Week of May 15, 2024

  • School Board Can't Certify Election Results...Yet

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger

    While the 2024-20245 Whitehall School Board elections took place via mail-in ballot earlier this month, the results are still in the air. At the May board meeting on Wednesday, May 8th, Whitehall district superintendent Hannah Nieskens reported on an issue that she and school clerk Allissa Christensen had been dealing with for several weeks, which affected the election results. According to Nieskens, she had been contacted by the county superintendent that board member Laura McDonald needed to be removed from her seat, as she was actually in...

  • Historic Aurora Borealis Show in Whitehall

  • Whitehall High Imagine Learning School of Excellence Award Winner

    Imagine Learning

    Imagine Learning, the largest provider of digital curriculum solutions in the U.S. serves over 15 million students in more than half the school districts nationwide. Recently, Imagine Learning announced the winners of the 2023–2024 Imagine Nation Awards, honoring schools and districts across America for their exemplary implementation of Imagine Learning solutions and commitment to student learning. Whitehall High was selected as a 2023-2024 School of Excellence for its use of Imagine...

  • Little Gnomies Everywhere

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger

    Raven 3D Printing & Design hosted a free gnome-painting party on Sunday, May 12th, with the assistance of the Whimsical Wonders and Reghan Ginn's...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/19/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger

    May 19, 1999 Voters in both Whitehall and Cardwell approved proposed increases in property tax mill levies during the May 18 school elections. Whitehall voters approved a $21,807 mill levy for the Whitehall High School by an 181-116 vote. Depressed gold prices claimed 28 more victims on May 18 when Golden Sunlight Mine announced it reduced its workforce by 28 employees. The mine employs 209, so the layoffs - about a 14 percent workforce reduction - will reduce the Golden Sunlight workforce to...

  • Physical Therapy: A Spring Essential

    JENELLE WHITE, Intermountain Health

    Why Physical Therapy Matters: Spring is here, and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get active comes with it. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a weekend warrior, or a casual walker, you may benefit from physical therapy to keep your body healthy and pain-free. Physical therapy is wholistic health care that focuses on improving your movement, function, and quality of life. Physical therapists are experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as sprains, strains,...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum

    125+ YEARS AGO - May, Part I: Front page headlines in May 1898 Jefferson Valley Zephyr editions featured war stories, states rights vs. the attempt to nationalize the military forces, banks in Montana and Germany in trouble, death on Montana roads from people being thrown from wagons, riots in Italy over taxes on flour; and, Butte being "infested with the toughest gang of crooks and hoboes every seen within the confines of Silver Bow county..." Whitehall finally gained a local undertaker named...

  • Rotarians Visit Hatchery, Cash in Whitehall's Cans

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club

    On May 8, 2024, four members of the Whitehall Rotary Club visited the federal fish hatchery near Ennis, Montana, to learn more about the proper care of trout stocked in the Whitehall historic fishpond each summer. Rotarians Karen Burtch, Candace Ahlin, Libby McBride, and Arlene Weber spent an hour with hatchery staff learning about the hatchery's process and better ways to keep the fish healthy once they are in the pond here in town. The club is obtaining the proper permit to transport larger...

  • Celebrating Mother's Day with Whitehall Public Transportation

    DELICIOUSNESS: Whitehall Public Transportation’s Mother’s Day Breakfast fundraiser fed several dozen on Saturday, May 11th at the Whitehall Community Center. Pancakes, fruit salad, and more were...

  • Jefferson County Democrats Dinner

    JEFFERSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS DINNER: Held on Thursday, May 9th at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Volunteer Hall, the event was well attended (top). Candidates Nancy Lien for HD 75 (middle-left), Craig Doolittle for Jefferson County Commissioner (middle-right), and Jeffrey Benson for SD 38 (at left) spoke at the...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/15/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library

    The 21st Century Friday students took a step back in time at the library. This month, they have been exploring pioneer life with the library staff as they made covered wagons and then discovered they could make butter by themselves. After "finger" churning for 20 minutes, the students opened their jars to see sweet, creamy butter lumps. They then learned to salt and wash the butter, how to store it, and how different it tastes from modern products. Their butter was then served with fresh honey...

