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.

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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 www.glwqd.org.

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 christine.miller@gallatin.mt.gov.

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 www.glwqd.org.

Media contact:
Christine Miller, GLWQD
406-582-3148
Christine.Miller@gallatin.mt.gov

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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.

 

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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!

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Road reopens in West Yellowstone following federal investigation

Teams from multiple agencies that responded to help with a federal investigation in West Yellowstone were released Friday.

This week, the West Yellowstone Police Department investigated a felony stalking complaint. When the suspect was taken into custody, officers suspected violations under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were present. The ATF was called in and additional steps had to be taken with suspected hazardous materials in a local residence.

Numerous other agencies were called in to assist ATF, West Yellowstone PD and Hebgen Basin Fire District as part of the investigation on the 500 block of Firehole Avenue in West Yellowstone on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29.

During the course of the investigation, Firehole Avenue was closed between Geyser Street and Hayden Street to facilitate parking for the agencies’ vehicles. The street was reopened to the public on Friday morning. There continues to be no threat to public safety at this time.

Agencies that assisted as part of the investigation included the Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the 83rd Civil Support Team, Gallatin County Emergency Management, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Yellowstone National Park rangers and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement.

The incident remains under investigation by the ATF.

 

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Ongoing investigation in West Yellowstone

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the West Yellowstone Police Department, in furtherance of a federal investigation, are conducting an enforcement operation in the 500 block of Firehole Avenue in West Yellowstone on Thursday, March 28.

To ensure the safety of the public and law enforcement officials, the Lewis and Clark County Bomb Squad, the Bozeman Fire Regional Hazmat Team, Hebgen Basin Fire District, the 83rd Civil Support Team and Gallatin County Emergency Management are on site. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is also providing a support vehicle.

There is no threat to the public. Firehole Avenue is currently closed between Geyser Street and Hayden Street to facilitate parking for investigating agencies.

As this is an open and ongoing investigation, no further details will be released as this time.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County communications coordinator
Cell: 406-595-8963
Email: whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

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Phone Scams

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding a phone scam that is circulating the area. The scammer states they are a Deputy with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and informs the person that they have missed jury duty. They then instruct the person to purchase Google Play Cards, Green Dot Cards, etc. in order to avoid arrest.

These scams are intricate as the number they appear to be calling from says it is the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office calling and it does give the correct Sheriff’s Office phone number of 582-2100. If you receive one of these calls, hang up. Do not adhere to their request of payment. The Sheriff’s Office does not conduct business in this manner. We would never request any kind of payment via the phone.

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Correction on Travis W. Atkins Week press release

The proclamations that the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County will be making declaring Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins Week will be for the week of March 25-29.

An earlier press release incorrectly stated the dates of the week. Apologies for the error.
– Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator

CORRECTED PRESS RELEASE BELOW

Officials in Bozeman and Gallatin County will join the nation in honoring and recognizing the sacrifice of a Montana soldier who will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor next week.

The Bozeman City Commission and the Gallatin County Commission will adopt proclamations declaring the week of March 25-29 as Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins Week in Bozeman and Gallatin County.

Atkins, of Bozeman, was killed on June 1, 2007 when he tackled a suicide bomber who detonated his vest. Atkins’ actions saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers.

At a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, March 27, President Trump will present Atkins’ family with the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor.

In their proclamations, commissioners from Bozeman and Gallatin County recognize the valor of Atkins’ actions that day, and throughout his time in the U.S. Army. They hope the recognition is a small way to show their gratitude for Atkins and their sincere appreciation for his ultimate sacrifice.

“Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins’ selfless acts deserve to be recognized and honored by all citizens of Gallatin County, Montana and the nation. We are humbled by his service to our country,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert.

“Sergeant Atkins gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Not only do we honor Sergeant Atkins this week, we are proud to write his life story into the history of Bozeman. His legacy is great and will not be forgotten,” said Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus.

