Paradise Valley Incidents


Kristi Smith Wyatt, Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Policy Development

Ah…..the long-awaited summer vacation – but with emails and cell phones, they are not what they used to be.

A week ago, I had the pleasure of meeting up with two favorite friends from high school, Debbie and Melissa, at a location in Montana aptly named Paradise Valley, where emails and cell phones don’t always work.  My life-long friend Debbie and her husband live on a spread in the valley they named Paradise Found.  And it is just that. 

 This beautiful place is located a stone’s throw from the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park, where an estimated 600-plus black bears and grizzly bears roam through the countryside, together with the bison, deer, and elk.  

Entertainment choices include great restaurants, rodeos, float trips, trail rides, or enjoying the view from Debbie’s glorious home, set strategically between two mountain ranges in the Absarokas.  The view takes your breath away, living up to the name “Big Sky.”

It’s a different place and time….sophisticated, yet quirky.  A look through the Livingston Enterprise daily newspaper is entertaining, as are most small daily papers. I grew up on the Chillicothe Constitution Tribune so I love to gander through the local papers wherever I am – the smaller, the better. 

On Friday, August 6, the Livingston Enterprise covered the following “incidents” from their Log Book of service requests for the Park County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston Police Department.  They included:

  • A  911 call – a South Main Street business where a cook was upset at a man for taking too  many pies. 
  • A call from a restaurant on North Main Street who refused to pay for a meal he didn’t like.
  • A caller reported seeing a man wearing chains and acting suspiciously on Dinsmore Avenue.  
  • Goats in one caller’s yard knocked over her young child and were pestering her horse.
  • Shoes were reported stolen on West Butte Road.
  • An intoxicated woman walked into his home, sat down and began talking about weird things, a North C Street caller said.   
  • A bike with plastic bags over its handle bars was thought to be suspicious by an East Gallatin Street caller. 

And on and on……..what a great place to relax, recharge and have some good laughs.  I love Montana.     


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