Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 10 N Pacific St, Dillon, 59725 MT
  • Chief:
Phone: (406)683-3700

Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is located at 10 N Pacific St, Dillon, 59725 MT. The Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office phone number is (406)683-3700.

Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office News

Beaverhead County Sheriff S&R Press Release -10/24/18 The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office received four (4) Search and Rescue calls this past weekend during the opening of General Hunting Season. Two of the calls resulted in a full response from the Beaverhead Search and Rescue Unit and assistance from Lifeflight and the Montana Army National Guard. The other two calls were resolved without full deployments. On Friday, 10/19/18, at 12:27, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of an injured 58 year old man who was involved in an ATV accident in the south end of the Gravelly Mountains. Deputy Wyrick, Undersheriff Chase and Search and Rescue Incident Commander Maddox coordinated with an individual on scene by cellular phone. Lifeflight was requested and a helicopter was dispatched from Rexburg, Idaho. A hasty SAR team was dispatched as well as the Lima Ambulance. The helicopter was on the scene within 90 minutes of the call for help. The Lifeflight crew evacuated the injured man and transported him from the scene treating his critical injuries. On Sunday, 10/21/18, at 13:02, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of an overdue 69 year old man from the Bitterroot who was hunting and camping in the Clark Canyon area. The hunter’s campsite was located, but the hunter and his ATV were not there. A ground and air search was started and the Beaverhead Search and Rescue unit was deployed. Sunday’s search did not locate the hunter. The search area was expanded on Monday and the Montana Army National Guard was contacted for assistance with the aerial search by SAR incident commander Brian Vinson. A UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter deployed from Helena with five soldiers. The helicopter picked up Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mulkey at 12:10 and at 13:30 a ground team located the missing hunter and notified the helicopter crew. The hunter was found in a ravine pinned under his ATV. He had been there for about 44 hours and was in critical condition. A flight medic stabilized the man and he was flown to Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon, where he was treated and eventually transferred to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula. The assistance of the Lifeflight crew and the Montana Army National Guard crew were absolutely crucial to the success of the rescue of the injured hunters. I am grateful for their rapid deployment and willingness to assist. We are also blessed to have such an outstanding search and rescue unit with volunteers who respond so professionally and give of their time and talents, as well as the men and woman of the Sheriff’s Office and Dispatch Center. Beaverhead County Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II

FIRE SEASON 08/02/2018 It is that time of year again when the grass turns dry and brown and the hot days increase the risk of fires. Today burn permits were suspended by the County Fire Warden due to the conditions. A current red flag warning has been issued because of wind and dry thunderstorms. The Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest lists the fire danger as high. In the event that fire threatens your life or property the Sheriff's office will facilitate evacuation in coordination with other officials and agencies assigned to fire. Our Emergency Evacuation Plan can be found at our website in the forms and documents section. The plan follows basic stages where there are two stages for evacuation - 1) Warning and 2) Evacuation Order once the danger has passed 3) Return Plan ahead if you live in an area that has any chance of experiencing a wildfire. Better to be prepared than be surprised. Be safe and and enjoy the summer! Sheriff Frank Kluesner II

THE SPIRIT RIDE IS ROLLING THROUGH DILLON (DILLON, MT − 07/20/18) The very professionals who earn a living from highway accidents are now taking to the streets to promote highway safety and help safeguard the lives of fellow first responders. The American Towman Spirit Ride is continuing on its journey, relaying a colorful, ceremonial casket from tow truck to tow truck across the nation. The casket honors first responders who have been killed on the roadside and carries the message: Slow Down, Move Over. About 300 towing companies across the country are relaying the casket to promote their state’s Move Over law with processions involving 10,000 tow trucks and emergency service vehicles. The Ride, which began in June of 2017, will pass through Dillon, MT with the Spirit casket being relayed to Turney Repair & Towing, llc. A ceremony will take place at 10:00 am 07/20/18, followed by a procession of tow trucks and emergency service vehicles through Dillon. The Move Over law is unknown to many motorists. According to the National Safety Commission, 70% of American motorists do not know the law exists. The law is on the books in all states of the Union and requires passing vehicles to move over one lane when approaching an incident where emergency lights are flashing and tow operators, police, fire fighters and emergency medical technicians are working. The ceremonial casket, named Spirit, was custom painted by artist Cecil Burrowes, who specializes in painting intricate designs on trucks and wreckers. Painted on Spirit are a dozen scenarios depicting first-responders at the scenes of highways incidents. The casket was built by a lifelong singer-songwriter, Mike Corbin, who composed the Spirit Ride’s anthem, Bless the Spirit Riders, which he performs at the ceremony to honor fallen first responders. The ceremony precedes the procession of emergency service vehicles. Hundreds of roadside professionals are casualties each year of roadside incidents; about 100 of them are fatalities. Among first responders killed, 60% of them are tow operators. According to American Towman Magazine President Steve Calitri, the Ride is the greatest towing project since the first tow truck was built in 1916. “The Ride,” says Calitri, “is generating public awareness of the perils first responders face and galvanizing police resolve for enforcing the Move-Over law.” The Spirit Ride was founded by American Towman Magazine and B/A Products and is a project of American Towman Spirit, Inc., a nonprofit corporation, born to promote highway safety. Scores of sponsors have pitched in with funds to support the coordination of the Ride and its media outreach campaign. All the towing companies participating are contributing their services.

