Central Park Evacuation Update


December 22, 2014, 6:45 PM

Incident PIO: 406-581-2823

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating residents near Central Park which is west of Belgrade and north of the Frontage Road. Residents who live north of the Frontage Road, west of Thorpe Road, and east of the Gallatin River are being evacuated.

Residents are being evacuated due to a gasoline tanker that exploded and was on fire. Fire crews have been working diligently and have reduced the risk significantly from the time of the initial call. Crews will continue to stabilize the incident before residents will be allowed to return to their homes.

Central Park Evacuation

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating a 2 mile area around Central Park located north of the Frontage Road west of Belgrade. All residents in this area are being evacuated due to a gasoline truck that exploded and is on fire.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has used reverse notification to notify 141 residences within a 2 mile radius of the incident and are evacuating residents immediately.

The Frontage Road is shut down between Four Dot and Manhattan. Interstate 90 is not affected at this time.

Search underway for 29 year old Bozeman Resident

IMG_0248.JPG(Gallatin County, Mont.)  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units from Big Sky and West Yellowstone are searching for a snowmobiler missing between Wapiti Cr and Beaver Cr in the Taylors Fork area in the Gallatin Canyon.  Currently two snowmobile teams and a helicopter are in the area.  Video and photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.

Update: 8:18 p.m. The 29 year old Bozeman Man missing in the Taylors Fork area was located by SAR units from Big Sky at 7:30 p.m. this evening.  He was unable to climb out of the area he was in.  He a little cold, hungry and thirsty.  Rescuers provided some food and water and assisted him out of the area.

Sheriff Gootkin stated that the area he was in is about as remote as it gets.  In fact we are told by the airline pilots that this part of the country is the darkest when flying at night as anyplace in the lower 48 states.  The helicopter we tried to use made it to the area but ran into low clouds right at ridge top level forcing it to abort the mission.  The snowmobile teams from Big Sky and West Yellowstone that found him were hindered by almost zero visibility.  Fortunately those rescuers really know the country and are some of the best riders anywhere.  Riding in remote areas such as this puts extra responsibility on snowmobilers he said.  When you are that far out you really have to evaluate the risks you are taking.  This was a good outcome but even a minor mishap there can lead to tragedy.





Sheriff for a Day



On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, 8-year old David Farris will be the Sheriff for a day. We will be holding a press conference at the Detention Center at 10:00 AM to introduce him to the community. David won the “Sheriff for a day” event through an auction at the Monforton School Art Fair.

Wives Behind the Badge


Montana Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. to host Christmas Ornament Contest Newly appointed director Jae Tankink has high hopes of making her first event a successful one.  Montana Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. is hosting a Christmas Ornament Contest for children this holiday season.  In collaboration with local law enforcement, kids up to 12 years of age are encouraged to decorate an ornament to be hung in the Law & Justice Center starting December 08-December 23.  A drop box will be set up at The Law & Justice Center, 615 South 16th St., Bozeman, MT. Please be sure to tag your ornament with the child’s name, age and contact information.


Ornaments will be judged by Chief of Police Ron Price and Sheriff Brian Gootkin.  The contest winner will be invited to a personal pizza party with deputies and officers.  We are proud to be able to offer this to our community” Sheriff Gootkin For more information, email Jae at montana.auxiliary@wivesbehindthebadge.org or call 640-2409.