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 By RITA BROWN    Community    July 6, 2022 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: July 2, 1997

July 2, 1997 The Jefferson County Commissioners extended the engineering contract for construction of Whitetail Road and planned to begin road construction in the summer of 1998. The commission made the decision at its June 25 meeting in Boulder....

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    June 29, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/25/1997

June 25, 1997 The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) and Montana Rail Link (MRL) were discussing possible arrangements that would lead to MRL operating freight trains over the trackage west of Whitehall over Homestake Pass. Both BNSF...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    June 22, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/18/1997

June 18, 1997 Whitehall small business owner Bill Baycroft and Whitehall resident Chad Murphy - a warden for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks - were appointed and sworn in as new town council members during the regular Whitehall Town...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    June 8, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: June 4, 1997

June 4, 1997 An overflow crowd of approximately 1,100 people watched 49 Whitehall High School seniors graduate during a ceremony held Sunday, June 1, in the varsity gym. The audience heard brief speeches from the valedictorians Keli Mabbott, Shaunda...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    June 1, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/28/1997

May 28, 1997 A six-member jury listened to 13 witnesses during six hours of testimony and then split the verdict in the Perry Jones trial in District Court in Boulder. The jury rendered a verdict of not guilty to the charge of resisting arrest and gu...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    May 25, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/21/1997

May 21, 1997 The Whitehall Business Association (WBA) spent most of its regular meeting on May 15 planning Whitehall’s premier summer event: Frontier Days. In other action, the WBA voted to approve a raffle to raise funds for the association and...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    May 18, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/14/1997

May 14, 1997 Trojan Educator of the Week was Diane Larsen, the Whitehall K-6 secretary. Mrs. Larsen has been the secretary for three years and is greatly appreciated for her efforts. Mrs. Larsen and her husband, Bruce, have two children - Kurt and...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    May 11, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: May 1 & 7, 1997

May 1, 1997 Trojan Educator of the Week was Mike Welsh, a PE instructor at WHS. Mr. Welch, who has been with the district for three years, was nominated for his excellent PE and weights programs, as well as relating well with students. Mr. Welch enjo...

 
 By RITA BROWN    News    May 11, 2022

Celebrate National EMT Week By Getting to Know JVEMSR

“Call 911!” This exclamation brings a sense of panic yet reassurance knowing help is on the way, but what does that really mean in a rural area? Realistically, it means there may not be anyone to respond or the resources aren’t available....

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    April 27, 2022

Looking Back 25 Years: April 24, 1997

April 24, 1997 Justice Department officials arrived in Whitehall and took several Casino Night records as part of the department’s investigation into allegations surrounding the Whitehall Fire Department’s April 5 Casino Night fundraiser....

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    April 20, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 4/7/1997

April 17, 1997 Casino Night, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department annual fundraiser, was under investigation by the Montana Department of Justice regarding a complaint filed by Holly Stratton of Whitehall alleging improper actions during Casino...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    April 13, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: April 10, 1997

April 10, 1997 March snowstorms and temperatures varied across the state adding snow to many already well-above-average snowpack levels, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Jefferson River drainage was at 136 percent...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    April 6, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: April 3, 1997

April 3, 1997 The Mayflower Mine - an active mine site in the 1890s and late 1930s - is active again, and after the site preparation is soon completed an exploratory drilling program to determine if the possible gold and silver ore body exists is...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    March 30, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 27, 1997

March 27, 1997 Paul Stremick, a high school principal with an affection for small towns, became Whitehall’s new school superintendent. He was offered the job - and accepted it - on Wednesday, March 26, which concluded an intense and exhaustive...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    March 23, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 20, 1997

March 20, 1997 Trojan Educator of the Week was Whitehall school nurse, Dorothy Simonsen. Dorothy was nominated by Barb Thronson for doing “an excellent job as a school nurse for K-12. She is very competent.” Trojan Student of the Week was Brice...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    March 16, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 3/16/2022

At a meeting held March 6th in Whitehall, about a dozen Whitehall area residents met with county commissioners Leonard Wortman and Sam Samson to discuss the proposed county road ordinance. The meeting produced a fairly unified position among those...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    March 9, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 6, 1997

March 6, 1997 The town of Whitehall officially requested, and received, a 30-day extension on its reply to the legal motion filed before the Montana Supreme Court protesting aspects of the Whitehall water improvement project. Lulu Taylor celebrated...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    March 2, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: February 27, 1997

February 27, 1997 The search for a new Whitehall School District Superintendent narrowed to four candidates. The finalists included: Jan Cahill, Superintendent for Fromberg School District south of Billings; John Cheek, Superintendent and Principal...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: February 13, 1997

February 13, 1997 The Whitehall Town Council voted to advance transportation improvement projects and sponsor the Whitehall Business Association federal grant application. The projects, part of the Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP)...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: February 6, 1997

February 6, 1997 The search for a new school superintendent continues as Bill Barringer, current Whitehall school superintendent, is retiring after 11 years. The top three characteristics Whitehall residents want in the new superintendent are...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: January 30, 1997

January 30, 1997 According to a statistical report recently published by Montana State University, Whitehall and the surrounding area are not only growing in population, but the growth is among the highest in Montana. The report shows the population...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: January 23, 1997

January 23, 1997 An electrical fire consumed the fifth wheel camper home and destroyed nearly all of the personal belongings of a Whitehall resident early Monday morning, January 20. The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department responded to the 1 AM call...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/16/1997

January 16, 1997 A sharply divided Whitehall Town Council with a 4-3 vote approved a water rate increase for town businesses and residents during the council meeting on January 13. The vote, which followed a lengthy and oftentimes bitter hearing and...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/9/1997

January 9, 1997 Whitehall Mayor Neil Gallagher reviewed the progress made in 1996 saying substantial progress had been made on the $1.3 million projects which would upgrade the town’s water supply system by funding construction of new drinking...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: January 2, 1997

January 2, 1997 Area residents attended an informational meeting presenting an explanation of a proposed Extended Area Service (EAS) plan and showed nearly unanimous support for the new plan. An EAS involves expanding the local calling area to...

 

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