Local working group to host open house to talk potential target shooting sites on October 7

A local interagency working group will host an open house on Monday, October 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse to discuss potential safe target shooting site(s) identified through the efforts of an interagency partner group. The open house is also an opportunity for groups interested in managing potential site(s) to come forward and begin working with the interagency working group.

The interagency working group began exploring options for safe target shooting locations near Bozeman in the spring of 2017. The group includes representation from the Gallatin County Commission and Sheriff’s Office, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Forest Service, and a State House Representative. Criteria for determining potential locations include sites that provide for a high level of safety, have enough space for parking, are environmentally friendly, provide short and/or long distance shooting opportunities, and are accessible in the summer and/or winter time.  The group has also had participation from the City of Bozeman, Bureau of Land Management, Montana State University, local community members, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The working group has identified several potential locations that meet the criteria, including three sites on National Forest System lands and one on State of Montana lands.  The open house will update the community on the history of the partner group, the criteria developed to identify potential locations, display potential sites that could be developed into safe target shooting locations, and solicit interest from local groups to manage the potential site(s).

At this time, there is no proposal for moving forward with the development of any sites.

For additional information please contact the Bozeman Ranger District at (406) 522-2520 or Gallatin County at (406) 582-3008.

 

Media contacts:


Marna Daley – Public Affairs Officer, Custer Gallatin National Forest
406-587-6703
mdaley@fs.fed.us


Whitney Bermes – Communications Coordinator, Gallatin County
406-582-3008
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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Construction Trailer Theft and Arrest

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

At 7:15 Thursday morning, September 19, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stolen cargo trailer. Employees of a local building company reported that they had arrived at their work site on Cushing Drive to find that the trailer they use to store their tools was missing. The owners of the trailer turned to social media for help, posting photos and a description of the stolen vehicle on several of Facebook’s local marketplace pages.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. the reporting party again contacted GCSO. A member of the Clarkston community had told him that his trailer was on Missouri View Lane and they had taken photographs of it. Deputies were notified and responded to the area.

The stolen trailer was located approximately 300 yards from where it had first been seen. But that was not all that deputies found in the area: a second trailer, half spray-painted silver, was stashed behind a tree nearby. The trailer had been reported stolen out of Manhattan the previous evening. Both trailers were secured and returned to their owners. Antonio Urbay, 51, was arrested and charged with felony theft.

Several items have been secured following the execution of a search warrant on a residence and additional warrants are being applied for. The search continues for the construction tools missing from the construction trailer. If you have any information regarding the tools, please call the Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the observant members of the Clarkston community who helped in locating the stolen trailers.  #####

 
 
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Public invited to tour Law and Justice Center

Gallatin County invites the public to tour the Law and Justice Center as part of its efforts to educate voters about November’s bond issue to help replace the facility.

Tours will feature a number of county officials on hand to explain the project and answer any questions the public may have.

EVENING TOURS:

People wanting to take evening tours will meet at the Community Room of the Gallatin County Detention Center, located at 605 S. 16th Ave., directly behind the Law and Justice Center.

Officials will give a short presentation about the bond issue then we will walk you over to the Law and Justice Center next door to see the building for yourself. The public will be able to ask questions throughout the night.

Presentations start at 6 p.m. each night. Dates include:

Sept. 19
Oct. 1
Oct. 10
Oct. 28

DAYTIME TOURS

Want to see the Law and Justice Center while it’s in action? Join us for some morning tours!

People wanting to take morning tours are asked to meet in the lobby of the Law and Justice Center. REMEMBER: there is a security screening process, so plan to get there a few minutes early to be screened! Tours will start at 10 a.m. Dates include:

Oct. 2
Oct. 7

All tours are free and open to the public.

Can’t make it to any of those dates but still want a chance to see the building and ask questions? Please call 406-582-3008 and we can arrange a tour that fits in your schedule!

For more information on the project, please visit www.gallatin.mt.gov and click the “Law & Justice Center” button on the home page.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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Missing Woman Found

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On Tuesday, September 3, at 7:46 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Gallatin Gateway Fire Department responded to a backcountry search. A 64-year-old dementia patient had wandered away from a fishing lodge in a heavily wooded area along the Gallatin River. A searcher and a family member located the missing person at 8:09 pm. Sheriff Gootkin would like to thank the family for calling for help immediately – faster response times usually result in better outcomes, especially if darkness, weather, or other factors make search conditions more difficult.

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Listening sessions scheduled as part of Gallatin County Growth Policy update

Gallatin County is currently updating its 2003 Growth Policy Document and is inviting community members to participate by joining in on one of our upcoming public listening sessions in Bozeman, Four Corners and Churchill.

