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 By DANA ROGGEE    News    October 11, 2017 

Million acres scorched by 2017 wildfires

Dry conditions plagued Montana this summer, with multiple wildfires torching over 1 million acres throughout the state. The largest fire, the Lodgepole Complex fire, impacted over 270,000 acres. Recent rain and snow, and the forecast for continued...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 11, 2017 

Special Council Meeting Set For October 17

The Whitehall Town Council will conduct a special meeting Tuesday, October 17 to vote on approval of its 2018-19 fiscal year budget. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. The special meeting had originally been scheduled for October...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 11, 2017 

Fatalities near 2016 number

In the latest weekly report from the highway patrol, a total of 145 fatalities have taken place in 2017 on Montana roads. The number in 2016 was 152. 25 of the fatalities have taken place in District 3 (Butte) which includes Whitehall and Cardwell....

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 11, 2017 

Enrollment up at WHS

Enrollment numbers continue to rise at the two Whitehall secondary schools. At the Board of Trustees meeting last week, Whitehall 6-12 Principal Hannah Nieskens said the enrollment at the high school is now 139 after recently adding two freshman and...

 
 By Leonard Wortman    News    October 11, 2017 

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, At last week’s regular meeting we gave final Plat approval for the Ridge Minor Subdivision near Clancy and approved Resolution 37-2017 which created The Ridge Rural Maintenance District. We also had a lengthy discussion with a couple of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 11, 2017 

Chuchos moving to Chief Motel

Chuchos Tacos in Whitehall has a new home. The restaurant that was previously located at 14 East Legion has moved into the Chief Motel Building at 303 East Legion. Owner Heather Fortin said they have been working on the move for the past several...

 
 By Staff Report    News    October 4, 2017

Water rights workshop Thursday in Whitehall

A free water rights workshop is taking place Thursday, October 5 at the Borden’s Hotel Conference Room in Whitehall at 6 p.m. The workshop is being hosted by Ponderosa Advisors LLC, and will focus on recent letters sent to land and water right... Full story

 
 By Staff Report    News    October 4, 2017

JVCF event Oct. 12

The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation will host their Fall Grant Cycle Awards next week. The event will take place October 12 in the Borden’s Conference Room at 7:00 p.m. 2017 grants will be presented to area nonprofits and will also include... Full story

 

Borton workshop on solar power may flip the switch

When it comes to solar power, off-the-grid guru Christopher Borton of Whitehall seems to have a direct line to the sun. Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO) Expo participants will find out on Saturday, Oct. 21, when Borton gives a solar... Full story

 

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week we were finally able to get all of the various levies in from the Towns and Schools so we could approve Resolution 32-2017, Fixing Tax Levies for FY 17-18. We also approved Resolution 33-2017, Declaring... Full story

 

Town General Election Cancelled

The Town of Whitehall has cancelled the November 7 General Election for municipal officer positions. Because there is no election, five will be elected to municipal positions by acclimation. Mary Janacaro Hensleigh will be the new Mayor, Katy James... Full story

 

Plane runs into home

The Federal Aviation Administration and Montana Highway Patrol are investigating a plane accident that took place the afternoon of September 21 in Whitehall. According to Jefferson County Sheriff... Full story

 

Volunteers play huge role at Caverns

Each year people from all over the world descend upon Lewis and Clark Caverns, with thousands coming during the summer to take part in the popular cave tours. While a dedicated and thoroughly knowledgeable Montana State Parks staff does an amazing... Full story

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, Sept. 18 12:40 a.m. – abandoned auto, Hwy 69, Whitehall 8:15 a.m. – traffic/ reckless, I-90 eastbound, MM 252, Whitehall 9:10 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Hwy 2 East, MM 9-10, Cardwell 10:12 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehi... Full story

 

Addict finds new hope in court

The courtroom exudes formality. An ornate chandelier looms in the space over Bella Dally. Above it is the intricately detailed ceiling of Judge John Larson's court. For Dally, this intimidating room... Full story

 

Sullivan: Legislature does schools, taxpayers no favors

If any of you followed the state legislature this past Spring you would have read about proposals to cut state spending and funding for our schools. They did restore millions of dollars in funding for Montana schools that were originally on the chopp... Full story

 

Officials pleased with underground mining

Officials at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine are pleased with the current progress of underground operations at the site. At the Community Transition Advisory Meeting last week, Mine General Manager Dan Banghart reported the production in August... Full story

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, Sept. 11 4:57 a.m. – animal problem, Paul Gulch Road, Whitehall 7:00 a.m. – animal problem, 206 1st Street West, Whitehall 10:35 a.m. – criminal mischief, Whitetail Road, MM 16, Whitehall 10:54 a.m. – hit & run, Hwy 2 West, Whitehall... Full story

 

Jefferson County Joins Several Counties with Early Flu Activity

With the first case of influenza confirmed in Jefferson County last week and several others in 5 other Montana counties, it looks like the 2017-18 flu season has begun. Last Friday, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS)... Full story

 

County Commission Update

Hi Folks, Interesting change of weather this past week. There wasn’t much easing into the change. It went from the 90’s to the 40’s in about three days. This should go a long way toward ending our fire season for this year, especially since we... Full story

 

Plane runs into house Thursday afternoon in Whitehall

The FAA and Montana Highway Patrol are investigating a plane accident Thursday afternoon in Whitehall. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle, a plane was apparently taxiing on the... Full story

 

Council discusses ambulance barn

The Whitehall Town Council is looking for proposals on what to do with the Ambulance Barn located at 207 West Legion. At their regular meeting Monday night, the Council approved to advertise requests for proposals on the space that was most recently... Full story

 

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

Monday, Sept. 4 2:35 a.m. – agency assist, 700 Cottonwood Road, Cardwell 11:05 a.m. - traffic/roads parking, Whitetail Road, Whitehall 11:20 a.m. – traffic stop, Whitetail Road, MM 8, Whitehall 4:03 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 359, Cardwell 4:27... Full story

 

Chamber conducting Gun Raffle

In an effort to raise money to upgrade their building at 501 N. Whitehall St., the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is conducting a Gun Raffle. The prize is a Precision Guns Custom Rifle Combo Package, a $4,200 value. The package includes a rifle up to... Full story

 

Fall gun show runs Friday to Sunday

The annual Whitehall Fall Gun, Knight and Antique show is just a few days away. The popular annual event is scheduled to take place September 8 to 10 at the Whitehall Community Center located at 11 N. Division St. The show is sponsored the Whitehall... Full story

 

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