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  • Clara's Crusade This Saturday, February 3rd

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 31, 2024

    On October 1, 2023, Clara Myrstol was life-flighted to Primary Children's in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was diagnosed with AML Leukemia. On her admission, Clara immediately started chemotherapy and received 14 platelet transfusions and 4 whole blood transfusions. The bone marrow biopsy from her first round of chemo brought her to a non-detectable status (no cancer found). She has gone through three rounds of chemotherapy and will receive a bone marrow transplant on February 28th, 2024. Now, four...

  • ACE Duracell Roundup Thursday, February 8th

    BRIDGET MORSE, Whitehall and Boulder ACE Hardware|Jan 31, 2024

    Our friends at Duracell generously donated $100,000 nationwide to sponsor the “Power Up the Miracles” contest, where stores competed head-to-head to see who could get the highest percentage of Round-Up transactions from November 24 - December 31. We would like to thank our local communities for making us the #1 and #4 nationwide earners in the Round-Up for Children's Miracle Network. Whitehall ACE Hardware finished at the head of the class with an incredible 74.48% of our transactions with Rou...

  • Family BINGO and Soup Tonight at Trinity Methodist

    Jan 31, 2024

    Everyone is invited to attend an inter-generational (all ages) BINGO and Soup Night on Wednesday, January 31st from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Trinity United Methodist (102 S Brooke Street). Come join us for a bowl of soup and time of connection playing Bingo and other games. All are welcome, invited, and encouraged to attend this fun evening!...

  • Trojan Wrestling Senior Night

    Jan 31, 2024

    SENIOR SOLIDARITY: The Whitehall senior Trojan grapplers took centerstage on Thursday, January 25th for their Senior Night against Butte High. Seniors honored were Ivar Radcliffe (left) with his family, Isaac Skogen (middle) with his family, and Reilly Slater (right) with his family....

  • OpEd: The Doomsday Clock is Still at 90 Seconds to Midnight. But What Does That Mean?

    Jan 31, 2024

    Once every year, a select group of nuclear, climate, and technology experts assemble to determine where to place the hands of the Doomsday Clock. Presented by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Doomsday Clock is a visual metaphor for humanity's proximity to catastrophe. It measures our collective peril in minutes and seconds to midnight, and we don't want to strike 12. In 2023, the expert group brought the clock the closest it has ever been to midnight: 90 seconds. On January 23, 2024,...

  • Thought Provokers: 1/31/2024

    Jan 31, 2024

    The 90s have become for Gen Z what the 50s were for Gen X. Scrabble’s difficulty depends massively on the language you play. When you learn a new word you start to see it everywhere as if it has never existed. Despite all the incredible strengths and abilities many animals have, it’s pretty neat that humans easily live so much longer than almost all of them. Static shock must have been wild before electricity was discovered. A shrimp sees colors that we will never be able to fathom. In TV shows when a character gives birth, all their fri...

  • Don't Like Your Local Government? Vote to Change It.

    KEITH HAMMONDS, Boulder Monitor|Jan 31, 2024

    Jefferson County and its cities of Boulder and Whitehall have had the same forms of government in place for as long as anyone can remember. But on June 5, voters will have the opportunity to decide if they’d like to contemplate something different. Montana’s state constitution requires that every 10 years, all municipalities and counties ask voters to choose whether to establish a commission to study their current form of government and consider alternatives. It is a uniquely Montanan mandate, intended to give citizens the power to decide if th...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/3/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 31, 2024

    FEBRUARY 3, 1999 The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was seeking a $66,000 penalty from Golden Sunlight Mine for a summer 1998 cyanide spill from a mine process water basin, but mine officials said the amount of the fine was unwarranted and planned to appeal DEQ's decision. Golden Sunlight Mine had its best gold recovery year ever in 1998, and new technologies were being tested to further improve recovery. During 1998 Golden Sunlight recovered 82.4 percent of the gold in...

  • Between the Stacks: 1/31/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jan 31, 2024

    I would like to thank the Library Staff and the Friends of the Library for the lovely flowers they sent after my mother's passing. Thank you also to the many patrons for all the touching cards and well wishes. They meant a great deal during this difficult time. On a brighter note, the Library is starting several new programs including a Mommy & Me musical program on Mondays at 10 AM. Dads are also invited for this fun time of music and movement. This will run during February except for...

