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Articles from the March 9, 2022 edition

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  • Gianforte Tours Whitehall High School CTE Programs

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger and Office of Governor Gianforte|Mar 9, 2022

    Meeting with students at Whitehall High School on Friday, March 4, 2022, Governor Greg Gianforte promoted the importance of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in empowering students with in-demand skills and providing a highly-skilled, highly-qualified workforce for Montana. "Everybody wins when Montana schools, like Whitehall High School, offer personalized work-based learning paths for students to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow," Gov. Gianforte said. "We will continue to...

  • More Superior Musicians

    Mar 9, 2022

    SUPERIOR MARKS FOR BAND STUDENTS: The Whitehall Middle School band had six students who earned Superiors (I) ratings at the Middle School Music Festival held Friday, February 25. These students included: Lilly Schober, Coya Kelley, Max Fernstrom, Cooper Montgomery, Ashlyn Gray, and Chloe Schipman. Miles McLean and Kortni Wilson earned Excellents (II). (Left photo, from left): Kortni Wilson, Ashlyn Gray, Chloe Schipman, Max Fernstrom, Lilly Schober. (Below, from left): Miles McLean, Coya...

  • Jefferson Valley Sportsman's Banquet Slated for March 12th

    Mar 9, 2022

    The 2022 Jefferson Valley Sportsmen Association Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Whitehall Community Center. The JVSA banquet has not occurred since 2019 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event doors will open at 6 PM, with dinner at 7 PM. The price for tickets is $25 and this includes dinner and an annual membership to the association. For more information about tickets or donating items, call Keith Pietsch at 406-491-2518. Tickets will also be available at the door....

  • Why Was a Letter Published Unsigned?

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 9, 2022

    I have received several phone calls concerning last week’s Letter to the Editor regarding the Western Legacy Center. The policy to the left has been in the newspaper since I began. “Names will be withheld by request only if deemed a matter of personal/business safety.” This policy is why the letter was left anonymous, as I am sure others will be in the future. This is not only my policy but the policy of most journalistic entities. Regarding the Western Legacy Center, there are many reasons not to sign. Perhaps a business owner wants to...

  • Thought Provokers: 3/9/2022

    Mar 9, 2022

    I just helped a friend move out of his house... libraries must be the heaviest buildings in the world. We are very lucky that mosquitoes cannot carry rabies. The voice in your head is an amazing singer. We laugh at other countries and groups of people for falling victim to misinformation, but we never think about what we might have fallen for and still don’t know about. The idea that a business won’t survive without good marketing was probably good marketing by marketing businesses marketing the need for marketing. Hash Browns are nothing m...

  • Dear Editor: The Freedom Convoy

    DON LEPINSKY|Mar 9, 2022

    Dear Editor, The first amendment of the constitution is a beautiful thing! Freedom of speech and religion is as important as the second amendment. Maybe more so. Recently, I observed the Freedom Convoy rolling by Whitehall on I-90 protesting mandatory Covid-19 restrictions. Whether your car has a Biden/Harris bumper sticker, or you are flying a Trump flag, I strongly support our right to free speech, to a point. However, when protests violate the rights of others by burning and looting at one or two BLM demonstrations, deliberately disrupting...

  • Dear Editor: Support for Western Legacy Center

    KRISTY HEPPLER|Mar 9, 2022

    Dear Editor, In the Letters to the Editor, I read the concerns of an unnamed business owner about the Western Legacy Center (WLC). The issues I’ve read seem outlandish, to me at least. The first comment about it residing on the outskirts of town makes no sense. Many businesses (including Jefferson Fresh Foods, Whitehall Truck & Towing, Liberty Place, etc.) are not located centrally in town yet are still a vital part of the town’s businesses. I don’t see an issue if the WLC is directing people to local shops, the Jefferson Valley Museum,...

  • Dear Editor: No More Public Restrooms


    Dear Editor, It saddens me a letter like this must be written! I realize that I’m not the only one that has noticed this issue and not the only one bothered by it. But dang, people! This issue is most definitely NOT confined to our little town, though certain of the populace of our little town are the main subjects of this short rant. I understand the impetus behind certain businesses in town (honestly, probably the majority of them) closing their restroom facilities to the general public. Several years ago (at most), there were public...

