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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Editorial: Plenty to explore at Lewis and Clark Caverns

Every summer thousands of tourists make their way to the Lewis and Clark Caverns outside of Cardwell. While it's quite the popular destination for visitors, the Caverns are also a great way to spend the day or evening for local residents. Throughout...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 21, 2017 

Column: Spamalama ding dong

About once a week I will go through my spam folders to check to see if I might have missed anything someone may have sent. Every once in a while I catch something that is important and it is well worth it even if I have navigate through a mess of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 14, 2017

EDITORIAL: Group represents Whitehall well

Last week, 2017 Whitehall High School graduates Colton Noyes, Braden Larsen, and Andrew Simon all traveled to Billings to compete in the annual Class B All-Star Football game. This week, three Whitehall residents will be making the trip to Tennessee...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 14, 2017

COLUMN: Pens and Socks

I try to stay organized to the best of my abilities. Unfortunately by about Wednesday mornings my desk looks like a tornado blew into the office and it takes awhile to get back on track to get ready for the next issue of the Ledger. I always tell mys... Full story

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Editorial: Mule Days packs fun for the whole family

Last week I was able to do an interview with Tara Price, one of the organizers for the upcoming Montana Mule Days event in Whitehall. After our conversation, I was more than pleased that the event scheduled from June 9 to 11 is coming to town. This...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 7, 2017

Column: Construction Blues

Since I can remember, I have always heard people say there are only two seasons in the Rocky Mountains – Spring and road construction. While this is not entirely true, it seems like near the end of every April construction projects start popping...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 31, 2017

Editorial: Great job at the schools in 2016-17

The school year has already come to an end or is nearly finished for students at the public schools in Cardwell and Whitehall. This issue of the Whitehall Ledger is full of stories and pictures from graduations and a variety of school events. With...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Editorial: Vote would allow residents to decide

While a final decision has yet to be made, it appears local residents will be heading to the polls to let their voices be heard about the creation of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District. The Jefferson County Commissioners will make the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 24, 2017

Column: Spring in Montana

I've got to admit that last Wednesday I was really starting to get nervous. Usually during the winter months I always know there is a chance that the newspaper might be delayed a few hours or possibly a day because of weather, but that isn't...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Editorial: Counting the days and making the days count

In less than two week students at Whitehall High School will be graduating during a May 28 ceremony. After four long years in high school they will be moving on to college, the workforce, or spending some time figuring out what they want to do as...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 17, 2017

Column: Happy Birthday?

Two days ago was my birthday. I would like to say it was a joyous occasion with a day full of celebrations, but this was not the case. This time of year is really busy at the newspaper, and since it was a Monday there was no time for any sort of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Editorial: Spread the word about Head Start opening

The importance of programs like Head Start cannot be understated. The hands on learning a child experiences in the program from the ages of three to five is beneficial to their transition from early education to grade school. I have witnessed just...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 10, 2017

Column: Nos Amis

It is never easy to turn on the television or to get on the Internet and see horrific acts of terror around the world. I will never understand why people think the way they do, but its sickening that people would think a mass shooting or bombing of...

 

Letters to the Editor: Opposed to two services

I recently talked with Leonard Wortman about the Protest Form regarding the establishment of a Rural Ambulance District. I was confused about 1) the first paragraph and all the legal jargon. 2) a failure to respond is a “yes” vote. 3) if you retu...

 

Letter to the Editor: "Mr. Mayor part IV and V"

I so enjoyed your Letters to the Editor last week. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Are you all still wearing your ruby slippers, clicking your heels and living in “Wonder Land”? I really believe you and your ghost writer have been...

 

Letter to the Editor: Politically Neutral

Of the twelve years that we have lived here, this is only my second letter to the editor. I feel strongly about this issue that I feel it is time for me to write another. And, I for one appreciate all that the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce has done...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Editorial: Correct call by Whitehall school officials

Being a teenager is by no means easy. While it certainly can be a time that comes with memories that will last a lifetime, there are also a lot of social and peer pressures that can make things tough. This is perhaps even more difficult in a day and...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 3, 2017

Column: Like you own the place

I spent a few minutes last week looking up plane tickets for a possible trip to watch a University of Wyoming football game this fall. I haven’t been able to go the past couple years and I really want to make it to a game. Until 2015 I had been to...

 

Editorial: The positives far outweigh the negative

As is the case with any small town, there were plenty of rumors floating around Whitehall about what happened during a shooting incident April 15. While some of the information spreading around was not true, some of it was. Even though the story...

 

Column: Social Experiments...

Viral videos are a huge deal in 2017. Everyone has a phone, and everyone is recording just about everything they can to post to YouTube or a variety of other platforms. While there are certainly millions of horrible videos, there are some that are...

 

Editorial: Put the cell phone down, it can wait

During a comment period at last week’s Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting in Whitehall, Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine Safety Director Jim Loomis reminded those in attendance about the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. Loomis...

 

Column: Bad day gone good

Ever have one of those days where nothing seems to go right? This appeared to be the case for me last Friday. Boy, did I end up wrong, but it didn't start well. I had made plans to go to a concert in Missoula, but it seemed that everything that...

 

Editorial: Spring Clean Up a boon to Whitehall

The last week of the month will provide a shining example of some of the great things that happen throughout the year in Whitehall. The annual Town of Whitehall Spring Clean up is scheduled for April 24 to 28 and local residents will be busy...

 

Column: "IT" returns

When I was growing up, I would read just about everything I could get my hands on. I would go to the library, prefer to get a book for a gift, and when I was in the bathroom would always have a newspaper or at least read the back of the shampoo bottl...

 

Letter to the Editor: Response to Mayor Davis

I need to begin by doing some housekeeping. This is my attempt to make the “workers” of the town hall happy. I need to state I am a resident of Madison County living in Whitehall. Now, my response to the Mayor of Whitehall. Your office workers sa...

 

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