The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

Southwest Montana July Festival Roundup

It's time to get out the calendars and fill in the dates for the multitude of July festivals around Southwest Montana. Whether your pleasure is fireworks, rodeos, parades, delving back into Montana's...

Dalmatian Toadflax Insects Available

The Whitehall Biological Control Project of Jefferson County will be collecting Dalmatian toadflax stem boring weevils (Mecinus janthiniformis) these next few weeks. These insects effect only the...

Frontier Days Rodeo Looking for Sponsors

The mission of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is to bring individuals, businesses, and organizations together to enrich the community of Whitehall. The annual Whitehall Frontier Days Rodeo is one of the best ways to accomplish this, but help is...

Wood Bat Winners!

Gallatin Valley All Stars 11u won the Belgrade Wood Bat Tournament! Whitehall members include Tommy Edwards, Wyatt Tebay, and Tyse...

Horoscopes: Week of 6/29/2022

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you are on fire lately. There’s seemingly nothing you touch that won’t turn to gold afterward. This trend will continue, but try not to let it go to your head. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, unless you take swift...

Thought Provokers 6/29/2022

The fact humans have so much trouble understanding each other’s differences says that they aren’t ready for extraterrestrial contact. The ultimate proof that there are no such things as ghosts is the fact that ghosts never haunt serial...

Go Ask Jo: 6/29/2022

Dear Jo, Have you ever listened to a song and had thoughts that you wish life could be that way? Movies make me feel the same way. I feel incredibly happy when the movie is happy, sad when the movie is sad...all the emotions. Am I naive to believe...

Connecting Point: Power of Probability

Peter Stoner, philosopher and mathematician at Pasadena College a few years ago, described the probability of Jesus Christ fulfilling just 8 of those 300 Messianic prophecies are described in the Old Testament record. “Try to visualize this...

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/25/1997

June 25, 1997 The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and Montana Rail Link (MRL) were discussing possible arrangements that would lead to MRL operating freight trains over the trackage west of Whitehall over Homestake Pass. Both BNSF...

Montana Ranked 4th Least Affordable State

Montana ranks as the fourth least affordable state in the US, with a 2.78% difference between the average wage and cost of living in the state. The study, carried out by careers board Lensa, analysed...

Cottage Industries - Montana Style: Momma Lou's Fine Furniture

Not unlike others, Sandie Metcalf came into herself as an artist late in life, after she retired. It was then, painting on furniture in her Montana Cowgirl Ranchy style, that she attracted clients to...

Creating Fiction from History -

This photo would have been a somewhat familiar scene in 1942 Kansas. However, this was not Kansas, though it was 1942. On the small New Jersey farmstead of Don and Lois Hottinger, the harvest was...

Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: week of 6/19/2022

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 00:01:33 Traffic Stop: Jackrabbit Ln 00:19:06 Traffic Stop: Jackrabbit Ln 08:33:57 Domestic (Non-Violent): W Viella St 10:14:39 Traffic Stop: I-90 11:09:48 Traffic Stop: Hwy 359 12:01:18 Warrant: Whitetail Rd 12:26:41 Warrant:...

FWP Seeks Comment on Several Proposals for August 25 Commission Meeting

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several proposals slated to go to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August. Under the new commission process, FWP is taking public comment on these proposals now and will present the...

MARRIED: Nick Thieme & Stevie Croisant

Nick Thieme took Stevie Croisant as his bride on June 25, 2022, at the Hardscrabble Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. The Thiemes live in Cardwell with their two dogs, Quinn and Iggy. Stevie works at...

Lane Filtering Legal in Montana

Did you know? Lane filtering for motorcycles is legal in Montana, per the passage of SB9 by the Montana State Legislature in October 2021. The new law defines lane filtering as “the act of overtaking and passing another vehicle that is stopped or...

Whitehall Garden Club Meeting July 6

The Whitehall Garden club will meet Wednesday, July 6 at the Vorden’s Conference Room. Social time is at 9:30 AM, the meeting at 10 AM, and our program is at 11 AM. This month we are happy to have Dr. Jack Kirkley as our guest speaker on the...

A Girl and Her Clown

Amelia Schober had a joyous circus experience at the C&M Circus in Whitehall on June 23 at the Whitehall Recreation Complex. Not only did she meet Skeeter the clown, but she also took...

Celebration of Life for Roger Siemens

Please join us on July 2, 2022, as we commemorate the Life of Roger (& Rita) Siemens. Beginning at noon, there will be a brief graveside service at the Silver Star Cemetery, followed by an afternoon of celebration and open house at their home at... Full story

Frances Helen (Thompson)Duncan, 88

Frances Helen (Thompson) Duncan was born December 3, 1933, in Sheridan, Montana to Richard and Kathleen (Winslow) Thompson. The family, which included younger sister Patricia, lived in Virginia City... Full story

Freedom in the West, But Not For Women

I moved to Wyoming a few years ago for its outdoor recreation, but I also liked the state’s history of championing equal rights for women. As early as 1869, it codified women’s voting rights, 50 years before the 19th Amendment did the same...

Proposed Ballot Measure I-191 Receives Virtually No Signatures, Fails to Qualify for the November Ballot

Following months of widespread, bipartisan opposition, proposed Ballot Measure I-191 received virtually none of the required 30,000 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. Friday, June 17th was the deadline for all proposed Montana...

Goodbye Roe v. Wade: Pro-Lifers Celebrate Ruling They've Waited For

Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that mobilized generations of pro-life activists and shaped evangelicals’ political engagement for half a century—has been overturned. Millions have marched, protested, lobbied, and prayed for the end of...

Restrictive Voting Legislation Will Impact Millions of Rural Voters in the 2022 General Elections

Voters in rural areas across the country heavily rely on alternative ways to vote, including voting by mail and in-person early voting, and newly proposed state legislation would restrict their ability to cast a ballot, according to a new report by...

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