Local Rivers to Increase This Weekend

GCEM Media Release

Release:  180530-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Local River Levels to Increase This Weekend

Bozeman, MT – Local river levels are forecast to increase again this weekend, especially on the Jefferson River.  The National Weather Service is predicting that the Jefferson River will increase to around 8.9 feet on Saturday.  This puts this river at almost Major Flood Stage.  For reference, when that area of the Jefferson River experienced flooding in 2011, it crested at 9.38 feet.

Property owners near rivers should closely monitor water levels going into the weekend.  If it looks like they may be affected by flood water, they should implement their plan to protect their property.  Don’t wait to act – Once flooding occurs, it is too late to prevent the damage.

Citizens are encouraged to register in the Community Notification System to be quickly notified of developing incidents, such as flooding.  Learn more at ReadyGallatin.com/Community-Notification-System.

Flood information is available at ReadyGallatin.com.


More Scam Calls

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of citizen complaints regarding another scam occurring within Gallatin County. The scam caller claims to be Deputy Edward White with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. The scam caller directs the person to call 406-530-9127. The number has a recorded message stating that you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. This is a scam.

These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind people the Sheriff’s Office will not call you and ask for money to resolve any of these issues. Please hang up on the caller or block the number through your phone carrier.

Escaped Boat Retrieved

Around 2 pm on May 28, 2018, a resident who lives along the Gallatin River in Gallatin Canyon observed a yellow pontoon-type boat float down river upside-down and without anyone around it, and called 911.

Numerous Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue members from the Valley and Big Sky responded to the area in an attempt to locate the boat’s owner. The boat owner was located near the Lava Lake bridge; he was uninjured and had been out of the river for quite some time. The boat was removed from the river by other recreationalists and Search and Rescue members downriver.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone to carry appropriate gear when floating the river. If you are separated from your boat, get to shore as quickly as possible and have someone relay your condition and a description of your boat to Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible.

Old Town Road Closure

Release #180528-01

Contact: Patrick Lonergan

Old Town Road Closure in Three Forks

Three Forks, MT – Old Town Road in Three Forks near the Jefferson River has been closed due to water over the roadway. The road will likely be closed for several days until the river level drops. People in the area should plan alternate travel routes.


Current Scam Alert

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of citizen complaints regarding several scams that are occurring within Gallatin County. The first scam involves a caller claiming to be a Captain with the sheriff’s office and informs the person who answers that they missed jury duty. They further claim a warrant has been issued for that person, and ask the person to download money onto a prepaid card, and provide them with the pin number. The number they are calling from is 406-324-7146 and it is suspected that this number is computer generated and can easily be changed. The number has a recorded message stating that you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and gives extensions for two Captains, main desk, and patrol. This scam is very elaborate and the suspects are very convincing.

In the second scam the caller states that the person’s grandson / relative is in Jail in another state and asks the person who answers to send money to get them out of jail.

These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind people the Sheriff’s Office will not call you and ask for money to resolve any of these issues. Please hang up on the caller or block the number through your phone carrier.

Spring Run-off Eats Kayaks


The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to please use extra caution while enjoying rivers and streams during the high water and spring run-off period. Our rivers and streams are running very fast with increased volume that can hide dangerous obstructions from view. If you lose a boat or kayak, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately so they don’t activate Search and Rescue to look for you.

Meagher County Dam Failure

GCEM Media Release






Release:  180511-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 582-2395

Meagher County Dam Failure

Maudlow, MT – A dam on an irrigation reservoir located just South of US12 in Meagher County has breached.  This will affect the water levels in the Sixteenmile Creek area of Gallatin County.  People in the area should use caution and closely monitor bridges and culverts.  It is encouraged to avoid driving and walking in flooded water as it can unexpectedly wash people and vehicles away.  Residents are also encouraged to avoid being in locations that could be cutoff by damaged roads.

Non-residents are encouraged to stay away from the Sixteenmile Creek area.

Questions on the dam failure should be directed to Meagher County.


Badger Creek Dam Failure

This is a message from Gallatin County Emergency Management for the residents along Sixteenmile Creek. The Badger Creek Dam in Meagher County near US 12 has breached and significantly increased the water discharge. Badger Creek becomes Battle Creek and empties into Sixteenmile Creek just upriver from Sixteen. People in the area should watch for a significant increase in waterflow based on what Meagher County is reporting. This may affect bridges and culverts in the area. Please use caution in flooded areas as the amount of water can often be deceiving and quickly sweep vehicles and people away. In an emergency, call 911.

This message was posted automatically from the Community Notification System.

Drug Take Back Event A Success

May 07, 2018
Contact: DEA Public Affairs
(202) 307-7977

DEA brings in record number of unused pills during 15th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Federal, state and local partners collect close to one million pounds across the country

(WASHINGTON) – Americans nationwide did their part to drop off a record number of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications during the DEA’s 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, at close to 6,000 sites across the country. Together with a record-setting amount of local, state and federal partners, DEA collected and destroyed close to one million pounds—nearly 475 tons—of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.

“Today we are facing the worst drug crisis in American history, with one American dying of a drug overdose every nine minutes,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “An unprecedented crisis like this one demands an unprecedented response–and that’s why President Trump has made this issue a priority for this administration. DEA’s National Drug Take Back Days are important opportunities for people to turn in unwanted and potentially addictive drugs with no questions asked. These Take Back Days continue to break records, with the latest taking nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs off of our streets. And so I want to thank DEA and especially every American who participated in this event. I have no doubt it will help keep drugs out of the wrong hands and stop the spread of addiction.”

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a day for every American, in every community across the country, to come together and do his or her part to fight the opioid crisis – simply by disposing of unwanted prescription medications from their medicine cabinets,” said DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “This event – our 15th – brings us together with local, state and federal partners to fight the abuse of prescription drugs that is fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic.”

Now in its 9th year, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events continue to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medicines from the nation’s homes, where they could be stolen and abused by family members and visitors, including children and teens.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—posed potential safety and health hazards.

Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country due to opioid medications.

Complete results for DEA’s spring Take Back Day are available at https://takebackday.dea.gov/. DEA’s next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018.

In addition to the year-round “take back” locations found at the DEA link above, Prescription Drug Take Back boxes are in place at these locations: 


Authorized Collection Box Sites  

Belgrade Police Department*

91 E. Central Avenue

Belgrade, MT  59714

Bozeman Police Department*

121 N. Rouse Avenue

Bozeman, MT  59715

Helena Police Department & Lewis and Clark Sheriff

221 Breckenridge

Helena, MT  59601

Law & Justice Center

615 South 16th

Bozeman, MT  59715

Manhattan Police Department*

120 W. Main

Manhattan, MT  59741

Park County Sheriff

414 E. Callender St., Suite 2

Livingston, MT  59047

Town of West Yellowstone*

124 Yellowstone Ave.

West Yellowstone, MT 59759

*Prescription Drug Take-Back box

funded by Elks National Beacon Grant,

and placed by Bozeman Elks Lodge #463.