  • Butte SPIRIT Homes Bingo Night Fundraiser May 18th, Elks Lodge

    SEAN WISNER, Butte SPIRIT Homes

    On Saturday, May 18th, the Butte SPIRIT Homes will host its first major public fundraising event, a Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge, with a taco dinner at 5 PM and Bingo at 6 PM. There is no fee for entry. Taco bags are $5 each, and a set of 10 Bingo games is $10 - participants can buy as many as they wish. There will be a 50/50 and other games, contests, and numerous silent auction items. There will be a combination of cash and in-kind prizes, including gift certificates for restaurants around...

  • Wildfire Spring Cleaning

    DOUG DODGE, Jefferson County DES and Fire Warden

    Spring is upon us in Montana, and with it comes time for spring cleaning and improvement activities around the house. While we prune, plant, paint, and prepare for summer, it is critical to consider wildfire risk for all our springtime duties and to take a moment to reflect upon the question, “What can I do?” What can I do immediately around my home to reduce its risk of ignition? If you are considering replacing mulch around your house, remember that the first three feet of landscaping should be clear of flammable material. Wood chips,...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Éclairs

    An éclair is a delicious French dessert with an eggy but airy pastry traditionally filled with custard and topped with a chocolate glaze. However, éclairs can be customized to feature many different flavors. Historians say acclaimed chef Antonin Caréme is attributed with making the éclair famous by modifying a cake recipe previously known as "pain la Duchesse." Éclair means "flash," and the name may suggest that these pastries were eaten in a flash. The most recognizable version of this...

  • Hunting is a Valuable Tool in Managing Lions

    ANDREW CARPENTER, Writers on the Range

    Asking the public to decide if it’s a good idea to ban hunting mountain lions and bobcats is no way for a state to run its wildlife agency. We all have opinions, but most of us aren’t experts in managing wildlife. The state monitors lion populations to keep lions out of trouble, set hunting limits, and promote stable populations. Yet, an effort is underway to ban hunting and trapping lions, bobcats, and even lynxes, which are already protected by the state. Anti-hunting advocates are working to collect enough signatures to get a ban on...

  • Cardwell Declamation Contest

    POEMS, COSTUMES, SINGING & MORE: Cardwell School's annual Declamation Contest was held on Thursday, May 9th. The Ledger (along with Janet Finney and TJ Eyer) judged the hilariously precious and thoroughly entertaining contest. All judges were in awe over the children's memorization and enunciation...

  • Frankman Named to Berry College Spring 2024 Dean's List

    BERRY COLLEGE

    Katie Frankman of Cardwell, Montana, was named to the Spring 2024 Dean’s List at Berry College. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Nationally recognized for academic excellence and as an outstanding educational value, Berry is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive liberal arts college of approximately 2,200 students. For more than a century, the college has offered an exceptional education that balances...

  • Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry

    CAREY BURNSIDE, Arctic Heat

    Arctic Heat, a local heating and cooling contractor, is working to raise awareness in the trades industry by promoting women in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Business Manager, co-owner, and mechanical contractor Carey Burnside recently became a member of a nationwide organization called Women in HVACR (the R stands for refrigeration, which means low temperature and is different from air conditioning). The organization has over 1,200 members, but Burnside is currently the...

  • Tech Question? Get the Answers: 5/15/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions

    The Risks of Public Wi-Fi and How to Stay Safe Public Wi-Fi hotspots offer a convenient lifeline in an era where staying connected is paramount. Whether sipping coffee at your favorite café or waiting at the airport, these networks provide quick internet access. But beneath this convenience lurk unseen dangers, threatening your personal data and online security. Public Wi-Fi networks lack the robust security measures of home or corporate networks. This vulnerability makes them a prime target...

