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Articles from the March 1, 2023 edition

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  • Graham Takes on Executive Director Position at JLDC

    Mar 1, 2023

    The Jefferson Local Development Corporation has selected Lindsey Graham of Basin as its next Executive Director, replacing Eric Seidensticker, who recently resigned. Graham has served admirably as JLDC's child care coordinator for the past year, according to Nick Hensleigh, JLDC President. "Not only has she coordinated the development of childcare centers in Boulder and Whitehall, but she has also assisted with other economic development projects throughout the county," said Hensleigh. "She is a...

  • Gold Junction Presents Bringing Nolan Spotlight Series to Star Theatre in March

    COLTON ANDERSON, Gold Junction Presents|Mar 1, 2023

    Christopher Nolan is a British-American filmmaker known for his lucrative Hollywood blockbusters with complex storytelling. Nolan is considered a leading filmmaker of the 21st century, as well as a director who pushes the boundaries of what can be done in live action, from the semi-truck flip in The Dark Knight to the Tesseract scene in Interstellar. Choosing to do as much as he can in camera instead of just relying on CGI sets him apart from his film-making competition; his films will go down...

  • Doran Family Fundraiser This Saturday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 1, 2023

    Bringing a child into the world is also hoped to be a beautiful, healthy experience, counting the tiny fingers and toes and enjoying baby snuggles. However, sometimes this beautiful experience becomes a heart-wrenching test of strength, both for the baby and the parents. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Liam, Samara, and baby Doran are currently going through. Due to Samara’s previous health issues, the couple and their doctors believed the chances of conceiving were very slim. However, on S...

  • WMS Wrestlers Place High at Dillon Tourney

    MELISSA FULLER, Contributing Writer|Mar 1, 2023

    Whitehall middle school wrestlers had an awesome tournament Saturday, February 25th in Dillon. Eighth graders Joey Beebout, Gunner South, and JC Raty ranked first in their brackets. Eighth graders Adam Martinez, and Levi Fuller, and seventh graders Cale Hoover and Trevin Stratton came in second place in their brackets. Eighth-grader Tucker Witzel came in third, as did sixth-grader Colt McLean. Sixth grader Quade Skogen and eighth grader Braxton Walker came in fourth in their brackets....

  • Chamber Seeking Easter Activity Sponsors

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Mar 1, 2023

    The Whitehall Community Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt will be held this year on April 1, 2023. The Community of Whitehall has had a wonderful Easter Egg Hunt for many years and we cannot say Thank You enough to the many groups and individuals who have worked to make the event a success and also to those who have donated to the event. The businesses and individuals that make up the Whitehall Community are very giving and we are proud to be a part of this community and to be sponsoring the Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt. This event could not happen...

  • Thought Provokers: 3/1/2023

    Mar 1, 2023

    There are many many animals that lay eggs, and for some reason, chicken eggs are the only animal eggs that we typically eat. The Star Wars universe has species that live for over 900 years, but things that happened 30 years ago are considered old legends Playing video games that don’t allow you to pause becomes significantly harder the second you have a kid. That first human to drink a cow’s milk was a pretty weird dude. It’s safer to be an airport Uber driver since your passengers went thru TSA before getting in. Exercise is an investment of b...

  • Dear Editor: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana and the Ensuing Tax

    MATT REGIER, Montana Speaker of the House|Mar 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, With the legalization of recreational marijuana and the ensuing tax, the State of Montana has exceeded tax revenue expectations. Since then, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks has received 20% of the marijuana tax income for the purpose of funding wildlife habitats. The Habitat Montana program currently has over $13 million available to sufficiently fund their conservation program. In addition to funding Habitat Montana, we need to address our out-of-control drug problem across the state. I am writing in support of...

