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  • Chamber Holds First 2023 Business After Hours, Introduces Goals for Year

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 18, 2023

    Over fifty local business owners and Whitehall residents attended the Whitehall Chamber’s first Business After Hours of 2023, held at the Borden’s conference room on Wednesday, January 12. New President Elizabeth Pullman introduced the incoming board, which consists of Pullman (Whitehall Ledger) as President, Pamela Polachi (Settings) as Past President, Dana Brunet (Peppertree Deli) as Vice President, Sherre Mead (Numb3rs Bookkeeping and Tax) as Treasurer, Carey Burnside (Arctic Heat), Anna Cole...

  • WHS Trojans Place Third Overall at Choteau Invitational

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Trojan Wrestling Coach|Jan 18, 2023

    The Whitehall High School Wrestling team placed third at the Choteau Invitational Tournament, held January 13 and 14 in Choteau. It was a full team effort, as 21 of the Trojan wrestlers had matches. After a total of 96 individual matches, Whitehall earned 178.5 team points to earn third place. Close behind were Boulder and Cut Bank. Highlights for the weekend were senior Miles Hoerauf winning his weight class with wins over wrestlers from Florence, Big Fork, and Thompson Falls, ending with a...

  • Murals Project Receives Exciting Grant

    JOHN KREIS, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jan 18, 2023

    The Whitehall Murals Project, spearheaded by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce that it has received a tremendous, helpful grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation. The grant consists of an immediate grant of $5,000 and a matching grant of $2,500. The matching grant has, of course, a stipulation. The stipulation for the matching grant is that an additional $2,500.00 will be granted to the project by the Washington Foundation should there be contributions of...

  • Editorial: Taking Some Travel Time

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 18, 2023

    In 2023 I’m looking forward to some travel with family and friends and yes, that means the office will occasionally be closed. However, I do know those dates and will always put them on the calendar, giving everyone a heads up to when the Ledger office will be closed. Next week I will venture with my best friend to the wilds of New Orleans to be engulfed in Cajun history, Creole food, and more. While it is not quite Mardi Gras, it is Carnival season and we are looking forward to lots of fun. I have been once before for work; I plan to do no w...

  • Dear Editor: Finish with Week II of the Legislature

    KEN WALSH, Montana HD 71|Jan 18, 2023

    Dear Editor, We are now finished with week two of the legislature. It has been very busy and successful. I have had several bills moving within the House and Senate. House Bill 86, the Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) reauthorization has passed the House and will be heard in the Senate FWP Committee next week. This bill deals with controlling noxious weeds on large landscapes that support priority wildlife habitats. The Ruby Valley Conservation District has an ongoing project in the upper Ruby, in cooperation with multiple...

  • Dear Editor: The State Faces a Unique Challenge

    REPRESENTATIVES REGIER KNUDSEN AND VINTON|Jan 18, 2023

    Dear Editor, The 68th Montana Legislature is officially in session, and the House has already gaveled in. This year the state faces the unique challenge of deciding how to spend a $2 billion surplus. As Leadership of the Montana House, our response to that challenge is supporting House Bill 192, introduced by Representative Bill Mercer of Billings. The bill entails three initiates: refund taxpayers on overpaid income taxes, alleviate the property tax crunch, and reduce the state’s debt. This session we are committed to returning Montana t...

  • Thought Provokers: 1/18/2023

    Jan 18, 2023

    Making fun of short people is the last social taboo seen as acceptable. Murder is universally despised, and yet assassins are deemed cool. The actual reason children are a boundless fountain of energy is that they don’t have to use their brains constantly as adults do. A job interview feels like a conversation between two liars, both of which knows the other is lying. It’s important to keep your most hated pair of underwear so you know exactly when to do laundry without going commando. Flesh-eating zombies are a great example of equality bec...

  • Swearing In

    Jan 18, 2023

    New Sheriff Tom Grimsrud swears in his deputies, as well as new Undersheriff James Everett....

  • Community Events at Sage Wellness Center

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Jan 18, 2023

    Sage Wellness Center is hosting two community events in January. The first is a DIY Detoxifying Bath Salts class on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 PM. Join us and learn how to create detoxifying bath salts that you can use to promote physical, mental, and emotional relaxation and detoxification. Bath salts are great for personal use or to give as gifts. (These would be a perfect Valentine’s gift!)Cost: $30, includes handouts, supplies, and refreshments. The second event is a Group Breathwork Workshop on Thursday, January 26th at 6:30 PM. B...

