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 By RITA BROWN    Community    November 23, 2022 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 11/19/1997

November 19, 1997 Two bags containing over $8,000 in alleged drug money confiscated during a drug raid near Whitehall were stolen from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office sometime between October 23 and October 25. During a raid on a mobile home...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 11/12/1997

November 12, 1997 The water improvement project dominated the Nov. 10 Whitehall Town Council meeting and most phases of the nearly completed project was discussed. Members of the audience and council members Dale Davis, Bill Baycroft, and Chuck Buus...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 11/5/1997

November 5, 1997 Dale Davis won two of three wards and was elected mayor of Whitehall on November 4th in an election that saw a 72 percent voter turnout and a mixed message from voters. Davis clearly won the mayoral race, beating second-place...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/22/1997

October 22, 1997 The Supreme Court oral argument briefings on the Whitehall water improvement project were delayed due to the Montana Attorney General’s request for a 10-day delay. The delay was apparently not caused by other - or higher priority -...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/15/1997

October 15, 1997 The Jefferson County Commissioners took a tentative first step toward creating a local development corporation (LCD) with a vote to “approve, encourage and support” research into creation of an LDC. Jefferson County Economic...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/8/1997

October 8, 1997 Borden’s Hotel, a Whitehall landmark on the corner of Legion Avenue and Main Street since 1913, was sold. The property - an unused hotel upstairs, restaurant, and bar downstairs - had been on the market for three years. On Monday,...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/1/1997

October 1, 1997 For the first time in nearly two decades, a chartered 10-car tourist train operating under a company named Northern Parks Limited brought 44 people to Whitehall for an overnight stay on Friday, September 26. The train, powered by MRL...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/24/1997

September 24, 1997 A federal grand jury issued federal indictments against the four individuals apprehended during the August 6th drug raid south of Whitehall. Jason Schwartz and his wife Theresa Jo Schwartz, Mitch Bakken, and Eric Decker, were all c...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/17/1997

September 17, 1997 Stacey Ness, the 11-year-old sixth-grade daughter of Tom and Sanya Ness of Whitehall, died Saturday, September 13 after a farm accident south of Whitehall. Ness was riding in a hay swather on the Bill Gillespie ranch when the...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/10/1997

September 10, 1997 The Whitehall Town Council rejected the possibility of a mail-in ballot during the November 1997 town elections, heard from some concerned town residents about private property damage during the construction of the new drinking...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/3/1997

September 3, 1997 Work continued on installation and readying the new telecommunications equipment needed to eliminate long-distance charges on calls between customers in Butte, Anaconda, Opportunity, Warm Springs, and Whitehall. As of the middle of...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 8/27/1997

August 27, 1997 Nearly 70 fiberglass street signs were stored in the workshop of Jim and Kathie Moerbe’s Rader Creek home. The signs were purchased by the county to identify the confusing and changing Rader Creek roads, and are part of national, st...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 8/20/1997

August 20, 1997 Two new school administrators, five new teachers, one new teacher aide, a new proposed tardy policy, and about two dozen new computers were among the changes awaiting students when schools opened. The Whitehall Board of Trustees...

 

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 8/13/1997

August 13, 1997 Local and state law enforcement officers made four arrests and confiscated nearly 300 marijuana plants during an August 6, 1997, pre-dawn raid on a home about eight miles south of Whitehall that resulted in what officials called one...

 

Ledger: Looking Back 25 Years: 8/6/1997

August 6, 1997 The Whitehall Farmers’ Market was set to become a reality in the summer of 1997, reported Dr. Kathy Meyer, who helped spearhead the proposal. A series of technical difficulties and logistical problems made it nearly impossible to...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    July 27, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/23/1997

July 23, 1997 Whitehall’s biggest weekend of the year, the tandem events of Frontier Days and the Whitehall All-Class Reunion was planned for July 25-27. Close to 600 WHS alumni and hundreds more rodeo fans, parade lovers, craft shoppers, and...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    July 20, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/16/1997

July 16, 1997 The Whitehall Town Council approved spending an additional $9,300 on the water improvement project to replace two old water lines that broke on July 7 and July 9. The two old cast iron water lines, one behind the Town Hall and the...

 
 By RITA BROWN    Community    July 13, 2022

Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/9/1997

July 9, 1997 A gifted and talented program, the teacher master contract negotiations, and a pair of new school policies were the dominant issues at the July 2nd Whitehall School Board meeting. The Board unanimously approved the teacher contract,...

 
 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...

 

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