Two Rescues Sunday

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday two rescues sent Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Deputies and volunteers to Hyalite and Portal Creek simultaneously. At 4:00 in the afternoon a report of a 67 year old having heart trouble on the Blackmore trail in Hyalite Canyon was recieved.  Because heart problems can be lethal a medical helicopter was dispatched to the area as well as SAR ground teams.  The Backcountry topography and weather in Gallatin County often prevents even helicopters from being able to reach people in distress so ground rescuers are always sent and often arrive before the helicopter.  In this case weather was an issue and the Reach Air Medical Helicopter had to stand off and wait for an opening in the weather.  Eventually they were able to land and transport him to Bozeman Health where his condition was reported as stable.  At about the same time Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers at Big Sky were sent to a 77 year old man with a broken ankle on the Hidden Lakes trail at Portal Creek.  When rescuers reached the trail head they found that other hikers had assisted him down the trail to the road.  He declined an ambulance and traveled with family members to the hospital.  In both cases there was no phone service available and someone had to walk out and report the incident.  These delays can means hours between when the injury occurs and when help can arrive.  Sheriff Gootkin said “Bad things can happen to people doing all the right things, so when out being active it is important to have a few things to help you survive.  Carry something to stay dry and warm, something to stop bleeding, something to drink and eat and go with a partner.”  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Volunteers are also continuing to assist with the search of the Yellowstone River for James Anderson.

 

 

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Public’s Help in Locating Suspects

Brian M. Gootkin
Sheriff/Coroner

Dan Springer
Undersheriff

Randy Jones
Chaplain

615 South 16th
Bozeman, Montana 59715
(406) 582-2100
FAX (406) 582-2126

June 6, 2018

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help in Locating Suspects

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating individuals involved in damaging property on Axtell Anceney Road near Gallatin Gateway, on the afternoon of Tuesday June 5th.
The suspects are described as: three individuals in a late 90’s model White, GMC or Chevrolet Suburban type vehicle, with Montana 6-county license plates, with a generic Blue background.
The driver was described as being in his late teens to early 20’s with almost shoulder length hair and a blue or green “406” tattoo on the inside of his right bicep. This male may have a scar or small injury under his left eye.
The other two males with the driver are believed to be possibly teenagers.

If anyone has any information about an individual matching the above description, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 582-2100 or Crimestoppers at (406) 586-1131

Update on Big Sky Discharge

UPDATE: DEQ Director Tom Livers will be onsite today with technical specialists to assess the situation. At this point, suspended sediment is the main concern from an aquatic standpoint. The wastewater stream is picking up a sediment load as it moves downstream. DEQ will be working with local and other state officials on a sampling and monitoring plan. The plan will include sampling for pathogens, hydrogen, phosphorus, suspended sediment, ammonia and total nitrogen.

DEQ and other agency officials will be on hand today at 5:30 pm at the Big Sky Fire Station in the Meadow, 650 Rainbow Trout Run, to give a brief update and answer questions.

 No human health risk for recent spill

Big Sky, Madison County (3/3/16)  – On Thursday afternoon a storage pond spill was reported to local and state agencies. The spill is of highly treated reclaimed water and it does not threaten human health. The discharge is below human health standards.

The reclaimed water is leaking from a storage pond.  Unrestricted flow is proceeding down the hillside into Second Yellow Mule Creek and then to the South Fork of the West Fork of the Gallatin River.

The source of the break is being investigated and it is currently still flowing. The outlet pipe flows to the Yellowstone Club golf course and irrigation of the turf grass is authorized in summer months.  In the winter this is an effluent storage pond.  Most of the effluent comes from the Big Sky Sewer District, with a small portion coming from the waste water treatment facility used at Yellowstone Club.

The combined water is highly treated wastewater, and the expected total nitrogen content of about 7-8 mg/L is below the human health standard of 10 mg/L as nitrate.  Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is below 10 mg/L.

There is an estimated discharge of 35 million gallons, based on the volume of the storage pond.  About 4 to 5 feet of water will remain in the lined pond once it fully discharges.

Contact:
Kristi Ponozzo
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Public Policy Director
406-444-2813

Release from Big Sky Water Treatment Storage Pond

From Montana Department of Environmental Quality:

For Immediate Release

No human health risk for recent spill

Big Sky (3/3/16)  – On Thursday afternoon a storage pond spill was reported to local and state agencies. The spill is of highly treated reclaimed water and it does not threaten human health. The discharge is below human health standards.

The reclaimed water is leaking from a storage pond.  Unrestricted flow is proceeding down the hillside into Second Yellow Mule Creek and then to the South Fork of the West Fork of the Gallatin River.

The source of the break is being investigated and it is currently still flowing. The outlet pipe flows to the Yellowstone Club golf course and irrigation of the turf grass is authorized in summer months.  In the winter this is an effluent storage pond.  Most of the effluent comes from the Big Sky Sewer District, with a small portion coming from the waste water treatment facility used at Yellowstone Club.

The combined water is highly treated wastewater, and the expected total nitrogen content of about 7-8 mg/L is below the human health standard of 10 mg/L as nitrate.  Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is below 10 mg/L.

There is an estimated discharge of 35 million gallons, based on the volume of the storage pond.  About 4 to 5 feet of water will remain in the lined pond once it fully discharges.

For more information please contact: (406) 444-2813

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