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Articles from the April 3, 2024 edition

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  • Back When They Bucked with Shawn Davis

    ANN BLEIKER, Reprinted from Rodeo Life|Apr 3, 2024

    (The following article was requested to be reprinted after the unveiling of the Shawn Davis bronze on March 30 at the Western Legacy Center.) Shawn Davis has spent his life in the western or equine business with his biggest impact being in the sport of professional rodeo and specifically the National Finals Rodeo. Born Dec. 7, 1940, in Butte, Montana, Davis bought his RCA card in 1962 (RCA became the PRCA in 1975) and it was full-speed ahead. He made a name for himself in the arena winning...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Annual Program Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 PM

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Apr 3, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum’s annual program and meeting will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 6:45 PM at the Star Theatre at 25 Legion Avenue. The concession stand will be open for refreshments. There is no admission charge. A short museum update will occur at 6:45 PM, and two museum board member positions will be elected. The program will begin at 7 PM. This year’s program will feature families who settled in the South Boulder area, including Sacry, Powell, Shaw, Armstrong, and Carmody. Photos on the big screen will help highlight the...

  • Get Creative with the Star Theatre

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 3, 2024

  • Dear Editor: I Cannot Support This Policy

    NANCY WHEELER|Apr 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, This letter regards the Town of Whitehall's proposed Babies in the Workplace policy. At the March Council meeting, I gave my thoughts on "Babies in the Workplace." The next day, I was asked if I would read the Town of Whitehall "Infant-At-Work Program" Draft Policy. I said I would and, after receiving it, thought to myself, "How can they already have "program guidelines" this detailed on this subject already typed? It is quite thorough. I understand Council members have been...

  • Dear Editor: Tax Revenue From Marijuana

    TODD DEVLIN|Apr 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, Hello, my name is Todd Devlin, 4th generation farmer/rancher in eastern Montana, a Prairie County Commissioner since 1995, and a past President of the Montana Association of Counties (MACo) from 2016 - 2017. For over 30 years, I have been involved with public land and natural resource issues at the state and national level. Currently, the Chair of the National Association of Counties Public Lands Steering Committee and the executive director of the Montana Natural Resource Coalition...

  • Thought Provokers: 4/3/2024

    Apr 3, 2024

    Part of getting older is watching all your favorite restaurants become crappier versions of themselves until they eventually go out of business. Some people are so poor all they have is money. In less than 26 years, referring to decades as the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s will become ambiguous. By modern standards, medieval jousting was unfathomably dangerous. Word count is, by definition, the most accurate measurement for book-length, but everyone only cares about the number of pages. We won’t know when AI is successfully used to hide a c...

  • A Family's Fairy House Fun

    JUDY CHADWICK, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|Apr 3, 2024

    A woman who attended the Enchanted Faire and submitted a fairy house in June 2023 was intrigued by the variety of fairy and other types of houses created for the event. Shortly after the event, her large extended family gathered to plan a family camping outing. She showed pictures of the event and some of the enchanted houses. She suggested they have a fairy house-creating activity at the campout, and everyone liked the idea. Over the next month, people gathered various pieces of wood, bark,...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 4/7/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 3, 2024

    APRIL 7, 1999: A heavy turnout of Cardwell voters showed up at the polls on April 6 and elected two first-time candidates to the school board: Dave Oliverson and Paul Shaw. Oliverson beat incumbent Larry Feight by a 52-46 margin to win a three-year term; Shaw beat Tracie Tocci by an 81-22 margin, also securing a three-year term on the board. David Gerber, 38, pled guilty on April 5, 1999, to setting fire to the Jefferson Valley Baptist Church but was legally found not guilty because of his mental illness. Gerber was committed to the Montana...

