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  • Raffle Tickets for Bowman Benefit Available

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 6, 2022

    A benefit raffle drawing will be held on June 1, 2022, to assist Mindy Bowman in her fight against breast cancer. Bowman, a Whitehall resident, recently underwent cancer surgeries and is working hard to beat the disease. This is exactly why her friends and family began the "Fight Like a Butte Girl" benefit raffle in her honor. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five tickets for $100. Tickets are available at 406 Roots (2.5 S. Lincoln Street), the Mint Bar (1 E. Legion), the Two Bit (123 W. Legion),...

  • Easter Egg Hunt & Scavenger Hunt This Saturday at Main Street Green

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 6, 2022

    Bring the little ones, bring the big ones, and bring the "kids" of all ages out to the Easter Eggs-travaganza Easter Egg Hunt and Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, April 9th. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 1 PM for those 10 years of age and under at the Main Street Green Park next to the Star Theatre. Little ones will have the opportunity to find lots of prize-filled Easter Eggs, meet the Whitehall Easter Bunny, and even take their pictures with him! The hunt starts promptly at 1 PM, so be ready and...

  • JeffCo Health Department Update: 4/6/2022

    PAM HANNA RN, JeffCo Public Health Supervisor|Apr 6, 2022

    This week is National Public Health Week. This year, the theme for National Public Health Week is “Public Health is Where You Are”, which focuses on the places where we all are physically, mentally, and within our communities that affect our health and our lives. This is a time to reflect on and commit to the health of ourselves, our family, and our great community. It is a time to celebrate the power of community and the influence we make when we commit ourselves to promote healthy places to...

  • Out of the Darkness Walk April 23rd in Helena

    ALISON RICHARDSON, Campus Walk|Apr 6, 2022

    Suicide is the twelfth leading cause of death in this country and in Montana, the second leading cause of death for our youth. It touches millions of lives and people of all ages. The research is clear: suicide is preventable. The more people who stand up for suicide prevention, the more lives are saved. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Montana Chapter will be hosting its 6th Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to fight suicide on April 23, 2022, at 1 PM at East Helena High...

  • Dear Editor: Rosendale Article Reply

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Apr 6, 2022

    Dear Editor, In the Whitehall Ledger on 3/23/22, there was an opinion piece by Jim Smith of the Daily Montanan pointing out Congressman Rosendale’s no votes. When Matt ran for office, one of the platforms he ran on was costs. When it comes to saving the taxpayer money, Matt is no stranger. As Montana Insurance Commissioner, he trimmed the fat and saved the Montana taxpayer a chunk of dough. Mr. Smith compared Congressman Rosendale’s no votes to a child suffering from arrested development. Then he threw in a bunch of bills that Matt voted no on....

  • Thought Provokers: 4/6/2022

    Apr 6, 2022

    Someone getting a tattoo they don’t even like then spending 50 years whining about how much they hate it would obviously be considered an idiot. But marrying someone you don’t even like and then spending the rest of your life whining about it used to be considered normal. The marketing worked so well on older generations that we have built traditions and even holidays around what we’re originally marketing campaigns. Real wolves are always larger than people expect because the wolves in movies are all Huskies. The fact that there are taxis...

  • Jefferson County Museum Poster Winners

    MELODY PESTA, Jefferson County Museum|Apr 6, 2022

    Jefferson County Museum sponsored a county-wide poster contest for American History classes on the subject of mining in Jefferson County. The posters were judged by 124 people, including Clancy School's 7th and 8th-grade history classes, the museum board members and staff, and patrons of the museum. Winners of the Jefferson County Museum Mining Poster contest winners include first place: Brennan Peterson, second place: Rachel Van Blaricom, third place: Logan Gillmore, 4th place: Braden Morris,...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: April 3, 1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 6, 2022

    April 3, 1997 The Mayflower Mine - an active mine site in the 1890s and late 1930s - is active again, and after the site preparation is soon completed an exploratory drilling program to determine if the possible gold and silver ore body exists is expected to begin in June 1997. Joe Ryan was elected and Charlotte Trudgeon was re-elected to three-year terms in the Whitehall School Board of Trustees election. New population statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Census, released through the Montana Department of Commerce, shows Jefferson County with...

