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  • Outdoorsman Night Saturday to Benefit Fire Department

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    The Whitehall Baptist Church is once again hosting an Outdoorsman Night! Bring your family and enjoy an evening of food and friends, all in support of the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. The event will be held at the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 5:30 PM, with the fun beginning at 6 PM. Pre-registration cost is $20 per person and is available at wbcmt.org/outdoorsman. Tickets are $25 at the door. Kids 8 and under are free and are not eligible for certain...

  • RESCHEDULED: Whitehall Easter Eggs-Travaganza Saturday, April 8th

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    Who knows what the weather may be on Saturday, but, rain, snow, or shine, the Whitehall Easter Egg and Scavenger Hunt will commence on Saturday, April 8th at 11 AM on the Main Street Green (next to the Star Theatre). The Whitehall Easter Eggs-Travaganza and Scavenger Hunt are brought to you by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, Gold Junction Presents, and the many donations and volunteer hours put in by the Whitehall community businesses and individuals. The Easter Egg hunt is for ages 0-10 but...

  • Give Back Saturday At Whitehall Assembly of God

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    The Whitehall Assembly of God Church, located at 6 First Street East, will be holding Give Back Saturday on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 1 PM to 4 PM. This free event is open to the public! The Give Back Saturday event has new women’s shoes (sizes 3-8), new women’s clothing (sizes S-2X), new socks, undergarments, purses, scarves, and more all available to pick up. Over 500 pairs of shoes, boots, casual shoes, and tennis shoes have been donated to this event. Doors open at 1 PM (please, no early birds). Everything will be separated by size and...

  • Recreation Board Votes to Early Terminate WSC Lease

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    In a tense monthly meeting of the Whitehall Recreation Complex Board on Monday, March 27 in the Town Hall, it was voted and approved to recommend to the Whitehall Town Council early termination of the Whitehall Saddle Club’s (WSC) lease. The motion, made by Gina Ossello and seconded by Tim O’Donnell, came after much discussion as to who owns the property at the Whitehall Recreation Complex was debated, as well as questions to WSC rep Bridge Morse as to whether the property owned by the WSC would remain if the lease was not renewed in 2024, whi...

  • WHS Disco Prom 2023

    Mar 29, 2023

    While the WHS ladies looked lovely at WHS Disco Prom, the men were the true standouts in their wild attire!...

  • JV Museum Annual Program April 6 at Star

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Mar 29, 2023

    The annual meeting and program for the Jefferson Valley Museum will be held on Thursday, April 6th at the Star Theater. The short meeting will start at 6:45 PM with the program at 7 PM. During the meeting, there will be a short review of the past year for the museum and the election of three board members will be conducted. The program this year will feature the history of the Whitetail area along with many historic photos. Jerry Keogh will be interviewed by one of the museum volunteers in an oral history presentation about the area and the...

  • Thought Provokers: 3/29/2023

    Mar 29, 2023

    Life has no actual rules. Adults who act like children for the majority of their life result in their children having to act like adults for the majority of theirs. No one has ever discovered an animal with the perfect camouflage. Technically speaking, execution by firing squad is the same thing as execution by stoning. Only the stones are going really, really fast. You never really notice how much sound-dampening your furniture does until you move. People born on February 29 on leap years never have golden birthdays. It’s completely normal t...

  • The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation – Over Two Decades of Supporting the Whitehall Community

    TIM MULLIGAN, Jefferson Valley Community Foundation|Mar 29, 2023

    Things change in life, and organizations ebb and flow, but the strongest most resilient organizations continue to be vital and contribute positive benefits to their local community. The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation (JVCF) is one of those long-standing organizations that has been resilient and will continue to provide ongoing benefits to the community of Whitehall long into the future. The JVCF was created in September 2001 by a group of visionaries: Erv Hedegaard, Glenn & Terri Marx, Ed...

  • Between the Stacks: 3/29/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Mar 29, 2023

    Curiosity Untamed is moving from Thursdays to Mondays starting April 3rd. They are also changing their meeting time to 1 PM. This is a permanent change so more people will be able to join Diane Jensen as she leads the group in memory activities, new skills, and even Marco Polo adventures. This adult program helps with memory retention, memory skills, and more. If you would like to join the group, please call the Library at 287-3763. The Holocaust Project will meet on Thursday, March 30. The coordinators will meet at 5 PM to finalize plans for...

