Injured Skier Rescued Near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Rescuers with Gallatin County Search & Rescue in West Yellowstone assisted a skier who was injured in an incident near West Yellowstone yesterday.

At 3:15 p.m. on Saturday December 21, 2109, a 50-year-old Idaho women fell and sustained a shoulder injury while cross-country skiing on the Rendezvous Ski trail, about two miles south of West Yellowstone. Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue were able to quickly respond to the woman’s exact location because she had a charged cell phone and was able to call 911, providing an accurate location for the rescue personnel.

Emergency responders met her near the scene of the incident on snowmobiles and a tracked ATV. She appeared to have a broken collar bone. The woman was loaded onto the ATV and transported off the trail system to a waiting ambulance from the Hebgen Basin Fire Department.

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
582-3700
steve.ette@gallatin.mt.gov

Holiday Law Enforcement Message

 

                         

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Increased Law Enforcement on Patrol During the Holiday Season
Celebrate Safely – Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Gallatin County, Dec. 04, 2019 – The holiday season should be filled with family and friends, not fines and fatalities. All of the law enforcement agencies in Gallatin County, along with the Montana Department of Transportation, encourages everyone to drive sober or find a sober ride.
Increased patrols in Gallatin County will begin during the weeks leading up to Christmas and lasting through the new year holiday to keep Montana’s roads free of impaired drivers. In Gallatin County we take a team approach to providing safety for the public we serve. We work together on special events, saturation patrols and education.
Your Gallatin County law enforcement leaders want you to know that “Driving while drunk is deadly and can have serious consequences for everyone involved.” “We in law enforcement are committed to keeping Montanans safe, and that means we have a zero-tolerance policy for drunk driving. It’s simple — don’t drink and drive ever.”
Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the U.S. involve drunk drivers1 and Montana’s numbers are not good compared with other states. Montana has one of the highest rates in the nation for alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2018, with over 40% of the traffic fatalities attributed to alcohol-impaired driving.

Consequences of drunk driving include a DUI on your record, a revoked driver’s license, mandatory classes, possible jail time, probation, and up to $10,000 in fines.
Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, Uber, or Lyft prior to leaving home so you are prepared. Designate a sober driver. Ask someone to call you a ride. If you drive impaired, you will be pulled over.

Report suspected impaired drivers by dialing 911, and always wear your seat belt, as it continues to be the best defense against impaired drivers.

Have a safe and memorable Holiday Season.

Chief Steve Crawford – Bozeman Police Dept.
Chief Dennis Hengel – Manhattan Police Dept.
Chief E. J. Clark Jr. – Belgrade Police Dept.
Chief Frank Parrish – Montana State University Police Dept.
Sheriff Brian Gootkin – Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Scott Newell – West Yellowstone Police Dept.
Chief Bill Dove – Bozeman – Yellowstone Airport Police Dept.
Captain Mark Wilfore – Montana Highway Patrol

This is a Vision Zero message from the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero – zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, contact Janet Kenny, Montana Department of Transportation, 406-444-7417             or jkenny@mt.gov.
1 https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/#/PublicationList/8

Emergency Beacon False Alarm

(Gallatin County, Mont) On December 4, 2019 at 10:52 a.m., Gallatin County Dispatch received a notification that an emergency beacon had been activated in the Hyalite area. GPS coordinates showed the beacon to be in the area of a popular ice climbing destination called The Fat One. The beacon was registered to an experienced mountaineer, a 52-year-old woman from the Seattle area. Family members were contacted and were able to provide information on where the woman was climbing, what routes she was planning on taking, who she was climbing with, and the vehicle they drove to the trailhead.

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the call. Because the call occurred in the backcountry and the condition of the woman was unknown, ski teams and helicopters were deployed in an effort to quickly locate the woman and her climbing partner, a 69-year-old man. SAR members located the woman’s vehicle at the Grotto Falls trailhead.

At 1:10 p.m., the climber and her partner were located. Both parties were in good health and spirits. The climber said that the SOS button on the beacon had accidentally been pushed. She didn’t notice emergency confirmation messages to her beacon until well after SAR had been deployed and pushed the cancellation button shortly before the parties were located.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage everyone to take steps prior to going into the backcountry that will help us locate you in case of emergency. In this case, the subjects had notified family members of exactly where they would be, what they were driving, who was in their party, and the experience level of party members. Providing this information to someone is a huge help if we need to come looking for you in an emergency situation.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s OfficeHelicopter in parking lot

Overdue Hunter Found

(Gallatin County, Mont.) On November 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call for an overdue hunter. The hunter, a 47-year-old local man, had planned on meeting up with another hunter but didn’t show up. Attempts to contact the hunter by phone were unsuccessful. Based on the falling temperatures and the rugged terrain, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called out to conduct a search for the hunter. When deputies arrived on scene, the reporting party had left her truck to look for the overdue hunter. SAR volunteers, including a search dog, quickly located the reporting party and brought her back to the truck.

The search was in the area of Headwaters State Park and the Trident cement plant, along the train tracks. Just before 7 pm, Montana Rail Link notified dispatch that a train engineer had spotted a man near the tracks at the bottom of the Clarkston Hill. Deputies responded and located the overdue hunter. The man was in good spirits and was given a ride to his residence to meet with the reporting party.

When you are in the backcountry, be prepared to stay out overnight should the conditions worsen. If you report a missing person, please stay with your vehicle until we arrive so we don’t have to search for multiple people.

West Yellowstone Ski Camp Accidents

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  At 3:15 pm yesterday, the Fremont County (ID) Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a 911 call for 67-year-old man from Montana who had fallen while crosscountry skiing.  Fremont County passed the information on to Gallatin County due to the location of the injured party. The man was skiing on the South Plateau trail approximately 7 miles southwest of West Yellowstone and suffered a severe upper leg injury.  At the same time, a 60-year-old woman from Idaho had fallen in a separate incident and injured her hip. Both skiers were part of the 3000+ skiers who are attending the annual West Yellowstone Fall Ski Camp event this weekend. The event was moved from the usual Rendezvous trails to the South Plateau in order to find snow and conditions are fast and icy.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Fire Department, and Yellowstone National Park responded and met the injured parties near the scene of the accident. The skiers had been moved from the crash scene to a nearby parking lot by volunteers working the ski camp. The injured skiers were initially treated on scene by Hebgen Basin EMS personnel.  The woman was then transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg using an ambulance and crew from Yellowstone National Park. The man, with a possible femur fracture, was transported down the mountain and turned over to Air Methods EMS personnel for air transport to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank all of the rescue organizations that came together to execute a successful backcountry rescue of these two individuals. Race organizers with good communication devices and basic medical equipment were also a big part of this rescue.

Storm Castle Search Successful

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Not all Search and Rescue calls involve remote mountain peaks; in many areas of Gallatin County, backcountry starts when you leave the highway. At 5 pm Friday, Dispatch received a report that a 47-year-old Bozeman man and his 7-year-old son were overdue from a quick trip down Gallatin Canyon to scout access to hunting spots. His last contact with his wife was around 11:30, just before he left cell service, and they were due home by 1:00. The man had told his wife where he was headed, so deputies were able to immediately start checking trailheads for his vehicle. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called to assist deputies at 7 pm and multiple teams were sent to search every major hunting access from Big Sky north to Hyalite. The man and son were found, cold but safe, up Storm Castle, where their car had slid off the road, at 9 pm. They had stayed with the vehicle for shelter, which was safer and made it easier for searchers to find them. They were safe at home by 11 pm.

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)

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.