  • Connecting Point: Broken But Mended

    BILL LANES|Apr 6, 2022

    When is the last time you noticed someone wearing torn and tattered work clothes? I see working individuals often sporting such attire; in fact, I’m the proud owner of some of those grease-stained clothes. My wife describes them as “shabby.” I’m certain you’ve also noticed that “ripped” jeans are also a fashion statement; it’s a fad that has come and gone at times. Thinking about this phenomenon, seldom do I hear my wife claim that our daughter’s clothes look “shabby.” Hmmm, what gives? Cultures are interesting, some practices shift dramaticall...

  • Roderick Montgomery Duncan, 87

    Apr 6, 2022

    Roderick M. Duncan “Rod” “Monty” passed away at home on April 2, 2022. Rod was born to Judge Philip and Kathryn Duncan in Whitehall, MT on September 27, 1934. Rod was raised in Whitehall and graduated from Whitehall High School in 1952. He attended the US Maritime Academy in Long Island, New York being one of two Montana appointees. He then attended West Point Military Academy, the Western Montana College, and the University of Montana earning a bachelor’s degree in History and Political... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 4/6/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Apr 6, 2022

    We are having a great time visiting cultures around the world this month with the 21st Century students. This week we will finish Africa, then on to Germany, India, and South America. Everyone is learning about art, crafts, food, and folklore for each area. The programs meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 PM. The kindergarten thru 3rd grade is meeting on Tuesdays, and the 4th thru 8th grade meet on Thursdays. Everyone is welcome to come and join us even if they are not in the school program....

  • Reach Higher Montana is Celebrating the Class of 2022

    Apr 6, 2022

    Reach Higher Montana (RHM) is celebrating the Montana high school class of 2022 with a Senior Send-off event on May 6th. This year’s event will again see more than $30,000 in the form of scholarships, tool/equipment packages, laptops, iPads, and AirPods given to participating high school seniors. “We want to know what the class of 2022 is going to do after high school, whether that is college, military, apprenticeship, or straight into a career field,” says Kelly Cresswell, RHM Executive Director. “These prizes are our way of saying congrat...

  • Cottage Industries - Montana Style: Ruth Lott's River Ranch Confections

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 6, 2022

    Thanks to Ruth Lott, high quality chocolates have found a home in Whitehall and Cardwell. River Ranch Confections is a top-of-the-line business with enough variety that every possible occasion is covered. Lott offers horseshoe, puppy paw and heart molds, solid or filled, fruit-filled chocolate shells, and more. While the artiste behind these confections, she’s quick to acknowledge and thank friends, including Linda Wagner and Pam Polachi, who got her started and encouraged her along the way. T...

  • WHS Prom 2022

    Apr 6, 2022

    PROM ROYALTY: Whitehall High School celebrated the 2022 Prom on Saturday, April 2 at the Varsity Gym....

  • Wellness Center Coming Soon; Register For Free Community Class

    BETHEL WAGNER, Certified Health Coach|Apr 6, 2022

    Over the past few years, I offered health coaching services and health and cooking classes to the Whitehall community on a small scale. Now I am excited to announce that I am teaming up with my dear friends and fellow health warriors, Johanna Paulston and Missy Snitko to expand and create Sage Wellness Center. We are three moms who are passionate about whole-body wellness for ourselves and for our families. Our health journeys led us to realize we weren’t the only ones searching for solutions. As a result, we felt an urgent calling to share o...

  • Montana Park of the Week: Brush Lake State Park

    Apr 6, 2022

    This week's featured State Park is Montana's 50th state park, Brush Lake. Located near Dagmar, Montana, the only state park in the northeast corner of Montana. Due to its proximity to Canada, during Prohibition, liquor was easy to come by and kept the Brush Lake Summer Resort in business. There was also a dance hall! After the Prohibition era, church and scout groups used the lake, but in the years before it became a state park, Brush Lake wasn't the popular destination it once had been. Today...

  • FWP Seeks Comments on Proposed New Fishing Access Site Along Beaverhead River

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks|Apr 6, 2022

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are seeking public comments on a proposed fee-title acquisition of about 3.5 acres of private land west of Dillon to become a new fishing access site along the Beaverhead River. FWP is undertaking the process of acquiring the parcel as a donation from the Beaverhead Trails Coalition, a nonprofit in Dillon. A neighboring landowner donated the property to the coalition in 2021. The site would be known as Cornell Park Fishing Access Site. Following the acquisition, FWP staff would restore 325 feet of...

