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Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s DES coordinator taking state job

Musselshell County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Jeff Gates, who has overseen his share of major natural disasters, is moving on.

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Ice jam flooding lessens; homeowners deal with aftereffects

Ice jam flooding lessens; homeowners deal with aftereffects

LAUREL — Elliott Grayson walked around the outside of his flooded house on Byam Road Saturday morning, the water reaching above the knees of his waders.

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A year after fire, floods test rural Roundup residents

A year after fire, floods test rural Roundup residents

ROUNDUP — As bad as the 2012 summer of fire was in Harper Coulee, the mudslides of 2013 have been merciless, said resident Nancy White.

September 13, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Montana counties say DES requirements overly burdensome

HELENA — The troubled agency responsible for preparing Montana for emergencies has been beset by lawsuits by former employees, claims of a dysfunctional work environment and now complaints that overly burdensome and shifting regulations are causing headaches for several counties.

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Boil order in effect for Roundup residents

Roundup residents have been told to boil their water after city officials discovered contaminants in the city's drinking supply Monday.

November 19, 2012 9:21 pmLoading…
Musselshell County ready for next disaster

Musselshell County ready for next disaster

A grim joke makes the rounds of Musselshell County in the wake of a two-year trial by water and fire.

October 14, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates talks about floods and fires

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates talks about floods and fires

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates had been on the job just three days when the Musselshell River began inundating homes in Roundup.

October 11, 2012 1:04 pmLoading…
Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates points out areas damaged by a flood

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates points out areas damaged by a flood

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates points out areas damaged by a flood in 2011. A Musselshell River Bridge at the fairgrounds still has to be replaced.

October 11, 2012 1:04 pmLoading…
Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates stands where a bridge was washed out

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates stands where a bridge was washed out

Musselshell County is still waiting for infrastructure repairs from the 2011 floods, including a washed out bridge near the fair grounds, said DES Coordinator Jeff Gates.

October 11, 2012 1:04 pmLoading…
Pat Perrella

Pat Perrella

Pat Perrella, who coordinates voluteers to support disaster efforts, said Musselshell County DES Coordinator Jeff Gates "stands tall in my book."

October 11, 2012 1:04 pmLoading…
Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates points out burned areas on a map

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates points out burned areas on a map

Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates keeps a map of all major county wildfires since the giant Hawk Creek fire in 1984. The fire map includes a huge swath through the center of the county.

October 11, 2012 1:04 pmLoading…
Wilson fire 100 percent contained

Wilson fire 100 percent contained

The Wilson wildfire burning south of Roundup in Musselshell County is 100 percent contained, said Jeff Gates, the county’s disaster and emergency services director, on Wednesday afternoon.

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Quick response quells latest Roundup wildfire

A Musselshell County fire official credited a quick response in helping contain a potentially dangerous wildfire east of Roundup.

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Couple's plans to replace burned home is already in the works

Couple's plans to replace burned home is already in the works

ROUNDUP — When the alarm came at 12:45 p.m. on June 26 that flames were ripping through grass and timber in hilly terrain southeast of Roundup, Ken Higgins, a volunteer dispatcher for the Bull Mountain Fire Department, raced to the station.

July 15, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Fire victims have decisions to make

Fire victims have decisions to make

ROUNDUP — Still reeling from the loss of their home in the Bull Mountains south of Roundup, Jackie and Roy Peterson haven’t decided what to do next — build a new home or settle for a manufactured one. But there's one thing Jackie does know: “We will rebuild and we’re going to build right bac…

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Community effort helps Musselshell County fire victims

Community effort helps Musselshell County fire victims

ROUNDUP — When mega disaster struck Musselshell County for the second time in two years, community volunteers didn’t waste a lot of time organizing a response. Structure set in place in the aftermath of two record floods in 2011 was already up and running. Everyone knew the drill. “All of ou…

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Dahl fire officials to take over Horse Creek fire near Hysham

Dahl fire officials to take over Horse Creek fire near Hysham

8 A.M.: A specialist from the Signal Peak coal mine is working with the fire team and Musselshell County Disaster and Emergency Services to determine the best way to deal with a coal-seam fire detected along the northern edge of Highway 87.

July 03, 2012 7:49 am Photos

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Officials look toward recovery on Dahl fire that burned 73 homes

Officials look toward recovery on Dahl fire that burned 73 homes

As the Dahl fire cools and the extent of the damage becomes clear, local and state officials are trolling for programs and money to speed recovery.

July 02, 2012 4:30 pm Photos

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Officials to discuss fire assessment tonight at 7:30 in Roundup

Officials to discuss fire assessment tonight at 7:30 in Roundup

Musselshell County DES will host another information meeting for those residents evacuated within the fire perimeter. Evacuees will meet at St. Benedict's Church at 7:30 p.m. Results of the property assessments will be discussed.

June 28, 2012 6:43 am Photos

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Toll of Dahl fire still unknown

Toll of Dahl fire still unknown

Residents got information about Musselshell County fires at a community meeting in Roundup today.

June 27, 2012 7:30 pm Photos

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