  • Star Theatre Trying Something New with Matinees This Week

    Gold Junction Presents (GJP) and the Star Theatre have decided to try out a new schedule this week and see how things go. The matinee will still be held at 2 PM on Sunday, but it will feature last week’s movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes—as an IN CASE YOU MISSED IT feature film! So, if a vampire ballerina girl who likes to play with her food (Abigail) isn’t up your alley, or you missed Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes last weekend, come to the Sunday matinee at 2 PM at the Star Theatre. GJP will monitor the success of this...

  • Last Call for 2024 Grad Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger

    The WHS Class of 2024 will be graduating in less than a month! BUSINESSES: The Ledger will be putting together its keepsake Graduation Section. Is your business interested in running an ad of congratulations for this section? Please let the Whitehall Ledger know as soon as possible! The deadline for inclusion is May 17, 2024; the graduation section will run in the May 29th edition of the Ledger as well as be handed out at graduation. Congrats ads in this section are priced as follows: • Business card: $40 • Rectangle (3 column x 4”):...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 5/15/2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, a friend has made steady progress and exhibited significant personal growth. Continue to support this person’s pursuits and act as a source of encouragement. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Your happiness can bring joy to many other people this week, Taurus. Spread your positivity among those who can use it the most. You will reap rewards as well. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 The people around you may behave in interesting and unexpected ways, Gemini. You don’t know what to make of this, so sit back and watch the show. CANCER Jun...

  • Dear Editor: Rebuttal on Rank Choice Voting

    JIM BUTERBAUGH

    Dear Editor, Good Wednesday, Jefferson County. This is a little note about last week's letter to the editor trying to mislead on Rank Choice Voting. The writer stated that I misrepresented Ballotpedia's explanation of rank-choice voting, saying we would only vote once as usual. He stated that the only thing that would be required is multiple tabulations and instant run-offs. How do you get multiple tabulations and instant run-offs? It seems to me you must vote. Nothing is wrong with the system...

  • Dear Editor: Throwing Rural Montana Under the Bus

    KATIE SULLIVAN and RYAN LYNCH, MT House of Representatives and MT Senate

    Dear Editor, Republicans fight with each other all the time, but it seems the one thing they can agree on is throwing rural Montana under the bus. During the last session of the state Legislature, 130 of 150 legislators–Republicans and Democrats–passed a bill to fund the conservation of public lands and repair the county roads that help hunters, anglers, hikers, and campers access them. This bill, SB 442, would have ensured a permanent and stable source of support not just for the...

  • Dear Editor: Support for Ray Shaw

    KEN WALSH, HD71 Representative

    Dear Editor, Running for public office is not for the faint of heart. City council members, county commissioners, school board trustees, and state legislators all require a big commitment to do their jobs well. I admire anyone who tosses their hat into the ring. As taxpayers and voters, we all must participate by educating ourselves on the candidate's priorities and policies and, most importantly, voting. Our jobs are not done yet. We must remain engaged in the budgeting and policy-making...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/15/2024

    Insurance is the only industry whose entire business model does not give you what you paid for. Considering how advanced our species allegedly is, it’s amazing we haven’t evolved to live off of grass. This would have solved so many of our problems throughout history. Cows, deer, and many other mammals can live off of grass and similar foliage, but somehow, we can’t. By your 30th birthday, you will have spent an entire month celebrating your birthday. With the most powerful telescopes being mirror-based, we will never see the space...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 5/15/2024

    GEORGIA

    Georgia, I have a question, I’m the mother of a five-year-old. I’ve been happily married for six years - but that could change after my husband’s outlandish Mother’s Day present. He gave me - deep breath - a “Mother & Toddler” two-hour art class for Mother’s Day. I love my child; I adore the ground she walks on, and she gives me endless hours of joy. We spend a lot of time together as I am a stay-at-home mom. So is it terrible that, for Mother’s Day, I do not want to be sent off to a class with my child while my husband plays...

  • A Different Perspective: 5/15/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Whitehall Ledger Contributing Writer

    Boy, oh boy, oh boy! What better time to write about perspectives than an election year? Especially this one. I hardly know where to start. Local? State? National? Present, upcoming, or lingering on from the past? Events? Issues? Personalities? Real or perceived? All are integral in our lives, whether or not we’re directly affected or have any ability to make a difference. Some of the topics are front and center in our thoughts, while others are just too abstract to be worth thinking about....

