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  • Town CouncilNext Two Weeks Busy for Town and Volunteers

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 17, 2024

    With Whitehall’s first official PRCA Rodeo this weekend, followed by Whitehall’s Annual Frontier Days event kicking off Thursday, July 25th, with the Whitehall Chamber Community Appreciation BBQ, the next two weeks will be busy for all. At the July meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, July 15th at 7 PM in the Town Chambers, road closures, event planning, and open container permits were the main topics of discussion. UPCOMING ROAD CLOSURES: • Larissa Boyd Concert (PRCA Rodeo Street Dance): - Main Street from Legion to the alley...

  • EDITORIAL: When Volunteering Becomes a Chore

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 17, 2024

    Two weeks ago, the Whitehall Country Store received a “donation” to the store - in the form of several broken air conditioners, refrigerators, and other items with freon. The dump charges a fee to dump these items - and, since it was obvious these items no longer worked - these individuals brought them to the Country Store instead while the Store was not open. After the Store received these items and they were found to be defunct, the Whitehall Country Store's volunteers then had to PAY the fees to the dump to dispose of the items. Is this fai...

  • Whitehall Ledger Office Closed: 7/18-7/22

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 17, 2024

    The Whitehall Ledger will be closed on Thursday, July 18th, and will reopen on Monday, July 22nd. Emails and phone calls will not be answered at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience!...

  • Into the Wild Frontier Showing for Free at Star Theatre Thursdays

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 10, 2024

    The beauty surrounding Whitehall is hard to ignore. With the Tobacco Root Mountains, the Highlands, and the Jefferson and Madison Rivers right out our backdoors, the Jefferson Valley has become a filmmaker's paradise. One of the most recent productions filmed right out Whitehall's doors will be shown, for free, at the Star Theatre beginning Thursday, July 11th at 7 PM. Whitehall non-profit Gold Junction Presents and the Montanan Film Commission bring this film series to you. INSP channel's Into...

  • Deadline for Ledger's PRCA/Frontier Days Special Section Approaching

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 10, 2024

    The Whitehall Ledger will put out its annual Frontier Days special section a week earlier than usual to capture the PRCA rodeo attendees interest as well. And this special section's deadline is quickly approaching. These will be two of Whitehall's biggest summer weekends, with the PRCA held on July 19th and 20th, and Frontier Days right on its heels July 26-27. This special section will be hitting the stands inside the July 17th edition; deadline for advertisements is July 15th. 2024 rates are...

  • Deadlines & Who to Contact for Frontier Days Events

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 10, 2024

    ADVERTISING: The Whitehall Ledger will publish its annual Frontier Days special section a week earlier than usual to attract the interest of the PRCA rodeo attendees. If you would like to advertise for the PRCA and/or Frontier Days, contact the Ledger at 406-287-5301 or whledger@gmail.com. The deadline for this special section is July 12th. CHAMBER BBQ SPONSORSHIP: The Chamber is looking for food and monetary sponsors for the annual community BBQ. Contact the Chamber at 406-287-2260 or whitehallmtchamber@gmail.com for more information. JVFA...

  • Antonioli Resigns From Pool Board After Town Letter

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 26, 2024

    At the June meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, June 17, in the Town Hall, it was announced that longtime volunteer and Pool Board member Steve Antonioli had resigned just four days before the pool's summer opening. Audience member Maxine Samuelson commented that Antonioli had been an asset to this community, funding the pool via a personal loan along with Glenna Waltee and Helen McCarthy, and that the town owed Antonioli a sincere thank you for his years of dedication. However, many other audience members were left confused by...

  • Council Plans for Annual Budget, Adds New Face to Board, Says Goodbye to Others

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 19, 2024

    May and June were busy months for the Town, as was evident by the agenda of the June 17th Town Council meeting held at the Whitehall Town Hall. With a consent agenda nearly a page long, the Town’s boards were inundated with requests, resignations, appointments, and more. The largest news item brought to the meeting may have larger repercussions than most realize. Stephen Antonioli resigned from his position on the Pool Board. Antonioli, Glenna Waltee, and Helen McCarthy took out a loan to cover the pool’s creation and installation nearly twe...

  • School Board Approves Activity Fee Increases

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 19, 2024

    At the June meeting of the Whitehall School Board, held Tuesday, June 11th, in the Elementary Library, one topic was brought up, but it was shut down, so all the things left unsaid hung in the air throughout the remainder of the meeting. At the start of the meeting, during public comment, freshman Kadie Chadwick approached the school board with a formal complaint against a teacher and provided copies to each board member. However, Superintendent Hannah Nieskens reminded Chadwick that Policy 1085 required a specific chain of command for...

  • EDITORIAL: A Moment to Humble Brag

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 12, 2024
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    Each year, the Montana Newspaper Association invites newspaper professionals to enter their best work in the following categories: Editorial, Design, Photojournalism, Advertising, Digital, and Special Publications. By reciprocal agreement, entries are judged by newspaper professionals and journalists from other state press/newspaper associations; this year’s contest was judged by volunteer members of the Utah Press Association. On June 3rd, the Whitehall Ledger was notified its entries has placed in the following categories: • Best Fea...

  • Help Keep Sunshine Rolling

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 5, 2024

    Most Whitehall residents know, or at least recognize, Charlie Shank and "Sunshine," his mobility cart. Charlie is a fixture in this community, sharing wisdom, smiles, and rides on Sunshine with everyone he knows. However, Sunshine needs a new battery and a few repairs. Charlie has a fixed income and could use a little Whitehall community spirit. Any amount you can spare will help. A generous anonymous donor has already kickstarted this campaign with a donation of $500. This donor has actually...

