Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary Online Holiday Fundraiser

For immediate release: November 12, 2021

The Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary volunteers are again holding a virtual fundraiser to help provide the merriment and traditions of a normal holiday season to Gallatin Rest Home residents.

The mission of the Auxiliary is to enhance the lives of the Gallatin Rest Home residents in Bozeman. The group compliments nursing care with extra comforts and opportunities, such as holiday programming, tours, music, room furnishings, sensory garden therapy, personal care items, visiting, crafts, movement, needlework, all kinds of art activities, reading, the aviary, fish tank, picnics, companionship, and much more. See some of these activities on the Gallatin Rest Home Facebook page.

Money raised in this year’s Vision of Sugarplums fundraiser will be used throughout the year. Every dollar donated benefits the residents of the rest home directly. Help us lift their spirits during these difficult times.

Donations are tax deductible and can be made online or by sending a check to the Gallatin Rest Home Auxiliary, 1221 W. Durston Rd., Bozeman, MT 59715.

Media contacts:
Phyllis White, Gallatin County Rest Home Auxiliary
gardens@bresnan.net
406-586-0400

Darcel Vaughn, Gallatin County Rest Home Administrator
darcel.vaugh@gallatin.mt.gov
406-404-4001

11/5/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For immediate release: November 5, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that two more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit our website and make a plan to get your vaccine today.

** – denotes clinics that will have pediatric vaccine doses available for kids 5 years and older.

  • **Tues., Nov. 9 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • **Wed., Nov. 10 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • Wed., Nov. 10 Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belgrade Community Library with HealthCare Connections
  • **Thur., Nov. 11 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • **Friday, Nov. 12 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
  • Friday, Nov. 12 – Pfizer and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Montana State University in front of Montana Hall with Best Practice Medicine
  • **Saturday, Nov. 13This clinic will primarily focused on pediatric doses – 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

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

West Yellowstone Compost Facility Closure

For immediate release: November 4, 2021

Media contact:
John Burns, Manager of West Yellowstone Compost Facility/Transfer Station
406-646-9298
john.burns@gallatin.mt.gov

After careful consideration, the West Yellowstone/Hebgen Basin Solid Waste Board has decided to permanently cease operations at the West Yellowstone Compost Facility, effective Monday, Nov. 8.

Great effort and expense has been invested in sustaining the program over the last 18 years and there were some successes during that time. However, more recently, the negative aspects of the program have far outweighed the positives.

The reasons for this decision include:

  • The cost to run the program far exceeds the benefits of composting, on average, 600 tons of food waste per year.
  • The quality of the feedstock received to compost is far below the industry standards to produce a quality, marketable product.
  • Despite repeated attempts to refine and restructure the program over the past 18 years, costs and inefficiencies have increased.
  • The Solid Waste District has had to subsidize the compost operations at the expense of the rate payers of the District.
  • The Board feels the resources used to process, refine and finish the compost have a greater carbon footprint and contribute to increased greenhouse gasses than the waste being diverted.

The West Yellowstone Transfer Station will not be affected by this decision and operations will remain the same. It is the Solid Waste Board’s intention to provide the same efficient and seamless solid waste disposal service to Yellowstone National Park as in past years.

The Board appreciates Yellowstone National Park for the financial assistance, operational support and guidance during this venture. The Board hopes that the partnership between the Solid Waste District and Yellowstone National Park remains strong and mutually beneficial for many years to come.

Read the full letter sent to Yellowstone National Park on Nov. 3 here.

11/2/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that two more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit our website and make a plan to get your vaccine today.

    • Tues., Nov. 2 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
    • Wed., Nov. 3 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
    • Appointments will be available this week, after the ACIP decision:
      • Thurs., Nov. 4 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
        *Pediatric doses of Pfizer may be available upon ACIP approval*
      • Fri., Nov. 5 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
        *Pediatric doses of Pfizer may be available upon ACIP approval*
    • Wed., Nov. 10 – Janssen/Johnson & Johnson – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Belgrade Community Library with HealthCare Connections

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

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

Gallatin County Elections Offers Curbside Ballot Drop-Off at Courthouse

Gallatin County Elections Department

For immediate release: October 27, 2021

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder/Elections Administrator
eric.semerad@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3050

Starting Thursday, Oct. 28, the Gallatin County Elections Department will offer curbside ballot drop-off at the Gallatin County Courthouse – 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

Elections workers will be outside the Courthouse’s Main Street entrance to collect general election ballots from 9 AM to 5 PM on Oct. 28, Oct. 29, and Nov. 1; and from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day on Nov. 2.

The Courthouse is one of five ballot drop-off locations in Gallatin County. The other locations are:

Belgrade City Clerk’s Office
91 East Central Avenue, Belgrade

Manhattan Town Clerk’s Office
207 South 6th Street, Manhattan

Three Forks City Hall
206 South Main Street, Three Forks

West Yellowstone Town Clerk’s Office
440 Yellowstone Avenue, West Yellowstone

Ballots can be dropped off during those offices’ regular business hours on Oct. 28, Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, and until 8 PM on Election Day on Nov. 2.

