Musselshell County’s Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Jeff Gates, who has overseen his share of major natural disasters, is moving on.
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.
ROUNDUP — As bad as the 2012 summer of fire was in Harper Coulee, the mudslides of 2013 have been merciless, said resident Nancy White.
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.
Roundup residents have been told to boil their water after city officials discovered contaminants in the city's drinking supply Monday.
A grim joke makes the rounds of Musselshell County in the wake of a two-year trial by water and fire.
Musselshell DES Coordinator Jeff Gates had been on the job just three days when the Musselshell River began inundating homes in Roundup.
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.
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.
Pat Perrella, who coordinates voluteers to support disaster efforts, said Musselshell County DES Coordinator Jeff Gates "stands tall in my book."
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.
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.
A Musselshell County fire official credited a quick response in helping contain a potentially dangerous wildfire east of Roundup.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
Residents got information about Musselshell County fires at a community meeting in Roundup today.