Stay Informed! Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders. Montana’s Sexual or Violent Offender Registration Act is designed to protect the public from sexual or violent offenders by requiring offenders to register with local law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction where they reside. Information about these offenders is then made available to the public. This Registry provides an up-to-date listing of sexual and violent offenders who are required to register their whereabouts. Disclaimer.

The Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is once again participating in the National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2018. We encourage community members to dispose of their unneeded prescription drugs by using the convenient drug drop locker located at the Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office Lobby this Saturday. We would also like to remind everyone this drug drop locker is available to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs year around. The Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is glad to join forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency again to help combat the ever increasing problem of prescription drug abuse and the devastating effect it has in across the Nation.

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SCAM ALERT The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert citizens of a scam in which a subject who identifies himself as a Beaverhead County Deputy is asking for money to be wired to a supplied location to avoid being arrested on a fraudulent claim of an outstanding warrant. THE BEAVERHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WOULD NEVER CONTACT AN INDIVIDUAL AND REQUEST MONEY BE SENT TO AN UNIDENTIFIED ACCOUNT TO AVOID ARREST. If you have any questions please call the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office at 406-683-3700

We hope that all of you will join us in extending a huge Congratulations to Sergeant Daniel L Mulkey for 20 years of service here in Beaverhead County!!! We are so proud and grateful to have him as part of our team! Thank you Dan!

Monday 12/11/2017 PRESS RELEASE MISSING PERSON - UPDATE Re: Calvin Zimdars The Beaverhead County Sheriffs Office continues to investigate the report of a Missing Person from the Sugarloaf Mountain Road area near Glen, 22 miles north of Dillon. Calvin Charles Zimdars, a 56-year-old white male was reported missing by family members on Friday night, 12/1/2017. Beaverhead Search and Rescue and the Sheriffs Office have suspended active search operations after nine days of extensive searching. Search operations will be reactivated upon any credible new information. Plans have been made to conduct a follow-up search after the snow melts. Please direct any information or inquiries to the Sheriffs Office at (406) 683-3700. Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II

