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  • Bill would regulate telemedicine practices

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Apr 5, 2017

    With long distances between cities and frequent weather-related travel difficulties, it can often be hard to access medical services in Montana. Because of this, more patients are meeting with doctors remotely, through the practice of telemedicine. House Bill 389, introduced by Rep. Kirk Wagoner, R-Montana City, places regulations on telemedicine, a practice in which doctors communicate with patients remotely through video or audio chat. "The main purpose behind this bill is to put some...

  • Utility blues: Water line breaks, power pole fire leads to outage

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Apr 5, 2017

    Fire and water emergencies affected customer utilities last week in Whitehall. The two instances had workers from NorthWestern Energy and the Town of Whitehall diligently working several hours to get utilities working for residents, schools and businesses. Butch Larcombe, a spokesman for NorthWestern Energy, reported a call was received at 6:15 a.m. on Friday morning reporting a power pole on fire. NorthWestern Energy quickly sent out crews having some of the 178 customers affected power back...

  • Chamber Easter Egg Hunt April 15

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Apr 5, 2017

    Each year on the Saturday prior to Easter, local children come together for the annual Whitehall Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt. This year's event is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 15 at the Whitehall High School football field. The hunt will start at 10 a.m. and will feature four age divisions. The children will be split up into the up to two years category, three to five, six to eight and a nine to 12-year old division. Kids are asked to bring their own baskets. Chamber Vice President Don Chlebeck said the hunt has long been a...

  • Friday fish fry cancelled

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 5, 2017

    The Whitehall Knights of Columbus has cancelled their annual fish fry. The event had been scheduled for Friday, April 7 at St. Teresa’s....

  • DEARLY DEPARTED

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 5, 2017

    The Whitehall High School annual spring play will take place Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7. The performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the High School Multi Purpose Room. Under the direction of director Cheri Shaw, the students will be performing "Dearly Departed", written by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Monica Sepulveda and Bailee Hess will be serving as the stage crew. The cast includes Brandon Gipson as Bud Turpin, Maggie Whitehurst as Raynelle, Erik Reinschmidt as Ray-Bud,...

  • Destination Whitehall coming this month

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Apr 5, 2017

    Later this month, the Ledger will be publishing the annual Destination Whitehall special edition. If you’re not familiar with the publication, it has a wide variety of stories about some of the events and places that make the area a truly wonderful place not live and visit. There is detailed information about some of the great fishing, backcountry opportunities, the Lewis and Clark Caverns, the Lewis and Clark Murals, the Brooke Barn, Frontier Days and the history of the area. It is distributed not only in Whitehall, but also throughout...

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Is The Ambulance Tax District A Good Idea For Our Community?

    Dale Davis, Town of Whitehall Mayor|Apr 5, 2017

    In talking with a variety of people, both in and out of this proposed tax district, the general consensus is people are tired of hearing about it. Unfortunately, it is the elephant in the room and cannot be ignored. Not only does avoiding the problem allow the problem to continue, but will erode the trust of those who do. Together, we can get through this. Property owners living within Whitehall School District, excluding Whitehall proper, have been receiving their protest documents from Jefferson County. This procedural document was missed by... Full story

  • JANE NORMAN KOUNTZ

    Apr 5, 2017

    Jane passed away surrounded by her family on March 31, 2017 in Whitehall, Montana. Jane was born in Spokane, Washington on September 5, 1926 to Leta Richardson Norman and Russell Norman. The family began in Laclede and Sandpoint, Idaho where they then moved to Orcas Island, Washington where Jane ate so many strawberries that she got sick and from then on always said she was allergic to them. At the age of 4 her father working as a lumberjack was killed in a lumber accident. The family of 3 now... Full story

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Apr 5, 2017

    Monday, Mar. 27 7:27 a.m. - traffic accident, I-90 eastbound, MM 256, Cardwell 3:05 p.m. - agency assist, UNK, Whitehall 3:21 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Delmoe Lake Road, Whitehall 5:28 p.m. – traffic stop, Forcella Road, Whitehall 5:52 p.m. – traffic stop, Piedmont Road, Whitehall Tuesday, Mar. 28 1:38 a.m. – traffic stop, I-90 eastbound, MM 244, Whitehall 1:51 a.m. – traffic stop, West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 3:05 p.m. -lost property, 569 Cedar Hills Road, Whitehall 4:03 p.m. - animal-cruelty/neglect, 94 Hanson...