  • Furiosa Fun at the Star Theatre Saturday, June 8 at 5 PM

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 5, 2024

    Attention, War Boys and Road Warriors! Prepare yourselves for a night of post-apocalyptic chaos and mayhem at The Star Theatre! This Saturday, June 8th at 5 PM we're bringing the wasteland to life with our Furiosa Party, featuring: • Two fully decked-out war rigs straight from the Mad Max era – these beasts are ready to ride eternal, shiny, and chrome! Come check them out, take some photos, and plan your next custom rig! • Costume Contest – Arm yourself in your most fierce and wild wastela...

  • Black Tie & Blue Jeans Seeking Your Attendance, Auction Donations

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 5, 2024

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite the entire Whitehall community to the return of our annual Black Tie Blue Jeans (BTBJ) fundraising event! This year's event promises to be a fun, relaxed evening that goes back to basics, celebrating our community in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you wear your finest attire or your favorite pair of jeans, we don't care – we just want you there! BTBJ will return to the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Doors...

  • Chamber Cordially Invites You to the Return of Black Tie Blue Jeans

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 29, 2024

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite the entire Whitehall community to the return of our annual Black Tie Blue Jeans (BTBJ) fundraising event! This year's event promises to be a fun, relaxed evening that goes back to basics, celebrating our community in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you wear your finest attire or your favorite pair of jeans, we don't care – we just want you there! BTBJ will return to the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Doors...

  • Council Revisits Clerk/ Treasurer Job Split Request

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 22, 2024

    It felt a bit like deja vu at the May 21, 2024, meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, though the outcome of the evening’s meeting was a bit different than that of the April meeting. The issue of splitting the Clerk/treasurer job was once again broached. Councilman Roy McBride called a point-of-order before questioning whether revisiting this issue after last month’s vote was legal. Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh answered, saying that she had spoken with Town Attorney Ed Guza and that because it was being brought back at the request of Cou...

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

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    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...

  • Last Call for 2024 Grad Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    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”): $75 • 1/4...

  • Little Gnomies Everywhere

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    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 Facepainting....

  • Scotch Ink: Finding Healing Through Art

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 8, 2024

    In the heart of Whitehall, a new beacon of creativity and healing has emerged: Scotch Ink Tattoo Studio, located next to The Healing Spot at 13 North Main Street in Suite 2. The shop opened in late 2023 and has steadily been making a great name for itself with its creativity, artistry, and compassion. Behind its doors lies not just a tattoo parlor but a sanctuary where pain is transformed into art and scars are adorned with beauty. Shilo Baker, the founder and artistic soul behind Scotch Ink, ha...

  • Ledger Wrapping Up 2024 Graduation Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 8, 2024

    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 13, 2024; the graduation section will run in the May 29, 2024 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”): $75 ...

  • Infant-At-Work Policy Approved at Emotional Special Town Meeting

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    The Whitehall Town Council held a special meeting at 11 AM on Monday, April 29th, to finalize the proposed Infant-at-Work Policy submitted for approval in March. Before the discussion began, councilman Roy McBride called a point of order and made the motion to adjourn the meeting and move it to an evening time, as the agenda did not have “Approval of Agenda Items” as an action item. However, after conferring via phone with town attorney Ed Guza, Town Clerk Kennedy Kleinsasser said that the agenda was adequate to Guza’s knowledge, and the meeti...

  • Rec Board Planning Summer Events

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    At the April meeting of the Town of Whitehall Recreation Board, held on Monday, April 29th, at the Town Hall, summer was on everyone’s minds. The Whitehall Pool's tentative opening date is June 19th; however, manager Kelley Seccomb said that the pool still needs at least two more lifeguards. Anyone interested in the lifeguard position may apply at the Whitehall Town Hall. Rodeo representative Tim O’Donnell said that several investors in North Dakota are interested in bringing a PRCA Rodeo to Whitehall the weekend before the annual Frontier Day...

  • Give Big with We Are HER on May 2 & 3

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    One Valley Community Foundation’s Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24-hour celebration of giving to connect generous community members with causes they care about most to raise important funding for Gallatin County nonprofits. The initiative has raised over $14.3 million for 425 organizations in just nine years. In 2023 alone, Give Big brought 6,650 community members together to raise over $2.92 million for 250 local nonprofits. This year, as they celebrate the 10th annual Give Big, the goal is to raise $3 million for over 260 local nonprofits i...

  • Mercury Street Medical Welcomes Nikki Buck, a New Whitehall Resident & Family Care Practitioner

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    Nikki Buck, FNP-C, a new Whitehall resident and the newest addition to the Mercury Street Medical team in Butte, has a smile and a tone of voice that puts you at ease. This is precisely what's needed when dealing with family medicine and reproductive issues. Buck, a family practitioner who started part-time at Mercury Street in February and began seeing patients on the first of April, is originally from Helena. In 2005, she moved to Bozeman. She and her husband have had property in the Radar...

  • Many "Elephants in the Room" at April Town Council Meeting

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 17, 2024

    As Councilman Bill Lanes put it, there were several “elephants in the room” during the April Whitehall Town Council meeting, held in the Town Hall on Monday, April 15th. The first elephant: The Whitehall Town Council’s development and determination on a franchise agreement with Visionary Broadband Communications, which received a federal grant to provide fiber internet to underserved and non-served areas in Whitehall. Town Attorney Ed Guza updated the audience on the new direction being taken, which is a complete ordinance for all telec...

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