Detention Officer BEAVERHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Job#: 10321301 Salary: $16.16 Location: 2 S. PACIFIC STREET, STE. 16 DILLON MT 59725 Open Date: 10/12/2017 Close Date: 12/15/2017 Openings: 2 Benefits: Raise after 6 months probationary period Beaverhead County Sheriffs Department is hiring two Detention Officers. One is an immediate hire and applications must be received by 5pm 11/3/17. The second position will be hired in December 2017 from the application pool of those not chosen for the first position and any additional applications received up until the deadline of 5pm 12/15/17. Responsible for supervising, observing, transporting, booking, searching, and processing inmates at the Sheriff's detention facilities; and performs related duties as required. Essential Functions (major duties or responsibilities): These duties are the essential functions and are not all-inclusive of all duties that the incumbent performs. -Maintain security and monitor movement of persons detained at a Sheriff's detention facility to protect the public and other prisoners. This may include escorting detainees and inmates to court appearances, medical checks, exercise, showers, classrooms, counselor visits, family visits, and other approved appointments at mental hospitals, medical facilities, or clinics. -Supervise the security and conduct of inmates in housing units during group meetings, meals, bathing, at recreation, during visitations, and during work or other assignments. -Book prisoners into detention facilities following prescribed procedures: issue clothing and supplies to inmates; process inmate discharges or transfers and arrange for transportation if necessary; write reports and maintain records on standardized forms relating to inmates. -Visually and physically search inmates for contraband, weapons, or narcotics; inspect inmates' quarters for contraband; inspect and direct cleaning activities of inmates for maintenance of sanitation, orderliness, and safety. -Promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates to assist them in adjusting to confinement; confer with assigned supervisors or officers regarding behavioral or other inmate's problems; participate in programs designed to prepare inmates for release. -Perform risk assessments and classify inmates in order that more dangerous or hostile inmates are identified and made known to all staff according to established procedures to minimize risk to county staff and other inmates. -Anticipate and avert potential problems and assist in suppressing and controlling problems that might occur; report incidents in the prescribed manner. -Appoint and supervise inmate workers; make recommendations for transfer of inmates. -Make appropriate judgments of needed actions for a wide variety of situations, including laws related to the detention of individuals who have been accused of a crime and those that have been convicted, and adapt responses according to established departmental policy, criminal codes, ongoing training, conditions, and specifics of a situation. Use sound, professional judgment and rely on training and common sense to request assistance for other law enforcement officers, public health or safety officials, emergency medical personnel and/or medical examiners staff. -Provide responsive, high-quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete, and up-to-date information in a courteous, efficient, and timely manner. Non-Essential Functions -Attend workshops, law-enforcement seminars, and educational sessions to keep updated on policing strategies, changing laws, and crime trends affecting the County to best serve the community in protecting life and property. -Coordinate community outreach events and public education programs to foster community relations and to promote a safe community committed to problem-solving and respect for the law. -Perform other duties as assigned including assisting in special operations, attending meetings and conferences, providing backup for other staff, participating in training, etc. Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The demands and conditions described here are representative of those the employee must meet to perform the essential functions of the job. -Frequent standing, sitting, bending, stooping, twisting of waist, and side-to-side turning of neck. -Fine finger dexterity to operate keyboards, weapons, and writing materials. -Must give verbal commands in a loud, clear, understandable voice, and have excellent vision and hearing. -Ability to physically subdue a person. -Work outside in varying temperature. -Work in a large facility requiring stamina for walking and staying alert at all times. -Exposure to criminals and danger. Supervision Exercised: The position does not regularly supervise other County employees, but may train newer employees and direct the work of administrative personnel. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: The job requires knowledge of modern methods and techniques of dealing with individuals in custody; criminal attitudes and behavior patterns; the social factors underlying criminal behavior patterns; the social factors underlying criminal behavior; rules, regulations, practices and procedures in the day-to-day operation and control of the Sheriff's detention facility; and the behavior of people in a custody setting. This job requires the ability to interpret and enforce institutional rules, regulations, and other policies with firmness, tact and impartiality; observe inmates; to anticipate and avert potential problems; effectively control, direct, and instruct inmates individually and in groups; make accurate risk assessments and inmate classifications; read, speak and write English effectively and interpret written material; make simple arithmetic calculations; use electronic information equipment and specific systems utilized within the department; enter data accurately; use word processing software to prepare clear and concise reports; accurately follow oral and written directions; promote acceptable attitudes and behavior of inmates while in confinement; work with and around a wide variety of people; take verbal abuse; make quick, effective and reasonable decisions in emergencies and take appropriate action to physically restrain violent inmates; work in uniform; work all shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekdays, weekends, holidays, and overtime. Education and Experience: This job requires education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma or equivalent certificate. Some law enforcement or detention experience preferred. The job requires completion of basic detention officer course or equivalent within one year. Candidates certified for employment must be willing to undergo and successfully complete an in-depth background investigation, including a psychological evaluation, finger printing criminal history check, and a medical examination. Equal Opportunity Employer, all sexes, ages and races are encouraged to apply.

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November 26th, 2017 Press Release Beaverhead County Receives Department of Justice Community Policing Grant to help in hiring an additional Deputy Sheriff On 11/28/2017, Beaverhead County accepted a grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice through its Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program of $125,000.00. The grant funds will be used with a county match to hire an additional deputy sheriff position to bring the total patrol force number to eight (8) full time officers, including the Sheriff and Undersheriff. Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is one of five (5) agencies in Montana to receive this grant along with 179 other agencies nationwide. The addition deputy position will allow the Sheriff's Office the ability to provide more coverage throughout the county and positive interaction with the several small towns and communities. The goal will be to help the Sheriff's Office address some of the following issues associated with the rural nature of Beaverhead County: Security of the rural schools; drug trafficking; methamphetamine and opioid abuse and its community impact; and mental health concerns unique to rural and isolated areas. The grants award was a result of successful collaboration between the Sheriff, County Commission, and the County Attorney. More information may be found at the Beaverhead County Website, Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, or US Department of Justice website. Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II

