I-90 Fatal Vehicle Accident Victim Identified

On April 15, 2017, at approximately 7:03 AM, the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a report of a vehicle verses pedestrian accident on I-90 near mile marker 298.  22-year-old Sha ‘Del Hollis was subsequently taken to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.  He was declared brain-dead at 9:16 AM on April 16, 2017, and his body was kept on life support to facilitate organ donation, which was occurred in the morning hours of April 20, 2017.

The Gallatin County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office is investigating the death, and the accident investigation is being completed by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Community Event

Media and Community Members are invited to:

Era of Megafires
Friday, April 7th, 2017
4:00-5:30 pm
Hilton Garden Inn

Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities, homes, businesses and our very way of life are threatened. If we are going to make effective progress towards increasing fire resiliency, we must increase awareness and stimulate conversation about this important issue across all levels of society. Through education, we firmly believe we can change the way we receive fire and smoke.

The Era of Megafires is a 70-minute, multi-media, traveling presentation that features Dr. Paul Hessburg (Pacific Northwest Research Station, U.S. Forest Service), who has conducted fire and landscape ecology research for more than 27 years. The presented material comes in the form of fast-moving, short, topic-based talks interspersed with compelling video vignettes and features the work of wildfire photographer, John Marshall. Think TedX mixed with snappy documentary shorts and amazing photography. The videos were created by award-winning documentary film company, North 40 Productions, of Wenatchee, WA.

Media is an effective way to educate and engage audiences with important topics that demand solutions. Coupling Paul Hessburg’s experience in this arena with North 40’s production technical savvy, this media will inform, engage and inspire audiences, as well as provide an effective educational tools for the many organizations who are working tirelessly to improve the wildfire situation.

Bozeman Woman Crashes Snowmobile in Wapiti Creek

(Big Sky, Mont.) On Sunday, April 2nd  at 2:30 P.M the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and members of  Gallatin County Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded to a backcountry rescue on Wapiti Creek in the Taylors Fork Drainage south of Big Sky.  A 23 year old female from Bozeman rolled her snowmobile off a 40 foot cliff and sustained a significant leg injury.  She was suffering from a considerable amount of pain and was not located immediately after the fall.  After finding her, the other person that was snowmobiling with her was able to start a fire, get to a high ridge and use his cell phone to call for help.

A group of nine rescuers were deployed to locate and assist the injured woman.  The rescuers were able to provide medical care and immobilize the victim so she could be transported using a towable ambulance sled via snowmobile.  She was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by a waiting medical helicopter.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office reminds backcountry users to use caution when in the backcountry.  Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back.  Enjoy the backcountry with other people when possible and carry a means of communication with you.