  • Tickets Available for Lecture by Nobel Peace Prize Winner

    CARMEN McSPADDEN, Montana State University|Jan 18, 2023

    Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at all Bobcat ticket outlets for the Feb. 22 lecture at Montana State University by Dmitry Muratov, a Russian journalist who received the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to safeguard freedom of speech and expression. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Strand Union Building ballrooms. Muratov will speak about freedom of speech, the Russia-Ukraine war, and his experiences risking his life for journalistic integrity in the face of government opposition. Carmen McSpadden, director...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/21/1998

    Whitehall Ledger|Jan 18, 2023

    JANUARY 21, 1998 Tom Rice and Rice Ford, started by Tom’s father Ed in 1938, celebrates its 50th anniversary as an “informal, virtually no pressure approach to car sales.” A mini crime wave swept over Whitehall with Jefferson River Auto (now Whitehall Auto Sales) reporting a break-in, a car parked at Patacini Tire (now Full Circle Tire) vandalized, and theft from cars parked at Ropers Lanes & Lounge and Town Pump announced over the weekend. In addition to these crimes, an attempted break-in was reported at Mountain West Automotive earlier in th...

  • Whitehall Residents Make Dean's Lists

    Jan 18, 2023

    The UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA WESTERN: The University of Montana Western named 537 students to the 2022 fall semester Dean’s List. To achieve this honor, students must be enrolled full-time or for 12-semester credits and carry a minimum 3.33 grade point average. An asterisk after a name indicates a student received Dean’s List high honors. • Kaitlyn Becker* • Brigid Reedy* • John Reedy* • Brendan Wagner CAROLL COLLEGE: Carroll College (Helena, Mont.) named the Butte and surrounding area students listed below to its 2022 fall semester dean’s list...

  • Western Legacy Center to Hold Author Signing Event

    Jan 18, 2023

    The Western Legacy Center (WLC), located at 1 Whitetail Road, Whitehall, will hold an Author Signing Night on February 11, 2023, from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Authors Henrietta Goodman, Kristine Erinn, Janet Hill, Ray Marxer, Ellie West, Elise Atchison, and Mark Beeaudini will be joining the event to present their books and to sign their works. Drinks, snacks, and sweets will be served to all, as well as other surprises through the Western Legacy Center. Follow the WLC on Facebook or their website for...

  • Trojans Topple Bulldogs, Lose Against Hearty Loyola

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 18, 2023

    The Whitehall Lady Trojans took on two strong teams in the past week, first taking on the Townsend Bulldogs on Thursday, January 12. The Trojans defeated the Bulldogs 41-31, a great conference win for the Ladies. The team was led by senior Maxine Hoagland with 15 and junior Lindsay Briggs with 10; a total of eight girls scored during the game. “The girls kept fighting and eventually pulled away,” said Lady Trojan basketball coach Kelly Nieskens. On Friday, January 13 the Lady Trojans took on the...

  • 20th Annual Memorial Pool Tournament

    Jan 18, 2023

    The 20th Annual Cori Bishop, Dave McLaughlin, Steve Dyson Memorial Pool Tourney brought in over 60 teams to the Whitehall area this past weekend, with play being held in multiple locations....

  • Between the Stacks: 1/18/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jan 18, 2023

    This is going to be a busy week at the Library with lots of programs going on for every age group. Wednesday, January 18th at 9 AM the Holocaust Project teens will be meeting to work on this year’s Survivor/Rescuer Fair, to be held in April. Last year we had a great crowd in spite of all the snow and everyone complimented the participants on their tables. Wednesday is also the first Alzheimer’s/Dementia education class at 10 AM. This one-hour class will be discussing “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, following three more session...

  • Banning Books is for Bullies

    CRISTA V. WORTHY, Writers on the Range|Jan 18, 2023

    Some people have become so alarmed by what children might read in school or in libraries that they want books they don't like removed - immediately. The targeted books include scenes of sexual awakening, gender identity, racism, or violence. But why aren't these alarmists focusing on a book that's chock-full of incest, rape, and gore? I'm talking, of course, about the Bible. In Genesis 19:30-36, Lot's daughters get him drunk in a cave and his eldest daughter has incestuous sex with him. Judges...

