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  • Winter gun show next week

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    It’s once again time for the annul Winter Blast Gun, Knife, and Antique Show. The popular annual event is scheduled to take place February 17 to 19 at the Whitehall Community Center. The show is sponsored the Whitehall VFW and American Legion Post, and the Weapons Collectors Society of Montana. The event will take place February 17 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., February 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and February 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event organizer Tom Harrington said there has already been a lot of interest in the upcoming show with around 80 v...

  • Trojans win regular season league title

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    By JACK H. SMITH Ledger Publisher Just moments after a 54-46 win over Townsend Friday night in Varsity Gym, Whitehall High School boys basketball head coach Zach McLean said any win in the tough Southern 5B League is a huge win. It turns out Whitehall had more than anyone in the league during the 2016-17 regular season. With the season sweep of the Bulldogs, the Trojans (14-4, 8-2 Southern 5B League) won the outright league title and will open next week's District Tournament in Belgrade with...

  • Cardwell hosts spelling bee

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 8, 2017

    Two Cardwell students will be moving on to the upcoming Jefferson County Spelling Bee. Eight grader Wyatt Biggers and sixth grader Samantha Clay both will have the chance to test their skills with students from the local area after qualifying last Wednesday at the annual Cardwell School Spelling Bee. Biggers finished in first, and Clay finished in third place. Fourth grader Annabelle Welch placed second, but was ineligible because she was not old enough for the county competition. Fifth grader...

  • Trojan wrestlers shine at divisional tourney

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    The Whitehall High School wrestling team did not disappoint at last Saturday's Southern B/C Divisional Tournament in Anaconda. The Trojans had two individuals finish first, three place second, and finished third as a team. Connor Johnson (126 pounds) and Braxtyn Armstrong (145) both defended their divisional championships. In the finals, Johnson defeated Jack Dolan of Townsend 6-2. Armstrong won a 7-0 decision over Robbie Coleman of Columbus. Armstrong said after winning the divisional...

  • Trustees discuss ACT Aspire test

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    Students at Whitehall High School are currently required to take the ACT during their junior year. At a meeting Monday night, the Whitehall School Board of Trustees discussed the possibility of requiring sophomores to the take the ACT Aspire test which maps learning progress from grades three to high school on a vertical scale, anchored to the scoring system of the ACT. During her monthly report to the Board, Whitehall High School Principal Hannah Nieskens approached the board with the idea of having the school provide the test at no cost to...

  • Mining City Star headed to Whitehall

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    The auditions for the Mining City Star are coming to Whitehall. Local residents will get to see if they have what it takes to win the all ages and all genre musical competition. The Whitehall auditions will take place February 15 at Legends Bar and Grill starting at 6:30 p.m. Event founder Natasha Richter said the audition process is super simple and informal. She said all people need to do is show up with a song and the accompanying music on CD. She said if someone might not have picked the best song to showcase their voice, they may be asked...

  • Editorial: Bill withdrawn after rightful public outcry

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    The great thing about living in a democracy is people really do have a say. Last week was a perfect example of this both locally and on a national level. United States Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) introduced a bill (HR-621) that would have sold 3.3 million acres of federal land, some of which included Montana as well as neighboring states Wyoming and Idaho. It did not take long for the word of the bill to spread, and there was immediate outrage from outdoor lovers from around the Western United States. The outrage was so severe that C...

  • Column: Kill em with kindness?

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    I was not in the right mind for any shenanigans. I was in a foul mood last Thursday and things were not going my way at work. I decided to get out of the office and run some errands. I wanted to enjoy the fresh air, so I walked to the bank and post office, but decided to drive to Liberty Place to drop off some things I had printed for them. I was driving near the Corner Store going the speed limit when someone nearly drove right into the side of me. Rather than mouth the world sorry or look away...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Feb 8, 2017

    Monday, Jan. 30 8:13 a.m. - mental crisis, 460 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 9:16 a.m. - traffic accident 2 vehicle/non-injury, I-90 eastbound, MM 236, Whitehall 12:58 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 415 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 2:14 p.m. - citizen assist, Edwards Addition Road, Whitehall 3:59 p.m. - abandoned auto, I-90 westbound, MM 239, Whitehall 5:24 p.m. - traffic accident, Hwy 55, Whitehall 8:25 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Homestake, Whitehall 10:04 p.m. – traffic stop, I-90 eastbound, MM 239, W...

  • THOMAS WRIGHT CHAMBERS

    Feb 8, 2017

    Thomas Wright Chambers, 63, of St. John, WA died Feb. 3, 2017 at his St. John home. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at Bruning Funeral Home in Colfax, WA. Concluding services will follow at the Colfax Cemetery. Tom was born Aug. 26, 1953 in Butte, MT to Kalman & Geraldine (Wells) Chambers. The family moved to Cardwell and later to Whitehall, Montana where Tom grew up and attended school. He graduated from high school at Whitehall where he played on the...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Feb 8, 2017

    Not much happening this week. The school kids did make their ski trip to Great Divide last Thursday. The blizzard conditions didn’t deter them at all. They held the Spelling Bee which you can read about in this paper in its own article. The Jr. High Honor Roll was announced by teacher, Michael Coombe. A Honor students were Wyatt Biggers and Katie Whitehurst. On the B Roll were Avery Coombe, Marta Nelson, Anna Nelson and Annie Engler. Continuing research on the Cardwell School history only adds to my curiosity. Mr. Puckett was Principal, C...

