Public Notices


Powder River County will be opening county buildings for use on 5-22-20

Please keep in mind to conduct your activities safely by following the recommendations that follow.

COVID-19 hasn’t changed. It is still a serious and dangerous pandemic. We are still living with threat of it in our community. As we move into the reopening phase, please do so responsibly. We encourage you to think carefully about your activity and whether you can meet the Governor’s guidelines.


Continue to practice good hygiene
   1. Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
   2. Avoid touching your face.
   3. Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
   4. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible. o Strongly consider using non-medical face coverings while in public, especially in 
       circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., grocery/retail stores, pharmacies, public transportation).

Allow for proper social distancing. Community members should not convene in groups of more than 10 unless a minimum spacing of 6 feet can be maintained.

This could include:
 1. A reduction in the occupancy capacity of the building or space
 2. A reduction in seating
 3. A reduction in the number of individuals invited to the activity
 4. Conducting the activity in shifts, where applicable

Vulnerable individuals should continue to follow the stay at home guidance.

Activities should be limited to participants and any necessary parent or guardian. No spectators or concessions.

Frequently touched or shared surfaces should be cleaned and sanitized frequently. Handwashing or hand sanitizer must be available. Where restrooms are provided, hand sinks with soap, water and paper towels must be provided. It is the responsibility of the organizer to provide these items and periodically clean frequently touched surfaces in the restroom.

Where food is served, products must be packaged or otherwise in a ‘grab and go’ form. No shared serving utensils or buffets should be allowed.

Individuals who are ill should not be permitted to participate or attend.

Travel from out- of-state should be limited to essential business.

All guidance is subject to change without notification

For questions please call Powder River Public Health at 436-2297

Election Connection

Remember to vote just 1 Ballot in the Primary Election. Due to the change from poll election to mail ballot election there has been some confusion regarding the unvoted ballots. Typically, in a poll election, you would be handed your party ballots, one each; Republican, Democrat, and Green. You would then pick the ballot you wish to vote, return your voted ballot to the Voted Ballot Box, and drop the unvoted ballots into the Unvoted Ballot Box. In this mail ballot election, all that is needed is to return your voted ballot in your secrecy envelope and your affirmation envelope. Remember to sign your affirmation envelope before returning. Please dispose of your unvoted ballots as you see fit.  I have included the MCA that states the casting of ballots.

13-10-301. Casting of ballot. (1) Unless otherwise provided by law, the conduct of the primary election, the voting procedure, the counting, tallying, and return of ballots and all election records and supplies, the canvass of votes, the certification and notification of nominees, recounts, procedures upon tie votes, and any other necessary election procedures must be at the same times and in the same manner as provided for in the laws for the general election.
(2) At a primary election, the elector shall cast votes on only one of the party ballots, preparing the ballot as provided in 13-13-117. After casting votes on any other ballots received other than the party ballots, the elector shall ensure the proper disposition of the ballots in accordance with instructions provided pursuant to 13-13-112.
(3) The elector's ballot must be handled as prescribed in 13-13-117.

Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions.  406-436-2361  cgatlin@prco.mt.gov

Cynde Jo Gatlin
Election Administrator

Tax Appeal Board

Powder River County Tax Appeal Board will be in session from July 1 through December 31, 2020, for the business of hearing property valuation and classification appeals.  Any taxpayer who disagrees with the appraised value or classification of his or her property may file an appeal with the Powder River County Tax Appeal Board within 30 days of receipt of a Notice of Classification and Appraisal, or Notice to Change Valuation (assessment notice) established by the Montana Department of Revenue.  Notices will be mailed in 2020 to property owners who have had a change in valuation after January 1, 2019, a change in ownership, or a change in classification.  Appeal forms are available from www.mtab.mt.gov.  Appeals must be filed with the County Clerk and Recorder who will notify the County Tax Appeal Board to schedule a hearing.

Board of Health Vacancy

Powder River County has a board vacancy for the Board of Health. This position is the community member position and is a 3-year term. Interested parties must contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office 436-2361 or the Commissioner’s office 436-2657 by June 8, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Per Montana Law the commission is required to wait 30 days to appoint the vacancy. The board will meet on June 9, 2020 to appoint position at 11:00 a.m.


Covid-19 Complaint Form

Governor's Stay-at-Home-Directive