Week of February 28, 2024

  • Council Moves Forward With Plan for Visionary Broadband Project

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger

    At the February meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held February 20th due to the President's Day holiday that Monday, the Council pushed forward with the Visionary Broadband project, though a final ordinance regarding franchise fees had not yet been solidified. Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh said that the Town wished to move forward with the project, but that it needed to set itself up properly for future right-of-way use, which has not been done in the past. The Town agreed to the...

  • Star Theatre Plans Grand Re-Opening with Oscars Red Carpet Event

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Gold Junction Presents

    Welcome, movie enthusiasts and glamorous party-goers, to the most anticipated event of the year at the Star Theater in Whitehall, Montana! The wait for the Star Theatre to reopen is nearly over! The Star Theatre, now operated by Whitehall non-profit Gold Junction Presents (GJP), is excited to announce its grand re-opening on Sunday, March 10th with an Oscars Red Carpet party! We're rolling out the red carpet and inviting you to join us for a dazzling Oscars Party that promises to be an...

  • JVRAD Fees Not Implemented on Town Tax Bill

    HOLLY HARPER, Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District

    Residents of the Town of Whitehall have repeatedly indicated their desire to financially support the local ambulance service, first through petitions, then through a ballot vote in November of 2022 to join the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District (JVRAD). The astute Town of Whitehall resident might have noticed that the $29 fee that should have appeared on your most recent tax bill did not, in fact, appear at all. The board of the JVRAD is optimistic that this omission will be corrected in...

  • BY's 4-H Club Youth Rodeo Canceled

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger

    A letter received by The Whitehall Ledger on February 21st detailed the sad news that the BY's 4-H Club Youth Rodeo, for 2024 at least, is a no-go. "Dear Family and Friends, We are sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds, the BY's 4-H Club is unable to put on the 2024 BY's Youth Rodeo normally held the first Saturday in May. We apologize to those who have been there with us over the years and participated in the rodeo. We hope to see you back for...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 2/22/2024

    LESLIE DYSON, Whitehall Pool League

    WEEK OF 2/22/2024 TEAM Two Bit #1: 13 wins, 4 losses Two Bit #2: 11 wins, 6 losses Mint #: 11 wins, 6 losses Mint #4: 10 wins, 7 losses MEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Todd Choquette, Curtis Chadwick 3 wins, 1 loss: Ernie Smith, Whitey, Jay VonBergen, Dwayne McClanahan, Jeremy Jensen, Tyler Blair, Brian Hartford, Will Bowen WOMEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Deanna Wall 3 wins, 1 loss: Terry Chadwick, Leslie...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: AI For Business: Bewares and Boasts

    Whitehall Chamber of Commerce

    At first glance, especially for people who have trouble writing or have difficulty starting out and collecting their thoughts at a keyboard, AI can feel like the smartest kid in the class offering to do your homework for free, forever. It seems like a huge win and I'm not saying it isn't. But there are a few things you should be aware of as well as some tasks it does tremendously well that could save you a lot of time and energy. Google's new Bard (AI) issued this statement to all users, "Bard...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 2/28/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions

    The Sonic Battle: Wireless vs. Wired Home Audio Systems In the ever-evolving landscape of home entertainment, the choice between wireless and wired audio systems has become a hot topic for music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike. As technology continues to advance, consumers are faced with the dilemma of choosing between the convenience of wireless setups and the perceived superior audio quality of their wired counterparts. Wireless home audio systems have gained significant popularity in...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 2/28/2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Take a few days off from work if you find you have been running yourself ragged, Aries. The pressure to be the best may have gotten to you and you need a rest. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Powering through a situation sometimes works, but not if you are feeling ill or injured, Taurus. Prioritize your health right now and take a step back if need be. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, there are always two sides to every story, so resist the urge to weigh in on a situation between friends right now. Get all of the information first and...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 2/28/2024

    GEORGIA

    Georgia, I have a question, I (M46) am in a great relationship with a lovely lady (F45). However, she has an 18-year-old son, who I believe may have Asperger’s, who I don’t get along with at all. He’s a bit strange and never makes an effort to clean up after himself, he has poor hygiene and is socially awkward. I just bought a two-bedroom house on my own - my girlfriend did not contribute towards the house - it was all my money. I asked her to move in. I did not invite the son. I don't want him living in my home - I’d be giving up a...

