Press Release

GALLATIN COUNTY, MONTANA
On 08-06-11 at approximately 1608 hours, Park County dispatch received a 911 call from two lost hikers in the Bridger Bowl Area. Park County dispatch contacted Gallatin County dispatch.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue and Bridger Canyon Fire responded. Two adult female hikers and their two dogs set out from Fairy Lake en route to Bridger Bowl. Prior to arriving at Bridger Bowl, one of the dogs became injured. The dog’s paws were raw and bleeding. The hikers attempted a shortcut to Bridger Bowl and became stranded.

Search and Rescue members located one of the hikers just above the Alpine basin with the injured dog. The dog was bandaged and transported down the hill. The other hiker managed to hike down to the Bridger Bowl parking lot with her dog. Both hikers were uninjured.

The Sheriff would like to remind hikers to always be prepared for emergencies when hiking in the backcountry.

Fort Ellis Fire Service Area Annual Picnic August 11, 2011

Fort Ellis Fire/Rescue will host its annual picnic, Thursday, August 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the fire station, 3725 Bozeman Trail Road.  The event is open to the public and will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, side dishes and drinks.  Suggested donations are $5 per person and attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.

Fun for all ages including fire truck rides, hose target shooting, touring the Bozeman Fire Department’s hazardous materials response equipment and much more.  Come rain or shine and support the Fort Ellis volunteers!

 

NRCS Sets Sept. 30 Deadline to Apply for Flood Assistance

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, 10 East Babcock St, Room 443, Bozeman, MT  59715

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 29, 2011

NRCS Sets Sept. 30 Deadline to Apply for Flood Assistance

BOZEMAN, Mont., July 29, 2011– The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will accept Emergency Watershed Protection program applications for flood recovery assistance until Sept. 30, 2011.

“Montana was ravaged by flood damages this spring, and we have worked with many county, tribal, and conservation district sponsors to assess potential projects for the Emergency Watershed Protection program,” said Joyce Swartzendruber, NRCS state conservationist for Montana. “While we have provided some protection from future events, we want to make sure that all potential sponsors have an opportunity to sign up for the program.”

To date, the NRCS has obligated $1.7 million for emergency flood recovery projects across the state. The Federal agency is working with public and private partners to identify the full scope of flood damage and prepare flood stabilization and protection projects.

The Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program helps landowners, operators, and individuals implement emergency measures to stabilize damaged sites, protect infrastructure, and prevent future damages by flood water.  Eligible practices include the removal of sediment and debris in channels to restore hydraulic capacity; repair of irrigation canals and drainage ditches to restore function; stabilization of slopes and embankments to prevent massive soil erosion and excessive runoff;  removal of structures and obstructions that impede or impair the floodplain; disposal of animal carcasses from watercourses; and protection of public and private roads, culverts, and bridges to preserve emergency routes and prevent closures.

The Federal government shares the cost with a project sponsor (usually 75 percent Federal) through a project sponsor agreement. Project sponsors are ultimately responsible for the 25 percent local match, construction cost overruns and long-term maintenance of emergency recovery measures. Project sponsors often ask the direct beneficiaries or individuals to cover these responsibilities through formal side agreements.

EWP assistance must be requested through an eligible project sponsor. A project sponsor can be a state agency or a legal subdivision chartered under state law, which may include the following: cities, counties, soil conservation districts, and irrigation districts. A Native American Tribe or a Tribal organization also can be a project sponsor.

Steve Becker, NRCS state conservation engineer, is aware of the benefits and limitations of the EWP program. “The EWP program presents an opportunity to work with technical specialists to stabilize damaged sites, protect infrastructure, and prevent future damages by flood water,” he said. “However, the program is not a reimbursement program to fund repairs and restore equity in personal property and was not designed to build levees or repair private levees, which are prevalent in many parts of the state.”

The NRCS has worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on disaster recovery to ensure their programs complement each other. FEMA has been authorized to provide public assistance through reimbursement to restore capacity and function to public works and public infrastructure. According to Becker, NRCS can work on private property to stabilize and protect infrastructure owned by individuals.

Sponsors can request EWP assistance through NRCS field offices located in each county and tribal reservation. Office locations can be found at www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/offices/. More information is available on the Web at www.mt.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/eng/ewp/.

Close call for Ohio Man

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On Sunday, July 31, 2011, at 12:30 pm, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office’s Big Sky division of Search and Rescue responded with the Big Sky Fire Department to Ousel Falls for a report of a man that had fallen in the waterfall and was clinging to a rock.  A 63 year old University Heights Ohio man in the area visiting family was walking across the top of the waterfall when he slipped on a rock and fell into the water.  His 15 year old great nephew was able to grab his leg before he went over the falls.  His 50 year old nephew was then able to maneuver through the water to the older man’s aid.  The Ohio man clung to a ledge while his nephew gripped his leg.   Another of his teenage relatives assisted in getting him out of the water to safety.

