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Articles from the January 26, 2022 edition


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  • JeffCo Experiences Largest Surge of Daily/Weekly COVID Cases; Caution Urged

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Jan 26, 2022

    "Jefferson County Health Department has experienced the largest surge of daily/weekly cases we have seen since the pandemic began," said Pam Hanna, RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor, in an email to the Ledger Monday, January 24. "We are unable to contact every individual in a timely manner." Hanna, concerned about the mass spread of the virus, supplied the following information from the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, which states recommended isolation and seeking...

  • Get Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Delivered to You

    Jan 26, 2022

    Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days via USPS. TAKE AN AT-HOME TEST: • If you begin having COVID-19 symptoms like fever, sore throat, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, or • At least 5 days after you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, or • When you're going to gather with a group of people, especially those who are at risk of severe disease or may not be up to date...

  • Thought Provokers: 1/26/2022

    Jan 26, 2022

    White-collar workers often recognize the value of blue-collar workers, but not the opposite way around. If we could normalize first dates where we run errands together so that if there’s no chemistry at least we’ve picked up our dry cleaning and got our lightbulbs. We are already in the 2020s, but if someone says 20s, it is implied that they are talking about the 1920s. ‘We need to talk’ is one of the scariest sentences in the English language. These past few years have probably been the happiest ever for the average house pet. An actor p...

  • Dear Editor: Dan Haggerty for County Commissioner

    JOHN KREIS|Jan 26, 2022

    Dear Editor, Dan Haggerty for County Commissioner! We as concerned citizens are always looking for honest, conscientious representation. People who want to be involved in public service and want to do it truly for public service are few and far between. Dan Haggerty is that person. Dan represented and protected all of Jefferson County for years and established a reputation as a person who really cared about the people he served and protected. Dan served for years in a dangerous and thankless job; a job whereas Deputy Sheriff obviously he did...

  • Dear Editor: Whitehall Should Hop on the Cannabis Tide

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jan 26, 2022

    Dear Editor, Yes, Virginia, federally speaking, cannabis/marijuana is STILL illegal! However, that being said, there are at least 16 states in this Union that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, including our own beloved Montana and (GASP!) Washington, DC, the ONLY truly Federal District in this Union! It should be noted that, even though cannabis has been legalized for medical use in a majority of states, the main reason is that said states have begun to realize how lucrative it is! That being said, I would like to get into the...

  • Town Cannot Legally Waive Food Pantry Water/Utilities Bill; Makes Appeal For Help

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 26, 2022

    At the January 2022 Town Council meeting Whitehall Food Pantry volunteers Cara Sacry and Konnie Smith requested that the pantry’s water/utility bill be waived, as the organization is a non-profit entity and the building is used only once a month for a few hours. Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh recommended to the Town Council to charge $1 per year, as the Whitehall Community Library and Whitehall General Store have this same arrangement. However, after the meeting, it was discovered that this arrangement is illegal and could ultimately affect t...

  • Morris Receives Pharmacist of the Year Award

    STUART DOGGETT, Montana Pharmacy Association|Jan 26, 2022

    The Montana Pharmacy Association (MPA) is pleased to announce that Josh Morris, the owner of Elkhorn Pharmacy in Boulder, Silvertip Pharmacy in West Yellowstone, and Whitehall Pharmacy has received the association’s “Fitzgerald Pharmacist of the Year Award”. The award is presented annually by MPA to a pharmacist who has demonstrated leadership and service to the pharmacy profession. Josh was recognized by MPA Board Member JoEllen Mauer who stated, “Josh is an advocate for pharmacies, independent pharmacies, and community needs. There is trul...

  • Jefferson Valley Friends of NRA Meeting February 4

    PATTY HOWSER, Jefferson Valley Friends of the NRA|Jan 26, 2022

    The Jefferson Valley Friends of the NRA Committee will be holding their meeting Friday, February 4, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the Whitehall Community Center. If you have an interest in supporting your local 4-H Shooting Sports, Archery, or Hunter Safety Programs (just to mention a few) now is the time to get involved. Join the local committee and help plan the 2022 events and banquet. We need your help! If you have thought about sponsoring, donating, or just helping the committee please come to the meeting on Friday, February 4, 2022, at 7:00 PM....