  • Dear Editor: How the Electoral College Works

    TERRY MURPHY

    Dear Editor, There is much discussion and misunderstanding about the electoral method we use to elect the President of the United States. It is really a simple and good way to do it as I see it. It is set up in the Constitution as follows: "Each State shall appoint in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person...

  • Dear Editor: A Response to Last Week's Letters

    DON LEPINSKY

    Dear Editor, I read the three letters to the editor in the Ledger's February 21, 2024 publication. The following is a brief response to all three. Jan Lombardi's letter on the increased property tax problem was both informative and right on. The state dropped the ball on addressing this issue, no matter whose fault. It is an example of a political lack of foresight in mitigating issues before they become problems. State government should be proactive in governance, not reactive. Would anyone be...

  • Dear Editor: Plan for the National Day of Prayer

    WES MYHRE

    Dear Editor, Are you concerned about our great country and its preservation for our future generations? Do you recognize an enemy infiltrating our borders through lawless deeds of government? Have questions arisen in your being about all sorts of propaganda being pushed on us and our children? Do you want joy and assurance for your neighbor, and a strong country that can be a beacon of light and hope for the rest of the world while maintaining our sovereignty? Do you understand that a sharp...

  • Thought Provokers: 2/28/2024

    Sweatpants were made for physical activity, but wearing them in public makes you seem lazy. People get more upset when their tax money is used to help their neighbors than they are when it is used to bomb strangers. 8 hours of drinking is binge drinking, 8 hours of TV is binge-watching, 8 hours of sleep is barely enough. Deep conversation shows an interest in the topic you’re discussing but small talk shows interest in the person you’re talking to. CEOs earning more is justified through the importance of successful decision-making, but...

  • CONNECTING POINT: Sacred Cows

    BILL LANES

    Figures of speech abound all around us. I’m certain in the past week you’ve used some form of a figure of speech, I certainly have. I want to examine with you today a “sacred cow.” Dictionary.com defines this as “an individual, organization, institution, etc., considered to be exempt from criticism or questioning.” Sometimes we hold dearly to our own “sacred cow” and expect others to fall into line. Well, Jesus in Luke chapter 6 addresses the topic. “One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples...

  • Long-Distance Rail Route Through Southern Montana Garners Another Nod From Feds

    AMANDA EGGERT, Montana Free PRess

    A Chicago-to-Seattle passenger rail route that passes through some of Montana's most populous counties has been included in a list of 15 long-distance routes tapped for restoration by the federal government. The development marks the second time federal regulators have spotlighted the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority's efforts to bring additional passenger train service to Montana. During a meeting on Feb. 8, the Federal Railroad Administration also provided a bit more detail on where the North...

  • How Montana Pays For Its Public Schools, in Pictures

    ALEX SAKARIASSEN and ERIC DIETRICH, Montana Free Press

    Educating Montana’s youth is one of the state’s most costly endeavors and a responsibility shouldered by citizens of all stripes: teachers, parents, voters, taxpayers. It’s a promise baked into the very fabric of the state Constitution, which vows to develop the full educational potential of each citizen. How Montana tries to meet that lofty goal, financially speaking, is a constant point of policy wrangling. The intricacies of school budgeting are also a perennial source of confusion for...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/24/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger

    FEBRUARY 24, 1999 Borden's Hotel, a landmark building in downtown Whitehall since 1913, was purchased by Marion and Duane Alberts of Whitehall and reopened for business on February 16th. Sunday afternoon dancing, a 40-year tradition at Borden's, resumed on February 21st and the Alberts said the tradition would be maintained. A group of volunteers was working to provide nest boxes and know-how to encourage recovery of the mountain bluebird population, which once was in deep decline. Volunteers...