  • JAMES JOHN ARKELL (ARKIE)

    Apr 5, 2017

    James John Arkell passed away Friday, March 31 at his home in Whitehall at the age of 92. Jim was born on February 21, 1925 in Minneapolis to Harry and Catherine Arkell. He is survived by his wife Thelma of 64 years, nine children, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two sisters. Jim is a World War 2 Veteran from 1945 to 1946. He raised his family doing everything from ranching in Avon and Willow Creek, to working as a heavy equipment Mechanic at the mines in Butte and Whitehall. Jim loved to have fun and visit with friends and... Full story

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Apr 5, 2017

    There is a genealogy society that meets the third Thursday each month to gain knowledge and learn about resources available to dig for information not only for themselves, but for others looking for the past histories of their families. Recently, they enjoyed a presentation at the Heritage Center in Boulder from a lady from the Historical Society on local Cookbooks. It was sponsored by the Heritage Center with intrigue in an area that most of us don’t think about. There is a wealth of information available at the Center. Family cookbooks or o...

  • Workers who care for Montanans with disabilities may see first major wage increase in nearly 20 years

    Michael Siebert, UM Community News Service|Apr 5, 2017

    HELENA -- With so much talk of money during Montana’s 65th Legislative Session, it can be difficult to comprehend how all that money affects everyday Montanans. This session, one group has become the de facto human face of the budget — direct care workers. According to the Montana Disability & Health Program, nearly 13 percent of Montanans reported having some sort of disability in 2012. Among those, many have developmental disabilities, like down syndrome and autism, and often require significant assistance to meet their basic needs....

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Apr 5, 2017

    April 8, 1992 Cub Scouts, parents and guest gathered Sunday, April 5th, at the old gym in Whitehall for the annual Pinewood Derby. Twenty scouts entered this year’s derby, and in the special open class eight entries were noted. Colt Petersen won the best paint job prize. David Quesnell was given a prize for the best design and James Lucas received a prize for the most unique vehicle. Adam Dillon was honored for having the fastest car, after racing Travis Henningsen in the final run of the day. Whitehall students learned of biological weed...

  • Little Guys wrap up season

    Apr 5, 2017

    Whitehall Little Guy Wrestling team wrapped up their season at the SW MT State Little Guy Wrestling Tournament in Belgrade on March 18th. Whitehall had 35 wrestlers place at the Divisional tournament in Three Forks on March 11th to qualify for and participate in Belgrade for state competition. It was a great season of fun and learning for Whitehall's wrestling youth. The Whitehall wrestling results for SW MT State Little Guy: 1st place: Tyse Wilkinson- PW 52, Garret Wagner- BEG 70, Cassidy...

  • Trojans shine at opening meet

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Apr 5, 2017

    The Whitehall High School track team had some strong individual performances at their season opening meet Saturday at the Sheridan Invite in Dillon. Leading the way for Whitehall was junior Braden Smith who placed in all five of his events. Smith finished third in the triple jump and 200 meters, fourth in the high jump and 100, and fifth in the long jump. “That’s a full load and he competed very well,” said head coach Dan Lacey. Sophomore Cade Briggs was also strong for Whitehall with a second place finish in the long jump. Lacey said...

