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Head Start continuing in Whitehall

There was recently some good news for the Whitehall Head Start Program. According to Bob Mullen, Jefferson County Commissioner, the Rocky Mountain Development Council Board of Directors and the Head Start Policy Council have voted unanimously to...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 16, 2017 

July production 2,400 ounces

At last week’s Community Transition Advisory Committee Meeting, Golden Sunlight Mine Manager Dan Banghart reported the production at the mine during July was 2,400 ounces. Banghart added from August 1 to 3 about 1,000 ounces were recovered....

 By Staff Report    News    August 16, 2017 

Caverns hosting eclipse event

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21, 2017. This event has been described as the Great American Eclipse. “Total solar eclipses occur once every one to two years but are only visible from less than half a percent of the Earth’s...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 16, 2017 

Chamber members discuss Christmas Stroll

With another Frontier Days under its belt, the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is already starting to plan for the next big event of 2017. At a Chamber meeting last Thursday, Treasurer Jill Dove discussed preparations being made for the annual Christma...


Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, Aug. 7 8:09 a.m. - traffic/ reckless, I-90 eastbound, MM 267, Cardwell 8:17 a.m. – abandoned auto, Boulder Cut-Off Road, Cardwell 9:47 a.m. – trespass, 176 Whiskey Gulch Road, Whitehall 12:58 p.m. – family disturbance, 68 Whitetail...

 By Taylor Crews    News    August 16, 2017 

Addiction divides Montana families

She thought he would make it. He knew a relapse would cost him his four-year-old daughter and again and again he would tell Judy Kelly, "I love her more than anything else in the world." Ultimately,...

 By Melissa Jenkins    News    August 16, 2017 

Council sets meeting to discuss crime

With criminal activity on the rise, local residents voiced concerns at the Whitehall Town Council meeting on Monday night. Town Attorney Ed Guza said he would like to set up a meeting with Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle to update the curren...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 9, 2017

Town terminates CBOH lease

The Community Beacon of Hope Inc. is no longer operating in the Town of Whitehall. According to Deputy Town of Whitehall Attorney Elizabeth Musick, CBOH was provided a notice of termination of their lease Monday. Musick stated the ambulance service... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 9, 2017

Postal thefts reported locally

In the past several weeks, there have been multiple reports of mail thefts in Whitehall and the surrounding area. Between July 24 and 27 alone, there were three reports of postal thefts made to the... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 9, 2017

13 hired over summer break

Students and teachers in Whitehall will be returning to school at the end of the month. At a school board meeting last week, Superintendent John Sullivan said teachers would be reporting Monday, August 28 and the first day of students will be August... Full story


Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, July 31 4:30 a.m. - animal problem- road killed I-90 eastbound, MM 252, Whitehall 8:09 a.m. - public safety-fire/smoke, 2 Wapiti Road, Whitehall 1:30 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 106 North Jefferson Street, Whitehall 2:40...

 By STAFF REPORT    News    August 9, 2017

Jefferson County implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Jefferson County Commissioners voted Thursday, August 3 to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The Stage 1 restrictions include no building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in an exemption. Fireworks are also...

 By Leonard Wortman    News    August 9, 2017

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, We didn’t have our regular meeting last week, but we did end up having two Special Meetings. One of the meetings was to approve Resolution 24-2017 which puts all of Jefferson County’s private lands under Stage One Fire Restrictions. The...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 2, 2017

Beacon of Hope Inc. late on lease payment

The Town of Whitehall has informed Community Beacon of Hope Inc. they have until August 8 at 5 p.m. to pay their rent for the ambulance barn. A letter from Deputy Town Attorney Elizabeth Musick states the contracted ambulance service has failed to...

 By STAFF REPORT    News    August 2, 2017

Madison County Fair next week

A week from today spectators and participants from across Southwest Montana will be making their way to Twin Bridges for the Madison County Fair. The popular annual event will run from August 9 to 13...

 By STAFF REPORT    News    August 2, 2017

Jefferson County to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Jefferson County Commission is scheduled to meet tomorrow to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. STAGE 1 The following acts are prohibited under Stage 1 restrictions: 1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted...


Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, July 24 1:18 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 702 Cottonwood Road, Cardwell 8:24 a.m. – traffic/reckless, I-90 eastbound, MM 238, Whitehall 10:18 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 1800 Hwy 2 East, Cardwell 2:15 p....

 By BOWEN WEST    News    August 2, 2017

Portraits of Meth: Stories of 'chasing the dragon'

Meth is the most addictive drug according to Tammera Nauts, executive director of Recovery Center Missoula rehab facility. "People think that addiction is a choice, it's a brain disease," Nauts said....

 By Leonard Wortman    News    August 2, 2017

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, At our last meeting on July 25th we discussed some of the fees the Fair Board charges the Rodeo Club for events at the Fair Grounds. We appointed Commissioner Kirsch to represent the County on the Boulder Development Fund Board. We...

 By Casey Chase    News    July 26, 2017

2017 Frontier Days Starts Friday

Frontier Days is just around the corner and it’s time to make your plans! This annual event returns to Whitehall on July 28 & 29 and will bring many entertaining events to the community. Friday we’ll get the ball rolling with Rocky Mountain...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 26, 2017

Firefighters to serve as Grand Marshals

The brave and hard working members of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department will be honored as the Grand Marshals of the 2017 Whitehall Frontier Days Parade. The parade, celebrating “Montana Treasures”, will take place July 29 at 11 a.m. The...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 26, 2017

Give invasive species the brush off

Several new informational signs at Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park are warning visitors about the dangers of invasive plants like spotted knapweed. The signs inform guests that shoes can carry the...


Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, July 17 12:36 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 1 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall 6:21 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 3 West 2nd Street, Whitehall 5:27 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 359, MM 3, Cardwell 8:11 p.m. – theft-postal,...

 By Leonard Wortman    News    July 26, 2017

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week we heard a quarterly report from Tom Harrington about our Tax Increment Finance Districts (TIFD). The North TIFD has seen a huge amount of growth so far this year. There have been several buildings...

 By Nora Saks    News    July 26, 2017

Peer treatment program offers new hope in Fort Belknap

The myth of meth is that following the crackdown on over-the-counter ingredients in 2005 things got better in Montana. But on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, people will tell you different Here it never really went away. "Getting high in your ca...


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