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Articles from the February 14, 2024 edition


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  • School Board Details Strange New Policy Revision as Approved by State Legislature

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    At the February 6th meeting of the Whitehall School Board, the first in 2024, Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens detailed two new policies that will affect the Whitehall School District, as approved by the Montana Legislature in their latest session. Though over 30 policies were updated and required to be approved by the Board, two brought discussion. The first involves Montana’s new open enrollment policy - where schools must charge tuition to out-of-district students. The total amount c...

  • Trojan Grapplers Work the Mats at State Tournament

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    The Whitehall Trojan Wrestling team brought seven grapplers to the State Wrestling tournament, held February 2-3 in Billings at the Metra. Results are as follows: Isaac Skogan (126 lbs): 1 team point. Championship Round 1 - Jaren Lingle (Baker) 14-12 won by fall over Skogen; 18-13, fall 1:22. Consolation Round 1 - Skogen 18-13 won by decision over Gage Raihl (Columbus/Absarokee); 22-18, decision 9-3. Consolation Round 2 - Garrett Lefurgey (Big Sandy) 24-15 won by decision over Skogen; 18-13, dec...

  • Proposed Pavement Preservation on MT Hwy 55

    NATALEE STOUT, MT Dept of Transportation|Feb 14, 2024

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a pavement preservation project in Whitehall on Montana Highway 55 (MT 55), commonly known as West Legion Avenue and North Whitehall Street, beginning at the intersection with Montana Highway 2 (MT 2) and extending east and north to the Interstate 90 (I 90) Interchange. Proposed work includes milling the existing surface, applying a new overlay, and finishing with a seal and cover (chip...

  • Dear Editor: AI and Voting

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Feb 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, I'm going to try to kill two birds with one stone! Neither of my subjects, Voting & AI, are necessarily about anything currently happening in Whitehall, though voting is probably on the minds of many. AI, on the other hand, is a mixed bag. This letter is somewhat in response to the article by Keith Hammond of the Boulder Monitor, published in the January 31, 2024 edition of the Ledger. Whatever one's opinion about voting, it must be represented that, it hits closer to home than...

  • Dear Editor: The New Playground is Great!

    JASON SALVAGNI|Feb 14, 2024

    Dear Editor, Now that it's open and being utilized by many, I want to thank the Town of Whitehall for funding the installation of the new playground along Legion Ave. It's a great addition to our community and I appreciate all the work that went into the project from vision to reality. To all the naysayers and NIMBYs, I hope you recognize the value this project brings to the residents of Whitehall, our surrounding neighbors, and the visitors to our special little town. JASON SALVAGNI Whitehall,...

  • Thought Provokers: 2/14/2024

    Feb 14, 2024

    There is a non-zero chance you have unknowingly broken a world record. Showering without glasses is an unspoken everyday struggle for many glasses-wearers. There are many more instances of scientists finding out something is less healthy than previously thought than finding something is more healthy. Taking out your earbuds when someone enters the room is the 21st-century form of respect. For being so famous, the average person can only identify a Freida Kahlo painting if she is in the painting. Kidney stones are human pearls. The most average...

  • Lepinsky Travels to Chile For Adventures

    DON LEPINSKY, Whitehall Adventurer|Feb 14, 2024

    Montana winters can be harsh. Harsh enough that some of us may desire a brief escape. Traveling south is the usual remedy and for five weeks I did just that. I spent most of this time backpacking through Patagonia in both Chile and Argentina. Needless to say, I experienced a mild yet interesting cultural shock. I arrived in Santiago, Chile's capital, and spent a few days exploring this sprawling city of seven million people before continuing south to Patagonia. The beautiful architecture of...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 2/17/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    FEBRUARY 17, 1999 Meadowlark Manor, an assisted living facility located on the west end of Whitehall up the hill behind the Jefferson IGA Store, had been under construction since the spring of 1998 and set March 1 as a target date to open the facility to residents and the public. Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM) received word late morning on Tuesday, February 16 that its parent company, Placer Dome, had accepted the second half of the GSM's current life-of-mine strategic place. The approval gives GSM...