  • Principal's Principles

    Britt McLean, Whitehall K-5 Principal|Apr 5, 2017

    As I look out my window, I see many signs that spring has sprung! More and more people are getting outdoors and exercising, many yards are starting to shape up from the winter months, and an exciting attitude is in the air. Many times we take aspects of life for granted. I am sure all of you are thankful for the warmer weather, but do we really consider the change that is occurring in our environment? Life is springing out in all aspects of the word. Leaves are budding, grass is growing, and animals are reproducing. It is a stimulating time of...

  • The epic life of John Wellcome

    Arlene Weber, Contributing Writer|Apr 5, 2017

    A young man heads west from New York, intent on settling in the Montana Territory. A law degree in hand, he has a desire to help bring law and order to the wild west city of Butte. He meets a beautiful woman, has a family; but, runs headlong into dirty politics, clandestine meetings, front page news stories, and a lengthy trial. It could be the foundation for a Hollywood drama. The tale of John Wellcome; however, is not fiction. It happened right here in Montana and the Whitehall valley was part of the story. The following information is taken...

  • Whitehall Honor Rolls

    Apr 5, 2017

    Whitehall Middle School Honor Rolls High Honor Roll 3.50 to 4.0 GPA * 4.0 6th Grade Lane Chase Maxine Hoagland Leo Scafani Gavin Watson 7th Grade Haley Briggs Marissa Ellison Marcus Finn Keara Hugulet Burke Mastel Nathan Ostler Brendan Wagner* Adam Williams* 8th Grade Ryan Alley Chloe Brown Kaleigh Bubnich Robert Hays Hayden Hoagland Dallen Hoover Jacy Johnson Meagan Johnson Kendra Klapan BreeAnne Lanes Gage McMillian Dalaney Scafani Honor Roll 3.0 to 3.49 GPA 6th Grade Dane Hoover Karson Klapan Lily McDonald Brooklyn Marshall-Dolin TiaLynn...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Apr 5, 2017

    HI Folks, At our last couple of meetings, we gave final plat approval for the Phillips Minor Subdivision near Jefferson City and approved an amended plat for Lot 4-A Cox Creek and Lot 4 of the Clearwater Estates Subdivisions near Whitehall. We approved Resolution 10-2017 Calling for a Special Federal Election to replace Ryan Zinke. By having to hold a Poll Election instead of a mail-in election we will spend nearly $20,000 more. We approved a $3,200 expenditure for Event Coordinator Bruce...

  • County elections experts outline timelines for May 25

    Apr 5, 2017

    As efforts to revive Senate Bill 305 failed Friday, Montana’s elections administrators turned their attention to the forthcoming special election on May 25. SB 305, introduced by Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick (R-Great Falls) would have given Montana counties the option to hold a mail-only election to replace Rep Ryan Zinke. Despite the support of nearly all of Montana’s 56 counties and successful passage through the Montana Senate, SB 305 was tabled in the House Judiciary committee Wednesday. An effort to “blast” the bill out of committee and...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Apr 5, 2017

    Last call for the Friends of the Library meeting on Thursday, April 6th at 5:00. Everyone is invited and we have much to discuss about the coming months! If you would like more information about the Friends please call the Library at 287-3763 or drop by the circulation desk. I came home from the annual Montana Library Association (MLA) meeting with lots of new ideas and free things for the Library. When Hastings closed in Missoula they donated their extra DVDs and CD books on tape to the Missoula Public Library. Their staff generously shared...

  • MUSEUM ANNUAL MEETING THURSDAY

    STAFF REPORT|Apr 5, 2017

    The annual meeting of the Jefferson Valley Museum will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017 in the Fellowship Hall at the Trinity United Methodist Church on 102 North Brooke Street. A short board meeting will review the Museum’s key business items and an election will be held for the expiring board member positions currently held by Kermit Hoyenga and John Joy. The annual historic program will follow. This year, museum volunteer Arlene Weber will provide a review of Piedmont, Pleasant Valley, Renova, and some of the events and people...

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