          Rescuers evaluated the Ohio man at the top of falls before escorting him back to the trailhead.  He refused further medical treatment and was released.

PRESS RELEASE

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance in identifying the following individual. On June 26, 2011 at approximately 11:45pm this individual is seen illegally entering the Rocky Mountain Hobbiez store on Pollywog Lane and is caught on video removing items from the store. The Sheriff’s Office would like help in identifying the individual for questioning.

The individual appears to be a white male of average height and weight wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve shirt, Carhartt vest, sunglasses, white gloves, and a distinct trucker style ball cap with a large logo on the front.
anyone with information about this male, or the crime, is asked to contact the GCSO Detective Division at 406-582-2121.

National Night Out

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Bozeman Police Department Crime Prevention Programs Office

July 28, 2011

 

On Tuesday, August 2nd, at Lindley Park from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, neighborhoods and residents throughout Bozeman are invited to attend Bozeman’s National Night Out event.  National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

 

The Bozeman National Night Out event is presented by the Bozeman Police Department, Bozeman Fire Department, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Montana State University Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, American Medical Response, Montana Department of Transportation, the United States Forest Service, Child Care Connections, and graduates of the Bozeman Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy. 

 

There will be a bicycle safety rodeo for children; information on personal and home safety, Internet safety, fire safety, and general crime prevention; free gun locks; raffle drawings for a child’s bicycle as well as personal safety classes; fun contests for children with chances to win some great prizes from local businesses; tours of police and sheriff cars, search and rescue vehicles, fire trucks and an ambulance; Respect the Cage rollover simulator; child fingerprinting kits and many other fun activities for all ages.  Local banks will be on site to discuss identity theft and fraud prevention.  A variety of local food vendors will also be selling their delicious snacks and meals.

 

The Bozeman Kiwanis Stuff-a-Bus will be on location accepting new and gently used clothing, shoes, boots and winter items so that they can be distributed to families in the greater Gallatin Valley. 

 

This event is open to the entire community and there is no charge to attend.  For questions or more information about this event, please call the Bozeman Police Department Crime Prevention Programs office at 582-2234.

 

 

Lieutenant Mark Johnson

Bozeman Police Department

Support Services Division

34 North Rouse Avenue

Bozeman, MT 59715

Work/ 406.582.2245

Cell/ 406.581.9350

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Lost & Found

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For Immediate Release

(Bozeman, Mt.) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue Units were busy Wednesday night with two reports of hikers lost in the Bridger Mountains.

One male hiker called a friend to say that he was lost while hiking in the area north of Sacajawea Peak. As SAR units were responding to the Fairy Lake area, that hiker met another lost hiker from Livingston. The pair managed to relocate the trail and met SAR units at the Fairy Lake parking lot.

Farther south and later in the evening a 32 year old Bozeman woman called 9-1-1 at 9:19 pm to report that she had become lost while hiking on Mount Baldy north of the M trailhead. SAR units were able to narrow the search for Ms. Schultz with the help of her cell phone. Wearing only shorts, a t-shirt and carrying a water bottle, she was not prepared for the evening rain showers and temperatures that fell during the search.

SAR units located her at approximately 11:45 last night. She was cold but otherwise unharmed. She was escorted to the M trailhead at 2:00 o’clock this morning.

“We had two good outcomes last night, thanks to cell phones and our SAR units” said Gallatin County Sheriff Jim Cashell. “Even a short hike in the woods can become a problem quickly,” said Cashell. The Sheriff notes the Montana back-country isn’t too far from our back doors, and that anyone looking to recreate there needs to be ready for the unexpected.

“Be sure you let someone know where you’re going, take a fully charged cell phone, water, some snacks and the appropriate clothing. Even in summer, a night in the woods or on the mountain can get very cold,” said the Sheriff. “A well-stocked fanny-pack with a first-aid kit can go a long way to help you if you get turned around in the back-country,” said Cashell.

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Updated Lone Mountain Recovery

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Lone Mountain Recovery
July 22, 2011 at 8:04 p.m.

(Big Sky, Mt.) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue workers have recovered the body of a skier missing since March.

According to Madison County Sheriff Dave Schenk, the body of 24 year old Brad Gardner was successfully recovered by searchers this morning in an area on Lone Peak called The Lone Lake Cirque located on the southwest side of the mountain.