  • Friends of NRA Banquet April 12th

    Friends of NRA|Apr 3, 2024

    There's something for everyone at a Friends of NRA event, so don't miss the Jefferson Valley Friends of NRA Banquet on Friday, April 12, at the Madison County Fairgrounds pavilion! Tickets are selling out FAST! From the moment you walk in, the atmosphere is brimming with excitement. Whether watching that unique item in the live auction, trying your luck at one of the games, or just dining on some delicious food, you'll have a good time. It's a family-friendly event chock-full of everything from...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 4/3/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Apr 3, 2024

    Understanding Ransomware and How to Prevent It In recent years, ransomware attacks have surged, posing significant threats to individuals, businesses, and organizations worldwide. With cybercriminals constantly evolving their tactics, understanding ransomware and implementing preventive measures have become paramount in safeguarding digital assets and sensitive information. Ransomware is malicious software designed to encrypt files or lock users out of their systems, demanding payment, usually...

  • Guest Editorial: Montana's Future is at Risk

    DR JOHN E CECH, Carrol College|Apr 3, 2024

    As of the writing of this guest editorial, there has been a 30 percent decrease in FAFSA submissions by students and their parents across the United States compared to last year. In Montana, the decline is also substantial at 25 percent. What is FAFSA, and why is it important? FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and students must complete it before applying for federal grants, work-study, and loans. Colleges and universities use student FAFSA data to determine their federal aid eligibility. It is administered by the U.S....

  • MSU Extension: Who Should Be Your Individual Retirement Account Beneficiary…Your Family or a Favorite Non-profit?

    KALEENAMILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Apr 3, 2024

    This is part of a monthly series of articles on estate and legacy planning. The authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent,, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, Do you have a traditional IRA? If you started an IRA when they were created back in 1974, you may have named your spouse and/or your children as the beneficiaries. This made sense because your spouse could roll over the IRA into their IRA. The adult children could draw the...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Are You Ready for an Intern? 5 Things to Consider

    Apr 3, 2024

    It's that time of year when businesses start thinking about summer help. Could you use an intern this summer? You need to consider several things before bringing on your first intern. Times have changed. If you were an intern before 2000, you may remember interning as something akin to being a pledge in a fraternity. You did the grunt work for little recognition and no pay. Times have changed. Interns want valuable experience these days, not a summer of making copies. They also expect to be...

  • Jerome Cutler Rankin, 89

    Apr 3, 2024

    Jerome "Jerry" Cutler Rankin nearly traveled 90 years before Old Brain caught up with him. This genuinely Montana boy could have been born inside Glacier Park had not his mother, Gwen, nine months pregnant, snowshoed from their winter cabin across Lake McDonald to catch the train at Essex. Bound for Cleveland to stay with in-laws Lulu and Jimmy Rankin, she returned with newborn Jerry to join husband Barney, an engineer on Going to the Sun Highway, in a canvas tent surrounded by wires hooked up t... Full story

  • Don Lee, 80

    Apr 3, 2024

    Don passed away peacefully in hospice care in the early morning of March 27, 2024. His wife of 57 years, Sharon, was by his side. Since January 2023, Don and Sharon have lived at Holladay Healthcare Center in Holladay, Utah. In March 2022, Don was diagnosed with what the doctors believed was Lewy Body Dementia. In November 2022, while moving from Montana to Utah to be near his son, he broke his ribs in a fall. There was another fall the following March, and Don could never recover. Don was born... Full story

  • Celebration of Life: Peggy Wilson, 81

    Apr 3, 2024

    Memorial services for Peg Wilson will be held at the Jefferson Valley Bible Church on Friday, April 5, 2024, at 2:30 PM. Join the live service at In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Hodia at 1701 N 12th St., Boise, ID 83702, or a charity of your choice.... Full story

  • Sandra Louis Greenlief Sacry, 75

    Apr 3, 2024

    Sandra "Sandy" Lois Greenlief Sacry was born in Missoula, Montana, on January 20th, 1948, to parents Robert and Roberta "Sis" Greenlief. Her parents lived on the Salish and Kootenai Reservation when Sandy was born, so she was a proud member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes and on the tribal rolls her whole life, something she loved to remind her brother Denny. As a child, she grew up all over Montana, with Meaderville, Cardwell, Whitehall, and Anaconda holding her fondest memories. She went to... Full story

  • 3rd Annual Let's Talk Disability, Butte April 18 & 19

    CASSIE WEIGHTMAN, Ability Montana|Apr 3, 2024

    The Let's Talk Disability, Butte organizing committee is thrilled to announce the return of its highly anticipated annual event, now in its third year. Scheduled for Thursday, April 18th, and Friday, April 19th, at 6:30 PM, at the Montana Tech Auditorium, this event aims to promote dialogue, understanding, connection, and inclusivity around disability issues within the community. The Let's Talk Disability, Butte event is a monologue production featuring individuals with disabilities sharing...