  • JeffCo Health Department Update: March

    PAMHANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Mar 29, 2023

    Nursing has been an important part of my adult life. I have enjoyed and learned from many different work environments during my years as a nurse. When I moved from private-sector nursing to public health nursing eight years ago, a new learning curve began. I soon discovered my patient was no longer one individual, it was a community. That community could be the size of a family or the size of a county. Caring for an entire community required a broader view of health and healing. In the medical field, diseases and injuries are treated one...

  • Town Hall Hosts Whitehall Area Artists

    MICHELLE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Mar 29, 2023

    Jefferson Valley Fine Arts is pleased to announce two local artists who are being featured at the Whitehall Town Hall. Jean Fastenow of Waterloo has some beautiful watercolor pieces on display. Jean is a retired nurse and has resided in Waterloo for 11 years. She spent a short time taking lessons after retirement but is mainly self-taught. She has such a soft touch with watercolor, and her landscape paintings often bring a calmness to the viewer. She is an avid exhibitor in our local JVFA art shows and participates in the Painters in the...

  • Spring Uplift Yoga Class at Sage Wellness Center

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Mar 29, 2023

    Sage Wellness Center is hosting a Spring Uplift Yoga Class in conjunction with Lourae Yoga, this Saturday, April 1st from 9-11 AM. With the seasons, spring invites us to naturally blossom and rebirth into our authentic selves. This class will be an experience dedicated to releasing stuck energy to create space for the new. The class includes warm-ups, movements, music, meditation, and breathing. Sound bath included. Self-care investment: $25 Register with Lou at 406-925-2952 or louraeyoga@gmail.com. Location: Sage Wellness Center, 330 Hwy. 2...

  • Whitehall Garden Club Meeting April 5th

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Mar 29, 2023

    The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly or the Story of Musca Domestica: The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) wants to reel you in with the buzzing guest speaker Ann Palmer who will be giving a brief talk on the entomology of MT and how to “use” that which “bugs” us! There will be an endless number of “fly-bys” and creepy crawlers to admire or not! We don’t want to “bug” you but put April 5 @ 9:30 at Borden’s conference room on your calendar for a bug-licious social hosted by Karen Ranta and Janet Finney, followed by the WGC buzz-ness meeting and then co...

  • Olsen Named Honorary Warrior of Blackfeet Nation

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    Whitehall resident Stanley Olsen was recently bestowed a rare honor, the title of Honorary Warrior of the Blackfeet Nation. The title gift came as a surprise to Olsen, who had volunteered to help the Blackfeet Nation with their first-ever Skijor Race in Browning, MT. Contacted for assistance by Skijoring Magazine Editor/Publisher Scotty Ping while working a race in Driggs, ID, Olsen thought it sounded like an adventure he couldn't pass up. After talking to Wendy Bull Child with Blackfeet...

  • This Month in Montana History: March

    RAE BRUCE, Contributing Writer|Mar 29, 2023

    March 1st 1872, 151 years ago: The Yellowstone National Park Protection Act is signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant, establishing Yellowstone as the first national park in the United States. March 21st 1888, 135 years ago: The first issue of The Age was published in Boulder. The Age was the second paper to be published in Boulder; the first being the Jefferson County Sentinel, which began publication in 1885. The two would later combine to make the Age-Sentinel but suffered from...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: March 1, 1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Mar 29, 2023

    MARCH 1, 1998 Jeff Brown would be staying in prison, probably for at least another two years. Brown, who fired six shots into the Two-Bit Saloon in 1991 and was a passenger in the car driven by his brother that hit and killed Mona Ness and severely injured Theresa Wilkinson, was denied parole on March 26 by a 2-1 vote. Snowpack in the Jefferson River drainage, measured prior to the snow that fell on March 27 in southwestern Montana, was still below average. Data from the Natural Resource Conservation Service showed that precipitation was at 82...

  • Pool Shark Report: Weeks of 3/9/2023, 3/16/2023, and 3/23/2023

    DOROTHY GRIFFITH, Whitehall Pool League|Mar 29, 2023

    Week of 3-9-2023 TEAM K Bar #2: 12 wins, 5 lost Two Bit #1: 11 wins, 6 lost MEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Tyler Babcock, Jeremy Jensen, Rick Kelley WOMEN 3 wins, 1 loss: Jeanette Bird, Mady Carmody Week of 3-16-2023 TEAM K Bar #1: 16 wins, 1 loss Mint #2: 12 wins, 5 lost MEN 4 wins, 0 losses: Tyler Blair, Will Bowen, Will Cusson, Brian Hartford, Gordy Lyons, Dwayne McClanahan WOMEN Leslie Dyson: 3 wins, 1 lost 2 wins, 2 losses: Shawna Amidon, Terry Chadwick, Deanna Wall Week of 3-23-2023 TEAM Mint #2 12 wins 5 lost K Bar #1 11 wins 6 lost MEN 4 wins,...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 3/29/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Mar 29, 2023

