On September 30th, 2015, at approximately 2:41 p.m., The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an adult male with a broken femur, located in the backcountry near Twin Cabins Trailhead south of Big Sky, MT.

The Sheriff’s Office along with Big Sky Fire Department responded and found that this subject had been clearing trees with the permission of the US Forest Service, when a falling tree landed on his upper leg.

Deputies and Fire Fighters learned the man was approximately one mile east of the trailhead, in an area not accessible by conventional rescue or patrol vehicles.

At this point Sheriffs’ Search and Rescue in Big Sky was dispatched.

Rescuers quickly responded with their ATV’s and specialized rescue equipment. A combined rescue involving Big Sky Fire Dept. and SAR was organized and contact was quickly made with the victim, who was in considerable pain.

It was later determined that the victim had a potentially life threatening injury and Summit Air Ambulance was summoned to the scene. A backcountry landing zone was established and Summit Air Ambulance was able to land and treat the patient, who was later transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for advanced medical care.

The Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone to please use caution while cutting trees in the backcountry. Using a 360 degree field of awareness can prevent injury and disaster that can sometimes be easily prevented.

Belgrade Shooting

patchBELGRADE, Mont.– On September 9, 2015 at approximately 12:16 am, Belgrade Police Officers were dispatched to the Rhino Casino located at 412 E. Main Street for a disturbance involving several subjects. It was further reported that gunshots had been fired at a vehicle which subsequently left the paved surface of the parking lot and crashed into an irrigation canal. No persons were injured, however the driver of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. Another involved party fled the scene and was later located by law enforcement. There is no danger to the public at this time. Officers and Detectives are still in the midst of their investigation at this time and no additional details can be made available.  The Belgrade Police Department is actively seeking witnesses to this incident. Any persons with additional information are urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at (406)388-4262.

Det. Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Police Department

Holy Rosary School Class of 1965

This week is the 50th Class Reunion of the Holy Rosary School (Class of 1965). The current Law and Justice Center was once the home of the Holy Rosary School. The Sheriff’s Office was contacted and asked if a tour could be arranged as many of the students have not been in the building since it was the school.

Sheriff Gootkin will be giving a tour today at 1:30. Please meet us in the lobby if you are interested.