  • Go Ask Jo: 1/26/2022

    Jo|Jan 26, 2022

    Dear Jo, People always say follow your dreams. Well, how do you know what your dream is? How can people be so confident about what they want to do and have? Am I the only one who still (in my fifties) is not 100% sure of what my dream is? Signed, Dreamin’ Dear Dreamin’, You cannot look at what others do and apply it to yourself. Your journey is, well, yours. Embrace your life, your experiences, all that is uniquely you. Signed, Jo Dear Jo, I keep hearing that this is the end of times. The world is entering the period of Revelation. After the...

  • Connecting Point: Wealth & Sexuality - Isn't America Out of Balance?

    BILL LANES|Jan 26, 2022

    Pleasure seeking isn’t anything new, but isn’t part of the turmoil of our age due to plain old generational conflict? Aren’t millennials rightly concerned that the baby-boom generation is going to bankrupt the nation? Don’t older people talk sensibly about out-of-control sexuality? We’ve been turning to the book of Ecclesiastes for inspiration. Known for the phrase, “There’s nothing new under the sun,” King Solomon put things into perspective. We may point out that America is highly sexualized and driven by consumerism. However, this i...

  • Chase Johnathon Estabrook, 31

    Jan 26, 2022

    Chase Johnathon Estabrook along with his brother Brendan Estabrook was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Three Forks, Montana. Chase was born Wednesday, December 26, 1990, in Butte, Montana to Roger and Kim (Partelow) Estabrook. Chase grew up in Butte and attended local schools, including Butte High School. He enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities including hunting, RZR riding, horseback riding, shed antler hunting, camping and fishing. He especially loved...

  • Brendan Patrick Estabrook, 32

    Jan 26, 2022

    Brendan Patrick Estabrook, along with his brother Chase Estabrook, was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Three Forks, Montana. Brendan was born Tuesday, June 13, 1989, in Butte, Montana to Roger and Kim (Partelow) Estabrook. Brendan attended Butte schools and graduated from Butte High School. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, RZR Riding, four-wheeling, horseback riding, shed antler hunting, and camping. He was currently employed at D...

  • Scott Arkell, 50

    Jan 26, 2022

    Scott was born in Butte on October 29, 1971, to Jim and Thelma Arkell and was welcomed by his eight siblings to the home in Whitehall that he grew up in. Scott was born with a heart murmur and had his heart valves replaced several years ago. He passed away unexpectedly at his home in Whitehall on January 8; his loving heart finally giving up. As a kid, he spent his days riding his bike around town with his friends. He wrestled in the AAU youth program and wrestled and played football for the...

  • Season Two of The Chosen Playing at Star

    Jan 26, 2022

    Season Two: The Chosen will be playing at the Star Theatre starting February 1. It will show for four weeks on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. Each evening show will feature two episodes of the series, which are about 45 minutes apiece. So far The Chosen has produced two seasons and two Christmas specials. All these are available to watch on the free app, The CHOSEN. It is a free, easy-to-use app that has over 349,000,000 views from around the world. As a review, on February 1, starting at 6:30 PM at the STAR Theater, the last episode of season one will...

  • Between the Stacks: 1/26/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jan 26, 2022

    This week is full of programs dealing with history. On Thursday, January 27, at 6 PM, the Holocaust Project will be open to the public for a very special program. The child of two survivors will share the story of her family as they immigrated to safety, were taken to the camps, and the effects of the Holocaust on future generations. Next Monday, January 31, at 6 PM the History Book Club will meet. This month was the reader’s choice and everyone selected a book about any historical period they were interested in. There are so many different t...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: January 23, 1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 26, 2022

    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 within five minutes but arrived to find the home of Mike Allen nearly engulfed by fire. Firefighters responded with one water truck and two fire trucks but could do little against the severe blaze. Firefighters called an ambulance to treat Allen for smoke inhalation, and Allen was further treated...

  • Creating Fiction from History: 1/26/2022

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jan 26, 2022

    John Charles Winchester was born into it, you might say. On a cold November day in 1897 Charlie, as he became known, was the fifth son of Charles and Edith Winchester. Considering the Winchester family's military history, it came as no surprise when Charlie joined the ranks 20 years later after the situation in Europe had heated to the point where someone felt they needed to kidnap a VIP in order to get their way. However, as we're not there quite yet, let's get back to Charlie and how he grew...

