3.5.21 Rendezvous Ski Trail

On Friday, March 5, 2021 at approximately 2:40 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to a request for assistance from a skier on the Rendezvous Ski Trail System. The individual had taken a hard fall while skiing and suffered an injured shoulder.

Volunteers responded on a tracked 4-wheeler and were able to provide the injured skier a ride out to the trailhead. The patient was transferred over to the Hebgen Basin Fire Department EMS crew for further medical evaluation and a transport decision.

Gallatin County Sheriff Selects Undersheriff

For immediate release: March 5, 2021

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer has selected a sheriff’s office captain to be his undersheriff.

This week, Jeremy Kopp was chosen to be the next undersheriff for the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Kopp is a native Montanan who graduated from Anaconda Senior High School before beginning his career of service in the U.S. Army in 1994. That is where he found his professional calling in service to his country and later public service to his community with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

For the last ten years, Undersheriff Kopp has served the citizens of Gallatin County as a patrol deputy, coroner, crisis negotiator, sergeant of patrol and detective divisions, Search and Rescue Commander and, most recently, Captain of Patrol. He lives in the county with his wife of 25 years, who is a social worker, and two children who attend school in Three Forks.

“Jeremy’s leadership and experiences are his primary strengths,” said Sheriff Springer. “He has served this community as well as this country. He has the strength and courage to assist with the tough decisions that are inevitable in this position. He has exhibited an amazing work ethic and is always available to consult on issues pertaining to this office. I am excited to have him by my side as we work toward the future of the Sheriff’s office.”

“It is an incredible honor to be entrusted with the appointment of Undersheriff,” said Undersheriff Kopp. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Gallatin County and work with our great staff in this capacity. It is a great time to be in public service in Gallatin County as we face many opportunities with our continued growth.”

Big Sky Country State Fair Announces 2021 Night Shows

 

For immediate release: March 5, 2021

Big Sky Country State Fair is pleased to announce their 2021-night show line-up, a mix of celebrated rap and country artists NELLY with special guest Carly Pearce will kick out the week, GRANGER SMITH with special guest Kolby Cooper on Thursday, we will round off the week with TRACE ADKINS with special guest Parmalee.

Click here for the full press release. 

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman
amanda.hartman@gallatin.mt.gov

3/4/2021 COVID-19 Death in Gallatin County

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that one more Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

3.2.21 Cabin Creek Broken Leg

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:31 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a request for assistance from a group of snowmobilers in Cabin Creek, 11 miles North of West Yellowstone. One of the snowmobilers had sustained a broken leg while snowmobiling and was unable to ride their snowmobile back to town.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District and a helicopter from Life Flight Network responded to assist with the rescue. While enroute to the incident, rescuers were met by the group, including the injured snowmobiler who was riding out after having stabilized the severe break with a shovel and tape. Rescuers assisted the group out to the trailhead where the injured snowmobiler was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess by the waiting ambulance.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

2/26/2021 COVID-19 Deaths in Gallatin County

For Immediate Release: February 26, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that two more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

Public Comment Sought on Gallatin County Growth Policy

 

For immediate release: February 23, 2021

Gallatin County is excited to announce the final outreach phase of Envision GallatinThe Growth Policy Public Working Draft! 

Please take a moment to visit www.envisiongallatin.com to review and comment on the draft Growth Policy.

Envision Gallatin is the update to the Gallatin County Growth Policywhich is the county’s overarching land use policy document. As the fastest growing county in Montana, the area has experienced significant change since the last Growth Policy update in 2003.

The Growth Policy update kicked off in the spring of 2019 with public outreach events that ran through the summer and fall. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed progress a bit last spring, but we regained momentum in the second half of 2020.

The public working draft is based around three themes we heard consistently during public outreach: heritage, open space, and opportunity. Those three theme together set the foundation for the county’s land use vision.

In addition, the document has been updated to reflect current conditions, to articulate meaningful goals and guidance on future growth and development, and to provide a practical path for implementation.

We are most interested in hearing your feedback and ideas on the goals and policies (Chapter 6) and implementation strategies (Chapter 8). Those two chapters together are the heart of the document.

The comment period will be open until April 2, 2021. As always, your input is highly valued!

Media contact:
Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Director
sean.ocallaghan@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3130

Dan Springer Appointed Gallatin County Sheriff

For immediate release: February 23, 2021

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday morning, the Gallatin County Commission appointed Dan Springer as the next sheriff of Gallatin County. 

“I’ve worked with Dan for a lot of years,” said Commissioner Joe Skinner. “I think he has a tremendous amount of potential to lead this office. I have always been really supportive of him doing this and I have no hesitancy of him coming into this office.”

Commissioner Zach Brown commended Sheriff Springer’s service to the community, through both his years in the sheriff’s office as well as outside as a youth sports coach and a volunteer.

