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Articles from the February 22, 2017 edition

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  • Trojans headed to Divisional

    Abe Winter, For the Ledger|Feb 22, 2017

    BELGRADE -- Imagine the score being 20-2. Imagine no longer because that was the score -- Whitehall 20, Three Forks 2 -- after one quarter en route to a resounding 62-33 victory Monday night in the challenge game of the District 5B boys basketball tournament. "We were definitely ready to play," Whitehall junior Wyatt Alexander said after scoring 16 points to lead the Trojans. "We had energy at the start." Still, being up 18 after one quarter while limiting the Wolves to just two free throws,... Full story

  • International dinner March 12

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 22, 2017

    It’s once again time for the Whitehall Rotary International Dinner. The planned date for the event is March 12, 2017, at the Whitehall Community Center. The Whitehall Rotary is looking for people who have a passion for cooking and supporting their local nonprofit/cause. The third Annual Whitehall Rotary International Dinner is from 4:00 pm to 6:30 p.m. Food service will end at 6:30 p.m., but people will be allowed to enjoy their meals and music until 7:00 p.m. During the dinner, three musical acts will perform, with sets of an hour or less e...

  • Love INC event Monday

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 22, 2017

    Love INC of the Greater Whitehall area would like to invite the community to an evening of information and appreciation on Monday, February 27, from 7 – 8 p.m. at the Whitehall High School Cafeteria. Organizers are hoping that everyone interested in the future of Love INC in the area will come and attend and enjoy refreshments, fellowship, and information about how things are developing toward having an active Love INC affiliate in the Whitehall area. Local members also want to acknowledge and show their appreciation to all those who have b...

  • Hunter Flynn serves as page

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 22, 2017

    A Whitehall High School senior was able to get some hands on experience in politics last week at the State Capital in Helena. Hunter Flynn spent the week as a page for Montana State Representative Ray Shaw (R-Sheridan). Flynn said he had an interest in serving as a page, and called Rep. Shaw who set up everything up for him. "This was a great experience to see the Montana government in action. I was a part of history and got to meet some great people such as Governor Bullock and Secretary of...

  • Local resident has part in film

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 22, 2017

    Last Saturday, Whitehall resident Mike Hagan traveled to Dillon to attend a world premier screening of the "The Big Muddy Western Film Series". Hagan was not only one of the many in the standing room only crowd, he was also able to watch himself on the big screen at Big Sky Cinemas, for what he called a minor speaking role. Hagan said he originally found out about the movie when he met a producer visiting the set of "Ballad of Lefty Brown", which was filmed early last fall at the Bannack State P...

  • Editorial: Trojans give community sense of pride

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 22, 2017

    It only took a few steps into the Belgrade Events Center Monday night to see there was something special in the air. Not only did Whitehall have a large crowd for their challenge game against Three Forks, they were vocal well before tipoff. It was electric. It reminded me so much of the buzz of excitement created last fall by the Whitehall High School football team. As the Trojans made a deep run into the MHSA Class B Playoffs, downtown came to life with painted store windows, decorated vehicles, and you couldn’t go anywhere without someone t...

  • Column: Baking Bacon

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 22, 2017

    I've not met many people that don't love bacon. I try not to judge the people that don't consider it a delicacy, but quite possibly in the back of my mind they might be spies or up to some sort of shenanigans. As good as bacon is, cooking it in a frying pan can be a disaster and even painful. A few years ago, a friend of mine told me he would never cook bacon in a pan anymore. He just throws it in the oven. My mind was blown. Why didn't I think of this sooner? I would no longer need to wear...


    Feb 22, 2017

    Marilynn was born the middle child of five children to Arlee W and Emma A Taylor in Glascow, MT. on June 28, 1936. The family lived on a farm in eastern Montana until she was five when the family moved to the Seattle area where her father worked on the Roosevelt Dam as a shovel operator for the Army Corp of Engineers. When she was 13 they moved back to Whitefish as her father worked on the Hungry Horse Dam. She met and married her first husband Donald Lamberson and she had three children. After...


    Feb 22, 2017

    Peter Molenda, 86, of Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home. He was born to Peter and Anna Molenda, a longtime Whitehall family, on Nov. 30, 1930, in Butte. He graduated from Whitehall High School. Soon after graduation, he married Shirley Humphrey. They began their marriage that lasted nearly 60 years with two nickels. That summer, they lived in a lookout on Richard's Peak in northwest Montana. They lived all over the state, starting in...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Feb 22, 2017

    Wednesday, February 26, 1992 Eight Whitehall students and one alternate were chosen to take part in the county spelling bee in Boulder on Feb. 26th. The local spelling bee was held on Feb. 19th with 15 students competing for their chance to advance. Eighth grader Bryan Goles correctly spelled pettish to win himself first-place honors in the local bee. Bryan is the son of Dan and Barbara Goles. Other winners were: Leland McMillian, Meghan Hoopes, Jeremy Fleege, Megan Bowers, Kate Mulligan, Tasha Hippert and Clinton Paquin. Alternate was Rico Pat...