  • Commission Warns About Ratepayer Phone Scam

    DANIEL STUSEK, Montana Public Service Commission|Jan 26, 2022

    The Montana Public Service Commission is warning ratepayers about a phone scam targeting Montanans by alleging they have a faulty or dangerous meter and threatening to shut off power unless the resident makes an immediate payment. This is a scam by thieves attempting to steal Montanan’s money. The scammer claims to be a PSC employee and asks for payment through an electronic payment method such as Zelle or Venmo. The scammer may also seek credit card or debit card information over the phone. Anyone receiving a suspicious or aggressive call s...

  • Dean's List: 1/26/2022

    Jan 26, 2022

    CARROLL COLLEGE: To be included on the dean’s list, a student must receive a 3.5 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale and take at least 12 graded credits in a semester. Whitehall: Nathaniel Antonioli, Jesica Masshardt Danna Reichert...

  • First Whitehall Garden Club Meeting of 2022

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Jan 26, 2022

    John Carlson, newly elected president of the Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) will be presiding at the club’s first meeting of 2022, slated for February 2nd at the Borden conference room. This is also the first meeting of the club’s 25th year! Come one, come all, as you need not be a member to attend. Social time, hosted by Karen Ranta and Janet Finney, begins at 9:30 AM. The business meeting will commence at 10 AM with a Fast Five (minute) presentation on the herb Rosemary by member Dorie Westhoven. At 11 AM, Vaia Errett will begin her 30-...

  • How to Fertilize Perennials This Spring

    ANNE VERDOES, Team iVerde - Perennial Power|Jan 26, 2022

    Just like people, perennials need nutrition to grow and bloom optimally. This nutrition can be provided in the form of fertilization. But how and when is this best done? Basic requirements: The basic requirements of perennials are light, heat, water, and nutrition. A part of the nutrition is already present in the soil in the form of minerals; for the other part, plants depend on fertilization. Fertilize twice a year: in spring and in late summer. Extra boost: Spring fertilizing is the most...

  • Winter "Nun-Sense" Banquet February 2nd

    Jan 26, 2022

    St. Teresa of Avila’s Ladies’ Auxiliary will present a Winter “Nun-Sense” Banquet on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at 5 PM. Dinner will be served by Metals Bar of Butte at 6 PM. Dinner will include a salad buffet, roast beef with mashers, rolls, and dessert. Dinner tickets are available via Bonnie Brown for $20 per dinner ticket; contact Brown at 406-287-5662. Bucket auction tickets will be on sale. Guest speaker Mary Jo McDonald will present “The Ministry of Women Religious in Early Montana.” Entertainment will be provided by Ann Hansen and...

  • Pool Shark Report: 1/26/2022

    DOROTHY GRIFFITH, Whitehall Pool League|Jan 26, 2022

    Week of 1-20-2022 TEAM Mint #4: 15 wins, 2 losses K Bar #1: 14 wins, 3 losses Mint #2: 12 wins, 5 losses MEN Brad Babb: 4 wins, 0 lost Will Bowen: 4 wins, 0 lost Mark Griffith: 4 wins, 0 lost Mike Wall: 4 wins, 0 lost WOMEN Leslie Dyson: 4 wins, 0 lost Deanna Wall: 3 wins, 1 loss CORRECTION: In last week’s Memorial Pool Tournament story Cori Bishop’s name was misspelled....

  • 5 Tools to Jumpstart Faded 2022 Resolutions

    STATEPOINT|Jan 26, 2022

    If it’s time to jumpstart the resolutions you made at the beginning of the year, consider these five tools to make them more attainable: 1. Mix it up. Finding it hard to consume the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables? You’re not alone. Only one in 10 Americans do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A high-quality blender can make getting your fill of these fundamental food groups easy and delicious. For example, the Ninja, one of the more notoriously powerful machines on the market, allows you to whi...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 1/16/2022

    Jan 26, 2022

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 16 00:07:42 911 Hang Up 13:16:19 Medical: Skyline Dr 15:56:11 Trespass: Sheep Camp Rd 16:37:34 911 Hang Up: I-90 17:19:45 Citizen Assist: Boe Ln 17:56:05 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 18:55:20 Motorist Assist: I-90 19:41:37 Animal 20:50:23 Fire/Smoke: Hwy 2 E MONDAY, JANUARY 17 00:43:15 911 Hang Up 07:57:06 Medical: Franich Ln 08:02:57 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 09:29:34 Medical: W First St 17:43:25 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Hwy 69 20:56:01 911 Hang Up: Hwy 2 W 20:58:31 Domestic Non-Violent: N Main St 22:29:54 Missing...

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