West Yellowstone Ski Camp Accidents

(Gallatin County, Mont.)  At 3:15 pm yesterday, the Fremont County (ID) Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a 911 call for 67-year-old man from Montana who had fallen while crosscountry skiing.  Fremont County passed the information on to Gallatin County due to the location of the injured party. The man was skiing on the South Plateau trail approximately 7 miles southwest of West Yellowstone and suffered a severe upper leg injury.  At the same time, a 60-year-old woman from Idaho had fallen in a separate incident and injured her hip. Both skiers were part of the 3000+ skiers who are attending the annual West Yellowstone Fall Ski Camp event this weekend. The event was moved from the usual Rendezvous trails to the South Plateau in order to find snow and conditions are fast and icy.

Personnel from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Fire Department, and Yellowstone National Park responded and met the injured parties near the scene of the accident. The skiers had been moved from the crash scene to a nearby parking lot by volunteers working the ski camp. The injured skiers were initially treated on scene by Hebgen Basin EMS personnel.  The woman was then transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg using an ambulance and crew from Yellowstone National Park. The man, with a possible femur fracture, was transported down the mountain and turned over to Air Methods EMS personnel for air transport to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank all of the rescue organizations that came together to execute a successful backcountry rescue of these two individuals. Race organizers with good communication devices and basic medical equipment were also a big part of this rescue.

Storm Castle Search Successful

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Not all Search and Rescue calls involve remote mountain peaks; in many areas of Gallatin County, backcountry starts when you leave the highway. At 5 pm Friday, Dispatch received a report that a 47-year-old Bozeman man and his 7-year-old son were overdue from a quick trip down Gallatin Canyon to scout access to hunting spots. His last contact with his wife was around 11:30, just before he left cell service, and they were due home by 1:00. The man had told his wife where he was headed, so deputies were able to immediately start checking trailheads for his vehicle. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called to assist deputies at 7 pm and multiple teams were sent to search every major hunting access from Big Sky north to Hyalite. The man and son were found, cold but safe, up Storm Castle, where their car had slid off the road, at 9 pm. They had stayed with the vehicle for shelter, which was safer and made it easier for searchers to find them. They were safe at home by 11 pm.

Open Burning Ends November 30 in Gallatin County

GCEM Media Release

Media Release:  191114-01
Contact:  Patrick Lonergan, (406) 548-0111

Open Burning Ends November 30 in Gallatin County

Bozeman, MT – The last day for opening burning in 2019 is November 30th in Gallatin County.  Open Burning is permitted from March 1 to November 30th each year in Montana with a valid burn permit.  Individuals in Gallatin County with a valid burn permit are reminded to finish their fall burning in the next two weeks.

After December 1st, only individuals conducting burning under special authorizations separate from Burn Permits (such as Hazard Reduction Agreements, land management agencies, etc…) in coordination with Montana Department of Environmental Quality are able to conduct burning.  This annual closure for Open Burning is in place to avoid affecting air quality with our frequent stagnant air in the winter season.

More information on Open Burning in Gallatin County is available at http://www.ReadyGallatin.com/burn-permits.


VOTE! One day left to return ballots for Gallatin County elections

Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!

That’s what the Gallatin County Election Department is encouraging our citizens to do! There is ONE day left to return ballots for municipal general and countywide special elections this November.

As of Monday afternoon, the Election Department has received 22,683 of the 65,491 ballots it issued to voters across the county.

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to return their ballots to any of these locations:

  • Gallatin County Election Office in Bozeman – 311 W. Main St., Room 210 in the Gallatin County Courthouse
  • Belgrade City Clerk’s Office – 91 E. Central Ave.
  • City of Bozeman Finance Office – 121 N. Rouse Ave.
  • Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office – 207 S. 6th St.
  • Three Forks City Clerk’s Office – 206 N. Main St.
  • Town of West Yellowstone Clerk Office – 440 Yellowstone Ave.

And for folks stopping by the Gallatin County Courthouse on Tuesday, you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle! We will have a curbside drop-off on Main Street in front of the Courthouse starting at 8 a.m. We will also have our lobby drop-off table, which will open at 7 a.m.

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder

(File photo courtesy of Gallatin County)

Tax bills get an updated look

For the first time in over a decade, the tax bills sent out by the Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office are getting a fresh look!

The new design is meant to be more transparent and provide taxpayers with an easy-to-understand look at where their taxes go. This is the first time the format of the bills has been changed since 2008.

Tax bills are already available online. Hard copies will hit mailboxes early this week.

The Gallatin County Treasurer’s Office is encouraging folks to save time and pay their taxes online. You can use debit cards, credit cards or our new e-check option online at itax.gallatin.mt.gov. Note that fees do apply online.

The 2019 Real Property tax statements have the first half due on Dec. 4 and the second half due on June 1. The second half of all mobile home property taxes is also due by Dec. 2.

If you have any questions about your tax bills, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at 582-3030 or stop in at 311 W. Main St., room 103, in downtown Bozeman.