Gallatin County Justice Court’s Open Court Closing For Two Days

Gallatin County Justice Court’s open court hearings will be CLOSED for two days in the coming weeks as the court’s software system is upgraded.

Justice Court judges hold open court at the Law and Justice Center (615 S. 16th Ave. in Bozeman) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for people who were issued misdemeanor citations by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Motor Carriers, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, among others.

However, due to the transition to our new system, open court will be CLOSED on both Friday, Jan. 31 and Monday, Feb. 3.

In addition, Justice Court will be completely offline on Jan. 30 and 31 and will be entering all information by hand.

We ask that you please have patience with our staff during this transition! And please plan accordingly and attend one of our other open court dates.

If you have any questions, please contact Gallatin County Justice Court at 406-582-2191.

Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Rick West
Gallatin County Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams


Gallatin County Planning Department Holding Photo Contest

Calling all residents! Gallatin County is looking for your photos!

Gallatin County is currently in the process of updating its Growth Policy. As part of the update, we are giving the document a fresh new look with photos of the county submitted by you, the residents. We are looking for photos that fit into these themes:

Open Space – A major component of these photos should be a feature of our landscape, like a mountain peak, a river, farm/ranchland, wildlife, or a sunset.

Heritage – Photos in this category should include people, places, or objects that reflect our heritage.  For example, photos might include an old building, a well-worn pair of boots, a tractor at work, a branding, or people gathering for a community event.

Opportunity – Photos in this category should include subject matter that reflects opportunities for our community – think about things you want to see more of in the future in the County. For example, photos might include music, school, or social events, parks, trails, buildings, or neighborhoods.

Here’s how to submit your photos: Visit the website, then:

      1. Click on the link “Upload your photos.”
      2. At this point, you will need to register. This is an easy and necessary step. We want to be able to contact you if one of your photos is chosen. So please register with a valid email address.
      3. When submitting a photo, please enter your category: Open Space, Heritage, or Opportunity.
      4. Feel free to say anything else about the photo where it says “Enter a short description.”

There is no limit on the number of photos you submit, so have fun and show us Gallatin County from your eyes!

Media contact:
Garrett McAllister
Associate Planner
Gallatin County Department of Planning & Community Development


NorthWestern Energy Scam

(Gallatin County, Mont) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls about a scam involving callers stating they are from NorthWestern Energy. The caller states that they are calling about a delinquent account and if the account is not brought up to date immediately, they will shut off the power. The caller will ask for the person’s credit card information. When the person gives them their credit card information, they will tell the person that the credit card comes back as declined. Once this occurs they instruct the person to go and purchase a prepaid Visa card.

These scammers are aggressive, convincing, and persistent. This is a scam. Do not give them any information. Hang up the phone and do not respond in any way.

Buck Ridge Rescue

(Gallatin County, Mont) At 2:57 pm on January 11, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call from an In-Reach reporting two stranded snowmobilers nine miles up Buck Ridge, near Big Sky.

A 46-year-old man from Redstone, Montana and a 27-year-old man from Billings, Montana were stuck in a drainage as dark was approaching. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky and two Canyon Adventure snowmobile guides responded. The snowmobilers were carrying a reliable means of communication, which allowed rescuers to locate them quickly. The men were in good condition and once rescuers helped them get unstuck, they were able to make it safely back to the trailhead. Sheriff Gootkin applauds the two snowmobilers for recognizing their situation as a potentially dangerous one and calling for help when they did.

Candidate Filing for 2020 Primary Election Begins

Candidate filing for the 2020 primary election begins today, Jan. 9!

Candidates for Gallatin County Commissioner (District 1), Clerk of District Court/Public Administrator, Conservation District Supervisor (Areas 4 & 5), and Political Party Central Committeeman and Committeewoman can file with the Gallatin County Election Department until March 9.

Federal, statewide, and state district candidates must file with the Montana Secretary of State’s Office. Please visit the Secretary of State’s website at this link for more information

Candidate resources for ALL upcoming elections can be found on the Gallatin County Election Department website at this link.

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder


Stolen Items Recovered

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has recently recovered numerous stolen items and is attempting to identify owners of the property. We are asking the public to review an online photo album in an attempt to identify property belonging to them.


  1. Go to and review the photographs of recovered items.
  2. If you are able to identify property belonging to you, email, detailing the property.
  3. Please note in your response the color/number combination observed in the photograph containing your property. If the photograph in which you identify your property does not have a color/number combination associated with it, describe the location of the closest color/number combination, eg “My property is two photos after Orange 1.”

Thank you for helping us return stolen items to their owners.

Last Allmendinger Fundraiser Jan 4

(Gallatin County, Mont) MSPOA is hosting one last fundraiser for GCSO Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s family, this Saturday at 6:45-10 pm. It is at the Commons and includes a Casino and raffle charity. Raffles include a lot of fun bundles, equipment, gift cards (photo sessions, guided fishing trips, restaurants, hotel stays, etc.), paintings, multiple rifles (including an AR 15), a saddle, and much more! Bingo and a bar will be available to make the evening memorable. Bring cash or checks – no credit cards. Come join us for a great night out and help support the Allmendinger Family!

Missing Person Found

(Gallatin County, Mont) Chris Kamman was found safe this morning in the Buck Ridge area south of Big Sky. Searchers included Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, including Big Sky, Heli, and Ham teams, Civil Air Patrol, and Rocky Mountain Rotors. Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank the community for its support, especially the people who showed up with backcountry gear to help look for Chris. Also thanks to Hungry Moose, Blue Moon, the Freeman family, Big Sky Resort, Yellowstone Club, and Canyon Adventures for their assistance. That kind of community help is what makes Montana special.

Missing Snowmobiler near Big Sky

(Gallatin County, Mont) Christopher Kamman, 34 years old, was last seen in Big Sky at 7:30 Wednesday morning. He appears to have been headed to Doe Creek in the Yellow Mule area. He was riding a two-seater snowmobile, a purple 1999 Polaris 550 Indy, with gear tied on the back seat. He was wearing a black coat, dark purple snow pants, and a dark grey Carhartt beanie. If you have seen a lone snowmobiler or an abandoned snowmobile matching that description in the Yellow Mule area or nearby, please contact Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100, ext 2.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Two injured in snowmobile crash near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont) Tuesday, December 31, at 10:51 a.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that two snowmobilers were injured in a snowmobile crash. The group indicated that they were on the South Plateau trail, approximately 6 miles south of West Yellowstone. The injured snowmobilers, a 12-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman from Glendale, California, both sustained back, leg, and head injuries when the snowmobile they were riding left the trail and hit a group of trees near the trail. The 12-year-old reportedly lost consciousness briefly and appeared disoriented.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District, and Custer Gallatin National Forest Service responded to assist with the rescue. They located the snowmobilers, quickly packaged both patients into specialized rescue sleds, and transported them to a waiting ambulance. The ambulance then transported both patients to Big Sky Medical Center for evaluation.

Photo courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office