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.

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

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

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

Media contact:
Christine Miller, GLWQD

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.


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!