November 29th, 2017 Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office Opening for a Sworn Deputy Sheriff Position Funded by a Community Oriented Policing Services Grant and County match funds. Position Title: Deputy Sheriff Starting Salary: $20.20/hour- $42,018.87/year Benefits: Sheriff's Retirement System, Health Insurance Allowance, Take Home Patrol Vehicle, Paid Vacation and Sick leave, Longevity, Certification Pay, and On-Call Pay. Position Summary: The Deputy Sheriff is responsible for performing law enforcement and crime prevention work including patrolling of assigned areas, preserving the peace, serving warrants and making arrests, and assisting in preliminary criminal investigations. This includes assignments to patrol, civil, investigations, search and rescue, court security; and performing related duties as assigned. Applicants are required to meet the peace officer employment, education, and certification standards as outlined in 7-32-303 MCA. Applications: Applications and full job descriptions are available at the Sheriff's Office at 2 South Pacific Street Ste. 16, Dillon, MT 59725; or on the County website at http://beaverheadcounty.oro/departments/sheriff/; or at the Montana Job Service Beaverhead County is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until December 19th, 2017 at 5:00pm. Interviews will be arranged after reviewing of applications. The position will remain open until filled. For any inquiries or questions, contact Karl Towery at 406-683-3704.

The Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is once again participating in the National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 28th, 2017. We encourage community members to dispose of their unneeded prescription drugs by using the convenient drug drop locker located at the Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office Lobby this Saturday. We would also like to remind everyone this drug drop locker is available to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs year around. The Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office is glad to join forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency again to help combat the ever increasing problem of prescription drug abuse and the devastating effect it has in across the Nation. With the help of our community, we were able to collect 110 pounds of unneeded drugs last year. Please know we can not collect needles, sharps or liquids in the drop box. Thank you, Sheriff Fraklin D Kluesner II

BEAVERHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DETENTION OFFICER Job#: 10321301 Salary: $16.16 Location: 2 S. PACIFIC STREET, STE. 16 DILLON MT 59725 Duration: Over 150 Days Openings: 1 Benefits: Raise after 6 months probationary period PLEASE GO TO TO SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLY.

Sale of Retired Patrol Vehicle & Stove Beaverhead County will accept sealed bids for the following listed items starting Friday, September 15th, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., and will close Monday, September 25th, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Bid # 2017-S1V – motor vehicle Year: 2008 Make: Dodge Model: Magnum Color: White Condition: Excellent, starts, engine runs, regular maintenance, new battery, rear wheel drive. Mileage: 93663 VIN#:2D4GV472X8H183853 Notes: Will be sold with emergency lighting equipment, siren, and passenger security partition. Purchaser will be responsible for obeying all laws for the use of the emergency equipment. Minimum bid: $3082.00. Re: Bid # 2017-S2S – commercial stove Year: Unknown (1975) Make: US Range Model: Oven/4 Burner/Grill Color: Black Condition: Good to Excellent, recently removed from the jail kitchen. SER#: None Notes: This is a gas oven/ grill/ range of commercial quality. Minimum bid: $250.00. All bids must be in written form and sealed. All sealed bids must include the bid number and/or VIN and the amount for the Item being bid on. It is recommended that bidders use the attached Sheriff’s Sealed Bid Sheet and submit it in a sealed envelope marked Bid # 2017-S1V or Bid # 2017-S2S. Bids may be submitted in person or mailed to the Beaverhead County Commission Office at 2 South Pacific Street, Dillon, MT 59725. Sealed bids will be accepted until the closing Monday, September 25th, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Bids will be reviewed by the commission at that time. Bids shall remain firm and shall not be withdrawn for a period of twenty (20) calendar days after bid opening. All items are to be sold “as is” and “where is.” For information about the items, please contact Sheriff Kluesner, Undersheriff Chase or Kari Towery by calling (406) 683-3700. The items may be viewed by appointment. Beaverhead County reserves the right to accept, reject or negotiate any or all bids to waive or not waive informalities or irregularities in the bids or bidding procedures and to accept any bid determined by the County to be in the best interest of the County, regardless of price. SHERIFF’S SEALED BID SHEET Bid # 2017-______ Bidder’s name: ____________________________________________________ Physical Address: __________________________________________________ Mailing address: ___________________________________________________ City: _________________________ State: __________ ZIP: _______________ Telephone: _____________________ Cell:_______________________ Work:_______________________ I ________________________________ will bid $_______________________ for the item described by the Bid Number, which is the ____________________________. I understand that the item is being purchased as is. There are no warranties, guarantees or promises made with the purchase of the attached described item. I, as the new owner will assume all responsibilities for any further maintenance, repair, registration, insurance or any other cost involved for owning the item. I understand and agree that if I am the highest bidder for this item, I shall pay for the item and have it removed from the real property of Beaverhead County within (7) seven days of notification of the winning bid. Removal of said item shall be done me or by an agent that I have chosen to recover said item. Any costs for the removal shall be done at my own expense. Beaverhead County will not provide any means financial or mechanical in removal of said item. My failure to pay for and remove the item with in fourteen days will result in the sale of the described item to the second highest bidder for this item. ______________________________ ______________________________ Signature Printed Name ______________________________ Date