  • Dear Editor: Every Day is April Fool's Day

    RUTH LOTT|Mar 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, This blog from Seth Godin seemed particularly relevant as the election season unfolds. The extraordinary advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital tools are going to create havoc with facts and our ability to perceive what is and is not true. I would encourage everyone regardless of political affiliation to fact-check the information they see on the web this year. Respectfully submitted, Ruth Lott Cardwell, Montana “CHECKING THE DATE. . . . After 2022, it’s hard to tell for sure. And going forward, public life is goi...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 4, 1998

    Mar 1, 2023

    MARCH 4, 1998 Three of every four trees on town property in Whitehall are in good to fair condition. Mark Lennon, a Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation community forester conducted the first-ever tree inventory of Whtiehall’s 369 public trees and presented his findings to the Vision 2010 Committee. His findings included: Whitehall has 14 species totaling 369 trees. Of the 369, 179 (49 percent) were in good condition, 99 (27 percent) were in fair condition, 85 (23 percent) were in poor condition and six trees were dead or d...

  • This Month in Montana History

    RAE BRUCE, Contributing Writer|Mar 1, 2023

    February 2nd 1865, 158 years ago: The Territory of Montana creates nine original counties: Jefferson County, Beaverhead County, Big Horn County (later renamed Custer County) Chouteau County, Deer Lodge County, Edgerton County, Gallatin County, Madison County, and Missoula County. On the same day, the Historical Society of Montana incorporated at Virginia City, Montana. February 28th 1889, 134 years ago: The Jefferson County Courthouse is completed. The building was designed by John Paulsen, with...

  • MTHS Unveils Free Public Programs for March

    EVE BYRON, Montana Historical Society|Mar 1, 2023

    Irish immigrants, Meriwether Lewis’ mother, and outstanding Montanans Dolly Smith Cusker Akers and Ivan Doig will be honored in March by the Montana Historical Society. At noon on March 1, Montana Historical Society Director Molly Kruckenberg and special guest Gov. Greg Gianforte will induct Doig and Akers into the Gallery of Outstanding Montanans. The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony, which will take place in the Capitol rotunda; the gallery itself is in the west wing of t...

  • MSU Extension: Why Have a Will?

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Mar 1, 2023

    While writing a will is not number one on everyone’s to-do list, there are valid reasons for doing so. “People often avoid thinking about wills because a writing one means a they have to deal with attitudes and feelings about death, property ownership, business arrangements, marriage and family relationships that they or other family members may not be ready to think about,” says Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist. People who have experienced the death of a family member agree it is worth investing time and money to av...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 3/1/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Mar 1, 2023

    QUESTION: What part of my computer is most at risk to viruses? ANSWER: There are many ways viruses can infect your computer system. Being connected to the internet is amazing, however, it comes with risks. For information to flow, digital doors must be opened, but that presents opportunities for criminals to come through those doors. Cybersecurity companies constantly work on keeping criminals out, while allowing good information to flow in. However, the most vulnerable link in the entire chain...

  • The Bozeman Symphony: A Mesmerizing Fusion of Old & New

    JENNAH APPLEBAUM, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra|Mar 1, 2023

    The Bozeman Symphonic Choir and soprano Janai Brugger join the Orchestra for two mainstays of the sacred choral repertoire March 25 and 26 for Poulenc's Gloria and a Funk World Premiere. Opening the performance is Grammy-nominated composer Missy Mazzoli's inspired piece dedicated to her father, a Vietnam War soldier followed by a world premiere written by Emmy award-winning local composer, Eric Funk. Montana-born composer Eric Funk's Symphony No. 6 Apocalypse-Phoenix Rising mirrors the story of...

  • MSU: Summer Writing Camps for Students Grades 3-12

    JILLIAN WELSH, Montana State University|Mar 1, 2023

    Registration is now open for Montana State University’s summer writing camps for students in grades 3 through 12. The camps will be held in July on the MSU campus. The Youth Writing Camp is a five-day camp that runs July 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students entering grades 5 through 12 in fall 2023. Students can either be dropped off each day or stay in an MSU residence hall and take meals in the dining hall. The commuter price is $275 through May 30 and $300 after that date. The residence hall option costs $725 through May 30 ($750 a...

  • Happiness Corner: Three Locals Named to University of Montana Dean's List

    Mar 1, 2023

    The students listed below made the University of Montana’s Fall semester 2022 Dean’s List or the President’s 4.0 List. Double asterisks after a name indicate the student earned a 4.0 GPA. A single asterisk indicates a GPA greater than 3.5 but less than 4.0. • Chloe Brown* • Max Feight** • Hayden Hoagland*...

