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Articles from the January 10, 2024 edition


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  • After a Life-Threatening Accident: Starting the Year with Healing & Hope

    PHILIP DOOLEY, Whitehall Resident|Jan 10, 2024

    Monday, September 25, 2023, started like most others – a cup of coffee, a hug from my wife, and a crisp 80-mile morning motorcycle ride to Helena for a pastors' breakfast. There were no foreboding thoughts as I rode down the mountain toward Whitehall. In fact, I have no mental recollection of what happened next and how close a call I was about to have with eternity. At 7:03 a.m., my phone sent an automated message to 911 that a crash had been detected. It also texted my wife, Laura, with a m...

  • Clara's Crusade Event February 3rd

    Jan 10, 2024

    On October 1st, Blaine Myrstol and Montina Rawson's daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Clara, was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and flown to Salt Lake for treatment. This diagnosis comes with not only a big emotional impact but financial as well. A fundraising event - Clara's Crusade - will be held on Saturday, February 3rd at the Whitehall Community Center. This is a family-friendly benefit with games, and prizes the whole family can enjoy. There will also be a pay-what-you-can spaghetti feed and...

  • Dear Editor: Info from County Treasurer

    ROBERT BUSHMAKER|Jan 10, 2024

    Dear Editor, I received the following response about additional property tax. I asked Jefferson County Treasurer Terri Kunz if we be receiving a second request for additional property Tax. Her reply is below, which your readers might be interested in: "The details have not been worked out. At this moment we will be rebilling the 2nd half tax statements to include the additional tax. "If you paid in full then it will be a supplemental bill for the difference. If you pay by a mortgage company...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Pruett - Baceski

    Jan 10, 2024

    Timber Baceski and Brice Pruett were married on October 14, 2023, at Lower Branham Lake above Sheridan, Montana. They now reside in Ennis, Montana. Timber is the daughter of Wendy Baceski; and granddaughter of Max and Diane Witt of Whitehall. Brice is the son of Lane Pruett of Laurel and Angie Williams of Three Forks....

  • Thought Provokers: 1/10/2024

    Jan 10, 2024

    It’s bizarre that cars come with pre-installed cup holders but not phone holders. U is the only vowel without its own laugh. We have HAHA, HEHE, HOHO, HIHI, but no HUHU. 2024 is already 1% over. Depression has always existed but humans only just realized it. Dinosaurs existed for a good 165,000,000 years; meanwhile, we’ve only existed for some 300,000. Q-tips/cotton swab sticks are a million-dollar industry due mostly in part to people misusing the product. No matter how you pronounce Uranus, someone is gonna this it’s funny. You forget how m...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/13/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 10, 2024

    JANUARY 13, 1999 The Whitehall Town Council voted unanimously on January 11th to purchase a 1998 Ford demonstration model ambulance for $66,730, and the vehicle was expected to be in Whitehall within a couple of weeks. A new adult education class titled Basics of Financial Investing was being offered by the Whitehall school system, and class participants would learn about IRAs, stocks, financial strategies, and other topics from Randy Simkins, an investment representative with Edward Jones in Bu...

  • Between the Stacks: 1/10/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS|Jan 10, 2024

    The Library will be closed on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will be open the rest of the week for regular hours. This is the 37th marking of the holiday and falls on Dr. King’s birthday this year. He is best known for his work in non-violent activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Mystery Book Club meets on January 16th at 5 PM. Mystery Readers are invited to come and share their favorite authors, latest reads, and other fun mystery trivia. The group meets after our Knitting Group, which meets every Tuesday from 1-3...

  • Frankman Named to Berry College Dean's List

    Jan 10, 2024

    Katie Frankman of Cardwell MT, was named to the Fall 2023 Dean’s List at Berry College. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Nationally recognized for academic excellence and as an outstanding educational value, Berry is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive liberal arts college of approximately 2,200 students. For more than a century, the college has offered an exceptional education that balances int...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 1/10/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jan 10, 2024

    Maximize Home Audio Quality on a Budget Good audio can transform your home entertainment experience, making movies more immersive and music more enchanting. While high-end audio systems can be a dream, you don't need to empty your pockets to achieve excellent sound quality. Here are some savvy tips to elevate your home audio without straining your budget: Strategic Speaker Placement: Proper positioning of speakers can significantly enhance audio quality. Experiment with speaker placement,...

  • Headwaters RC&D Presents Headwaters on the Road

    MELISSA WANAMAKER, Headwaters RC&D|Jan 10, 2024

    Calling all Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Dreamers and Doers. Do you have a great idea that needs a business plan and cash flow analysis? Could you or your staff benefit from low-cost training in Marketing, Quickbooks, and more? Does your business require a capital infusion for real estate acquisition, machinery or equipment, renovation, or inventory to get to the next level? Have you been turned down by a bank or offered only part of what you actually need? Do you own a commercial...