09/14/2017 RE: Scams- mail, internet, email, text messages, phone and fax. The Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office continues to receive reports of various types of scams. Many of these scams involve the person identifying themselves as a government agent, such as from the IRS. Some even threaten that the Sheriff will arrest you. Nearly all of them at some time will request a money transfer or account information. The best course of action is to not allow yourself to be a victim. Understand that unsolicited requests wanting fees account information, or other personal information are intended to steal from you. You should hang up on any of these types of calls, and do not respond to similar scams involving the internet, or messaging. More information on how to protect yourself from scams can be found on the Montana Department of Justice Consumer Protection website. Franklin D. Kluesner, II Beaverhead County Sheriff

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Summary of Enforcement Activity Beaverhead County Fair/ Labor Day Weekend 2017 Following is a summary of the enforcement activity and calls for service handled by the Beaverhead County Sheriffs Office over the Fair and Labor Day Weekend: Traffic Stops: 67 Citations: 7 Warnings: 53 Arrests: 3 DUI: 0 MIP: 1 Driving W/ Susp: 1 Warrant: 1 Disorderly Conduct :0 Calls for service: 34 Fire/Hazmat: 0 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Medical: 3 Search & Rescue: 2 Disturbance: 1 Vehicle Insp.: 2 Traffic Complaints: 6 Public Assists: 10 Animal Complaints 2 Alarms: 1 Theft: 2 Non-Criminal: 4 Drugs: 1 Jail Bookings: 16 The Sheriffs Office conducted high visibility foot patrols and vehicle patrols, as well as assisted the Dillon Police Department and Montana Highway Patrol in their enforcement efforts. I would like to express my thanks to the several civic organizations and the public for their hard work and responsible choices in providing a safe and enjoyable week. Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II

Covering lands within the Montana counties of Madison, Beaverhead, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, and southern Powell. For Immediate Release Contact: Leona Phone: 406-660-2347 (cell) (406) 683-6305 Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Amended: ALL CAMPFIRES PROHIBITED DILLON, MONT., August 29, 2017 — Interagency fire management officials in southwestern Montana will ammend Stage 1 fire restrictions, effective at midnight on September 2, 2017. Until now, there were exemptions for campfires to be allowed within metal rings; this amendment now prohibits all campfires. Campfires will not be allowed in metal rings or at developed recreation sites, including campgrounds or cabins. These restrictions apply to the following areas: Madison County, Beaverhead County, Deer Lodge County, Silver Bow County, Jefferson County and Powell County. Granite County is currently under Stage 2 Restrictions. These fire restrictions affect private lands within the listed counties; state and private forested lands under the jurisdiction of Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (MT DNRC); and lands under the jurisdiction of Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Forest Service (FS), US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Park Service (NPS) Stage 1 fire restrictions apply to campfires and smoking. Under Stage 1 restrictions, the following acts are prohibited: 1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire. 2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Exemptions to the above Stage 1 prohibitions include the following: • Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. • Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice. • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. • Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe. Allowed by counties • Residential use of charcoal grills, propane and LP gas as long as the fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years old. The restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant change in fire danger. Some counties have specific exemptions on private land so be sure to know what those are. Visit the Fire Restrictions website or the specific County’s website to view those exemptions. The purpose of fire restrictions is to reduce the risk of human-caused fires during periods of very high to extreme fire danger. These areas are experiencing critical fire conditions, including dry fuels, hot temperatures, low humidity, and high winds, all of which are expected to continue. For additional information on fire restrictions, visit the fire restrictions website at or call your local fire management agency, volunteer fire department, or county office.

