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EDITORIAL: I-186 is a bad idea for Monatna

In a little under a week, voters in Montana will go to the polls to decide the fate of Ballot Initiative I-186. Simply put, I-186 is a horrible idea for the state. It could not only have a detrimental affect on all of Montana, the consequences would...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 24, 2018

Northwestern Energy Meeting Next Week

Earlier this month, a power outage led to the cancellation of morning bus routes in the Whitehall School District. In June, numerous local businesses were affected by a 12 plus hour outage in the Whitehall and Cardwell areas. Local business owners...

 

Trojans wrap up season at state meet

The season came to an end Saturday for the Whitehall Cross Country team at the State Meet in Missoula. Whitehall head coach Kerry Sacry said all of the state times were slower than the kids had...

 

Trojans gain valuable experience

While their season may have ended without a return trip to the Class B Playoffs, the future seems to be bright for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. Following a 48-0 road loss in the season finale against Manhattan, fifth-year...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 17, 2018

Campaign signs stolen, vandalized

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has responded to several recent complaints of vandalized campaign signs. "It always seems to be a problem during the campaign season," said Sheriff Craig Doolittle. " I have had several of my signs...

 

JVCF hosts grant awards

Since 2002, the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation has awarded 107 grants to 39 non-profits in the local area for a total of $151,139. At a special ceremony last Thursday night in Whitehall, the...

 

After school students give back

Throughout the year, students Whitehall School's 21st Century Community Learning Center's After School Program take part in a variety of worthwhile activities. Last Thursday, the students made a trip...

 

Column: Hitchhikers

It's pretty safe to say that the warmer are days of 2018 are long gone and the next few months will have some chilly days. As idiots drive by way to fast on the Interstate people will long for the days when there were warmer temperatures and clear...

 

Trojans still with shot at playoffs

The Whitehall/Harrison High School Football team still has a shot at making a third straight trip to the Class B Playoffs. The Trojans (2-6. 1-4 Sothern B) will first need to win their regular season...

 

Column: Over a giraffe

A large part of my job is covering high school sports and in the fall a fair portion of my time is spent under the "Friday Night Lights". It's usually a lot of fun, but sometimes people can change that in a hurry. When I'm covering a game I like to... Full story

 

Trojans look to rebound against Columbus

The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team will look to rebound from a two-game losing streak October 12 when they host Columbus. The Trojans will be coming into the game following a tough 22-0...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 3, 2018

S.A. Neff Jr. visits Montana with passions of angling, bookbinding

In the fall of 2011, S.A. Neff Jr., loaded up his van and made the nearly 2,000-mile trip from western Pennsylvania to Montana. With a self-professed love of exploring rivers, Neff had heard from a...

 

Column: Fantasy Blues

While I wouldn't say I'm a gambling man who has a bookie in his phone contacts and will bet everything from the World Series to a horseshoe competition at the county fair, I've been known to make a bet or two over the years. Because I wouldn't mind...

 

Trojans have eye on playoffs

With three games left in the regular season, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team has their eye on the playoffs. Following a 40-8 set back last Friday night at home against Townsend, the...

 

Trojans compete at Butte meet

For the second time this season, the Whitehall High School cross country team was able to compete at the Fairmont Golf Course. Head Coach Kerry Sacry was pleased with the way his team competed at last Thursday's Butte Invitational at Fairmont, the...

 

Trojans win double overtime thriller

To say last Friday's Whitehall/Harrison High School football teams win over Three Forks was exciting would be an understatement. Trailing 22-14 late in the fourth quarter, the Trojans were able to cut... Full story

 

Lady Trojans show potential in homecoming loss

There has been marked improvement each and every time the Whitehall High School volleyball team has the taken the court during the 2018 season. One of the biggest highlights of the seasons for the Lady Trojans came last Friday evening during a...

 

Fall Festival Saturday in Whitehall

Ann Palmer can remember several years ago when the Whitehall area community would come together on an annual basis to celebrate a large fall festival. This weekend a similar event will return to Whitehall with Saturday’s Homegrown 406 Fall...

 

Column: Chavez Ravine

I watched a lot of baseball growing up. In fact many of my favorites summer memories were watching the Atlanta Braves play on TBS, followed by night games outside with kids in my neighborhood. At the time and for a reason why I to this day can’t... Full story

 

Committee to address weeds

A new committee of Whitehall residents and business owners will soon be working together to address weed problems within town limits. The Whitehall Town Council voted unanimously last week to begin wo...

 

Homecoming week in Whitehall

With a theme of "Road Trip to Victory", it's once again Homecoming Week at Whitehall High School. A busy week of activities at the Whitehall Schools include dress up days, spirit competitions, stick...

 

Column: The Camera

I’ve always found it interesting how different people deal with the same situation. A few weeks ago, I was sitting at the office and Melissa returned volleyball game visibly upset. Somehow during the time she had left the office and went to the...

 

Trojans hosting Wolves

It's a huge game Friday night for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. Along with the traditional Homecoming festivities, the Trojans will be looking to pick up their first conference...

 

Lady Trojans hosting two

It is another week of pivotal matches for the Whitehall High School volleyball team. The Lady Trojans will be hosting two home games, the first a conference matchup Thursday against Broadwater. The...

 

Ambulance board selects JVEMSR

The Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District Board voted late last month to accept a Request for Proposal from Partners United for Live Saving Education (PULSE)/Jefferson Valley Emergency Medical Services and Rescue. PULSE/JVEMSR will now provide...

 

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