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 eskinnerhale@gmail.com.

Free Electronic-Waste Collection Event at Logan Landfill

For immediate release: April 22, 2021

Gallatin Solid Waste Management District and 406 Recycling are hosting the annual free electronic waste collection event on Saturday, April 24 at Logan Landfill from 8 AM to 2 PM. Collected items will be processed by 406 Recycling, an R2-certified recycler, which ensures that high environmental standards are met through the entire life of the recycling process.  All personal information is kept secure until it is destroyed. This is a great opportunity to recycle some of those electronic items that don’t work or are collecting dust.

Electronic items that will be accepted include: computers, monitors, printers, TVs (including CRT, LCD and rear-projection), radios, digital cameras, mobile phones, routers, scanners, fax machines, DVD players, stereos and equipment, remote controls, keyboards, microwave (clean inside and no tray), servers, tablets, VCR’s, digital clock radios and accessories and cords. If you’re not sure if something is considered e-waste, call 406-582-2493 for clarification.

Customers will need to stop at the gate before the scale house for instructions. If you have other items to dispose, normal trash rates still apply.

Logan Landfill accepts e-waste all year during regular business hours 7 AM – 5 PM Mondays through Fridays, and 7 AM – 4:30 PM on Saturdays (summer hours) for a fee of $27 per ton, with a $5 minimum for up to 400 pounds.

For more information about the free e-waste collection event, please call Patty at 406-582-2493, or email her at Patricia.Howard@gallatin.mt.gov.  You can also visit our website: GallatinSolidWaste.org.

4/20/2021 Easier Sign-Ups for Gallatin County COVID Vaccine Appointments

For immediate release: April 20, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is introducing a new, easier way to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine clinics hosted by the county.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open Monday-Saturday 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 callcenter@readygallatin.com.

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

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

Update on West Yellowstone Pursuit

For immediate release: April 19, 2021

In the early morning hours of April 16, 2021, following a vehicle pursuit with law enforcement, Henry Porter (22) and Erika Miller (28), both of Billings, MT, were found deceased in a wooded area near Duck Creek north of West Yellowstone, MT. Both victims were found deceased of a single gunshot wound of the head in an apparent homicide/suicide. No further details are being released at this time.  

Homicide Suspects Pursuit Near West Yellowstone

For immediate release: April 16, 2021

On April 15, 2021, at approximately 10:30 PM, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was called as part of a multi-agency response in the West Yellowstone area for a vehicle pursuit. The suspect vehicle was wanted in connection with a homicide out of Billings.

The two suspects exited their vehicle and fled on foot into the Duck Creek area near the intersection of Highway 287 and Highway 191. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the National Park Service, West Yellowstone Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, Fish Wildlife and Parks Game Wardens, Montana Highway Patrol, and the Bozeman Police Department (as part of the joint Special Response Team) worked together to secure a perimeter. A shelter in place order was communicated to the residents near this location.

Law enforcement heard two gunshots shortly after the suspects had entered the wooded area. Ultimately, the suspects were located deceased near Duck Creek. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s / Coroner’s Office will continue investigating the incident. The shelter in place request was lifted early this morning.

Ballots for Gallatin County School and Special Districts Election Mailed on Friday

Gallatin County Election Department

For immediate release: April 16, 2021

On Friday, April 16, ballots for the 2021 school and special districts election on May 4 in Gallatin County are being mailed to active voters in districts that are holding elections.

Those districts include the following:

  • Schools:
    • Amsterdam
    • Anderson
    • Belgrade
    • Big Sky
    • Bozeman
    • Gallatin Gateway
    • LaMotte
    • Manhattan
    • Monforton
    • Springhill
    • West Yellowstone
    • Willow Creek
  • Special districts:
    • Big Sky Transportation District
    • Central Valley Fire District

In total, 71,862 ballots will be mailed. Sample ballots can be found here. For questions on specific ballot measures or candidates, please contact that district directly.

As with all mail ballot elections, there is always an option to vote in-person at the Gallatin County Election office, located in the Courthouse at 311 W. Main St., Room 210 in Bozeman. In-person voting for this election began Wednesday, April 14. If your ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost, or not received, you may request a replacement ballot no later than 8 PM on Election Day.