  • Seidensticker Resigns as JLDC Director

    CHARLIE DENISON, Boulder Monitor|Jan 18, 2023

    Jefferson Local Development Corporation (JLDC)Executive Director Eric Seidensticker announced during the Dec. 21 board meeting that he is stepping down. His resignation comes three months after a divisive board decision to purchase the Roberts building in Whitehall. Seidensticker told The Monitor he is going to stay involved in economic development, and do so from Helena. JLDC board Vice President Drew Dawson said he’s sorry to lose Seidensticker, a man he considers “very knowledgeable of economic development” who has had “lots of good ideas a...

  • MT Shakespeare in the Parks Launches 2023 Season

    HANNAH JACOBSMA, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks|Jan 18, 2023

    Montana Shakespeare in the Parks embarks on their 51st season with a production lineup fit for a king...or perhaps a bard more appropriately. Ranging from well-known favorites like Measure for Measure to an original production of Hamlet with a twist, MSIP is geared up to bring timeless tales of life, love, and tragedy to schools and parks across the Northwest. "The beginning of a new season is always a fun and exciting time around here," said Kevin Asselin, Executive Artistic Director. "Our...

  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Awards St. James $50,000

    TANNER GOOCH, St James Healthcare|Jan 18, 2023

    St. James Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Healthcare, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of six organizations to receive Million Hearts® Health Equity Implementation project funding to implement evidence-based strategies to improve cardiovascular health and advance health equity. The funding will support St. James Healthcare’s “Hearts in the Mountains” initiative. The program will improve access to care for people with heart failure living in rural communities in Southwest Montana by supporting the availability of virtual...

  • Help Prevent Respiratory Illnesses this Winter

    JON EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Jan 18, 2023

    Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials are reporting substantial influenza (flu) activity during the first three months of this current flu season, from September through December 2022, that has far exceeded the prior five-year averages. Since the week of September 25 through December 31, 2022, there have been 408 influenza-associated hospitalizations reported to DPHHS, well above the five-year seasonal average of 88 hospitalizations for that same time frame. The five-year seasonal average for hospitalizations for an...

  • Challenge Your Happiness in 2023 - Part 2 The Secret Power of the 8-Minute Phone Call

    JANCEE DUNN, New York Times|Jan 18, 2023

    I just had an eight-minute call with my good friend Tina, whom I've known for over three decades. I could never seem to connect with her (she has a very demanding job) until I sent her a text last week proposing an eight-minute phone call. That seems weird, she wrote back. Come on, I wheedled. You can do it. The president of the United States could probably do eight minutes! I promise not to go long. Name a time. At the appointed hour, I gave her a ring. In short order, we talked about our...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 1/8/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Office|Jan 18, 2023

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 09:42:41 Animal: Paul Gulch Rd 16:30:49 911 Hang Up 17:33:43 Suspicious Person: Piedmont Rd 21:45:10 Abandoned Vehicle MONDAY, JANUARY 9 10:03:47 Fraud: Shoddy Springs Rd 10:57:47 911 Misdial 12:37:06 Custodial Interference: Mills Rd 14:03:58 Traffic Stop: Hwy 55 19:48:42 Welfare Check: Hwy 2 W 20:13:55 911 Misdial: Sun Valley Dr 21:05:19 911 Hang Up 23:27:24 Assist: Hwy 287 TUESDAY, JANUARY 10 07:52:41 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Parrot Castle Rd 11:09:49 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 16:30:27 Motor Vehicle Accident...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 1/12/2023

    DOROTHY GRIFFITH, Whitehall Pool League|Jan 18, 2023

    Week of 1-12-2023 TEAM K Bar #1: 17 wins, 0 lost Mint #4: 13 wins, 4 lost Two Bit #1: 10 wins, 7 lost MEN Will Bowen: 4 wins, 0 lost Curtis Chadwick: 4 wins, 0 lost Will Cusson: 4 wins, 0 lost Chuck Dirkson: 4 wins, 0 lost Gordy Lyons: 4 wins, 0 lost Mike Wall: 4 wins, 0 lost WOMEN Deanna Wall: 3 wins, 1 lost...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: Rack of Chupacabra

    COUSIN CLEAVON|Jan 18, 2023

    Back in 2015, our sleepy town of Whitehall was plagued by a Chupacabra. Not all of Whitehall was affected, but the goat farmers were scared. A little back story, Chupacabras are like wolves. They are hairless beasts with long tongues. They are faster than a wolf and smaller than a pit bulldog, and only eat goats. They normally live in hot places like Mexico. We still don't know how it made its way all the way to Montana. The theory is that one of the new people in town brought it with them when...

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