12/22/2020 COVID-19 Deaths in Gallatin County

For immediate release: December 22, 2020

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

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week 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.

Big Sky Paragliding Accident

On December 18, 2020, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue was called for a paragliding accident. A 25-year-old man crashed his paraglider on a steep, rocky mountainside north of the Big Sky Meadow Village and sustained serious injuries. Multiple search and rescue units, including Big Sky Search and Rescue, Heli/Alpine Team, and Ham radio operators, responded. SAR volunteers were able to reach the patient and short-haul him out of the mountains by helicopter, then deliver him to the Big Sky Fire Department. The patient was ultimately flown by Life Flight Network to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital for treatment.
Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Buck Ridge Snowmobile Rescue

On December 17, 2020 at 2:30 am, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue at Big Sky was called to search for an overdue snowmobiler. A 37-year-old man went snowmobiling on Buck Ridge on the afternoon of December 16, 2020. His snowmobile got stuck in the snow and he did not have the equipment necessary to get himself out. Fortunately, he was able to gain cell phone service and contacted family. A friend was able to find the snowmobiler as he was attempting to hike out. Search and Rescue units remained on scene until the two men were safely back at the trailhead.

A good reminder for backcountry snowmobile excursions is to never venture out alone.  A friend can help dig you out and take the sweet actions shots.  If you or your friend are not familiar with the area, tread lightly or bring an experienced guide. Have all the safety equipment that you could possibly use and carry.  If you perceive a need to summon help, please do it sooner than later.

Public Viewing for Upcoming Court Hearing at Law & Justice Center

For immediate release: December 14, 2020

On Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 9 AM, there will be a hearing in reference to the Rocking R Bar in Gallatin County District Court at the Law & Justice Center in Bozeman. Due to COVID restrictions, we will only be allowed to let 18 people into the courtroom. A deputy will assign members of the press a designated area in the courtroom.

The Sheriff’s Office will designate areas outside of the L&J for people on both sides of this issue. We will not allow people to protest or support inside the building. As always, we trust that people will be respectful regardless of their opinions. The below link will allow you to view the hearing on Zoom.

–  Sheriff Brian Gootkin

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join. https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/93323426355?pwd=S2dWVjJRU1Ftb2tMVHUwZ0prNGFkdz09 [mt-gov.zoom.us]

Passcode: 352093

Or join by phone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 933 2342 6355
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Or an H.323/SIP room system:
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SIP: 93323426355@zoomcrc.com
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New Nordic Ski Trails at Gallatin County Regional Park

For immediate release: December 11, 2020

With snow right around the corner, Gallatin County is pleased to announce new Nordic ski trails at the Gallatin County Regional Park in Bozeman.

The county worked with Dragan Danevski of Montana Endurance Academy, who designed the loop and will also provide maintenance and grooming of the trails.

The Nordic trails are located on the southwest corner of Gallatin County Regional Park, near the intersection of Oak Street and Ferguson Avenue.

The track has three entrances, which can be accessed from the Oak Street parking lot or from Ferguson Avenue. Dogs will not be allowed on the track.

“We are so excited to provide these trails for the outdoor recreation lovers of Gallatin County,” said Nick Borzak, Gallatin County Chief Operations Officer. “Regional Park is a great location that will provide easy access to Nordic skiing. And the trails add another wonderful component to all of the opportunities that Regional Park provides for its visitors.”

The track was cut in October. Now, all we need is some good snow for the trail grooming and the fun to begin!

There is no shortage of fun to be had at the Gallatin County Regional Park. In addition to these new Nordic trails and our very popular Anderson Dog Park, our amazing park also includes the Dinosaur Playground, ponds for fishing, a beach for swimming, walking and jogging trails, climbing boulders, a sledding hill, picnic tables and pavilions, and the

“Gallatin County Regional Park, it’s not just for dogs!” Borzak said.

A map of the Nordic loop can be found here.

Media contact:
Nick Borzak, Gallatin County Chief Operations Officer
nick.borzak@gallatin.mt.gov
Office phone: 406-582-3185

Cut Nordic trails awaiting snow! Photo courtesy of Gallatin County.

12/10/2020 COVID-19 Deaths in Gallatin County

For immediate release: December 10, 2020

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

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week 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.

12/7/2020 COVID-19 Death in Gallatin County

For immediate release: December 7, 2020

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that another Gallatin County resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19.

See the full press release here.

The Gallatin City-County Health Department Call Center is open seven days a week 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.

Wildfire Recovery Virtual Meeting for Montanans

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is hosting a multi-agency virtual public meeting for Montanans affected by the 2020 wildfires on Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 5:15 to 6:15 pm.

Attendees will learn about the resources available to farmers, ranchers and private property owners with trees whose operations have been directly impacted by the 2020 wildfires. The webinar will highlight basic program and resources available from multiple organizations.

Click HERE to join Dec. 8th, 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm Montana Webinar

The presenting agencies are: USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) Floodplain Program, Soil Conservation Districts, Montana State University Extension, Montana Disaster and Emergency Services and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Registration is not required. Anyone can join the Microsoft Teams Live Event by using this link. When you join the live meeting, attendees will be taken to a page where you can choose to either join on the web or download the desktop app. If you already have the Teams app, the meeting will open there automatically. If you don’t have a Teams account, you may join the meeting as a guest. The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing following each session utilizing the same link provided.

For information about FSA programs contact your local USDA service center and visit farmers.gov/recover. For more information about the webinar, contact Shanan Smiley, Montana FSA conservation specialist, at shanan.smiley@usda.gov and 406.587.6881.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Jennifer Cole at (406) 654.1333, ext. 117, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, and jennifer.cole@usda.gov by close of business on Dec. 8.

Incident involving Weapon

The incident on Snowy Owl Trail has been resolved, the Shelter in Place request has been lifted. Residents in the area of Snowy Owl Trail are advised that the Shelter in Place request is over. Thank you.

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Update on Snowy Owl Trail Incident

For immediate release: December 1, 2020

UPDATE: The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has taken a suspect into custody following an incident involving a weapon on Snowy Owl Trail on the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 1. No one was injured during the incident. The shelter in place for nearby residents has been lifted and the area is safe. Thank you for your cooperation.