to facilitate parking for the agencies’ vehicles. The street was reopened to the public on Friday morning. There continues to be no threat to public safety at this time.

Agencies that assisted as part of the investigation included the Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the 83rd Civil Support Team, Gallatin County Emergency Management, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone National Park rangers and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.

The incident remains under investigation by the ATF.

 

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Ongoing investigation in West Yellowstone

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Yellowstone Police Department, in furtherance of a federal investigation, are conducting an enforcement operation in the 500 block of Firehole Avenue in West Yellowstone on Thursday, March 28.

To ensure the safety of the public and law enforcement officials, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, Hebgen Basin Fire District, the 83rd Civil Support Team and Gallatin County Emergency Management are on site. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is also providing a support vehicle.

There is no threat to the public. Firehole Avenue is currently closed between Geyser Street and Hayden Street to facilitate parking for investigating agencies.

As this is an open and ongoing investigation, no further details will be released as this time.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County communications coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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