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  • WHS Trojan Wrestlers Take Third at Divisionals

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Wrestling Coach|Feb 8, 2023

    The Whitehall High School Trojan wrestling team traveled to Polson for their divisional tournament. Several years ago, Montana adopted a super-divisional format for class B-C moving from four divisions to two. The western super-division consisted of 25 teams and 250 wrestlers. Fourteen wrestlers made the trip and represented Whitehall well. With a full team effort they were able to overtake several of the top-ranked teams on their way to the third-place team finish. Even with the large...

  • Whitehall Gun Show This Weekend at Community Center

    Feb 8, 2023

    The Whitehall Gun Show is scheduled for Friday, February 10 to Sunday, February 12, 2023. This annual gun show is open to the public and all net profit is donated to the Whitehall VFW and American Legion. The show is held at the Whitehall Community Center, located at 11 N. Division; hours will be Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM. and Sunday 9 AM - 3 PM. Admission is $5 for the weekend, children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. The VFW and American Legion hold two annual gun shows per year, one in the spring and one in the...

  • Coombe Takes First, Engler Second, at Spelling Bee

    Feb 8, 2023

    Cardwell School students participated in their spelling bee on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Of the students participating, five students earned a place at the Jefferson County Spelling Bee. The Jefferson County Spelling Bee for students grades 4 – 8, will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6 PM at the Clancy Gym. Attendees of the County Bee are asked to please enter through the gym doors. The Bee will be streamed on the Clancy Facebook page. Trophies will be awarded to First and Second P...

  • Dear Editor: Term Limits


    Dear Editor, As you and your readers know by now, I despise politics, especially as they stand in this day and age where the almighty dollar seems to have taken precedence over our precious right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The latest furor concerning the proposed convention of states, in particular, the push for setting stricter term limits has gotten me thinking (I know, DANGEROUS). We’ve heard arguments, both in support of and against the proposal. As far as the arguments against setting (tightening?) term limits, they m...

  • Dear Editor: Way to Go Cardwell

    ARCYLLE SHAW|Feb 8, 2023

    Dear Editor, What a wonderful front-page story of the recognition of the Cardwell School being Montana’s number-one elementary school! That must be really encouraging to the staff at the school. In 1918, school districts 16 and 31 consolidated to establish the Jefferson Island - Cardwell School. This included a High School until 1934 when the High School district consolidated with the Whitehall Schools. Since the closure of the High School, students who graduate 8th grade continue their education in the Whitehall School system. Looking back, I...

  • Dear Editor: Facts Matter

    JAMES REIFF|Feb 8, 2023

    Dear Editor, FACTS MATTER, especially when applied in and around schools that are teaching our kids. Even, perhaps especially, when they don’t tell us what we want them to. My family has lived and worked in the Jefferson Valley for over 125 years, and I have many family members that attended and graduated from Cardwell School, including my mom. So when I saw the front page of the Whitehall Ledger today I was very excited to hear that a school in our community was getting such great accolades. I am also a Whitehall School Board trustee, and a p...

  • Thought Provokers: 2/8/2023

    Feb 8, 2023

    One unforeseen aspect of becoming a parent is that suddenly you are open to a whole new genre of nightmares that involve losing your kid. You’ll never see your own ears attached to your head. You may see a picture or a reflection of them, but you’ll never see your actual ears. In our lifespan, we don’t even get to meet 1% of the human population. Dogs don’t wipe, and then we let them go sit on our couch. Perhaps we prefer soft yellow lit lamps over ceiling lights because they more closely resemble the campfires our ancestors found comfort...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: February Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 8, 2023

    FEBRUARY, PART I 1897 was starting out with turmoil and political division. There were calls in Washington D. C. for major bank reforms to help curb the financial problems in the country; a bill proposed to give money for the Nicaragua canal project was strongly objected to since it would give millions to a company worth only about one-half of a million; the war in Cuba was still raging; the Montana legislature put thumbs down on 53 bills and passed 16 which included the creation of Broadwater...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/11/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 8, 2023

    FEBRUARY 11, 1997 During the February 9th council meeting, a division between the Whitehall Town Council and Whitehall Mayor Dale Davis produced a standoff on the appointment of a town attorney. The council and mayor were unable to agree on a town attorney resulting in a chaotic legal and procedural situation. The meeting adjourned without a consensus on the town attorney position. Davis, in making his nomination to appoint Leonard Haxby, an attorney in Butte who owned property in the Whitehall area, said the mayor had the legal right to make...

