Gallatin County Planning Department Holding Photo Contest

Calling all residents! Gallatin County is looking for your photos!

Gallatin County is currently in the process of updating its Growth Policy. As part of the update, we are giving the document a fresh new look with photos of the county submitted by you, the residents. We are looking for photos that fit into these themes:

Open Space – A major component of these photos should be a feature of our landscape, like a mountain peak, a river, farm/ranchland, wildlife, or a sunset.

Heritage – Photos in this category should include people, places, or objects that reflect our heritage.  For example, photos might include an old building, a well-worn pair of boots, a tractor at work, a branding, or people gathering for a community event.

Opportunity – Photos in this category should include subject matter that reflects opportunities for our community – think about things you want to see more of in the future in the County. For example, photos might include music, school, or social events, parks, trails, buildings, or neighborhoods.

Here’s how to submit your photos: Visit the website, then:

      1. Click on the link “Upload your photos.”
      2. At this point, you will need to register. This is an easy and necessary step. We want to be able to contact you if one of your photos is chosen. So please register with a valid email address.
      3. When submitting a photo, please enter your category: Open Space, Heritage, or Opportunity.
      4. Feel free to say anything else about the photo where it says “Enter a short description.”

There is no limit on the number of photos you submit, so have fun and show us Gallatin County from your eyes!

Media contact:
Garrett McAllister
Associate Planner
Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development


Candidate Filing for 2020 Primary Election Begins

Candidate filing for the 2020 primary election begins today, Jan. 9!

Candidates for Gallatin County Commissioner (District 1), Clerk of District Court/Public Administrator, Conservation District Supervisor (Areas 4 & 5), and Political Party Central Committeeman and Committeewoman can file with the Gallatin County Election Department until March 9.

Federal, statewide, and state district candidates must file with the Montana Secretary of State’s Office. Please visit the Secretary of State’s website at this link for more information

Candidate resources for ALL upcoming elections can be found on the Gallatin County Election Department website at this link.

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder


Gallatin County Treatment Court honoring participants at annual Christmas celebration

Gallatin County Treatment Court will be holding its annual Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 20.

The celebration is to honor the participants’ commitment to changing their lives.

Treatment Court starts at 9 a.m. in Gallatin County District Court Judge John Brown’s courtroom at the Law and Justice Center, located at 615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman.

“Treatment Court Christmas is a very special event. It is an opportunity to celebrate the ongoing success of our participants, some of whom have not celebrated Christmas in years,” said Judge Brown.

“Prior to Treatment Court, their lives revolved around drugs, alcohol, and jail. But this year, with the support of the Treatment Court team, our participants are clean and sober. They are employed, and they have stable residences. And they are free to experience the joy of the holidays with their friends and family,” he said.

At the Christmas celebration, the 18 current participants will receive gifts and treats provided by Belgrade Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 12112,  Friends of Treatment Court (a group that gives financial support to the program), as well as other citizens of Gallatin County.

Gallatin County Treatment Court was the first adult treatment court in the state and is now one of 31 drug courts across Montana.

Started in 1999, Treatment Court is an 18-month voluntary program that is an alternative sentencing for adult offenders whose crimes were motivated by substance abuse.

Participants receive treatment for chemical dependency and mental health issues. Among a number of things, participants are required to attend addictions counseling, mental health therapy and support groups, as well as submit to frequent drug and alcohol testing, report weekly to a case manager and perform community service.

The five core values of Treatment Court are honesty, integrity, responsibility, sobriety and service.

Brown also voiced his appreciation to the Gallatin County Commission.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Gallatin County commissioners for their continued support of the Treatment Court,” he said. “Their emotional and financial support is greatly appreciated.”

The program is managed by a team that includes:

Judge John Brown, Gallatin County District Court
Steve Ette, Director of Court Services
Eric Kitzmiller, Chief Deputy with Gallatin County Attorney’s Office
Kirsten Mull-Core, Attorney
Dr. Jim Murphey, Psychologist
Vicki Deboer, Clinical Supervisor with Alcohol and Drug Services of Gallatin County
Jared Poole, Probation and Parole Officer for Montana Department of Corrections
Kelley Parker-Wathne, Treatment Court Coordinator

Media Contact:
Steve Ette, Director of Court Services

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

(File photo courtesy of Gallatin County)

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 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.

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, or mail comments to 311 W. Main St. room 306, Bozeman, MT 59715.

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.

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

Morning Update on Allmendinger Line of Duty Death


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


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.


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 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.


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.


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


For those unable to attend, the service will be livestreamed online at the following link:


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.

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