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 By Jack H. Smith    Community    April 1, 2020 

Corps of Rediscovery Book Now Available

In June of 2019, Thomas Elpel of Pony led a small expedition down the 2,341-mile length of the Missouri River from Three Forks to St. Louis. During this five-month journey, Elpel shared his story with...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 1, 2020 

Column: Pizza Casserole

I spend a lot of time cooking and take pride in the dishes I create. I would like to think they are generally pretty satisfactory but every once in a great while, it can be a real disaster. Unfortunately, this has been the case a few times too many...

 

Show goes on for Black Tie Blue Jeans

The show went on March 14 for the annual Black Tie Blue Jeans fundraiser in Whitehall. According to Kristi Wilson of the Whitehall Chamber, organizers are very thankful the event was not a day later a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 25, 2020

5 Trojans earn postseason honors

Five Whitehall basketball players were recently recognized for their efforts during the 2019-20 season. The good news for Trojans fans is each of the players was an underclassman and will return next...

 

Editorial: Importance of Shopping Local

It is always important for residents of a small town to shop locally and to eat at local restaurants. This is even more important right now. While dining rooms at restaurants across the area are...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 18, 2020

COVID-19 leads to school closures, numerous local events postponed

On Thursday of last week, Governor Steve Bullock declared a state of emergency to exist within the state of Montana related to the communicable disease COVID-19 novel coronavirus. In an effort to...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 18, 2020

Barrick Gold official expresses optimism

A high-level Barrick Gold official is optimistic about the planned TSF 1 Tailings Reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight Mine near Whitehall. Patrick Malone, Vice President of Closure and...

 

Richardson elected new post commander

American Legion Post 24 in Whitehall has a new post commander. Kristian Richardson was elected into the position January 7 and feels his new role is an important responsibility. "I feel like I have an opportunity to make change in the community...

 

COLUMN: The Uber

A little over five years ago Melissa and I went to go watch a UFC fight card in Las Vegas that featured Conor McGregor as well as many other well-known MMA fighters. It was a glorious time and I still think fondly on it often. Although most of the...

 

Column: The Radio

I have so many fond memories of my childhood spent with my Grandpa and Grandma Smith. The two were a huge part of my life and we spent many days attending the University of Wyoming football and basketball games and many fun-filled vacations to...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 11, 2020

Lady Trojans win 2 at Divisional Tournament

The Whitehall High School girls basketball team did not go down without a fight at last week's Southern B Divisional Tournament in Billings. Although they were eliminated after a loss Saturday 47-40...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 11, 2020

Trojans lose heartbreaker in Billings

The Whitehall High School boys basketball team showed the heart of a champion in a March 4 loss at the Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Trojans shined throughout the night on defense but...

 

Test your knowledge at the K Bar

Want to test your trivia knowledge in a fun and laid-back atmosphere? The K Bar and Grill in Whitehall is the place to go. Each Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m., K-Bar offers a "Trivia Night" where...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    March 4, 2020

Column: Pizza Party

Say the magic words "pizza party" at a school and chaos will ensue. There will be yelling, screaming, and the happiest group of kids you could possibly find outside of a birthday or Christmas morning. Kids love pizza and they like it even more when...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Lady Trojans facing off against Huntley Project

It will be a win or go home game March 4 for the Whitehall High School girls basketball game. The third-seeded Lady Trojans (13-7) will be opening the Southern B Divisional Tournament in Billings...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Whitehall focuses on Columbus

After finishing the regular season with three wins, the Whitehall High School boys basketball team won three games in three days at the 5B District Tournament in Belgrade and earn a spot in a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Trojans battle to the end in heartbreaking loss

The Whitehall High School boys basketball team showed the heart of a champion in a Wednesday night loss at the Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Trojans shined throughout the night on defense, but ultimately fell 36-34 in a play-in game...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Lady Trojans advance at Divisional Tournament

The Whitehall High School girls basketball team is moving on at the Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Lady Trojans used a balanced attack Wednesday night to pick up a 61-51 play-in win over Huntley Project. Whitehall will now move on to the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Familiar Foes: Lady Trojans to battle Three Forks

It will be a battle of two VERY familiar teams Friday afternoon in Billings. The Whitehall High School girls basketball team is set to square off with Three Forks in a Southern B Divisional Tournament elimination game scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    March 4, 2020

Whitehall takes down Three Forks at Divisional Tournament

The Whitehall High School girls basketball team is far from done at the Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Lady Trojans won a hard fought 43-38 elimination game battle Friday afternoon over...

 

COLUMN: Tourney Time

Over the past several years I've covered a lot of high school basketball games in gyms across the western United States. Easily one of my favorite parts about this has been covering the annual 5B District Tournament in Belgrade and last week was no...

 

Lady Trojans finish third at districts

The Whitehall High School girls basketball team is headed to the Southern B Divisional Tournament. The Lady Trojans won two games last Saturday at the 5B District Tournament to finish in third place...

 

Trojans headed to Billings

The Whitehall High School boys basketball team won two games last Saturday to finish third at the 5B District Tournament in Belgrade. The Trojans defeated Townsend 53-49 early Saturday morning and riv...

 

Positive news for possible local co-op

There was some recent positive news for the feasibility study for a possible meat co-op processing facility in the Whitehall area. JLDC Manager Alison Richardson said in-conjunction with the Headwaters RC&D, they have received a $30,000 Big Sky...

 

COLUMN: Giant Jam Sandwich

While there are certainly nights I can hop right in bed and fall asleep there are also those nights where I toss and turn for hours. It often times has to do with some stress for work but other times it is for a really mundane or strange reason and...

 

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