VISION ZERO zero deaths • zero serious injuries MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Sheriff Franklin D. Kluesner, II (406) 683-3707 Extra Patrols Being Deployed in Beaverhead County Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Aug. 30-Sept. 4 August 16, 2017, Dillon, Mont. -As the summer comes to a close and Labor Day approaches, extra patrols will be on roadways across Montana working to prevent impaired driving. A response to the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, this increase in patrols will begin Aug. 16 and last through Labor Day, Sept. 4. "We are on the lookout every day for impaired drivers, but we add more patrols around holidays where people tend to celebrate with alcohol," said Sheriff Kluesner. "By deploying extra patrols during heavy-trafficked holidays, we are better able to ensure that all Montanans get home safe." While drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. have decreased by a third in the last three decades, one person still dies every 51 minutes due to an alcohol-related vehicle crash'. Further, with more than half of all roadway fatalities in Montana involving an impaired driver, Montana has one of the highest fatality rates in the nation for the number of deaths caused by impaired drivers". "You look at the statistics and tell me something more doesn't need to be done," said Sheriff Kluesner. "Our number one goal is to save lives and we're going to do whatever it takes. Either you arrange for sober transportation, or we're pulling you over and you're getting a DUI." All Montanans are encouraged to take part in this effort by having a sober driver or being a sober driver. The public is encouraged to report any suspected impaired drivers to local law enforcement. It is important to remember that, in all situations, wearing your seat belt continues to be the best defense against impaired drivers. Extra traffic safety patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation. This and other enforcement and educational campaigns are strategies to reach Vision Zero — zero deaths and zero serious injuries on Montana roadways. For more information about Vision Zero, contact Charity Watt, Montana Department of Transportation, 406-444-3439,

THANK YOU BEAVERHEAD RECYCLING FOR THE DONATION OF PAPER COFFEE CUPS TO OUR DEPARTMENT AND FOR ALL THE WORK YOU DO TO HELP MAKE BEAVERHEAD COUNTY A BETTER PLACE! Let us help you enjoy your coffee without contaminating our planet. Sustainability is making choices every day, like reusing a bag, carrying your own straw and refusing Styrofoam. Beaverhead Recycling would like to help you make that last choice by providing 200 hot beverage cups to encourage your office to buy paper hot cups in place of Styrofoam single-use cups. Myth: Styrofoam has a recycle symbol on the bottom, so that means we can recycle it. Truth: While it is technically a #6 plastic, most plastic recycling centers don't accept Styrofoam because it is more difficult to recycle. There are no recycling centers in Montana that accept it. While Styrofoam may be less expensive, the cost to our planet is high. The manufacturing of Styrofoam includes the use of known carcinogens (benzene) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) (dioxins) that cause a variety of health problems both in manufacturing and when Styrofoam is burnt. With the fires at the county landfill this summer, this is something we should be concerned about. Styrofoam does not biodegrade, takes up space in our landfills forever, and is a blight on our landscape. When Styrofoam is littered in our rivers and lakes, it makes its way to the giant garbage patches in the ocean where it harms ocean species and finds its way into our food chain. Beaverhead Recycling 740 E. Glendale Dillon, MT 59725 406-683-1249

Message from Sheriff Kluesner: Here we are already a week into August. As a reminder to help the public keep safe, here are a few reminders I would like to share with you in regards to the hot and dry conditions: 1) Be aware of the heat and how it affects you and those around you, including your children and pets. The hot weather can turn your vehicle into an oven in no time at all and result in tragedy for those left inside. 2) Be aware of the extreme fire danger. The picture included with this post is a loader today hauling hay, where the small amount of hay that collected in the engine compartment started on fire. Our website at has our emergency evacuation plan posted which you can reference in case of wildfires. 3) If you drink alcohol to keep hydrated - you may not fully notice its effect on your judgment, so do so in moderation and do not drink and drive, use power tools or firearms, just to name a few hazards. 4) When traveling on the highways we all know summer in Montana is road construction season. Please slow down for the work crews and pay attention to the signs and follow them. Anytime you see emergency vehicles on the highway with lights flashing PLEASE SLOW DOWN AND PREPARE TO STOP. I would like every one of our first responders to go home safely and not get run over on the highway while trying to help their fellow citizens. I wish each of you a safe and enjoyable summer. Franklin D. Kluesner, II Beaverhead County Sheriff

We are deeply saddened by the news of your loss today and we want to offer our heartfelt condolences to the fallen Deputy's family, Agency, & the Community. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.