Mr Simonson was located shortly after the press release. (Gallatin County, Mont.) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating David Simonson. On Saturday, March 31, 2018, David was reported as a missing person to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. David is 6’1”, 200 Ibs. with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at his Belgrade home. David left his residence in a 2005 Red Ford F-350.

Please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100 ext. 2 with any information on his whereabouts.

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Belgrade School Incident



On April 5, 2018 the Belgrade Police Department responded to the Belgrade High School to a report of a threat written in graffiti on a bathroom stall.

Officers met with school officials and an investigation was initiated. Officers and school officials are working to locate the subject/s responsible for the graffiti. Officers are working all aspects to validate any leads that could determine the level of the threat to students, staff and the community.

We believe the incident to be centered at the Belgrade High School.

The Belgrade School System has schools within the city limits of Belgrade and just outside the city limits in River Rock. The Ridgeview School in River Rock is under the jurisdiction of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s’ Office.

The Belgrade Police Department is actively investigating this incident, while working with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office so both agencies are informed of the facts of this case.

Any and all questions regarding the length of time the schools will be closed, should be referred to the Belgrade School District at 924-2011.

This is a pending criminal case at this time. If and when more information can be released we will issue a statement at that time.

Chief E. J. Clark Jr.  – Belgrade Police Department

Sheriff Brian Gootkin – Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office




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Meth Lab Safely Dismantled in Local Hotel

(Bozeman, Mont.) At 2:00 this morning Belgrade and Bozeman Police received information of a meth lab functioning in a Bozeman hotel.   Bozeman Police responded and discovered an active clandestine meth lab.  Members from the Missouri River Drug Task Force and Bozeman Fire Department safely removed the clandestine lab for disposal.  The expertise and team work of all departments and hotel personnel prevented any injury to guests or employees. The investigation is on going.

Contact information: Sheriff’s Captain Ryan Stratman, Commander, Missouri River Drug Task Force.  582-2110.

Photos courtesy of the Drug Task Force

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Night Skier Rescued near West Yellowstone

(West Yellowstone, Mont)

Tuesday night at  9:00 p.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned mother. The mother indicated that her daughter had fallen while skiing on the Rendevous ski trail system and sustained injuries to her ribs. The victim, a 23 year old female from West Yellowstone, was unable to stand and was requesting assistance.

Rescuers from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Hebgen Basin Fire Department responded.

Rescuers located her using the GPS coordinates retrieved from the 911 call as well as descriptors from the patient who stayed on the phone with dispatch until rescuers arrived.  She was packaged on a rescue sled and transported to the trailhead where the rescue team met up with a waiting Hebgen Basin Fire Department ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind skiers that it’s always advisable to recreate with a partner in case of such an event. Additionally skiing at night can add danger and difficulty to any rescue operation.

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Revised Preliminary Floodplain Map Issued for Four Corners Area; Open House to Discuss Impact of Revisions

Media Release

March 26, 2018

Contact Information:

Sean O’Callaghan
Gallatin County Planning

Tiffany Lyden                                                     or            Worby McNamee
Montana DNRC Floodplain Program                        Montana DNRC Floodplain Program                                                      
406-444-0599                                                                     406.444-1343

Revised Preliminary Floodplain Map Issued for Four Corners Area; Open House to Discuss Impact of Revisions


Gallatin County, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) have been working on a project to update the existing Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the West Gallatin River.  The project was started in 2012 and will result in new, updated floodplain maps for the West Gallatin River, eventually replacing the existing floodplain maps that were published in 2011, but actually based on study information from 1979 and 2000.   “Updating the existing floodplain maps is a key step in providing the best available data to help keep families, homes, roads and other infrastructure safe from future flood events” explained Tiffany Lyden, DNRC Floodplain Outreach Specialist.  The project uses high-accuracy topographic information, updated hydrologic data and modern engineering methods to identify and map flood risk areas.  Flood Insurance Rate Maps depict those areas at risk of flooding during a 100-year flood event, also known as a 1% annual chance flood event.

