Big Sky Country State Fair Wins 12 Awards at IAFE Virtual Awards Show

For immediate release: November 29, 2021

The Big Sky Country State Fair is honored to announce they received 12 awards in various categories in the 2021 International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) Virtual Awards Show.

Click here for the full press release. 

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator
Amanda.Hartman@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3275

57th Annual Treasure State Spelling Bee To Be Held In Person In Bozeman

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools

 

For immediate release: November 24, 2022

Media contact:
Matthew Henry, Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools
406-582-3090
matthew.henry@gallatin.mt.gov

After two years of virtual and cancelled state spelling bees, Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Matthew Henry has announced that the 2022 Treasure State Spelling Bee will be held in person in Bozeman. Henry, director of the state bee, said that the 57th Annual Treasure State Spelling Bee has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 1 PM at Montana State University. The bee will be conducted using the traditional oral spelling bee format and pandemic protocols for contestants and audience members will be in place where possible.

The Treasure State Spelling Bee is the final competition for determining one student who will represent Montana at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. The bee is open to students in grades 4 through 8 from all public and private schools in Montana and will feature the top 70 spellers in the state as determined by classroom, school, and county-level competitions. The Montana Television Network is sponsoring the event.

The 2022 Treasure State Spelling Bee will be held in Ballroom A of the SUB and will include a complimentary lunch for contestants and families and the opportunity for the spellers to meet local VIP’s. Bee officials are well-known television and print journalists. Prizes will be awarded to the top spellers and the winner of the bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2022 to compete for $50,000 and other prizes.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee reaches millions of students across the country and around the world through its nationally televised competition and by providing classroom materials and contests guides to schools that are enrolled in the program. Scripps’ goal is to help students improve their spelling ability and vocabularies and to develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

Participation in local bees provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking, develop confidence, and inspire a love of learning and social connections with peers. Local schools conduct classroom and school bees throughout December and January and Henry’s office confirmed that the Gallatin County Spelling Bee will also be held in person in mid-February 2022. Schools in Montana are eligible to enroll in the 2021-2022 Scripps program now through January 31, 2022. Educators can visit Spellingbee.com/enrollment to learn more and to enroll their schools in the program.

Photos provided by the Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools.

Gallatin County Provides Grant to Greater Gallatin United Way For Afterschool Program

For immediate release: November 23, 2021

The Gallatin County Commission voted today to provide a $309,000 subgrant award from the county’s COVID-19 relief funds to Greater Gallatin United Way (GGUW) to stabilize and staff the afterschool childcare program known as kidsLINK. Out-of-school-time programming will assist families, businesses and school districts in Gallatin County by rebuilding the local economy and social services that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for the full press release.

Media contacts:

Danica Jamison, Greater Gallatin United Way President/CEO – (406) 451-1343 (cell)
danica@greatergallatinunitedway.org

Karen DeCotis, GGUW kidsLINK Program Director – (406) 600-0918 (cell)
karen@greatergallatinunitedway.org

Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator – (406) 595-8963 (cell)
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov

 

Photos provided by Greater Gallatin United Way                                         

Update on Lawsuit Between Gallatin County and City of Bozeman

 

 

For immediate release: November 16, 2021

Gallatin County District Court Judge Rienne McElyea recently delivered a split decision in the case Gallatin County filed against the City of Bozeman over the cost of improvements to roads around the Gallatin County Regional Park, Oak Street and Ferguson Ave., in Bozeman.

Judge McElyea ruled that the city’s Special Improvement District (SID) 745 was created illegally, but also ruled the county should have challenged the construction contract for the road improvements before construction started in 2017.

As the county’s challenge to the contract was not successful, Judge McElyea ruled the 2002 agreement the county entered into when it bought the Regional Park property required the county to pay the cost of the improvements, which totaled $903,426.65. In the past two years the county has already paid, under protest, $618,028.71, which will be used to satisfy payment of the construction costs.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said, “In March and April, 2017, the County Commissioners were faced with a very difficult decision – whether to stop a major construction project on Oak Street when the city and the contractor were ready to start construction. I fully understand why they chose not to pursue that course.”

