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Articles from the February 17, 2021 edition

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 By Pam Hanna RN    News    February 17, 2021

Jefferson County Issues Mask Mandate

As you know, on February 12, 2021, the statewide mask mandate expired. Masks have been proven to reduce the incidence of disease, protect others and ourselves from COVID-19. "Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to... Full story

 

Whitehall VFD Perseveres Over Hectic Day Filled with Structure Fires, Wrecks

Thursday, February 11th wasn't just one of the most frigid days of the year, but it was also one of the busiest for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. The day started with a serious vehicle...

 

DEQ Seeks Public Comment, Announces Meeting Regarding Golden Sunlight Mine

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment to aid the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed tailings reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight...

 

Wrestlers Rack Up Wins in Spur of the Moment Duals

The Whitehall Wrestling team was able to take advantage of COVID this time. Due to exposure, their matches in Townsend were cancelled. After some creative thinking and many phone calls, teams were...

 

Surviving/Thriving Amid COVID-19: A&W/KFC Continuously Busy, Even With Lobby Closed

When you're looking for fast food, there are only so many locations in Whitehall. The A&W/KFC, which has been open for decades and owned by Michelle & Curtiss Lafountaine for the past twenty-four...

 

AARP Scheduling Free Tax Services to Seniors

With COVID procedures in place and having the blessing of the IRS, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is scheduled to begin offering its free tax service to seniors and low to moderate income taxpayers of all ages. Unlike past years taxpayers will be served...

 

Better Communication Critical For All

We are in a day and age where general knowledge is relayed daily via social media, and sometimes no where else. We receive important information via text message instead of phone calls, emails instead of in-person communications. Sometimes we hear...

 

Dear Editor: Response to Jim Buterbaugh's Letter

Dear Editor, This is in response to Jim Buterbaugh’s letter from the February 3, 2021 Ledger issue. Glad to hear that you can’t forgive a mob attacking our Capitol with the intention of overturning an election and threatening to kill political...

 

Dear Editor: God bless your free obituaries!

Dear Editor, Just had to let you know how happy I was with the changes you have made since you have acquired the Ledger newspaper. It’s the only paper I read aside from the Montana Senior NEws. It’s absolutely delighful to read stories about the...

 

Name to a Face: Jim Stearns

Jim Stearns has been a proud member of the Whitehall community for 15 years, but his ties to Whitehall go back far longer. Jim was born in Butte, Montana in 1947 due to Harlowtown not having a...

 

WHO Approved Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine for Emergency Use

The United Nations’ health agency has listed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and drugmaker AstraZeneca for emergency use, days after a panel of experts recommended the use of the products in settings where variants of...

 

Connecting Point: Reconciliation

The judgment of God, all would agree, is complex. So not making this a “can of worms,” let me be as direct as possible. God’s purpose being to create loving people who love Him back, let us humans leave His judgement large. But, let me put...

 

Carol Helen Focher, 80

Carol Helen Focher, age 80, of Helena, passed away February 10, 2021 from a battle with cancer since October 2019. Carol was born December 31, 1940 in Virginia, MN to Nilo and Tyne (Hietala) Palmi....

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates: February 17, 2021

• Jefferson County is now vaccinating in Phase 1B-Tier 2: Persons 70 years and older • Beginning this week, Jefferson County Health Department will administer COVID-19 vaccinations in Montana...

 

SB 143: Good For MT's Resident Hunters & Small Businesses

As a small business owner and a lifelong sportsman who hunts on public lands, I have a deep appreciation for the outsized role that both play in making Montana the Last Best Place. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, especially in our...

 

SCAM ALERT: Medicare is NOT Calling to Update Information

The Missoula Aging Services group has received reports of scammers pretending to be Medicare calling to update information over the phone. The callers ask if a person has received their new Medicare card and then ask for the number and the dates of...

 

Lady Trojans Look Ahead Towards Full Week

The Whitehall Lady Trojans may have lost their battle against Boulder last weekend, but they are looking ahead towards their matchups against Townsend and Three Forks this week. “It was a well-fought inner county game - so there’s a little bit...

 

Whitehall Baseball Sign-Ups Underway

Whitehall Baseball sign-ups are open for the 2021 Spring Season. Registration will be conducted strictly online this year and will close on February 28th. Players age 4-15 can participate in the...

 

Between the Stacks: 2/17/2021

It is book club week at the Library next week. Due to the way the February calendar fell, all three book clubs will meet the week of February 22-26. The History Book Club starts us off on February 22 at 6:30 p.m. They will be sharing a reader’s cho...

 

Go Ask Jo: 2/17/2021

Dear Jo, Why am I not taking care of my hygiene? I never brush my teeth or even shower. Changing my clothes is a chore and shaving is an impossible task, just too overwhelming and exhausting. I just wear the same clothes over again and keep using...

 

MT & ID Virtually Hosting International Fly Fishing Film Festival

The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, coming virtually to all of Idaho and Montana beginning on Feb. 24, features 11 films, 6- to 16-minutes in length, from all corners of the globe showcasing the passion, lifestyle, and culture of fly fishing...

 

Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on FEbruary 10, 2021 that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does t...

 

Governor Gianforte Issues New Directives, Executive Order - Lifts Mask Mandate

Governor Greg Gianforte issued two new directives and an executive order on Friday, February 12, 2021. The first directive rescinds and replaces all prior directives implementing Executive Order 2-2021, which the governor issued on January 13, 2021....

 

Whitehall Schools Honor Rolls Announced

WHS High Honor Roll: 3.5-4.0 GPA SENIORS: Ryan Alley, Jadyn Andrews, Wyatt Biggers, Kyle Ervin, Hannah Haverland, Dallen Hoover, Kenzie Hugulet, Jacy Johnson, Meagan Johnson, Kendra Klapan, Breeanne Lanes, Tucker Miller, Anna Nelson, Marta Nelson,...

 

The 21st Century Cures Act & Medical Results

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. Federal...

 

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