  • Jefferson County Sherrif's Report

    Feb 22, 2017

    Monday, Feb. 13 3:33 a.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 69, MM 18, Cardwell 7:15 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 106 South Sheridan Street, Whitehall 7:40 a.m. - stranded motorist, I-90 eastbound, MM 256, Cardwell 10:46 a.m. - VIN inspection, 43 Curlew Lane, Whitehall 12:17 p.m. - care for sick/injured, 513 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall 12:38 p.m. - discharge firearm – residence, 8 Sugar Beet Row, Whitehall 1:40 p.m. – theft, 19 Ballard Lane, Whitehall 4:26 p.m. – traffic stop, 1166 Hwy 55, Whitehall 4:33 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 55, Whitehall 4:46 p.m....

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Feb 22, 2017

    Hi Folks, Last week was the Montana Association of Counties (MACO) mid-winter meetings in Helena. Monday, I attended the Agricultural Committee meeting and the Coalition of Forest Counties. Both Committees had speakers that talked about various issues. One of the discussions in the Ag. Committee continues to be the threat of Brucellosis spread through buffalo and elk. I don’t think we have any good answers to the problem. One of the biggest issues in the Forest Counties Coalition is Secure Rural schools (SRS) payments, or more accurately, l...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Feb 22, 2017

    It’s interesting that there is four of each day of the week this February. Don’t believe that it only happens every 823 years or whatever. And don’t fall for the line that if you send it on to x number of people you will receive lots of money. It’s nice to have someone to check this sort of thing out for me. Last week I told you that Savannah Rossiter would not be returning to Cardwell for the 2017-2018 school year. Well, Patti Hanley has chosen to not renew her teaching position as third and fourth grade teacher, as well. Both of these l...

  • Crowds come out for Whitehall Little Guy Wrestling Tournament

    Jennifer Hoerauf, Contributing Writer|Feb 22, 2017

    The Whitehall Little Guy Wrestling program hosted the first tournament of the Little Guy Wrestling Season. Parents, high school wrestlers, and community volunteers helped make this a successful event. I can say that Whitehall and surrounding communities demonstrated a partnership to ensure that these young wrestlers had a great experience while learning the fundamentals of the sport. During this tournament, Whitehall hosted 295 wrestlers that came from Deer Lodge, Dillon, Helena, Jefferson, Livingston and Townsend. While these young wrestlers...

  • Season of promise for Lady Trojans

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Feb 22, 2017

    While their season may have come to an end with two losses at the 5B District Tournament in Belgrade, there was plenty to be proud of for the 2016-17 Whitehall High School girls basketball team. The Lady Trojans opened the year with three consecutive wins, and would finish the season with six. This was more than their combined win total the previous three seasons. Head Coach Herman Gerving said the highlight of the season was the listening to all the goals of the senior class of Ann Russell,...

  • Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices one step closer to elimination

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Feb 22, 2017

    The Montana House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would shutter the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices, which some critics say could put the integrity of Montana elections in jeopardy. The bill, introduced by a state lawmaker tied to one of the office's most significant investigations, would place oversight and enforcement of campaign laws back into the hands of the Secretary of State and Attorney General, as it was before the office's creation in 1975. Supporters...

  • "Sew Blooming Fun" at Garden Club meeting

    Feb 22, 2017

    Due to weather conditions the Whitehall Garden Club meeting was postponed until February 8, but all the planned activities still took place. Ann Palmer and Karen Ranta provided a delicious array of breakfast fare, enjoyed by all. The short meeting got underway, led by Jayne Dean, VP; Maureen Dawson Sec. and Barb Willis, Treasurer. Discussion was held about the upcoming Spring events and then Jayne introduced the presenters. First, Becky Taylor explained her project for the day showing GC...

  • Hal, Sheila Stearns honored

    Feb 22, 2017

    Governor Steve Bullock hosted the Governor’s Humanities Awards ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, January 26. Tow of the honorees were Hal and Sheila Stearns. The others were Chere Jiusto, John Murray, Karen Aspevig Stevenson, and Dottie Susag. Their citations emphasized “teaching and support of the Humanities throughout their distinguished roles in Montana education.” Hal Stearns is the grandson of the late Joseph H. & Cora Kountz, long-time sheep & cattle ranchers on the Parrot Bench, south of Whitehall. He attended first grade...

  • Rotary Club distributes dictionaries

    STAFF REPORT|Feb 22, 2017

    Third graders in Cardwell and Harrison grade schools received their very own dictionary this month from Whitehall Rotarians Sheri Johnson and Karen Burtch. Whitehall third graders received their dictionaries from Rotarians Arlene Weber and Joan Jones in December. The dictionaries provide each child with more than just work descriptions. The books include a variety of historical and geographical information about the United States and the world. Nearly 11,000 third graders throughout Montana...