Ballots must be received at the Gallatin County Election office or a designated place of deposit no later than 8 PM on Election Day. Ballots may be returned by mail or in-person. Get your ballots in the mail no later than Wednesday, April 28 to ensure they arrive at our office in time.

Places of deposit for this election are the Gallatin County Election Department (311 W. Main St., room 210 in Bozeman) and the Monforton School District Office (6001 Monforton School Road, Bozeman). Voters in any district can drop their ballots off at either location. Both locations are open during regular business hours Monday through Friday until May 3, and then from 7 AM to 8 PM on Election Day on May 4.

Voter registration

Gallatin County is currently in the late registration period for the May 4 election. In order to register to vote or to make changes to your registration at this time, you must appear in-person at the Gallatin County Election office. Late registration extends until noon on May 3 and reopens again on Election Day, May 4, from 7 AM to 8 PM.

To find out if you will be sent a ballot for this election, or if you have other questions, please contact our office at gallatin.elections@gallatin.mt.gov or 406-582-3060. For more information, you can also visit gallatinvotes.com.

Media contact:
Eric Semerad, Gallatin County Clerk & Recorder

Gallatin County Federal Lawsuit

For immediate release: April 15, 2021

Beginning on November 16, 2020, a non-jury trial was held in the case of Daniels vs. Gallatin County. The case involved an accident on the East Frontage Road that occurred on January 12, 2017, when a County snow plow collided with Ms. Daniels’s car. On March 10, 2021, District Judge Rienne McElyea entered an Order finding that Gallatin County and its snowplow driver Rick Blackwood were negligent in causing the accident involving Ms. Daniels. Judge McElyea awarded damages to Ms. Daniels in the total amount of $12,410,016.11. In a subsequent order Judge McElyea reduced the award by $750,000.00 based on a prior payment made by the County to Ms. Daniels.

Gallatin County and Mr. Blackwood retained the Billings Law Firm of Halverson, Mahlen and Wright to represent them in proceedings related to the insurance applicable in the Daniels case. On April 5, 2021, the County and Mr. Blackwood filed a complaint in U.S. Federal District Court in Butte against the County’s insurance companies, Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company (ASIC) and OneBeacon Government Risks. The County’s Complaint includes allegations of bad faith and breach of contract related to ASIC’s insurance agreement with the County.

The following is taken from the Complaint against ASIC:

“ASIC did not effectuate prompt and fair settlement and protect Gallatin County and Blackwood through payment of its policy limits in exchange for a release for Gallatin County and Blackwood. . . ASIC refuses and continues to refuse to provide a basis for its failure to provide assurances that it will protect Gallatin County and its taxpayers in the event its appeal is unsuccessful and Gallatin County and Gallatin County taxpayers are left exposed to the judgment, attorney fees, costs, and interest, as well as any additional amounts the District Court orders.”

Media contacts:

Marty Lambert, Gallatin County Attorney

Whitney Bermes, Gallatin County Communications Coordinator

Fundraising to Continue for Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund

For immediate release: April 8, 2021

Greater Gallatin United Way and the One Valley Community Foundation, who jointly raised and awarded over $500,000 for the Southwest Montana COVID-19 Relief Fund between March and August 2020, announced today that they will be continuing to fundraise for The Southwest Montana COVID-19 Response Fund. This funding will provide support for the ongoing community needs resulting from the pandemic, remote learning pressures, and the economic slow-down.

See the full press release here.

Media contacts:

Danica Jamison, President & CEO of Greater Gallatin United Way

Bridget Wilkinson, Executive Director of One Valley Community Foundation

4/5/2021 Gallatin City-County Board of Health Makes Changes to Local COVID-19 Emergency Rules

For immediate release: April 5, 2021

On Monday, April 5, the Gallatin City-County Board of Health made a number of changes to local emergency rules that are meant to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Gallatin County. 

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday 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 callcenter@readygallatin.com.

The most accurate local source of information remains the GCCHD website. Find information on COVID-19 vaccines in Gallatin County here.