  • Want to Achieve Your Goals? Write Them Down

    STATEPOINT|Jan 31, 2024

    If you have a big idea, goal, or dream about helping others, writing down your vision can help. Studies show you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. Take it from Marcy Bursac. After reviewing thousands of handwritten entries, Pilot Pen selected her as the newest winner of the G2 Overachievers Grant, which rewards an exceptional individual who goes beyond their everyday job and responsibilities to make a difference in the lives of others. A technical analyst at a cybersecurity firm by day, Bursac is also an a...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: 10 Ways to Save Money in Your Business

    Jan 31, 2024

    While the MetLife and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Index reached its highest level of confidence since COVID-19 in Q3 of 2023, there are still many businesses that are battling rising costs and trying to make every dollar count. According to the report, 33% of small businesses are saying the U.S. economy is in good health (up 9% points from Q2). The report read, “Small businesses also feel better about their own business health and cash flow: Two in three (66%) report that their business is in good health and roughly seven in ten (72...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 1/31/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jan 31, 2024

    When and How to Upgrade Your Computer In today’s fast-paced digital era, our reliance on computers has become more pronounced than ever. Whether for work, entertainment, or staying connected with the world, our trusty computers play a pivotal role in our daily lives. However, with technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, the question arises: when is the right time to upgrade your computer, and how can you make the most informed decision? The decision to upgrade your computer is not one t...

  • Golden Sunlight Mine Receives Community Partner in Education Award

    Jan 31, 2024

    The Montana Association of Secondary School Principals Community Partner in Education Award is presented to a private citizen outside of the professional educational organization who is always there to support education and youth through his/her involvement in activities or projects that truly impact the schools and communities. The recipient is announced and recognized at the Montana Principals Conference. This year the Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall was selected for the award. Rich Dyer...

  • Whitehall Sustainability Committee Opens Grant Cycle for New Projects

    Jan 31, 2024

    The Whitehall Sustainability Committee (WSC), with oversight from Golden Sunlight Mine, was formed in 2022 to help Golden Sunlight rank community projects in the Whitehall area by a local advisory group. In 2022 the WSC funded $135,000 worth of projects in the form of the new playground on Legion Avenue and the upcoming daycare facility next to the Whitehall Schools. In 2023 it heard projects from the Whitehall Recreation Complex and Gold Junction Presents - 2023 grants have not yet been awarded. The project funding cycle is once again open and...

  • Terrence Owen Wisner, 72

    Jan 31, 2024

    Terrence Owen Wisner, 72, passed away on January 21, 2024, at home in Green Valley, AZ. He was born in the fall of 1951 in Hastings, MI, and raised in Grand Rapids. Terry was the son of Ted Owen Wisner and Eleanor June Everse. Terry graduated from East Grand Rapids High School in 1969 and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he developed a lifelong loyalty to the athletic program. Though he moved out of state, Terry wore maize and blue to watch televised Wolverines games and... Full story

  • Bonnie Jean Smolik, 82

    Jan 31, 2024

    Bonnie Jean Smolik, age 82, passed away peacefully with her devoted husband by her side on January 19, 2024, at their home in Bozeman, MT. Bonnie was born October 19, 1941, in Winner, South Dakota to Martha and Rudy Paseka. Her early years of education were in a rural school near Wood, South Dakota and she graduated from high school in Hill City, South Dakota. She went on to attend the National College of Business in Rapid City where she earned an accounting degree. While working for the Rapid... Full story

  • Patricia Carroll Miller, 81

    Jan 31, 2024

    Patricia Carrol Miller passed away Monday, January 22nd, 2024, at the age of 81. She was surrounded by her family at St. James Healthcare in Butte, Montana. She was often referred to as "Saint Pat" by her eldest son, and also Gramma Pat, Nana, Granny, and Grandma by the family. Patricia was born May 18th, 1942, in Bradford, Pennsylvania to James and Marguarite (Barnes) Gemmell. From the Keystone State, the family moved to San Fernando, California. Patricia graduated from San Fernando High... Full story

  • 2024 is "The Year of the Dragon": Mai Wah Society to Host Annual Chinese New Year Parade in Butte

    TRAVIS MCADAM, Mai Wah Society|Jan 31, 2024

    The Mai Wah Society will once again host Butte America's annual Chinese New Year Parade, which has been described as the shortest, loudest, and (sometimes) coldest parade in Montana. Celebrating the "Year of the Dragon," the parade will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024. It will start at the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse (155 W Granite) at 3 PM. Following opening remarks, the parade will head east on Granite Street with the dragon stopping along the route to bless business sponsors. Those in...

  • Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off This Week

    BRIANA RICKMAN, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming|Jan 31, 2024

    Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) will kick off their 2024 Girl Scout Cookie season in Montana and Wyoming on February 2, 2024, the annual event in which Girl Scouts unbox their futures as young female entrepreneurs through the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls. During this highly-anticipated time of the year, girls flex their entrepreneurial muscles and acquire important life skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. All proceeds from cookie sales stay with local c...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 1/25/2024

    LESLIE DYSON, Whitehall Pool League|Jan 31, 2024

    WEEK OF 1/25/2024 TEAM Mint #2: 15 wins, 2 losses Mint #4: 13 wins, 4 losses K-Bar #1: 12 wins, 5 losses Two Bit #1: 9 wins, 8 losses MEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Mike Wall, Jay VonBergen, Dwayne McClanahan, Tyler Babcock 3 wins, 1 loss: Chuckie Dirkson, Jimbo, Brad Babb, Rick Kelley, Brian Hartford, Curtis Chadwick WOMEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Deanna Wall, Leslie Dyson 2 wins, 2 losses: Shawna Amidon, Terry Chadwick...

  • Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

    KATIE KLINGSPORN, Writers on the Range|Jan 31, 2024

    There’s never been enough doctors in rural Wyoming, where I live, but a shortage of obstetricians is now increasing the risks for pregnant women across the state—and the nation. In the last decade in Wyoming, three hospitals have closed their maternity ward. That includes Rawlins, where pregnant moms now have to risk travel on Interstate 80—notorious for weather-related closures—to deliver their babies in Laramie, 100 miles away. But Wyoming isn’t the only state to face inadequate maternal care: less than half of the rural hospitals in Americ...

  • Montana Files Notice of Intent to Sue Over Wolverine Listing

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jan 31, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) of its intent to pursue legal action over the recent listing of wolverines as a threatened species. “In Montana, wolverines continue to do well and inhabit much, if not all, of their available habitat,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Chief of Conservation Policy Quentin Kujala. “We work closely with our neighboring states to ensure the continued conservation of these iconic species. Federal protections in this case will only get in the way of good conserva...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Homemade Ravioli

    Jan 31, 2024

    Many styles of ethnic cuisine feature a filled dough or pasta. Wontons or dumplings are common in certain types of Asian cuisine and pierogies are enjoyed in areas of Eastern Europe. For Italians and Sicilians, the stuffed delight of choice is likely ravioli. The word "ravioli" comes from the Italian "riavvolgere," which means "to wrap." Although the origins of ravioli are obscure, the earliest mentions of the dish date back to the fourteenth century. The pasta is made from thinly rolled sheets...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 1/31/2024

    GEORGIA|Jan 31, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, Have you ever had a child who needed glasses and you find out your spouse “doesn’t believe in glasses”? Like, I’m not joking, he says glasses are a crutch to the body and the doctor is just trying to make money. Can this actually be real? I am fighting with my spouse so that my child can see! What the heck? Is this really a thing? Needing In-Sight Sight, Wow. I’ve heard of conspiracy theorists and their mistrust of doctors, but if your child physically cannot see, Sounds like your husband’s distrust is...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 1/21/2024


    SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 06:37:40 Animal: Hwy 69 08:55:19 Domestic Violence: Bowman Ln 09:05:13 Animal: Piedmont Rd 09:33:01 Traffic Offense 09:44:26 Traffic Stop 21:32:51 Death: E First St MONDAY, JANUARY 22 06:45:36 Traffic Stop: D St 10:09:07 Abandoned Vehicle: E First St 10:11:45 Civil Standby: Hwy 55 19:52:59 Domestic Violence: Cherokee Pl 23:50:30 Welfare Check: Wapiti Rd TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 11:15:47 Assist: Cherokee Pl 13:07:55 VIN Inspection: Whitetail Rd 17:01:08 Medical: Whitetail Rd WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24 14:59:51 Stranded Motorist...

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