With warmer weather, no snow cover, (and a seeming none ending supply of wind…) comes the heightened threat of fire danger in Golden Valley County. Burn permits are required and can be obtained free of charge at the Courthouse. Once the permit is obtained you need to call the GVC Sheriff’s Office at 406-568-2321, to inquire whether it is safe to burn, and if so, provide your burn permit number. If there is no one in the Sheriff’s Office at the time of your call, you will be automatically transferred to Dispatch in Wheatland County where you can give your burn information.
Under NO circumstances should you lite a fire if the WIND IS BLOWING! Please be diligent with open and container burning to prevent loss of control of a fire
-it could end up being very costly.


Golden Valley County is pleased to announce that Corey White has been hired as the new Undersheriff. Corey arrived from Ronan on February 23, 2015 to begin his duties. Corey is the father of 2 children who will be joining him in Ryegate once the school year for them ends. Please remember to welcome Corey when you see him out and about.


A “Followship” To Leadership course will be held in the Ryegate Firehall Conference Room on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This is a beginning Administrative Course which is only open to those who are already firefighters. For more info call Sheriff Bob Pallas at 406-568-2321.


THIS IS AN UPDATED TIME FOR THIS TRAINING:  A “Firefighting For Your Neighbors” class will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in the Ryegate Firehall Conference Room beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  This class is provided by the DNRC at no charge and is open to the public. Please call the Sheriff’s Office to RSVP and to obtain more information call 406-568-2321. Lunch will be provided.


On Tuesday, December 23rd the newly elected County Officials for Golden Valley County were sworn into office by District Judge Randal I. Spaulding at the Golden Valley County Courthouse. Those officials included Douglas Miller-Justice of the Peace; Craig Mattheis-Treasurer/Assessor/County Superintendent of Schools; Kent Sipe-County Attorney; Robert Pallas-Sheriff/Coroner; John Lewis-County Commissioner; Mary Lou Berry-Clerk & Recorder/Clerk of Court. The new terms for these County officials begins on January 1, 2015.

Swearing In Of Officials

Swearing In Of Officials

2015 County Officials

2015 County Officials


On December 22, 2014 an “Open House” was held at the Golden Valley Courthouse in Ryegate to honor retiring officials Floyd Fisher (Sheriff) and David Paugh (County Commissioner). Many area residents-as well as a few folks from out of the area-stopped in to join the festivities. Best Wishes to Floyd and David, and many thanks for their years spent in service to Golden Valley County. IMG_3921IMG_3974IMG_3930IMG_3948IMG_3943

Change in Ryegate Post Office Hours

The US Postal Service has mailed flyers to customers of the Ryegate Post Office notifying them of changes in operational hours effective January 10, 2015.  The Post Office will now be open for window service at 8:00 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday, and closed for lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.   Mail will be available daily for pick-up by 9:30 am Monday through Saturday with 24-hour access to the mail receptacles.