As the fastest growing county in Montana, the area has experienced significant change in the last 15 years and the Growth Policy needs to be updated to reflect current conditions and to provide guidance on future growth and development. It will clearly articulate the County’s land use vision, set forth meaningful goals, and provide a practical path for implementation.

As part of the update, which is called Envision Gallatin, there are a number of small group listening sessions. These sessions will be citizens’ initial opportunity to communicate current issues and opportunities for the County.

  • Sept. 11 – Manhattan Community Bank, Churchill branch – 7175 Churchill Road – 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Sept. 12 – Bozeman Public Library – 626 E. Main St. – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Sep. 12 – Monforton School – 6001 Monforton School Rd. – 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Please RSVP for a session at www.envisiongallatin.com. More information on the Growth Policy update project can also be found at the same website.

Media contact:
Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Director
406-582-3130
sean.ocallaghan@gallatin.mt.gov

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County creates informational page for Law and Justice Center bond

In an effort to educate voters on their decision whether to help fund the replacement of the county’s Law and Justice Center, Gallatin County has created a page on its website dedicated to information about the bond, which will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

On this webpage, citizens can find everything from what the building would look like, who would be housed in it to how much it will cost individual taxpayers and what the floor plans look like.

Also included on the page is an events section that details on upcoming tours of the current Law and Justice Center as well as community events where county officials will be on hand to answer questions.

Citizens will also find a frequently asked questions section where they can find some answers to many of the questions county officials field on the project. Don’t see the answer you were looking for? You will find on the page contact info for how you can reach out to get your specific questions answered.

A direct link to the page can be found here. There is also a link on Gallatin County’s homepage at here.

The page will continue to be updated, so be sure to check back for fresh information!

Renderings provided by ThinkOne Architecture of Bozeman

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
406-595-8963 (cell)
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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Social Security Scam

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls of a scam involving Social Security Numbers. The scam call is generally a voice recording stating that the person’s Social Security Number has been suspended. The recording then states for the caller to press #1 to speak to an authorized Social Security Representative.

The Sheriff’s Office advises the community not to respond to the call or any requests the caller may make.

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Drowning in Hyalite Canyon Reservoir

On August 7th the Gallatin County sheriffs office, Hyalite fire department, AMR and REACH AIR were dispatched to the Hyalite canyon reservoir.

The Sheriff’s Office had received a report of a five-year-old child who had drowned. The child had been underwater for a short period of time before family members and bystanders located him. Resuscitation efforts were immediately initiated and continued until the child was pronounced deceased at Bozeman Deaconess Health Services.

The parents and siblings were from out of state and were visiting the area. The Sheriff’s Office and other responders would like to express their condolences to the family.

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Rescue from the Great One

(Gallatin County, Mont) Sometimes good dates go bad. On August 7, 2019 at 9:30 pm Gallatin County 911 received a call regarding a 23-year-old local woman who was on a first date to ski the Great One at sunset and had fallen up to 800 vertical feet. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was mobilized and immediately responded to Battle Ridge for staging. Four members of the Heli-Alpine Team were flown to the trailhead by Life Flight while twelve other SAR members hiked in from Bridger Canyon. Shortly after midnight, SAR members reached the patient, performed a medical assessment, and got her in a litter. Once the patient was ready to travel, SAR members rigged up ropes and lowered her down the steep rock face. The patient was then taken back down the mountain, over rocks and deadfall, on a one-wheel litter. She was transferred to LifeFlight at Fairy Lake Trailhead just before sunrise.

Sheriff Gootkin noted, “She would have been in a lot worse shape without her helmet – it was pretty beat up.” He reminds everyone to wear helmets if they are climbing or skiing on steep terrain.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

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Weather Strands Hiker on Bridger Ridge

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Saturday afternoon at 3:47, Gallatin County 911 received a call from a 45-year-old runner from Atlanta.  The runner had started at the Fairy Lake Trailhead with the ambition of running the Ridge trail but found himself disoriented and unsure of his location. He was wearing shorts and did not have a rain coat with him. His call to 911 put his location south of Naya-Nuki Peak.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members spoke with him on the phone and determined he was on the east side of the ridge line.  Search and Rescue personnel battled torrential downpours and were able to locate the runner.  He was given warm clothes and was able to hike out under his own power.  Once back to the trailhead the runner told the Deputy that “The professionalism and kindness of this team is amazing.  They encouraged me and really made me laugh on the way out.”  He had taken an Uber to the trailhead so a Deputy gave him a ride back to Bozeman.
 
Sheriff Gookin says, “It is not unusual for people to underestimate how quickly the weather can change in the back-country.  Always carry a way to stay warm and dry.”  A summer storm can arrive at any time in the mountains of Montana without much warning.
Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office
 
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