Category Archives: Sheriff Updates


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.

Swimming Woman Road Work Complete

It’s been a long time coming, but after 2 years of work, Swimming Woman Road is completely finished and open for use. During the flood of 2011 the road was extensively damaged with parts being totally washed away. It was at this time decided to re-route the road to the west of it’s original location, resulting in a longer delay of opening the road, but the new route should avoid the same extreme damage should Swimming Woman Creek flood again in the future.

New Undersheriff

Guy Stefani has been hired by Golden Valley County as the new Undersheriff, and was sworn in August 5th before a large audience of his family and friends. Undersheriff Stefani is a graduate of Broadview High School, and is a current member of the Army National Guard.

Fire Danger Rising

With the hot weather we have been experiencing lately, the risk of wild fire is on the rise. At present, container burning is the only type permissable. Check back regularly for updates on Fire Conditions and types of burning that are permissable as they may change suddenly. Please remember to always call the Sheriff’s office @ 568-2321 before doing any sort of burning.

Fire Burns 23.8 Acres

On July 16th, a swather on Fred Horpsted’s property near Swimming Woman Creek north of Ryegate sparked a fire, burning 23.8 acres.