Early-Morning Semi Accident Closed I-90

(Gallatin County, Mont) At 1:45 this morning, Fort Ellis Fire Dept, AMR, Montana Highway Patrol, and Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office were called out for a semi-truck blocking several lanes of traffic on I-90 east of Bear Canyon, near mile marker 313. An eastbound semi had straddled the jersey barriers between lanes, blocking all lanes in both directions. Local wrecker services were able to remove the semi and trailer, and driving lanes were reopened in both directions by 6:30 am. Bozeman Fire responded to handle fuel and oil on the roadway. The driver had been caught unaware by changing conditions as he headed into Rocky Canyon and jackknifed on the ice. The truck driver and passenger were unharmed.

One lane of I-90 is currently open in both directions. Montana DOT will repair the damage to the jersey barrier this morning and passing lanes are expected to be open this afternoon. Please allow extra time if you are driving I-90 between Bozeman and Jackson Creek this morning, and drive carefully through the reconstruction zone.

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Media Contact: Buck Taylor, Fort Ellis Fire, 406-539-9358

Four Corners Announces New Water Reclamation Facility Operational

(Four Corners, Mont) Four Corners Water and Sewer District is pleased to announce that the new Water Reclamation Facility is operational. The new facility is located southwest of the intersection of Huffine Lane and U.S. 191 and will provide much-needed capacity to treat wastewater generated by homes and businesses in the growing Four Corners area.

The Elk Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant, which handled the District’s wastewater, was nearing capacity and the 2016 Facility Plan laid out the need for a new facility to expand capacity. As part of the District’s long-term plan for handling growth, the new Water Reclamation Facility was designed so that it can be incrementally expanded in phases as growth occurs.

The new facility will treat wastewater to high purity levels that can be safely discharged into the ground to recharge groundwater. Construction began in the summer of 2019 and it became operational in December 2020, increasing wastewater processing by 200,000 gallons per day. The additional capacity will allow the District to accept connections from properties that have aging septic systems, meet its existing commitments to lots in the District, and add new lots as development occurs in the Four Corners area. The new facility expands capacity while improving the ability to protect the environment.

A second phase of an additional 200,000 is expected to be operational by August 2021, which will provide the equivalent of an additional 1250 connections.

Construction was paid for from reserves and from the Montana State Revolving Fund.

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FCWSD Board President Cory Klumb will be available to answer questions over Zoom. Please call 585-4166 to set up a time.

West Yellowstone Snowmobile Rescue 1/30

(West Yellowstone, Mont) At 2:00 PM on Saturday January 30, a 50-year-old woman crashed her snowmobile on the Two Top trail system about 4 miles west of West Yellowstone.  She missed a corner, left the trail and struck a tree, sustaining shoulder, back, and face injuries. Members of Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone reached the patient on snowmobiles with a specialized snow ambulance.  They were unable to place the woman on a backboard due to the extent of her shoulder injury, so she was seated on the back of the rescue snowmobile. SAR members then slowly transported the woman back out to town and into an awaiting ambulance from the Hebgen Basin Fire Department.  She was then transported to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

West Yellowstone Snowmobile Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) At 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, a 45-year-old man got his snowmobile stuck in the backcountry on the Big Sky trail system about 16 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. The man was snowmobiling by himself and did not have gear to survive the night outdoors. Fortunately, he had cell phone service and was able to call 911, allowing dispatchers to pinpoint his exact location. Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue members were able to ride to the man and after a group effort, including a few SAR members getting stuck in the very deep snow, they were able to get the man’s snowmobile unstuck. The man was then able to ride out of the backcountry on his own.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Two Top Lost Snowmobilers

(West Yellowstone, Mont) At 3:30 pm on Saturday January 23, a 26-year-old man and a 40-year-old man got their snowmobiles stuck in the backcountry on the Two Top trail system about 8 miles southwest of West Yellowstone. Both men were unsure of their exact location, but were able to walk to a location with cell service. From this location, they were able to send a GPS location showing where they were.

Emergency responders from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue met the two lost snowmobilers at the GPS location provided. SAR volunteers loaded the two on the back of the rescue sleds and drove them to their stuck snowmobiles. Team members were able to find the stuck sleds and free them. All SAR members and the rescued party were able to ride out on their own snowmobiles. No injuries were reported.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Two Top Snowmobile Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) At 11:16 AM on Saturday, January 23, a 64-year-old woman crashed her snowmobile while snowmobiling on the Two Top trail system about 12 miles southwest of West Yellowstone. The snowmobiler was stopped when another snowmobile crashed into the back of her snowmobile, sending her snowmobile down an eight-foot embankment, and she was launched over the handlebars, sustaining rib, back, femur & wrist injuries.

Emergency responders from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue reached the patient on snowmobiles.  After a quick patient assessment, they requested a medical helicopter to respond due to the severity of her injuries.  The female was placed on a backboard and loaded into a specialized snow ambulance, then transported about ¾ mile to a safe landing zone for the helicopter. Air Methods out of Idaho Falls responded, landing in the backcountry. The patient was loaded onto the helicopter and transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Madison Arm Snowmobile Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) Sunday at 9:20 p.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call reporting a single snowmobile crash 5 miles north of West Yellowstone near the Madison Arm of Hebgen Lake. The injured snowmobiler, a 43-year-old man, had suffered a possible broken shoulder and punctured lung when the snowmobile he was riding left the trail and struck a tree.

Volunteers from the Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to assist with the rescue. Rescuers located the snowmobiler, loaded him into a specialized litter, and transported him to a waiting Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District ambulance. The man was then transported to the Big Sky Medical Center for further evaluation.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

 

Ousel Falls Rescue

(Big Sky, Mont) At 3:18 pm on January 16, Gallatin County 911 received a report of an injured hiker half a mile from the parking lot on the Ousel Falls Trail. The caller reported that his wife was fatigued and was unable to hike the rest of the way to the parking lot due to recent knee replacement surgeries. A deputy and volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in Big Sky responded to assist the hiker. At 4:15pm a team of six Search and Rescue members reached the 58-year-old woman and loaded her in a one-wheeled litter. She was safely transported back to her husband and hiking partners at the Ousel Falls parking lot.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Two Top Snowmobile Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont) On Monday, January 4, at 11:47 a.m. the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a single snowmobile crash on the Two Top Trail, three miles west of West Yellowstone. Both occupants of the two-person snowmobile sustained knee, leg and hip injuries when the snowmobile they were riding left the trail and struck a tree.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone and Custer Gallatin National Forest Service responded and located two injured 22-year-old women. Both patients were quickly loaded into specialized rescue sleds and transported back to West Yellowstone, where they were treated by Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District EMS personnel. The two women were subsequently transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg Idaho for further evaluation.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office