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 By Jack H. Smith    News    September 18, 2019 

Tailings reprocessing projects could extend life of mine

A tailings reprocessing project could breathe new life into the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine near Whitehall. At last week's Community Transition Advisory Committee Meeting, Steve Lloyd said the TSF 1...

 

Bus Barn open house next week

After years of planning and hard work, the Whitehall Public Transportation Dick Gustin Memorial Bus Barn is now a reality. Local residents will have the opportunity to view the new facility at a...

 

COLUMN: Falling For Fall

Fall has arrived in Southwest Montana and I must say it is easily my favorite season the year. I love to leave the house for work on a crisp morning and see the temperature slowly rise to a comfortable high later in the day. To me there is just somet...

 

Lady Trojans battle hard in two road setbacks

The Whitehall High School volleyball team battled to the end but ultimately fell in two hard-fought matches last week. The Lady Trojans were defeated 23-25, 19-25, 24-26 Thursday against Manhattan....

 

Trojans open conference play Friday night in Townsend

The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team will open up 5B Conference play Friday in Townsend with a road matchup against Broadwater High School. After picking up two consecutive wins to open the season, the Trojans were defeated for the first...

 

WFD responds to calls, McClusky Fire near 3,000 acres

It was a busy day for area firefighters last Wednesday. According to Whitehall Volunteer Fire Chief Jeremy Ward, the department responded to three calls September 4, all in the Milligan Canyon area west of Three Forks. Ward said the department was...

 

COLUMN: Your 3 day weekend is not my cup of tea

As long as I can remember, Labor Day has always been the symbolic end of the summer and an opportunity for people to get as much enjoyment as possible out of a three-day weekend. There is also a great deal of history behind the holiday and it also...

 

Lady Trojans defeat Big Timber

The Whitehall High School volleyball team bounced back from a conference opening home loss against Townsend Thursday with a four-set victory on the road Saturday in Big Timber. The Lady Trojans...

 

Trojans upend Mustangs, face Missoula-Loyola Friday

In the week leading up to Whitehall/Harrison High School's home opener last Friday against Shepherd, head coach Dan Lacey talked to his team about playing with effort energy. The message was well received with the Trojans who shined in all areas of...

 

High School, Junior High Rodeo this weekend

There will be plenty of local athletes in action this weekend at the annual Whitehall High School and Junior High Rodeo. The rodeo is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, Septembe...

 

Lanes siblings excel at National Finals

In late July, Whitehall siblings Dawson and BreeAnne Lanes made the cross-country trip to Orlando for the 2019 Assemblies of God Youth Ministries National Fine Arts Festival. To say they did a great j...

 

COLUMN: The Rotary Phone

I'll be the first to admit I spend too much time on my phone and really need to put it down a lot more. It's very addictive and I can certainly see why kids who have been raised with phones spend so much time with them. It's all they know. I'm old...

 

Trojans open season with road win

It was a tremendous start to the season for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. Sparked by incredible play on defense, the Trojans picked up their first win of the season last Friday...

 

COLUMN: Strange things happened after New Coke

A few years back when video stores were still a mainstay, I used to rent five or six movies a week. Sometimes when the weather was bad, or I was in a lazy mood I would spend my entire weekend watching a variety of films in a variety of genres. These...

 

Trojans open season Friday at Cut Bank

At the start of each season, Whitehall High School head football coach Dan Lacey discusses with his team the little differences between good teams and great ones. Two weeks into fall camp, he is...

 

Whitehall Volleyball opens season Saturday at Manhattan Tourney

A young and talented Whitehall High School volleyball team will open the season this Saturday at the Manhattan Quad Tournament. Head coach Kayla Simon is excited to get the season rolling. "I love starting our season out at an all-day tournament...

 

Cross country opens in Boulder

There will be a mix of experience and youth on the 2019 Whitehall High School Cross Country team. Longtime head coach Kerry Sacry reported four junior high and nine high schoolers joined the team who...

 

Shakespeare in the Park August 29 at Whitehall baseball fields

Whitehall area residents will get to enjoy "The Merry Wives of Windsor" next week. The 2019 Montana Shakespeare in the Park performance is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at the Whitehall...

 

COLUMN: First Day...

With the start of the school year approaching I started to rack my brain about some first day memories but there was not really anything that stood out. I think perhaps the biggest moment I remember is how my love for the first day changed as I...

 

Outlaws receive postseason accolades

The Gallatin Valley Outlaws were well represented on the 2019 Universal Athletic American Legion All State and All Conference Teams. Seniors Hunter Johnson of Three Forks and Michael Nehring of...

 

OUR VIEW: Fill out a Frontier Days survey

Late July in Whitehall has become synonymous with the annual Frontier Days celebration. It is not only a chance for local residents to come together but also serves as an opportunity to bring former r...

 

COLUMN: The Sump

With the heavy moisture early in the summer I really haven't had to worry too much about watering my grass. While it certainly hasn't needed much additional water, it sure has not had any problems growing. In fact, my lawn has probably grown a half...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 7, 2019

Rockin' the Rivers this week

This week music enthusiasts from across the state will make their way to "Bridge" near Cardwell for the 19th annual Rockin the Rivers festival. The music festival is scheduled to take place August 8...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 7, 2019

Man arrested after July 28 home invasion

A 31-year-old was arrested in the early morning hours on July 28 following a home invasion in Whitehall. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle, the department received a call at 4:55 a.m. from a resident on 2nd Street West who...

 

Column: A new shirt

A few years ago, I was covering a Class B State Track meet in Butte and it was a typical Montana spring day that featured just about all four seasons. When I left the house in the morning it was frigid and appeared it might snow at any minute. This...

 

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