For more information or questions, the Gallatin County Elections Department can be reached by phone at 406-582-3060 or by email at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.

Visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County

10/27/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For Immediate Release: October 27, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that two more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit our website and make a plan to get your vaccine today.

    • Wed., October 27 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health – PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
    • Thurs., October 28 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health – PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
    • Fri., October 29 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health – PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
    • Sat., October 30 – Janssen – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manhattan with HealthCare Connections
    • Sun., October 31 – Pfizer and Janssen – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Made Fair at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse with Best Practice Medicine.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website

Voter Registration Deadline for the Nov. 2 General Election

Gallatin County Elections Department

For immediate release: October 26, 2021

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder/Elections Administrator
eric.semerad@gallatin.mt.gov
406-582-3050

The Gallatin County Elections Department reminds residents of the updated voter registration deadline for the Nov. 2 general election, and encourages folks who need to register to come to our office as soon as possible!

For residents wishing to vote in the Nov. 2 general election, the registration deadline is at noon on Nov. 1 – the day BEFORE Election Day. We can no longer process new registrations on Election Day.

This deadline is for two types of voters:

New registrations

County residents who need to register to vote for the first time, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, and a Montana resident for at least 30 days before the next election.

You will fill out the Montana Voter Registration Application – either print it off and fill it out at home and return it to our office, or get a copy from us at our office and fill it out here!

We are currently in the late registration period for the Nov. 2 election, so all new registrations must be done in person.

Updated registrations

If you have moved since you last registered to vote or updated your registration information, you’ll need to again update your information with us in order to receive a ballot.

After sending out over 75,000 ballots to registered active voters in Gallatin County on Oct. 13, over 6,000 were returned to our office as undeliverable. In almost all instances, ballots are returned as undeliverable because the voter has moved and they hadn’t updated their voter information with their new address. And ballots cannot be forwarded to new addresses.

Voters whose ballots were returned to us can retrieve them in person from the Elections Office and also update their voter information while they are here. They will fill out the same Montana Voter Registration Application and check “Address Change” in the first box of the form. Again, this must be done in person in order to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

The Gallatin County Elections Department is located in room 210 of the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman.

We will be open and able to take registrations Tuesday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 29 from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Monday, Nov. 1 from 8 AM to 12 PM.

For more information or questions, the Gallatin County Elections Department can be reached by phone at 406-582-3060 or by email at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov.

Visit our website at gallatinvotes.com.

10/22/2021 COVID-19 Boosters Approved

 

For Immediate Release: October 22, 2021

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has approved a “booster” dose for the Moderna mRNA and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines in certain populations; they also recommended a booster dose for those in high risk occupational and institutional settings. The ACIP approval, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for use are important steps to advise our vaccination processes and keep Gallatin County residents safe and healthy. Even with these booster dose approvals, Gallatin County’s top priority is distributing vaccines to unvaccinated people. 

Please read the full press release here.

There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

Bozeman Health and Gallatin City-County Health Department (GCCHD) are providing combined clinics for both Moderna and Pfizer, hosted at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. Visit the GCCHD website and make a plan to get your COVID-19 vaccine today!

    • Fri. Oct. 22 – Pfizer and J&J – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MSU with Best Practice Medicine
    • Sat., Oct. 23 – FLU SHOTS – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallatin County Fairgrounds with GCCHD
    • Bozeman Health and GCCHD combined clinic – appointments are preferred to ensure an efficient process. We have plenty of vaccines so we will not run out.
      • Tues., Oct. 26 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Wed., Oct. 27 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Thurs. Oct. 28 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
      • Fri., Oct. 29 – Moderna and Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with GCCHD and Bozeman Health
    • Saturday, October 30 – Janssen – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manhattan – HealthCare Connections
    • Sunday, October 31 – Pfizer and Janssen – 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – MADE Fair at Brick Breeden Fieldhouse – Best Practice Medicine

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Any calls received after business hours will be returned the following business day. You can reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123.

10/21/2021 COVID-19 Death

For Immediate Release: October 21, 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 GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. 

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.

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

10/20/2021 COVID-19 Deaths

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that three more Gallatin County residents have passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The GCCHD website provides up-to-date times, dates, and locations where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine anywhere in Gallatin County. 

    • Wed., October 20 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • Thurs., October 21 – Pfizer (1, 2, or 3 dose) – 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with Gallatin City-County Health Department and Bozeman Health
    • Fri., October 22 – Pfizer and J&J – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MSU with Best Practice Medicine
    • Sat., October 23 – Flu shots – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gallatin County Fairgrounds with Gallatin City-County Health Department

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.

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