    Q: What is Dolby Atmos? A: American engineer and inventor, Ray Dolby developed Dolby Laboratories and the Noise Reduction system in 1965. In the 1970s Dolby Stereo was invented which created surround sound by using four speakers. Dolby Laboratories released Dolby Digital in 1992 which utilized six channels instead of the four used in Dolby Stereo. This is often referred to as 5.1 surround sound. The “5” indicates the number of standard speakers which includes a center, left, and right for the...

  • Grabil Takes 2nd at Montana Open

    CHAD GRABIL, Contributing Writer|Mar 29, 2023

    On March 24-26, 2023 the annual Montana Open Wrestling Tournament took place in Billings, MT. With a record-setting 2,486 wrestlers registered from 10+ states, it was an epic battle that will go down in history. Second-grader Kyla Grabil of Whitehall, MT was the lone standing wrestler from our community. Weighing in at 57.5lbs, Kyla chose to wrestle in the 8U (8 and Under) 62-pound girls weight class, primarily because her best friend from Deer Lodge was wrestling 8U 58; this ensured both a...

  • GJP Hosts First Annual Whitehall Short Story Competition

    Mar 29, 2023

    Are you a writer who loves to create non-fiction? Do you love the Whitehall area? Are you a creative mind that needs an outlet? We have just the competition for you! The 1st Annual GJP Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers in the Jefferson Valley area. There are two rounds of competition. In the 1st Round, beginning on April 1st, participating writers are assigned a subject or a character assignment. One of these assigned items will have something to do with the Whitehall/Jefferson Valley area. A choice of two...

  • MSU Extension Office: Common Law Marriage Estate Planning

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING|Mar 29, 2023

    This is one of a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. The authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, goetting@montana.edu John and Mary, an unmarried couple, lived together for 15 years prior to John’s death. They never obtained a marriage license or had a wedding. John had two children from a previous marriage while Mary had no children. They did not have any children together. All property was in J...

  • Medicaid Eligibility Redeterminations/Renewals Resume in April

    JON EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Mar 29, 2023

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will begin conducting Medicaid and Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) eligibility redeterminations on April 1 for the first time in three years. Federal requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic led to the suspension of annual redeterminations, in order to keep every individual enrolled in Medicaid covered throughout the pandemic. However, last December’s federal omnibus spending bill directed states to resume evaluating the eligibility of Medicaid enrollees on April 1. Beginning in April a...

  • No One Wants to Collide With a Deer

    PEPPER TRAIL, Writers on the Range|Mar 29, 2023

    A deer stands paralyzed in the middle of a mountain highway, stunned by the lights and deafening roar of an 18-wheeler barreling toward it. At the last second, the deer leaps back into the forest. This time, the deer and the trucker avoid a fatal collision, but this stretch of Interstate-5 in southern Oregon is a known killing field for wildlife and dangerous for motorists. The highway cuts through a critical connection for wildlife moving between two mountain ranges and home to the...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: Squirrel Head Cheese

    COUSIN CLEAVON|Mar 29, 2023

    It is that time of the year when the squirrels are coming out of the trees and starting to tease my dog. I am on the same page as my dog I hate seeing them and I try to chase them away. I really hate squirrels because they chase away all the pretty birds. So, about 4 years ago, I started to shoot them with an air rifle. The problem with shooting them is they can sometimes get stuck in the tree, and other times as soon as the body hits the ground the dog would come up and grab it. I thought and...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 3/19/2023

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE|Mar 29, 2023

    SUNDAY, MARCH 19 09:25:54 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 15:52:40 911 Hang Up: Hwy 2 W 16:28:08 Citizen Assist: S Brooke St 16:50:17 Traffic Stop: I-90 19:39:07 Traffic Stop: Yellowstone Trl 19:41:21 Medical: W Third St 19:48:49 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 20:04:25 Custodial Interference: S Centurion Wy 21:22:18 Traffic Stop: I-90 21:25:28 Criminal Mischief: S Centurian Wy 22:20:16 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 23:33:20 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St MONDAY, MARCH 20 07:54:33 Sex Offense: Friend Spring Rd 14:36:54 Drugs: E Legion St 15:52:38...

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