The county and city commissions will consider resolutions next week to wrap up the case. Neither the county nor the city plan to appeal.

Media contact:
Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator
whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov
406-595-8963

Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary Online Holiday Fundraiser

For immediate release: November 12, 2021

The Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary volunteers are again holding a virtual fundraiser to help provide the merriment and traditions of a normal holiday season to Gallatin Rest Home residents.

The mission of the Auxiliary is to enhance the lives of the Gallatin Rest Home residents in Bozeman. The group compliments nursing care with extra comforts and opportunities, such as holiday programming, tours, music, room furnishings, sensory garden therapy, personal care items, visiting, crafts, movement, needlework, all kinds of art activities, reading, the aviary, fish tank, picnics, companionship, and much more. See some of these activities on the Gallatin Rest Home Facebook page.

Money raised in this year’s Vision of Sugarplums fundraiser will be used throughout the year. Every dollar donated benefits the residents of the rest home directly. Help us lift their spirits during these difficult times.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online or by sending a check to the Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary, 1221 W. Durston Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715.

Media contacts:
Phyllis White, Gallatin County Rest Home Auxiliary
gardens@bresnan.net
406-586-0400

Darcel Vaughn, Gallatin County Rest Home Administrator
darcel.vaugh@gallatin.mt.gov
406-404-4001

11/5/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For immediate release: November 5, 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 GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit our website and make a plan to get your vaccine today.

** – denotes clinics that will have pediatric vaccine doses available for kids 5 years and older.

  • **Tues., Nov. 9 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • **Wed., Nov. 10 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • Wed., Nov. 10 Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belgrade Community Library with HealthCare Connections
  • **Thur., Nov. 11 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • **Friday, Nov. 12 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • Friday, Nov. 12 – Pfizer and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montana State University in front of Montana Hall with Best Practice Medicine
  • **Saturday, Nov. 13This clinic will primarily focused on pediatric doses – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

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

West Yellowstone Compost Facility Closure

For immediate release: November 4, 2021

Media contact:
John Burns, Manager of West Yellowstone Compost Facility/Transfer Station
406-646-9298
john.burns@gallatin.mt.gov

After careful consideration, the West Yellowstone/Hebgen Basin Solid Waste Board has decided to permanently cease operations at the West Yellowstone Compost Facility, effective Monday, Nov. 8.

Great effort and expense has been invested in sustaining the program over the last 18 years and there were some successes during that time. However, more recently, the negative aspects of the program have far outweighed the positives.

The reasons for this decision include:

  • The cost to run the program far exceeds the benefits of composting, on average, 600 tons of food waste per year.
  • The quality of the feedstock received to compost is far below the industry standards to produce a quality, marketable product.
  • Despite repeated attempts to refine and restructure the program over the past 18 years, costs and inefficiencies have increased.
  • The Solid Waste District has had to subsidize the compost operations at the expense of the rate payers of the District.
  • The Board feels the resources used to process, refine and finish the compost have a greater carbon footprint and contribute to increased greenhouse gasses than the waste being diverted.

The West Yellowstone Transfer Station will not be affected by this decision and operations will remain the same. It is the Solid Waste Board’s intention to provide the same efficient and seamless solid waste disposal service to Yellowstone National Park as in past years.

The Board appreciates Yellowstone National Park for the financial assistance, operational support and guidance during this venture. The Board hopes that the partnership between the Solid Waste District and Yellowstone National Park remains strong and mutually beneficial for many years to come.

Read the full letter sent to Yellowstone National Park on Nov. 3 here.

Gallatin County Elections Offers Curbside Ballot Drop-Off at Courthouse

Gallatin County Elections Department

For immediate release: October 27, 2021

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder/Elections Administrator
eric.semerad@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3050

Starting Thursday, Oct. 28, the Gallatin County Elections Department will offer curbside ballot drop-off at the Gallatin County Courthouse – 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Elections workers will be outside the Courthouse’s Main Street entrance to collect general election ballots from 9 AM to 5 PM on Oct. 28, Oct. 29, and Nov. 1; and from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day on Nov. 2.

