Rescue in Corbley Gulch

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

On Sunday, July 21st, around 2:24 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue in the Bridger Mountains.  A 24-year-old, who was hiking alone about four miles from the Corbley Gulch Trailhead, injured her ankle.  She was unable to continue on her own power.  She contacted other recreationalists in the area who called search and rescue when they reached cell phone service.

Two motorcyclists, who came across the injured hiker, began driving her towards the trailhead.  They met responding rescue crews on the trail.  The motorcyclists transferred the hiker to rescue personnel, who transported her the rest of the way to the trailhead via a specialized rescue litter.  The hiker was able to drive herself once she was back to her car.

Sheriff Gootkin said “It’s the little things that can get you in the back country.”  Even the most prepared people can find themselves in need of a little help when out getting fresh air and exercise.  He reminds hikers to always tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to return.  We are glad to give people a hand if they have a bad day but we have to know you need it and where you are before we can.

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Climbing Accident Claims Search and Rescue Member

(Gallatin and Park County Mont.)  With a heavy heart, Sheriff Brian Gootkin and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue share that our friend and teammate Travis Swanson lost his life in a climbing accident yesterday on Mount Cowen in Park County. Travis was climbing with fellow SAR members Jackson Negri and Will Hitchcock when rockfall swept Will and Travis downslope. Jackson contacted Park County Sheriff’s Office and Gallatin County SAR teammates, who responded with specialized alpine rescue resources. With Jackson’s help, they were able to rescue Will and recover Travis.  Will is currently at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings with stable injuries.

All three climbers were extricated by GCSAR with able assistance from Park County. The highly complex rescue was executed in a skilled and efficient manner that would have made Travis proud. Travis was a significant contributor to the Alpine and Helicopter rescue teams and we owe a part of the team’s performance to the many efforts that he put into Search & Rescue. He loved spending time with friends doing things that allowed him  to excel at saving others. He demonstrated the highest level of teamwork and commitment. When good days went bad, Travis was always there to help his community.

We thank Park County for allowing us the privilege of being able to recover one of our own. We also thank Park County Sheriff, Search and Rescue, Park County Rural Fire, and Livingston Fire and Rescue for their response.

Dahl’s Funeral Home is organizing memorial arrangements.

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Media Contact: Sheriff Brian Gootkin 582-2125

Photographs courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff

Travis Swanson, by Speed/Coaching + Creative

Travis Swanson during a rescue operation on Granite Peak in 2016.

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Weekend Search and Rescue Activity

(Gallatin County, Mont.) The last weekend in June saw 80 Search and Rescue Volunteers spend 285 hours on three incidents. The first incident was Saturday evening when Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Central Valley Fire were dispatched to an injured hiker in the Truman Gulch area.  The 27-year-old Bozeman woman was hiking with her fiancé and dog when she injured her knee.  When she could go no further her fiancé carried her. The terrain eventually became so steep that they could no longer make progress and he went to find help. Rescuers used a wheeled stretcher and rope belays to bring her down to a waiting Central Valley Ambulance, which took her to the hospital.  Sunday afternoon found SAR on the Gallatin River near Gateway, using boats and tracking skills to help Sheriff’s Detectives on a case. Later Sunday evening, three women and their dog had rafted from Spanish Creek past Gallatin Gateway when their raft crashed, spitting two of them and the dog out onto an island that they could not get off and the third onto shore.  Rescuers had limited access to the area and fading daylight but with the help of a landowner were able to get the women and dog back to safety. No injuries were reported. Sheriff Gootkin thanks all the dedicated volunteers who took time from their weekend to help keep people safe and support the active, outdoor lifestyle this community values.

 

Photo of rescue in Truman courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

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Make “Safe Thinking” Your Holiday Motto

Release:  190628-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 548-0111

Make “Safe Thinking” Your Holiday Motto

Bozeman, MT – As we approach the Fourth of July Emergency Management encourages everyone to make “Safe Thinking” your motto as you are out celebrating.  Around the 4th of July holiday many people spend time with family and friends celebrating during our nice weather, but unfortunately the difference between a good time and an accident is a very fine line.  Emergency Management asks our community to think about the following thoughts while celebrating:

  • The grass is green, but vegetation and homes can still catch fire.  Think proactively about where you are setting fireworks off and where they will end up after being lit.
  • Fireworks are fun, but treat them with extreme respect.  Their behavior can be hard to predict and they frequently fail.  It is really easy to be harmed by fireworks as they burn extremely hot and will immediately burn skin.  Watch your kids closely.
  • Now is a great time to enjoy bon fires.  Ensure you safely construct your fire to keep it from accidentally spreading.  Keep a safe distance from the fire, every year people are injured from falling into recreational fires.
  • Don’t forget about your pet’s safety.  Keep them in a safe environment and ensure they have ID tags in case they get lost.

