Gallatin County

The Ellen Theater in Bozeman, Montana,  the evening of March 30, 2020.
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The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Montana, but with limited test kits, not all patients with symptoms are tested and included in the state count.

Yellowstone National Park / Yellowstone National Park

Park and Gallatin County health officials are asking Yellowstone National Park to close immediately to prevent visitors from potentially spreading COVID-19 in gateway communities and overwhelming local health care facilities. 

Gallatin County Courthouse
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On the heels of a third COVID-19 illness case announced out of Gallatin County Wednesday, the County and the city of Bozeman have declared states of emergency. Existing closures of bars and eateries and now gyms, theaters and other indoor recreational facilities, have been extended into April as part of an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Aerial view of Bozeman, 2008.
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Health officers are saying communities need to be prepared for a potentially long-haul disruption to day-to-day life in response to COVID-19. Community volunteers in Bozeman are trying to make life a little easier for their neighbors.

A man in a mask holds a gun during a simulation crisis intervention in Bozeman, February 14, 2020.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Law enforcement officials in Montana’s fastest growing county say the number of mental health and substance misuse related calls to 911 is going up. Since 2009, a training program has been trying to help first responders work with mental health professionals to better assist people facing a crisis.

Gallatin County Courthouse
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Gallatin County commissioners voted unanimously on Feb. 4 to offer up to six weeks of paid parental leave to county employees. It’s the second Montana county to offer the benefit.

KidsLINK Coordinators LeAnne and Kaylee Grote stand in the room where they provide childcare before and after school at Meadowlark Elementary in Bozeman, Montana, November 21, 2019.
Rachel Cramer

Many parents in Montana are struggling to find affordable, high-quality care for their kids. Several providers in the Bozeman area are trying to fill that gap, including one that says it has a big economic impact on the region.

The Gallatin County Law and Justice Center in Bozeman, Montana, June 26, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Voters in Gallatin County Tuesday rejected a $59 million bond measure to replace the aging Law and Justice Center in Bozeman. 

Governor Steve Bullock on Tuesday ordered a temporary stop to sales of flavored e-cigarettes. The emergency rules take effect October 22. 

Bullock is directing the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to enforce a 120-day ban on flavored e-cigarette sales.

Community leaders and affordable housing advocates break ground where 24 townhomes will be built as the Willow Springs Townhomes development in Bozeman, Montana, August 28, 2019.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

Construction on Bozeman’s newest affordable housing project begins this week. There’s a waitlist of 200 individuals and families.

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