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  • Seven Trojan Wrestlers Qualify for State Tournament

    Feb 7, 2024

  • Clara's Crusade Garners $34,000 For Myrstol Family

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 7, 2024

    "For everyone involved in the Clara Myrstol fundraiser benefit, you have truly touched our hearts with your generosity and kindness bestowed to us," Montina Rawson, Clara's mother, said. "We are genuinely grateful to live in such a loving and supportive community. We are completely overwhelmed by the love, friendship, and offers of assistance we've been shown and appreciate our little town very much." Clara's Crusade, held at the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, February 3rd was attended...

  • Love Local Chamber Get-Together This Thursday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 7, 2024

  • Whitehall Schools Announces 2nd Quarter High Honor & Honor Rolls

    Feb 7, 2024

    HIGH HONOR ROLL (3.5 - 4.0 GPA): MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Ashlyn Alley, Wesley Biggers, Lindsay Briggs, Malachi Beatty Coleman, AdaLynn Cooper, Naomi Doney, Joseph Frazier, Gavin French, Keagan Graham, Alyssa Hagel, Brooklynn Lanes, Cecilia Madden, Natalia McElderry, Charity Nieskens, Carino Rodriguez, Isaac Skogen, Reilly Slater, and Cyrus Tebay JUNIORS: Zacharia Christensen, Kari Ellison, Lainey Ellison, Shayla Hamilton, Dylan Juhnke, Bryon Mapes, Aletheia Martin, Hope Moriarty, Hope...

  • How to Decode Your NorthWestern Energy Bill

    AMANDA EGGERT, Montana Free Press|Feb 7, 2024

    Have you ever looked at your power bill and struggled to understand the various rates and charges that dictate how much you owe your utility company? If yes, you're not alone - even energy professionals can find their bills befuddling. To bridge that knowledge gap, we dug into the nearly 20 rates and charges that are factored into monthly residential bills for the state's largest utility company, NorthWestern Energy. NorthWestern supplies electricity or natural gas to approximately two-thirds...

  • Dear Editor: A Note from the Whitehall Country Store Volunteers

    WHITEHALL COUNTRY STORE VOLUNTEERS|Feb 7, 2024

    Dear Editor, Happy New Year from all of the Volunteers at the Whitehall Country Store! As a team, we would like to take some time to extend our thanks to everyone who donates to and shops with "our" store. While we may often refer to it as that, the store is actually yours, the Community's. Each item donated and then sold goes back into the community as a whole. As a result of this teamwork, this year we were able to return money to many needed areas. We awarded $20,000 in College scholarships...

  • Thought Provokers: 2/7/2024

    Feb 7, 2024

    It’s funny how no one will read an email that’s more than a paragraph in the professional world. But as you progress through college, they ask you to write longer and longer papers. A significant portion of our efficient energy is generated simply by boiling water. Our advancements haven’t strayed far from the steam age; instead, we’ve honed our ability to heat water effectively. It’s interesting how close to absolute 0 the temperature needs to be for life to exist (as far as we know) considering how hot other parts of the universe can get....

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - February, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 7, 2024

    8 Years Ago - February, Part I: February 1898 was not starting well for many people. 600 ironworkers in Newcastle, Delaware were out of work and their families were facing starvation, several store owners were nearing bankruptcy and at least 1800 people were able to, left Newcastle due to the lack of food and fuel. Fire ravaged a warehouse in Pittsburg causing a $2,000,000 loss of property and in Aiken, South Carolina, the popular Highland Park Hotel burned to the ground. In Butte, Thomas F. F...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/10/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 7, 2024

    FEBRUARY 10, 1999 The Whitehall Town Council gave final approval for the installation of a new fence at the cemetery and up to $5,000 toward the installation of a new water line to the bathroom/concession stand at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds/Ballfield Complex. Mike Morris of the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) said the goal of NCAT's Montana Rivers Project was to promote irrigation efficiency in the Jefferson Valley. The irrigation project in the Jefferson Valley involved six...

  • Susan Eileen Stout

    Feb 7, 2024

    If you are reading this, then I am gone. If you knew me, doubtless you would not be surprised to learn I wrote it. I've always been one to appreciate the humor in any given situation. I've loved my years in Montana. I was not born or raised here but certainly should have been. I didn't come from California to change Montana into the place I left or to find things "wrong" with this state. I embraced Montana and appreciated being able to live here. My life has included lots of friends and a... Full story

  • Ronald James Hain, 88

    Feb 7, 2024

    In the early morning of January 21, 2024, our beloved Ronald "Ron" Hain passed away at his home. Ron was 88 years old, born in 1935 in Lisbon, North Dakota during the Depression. He was the fourth child of Winnifred and Lawrence Hain. Their family made the trek to Whitehall, Montana, searching for a job. Although Ron lost his father at an early age, the family continued in Whitehall and thrived. After high school graduation, Ron joined the Army and was stationed at Presidio in San Francisco, CA... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 2/7/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Feb 7, 2024

    Just a reminder that the Library will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, February 19th. We will be open regular hours the rest of the week. The book drop is always open if patrons would like to return things after hours. Presidents' Day was first celebrated in the 1880s in honor of George Washington, commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Washington was the first president of the United States, and his birthday was declared a federal holiday. Abraham Lincoln was...

  • A Different Perspective - 2/8/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Contributing Writer|Feb 7, 2024

    When I was a kid, I started getting hay fever around the age of four or five. Since we lived on a ranch and harvested hay from mountain meadows, the prognosis was gloomy for the summer months (summer being any time it wasn't winter.) My eyes would swell shut and become glued that way overnight, itching. along with my throat, and my nose would run down to my toes. Antihistamine medication in the 1950s was little help and just made me sleepy. I didn't know about karma then, but if I had, I would...

