Upcoming Public Meetings on Draft of Gallatin County Growth Policy

Gallatin County Planning Department

For immediate release: July 14, 2021

The latest draft of the Gallatin County Growth Policy will be going before the Gallatin County Commission for review and public comment over the next few weeks.
The hearings will be held in the Community Room of the Gallatin County Courthouse, 311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman and via Zoom. The Zoom meeting information for each hearing can be found at the links below. *Please note – the meeting information will be posted on these links the Friday before the meetings occur.*

Tuesday, July 20 – 9 AM: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/home/events/23756

Tuesday, July 27 – 9 AM: https://gallatincomt.virtualtownhall.net/home/events/23761

The draft document is available on the project website at www.envisiongallatin.com.

If you are unable to attend any of these meetings and would like to submit comments, please feel free to send comments directly to the project manager, Garrett McAllister, at garrett.mcallister@gallatin.mt.gov.
Media contact:
Garrett McAllister, Long Range Planner and Project Manager with Gallatin County Planning Department

Big Sky Country State Fair Offering Motorized Rides Within Fairgrounds

For immediate release: July 13, 2021

In partnership with the Bozeman business Qualicare, the Big Sky Country State Fair has created a program that provides motorized cart rides to destination points within the fairgrounds.

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator

American Ninja Warriors Coming to Big Sky Country State Fair

For immediate release: July 9, 2021

The American Minor League Ninja Course is coming to town! If you enjoy watching America Ninja Warrior on TV this event is for you; come watch, compete and see ninjas from the show compete! Famous Ninjas from the show Cowboy Ninja Lance Pekus and Latter Day Ninja Dennis Paulsen Jr will be here to show off their skills, sign autographs and take pictures!

See the full press release here.

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman, Gallatin County Fairgrounds Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator

Gallatin County 911 and MSU Announce Merger of Emergency Dispatch Centers

For immediate release: July 1, 2021

Gallatin County 911 and Montana State University are proud to announce that their emergency dispatch centers have officially merged operations, a move that will better serve our entire community moving forward.

The county and MSU recently signed an inter-local agreement solidifying the merger. The move means that MSU dispatch responsibilities will be transferred to Gallatin County 911. As part of the merger, MSU is transferring four current dispatch staff members and two additional budgeted positions to Gallatin County 911.

Discussions about potentially merging dispatch centers began in 2017. In May of 2019, MSU dispatch moved to the Gallatin County 911 facility but remained a separate entity. The agreement to officially merge was signed by both parties in June, and the merge was completed July 1.

So what does this merge mean for the public?

It increases the number of staff members at Gallatin County 911 to better serve the entire community. It also increases staffing and oversite for MSU operations. Instead of relying on four staff members to cover operations, there will be 10 initially covering MSU operations with an additional eight in training. Once off training, there will be 18 staff members to cover all dispatching and 911 services for Gallatin County.

This also gives the students, staff and visitors of MSU the ability to receive services from dispatchers who are fully trained in dispatching law enforcement, fire and EMS. The MSU Police Department will also gain access to Gallatin County 911’s Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS), allowing them to free up resources by not having to maintain their own systems and to focus on other pressing needs.

“We’re excited to complete this merge and welcome the MSU dispatch staff as official members of our Gallatin County 911 team,” said Gallatin County 911 Director Tim Martindale. “The group that we are bringing over to join us are all exceptional individuals, and we’re grateful to have them. We’re committed to providing the same great service that we offer to our current users to the students, faculty, staff and visitors at MSU. We’re also eager to become a part of the MSU family.”

“The safety and security of our campus community is MSU’s top concern, and this merger with Gallatin County 911 will keep both the university and our community safe,” said Kevin Gillilan, chief of University Police. “We look very much forward to working with our partners at 911 to better serve our community.”

Media contacts:
Tim Martindale, Director of Gallatin County 911

Michael Becker, Director of MSU News Services

Gallatin County Commission Bans Fireworks, Open Burning in Two Fire Districts


For immediate release: June 30, 2021

Due to dangerous fire conditions caused by a continued drought in southwest Montana, the Gallatin County Commission has banned fireworks, recreational burning, and open burning in two high fire hazard areas in the county ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, commissioners approved an emergency ordinance that bans those fire-related activities in the Big Sky Fire District and in the Hebgen Basin Fire District in the West Yellowstone area.

See the full ordinance here.

The emergency ordinance is effective immediately. It will automatically expire after 90 days unless rescinded sooner by the county commission.

Most fire districts in Gallatin County have also banned permitted open burning within their districts. The latest information on which districts currently have bans can be found at gallatinburnpermits.com.

Fireworks are always prohibited on public lands such as U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The Town of West Yellowstone has prohibited fireworks within town limits over the Fourth of July weekend.

Gallatin County’s other cities and towns have their own fireworks regulations in place. Know what fireworks restrictions are in your area before considering shooting off fireworks. Please contact your local agencies for more information about specific rules that they have in place.

The Gallatin County Commission urges everyone to celebrate the Fourth of July safely and responsibly this year.

Gallatin County Agencies Holding Press Conference to Discuss Fire Concerns Heading into Fourth of July Weekend

For immediate release: June 29, 2021

Representatives from agencies across Gallatin County will be holding a press conference on Wednesday, June 30. Officials will discuss current fire conditions in the area, fire and fireworks restrictions that are in place, and precautions to take during with our area’s dry conditions to safely celebrate over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. They will also take questions from the media.