The Courthouse is one of five ballot drop-off locations in Gallatin County. The other locations are:

Belgrade City Clerk’s Office
91 East Central Avenue, Belgrade

Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office
207 South 6th Street, Manhattan

Three Forks City Hall
206 South Main Street, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Town Clerk’s Office
440 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone

Ballots can be dropped off during those offices’ regular business hours on Oct. 28, Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, and until 8 PM on Election Day on Nov. 2.

For more information or questions, the Gallatin County Elections Department can be reached by phone at 406-582-3060 or by email at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.

Visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County

Voter Registration Deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election

Gallatin County Elections Department

For immediate release: October 26, 2021

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder/Elections Administrator
eric.semerad@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3050

The Gallatin County Elections Department reminds residents of the updated voter registration deadline for the Nov. 2 general election, and encourages folks who need to register to come to our office as soon as possible!

For residents wishing to vote in the Nov. 2 general election, the registration deadline is at noon on Nov. 1 – the day BEFORE Election Day. We can no longer process new registrations on Election Day.

This deadline is for two types of voters:

New registrations

County residents who need to register to vote for the first time, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, and a Montana resident for at least 30 days before the next election.

You will fill out the Montana Voter Registration Application – either print it off and fill it out at home and return it to our office, or get a copy from us at our office and fill it out here!

We are currently in the late registration period for the Nov. 2 election, so all new registrations must be done in person.

Updated registrations

If you have moved since you last registered to vote or updated your registration information, you’ll need to again update your information with us in order to receive a ballot.

After sending out over 75,000 ballots to registered active voters in Gallatin County on Oct. 13, over 6,000 were returned to our office as undeliverable. In almost all instances, ballots are returned as undeliverable because the voter has moved and they hadn’t updated their voter information with their new address. And ballots cannot be forwarded to new addresses.

Voters whose ballots were returned to us can retrieve them in person from the Elections Office and also update their voter information while they are here. They will fill out the same Montana Voter Registration Application and check “Address Change” in the first box of the form. Again, this must be done in person in order to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

The Gallatin County Elections Department is located in room 210 of the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

We will be open and able to take registrations Tuesday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Monday, Nov. 1 from 8 AM to 12 PM.

For more information or questions, the Gallatin County Elections Department can be reached by phone at 406-582-3060 or by email at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.

Visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.

November General Election Ballots Mailed to Gallatin County Voters

Gallatin County Election Department

For immediate release: October 13, 2021

The Gallatin County Election Department mailed ballots for the 2021 Municipal General Election today, Wednesday, Oct. 13, to all registered active voters in Gallatin County. Voters will likely start seeing ballots in their mailbox later this week. A total of 75,070 ballots were mailed. Return postage for ballots is prepaid for this election.

Sample ballots can be found here.

Ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, in order to be counted. Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day but received after Election Day cannot be accepted.

Ballots may be returned by mail. The Election Department advises mailing them no later than Oct. 27 to ensure they arrive on time.

Ballots may also be dropped off in person at the following locations:

Gallatin County Election Department
311 West Main Street, Room 210, Bozeman

Belgrade City Clerk’s Office
91 East Central Avenue, Belgrade

Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office
207 South 6th Street, Manhattan

Three Forks City Hall
206 South Main Street, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Town Clerk’s Office
440 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone

Ballots can be dropped at any of these locations Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Election Day from 7 AM to 8 PM.

And for those who want to vote in person or didn’t receive their mail ballot, please visit the Gallatin County Election Department, located in room 210 at the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

This information will be provided to voters on instructions that come with each ballot.

If you still need to register to vote in this election or update your registration, you must appear in person at the Gallatin County Election Department. The deadline to register or update registration is noon on Monday, Nov. 1 – the day BEFORE Election Day. We can no longer process new registrations on Election Day.

The Election Department is located in room 210 of the Gallatin County Courthouse at 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Visit www.MyVoterPageMT.com to make sure your registration is up to date.

For questions or more information, call us at 406-582-3060, email us at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov, or visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.