  • Museum of the Rockies to Host Third Annual Dinosaurs and MOR! Festival

    MSU News Service|Apr 3, 2024

    The Museum of the Rockies will host the third annual "Dinosaurs and MOR!" festival April 12-14. The event will bring together top paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts and a lineup of activities for all ages. Events include family-friendly programs, junior paleontologist passport stations, and 18 presentations by scientists from around the globe. For more information and to purchase tickets to any of these events, visit "Dinosaurs and MOR!" festivities begin...

  • We Have No Idea How To Use Our 4-6 Hours of Leisure Time Daily

    ERIN SNODGRASS, Business Insider|Apr 3, 2024

    The average American has way more “free” time than you might think. But most of us spend most of our leisure time staring at screens. Picking up a new hobby can be an excellent way to reset — but that’s easier said than done. It’s another Tuesday night, and work is winding down. I send my last Slack messages for the evening, fire off a few emails, and shut my laptop with a false sense of finality as if I don’t have to return to my desk in sixteen short hours. I make the short trek from my at-home office to the couch, where I grab the remote...

  • It Can Happen to the Professionals: We Need to Know Avalanches Inside and Out

    MOLLY ABSOLON, Writers on the Range|Apr 3, 2024

    There’s a fine line between learning from the mistakes of others and shaming people for their ignorance. Twelve people have died in avalanches in the United States this winter, including an expert skier in Oregon who was also an avalanche forecaster. He was killed in early March despite deploying an airbag that kept him from being buried. On average, 27 people die in avalanches in the United States each year. The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center has reported three hundred and fifty avalanches since last September. Many of these incidents were t...

  • Be Bear Aware When Recreating Outdoors

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Apr 3, 2024

    As spring weather approaches, we’re all anxious to head outdoors, and bears are leaving their winter dens. This time of year, bears wake up from hibernation and are hungry. So, it’s best for you and for the bears not to leave out anything that will attract their appetite or curiosity. If you’re outside working or recreating, you must be aware that bears are also out there. Anytime bears are not in hibernation, which is typically between the beginning of March and the end of November, is the time to be bear aware, according to Montana Fish, Wild...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice

    Apr 3, 2024

    Soyfoods are versatile ingredients in everyday cooking. Soyfoods are enjoyed by those who follow vegetarian and vegan diets, as soy is an excellent non-animal protein source. The different consistencies and textures of soyfoods mean they can replace other ingredients with ease. They also readily take on the flavors of other ingredients. Many Asian-inspired meals rely on soyfoods, including this dish for Tofu Cauliflower Fried Rice from Vegan Cooking for Beginners (Publications International,...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 4/3/2024

    GEORGIA|Apr 3, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, Every year, some family and friends throw a big Easter bash: lots of friends attend, a bounce house, a massive Easter egg hunt, and tons of food - the works. We’ve known these friends for decades; they are part of our core group of best friends. In other words, we’re like family. Our friends correct our kids and vice versa, within reason, of course. Anyway, during the party, my teenage stepdaughter came to me and said that my friend's pre-teen (7th grade) son was "roasting" my toddler daughter (16 months old...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 3/24/2024


    SUNDAY, MARCH 24 01:02:01 911 Hang Up: Sunset Dr 02:58:03 Wrong Way Driver: I-90 12:52:54 Traffic Stop 13:31:49 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 13:51:11 Traffic Stop: Hwy 55 14:12:58 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 14:31:09 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 14:40:50 Suspicious Vehicle: W Second St 14:46:03 Traffic Stop: Hwy 55 15:06:46 Reckless Driver 15:12:07 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 17:54:54 Fraud: N Whitehall St 20:35:36 Suspicious Vehicle: Yellowstone Trl MONDAY, MARCH 25 03:51:03 Traffic Hazard: I-90...

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