  • Convoy of Freedom Photos

    Mar 9, 2022

  • Go Ask Jo: 3/9/2022

    Jo|Mar 9, 2022

    Dear Jo, My husband, who is in his 60s, wears a baseball cap all day, every day, to hide a bald spot on the back of his head. He has worn that same dirty cap for two years and even wears it to work. He wears it in the house and only removes it when he is sleeping. I have suggested he wash it or replace it, but he refuses and he makes a tsk-tsk noise when I tell him I don’t think it’s healthy to wear something filthy on your head for two years. Signed, Disgusted with the Dingy Hat Dear Disgusted, Well, I see two options. First, you can do a...

  • Cottage Industries - Montana Style: Three Entrepreneurs Under One Roof

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 9, 2022

    Snitko, Snider and Snitko, three home-based businesses under one roof, offering goods and services that combine quality with dedication and working within the values of rewarding home life. Mom Missy Snitko and daughter Karina Snider, 25, are putting their home kitchen through its paces, baking all manner of sweet and savory treats. Connor Snitko, 13, is ready to offer his outdoor services each season of the year. The Snitko family moved several times, living in Colorado and Wyoming, before...

  • Connecting Point: Navigating Emotions

    BILL LANES|Mar 9, 2022

    At fifty-one years old, I still find glory, fun, and contentment in our vast and wild Montana. Specifically, on my boating experiences, I have enjoyed small raft, one-man skiff, canoe, and kayak. I’ve been dunked by them all. I’ve never had the experience of sailing, yet and still, with little watercraft knowledge, I respect the wind. I recall one fishing trip on a small reservoir in the Pintler Range southwest of Anaconda as a child. My grandfather and father took me on many fishing trips. I was a nine-year-old. “How do you tie that...

  • Op-Ed: Voices for Vaccines

    PAM HANNA RN, JeffCo Public Health Supervisor|Mar 9, 2022

    Some of our neighbors share why they chose to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Here are their stories: TERRY AND BRUD Terry and Brud have ranched in Jefferson County for 39 years. Brud was raised here. Here’s what they have to say about why they got vaccinated: Terry: My parents are 94 and 88 years old - we spent one Christmas not seeing them. When the vaccine came out, we knew if we were vaccinated, we could all be together again. We had a big gathering this year, enjoying our time together – all our family vaccinated and protected so we...

  • Between the Stacks: 3/9/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Mar 9, 2022

    All of my confirmations are in, and the March calendar is printed and on the front desk. Sometimes it takes a little longer for busy people to get back to me about dates and times for presentations. We have some great programs coming up so get ready to mark your datebooks! Our hard-working 2nd and 3rd graders will be presenting a puppet show full of fairy tales and fun at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9th at the Library. They have been practicing their lines and finishing their puppets for this...

  • Tickets Available: Jefferson Valley Friends of NRA Banquet

    PATTY HOWSER, Jefferson Valley Friends of NRA|Mar 9, 2022

    Hurry! Hurry! Time is running out to get your tickets for the Jefferson Valley Friends of the NRA Banquet. This year's event will be held Friday, April 8, 2022 at 6PM at the Twin Bridges Fairgrounds Pavilion. This is an annual fundraiser in which part of the proceeds goes to our youth in Shooting Sports and Archery (as shown at right practicing in the Whitehall Community Center). The banquet is always a huge success, selling out every year, so get your tickets today. Dinner and pre-event...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: March Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Mar 9, 2022

    In 1896, winter was refusing to leave as the month of March rolled in. Fruit farmers in Idaho were worried that the extreme cold might have killed their trees. Miners in our valley were putting down their tools of the trade and heading to hotels to try and stay warm. Grover Cleveland, the president of the United States, was not too popular in the west due to his downward-looking attitude toward our people. Here, as written in the Whitehall Zephyr, are some news highlights from the March 6th and...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News: March 2022

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Mar 9, 2022

    The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) members met on March 2 and were greeted by a delightful array of scrumptious goodies to start all of us off in the right direction (minus the blown circuit). Thank you to Dorie Westhoven and Diane Ward for freshly baked (and homegrown) rhubarb cake, lovely home-canned peaches, deviled eggs and fruit k-bobs! We were like hummingbirds flitting from one flower-shaped cookie to the next. Happy tummies make happy listeners and we had quite the opportunity to listen...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 3/3/2022