  • Bird Hike next Saturday at Lewis and Clark Caverns

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    Next week local residents can get some fresh air, beautiful views, and at the same time learn bird identification skills. Lewis and Clark Caverns is hosting The Great Backyard Bird Count Guide Hike Saturday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. According to Brian Turner of Montana State Parks AmeriCorps, the hike being led by Assistant Park Manager Tom Forwood is a way to get the local community come out and an learn some bird identification skills. He added it is also a way to get people to participate in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Feb 8, 2017

    Like many people around the country, I am currently watching “Victoria” on television every week. It is a wonderful historical drama about the life of Queen Victoria, one of Great Britain’s longest ruling monarchs. She was only 18 years old when she ascended the throne in June of 1837 and during her lifetime her children and grandchildren would rule over many of the countries in Europe. Victoria reigned for over sixty years until her death in 1901. She was an interesting woman who spoke English, German, French, Italian and Latin; as well as be...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Feb 8, 2017

    Hi Folks, Last week at our regular meeting, we open bids for a couple of projects in the Whitehall area. We received ten bids, which ranged from $360,000 to just under $32,000 for the Blowout Project on Pipestone Creek. We will probably award that bid to the lowest bidder at today’s meeting. We received nine bids for the Sugar Beet Row Sewer Project. These bids were fairly close, with the low bid of $216,825 being about $32,000 over the Engineers Estimate. There were also higher than anticipated costs for Bond Counsel and engineering s...

  • Experiencing the joy of victory

    Abe Winter, For the Ledger|Feb 8, 2017

    Victories have been scarce for the Whitehall High School girls basketball team. Let's count 'em. Two when this season's seniors were freshmen, zero when they were sophomores and one when they were juniors. That's right, three seasons, three wins. So when the Lady Trojans won their sixth game of the 2016-17 season on Saturday night against Gardiner, that made it three more than the entire previous three seasons. Yet the joy of competing and developing -- they hope -- lifetime friendships were...

  • Trojans bounce back

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    Following last Thursday nights 65-60 loss at Manhattan, Whitehall High School boys basketball coach Zach McLean shared a message with his team. He wants them to get back to doing the small things better. The loss to the Tigers was the Trojans second consecutive set back after winning 12 in a row. McLean said both Manhattan and Three Forks out worked Whitehall. "We just didn't have the energy that we needed to win games. They outworked us for all the loose balls and rebounds. The message we are...

  • Lady Trojans win two

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 8, 2017

    It was quite the week for the Whitehall High School girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans snapped a six game losing streak Thursday with a 42-35 road victory over Manhattan. The momentum carried over to Saturday and a 57-13 home win over Gardiner. Head Coach Herman Gerving praised his teams effort in both games, and said they were able to get the victories with hard work. "Win's bring out the smiles," said. "It is so enjoyable to see them smiling." Whitehall (6-10) will play their final...

  • Trojan squads fall to Dillon

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 8, 2017

    The Whitehall Trojan basketball teams stepped up a class in competition Tuesday, February 7 with games against Dillon. For three quarters, the Whitehall (13-4) boys team showed they could hang with the top ranked and defending Class A state champs, but went cold in the fourth quarter of the 63-40 road loss. After trailing 30 to 19 at halftime, the Trojans would outscore Dillon 18-16 in the third. The Beavers came back strong in the final quarter, outscoring Whitehall 17-3. Andrew Simon led Trojans in scoring with 13. Wyatt Alexander had 10,...

  • Montana Lawmakers Weigh Bills Dealing With Child Abuse and Campaign Finance, Gov. Bullock Vetoes Legislator Pay Raise

    Freddy Monares, UM Community News Service University of Montana School of Journalism|Feb 8, 2017

    Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed the first bill of the Montana legislative session last week, reducing the proposed pay raise for legislators. House Bill 1 would have increased the legislators' pay by 14 percent for the next legislative session. Bullock vetoed the bill with an amendment to increase pay only by 1.4 percent to coincide with the rate of inflation. He said the state needs to "live within its means." "At the same time that we're tightening the belt of the rest of government, the...

  • Spring soccer sign-ups February 24, 25

    Feb 8, 2017

    Is it Spring yet? Despite the cold and ice, the Whitehall Soccer Board is busy making plans for the spring soccer season. First practice for middle and high school players (levels U12-U15-U19) will be March 21. Elementary school kids (levels U6, U8 and U10) will start April 4. Jamboree, which is a special level of soccer for preschool ages, will start April 10. The U10 League will play at the Cardwell Fields. A soccer registration event will take place February 24th and 25 at the Borden’s conference room at the corner of Legion and Main s...

  • Love INC event postponed

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 8, 2017

    The Love INC of the Greater Whitehall area event scheduled for February 15 has been postponed to a later date. The date of the event will be published in an upcoming issue of the Whitehall Ledger....

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