  • CONNECTING POINT: Luxury of Hindsight

    BILL LANES

    Hindsight is everything someone once quipped. Looking back at circumstances, we can gain a greater appreciation or come to a better understanding. However, when in real-time, some matters can be confusing or completely misunderstood. Christians today have the luxury of hindsight when it comes to Jesus Christ because we have the Bible in our hands, and most accept the tenets of faith about His birth, death, resurrection, and Messiahship. This luxury was not always shared in the 1st century, even by His followers, including Thomas and, at...

  • Lori Strozzi, 59

    Lori Strozzi, 59, of Whitehall, passed away on May 4th, 2024, in the presence of her family following a brief and rare illness. Lori was born in Seatle, WA, on September 29, 1964, to parents Curt and Carole Newby. The oldest of three children (siblings Jeri Eason and John Newby), the family moved between Havre, Cheyanne, WY, Zurich/Chinook area, and Whitehall in her early years. They settled in Whitehall in 1980 and it was then she met her husband, Rick Strozzi. They soon married on August 15,...

  • Larry Joseph Weidinger, 89

    Larry Joseph Weidinger departed this world for a "Better Place" on Wednesday, May 08, 2024, at the age of 89. Larry was born on December 12, 1934, to parents Joseph Weidinger and Lois (Jones) Weidinger in Billings, Montana. The family farmed near Pompeys Pillar, Montana, and Larry was the oldest of nine children. During his early years, Larry's family also lived in/near Fromberg, and Larry graduated from high school in Edgar, Montana. About a year later, Larry joined the United States Marine...

  • Louis Edwin Maack, 98

    Louis Edwin Maack peacefully joined the Lord and his beloved wife on the morning of May 7th, 2024. Born in Albion Township, North Dakota, on November 4th, 1925, he was the 12th of 13 children born to Christian and Ida (Steffen) Maack. Louis embarked on a motorcycle journey to Pony, MT, to visit his older siblings, where he resided for a year before returning to North Dakota to attend a vocational school specializing in welding. Louis relocated to the West Coast during WWII, joining his sister...

  • Marigail Anne Schreiner, 75

    On May 6th, 2024, Marigail Anne Schreiner gained her wings after battling health issues in Helena, Montana. Marigail was born on April 16, 1949, in Livingston, Montana, to Ethel and Clyde Prewett. She grew up in the Swan and graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana, in 1967. She was the middle child of three. She started her family in 1973 with the birth of her daughter Angel. In 1976, she had her second child, Joe. She strived daily to provide and raise her children as a single...

  • Patricia Marzetta, 88

    Patricia "Pat" Marzetta, 88, of Black Eagle, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024. A memorial service was held on February 23, 2024, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Pat was born on November 16, 1935, in Sheridan, Montana. She lived in Whitehall, Montana, until she graduated from high school and moved to Sacramento, California, with her sister in 1954. That same year, she went to work for the state. She moved from California to Great Falls in 1956 and worked as a typist for the Anaconda...

  • Memorial Services for Hank King

    Memorial Services for HANK KING will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 2 PM at the Whitehall Assembly of God Church (6 E First St.) A potluck will follow (please, no pork or shellfish...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 5/5/2024

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT

    SUNDAY, MAY 5 03:42:10 Larceny/Theft: N Whitehall St 07:09:31 Traffic Hazard: I-90 10:48:11 911 Hang Up: E Legion St 13:26:01 911 Hang Up: Cherokee Place 13:50:27 Animal: Bluebird Ln 16:44:03 Medical: Edwards Addition Rd 17:56:01 Reckless Driver: I-90 20:05:17 Citizen Assist: Boe Ln 21:11:11 Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 22:13:26 911 Hang Up: S Brooke St MONDAY, MAY 6 01:20:09 911 Hang Up: I-90 09:20:09 Stolen Property: Hwy 2 E 09:42:14 Welfare Check: N Whitehall St 13:55:24 Stranded...

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