The press conference will be held at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, June 30 in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse (311 W. Main St. in downtown Bozeman) It will also be live streamed from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Representatives from the following agencies will be speaking at the conference:

Please note that the Gallatin County Commission is meeting at 1:30 PM to approve a fire restrictions ordinance for certain areas of the county. While we anticipate the meeting will be done in time for the press conference to start at 2:30 PM, there’s always a chance the meeting could go long and we may have to start the press conference a little late.

If you have questions about the press conference, please contact Gallatin County Communications Coordinator Whitney Bermes at whitney.bermes@gallatin.mt.gov or 406-595-8963 (cellphone).

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Appoints Bozeman School District Trustee

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools


For immediate release: June 21, 2021

The Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools has appointed a successor to fill a vacant position on the Bozeman School District Board of Trustees.

On Monday, June 21, Superintendent Matthew Henry notified the Bozeman School District that he has appointed Lisa Weaver to fill the vacant trustee position. The appointment is effective immediately and Weaver will fill the seat until the next regular school district election on May 3, 2022. See the full notification of appointment letter here.

The Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools learned in May that a vacancy was created on the Bozeman School District No. 7 Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees did not fill the vacancy within 60 days of its occurrence. Thus, Montana law provides that the Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools shall make the appointment to fill the vacant position.

Superintendent Henry sought applications for the open position. Six applicants were interviewed on June 11 by Superintendent Henry, and feedback was given by a focus group of 14 people representing interests in the community, including seven members from the Bozeman School District.

You can see the letter Superintendent Henry provided the Bozeman School District explaining his decision here.

Media contact:
Matthew Henry, Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools

Update on Gallatin County Growth Policy


Gallatin County Planning Department

For immediate release: June 14, 2021

The Gallatin County Planning Department is excited to announce that, after nearly two years in the making, the Gallatin County Growth Policy has now moved into the adoption phase.

The Gallatin County Growth Policy is the document that guides growth, development, and land use patterns across Gallatin County. The document vision is centered around three major themes heard during public outreach: open space, heritage, and opportunity. One of the objectives of the update was to draft goals and policies with an eye toward clarity and specificity. Overall, update is rather comprehensive, reflecting Gallatin County’s status as the fastest growing in the state with updated background information, additional data, and a forward-looking implementation plan.

The adoption phase will take place over the next couple of months, with public hearings at the Planning Board and County Commission level. The first Planning Board hearing was June 8. The next Planning Board meeting will be Tuesday, June 22. Members of the public are encouraged to attend in person or virtually and provide public comment on the draft plan. Information on how to attend can be found here.

The document will then move to the Gallatin County Commission in July, with hearings tentatively scheduled to be on the agendas of commission’s regular public meetings on July 13, 20, and 27. There will be opportunity for public comment at those hearings as well.

Public comment can also be submitted anytime by contacting the project manager, Garrett McAllister, at garrett.mcallister@gallatin.mt.gov.

More information on the project and the latest draft of the plan can be found here: https://envisiongallatin.com.

Logan Landfill Temporarily Closed Due to High Winds

The Logan Landfill has been temporarily closed due to extremely high winds and low visibility from dust. Wind speeds have been in excess of 45 mph with sustained winds at 35-40 mph. Per the landfill’s wind closure policy, the landfill will remain closed until wind speeds reduce. Please contact the Logan Landfill staff with any questions at 406-284-4029. Thank you for your patience!

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools to Interview Bozeman School District Trustee Applicants

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Office

For immediate release: June 9, 2021

The application process/timeline for appointing a replacement trustee for the Bozeman School District No. 7 Board of Trustees was posted on the Gallatin County website on May 25 and had a 10-day submission window (until June 8) for any interested individuals. During that time, the Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Office received 11 requests for applications. A total of six completed applications were returned by the deadline, including three from candidates in the May 4 election. All six were selected for an interview.

The interviews will be held in the Community Room on the third floor of the Gallatin County Courthouse on Friday, June 11, starting at 1 PM. The interviews are scheduled at 20-minute intervals and each will be limited to approximately 15 minutes. The Superintendent will ask the candidates questions and will use the same questions for each candidate. The order of the interviews was selected at random and the candidates and their interview times are listed below.

The interviews will be conducted before a “focus group” comprised of 15 individuals representing various interests in the Bozeman community (i.e., business, professional, service organizations, civic, military, etc.). The group also includes eight representatives from the Bozeman School District. Members of the focus group will be introduced on Friday and will provide written feedback to the Superintendent on each candidate. The focus group will not ask questions of the candidates.

The public is invited to attend the interviews, either in person or remotely, and may submit feedback by email to superintendentofschools@gallatin.mt.gov. The candidates’ applications may be examined in the Superintendent’s office during regular business hours. A copy of each application will also be posted in the Community Room for the public to view during the Friday interviews. Due to the fact that the applications contain sensitive information (i.e., contact information, employer, children’s names, etc.), copies will not be distributed to the public or posted online.

1:10 PM               Lisa Weaver

1:30                       Joshua Covington

1:50                        Ann Marshall

2:10                        BREAK

2:30                        Jennifer Ahren Lammers

2:50                        Ryan Williams

3:10                        Cheryl Tusken

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Media contact:
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