“A lot of hard work, much of it performed under very steep and hazardous conditions, has resulted in a recovery,” said Sheriff Schenk. “We hope this brings some closure to Brad’s family and to the Big Sky community.”

A 13 member Gallatin County Search crew, including a RECO location device and a dog team, located Mr. Bradley’s remains at approximately 9:45 this morning. Sheriff Schenk says the investigation into Mr. Gardner’s death is underway.

“A Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s investigation are being conducted,” said Schenk. “That is standard procedure for any unattended death. Once that work is done, Brad’s body will be turned over to his family.”

The search and recovery was a cooperative effort between Gallatin and Madison County’s including their respective search and rescue groups. The effort included searchers from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, local ski areas, as well as air assets from the Montana Civil Air Patrol, Montana Department of Natural Resources and National Forest Service.

Mr. Gardner was reported missing on March 12th March of this year. He was last seen on March 9th when he told friends that he was going to make a solo ski trip to the Chippewa Ridge area, located adjacent to Lone Mountain.

His disappearance kicked off an extensive seven day search that was unsuccessful. Sheriff Schenk said today that searchers have been in the area frequently since that time, attempting to locate Mr. Gardner’s remains.

“Heavy and deep snow, bad spring weather, along with avalanche danger and rock fall hazard really hampered our efforts,” said Schenk. “But we said we wouldn’t give up and kudos go out to all the volunteers that sacrificed so much of their time and energy. We couldn’t have done it without them.” This search is already being considered as a case study to use in instructing search managers on extended search operations. ####
Photos Courtesy Gallatin County Search and RescueSAR on the fall line and site of recovery of Brad Gardner

Lone Mountain Recovery

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July 22, 2011 at 15:08

(Big Sky, Mt.) – Gallatin County Search and Rescue workers have recovered the body of a skier missing since March.

             According to Madison County Sheriff Dave Schenk, the body of 24 year old Brad Gardner was successfully recovered by searchers this morning in an area on Lone Peak called The Lone Lake Cirque located on the southwest side of the mountain.       

“A lot of hard work, much of it performed under hazardous conditions, has resulted in a recovery,” said Sheriff Schenk.  “We hope this brings some closure to Brad’s family and to the Big Sky community.”

A 13 member Gallatin County Search crew, including a dog team, located Mr. Bradley’s remains at approximately 9:45 this morning.  Sheriff Schenk says the investigation into Mr. Gardner’s death is underway.

           “A Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s investigation are being conducted,” said Schenk.  “That is standard procedure for any unattended death.  Once that work is done, Brad’s body will be turned over to his family.”

           The search and recovery was a cooperative effort between Gallatin and Madison County’s including their respective search and rescue groups.  The effort included searchers from Bozeman to West Yellowstone, local ski areas, as well as air assets from the Montana Civil Air Patrol, Montana Department of Natural Resources and National Forest Service.

           Mr. Gardner was reported missing on March 12th March of this year.  He was last seen on March 9th when he told friends that he was going to make a solo ski trip to the Chippewa Ridge area, located adjacent to Lone Mountain.

 His disappearance kicked off an extensive seven day search that was unsuccessful.  Sheriff Schenk said today that searchers have been in the area frequently since that time, attempting to locate Mr. Gardner’s remains.

“Heavy and deep snow, bad spring weather, along with avalanche danger and rock fall hazard really hampered our efforts,” said Schenk.  “But we said we wouldn’t give up and kudos go out to all the volunteers that sacrificed so much of their time and energy.  We couldn’t have done it without them.”  This search is already being considered as a case study to use in instructing search managers on extended search operations.  ####

Photos may be posted at www.gallatinmedia.org as they become available from the scene “Courtesy Gallatin County Search and Rescue”

Storm Castle ATV Rescue

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Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded with the Sheriff’s Office today for a rescue in the area of Storm Castle Road and the Rat Lake trail.  A 44 year old female from Canton, Ohio was travelling on a four wheeler, went off the roadway and partially up an embankment.  The ATV rolled and landed on top of the driver causing back injuries.  Family members of the injured rider stayed with her while her husband went to the Shenango Helicopter base and called for help.  Members of the Forest Service responded to the scene and stabilized the patient until medical personnel arrived.  The patient was transferred to American Medical Response medics and she was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by ambulance.

 It is always advisable to wear safety equipment, know your location at all times and maintain communication between your group members while recreating in the backcountry.  This ATV rider was wearing a helmet during the crash, the husband knew their location and was aware of where to go for help.  These things all contributed to  the incident not turning into a tragedy.

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