Big Sky Broken Leg

(Gallatin County, Mont) At 12:35 on January 28, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an injured person yelling for help in the North Fork area of Big Sky. The 32-year-old Big Sky man had fallen while backcountry skiing and possibly broken his leg.

A GCSO deputy and Gallatin County Search & Rescue at Big Sky responded and located the injured skier and his two dogs. The man had planned for a quick trip and did not have survival equipment. Rescuers were able to bring them all safely back to the trailhead to a waiting Big Sky Fire Department ambulance.

NorthWestern Energy Scam

(Gallatin County, Mont) The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received numerous calls about a scam involving callers stating they are from NorthWestern Energy. The caller states that they are calling about a delinquent account and if the account is not brought up to date immediately, they will shut off the power. The caller will ask for the person’s credit card information. When the person gives them their credit card information, they will tell the person that the credit card comes back as declined. Once this occurs they instruct the person to go and purchase a prepaid Visa card.

These scammers are aggressive, convincing, and persistent. This is a scam. Do not give them any information. Hang up the phone and do not respond in any way.

Buck Ridge Rescue

(Gallatin County, Mont) At 2:57 pm on January 11, Gallatin County Dispatch received a call from an In-Reach reporting two stranded snowmobilers nine miles up Buck Ridge, near Big Sky.

A 46-year-old man from Redstone, Montana and a 27-year-old man from Billings, Montana were stuck in a drainage as dark was approaching. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky and two Canyon Adventure snowmobile guides responded. The snowmobilers were carrying a reliable means of communication, which allowed rescuers to locate them quickly. The men were in good condition and once rescuers helped them get unstuck, they were able to make it safely back to the trailhead. Sheriff Gootkin applauds the two snowmobilers for recognizing their situation as a potentially dangerous one and calling for help when they did.

Stolen Items Recovered

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has recently recovered numerous stolen items and is attempting to identify owners of the property. We are asking the public to review an online photo album in an attempt to identify property belonging to them.

Instructions:

  1. Go to https://photos.app.goo.gl/yTimV2AzY6kqHKrSA and review the photographs of recovered items.
  2. If you are able to identify property belonging to you, email colter.metcalf@gallatin.mt.gov, detailing the property.
  3. Please note in your response the color/number combination observed in the photograph containing your property. If the photograph in which you identify your property does not have a color/number combination associated with it, describe the location of the closest color/number combination, eg “My property is two photos after Orange 1.”

Thank you for helping us return stolen items to their owners.

Last Allmendinger Fundraiser Jan 4

(Gallatin County, Mont) MSPOA is hosting one last fundraiser for GCSO Deputy Jake Allmendinger’s family, this Saturday at 6:45-10 pm. It is at the Commons and includes a Casino and raffle charity. Raffles include a lot of fun bundles, equipment, gift cards (photo sessions, guided fishing trips, restaurants, hotel stays, etc.), paintings, multiple rifles (including an AR 15), a saddle, and much more! Bingo and a bar will be available to make the evening memorable. Bring cash or checks – no credit cards. Come join us for a great night out and help support the Allmendinger Family!

Missing Person Found

(Gallatin County, Mont) Chris Kamman was found safe this morning in the Buck Ridge area south of Big Sky. Searchers included Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, including Big Sky, Heli, and Ham teams, Civil Air Patrol, and Rocky Mountain Rotors. Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to thank the community for its support, especially the people who showed up with backcountry gear to help look for Chris. Also thanks to Hungry Moose, Blue Moon, the Freeman family, Big Sky Resort, Yellowstone Club, and Canyon Adventures for their assistance. That kind of community help is what makes Montana special.

Missing Snowmobiler near Big Sky

(Gallatin County, Mont) Christopher Kamman, 34 years old, was last seen in Big Sky at 7:30 Wednesday morning. He appears to have been headed to Doe Creek in the Yellow Mule area. He was riding a two-seater snowmobile, a purple 1999 Polaris 550 Indy, with gear tied on the back seat. He was wearing a black coat, dark purple snow pants, and a dark grey Carhartt beanie. If you have seen a lone snowmobiler or an abandoned snowmobile matching that description in the Yellow Mule area or nearby, please contact Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 582-2100, ext 2.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Two injured in snowmobile crash near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont) Tuesday, December 31, at 10:51 a.m. West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that two snowmobilers were injured in a snowmobile crash. The group indicated that they were on the South Plateau trail, approximately 6 miles south of West Yellowstone. The injured snowmobilers, a 12-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman from Glendale, California, both sustained back, leg, and head injuries when the snowmobile they were riding left the trail and hit a group of trees near the trail. The 12-year-old reportedly lost consciousness briefly and appeared disoriented.

Rescuers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District, and Custer Gallatin National Forest Service responded to assist with the rescue. They located the snowmobilers, quickly packaged both patients into specialized rescue sleds, and transported them to a waiting ambulance. The ambulance then transported both patients to Big Sky Medical Center for evaluation.

Photo courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Snowmobile vs Tree Near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Rescuers with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue in West Yellowstone assisted a snowmobiler who was injured in an incident near West Yellowstone.

At 12:07 p.m. on Friday, December 27, a 56-year-old Utah woman who was snowmobiling on the South Plateau Trail system, about 12 miles southwest of West Yellowstone, crashed her snowmobile into a tree and sustained back and abdominal injuries. A member of her group traveled a few miles north on the trail to get cell phone service and called 911, then waited to lead the rescue team to the injured woman.

Emergency responders reached the scene on snowmobiles with a specialized snow ambulance. The woman was placed on a backboard, loaded into the snow ambulance, and transported off the trail system to a waiting ambulance from the Hebgen Basin Fire Department in West Yellowstone. She was then transported to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Snowmobile Injury near West Yellowstone

(Gallatin County, Mont) Rescuers with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone assisted a snowmobiler who was injured in an incident near West Yellowstone on Christmas Day.

At 1:24 p.m. on December 25, a 13-year-old Montana girl who was snowmobiling on the Two Top Trail system, about three miles west of West Yellowstone, crashed her snowmobile into a tree and sustained a shoulder and back injury.

Search and Rescue responders met her at the scene of the incident on snowmobiles with a specialized snow ambulance. The girl was placed on a backboard and loaded into the snow ambulance, then transported to an awaiting ambulance from the Hebgen Basin Fire Department.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.