Gallatin County Commission to consider support of Forest Plan revision recommendations

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will consider sending a letter in support of the Gallatin Forest Partnership’s proposal as part of the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process.

U.S. Forest Service officials are working on revising the Forest Plan, a comprehensive overarching document that guides forest management, use, and protection providing broad direction, standards and guidelines, for the Custer Gallatin National Forest. This effort was launched in 2016.

A draft plan and draft environmental impact statement were released earlier this year and include five forest plan alternatives developed for the approximately 3,039,000 acres of the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

As part of this process, the Forest Service is currently in a 90-day public comment period seeking input on the alternatives. The public comment period runs through June 6.

At their May 21 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will decide on submitting a letter as part of that public comment period that supports recommendations for the Forest Plan made in an agreement by the Gallatin Forest Partnership.

The Gallatin Forest Partnership is a coalition of citizens, landowners, entrepreneurs, recreational interests, business and natural resource professionals that drafted its own recommendations for the Forest Plan.

To see those recommendations proposed by the Gallatin Forest Partnership, click here.

To see the draft letter the Gallatin County Commission will be deciding on sending, click here.

To see more about the Custer Gallatin Forest Plan Revision process, click here.

The Commission will consider the letter at its Tuesday, May 21 public meeting. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the community room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, located at 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Public comment will be taken at the meeting. Written public comment can also be submitted to the Gallatin County Commission prior to the May 21 meeting by emailing or dropping it off at the Commission Office, located in room 306 of the Gallatin County Courthouse. If you have any questions, please call the Commission Office at 406-582-3000.

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Missing Man Located

(Gallatin County, Mont) Today, with the help of family and friends, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office located Jon Keltner up Leverich Canyon. The Gallatin County Coroner has investigated the death and closed the investigation. The area will be open to the public this evening.

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Leverich Trails Open

(Gallatin County, Mont) Leverich Canyon and connecting trails are open. They may be closed again next weekend, so please plan your hiking and biking adventures accordingly. Thank you to everyone who respected this weekend’s closure.

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Sunday Area Closure

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday May 12, 2019 Leverich Canyon trail head and connecting trails are again closed to the public to assist Sheriff’s Search and Rescue on a missing person search.  Sheriff Gootkin and the Custer Gallatin National Forest appreciate the public understanding the need to minimize contamination of the area so that search dogs can be used to best effect.

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Area Closure

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Leverich Canyon south of Bozeman and connecting trails are closed today while Sheriff’s Search and Rescue searches the area for a missing person.

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Missing Butte Man Found Deceased in Missouri River

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday morning, May 5, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputies, Broadwater Search and Rescue along with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Investigators and Coroner responded to a body in the Missouri River at Toston Dam.  Search and Rescue recovered 73-year-old Ronald Lowny of Butte who was reported missing April 10th.  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue had been searching the area of Drouillard Fishing Access near Three Forks in Gallatin County since his vehicle was found there on April 14th.  The Coroner determined cause of death to be drowning.

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Garnet Mountain Rescue

On May 2nd 2019 at 8:17am, the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a call from a man who reported that he and three friends were stranded in the area of the Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.

All four hikers were 19 years old and from Idaho. The group had hiked to the Lookout Tower, where they encountered deep snow and became fatigued. One of the female members of the group had suffered a pulled muscle in her hip. The group was dressed for the warmer weather of the Valley and were unprepared for spring’s treacherous hiking conditions in the mountains. They had minimal clothing and gear to protect themselves from the elements.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy and members of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the Rat Lake Trailhead to begin the rescue mission. Snowmobiles and a tracked four-wheeler were used to navigate the trail to the Lookout Tower. Search and Rescue members located the group of hikers at 11:24am. They were transported to safety and did not need medical attention. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin applauds the young man for calling for help before this situation became worse.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

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Local Law Enforcement Carries the Torch for Special Olympics Montana

Montana Law Enforcement Officers and their friends have hit the streets, highways and byways of Montana.  In addition to fulfilling their duties of enforcing speed limits, maintaining order, and keeping our state safe, they are fulfilling another type of duty: They are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Montana.

Hundreds will carry the Flame of Hope 2,000 miles to the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in Great Falls. The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Tuesday May 7th, 2018. The Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron in Great Falls on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 will officially begin the games.

Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Airport Police, and Montana Highway Patrol.  The Torch Run is also receiving significant support from the fire departments as we run through the towns.

The Torch Run in Montana began in 1985. Each year, local Montana Law Enforcement Officers raise several thousand dollars for Special Olympics Montana athletes.  In 2008, the Montana LETR raised over $350,000 for local athletes, the 4th highest per capita in the world.

Please join us at the Bozeman Public Library this Tuesday, May 7th 8:40 – 9:00 to watch the official passing of the Torch from Park County to Gallatin County, and to cheer on our local law enforcement and Special Olympics supporters as they run and bike the Torch from Bozeman to Three Forks.

Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:

Leg 1 – Running Leg through Bozeman (Bozeman Library to City Brew N. 19th Ave) – 3.7 miles. Route: Main Street to s. 19th Ave – Time: 9:00 – 9:40

Leg 2 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Town & Country – 9.6 mile. Route: E. Valley Center Rd to Alaska Rd to E. Northern Pacific Ave to E Madison Ave. – Time: 9:50 – 11:20

Leg 3 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Town & Country loop through town) – 1.0 mile. Route: Jackrabbit Rd to Main St to Broadway St to W Madison St. – Time: 11:30 – 11:45

Leg 4 – Biking Leg from Belgrade Town & Country) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 12.7 miles. Route: Jackrabbit Rd. to Amsterdam Rd to Churchill Rd into Manhattan – Time: 12:05 – 1:15

Leg 5 – Running Leg Loop through Manhattan – 1.0 mile. Route: Broadway St to Altenbrand Ave to Dry Creek to 5th St to Railroad St to Broadway – Time: 1:25 – 1:35

Leg 6 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thriftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 11.1 miles. Route: Broadway St to Frontage Road to Talc Rd – Time: 1:45 – 2:55

Leg 7 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 miles. Route: Frontage Road to 2nd Ave E. to E. Ash St to Main St to Frontage Rd. – Time: 3:05 – 3:35

**All times are approximate**


Media Contact: GCSO Sgt. Dan McDonough 406-404-4614

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Coroner Identification

(Gallatin County, Mont.) The Sheriff/Coroner identified the person who died this morning at Jackrabbit and Cameron Bridge as 67 year old Robert A Melson of Belgrade.  The death was the result of a medical condition and not the vehicle crash that followed.

The identification of the person killed Wednesday on I-90 will not been released until relatives can be contacted.

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I-90 Westbound Closed Airport to Belgrade

I-90 westbound between Airport exit and Belgrade exit is closed while Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol investigate a serious-injury crash.

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