Flex Fitness Breakin


  During the early morning hours of Sunday, September 29th, Flex Fitness on Jackrabbit Lane was broken into and vandalized.  At approximately 11:00 am, the gym owner called the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and reported evidence of forced entry into the building. 

  The interior of the building, including office equipment, was vandalized.  The interior and exterior of the building were spray-painted.  Additional incidents of vandalism were reported to the Belgrade City Police.  More than one individual is suspected; however, no one  is in custody at this time. 

  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with the Belgrade Police Department to investigate these crimes.  If anyone has information regarding these incidents, please contact the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office or Belgrade Police Department at 406-582-2100.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Responds to Practice Rock

On September 21, 2013, at 4:52 pm, Gallatin County 911 received a call about a climber that fell from Practice Rock in Hyalite Canyon. Initial reports indicated the climber fell 30-40 feet and had a broken ankle and head injury. Gallatin County Search and Rescue along with RAE/Sourdough Fire responded to the scene. It took the rescuers about an hour and a half to get the injured climber off the side of the mountain due to the rough terrain. The climber was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital to treat his injuries.

Burn Permits Re-Opened Throughout Gallatin County

As of Wednesday, September 18, 2013, all fire districts in Gallatin County are allowing open burning as a result of the recent moisture across the area. Burn permits are required for open burning throughout the County and can be purchased at www.burnpermits.mt.gov. Fire officials urge residents to use caution while burning, monitor their burn piles at all times, and keep water nearby. If dry conditions return, burn permits could be turned off again before the end of the burn season on November 30th.

Gallatin County Rural Fire


Sheriff’s Office Offers Training


  On Friday September 20th the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Safety Training for the faculty of Gallatin Gateway School. The training will encompass; situational awareness pertaining to active shooter scenarios, defensive tactics and initial response to an active shooter.

  This training is the first of many being offered to all of the County Schools who are interested. We would like to invite any of the media to join us at the Gateway school at 10:00 AM for more information. The class will be held in the gymnasium as well as a classroom. Please check in at the front office.

 Undersheriff Dan Springer

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

615 S. 16th Ave.

Bozeman, MT. 59715


406-539-4096 (c)

South Central Zone Fire Restrictions

SCZone-PreventionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   Contact:         See Agency Contacts Below

Fire Restrictions in the South Central Zone are being lifted in many areas just after midnight, early Friday morning, September 13, 2013.  Stage 1 restrictions are being lifted for Gallatin National Forest, including the Lee Metcalf and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Areas.  Restrictions are also lifted for BLM lands and forested State and private lands within Gallatin and Park counties.  The Park County burn ban is also rescinded.  Burn permits continue to be required on the private lands within Gallatin and Park counties.

Because the recent moisture was fairly scattered across the landscape, fire officials ask that everyone continue using extreme caution when recreating or working in woods to decrease the chance of fires.  Fire officials caution the public to not be fooled by the cooler temperatures and rain events of late.  Remember to bring a bucket, water, and shovel and to always leave your campfire dead out, which means no heat to the touch.

For more detailed information, the public should contact the local land management agency.

The following is a summary of current fire restrictions:

Area Fire Restriction Explanation CONTACT
Gallatin National Forest None Fire Restrictions lifted as of September 13,   2013 Bozeman District Office
(406) 522-2520
West Yellowstone
District Office
Bureau of Land Management  Gallatin and Park counties None Fire Restrictions   lifted as of September 13, 2013 Butte Field Office
Twitter:  @BLM_MTDK_Fire
Yellowstone National Park Normal   restrictions in place Fires   are permitted only in designated Yellowstone camping areas, in picnic areas   with fire grates and in some backcountry campsites. Any dead-and-down   material may be used as firewood, but chainsaws are prohibited. Thoroughly   extinguish all fires. Park information:
(307) 344-2015
Montana DNRC – State and private forested lands in   Gallatin and Park counties None Restrictions lifted   as of September 13, 2013. Central Land Office
(406) 458-3500
Gallatin County private lands Burn Permits Burn Permits are   required in all fire districts. Selected fire districts are re-opening burn   permits starting September 13, 2013. Please check your specific fire district   on www.burnpermits.gov or call your fire   district before you burn to determine the exact date your district is   re-opening burning. Gallatin County   Rural Fire
(406) 548-0144
Park County private lands Burn Permits Burn Ban lifted as   of September 13, 2013.Burn permits are   still required on private lands in Park County. Contact   – Park County Fire Warden
(406) 222-4188
www.parkcounty.orgFacebook:   Park County, MontanaTwitter:   @parkcountyMT 



Sheriff to attend National Sheriff’s Institute


Sheriff Brian Gootkin applied to the National Sheriff’s Institute and was selected and will be attending the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) training program this week in Colorado.  Only approximately 30 first term Sheriffs from across the United States that apply are selected.  The National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriff’s Association sponsor this leadership training.

Funeral Arrangements for Sheriff’s Deputy Killed Monday


(Bozeman, Mont.) The funeral for Deputy Sheriff John “Amos” Ridenour, killed yesterday in a climbing accident in Hyalite Canyon, will be Saturday September 7th at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Bible Church.  The Church is located at the corner of South 19th Ave and Stucky Rd. in Bozeman. 

Deputy John Amos Ridenour Memorial Fund

A memorial fund for Deputy Ridenour’s young family has been established at First Security Bank locations in Bozeman on South 19th, Cottonwood and East Main, in Belgrade and Three Forks.  Checks can be mailed to: First Security Bank, Deputy John Amos Ridenour Memorial Fund, Box 910 Bozeman, Mt 59771, attn customer service#####

Deputy Sheriff

Today at 08:23 am the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office lost a family member in a tragic climbing accident. John “Amos” Ridenour was rock climbing in the Hyalite area when he fell to his death. Amos has been a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office since 2005. We are greatly saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and two children.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin will be available at 2:00 pm this afternoon at the Gallatin County Detention Center to answer further questions regarding his death.

Undersheriff Dan Springer

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

615 S. 16th Ave.

Bozeman, MT. 59715


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