  • Between the Stacks: 2/8/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Feb 8, 2023

    Our last Alzheimer’s /Dementia class will be this Wednesday, February 8th, at 10 AM. Julie will be discussing the financial aspects of having a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and where to get assistance and the many financial costs of both conditions. She has left a wealth of information at the Library, and we would be glad to share it with everyone. The Friends will be meeting at 5 PM on Thursday, February 9th at the Library. If you would like to join in the fun and support the Library at the same time, please feel free to just com...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News - January

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Feb 8, 2023

    The first Wednesday of each month is the meeting day for the Whitehall Garden Club (WGC), held at Borden's Conference room. In the month of January, the WGC committees met, budgets were set, and programs were decided. That information was all brought to the first official in-person meeting of the WGC 2023 and what a great meeting it was with Kathy Ross as the new President! But in true WGC style, the pre-"game" faire was a delicious reason to show up early! Hostesses Kathy Ross and Diane Ward...

  • MTHS Announces Free Public Programs for February

    DEB MITCHELL, Montana Historical Society|Feb 8, 2023

    Black History Month and Valentine's Day are guiding the February free public programs for the Montana Historical Society in a couple of unusual ways. On Feb. 9, join Kate Hampton, the director of the MTHS's Montana African American Heritage Resources Project, for a discussion on the history of several Montana laws that affected how Black residents were able to participate in society. Since the establishment of Montana Territory in 1864 through the present day, Montana has enforced laws and polic...

  • Whitehall Schools Nurses Check-In

    KRISTA GLAUS and MARYBETH HUNTER, Whitehall School Nurses|Feb 8, 2023

    February is Pediatric Dental Health Month. We are lucky that Sealants for Smiles came in Tuesday, February 7th to see many of our elementary students. Visit to see the parent resources on their website. If you didn’t sign your child up this year, we encourage you to consider having them participate next year! Teaching your child to place importance on good oral health is a great habit to maintain into and through adulthood. When your teeth don’t hurt and you have all your teeth, it allows you...

  • Happiness Corner: Congratulations Kyle Denny

    Feb 8, 2023

    The Montana National Guard is very excited to welcome Kyle Denny! Kyle is a Senior at Whitehall High School and a varsity wrestler. Kyle has enlisted as a 12-Mike Firefighter including a 4-year tuition waiver and GI Bill!...

  • Happiness Corner: Thank You Laurel Ovitt

    Feb 8, 2023

    The Whitehall VFW and American Legion presented Montana artist Laurel Ovitt a Letter of Appreciation for the painting she painted and raffled at the Christmas Festival. A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented for all the work she does for the veteran associations....

  • Ensuring Good Nutrition & Better Health of Children and Caregivers

    Statepoint|Feb 8, 2023

    There are 2.5 million children in the United States growing up in “grand families,” meaning they’re being raised by relatives or close friends without their parents in the home, and they face higher rates of hunger and food insecurity, according to a new report. The Generations United report, “Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies,” highlights the particular struggles of such households, which are often unprepared financially for the unexpected job of raising a child, and may encounter...

  • Ada Hanson, 90

    Feb 8, 2023

    Ada Hanson of Whitehall, Montana born to Lyman and Phoebe Parrish in Deep Creek/Tridell, Utah February 20, 1932, and named Ada Fae Parrish, passed from this life on January 17, 2023. Ada was the eighth of ten children growing up in a very small house and a camp wagon, without electricity or running water. At the age of four, the family ran out of coal due to a harsh winter storm and nearly froze to death. Ada attended a one-room schoolhouse and traveled by horse and buggy during the early years... Full story

  • MSU International Food Bazaar on February 15

    HOLLY JEIDE, MSU Office of International Programs|Feb 8, 2023

    Montana State University will once again host its International Food Bazaar from 4:30 to 7:30 PM Wednesday, Feb. 15, in MSU’s Rendezvous Dining Pavilion and Miller Dining Commons. MSU international students, in collaboration with the chefs of MSU’s Culinary Services, will plan and prepare traditional foods from their home countries for the event. The event has been a popular one, and to accommodate more attendees than in previous years, food will be served in both of MSU’s award-winning dining facilities, Rendezvous Dining Pavilion and Mille...

