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Articles from the May 13, 2020 edition


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  • Golden Sunlight Secures Customer For Tailings Reprocessing Project

    May 13, 2020

    Editor's Note: The following release was issued Tuesday by Golden Sunlight Mine officials. Nevada Gold Mine's (NGM) processing operations cover the full gambit of processing routes using heap leach, oxide milling with CIL, pressure oxidation of single refractory ores, and roasting and pressure oxidation of double refractory ores. As such, NGM is a leader in refractory ore processing globally. In the refractory processes, high temperatures are required to ensure sulfide oxidation for optimal...

  • Town of Whitehall Pool will not open in 2020

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    The Town of Whitehall Swimming Pool will not open in 2020. At Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh announced the news to the governing body. Hensleigh said pool operators will be unable to take a pool certification class, lifeguards will not be able to get training, and with the window of the middle of June to open it just can't happen. She added they are unaware when Phase 2 of reopening in Montana will kick in, but even when it does the guidelines for social distancing...

  • BTBJ grants to local groups

    Jeannie Ferriss, Contributing Writer|May 13, 2020

    Black Tie/Blue Jeans roared in front of the Covid-19 shutdown to raise $27,900. The annual event is sponsored by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson Valley Community Foundation. Each year the proceeds are divided between the Chamber and various nonprofit groups within the Whitehall School District with some monies returned to the JVCF endowment. This year was a special year as Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh and her husband Nick pitched in to cover some of the smaller requests....

  • Binkowski hopeful for summer events

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    Jefferson County Events Coordinator Bruce Binkowski is hopeful phase three of the reopening of Montana will happen in time to still have local events this summer. At a Chamber meeting last week, Binkowski said that while Montana Mule Days and several other events in the northern part of the county have been cancelled, organizers of Frontier Days and Community Garage Sales in Whitehall and the Jefferson County Fair are moving forward with their events. He added the Headwaters Country Jam has...

  • Positive test: Resident has been out of state

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    Monday's daily Governor's Coronavirus Task Force report showed the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jefferson County. While the report did show the local case, Karen Wandel (BSN-RN) with the Jefferson County Health Department stated the adult male in his 50's was diagnosed out of state, is not in Montana at this time, and also contracted the virus out of state. Jefferson County had not had a reported case since March 27. According to County Officials, 73 residents have been tested for...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum opening for 25th season

    Arlene Weber, Contributing Writer|May 13, 2020

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will open for its 25th season on May 23rd at noon. People can visit the museum Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.. The museum will conclude the 2020 season on September 15th. Volunteers have been working on updating displays and cleaning in preparation for this anniversary year. Due to current restrictions, no more than 9 visitors and the decent can be in any section of the museum at the same time. More confined areas of the museum may be temporarily roped...

  • The Whitehall Project: Looking for Canada Thistle Fungus Release Sites in Jefferson County

    Todd Breitenfeldt, Project Coordinator|May 13, 2020

    The Whitehall Biological Weed Control Project is up and running this season, modified a bit of course for COVID safety. Our first order of business is looking for 8-10 Canada thistle fungus release sites. This will entail two visits to each site. One now (May/early June) to set up a long-term sampling transect. The second visit will be in September/October to infect the plants with the fungus. Many Montana sites are showing fairly severe damage to the Canada thistle patches the season after the...

  • COLUMN: D.C.

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    For about five straight days I don’t think I slept more than a few minutes. Just about every type of trouble I could get myself into I did, and it felt so good doing it 2,000 miles away from home. There were rules, but I was like a 1970’s punk rocker in London and I didn’t care. Despite all of this, I also learned a lot about the history of the United States. I was scrolling through social media the other day, which I complain about all the time, but spend half my time on anyway. I came across someone talking about how their kid would not b...

  • Larry Willard Cocking

    May 13, 2020

    Larry Willard Cocking age 49, of Walkerville passed away of natural causes May 4, 2020 at his home. Larry was larger than life, he lived balls to the walls and lived his life on his own terms. Larry was born March 3, 1971 in Butte Montana to Truly W. and Carol (Boyce) Cocking. He received his education from Kennedy Elementary and Butte High. He worked with and in his family's janitorial business located in Butte. Larry enjoyed spending time recreating and fishing at the family's property at...

  • Moulchin hired as new Trojans basketball coach

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    There will be a new head coach on the sidelines next season for the Whitehall High School boys basketball team. Mike Moulchin was recently hired to take over for longtime coach Zach McLean who resigned following the 2019-20 season. Moulchin began his coaching career in his early 20's in a biddy ball league at the Boys and Girls Club in Las Vegas. He would later go on to coach junior high and continued his path to McQueen High School in Reno and Clark High School in Las Vegas. Taking over for a C...

  • Cool April Weather Prolongs Snowpack Across Montana

    May 13, 2020

    Weather patterns during the first two weeks of April, while cooler than average, didn't yield much precipitation across the state of Montana. However, the below average temperatures during this period did help to delay snowmelt at many low- and mid-elevation mountain locations during the first half of the month according to data collected by SNOTEL sites maintained by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). "Both east and west of the Divide, snowmelt was delayed by a week or two...

  • Golf to start in 2021, coaches hired

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 13, 2020

    There will be a new sport next year at Whitehall High School. The school board of trustees voted earlier this year to add a boys and girls golf team. Julie Kieckbusch has been hired as head coach and Kerry Sacry will serve as an assistant. Kieckbusch is excited to be the coach and is hoping to generate some interest with kids prior to the season starting in the Spring of 2021. "Since this is a brand-new sport at WHS, I am hoping to get kids excited about trying it next spring. I honestly don't...

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