  • Skijoring the Big Rock

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    Over 150 teams competed in Boulder at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the growing sport of skijoring. The Whitehall Ledger was right in the midst of the action; on Saturday, serving as the finish line judge and on Sunday, working three gate posts and the rider’s ring in the center of the action....

  • Between the Stacks: 2/14/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Feb 14, 2024

    It's beginning to look a lot like spring or maybe that is just wishful thinking. 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. If you saw the Library staff wandering around with their arms full of roses, it is just staff delivering for AARP's Cupid Crew. The Library was given 75 long-stem roses to share with our...

  • Dunagan Listed to Laramie County Community College President's List

    Laramie County Community College|Feb 14, 2024

    Laramie County Community College is proud to announce the list of graduates for the 2023 fall semester and those students earning a place on the president's and vice president's honor rolls. Students earning president's honor roll recognition have earned a cumulative 3.75-4.0 GPA, and students on the vice president's honor roll have earned a cumulative 3.5-3.74 GPA. Whitehall resident Kassidy Rae Dunagan was named to the President's Honor Roll....

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Offering 2nd Free Program

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Feb 14, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will host its second free winter program at the museum barn on Tuesday, February 20th at 7 PM. This will be an old-fashioned slide show of local historic photos. The slide show was assembled by Roy Millegan, Sr. sometime in the 1990s and will be presented in the same order as his original arrangement. Photos include many early mining operations, local people who worked the mines, and some of those who supported the miners. The museum's annual meeting is scheduled for...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 2/14/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Feb 14, 2024

    The Importance of Software Updates In the ever-evolving landscape of digital technology, the importance of regular software updates cannot be overstated. Whether you are an individual user or a business owner, keeping your computer's software up-to-date is a fundamental practice that can protect your digital assets, enhance performance, and safeguard against cyber threats. One of the primary reasons for regular software updates is security. As technology advances, so do the tactics of...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: 20 Reasons Why Chamber Membership Is One of the Best Business Investments Out There

    Feb 14, 2024

    Have you ever attended a chamber event? If you're not a member, you're missing out. Before you think you don't have the time to attend events, it's important you know chamber life is not just mixers and ribbon cuttings. Chamber membership is one of the best-kept secrets for free or nearly free business resources like webinars, lunch & learns and written collateral. Plus, a whole lot more. Chamber membership is one of the best business investments you can make for the money and return. Is...

  • Peggy Wilson, 81

    Feb 14, 2024

    Peggy (Feil) Wilson, 81, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on February 6, 2024. Peggy was born on June 21, 1942, to John and Frieda Feil in North Dakota; she was the youngest of three children. She spent her childhood on a farm, attending a one-room schoolhouse, and going to community dances where her father would perform with his band. Peg would tell stories of falling asleep on piles of jackets as a young girl while her father entertained the dancers with his accordion. After graduating from... Full story

  • Thomas Roger Carr, 69

    Feb 14, 2024

    Due to congestive heart disease, Tom left us on December 8, 2023. He will be greatly missed by his friend and caregiver, Jackie Johnson, his siblings Carol Lorang of Great Falls, Jane (Jim) Forthun of Seeley Lake, Roxcee (John) Kountz of Whitehall, Bill (Debbie) Carr of Minnesota, Jim (Glenda) Carr of Whitefish, Cathy (Tim) Garrad of Billings, Karen (Zane) Huff of Billings and John Carr of Billings. Also his children Jessie Carr and Jacob Carr of South Carolina and many nieces and nephews and... Full story

  • JeffCo Health Department Update

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Feb 14, 2024

    JANUARY SNAPSHOT: The County Health Department’s mission is to promote good health practices, keep the environment clean, healthy, and safe, and to help people enjoy good health and use resources effectively. The snapshot summarizes recent and year-to-date health department activities of the JCHD. The intent is to share relevant information with our constituents to increase awareness of conditions in the community and department activities. Reportable Diseases/Conditions of Interest Reported i...