  • Multi-Vehicle Crash Stops Traffic For Hours Near Cardwell, Claims One Life

    TOM GRIMSRUD, Jefferson County Sheriff|Jan 10, 2024

    A multiple-vehicle crash on I-90 westbound on Cardwell Hill between Three Forks and Cardwell was reported to Jefferson County dispatch at 11:57 AM on Sunday, January 7th, 2024. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department, and Jefferson Valley EMSR responded in support of the Montana Highway Patrol. Additional mutual aid was provided by multiple agencies from Madison, Broadwater, Butte-Silver Bow, and Gallatin Counties. Air ambulances were requested from multiple providers, but all were unable to fly because o...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Tell The Chamber About Your Business

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jan 10, 2024

    As 2024 begins, we're eager to hear your thoughts and experiences as members of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. Your feedback is invaluable and will guide us in shaping an even more vibrant and supportive community in 2024. Please take a moment to share your insights in our Year-End Member Survey. Your input will help us understand your needs better and tailor our services to serve you more effectively. We are committed to enhancing your Chamber experience, and your participation is key to...

  • Dr. Roman Hendrickson Retires Following Impressive Medical Career

    DEBRA MC NEILL, Ruby Valley Medical Center|Jan 10, 2024

    Dr. Roman Hendrickson, Ruby Valley Medical Center's Chief Medical Officer, has decided to retire. Dr. Hendrickson has provided healthcare services to the Ruby Valley community for the past 21 years and practiced medicine for 47 years. In addition to serving the healthcare needs of his patients, Hendrickson has volunteered for a broad spectrum of healthcare-related organizations and committees throughout his career, providing research, administrative, and education services. A retirement party...

  • How Childcare Shortages Undermine Rural Communities

    JAZMIN OROZCO RODRIGUEZ, MT Free Press - KFF Health News|Jan 10, 2024

    Candy Murnion remembers vividly the event that pushed her to open her first daycare business in Jordan, a town of fewer than 400 residents in a sea of grassland in eastern Montana. Garfield County’s public health nurse, one of few public health officials serving the town and nearly 5,000 square miles that surround it, had quit because she had given birth to her second child and couldn’t find daycare. “My primary goal was to give families a safe place to take their children so they could work if they needed to,” said Murnion, 63. She started...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Herby Rice and Black Bean Salsa Burrito Bowl

    Jan 10, 2024

    The forty days and nights of Lent are a time for reflection and anticipation of Easter's arrival. Fasting, which for many Christians includes skipping meat and animal products each Friday, also is part of the preparation. Individuals who are unaccustomed to going meat-free may need to expand their culinary repertoire to ensure Friday meals continue to be filling and tasty. This recipe for Herby Rice and Black Bean Salsa Burrito Bowl from Niki Webster's Rainbow Bowls (Sourcebooks) is full of...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 12/31/2023

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT|Jan 10, 2024

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31 02:24:22 Citizen Assist: N Whitehall St 08:56:01 Traffic Offense: I-90 09:19:31 911 Misdial: Lester Ln 12:17:36 911 Misdial: N Jefferson St 12:54:44 Medical: Whitetail Rd 18:01:02 911 Hang Up 22:37:33 Agency Assist: I-90 MONDAY, JANUARY 1 06:29:11 Reckless Driver: I-90 14:54:39 Civil: Our Lane 17:47:31 Reckless Driver: I-90 TUESDAY, JANUARY 2 01:23:40 Motorist Assist: I-90 08:54:25 911 Hang Up: Lester Ln 09:12:27 VIN Inspection: Fish Creek Rd 09:41:19 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 55 09:42:53 Follow Up: Sugarloaf Rd 14:57:51 Court...

  • Connecting Point: Temptation 101

    BILL LANES|Jan 10, 2024

    A Scottish church leader from the 1670s said, “Observe your hearts all times but especially under temptation. Temptation is a fire that brings up the scum of the vile heart: Do you carefully mark the first risings of corruption?” Some have incorrectly attributed this quote to William Shakespeare; however, the subject of temptation is always valid no matter what century an individual has lived in. I promote sticking to the basics, we can never go wrong when we hold that line in the wide range of life’s practices. There’s only one person I know...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 1/10/2024

    Jan 10, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, watch out because you are hot stuff this week. Coming off the excitement of the holidays, you’re still in the mood to socialize. The invitations to various social events will still flow. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Hopefully you’ve made progress on the various organizational projects that you have had in mind, Taurus. Now is the time to get those resolutions moving. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, how is your to-do list coming along? If you haven’t yet gotten moving, a coming slowdown could make the perfect time to get crack...

  • MSU Extension Discusses Authorization for Release of Electronically Stored Information

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING|Jan 10, 2024

    This article is one in a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, marsha.goetting@montana.edu, E. Edwin Eck, Professor Emeritus, Allexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana. In this digital age, many people keep only electronic copies of their electronic communications, namely, email messages, text messages, instant messages, and other electronic commu...

  • Hard-Hitting Games for Trojans After Return from Winter Break

    Jan 10, 2024

    The Whitehall Trojan basketball teams took on the Three Forks Wolves on Friday, January 5th. Unfortunately, the Wolves bit into the Trojans - the ladies lost 66-32 while the men lost 62-39....

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 1/1/2024

    MADELAINE CARMODY, Whitehall Pool League|Jan 10, 2024

    WEEK OF 1/1/2024 TEAM: K-Bar 1: Top shooters Mint 2: Top shooters MEN: Todd Choquette 4-0 WOMEN: Leslie Dyson 4-0, Elena Wagner 3-1...

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