  • Bowhunter Education Class Scheduled in Helena

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks|Apr 6, 2022

    Volunteer instructors will host a Bowhunter Education course at the Montana WILD Education Center in Helena this month. The class is scheduled over three days: • April 29, 6 to 9 p.m. • April 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • May 1, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will need to pick up a course manual from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave., or Montana WILD, 2668 Broadwater Ave, and complete it prior to the first day of class. Students can sign up for Hunter and Bowhunter Education courses by visiting

  • St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church Holy Week Services

    Apr 6, 2022

    St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, located at 107 East Second Street in Whitehall, has announced their Holy Week Services leading up to Easter Sunday. April 10, 2022: Palm Sunday Mass at 9 AM. Easter Triduum is considered one service even though is spans three days. April 14, 2022: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:30 PM. April 15, 2022: Good Friday at 3:00 PM. April 16, 2022: Easter Vigil Mass at 9:00 PM Saturday evening. Please note, this will be a long service....

  • Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health Complete Merger

    TANNER GOOCH, SCL Intermountain Healthcare|Apr 6, 2022

    Intermountain Healthcare and SCL Health, two leading nonprofit healthcare organizations, have completed their merger, creating a model health system that provides high-quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare to more patients and communities in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, and Kansas. This combination employs more than 59,000 caregivers, operates 33 hospitals (including one virtual hospital), and runs 385 clinics across seven states while providing health insurance to one million people in Utah and Idaho. With the...


    Cousin Cleavon|Apr 6, 2022

    Skunks are a dime a dozen in Montana. No one wanted to catch them or get near them. That is why you will be able to get a lot of skunk livers! The big question is how to catch the skunk without getting sprayed? Well, you will always get sprayed but that means you don't have to be around your wife for a couple of days. The two top methods I use are the live trap and the dog method. With the live trap, I put wet cat food in the trap and wait. Normally I catch a couple of cats before I get a...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 3/31/2022

    DOROTHY GRIFFIN, Whitehall Pool League|Apr 6, 2022

    Week of 3-31-2022 TEAM Mint #2: 14 wins, 3 losses MEN - 4 wins, no losses Brad Babb, Derek Bingham, Will Bowen, Dwayne McClanahan, Jay Von Bergen, Mike Wall WOMEN Terry Chadwick: 3 wins, 1 loss Leslie Dyson: 3 wins, 1 loss...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 3/27/2022

    Apr 6, 2022

    SUNDAY, MARCH 27 00:10:51 Traffic Stop 00:50:50 Traffic Stop 01:05:27 Traffic Stop 06:16:22 Reckless Driver: I-90 06:43:59 911 Misdial: N Whitehall St 10:06:17 Welfare Check: W Viella St 11:25:01 Death: S Brooke St 13:29:19 Traffic Stop: Hwy 55 14:12:11 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 15:11:32 Burglar Alarm: E Second St 16:37:14 Suspicious Vehicle: N Whitehall St 16:58:24 Traffic Stop: Hwy 55 19:49:47 Traffic Stop: I-90 EB 20:27:03 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 22:10:28 Animal: Hwy 69 SB MONDAY, MARCH 28 07:20:48 Parking: W Legion St 07:59:03...

  • Dear Jo: 4/6/2022

    Jo|Apr 6, 2022

    Dear Jo, Have you ever caught yourself doing something and then were horrified at the thought someone would find it gross, weird, etc? I have done so several times in the last few months. For example, eating with my head down like I am starving, comfortably farting or itching my butt on the way to the bathroom. I have been alone too long. What if I did any of those things (or the worse ones I will not be writing about!) in public because I have become too comfortable?! How the heck do I make sure that never, ever happens? Signed, Disgusted...

  • White Requests Your Vote For School Board

    JENELLE HANSON-WHITE, Whitehall School Board Candidate|Apr 6, 2022

    The Whitehall school district holds an election on May 3; I write to introduce myself to those I've not had the opportunity to meet. My husband, Josh, and I have two boys. I grew up in this valley on the Hanson Ranch and attended K-12 in Whitehall schools. I have a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and have worked as a physical therapist in Whitehall for seven years. I am honored to serve my community as both a physical therapist and as a school trustee (appointed to the board in August 2021). We...

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