  • Big Sky 55+ To Hold First Statewide Conference

    LILA CRENSHAW, Big Sky 55|Feb 14, 2024

    Big Sky 55+ will host its first statewide conference, "Gathering Wisdom, Building Power" March 21-22, 2024, in Billings, Montana. The conference will explore issues impacting Montanans 55 and older and will feature Bozeman author Betsy Gaines Quammen, touring with her new book, True West: Myth & Mending on the Far Side of America as Thursday evening’s keynote speaker. Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works will be Friday’s keynote, speaking on "Exposing Myths and Zombie Lie...

  • District 5B Basketball Brackets Released

    Feb 14, 2024

    The District 5B Boys and Girls Basketball tournaments will begin Wednesday, February 14th at the Manhattan Christian Events Center in Manhattan. The Whitehall Trojan Men are seeded fourth and will play the fifth-seeded team, Lone Peak, in Game 1 on Wednesday at 3:30 PM. If the boys win, they will play in Game 5 at 5 PM on Friday; if they lose they move to Game 8 at 11 AM on Saturday. The Whitehall Tromjan Ladies are seeded sixth and will play in Game 3 on Thursday at 7:30 PM against...

  • A Different Perspective: 2/14/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Contributing Writer|Feb 14, 2024

    "O, wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as others see us! It wad frae monie a blunder free us, An' foolish notion." Robert Burns Translation: Oh, what power it would give us, to see ourselves as others see us. It would free us from many a blunder, and foolish notion. How we see the world and the people around us is the most personal of perspectives. How other people see us is one of life's greatest mysteries, probably second only to what happens when life ends. The end of life is...

  • OpEd: Setting the Record Straight on Medicaid

    KIM GILLAN, Former Montana Legislator|Feb 14, 2024

    Plain and simple - people get sick. Right now, more than 250,000 predominantly low-income Montanans get help with health care through Medicaid - a state-federal partnership. Montana has overall and primary responsibility, while the Feds pick up most of the costs, averaging 80% (of total Medicaid spending). In 2022, the Federal government provided $1.8 billion to cover health care for Medicaid-eligible Montanans who live in every county across the Big Sky. Remarkably, two-thirds of Medicaid...

  • New Android Malware Can Steal Your Photos & Texts without Being Opened - How to Stay Safe

    ANTHONY SPADAFORA, Toms Guide|Feb 14, 2024

    Just when you thought the state of Android malware couldn’t get any worse, a new version of XLoader has been discovered that can automatically launch on infected smartphones. As reported by BleepingComputer, XLoader is a malware strain that has been used to target owners of the best Android phones in the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan in the past. Now though, security researchers at McAfee have discovered a new XLoader variant that can launch immediately after i...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News: February

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Feb 14, 2024

    The Whitehall Garden Club held its first meeting for the NEW YEAR. Judy Chadwick and Karen Ranta regaled the club with a delightful and picturesque Valentine's buffet full of delicious muffins, yogurt parfaits, and other nibbles served with refreshing mimosas (virgin of course) to bring in the Club's NEW YEAR. Ann Palmer presented the FAST TEN MINUTES with clever ideas about early planting seeds in a variety of home containers. We are all anxious to start planning our gardens and Ann's ideas wer...

  • MSU Extension: Who Are We and What Do We Do?

    KALEENA MILLER and MERISSA FORD|Feb 14, 2024

    If you drive past 103 West Legion Ave in Whitehall, you might notice the MSU Extension office in the old Bordens Hotel. If you're wondering what it is exactly that we do, the easiest answer might be to explain what we don't do. We are currently a team of three, Kaleena Miller serving as our Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent, Merissa Ford serving as our 4-H and Youth Development Extension Agent, and Sadie Gooch serving as our Program Assistant. In a nutshell, we provide education...

  • Shodair Accepts ACE Duracell Donation for Rounding Up!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Feb 14, 2024

    The crew at Whitehall ACE Hardware was proud to offer a check of $7,500 to representatives of Shodair Children’s Hospital on Thursday, February 8th, in honor of Whitehall’s ACE garnering first place in the NATION for rounding up. 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 finishe...

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