Big Sky Country State Fair Invites the Community to Participate in all Competitive Events

For immediate release: April 30, 2021

The Big Sky Country State Fair is now accepting entries for the various competitive events taking place in the 2021 Fair. These events range from the much-loved Barnyard Brawl (think Calf Scramble, Mutton Bustin’, and more!), the hair-raising Bozeman Roundup Ranch Rodeo, the all NEW American Minor League Ninja and classic competitive events like quilting, culinary arts, and photography.

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman

Final Forest Park Incident Update

For immediate release: April 29, 2021

The situation in Forest Park mobile home park has been resolved.

The incident began this morning when a male subject barricaded himself in a residence with a female hostage. The female was released without incident at approximately 2:50 PM.

The subject remained barricaded in the residence. Law enforcement continued contact with the subject throughout the day. At approximately 7:30 PM, the subject suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was immediately treated on the scene then transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for further treatment.

The investigation is continuing. Residents were allowed to safely return home this evening. We thank area residents for their patience throughout this long incident. We appreciate your cooperation.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the following agencies and community partners for assisting on this incident:

  • Bozeman Police Department
  • Montana Highway Patrol
  • Central Valley Fire Department
  • Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s Office
  • Helena Police Department
  • Billings and Yellowstone County tactical teams
  • FBI
  • Bozeman Help Center 211
  • Salvation Army
  • Red Cross

4/29/2021 COVID-19 Death in Gallatin County

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that one more Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website.

Find information on COVID-19 vaccines in Gallatin County here.

Information for Forest Park Mobile Home & RV Park Residents

For immediate release: April 29, 2021
For Forest Park Mobile Home and RV Park residents:
If you have a special need to enter the park for medication, pets, etc., please call 211 and they will take your contact information.
You will be contacted by a GCSO representative. Please keep your calls to special needs only and not general information requests.
Further information will be available soon.

Update on Armed Hostage Situation

For immediate release: April 29, 2021

As of 11:20 am on Thursday, April 29, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office continues to deal with an armed hostage situation in the Forest Park community off of Norris Road west of Four Corners.

Residents within the immediate area have been evacuated for their safety. Negotiators are currently communicating with the suspect. Resources from multiple agencies are on scene helping to ensure the safety of all involved. 

These types of incidents are difficult and fast changing. We will update the public as we can.

4.28.21 Sourdough Canyon Injured Hiker

On April 28th at 4pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue was requested at the Sourdough Trail for a report of a hiker with traumatic injuries. The individual was hiking off trail when they fell on a downed tree with exposed broken limbs.

Ground teams and a helicopter team entered the area to search for the hiker. The patient was located a few miles in and a quarter mile off the main trail. The hiker complained of intense pain and had noticeable injury in the rib area. Given the seriousness of the injuries, the patient was short hauled out via helicopter to a waiting ambulance.

Sheriff Springer would like to remind all outdoor enthusiasts that a simple slip in the woods could result in a major injury.  Some preparation, including communication devices and a hiking partner can minimize response time for rescuers. He would also like to extend his appreciation for all of the search and rescue volunteers who volunteer to help those in need.


Armed barricaded subject

Request SHELTER IN PLACE, all residents of 27901 Norris Road. Armed barricaded subject in a residence, Law Enforcement on scene. SHELTER IN PLACE. For updates go to Gallatin County Sheriff Facebook page.

This message was posted automatically from the Community Notification System.

Historic Preservation Board of Gallatin County Seeking Applicants for 2021 Small Grants

For immediate release: April 22, 2021

Supported by the Gallatin County Commissioners, the Historic Preservation Board of Gallatin County awards small grants for the rehabilitation and restoration of buildings, sites, artifacts, and other historically significant features of the county’s past and culture. The Board seeks grant applications for 2021 projects.

Successful grant application must be within Gallatin County, provide for restoration of preservable existing historic structures, sites, or artifacts without impairment of their historic features (characteristics), must have a supporting group or individual, and must provide matching in the form of funds, materials, and/or labor. The funded work must be completed within 12 months of receipt of funds, usually in June of the funding year.

The application form is available online here or by personal visit to the Gallatin County Commission office, located in room 306 of the Gallatin County Courthouse at 311 W. Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715.

The extended deadline for applications is May 31, 2021. Complete instructions for filling out the application are provided, but if you have any questions please contact Elaine, HPBGC grant coordinator, at 406-284-9046 or