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps were issued for the West Gallatin River in November 2016.  Gallatin County hosted public open houses in 2016 and 2017 to review the maps and discuss proposed changes with affected property owners.  “Initial review comments for the Four Corners area of the study prompted a review and revision of the map in that area,” explained Lyden.  “In mid-February, FEMA issued a revised preliminary map to replace the initial preliminary map produced in the Four Corners area”.

Public Open House:  Revised Floodplain Map for Four Corners Area

When:  Thursday, April 29, 2018  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Sean O’Callaghan, Floodplain Administrator & Planning Director, Gallatin County
Tiffany Lyden, Outreach Specialist, Montana DNRC


Community Room
Gallatin County Courthouse
311 W. Main St., Bozeman

What You’ll Learn

  • Which area is affected by the revision
  • How the revised map could affect your property
  • The status of the Floodplain Mapping Update Project and what comes next
  • How floodplain maps provide information to help keep families, homes and infrastructure safe from flood risk

Next Steps:

FEMA will open a 90-Day Appeal and Comment period for all preliminary floodplain maps for the West Gallatin River, expected to start in mid-July 2018.  Comments and appeals on the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps and accompanying Flood Insurance Study can be submitted to the Gallatin County Planning Office during the 90-Day appeal and comment period.  More information about the project, the appeal and comment period, and the preliminary maps and study information, can be found online:

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Unattended Death in Big Sky

On 3/26/18 at 1201 Gallatin County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an unattended death on Ridgeview Loop Road in Big Sky, MT.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Big Sky Fire Department responded to the scene. It was discovered that a man had fallen into the front of the snow blower and died from his injuries. A Gallatin County Deputy Coroner and detectives responded to the scene to conduct the death investigation.

The body will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. The name of the victim is pending the notification of the immediate family.  

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Lost Child Located

The missing child in Manhattan has been located. More information to follow.

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Missing Child

This is a message from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies are looking for a missing 3 year old female child last seen in the area of 5th Street in Manhattan. The child is wearing a white shirt with a green dinosaur, jeans, no shoes. She has brown hair and is named Logan. If located please call 911.

This message was posted automatically from the Community Notification System.

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Potential for Flooding Begins Thursday

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180321-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Potential for Flooding Begins Thursday

Bozeman, MT – Current weather forecasts are predicting temperatures in the 50’s Thursday, high freezing elevation in the mountains, and rain in both the valleys and mountains which creates the potential for flooding.  Residents in Gallatin County should closely monitor their property Thursday night and Friday for flooding situations that may develop from melting snow and rain.  While we don’t know exactly how much snow melt and precipitation will occur, we know that it happen and the only questions is how much.

The difference between no issue and a big issue is often very small amount.  Officials encourage everyone to keep their eyes open and not be caught off guard.  Emergency Manager Patrick Lonergan explains, ” We always hope there are no issues, but unfortunately won’t know until after the fact if the weather will cause us issues.  To be on the safe side, we encourage people to be vigilant, keep an eye open, and be proactive if they see an issue developing.”

Information on flooding is available at:


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Potential for Significant Snow Melt

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180319-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Potential for Significant Snow Melt

Bozeman, MT – Valley snow pack and forecast weather conditions later in the week may lead to significant snow melt and associated localized flooding in the Gallatin Valley.  The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach the 50’s on Thursday combined with measurable rain.  The high temperatures and rain will likely cause much of the snow currently on the valley floor to melt and run off, causing flooding in the process.

Property owners are encouraged to survey their property beforehand and address any conditions that they think could cause problems on their property from rapid snow melt.  The challenge with flooding is that once it occurs, it is too late to prevent the damage from occurring.  Property owners are also encouraged to ensure that ditches and culverts on their property are clear of debris to allow as much water as possible to flow through them.

The best location in the valley for bulk sandbags is Bozeman Brick, Block and Tile on Jackrabbit.  They are available as either empty or filled sand bags.

Information on flooding is available at


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