  • 7 Simple Steps for a Healthier Life – and Heart

    TANNER GOOCH, St James Healthcare|Feb 8, 2023

    Did you know your heart beats around 100,000 times a day and pumps 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body each day?  Your heart truly is the workhorse of your body. The question is: how well do you take care of your heart?  A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease, according to Nurse Practitioner Becky Wozniak at the SCL Health Medical Group - Heart & Vascular Institute in Butte, Montana. “It’s not as hard as you may think,” said Becky Wozniak, NP. “But it does require you to be intentional so that...

  • Op Ed: They're Here and Already Attacking our Montana

    RYAN BUSSE|Feb 8, 2023

    All Montanans have seen the bumper stickers and heard the chatter warning potential newcomers against changing Montana. This proud defense of our state often emanates from folks a lot like me; from hunters, anglers—people who love to hike our mountains and camp in the backcountry. Most of us have been quoting those bumper stickers assuming that any change would probably come from interlopers in rainbow-painted VW vans, or maybe from dangerously liberal urban yuppies with their shiny new electric vehicles and brand-new Montana plates. M...

  • March 15 Deadline for Landowners to Apply for FWP Public Access to Public Lands Programs

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Feb 8, 2023

    Landowners have until March 15 to submit applications to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for enrollment in the Unlocking Public Lands (UPL) Program or the Public Access Land Agreement (PALA) Program. These programs are designed to provide recreational public access to state (Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation) or federal (Bureau of Land Management or United States Forest Service) land where no or limited legal public access currently exists. For enrollment in UPL, landowners will receive a tax credit in the amount of $750 p...

  • Pool Shark Report

    DOROTHY GRIFFITH, Whitehall Pool League|Feb 8, 2023

    Week of 1-23-2023 TEAM Mint 2: 13 won, 4 lost KBar 2: 13 won, 4, lost MEN (4 wins, no losses) Tyler Blair, Brian Hartford, Dwayne McClanahan, Mike Wall WOMEN Leslie Dyson: 3 won, 1 lost Week of 2-2-2023 TEAM Mint 2: 15 won, 2 lost KBar 2: 12 won, 5, lost MEN (4 wins, no losses) Bred Babb, Will Bowen, Chuck Dirkson, Rick Kelley WOMEN Mady Carmody: 3 wins, 1 lost Dorothy Griffith: 2 wins, 2 lost Nev Hemingway: 2 wins, 2 lost...

  • Volunteer Opportunities: 2/8/2023

    Feb 8, 2023

    WHITEHALL PTSA: Looking for a Treasurer. Contact Kylie at 406-431-0058 WHITEHALL CHAMBER: Looking for a March host business for Business After Hours. Contact Chiara at 406-287-2260. Looking for committee members to help plan and assist with 2023 Frontier Days. Contact Chiara at 406-287-2260....

  • Intuitive Art Class at Sage Wellness February 16th

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Feb 8, 2023

    Sage Wellness Center is hosting an Intuitive Art Class on Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. This class will be led by guest Monica Schewim, of Artfully Intuitive. She is an art teacher, artist, Reiki master, Soul Purpose Mapping practitioner, and intuitive energy healer. Monica knows how to use art in a deeply healing way. You will enjoy creating something amazing and unique. This is no paint-by-numbers class! You might just be surprised by what you find, release, or learn to love about...

  • Op Ed: Affordable Housing: Lessons from a Garbage Can

    ROGER KOOPMAN, Former MT State Legislator|Feb 8, 2023

    Some problems are perplexing and complicated, with solutions evading the wisest among us. The need for affordable housing is not one of those issues. The causes and cures are not complicated. They evade us only because somewhere between kindergarten and college graduation, we never learned basic economics. Often, one avoidable and seemingly unrelated problem can inform the solution to another. Take your garbage, for example. It should interest you to know that if you live in Montana, garbage isn’t very affordable – its disposal, that is. Dep...

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