“This is a great opportunity to build a working relationship, to tackle tough topics and conversations together,” Brown said. “I really look forward to working with you.”

Chairman Scott MacFarlane said the process to fill the vacant sheriff position was easy and straightforward due to the unanimous support from sheriff’s office staff and the community.

“It speaks to how healthy our law enforcement culture is here,” MacFarlane said. “This (appointment) is just a continuation of that positive culture we have.”

Sheriff Springer has been with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office since 1996. During that time he has served as a patrol deputy, K9 officer, school resource officer, sergeant of the patrol and detective divisions, member and commander of the Special Response Team, commander of the Detention Center and the Missouri River Drug Task Force, chief deputy coroner, undersheriff, and, most recently, interim sheriff.

“I thank the commission for trusting me this with responsibility,” Sheriff Springer said. “This office means a lot to me. It makes me proud to even be considered for this position. I make a promise to this community that we will continue to provide the exceptional service they expect of us.”

Sheriff Springer told commissioners during a public interview last week that the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is highly regarded around the state, but maintains a responsibility to the citizens to continue improving. He looks forward to continuing to improve many of the current initiatives and projects of the sheriff’s office – such as the Community Crisis Co-Responder program, school resource deputy program, Crisis Intervention Team Montana program, the Public Safety Academy, and others. 

Moving forward, Sheriff Springer said he would also like to work on implementing new initiatives and changes, such as creating new internal training for deputies, creating a domestic violence investigative unit, creating a Regional Training Center at the sheriff’s new building on Jackrabbit Lane, and others.

A priority will also be the health and wellness of Sheriff Springer’s approximately 140 employees, he said. That includes providing better tools and knowledge to do their jobs, continue and improve on training available, helping them get opportunities to gain empathy, compassion and knowledge, and keep hiring remarkable individuals. 

Sheriff Springer was appointed to replace former Sheriff Brian Gootkin, who left the office at the end of 2020. 

As per state law, when there is a vacancy in an elected county office, the Board of County Commissioners appoints a replacement to finish out the term. Sheriff Springer will serve the remainder of Gootkin’s term, which expires on Dec. 31, 2022.

The next election for Gallatin County Sheriff will be November of 2022. 

 

 

 

2.21.21 Lionshead Snowmobile Rescue

On Sunday, February 21, 2021, at 4:31 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a request for assistance from three snowmobilers on Lion’s Head old ski hill, 11 miles west of West Yellowstone. One of the snowmobilers was experiencing extreme back pain and was unable to ride their snowmobile back to town.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks responded to help the snowmobiler. Once on scene the volunteers loaded the snowmobiler onto a specialized toboggan sled and transported them to a Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department ambulance. The snowmobiler was subsequently transported to the Big Sky Medical Center for evaluation.

Gallatin County DUI Task Force Providing Breathalyzer Education Program

For immediate release: February 19, 2021

Think Twice was created with guidance and support from insurance providers to help patrons who are NOT visibly impaired get home safe. This breathalyzer education program is funded by the Gallatin DUI Task Force, making it free for all participants in the county.

DUI Prevention Strategy

The concept is simple: Breathalyzers are used by law enforcement to arrest people after they drive away from a bar or restaurant, so it makes sense to offer patrons an easy way to understand when they should not drive.

To accomplish this goal, we promote a single-use breathalyzer that informs the user if they are within a range between 0.00% – 0.08% breath-alcohol-content (BAC). It’s important to note the device does NOT provide a specific BAC result. This feature allows patrons who are not apparently intoxicated to know when they should not drive without causing a legal issue for the business.

We suggest each breathalyzer be retailed for $2 and that is the most common interaction service teams will have with Think Twice.

The breathalyzers are made available for sale with signage approved by management like posters in restrooms, table tents, checkbook inserts, and bar coasters. All posters are placed in frames with the objective to be a long-term Drink Responsibly campaign.

Gallatin County Sponsors

MAP Brewing, Bozeman Brewing Co., Mountains Walking Brewing, Union Hall Brewing, Bozeman Spirits, Old Chicago, Hideaway Lounge, The Haufbrau, and Filling Station… More to come!

Missoula County Sponsors

Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Montgomery Distillery, Press Box, The Rhinoceros, Red’s Bar, Stockman’s, Silver Dollar Bar, Cranky Sam’s Public House, and Bodega/Monks… More to come!

Think Twice is also sponsored by the Montana Tavern Association and Revo Insurance Alliance to offer the best hospitality policies at their lowest rates, just for adding this free program.

Media contact:
Leah Mobley, Gallatin County DUI Task Force Coordinator
Cell: 360-980-2271
Work: 406-585-1492
leah.mobley@gallatin.mt.gov