The Bozeman City Commission will make its proclamation at its weekly public meeting on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Ave. (Agenda here.)

The Gallatin County Commission will then make its proclamation at its weekly public meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 9 a.m. at the Gallatin County Courthouse Community Room, 311 W. Main St. in Bozeman. The Montana State University ROTC Color Guard will also be helping pay respects to Atkins by presenting the colors at the Gallatin County Commission’s Tuesday meeting. (Agenda here.)

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West Yellowstone Rescue Complicated by Technology

(West Yellowstone, Mont.). Saturday at 11:10 a.m. West Yellowstone Police Department received a 911 call from a group of snowmobilers reporting a member of their group had struck a tree. The GPS coordinates indicated that the group was approximately 8 miles west of West Yellowstone. The inured snowmobiler, a 40-year-old man from Switzerland, had sustained face and back injuries and had reportedly lost his helmet in the crash.

Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District, Air Methods and Custer Gallatin National Forest responded.

Rescuers went to the GPS coordinates but were unable to locate the group. Due to the man’s reported injuries, a helicopter from Air Methods was launched and staged a short distance away from the initial scene.

Shortly after a passerby called 911, however the call was routed to Fremont County Idaho Dispatch. They in turn dispatched their rescue team.

At 12:27 p.m., West Yellowstone received a second and third 911 call from the group indicating a different location approximately 3.5 miles further west. While responding to the new location, Gallatin County Rescuers met up with the rescuers from Fremont County. All teams then proceeded to the updated location and found the injured man who was conscious and alert however experiencing a significant amount of pain. He was packaged onto a specialized rescue sled and transported to meet with the Air Methods helicopter. He was then flown to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for medical evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said 911 calls from cells phone are often sent to a 911 center who’s jurisdiction is where the tower is located not always on where you are. It’s always a good plan to know where you are so you can tell the 911 operator and help can get to you in the most effective way. The snow conditions combined by the warmer spring temperatures can cause many unforeseen dangers. A reliable communication device may still experience some malfunctions as all technology can. This group made a good decision calling 911 a second time, which allowed rescuers to get a more accurate location.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

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Officials to declare March 25-29 as Travis W. Atkins Week in Bozeman, Gallatin County

Officials in Bozeman and Gallatin County will join the nation in honoring and recognizing the sacrifice of a Montana soldier who will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor next week.

The Bozeman City Commission and the Gallatin County Commission will adopt proclamations declaring the week of March 25-29 as Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins Week in Bozeman and Gallatin County.

Atkins, of Bozeman, was killed on June 1, 2007 when he tackled a suicide bomber who detonated his vest. Atkins’ actions saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers.

At a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday, March 27, President Trump will present Atkins’ family with the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest honor.

In their proclamations, commissioners from Bozeman and Gallatin County recognize the valor of Atkins’ actions that day, and throughout his time in the U.S. Army. They hope the recognition is a small way to show their gratitude for Atkins and their sincere appreciation for his ultimate sacrifice.

“Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins’ selfless acts deserve to be recognized and honored by all citizens of Gallatin County, Montana and the nation. We are humbled by his service to our country,” said Gallatin County Commissioner Don Seifert.

“Sergeant Atkins gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Not only do we honor Sergeant Atkins this week, we are proud to write his life story into the history of Bozeman. His legacy is great and will not be forgotten,” said Bozeman Mayor Cyndy Andrus.

The Bozeman City Commission will make its proclamation at its weekly public meeting on Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. in the City Commission Room at City Hall, 121 N. Rouse Ave. (Agenda here.)

The Gallatin County Commission will then make its proclamation at its weekly public meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at 9 a.m. at the Gallatin County Courthouse Community Room, 311 W. Main St. in Bozeman. (Agenda here.) The Montana State University ROTC Color Guard will also be helping pay respects to Atkins by presenting the colors at the Gallatin County Commission’s Tuesday meeting.

(Photos courtesy of the Atkins family.)

 

 

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