  • PSC: Mitigate Further Cold Weather Heating Bills

    Mar 1, 2023

    Recent and current cold temperatures across the state have resulted in higher-than-expected energy bills for many Montana residents. Increased utility company operating expenses for some utilities, including local property tax increases which went into effect January 1, may have also contributed to a recent surge in the prices customers are seeing on their bills. To reduce energy costs, the Montana Public Service Commission encourages consumers to take steps to conserve energy and protect their homes against the cold. The following energy-savin...


    Mar 1, 2023

  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Kenyon Lytle, 63

    Mar 1, 2023

    Brigadier General Ret. Robert K. Lytle passed away and went home to be with our Lord after a difficult battle with cancer on Tuesday, 21 Feb. 2023. Born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1960; he would pursue a prolific Military career after graduating from the Citadel Military College of South Carolina, class of 1982, and was commissioned as an active duty Officer in the U.S. Army. In May 1985 He married the love of his life, Jana Lurska, the daughter of political asylum seekers from former Czecho... Full story

  • Montanans Rebuke Legislation to Limit Access and Habitat Funding

    KEVIN FARRON, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers|Mar 1, 2023

    A new bill being considered by Montana lawmakers would permanently restrict the State’s ability to enhance public access, protect critical wildlife habitat, and support working farms and ranches. HB 462 seeks to redistribute how recreational cannabis tax revenue is spent in Montana. Over the next biennium, it would strip over $30 million in voter-approved revenue from the Habitat Montana Program and permanently block the program from tapping those funds again. “In its current form, this bill would limit the state’s long-term capability to pr...

  • For the second consecutive year, St. James Named a Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Healthcare|Mar 1, 2023

    St. James Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Health, has been recognized as a 2023 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital, compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across the county and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability. See the full list of Rural and Community Hospitals at...

  • Raging Debate: Smartphones & Teenage Mental Health

    DAVID LEONHARDT, New York Times|Mar 1, 2023

    Digital technology has caused the biggest changes to teenage life in many decades. Typical American teenagers spend about half of their waking hours on their smartphones. They are on the phones when they are alone at home and when they are hanging out with friends. When I compare my own teenage years in the 1980s with those of my parents in the 1950s and ’60s, I realize how much more rapidly habits have changed in the past 15 years than in the previous 50 years. My teenage experiences and those of my parents weren’t all that different. We tal...


    COUSIN CLEAVON|Mar 1, 2023

    Jackalopes are one of the hardest animals to find, but there is a big population in Whitehall. Jackalopes live in the same areas as antelopes but act like gophers. The reason why you don't see them is that jackalopes only have their antlers two months out of the year. In January and December, jackalopes grow antlers and start to fight over the females. As they fight, their antlers fall off and the one who has the antlers left gets the best female for breeding. The other 10 months of the year the...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 2/19/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Office|Mar 1, 2023

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 11:22:46 Reckless Driver: I-90 13:10:12 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 19:00:19 Citizen Assist: E Second St 19:27:40 Larceny/Theft: E Legion St MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20 10:06:50 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 10:20:41 911 Open Line: I-90 12:53:52 Suspicious Vehicle: Tebay Ln 12:55:30 Assist: I-90 15:54:31 Assist: I-90 16:01:40 Suspicious Person: N Whitehall St 17:52:52 Larceny/Theft: Homestake Lake TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 03:11:34 Burglar Alarm: E Legion St 10:02:16 Animal: N Division St 11:27:28 Abandoned Vehicle: Tebay...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 3/1/2023

    GEORGIA|Mar 1, 2023

    Georgia, I have a question, Do the British use forks or is there some kind of England-ish utensil akin to chopsticks? I’m going on vacation to Venice soon and don’t want to look stupid when I eat. Chopstick Challenged Dear Challenged, I feel that this question is the least of your issues. Use a fork, just as you do in the USA. FYI - Venice is in Italy, not England. Make sure you check your boarding pass to make sure you actually know where you are headed. With love, Georgia Georgia, I have a question, Am I older than my “older”sister? She was...

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