  • Landowners have until March 15 to apply for PALA and UPL programs

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks

    Landowners have until March 15 to apply for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide recreational public access to state (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no or limited legal public access currently exists. For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive an income tax...

  • BINGO & Soup Tonight at Trinity Methodist

    TRUDY MCLEAN, Trinity United Methodist Church

    Everyone is invited to attend an inter-generational (all ages) BINGO and Soup Night on Wednesday, February 28th from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Trinity United Methodist (102 N. Brooke Street). Come join us for a bowl of soup and time of connection playing Bingo and other games. All are welcome, invited, and encouraged to attend this fun...

  • Between the Stacks: 2/28/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library

    One of the great things about libraries is that the staff learns so many things from the patrons. A patron brought me information on a new Property Tax Assistance Program for the Tax Year 2024. There are applications at the Library and this program offers up to an 80% reduction in property taxes, depending on the owner's income. The applications must be filled out and delivered by April 15, 2024. For all of my favorite techies, the Library will be hosting an evening program on Robotics R...

  • WGC Meeting March 6th

    LAURA HORN, Whitehall Garden Club

    The Whitehall Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at the Borden's Conference Room. We welcome the public to join us beginning at 9:30 AM to socialize and enjoy refreshments provided by our hostesses Glenna Waltee and Joan Myhre. Our business meeting will begin at 10 AM, followed by an informative program, "Growing by the Moon's Phases," which explores the premise of how the cycles of the moon affect plant growth. The Whitehall Garden Club is a member of the...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Farmhouse Skillet - A Brunch Staple

    On lazy weekend mornings or when entertaining a crowd, it may be more fitting to serve brunch rather than breakfast or lunch. Brunch enables guests or family members to sleep in a little later. Plus the filling combination of menu items can keep people satisfied until dinner later on in the evening. The recipes for Farmhouse Skillet from Lord Honey Traditional Southern Recipes with a Country Bling Twist (Pelican Publishing) by Chef Jason Smith, puts together a blend of savory ingredients into...

  • Henry "Hank" Randall Piazzola, 90

    Henry Randall Piazzola fondly known as (Hank) 90, passed away peacefully at his home on February 15, 2024, with his loving wife Lynne of 55 years at his side. Hank was born on August 11, 1933, in Dillon, Montana, to Lawrence and Nora (Paddock) Piazzola. His formative years were spent on a ranch in Pipestone, and he received his education from local schools in Whitehall. Shortly after graduating from high school, he worked as a fire control technician for the forest service. In 1967 Hank and his...

  • Hank King, 88

    Hank, as he was known by most, died peacefully in the home of his grandson Mark LaMere and his wife Shae in Lewisville, Colorado. He was born in Montrose, Colorado. and was one of five children. He grew up in Leadville, Colorado. Life was difficult in the 1930s and 1940s for people of this country but Hank was resilient and thrived. He went to a Catholic elementary school and graduated from Leadville High School. In 1955 he started at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado where he met the...

  • Barbara Simmons Huntley, 93

    As the morning sun crested the horizon on February 1, 2024, surrounded by her children, Barbara Huntley (93 yrs.) peacefully passed at her home in Sun City West, Arizona, and was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior. Barbara was born March 26, 1930, in Mackay, Idaho to Darwin and Zula Simmons. After numerous moves, her family settled in Whitehall, Montana where she graduated from high school in 1948. During her time at Whitehall High, she met a handsome young man who ultimately...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 2/18/2024

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 08:25:42 Medical: Skyline Dr 10:51:39 Medical: Skyline Dr 17:57:01 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 55 19:46:13 911 Hang Up: Edwards Addition Rd 20:06:58 911 Hang Up 20:16:21 Traffic Stop: E Legion St MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 05:28:50 Reckless Driver: I-90 08:02:57 Trespass: Hwy 55 11:33:04 Medical: Whitehall St 13:43:55 Motorist Assist: Hwy 69 14:06:57 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 2 E 14:49:31 Stranded Motorist: I-90 14:59:24 Animal: Rocky Mountain Dr 15:04:24 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 2 E 15:53:52...

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