Flyers:

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GCSO Looking for a Suspect

(Gallatin County, Mont) Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who attempted to perform a quick change scam at a bank in Three Forks this afternoon. The man headed toward I-90 in a silver Honda minivan with Illinois license plate BN36726. Suspect may be traveling with a toddler in the vehicle. If you have seen the minivan or have information about the suspect, please contact GCSO at 582-2100.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

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Arrest Made Following Late-Night Disturbance

(Gallatin County, Mont) Last night, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a disturbance with a weapon in Clarkston, north of Three Forks. The initial call indicated there were two different altercations involving three individuals, all of whom reside in the area. Detectives investigating the incident found that one of the individuals, a 39-year-old male, confessed to firing multiple rounds from a pistol into the victim’s residence. There were no occupants in the residence at the time and fortunately no injuries during the altercation. The man was arrested for Criminal Endangerment, a felony, and is currently being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center while he waits to be seen in Justice Court.

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A Message from the Sheriff to Forrest Fenn Treasure Hunters

(Gallatin County, Mont.) In the last couple years, two people have died, two have been rescued near death, several have had run-ins with local and federal law enforcement, and one told his wife today he was injured but not where he was. The common denominator is that these people were all near Yellowstone National Park and they were all looking for the Forrest Fenn treasure. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin has a message for treasure hunters: “You must know that this country is unforgiving if you don’t give it the respect it deserves. Let someone know where you are going – exactly, not some vague geographic area to keep your secret safe – and when you expect to return. Be prepared for the changing weather and wilderness conditions. Many areas have no cell phone service. Mountain streams and rivers are especially dangerous. Bears, snakes, and gravity are found in abundance in our corner of the world. We encourage everyone to vigorously pursue their outdoor passions, but think like a local. Before you go after the treasure, consider your level of skill, preparation and knowledge of the area.  Consider the volunteer hours spent searching if you need to be rescued, and the anxiety of those left at home.”

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Fees for copies of birth, death records increasing next month

Starting next month, fees for certified copies of birth and death records in Montana will be increasing.

During the 2019 Legislature, which met earlier this year, lawmakers passed House Bill 126 that increases the fees for a certified copy of a birth certificate from $5 to $8, and a death certificate from $3 to $5.

The fee increase begins July 1.

In Gallatin County, copies of birth certificates and death certificates can be obtained from the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, located at the Gallatin County Courthouse in downtown Bozeman.

Applications can be found online at this link, or in person at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 311 W. Main St. room 203.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk and Recorder’s Office by phone at 406-582-3050, by email at clerkandrecorder@gallatin.mt.gov or stop by in person at the Gallatin County Courthouse.

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Climbing Rescue in Hyalite Canyon

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Saturday evening at 6:30 Sheriff’s Search and Rescue with Hyalite Fire Department, AMR Ambulance, Reach Air Ambulance and Central Helicopters responded to Practice Rock in Hyalite Canyon for an injured climber.  The 23 year old man from Kalispell suffered a significant head injury when he fell while climbing.  Rescuers from the Alpine Team and Posse along with some very proficient flying from Central Helicopters were able to evacuate the man to medical care in about an hour.  Sheriff Gootkin said,”This was a technically difficult rescue.  We are grateful for the skill of our search and rescue volunteers and the help from other agencies.  It is not easy to get an injured person out of that area but the SAR Team is really good at what they do.”

photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

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Gallatin County Commission to consider ballot issue changing county elections to nonpartisan

At their June 18 public meeting, Gallatin County Commissioners will consider asking voters if they want to change county elections from partisan to nonpartisan for Gallatin County offices.

In this year’s Legislature, Montana lawmakers passed House Bill 129, which allows Montana counties to ask voters if they would like to change the types of elections held for county officials from partisan to nonpartisan.

Commissioners will decide Tuesday if they would like to add this question for Gallatin County voters on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Gallatin County has 12 elected positions that this would impact: three County Commissioners, two Justices of the Peace, Sheriff, County Attorney, Treasurer, Clerk and Recorder, Superintendent of Schools, Auditor and Clerk of District Court.

To get this question onto this fall’s ballot, Commissioners must pass an ordinance, which they will consider Tuesday. Read a draft of the ordinance here.

If passed, the ordinance will have a second reading at the Commissioners’ Tuesday, July 9 public meeting. If passed at that meeting, the question will then be placed on November’s ballot.

Citizens are encouraged to submit public comment on this topic by:

  • Attending Tuesday’s public meeting, which starts at 9 a.m. in the third floor Community Room at the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.
  • Submitting written public comment by email at commission@gallatin.mt.gov or dropping it off at the Commission Office, located in room 306 at the Gallatin County Courthouse.

Commission meetings are audio streamed live online, televised on cable channel 190, and are recorded.

For any questions, please contact the Gallatin County Commission Office at 582-3000.

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