3.8.21 Rendezvous Ski Trail Rescue

On Monday, March 8, 2021 at approximately 1:18 p.m., the Hebgen Basin Rural Fire Department received a complaint of an injured skier on the Rendezvous Ski Trail System approximately 3 miles south of West Yellowstone. The skier reportedly sustained a leg injury from a fall.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded to assist with the rescue. Rescuers were able to locate the injured skier with the help of the reporting party. The skier was suffering from a knee injury. Rescuers escorted the skier safely back to West Yellowstone where an assessment by Hebgen Basin Fire District personnel was performed.

3.8.21 Two Top Snowmobile Rescue

On Monday, March 8, 2021 at 9:56 a.m., the West Yellowstone Police Department dispatch center received a 911 call reporting a snowmobile crash which had resulted in a possible broken leg. The 911 coordinates retrieved from the call indicated that the group was approximately 7 miles southwest of West Yellowstone on the Two Top trail system.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District responded to assist with the rescue. Rescuers located the injured snowmobiler, loaded them onto a specialized enclosed rescue sled, and transported them safely to West Yellowstone. The patient was then transported to the Big Sky Medical Center by a Hebgen Basin Fire District ambulance.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

3.7.21 Fairy Lake Snowmobile Crash

On Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at approximately 3:50 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue responded to a request for assistance from a snowmobiler who sustained injuries following a snowmobile crash in the area of Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains. The crash occurred approximately six miles up Fairy Lake Road. In the course of the crash, the snowmobile flipped over and landed on top of the rider, resulting in a leg injury.

Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteers, along with Life Flight medical personnel, responded to the scene on snowmobiles to treat and evacuate the rider. Once the rider was stabilized and evacuated to the trailhead, they were transferred to American Medical Response (AMR) for transport to the hospital.

Photos courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

3.5.21 Rendezvous Ski Trail

On Friday, March 5, 2021 at approximately 2:40 pm, Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone responded to a request for assistance from a skier on the Rendezvous Ski Trail System. The individual had taken a hard fall while skiing and suffered an injured shoulder.

Volunteers responded on a tracked 4-wheeler and were able to provide the injured skier a ride out to the trailhead. The patient was transferred over to the Hebgen Basin Fire Department EMS crew for further medical evaluation and a transport decision.

Gallatin County Sheriff Selects Undersheriff

For immediate release: March 5, 2021

Gallatin County Sheriff Dan Springer has selected a sheriff’s office captain to be his undersheriff.

This week, Jeremy Kopp was chosen to be the next undersheriff for the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Kopp is a native Montanan who graduated from Anaconda Senior High School before beginning his career of service in the U.S. Army in 1994. That is where he found his professional calling in service to his country and later public service to his community with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

For the last ten years, Undersheriff Kopp has served the citizens of Gallatin County as a patrol deputy, coroner, crisis negotiator, sergeant of patrol and detective divisions, Search and Rescue Commander and, most recently, Captain of Patrol. He lives in the county with his wife of 25 years, who is a social worker, and two children who attend school in Three Forks.

“Jeremy’s leadership and experiences are his primary strengths,” said Sheriff Springer. “He has served this community as well as this country. He has the strength and courage to assist with the tough decisions that are inevitable in this position. He has exhibited an amazing work ethic and is always available to consult on issues pertaining to this office. I am excited to have him by my side as we work toward the future of the Sheriff’s office.”

“It is an incredible honor to be entrusted with the appointment of Undersheriff,” said Undersheriff Kopp. “I am excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Gallatin County and work with our great staff in this capacity. It is a great time to be in public service in Gallatin County as we face many opportunities with our continued growth.”

Big Sky Country State Fair Announces 2021 Night Shows

 

For immediate release: March 5, 2021

Big Sky Country State Fair is pleased to announce their 2021-night show line-up, a mix of celebrated rap and country artists NELLY with special guest Carly Pearce will kick out the week, GRANGER SMITH with special guest Kolby Cooper on Thursday, we will round off the week with TRACE ADKINS with special guest Parmalee.

Click here for the full press release. 

Media contact:
Amanda Hartman
amanda.hartman@gallatin.mt.gov

3/4/2021 COVID-19 Death in Gallatin County

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2021

The Gallatin City-County Health Department is saddened to announce that one more 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 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.

3.2.21 Cabin Creek Broken Leg

On Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 3:31 pm, the West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch Center received a request for assistance from a group of snowmobilers in Cabin Creek, 11 miles North of West Yellowstone. One of the snowmobilers had sustained a broken leg while snowmobiling and was unable to ride their snowmobile back to town.

Volunteers from Gallatin County Sheriff Search and Rescue in West Yellowstone, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Basin Rural Fire District and a helicopter from Life Flight Network responded to assist with the rescue. While enroute to the incident, rescuers were met by the group, including the injured snowmobiler who was riding out after having stabilized the severe break with a shovel and tape. Rescuers assisted the group out to the trailhead where the injured snowmobiler was transported to Bozeman Health Deaconess by the waiting ambulance.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.