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Festival of Trees moves to online format

While things might be a little different in 2020 with an online format, the annual Liberty of Place Festival of Trees will once again be huge in fundraising efforts for the organization that provides... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 25, 2020 

2 accidents lead to Monday I-90 fatality

A tragic wreck just moments after another accident resulted in a fatality Monday on Interstate 90 between Cardwell and Whitehall. According to Trooper Michael O’Connor of the Montana Highway Patrol, there were two accidents Monday morning, the...

 By Jack H. Smith    Sports    November 25, 2020 

7 Trojans earn postseason honors

After advancing to the Class B quarterfinals for the third time in five years, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team was well represented with numerous Trojans receiving postseason... Full story


Schools, town hall announce closures

The Whitehall School district announced last Tuesday they will be closing the campus and moving to remote learning from Monday, November 16 to Monday, November 30. Accounting for the Thanksgiving...


Mine General Manager Shares Optimism on Project

Golden Sunlight Mine General Manager Chuck Buus is hopeful by this time next year they will have concentrate being shipped by truck to Nevada. In an update at last week's Community Transition...


Governor Elect Gianforte selects Nieskens for COVID-19 Task Force

Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens has been named to Governor-Elect Greg Gianforte's COVID-19 Task Force. The 21-member task force is comprised of healthcare experts, business leaders, school administrators, law enforcement, and local and...


Christmas Stroll cancelled, Pop Up Market planned

The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce’s event plan for the 2020 Christmas Stroll was denied by the Jefferson County Health Board. Chamber President John Kreis said it was very disappointing news but at the same time, they certainly understand the...


Ridgeline Sports Opens in Whitehall

Morgan and Lucy Shaw have a huge passion for the outdoors.  They recently decided to share their love for the outdoors in the Treasure State in the form of a new area business. Earlier this year,...


3 earn postseason accolades

After one of the most successful seasons in recent history, the Whitehall High School volleyball team was well represented on the 5B District All-Conference team. Senior Meagan Johnson was named...


Public Safety Levy denied

A majority of Town of Whitehall residents voted last week against a public safety mill levy. The unofficial total vote count was 307 against and 260 for the levy that would have generated funding for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department and the...


JVCF Awards 2020 Grants

The Jefferson County Community Foundation once again showed their love and appreciation for local non-profits at last week's Short and Sweet event at the Whitehall Community Center. Board member Amy...


Two elementary students placed in quarantine

Two Whitehall Elementary School classes were placed in quarantine last week. In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said the district was notified that two individuals associated with the school had confirmed, positive tests for...


Trojans fall in quarterfinals

A fantastic season for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team came to an end last Saturday with a 40-13 quarterfinal loss at Fairfield. After trailing 12-0 just three minutes into the game,... Full story


Breakthrough season ends for Whitehall

For the first time in 16 years, the Whitehall High School volleyball team had the opportunity to play at the Southern B Divisional Tournament. While the team was unable to advance out of last week's...


Fall play to be televised next week

Whitehall High School drama students have been working hard in anticipation of next week's televised performance of their annual fall play. The performance of "Money to Burn" is scheduled for Friday, September 13 at 7 p.m. on Whitehall Low Power TV... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 4, 2020

Call total up, burglary down

The COVID-19 pandemic has not had a huge impact on the number of calls received by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department but has shown a significant decrease in burglary calls and an increase in non-violent domestic calls. According to Sheriff...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 4, 2020

New hours start Nov. 15 at Cardwell Container Site

Madison County residents may have noticed recent changes at the Cardwell Container Site that include a new fence and gate. The location near Jefferson Island is also going to be available only three...


Whitehall advances to Divisional Tournament

The Whitehall High School volleyball won two of three games at last week's 5B District Tournament and has advanced to this week's Southern B Divisional Tournament in Red Lodge. The Lady Trojans qualified for Divisionals with a third-place finish...


Trojans headed to quarterfinals

Just moments after an interception of Whitehall/Harrison quarterback Miles Hoerauf late in the third quarter of last Saturday's opening-round playoff game, a Shepherd High School defender ran to the s... Full story


Frankie's Open For Business

While the concept of "Country Mex" might sound a little unique, Frankie's owners Priscilla McGee and Charles Frankenstein are hoping the robust flavors of both cuisines combined with fresh and... Full story


Our View: Please slow it down

Without trying to sound too much like Lord Eddard Stark on "Game of Thrones", winter is coming in southwest Montana and its pending arrival has already brought the return of nasty roads to the...


Trojans open playoffs Saturday in Shepherd

Not only was the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team to close out the regular season with their fourth straight victory with a hard-fought 14-6 win over Big Timber, but they also secured the... Full story


Whitehall Advances at District Tournament

The third-seeded Whitehall High School volleyball team advanced to the semifinals of the 5B District Tournament with a 27-25, 25-15, 25-21 home elimination match victory over Three Forks. The Lady Trojans will look to advance to the finals Thursday... Full story


Whitehall Fall Festival Saturday

Chamber members have been busy prepping for this Saturday's Whitehall Fall Festival. And while pleased with how things are coming together, they could also use a few more volunteers. "This is going...


Our View: Upcoming levy huge for Whitehall

During her monthly report at the October 13 Whitehall Town Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh urged local voters to approve a mill levy that would generate funding for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department and for the contract with the...


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