    DOROTHY GRIFFITH, Whitehall Pool League|Mar 9, 2022

    Week of 3-3-2022 TEAM K Bar #2: 15 wins, 2 losses Mint #4: 13 wins, 4 losses MEN Derek Bingham: 4 wins, 0 lost Tyler Blair: 4 wins, 0 lost Ken Breining: 4 wins, 0 lost Jeremy Jensen: 4 wins, 0 lost Kenton Keener: 4 wins, 0 lost Gordy Lyons: 4 wins, 0 lost WOMEN Deanna Wall: 3 wins, 1 lost Shawna Amidon: 2 wins, 2 lost Terry Chadwick: 2 wins, 2 lost Martina Nelson: 2 wins, 2 lost...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 6, 1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 9, 2022

    March 6, 1997 The town of Whitehall officially requested, and received, a 30-day extension on its reply to the legal motion filed before the Montana Supreme Court protesting aspects of the Whitehall water improvement project. Lulu Taylor celebrated her 103rd birthday in Whitehall on February 27th at the Whitehall Senior Citizens Center. Several friends joined Lulu for the celebration and a special cake was presented on her behalf. She was born on February 25, 1894. Hervey Perez of Whitehall’s Asten Center of Natural Therapeutics visited the...

  • The Emperor's New Clothes

    Mar 9, 2022

    Over 50 students auditioned, performed, and rocked the Missoula Children's Theatre's tenure in Whitehall over the course of last week. Congrats on TWO amazing performances!...

  • RMDC Homebuyer Education Class

    KARA NELSON, Rocky Mountain Development Council|Mar 9, 2022

    Rocky Mountain Development Council offers a monthly Homebuyer Education class. The purpose of the course is to teach potential homeowners about purchasing a home. Homebuyer Education and Counseling involves a one-on-one counseling session followed by an eight-hour class covering the intricacies of buying a home. It is designed for both first-time homebuyers and repeat homebuyers. Homebuyer Education classes provide in-depth information on many aspects of homeownership, including budgeting, finding a home, choosing a lender/closing on loan,...

  • PTSA March '22

    Mar 9, 2022

    The Whitehall PTSA met Friday, March 4th at 2:30 PM in the Whitehall Elementary Library. Highlights of the meeting included: • Original works of art will be finished by March 11th, order forms sent by mid-March, and orders returned by the end of April. • Money wars begin March 7th and go through April 1st. • A Fun Run is slated for May. • Taunya Morris was voted in as interim secretary. • Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6) plans are underway....

  • WMS Trojans Take First in Dillon

    Mar 9, 2022

    Congratulations to the Trojan MS Wrestlers and coaches for their Small Team First place finish at the Dillon Tournament this weekend. Whitehall will host the Little Guy Wrestling Divisionals Saturday, March 12th in the Whitehall Varsity Gym. Admission is $5/adults and $3 for children five and older. THANK YOU: The parents of the Whitehall middle school wrestlers wish to recognize the time and effort put forth by director and head coach Duane Wock. Wock and his wife, Jari, have been volunteering...

  • 25th Annual RMEF Banquet April 30

    Mar 9, 2022

    The 25th Annual Vigilante Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet will be held on April 30th at the historic round barn in Twin Bridges. Doors open at 4 PM. A fun evening of friends and family, with a chance to win premium firearms, top-notch outdoor gear, and art. Dinner and Pre-event tickets are limited, a great dinner catered by Steve Jenkins of Whitehall will be served. A good time for a great cause! For tickets, contact Leesa at (310) 780-0319 or

  • Lack of February Precipitation Decreases Snowpack Percentages Across Montana Basins

    TASHA GIBBY, Natural Resources Conservation Service|Mar 9, 2022

    Despite another round of promising weather outlooks, February did not bring the anticipated storms and was, overall, disappointingly dry. The main culprit was a stubborn ridge of high pressure off the West Coast that blocked Pacific moisture from flowing to the Rocky Mountain region. Southwest Montana only received 50-80% of its typical precipitation and even set record low accumulations for February, according to USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL period of record data. “January precipitation was below normal for most...

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