  • Tech Questions? Get Answers: 2/7/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Feb 7, 2024

    Common Types of Computer Viruses In an era dominated by technology, the omnipresence of computers exposes users to a myriad of cyber threats, with computer viruses standing out as a formidable adversary. These malicious programs come in various forms, each presenting unique challenges to users' digital security. Trojan Horses: Aptly named after the ancient Greek tale, Trojan horses disguise themselves as harmless programs but carry destructive payloads. Users unwittingly download and execute...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Gen Z is Ditching the Traditional Search Engine. Is Your Business Ready?

    Feb 7, 2024

    This week, I had one of those rare moments where my teenage son talked to me in more than mono-syllabic answers. We were talking about AI and school projects. While AI is a boon for anyone tasked with repetitive time sucks, it's a nightmare for school administrators and educators. Kids everywhere (other than New York, where it's illegal) are using chatbots to do their homework, write school scripts and projects, etc. And because of AI's generative language use, plagiarism trackers are...

  • Whitehall Rotarians Volunteer at Home Games

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Feb 7, 2024

    Whitehall Rotarians have been staffing the admission table for Whitehall High School home games in basketball, wrestling, and sometimes volleyball, for many years. The club receives a donation from the school for club volunteer time. That money is then used by the Rotary club to help fund activities they support for students that have included dictionary/reference books for third graders, scholarships for graduating seniors, Rotary leadership camp, and Boys and Girls State. The club has...

  • ACE Duracell Roundup Celebration Event Thursday, February 8th

    BRIDGET MORSE, Whitehall ACE Hardware|Feb 7, 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. Whitehall ACE Hardware finished at the head of the class with an incredible 74.48% of our transactions with Round-Up included! This garnered Whitehall first-place honors! Boulder's ACE Hardware finished in fourth place with 65.68% of transactions...

  • Trojans Lose to Wolves & Panthers

    Feb 7, 2024

    PREPPING FOR SENIOR NIGHT: The Trojan boys lost to the Three Forks Wolves on February 1st (51-43) and the Jefferson Panthers on Feburary 3rd (63-39). The Trojan girls also lost to the Wolves (51-43) and the Panthers (63-39). The Whitehall Trojans basketball and cheer teams will honor their seniors on Thursday, February 8th vs Manhattan....

  • Knowing Your Numbers to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Health|Feb 7, 2024

    Winter is here and the days are getting shorter and many of us will become less active, so it is a good time to focus on your heart health. St. James Healthcare is working to educate patients about ways to enhance their heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease – and about 659,000 people in the United States die from heart disease each year-that's 1 in every 4 deaths. "...

  • CPR Training at Whitehall Schools

    Feb 7, 2024

    Molly Carey from Jefferson County Public Health came to Whitehall last week to teach Ms. Bodda's middle school health classes hands-on CPR....

  • Montana Public Service Commission Announces Utility Rate Reductions Due to Property Tax Adjustments

    JAMES BROWN, Montana Public Service Commission|Feb 7, 2024

    The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC), announced on February 2 the expected reductions in Montana residential customers’ electric and natural gas utility bills resulting from property tax adjustments affecting Treasure State electric and natural gas suppliers. PSC President James Brown said of the adjustments, “These adjustments come as a result of property tax rate changes which lower costs for energy suppliers which are then included in utility rates under Montana law,” adding, “These adjustments will generally cut utility bills f...

  • Cardwell School Announces Spelling Bee Winners

    Feb 7, 2024

    TOP TIER: The Cardwell School held its spelling bee on Wednesday, January 31st. The first-place winner in the Cardwell bee was Trace Simon (5th grade) and second place was Roam Hunt (6th grade). The following spellers will be competing in the Jefferson County Spelling Bee in Clancy on February 21st: 4th grader Simon Schwarz, 5th graders Trace Simon and Stetson Howard, 6th grader Roam Hunt, and 7th grader Emalynn Coombe. Photo courtesy CARDWELL SCHOOL...

  • Study Finds Montanans Increasingly OK with Wolves

    AMANDA EGGERT, Montana Free Press|Feb 7, 2024

    Montanans are increasingly tolerant of wolves, according to newly released research from the University of Montana's Human Dimensions Lab and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The study, first conducted in 2012 and repeated in 2017 and 2023, was designed to gauge Montana residents' attitudes toward wolves and various aspects of wolf management. To conduct it, researchers sent a survey to 10,000 Montana residents who were separated into four categories: the general population, landowners with mor...

  • FWP Seeking Public Comment on Environmental Assessments, Emergency Closures

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Feb 7, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on several draft environmental assessments (EA) and emergency closures. For more information, including how to submit comments, click on the link provided or visit fwp.mt.gov/public-notices. Manley Choke to Death Private Pond: A private landowner is applying for a Private Fish Pond License and proposes to stock Yellowstone cutthroat trout in an unnamed private pond. The pond is a 0.38 surface-acre pond located in the Crazy Mountains north of Springdale that is fed by a combination of grou...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Cherry Pie Bars

    Feb 7, 2024

    Tart, red cherries, and Valentine's Day seem to be the perfect pair. Not only do cherries align with a Valentine's Day color scheme, they even resemble little hearts when hanging from their stems. Celebrating Valentine's Day involves many different traditions, and enjoying decadent desserts is among them. Purchasing ready-made treats from a local bakery is one way to indulge in a sugary confection, but crafting a recipe at home is another way to show that special someone how much you care....

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