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  • Council Talks Fiber Internet and Rumors at April Meeting

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 13, 2022

    The April meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, April 12 in the Council Chambers, was a quiet one, with few action items on the docket. A presentation by Lee and Jason Good of TSS regarding fiber internet brought questions, concerns, and interest from the Council. At the March meeting, AirGrids from the Dillon area had presented to the Council, stating they were working in conjunction with TSS and MTWeb. At this month’s meeting, Good corrected that statement, noting that he was not working with AirGrids and that his company had...

  • Community Theatre Meeting Thursday at 6PM

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 13, 2022

    Whitehall non-profit Gold Junction Presents (GJP), which works to bring arts and cultural events to the community, is creating a Whitehall community theatre group. The community theatre group will be geared towards middle school students to adults of all ages, with or without a theatre background. Don’t miss the first meeting for those interested Thursday, April 14, 2022, at 6 PM at the Star Theatre. All are welcome to come to hear the proposed plays, give ideas, volunteer, and more! For more info, contact GJP at goldjunct...

  • USDA NRCS & JVCD To Host Working Group Meeting to Gather Input on Resource Concerns

    DIANE FITZGERALD, Whitehall NRCS Field Office|Apr 13, 2022

    The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Jefferson Valley Conservation District will host a Local Working Group meeting to gather input from local stakeholders on how NRCS can most effectively deliver conservation assistance in Jefferson County. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, immediately following the Jefferson Valley Conservation District meeting which is at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Borden Hotel, please use the Main Street entrance. Every year, Local Working Group...

  • Thought Provokers: 4/13/2022

    Apr 13, 2022

    You know you’re getting old when you fall and everyone around you immediately worries instead of laughs. The stomach is smarter than the brain because it vomits garbage food. The brain absorbs any garbage information it sees. If we had planted trees instead of carving gravestones, we may have avoided some climate issues. A truly intelligent person never acts like they know everything because they know they don’t. We’ve probably scrolled millions of miles with our thumbs. One of the more realistic things about Monopoly is that you can buy...

  • Dear Editor: Support for Bertoglio

    SCOTT MENDENHALL, Former Montana Representative|Apr 13, 2022

    Dear Editor, Jefferson County residents have an important decision to make in this coming primary election on June 7th. As a former 4-term legislator from Clancy, I’m supporting the re-election of our proven State Representative Marta Bertoglio from Montana City. Marta grew up in Deer Lodge and clearly understands and supports our rural Montana values. She’s a devoted wife and mother and is a strong pro-life supporter. As an Air Force Academy graduate, she served our country honorably, is proudly patriotic, and unreservedly supports our...

  • Dear Editor: Support for Buterbaugh

    DENNIS and CARA SACRY|Apr 13, 2022

    Dear Editor, We would like to lend our support to Jim Buterbaugh to represent Jefferson County as your next county commissioner. We believe Jim is well-qualified to care for county property and manage the business and concerns of the people. Personally, Jim has cared for the grounds at Echo Valley Campground, as well as the Cardwell School. He has the interest of the people at heart. He has taken an active role and interest in the political arena and is not afraid to speak for his beliefs. We know him to be a Christian, to act fairly in...

  • Reiff Requests Your Vote For School Board

    JAMES REIFF, Whitehall School Board Candidate|Apr 13, 2022

    My name is James Reiff, I am writing to introduce myself to those of you in the community who do not know me. I have been part of the Whitehall and Cardwell communities my entire life. My wife, Logan, and I both attended K-12 in Whitehall. Our two kids are current Whitehall students. After graduating from Whitehall High, I attended Boise State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with minors in Political Science, Biology, and Chemistry. I received my Doctorate of Law...

  • Go Ask Jo: 4/13/2022

    Jo|Apr 13, 2022

    Dear Jo, I am dating a beautiful woman. She is the whole package: beautiful, intelligent, fun. We share so many interests and every time we are together, it is better than the last time. Why am I writing? Well, the other day was a warm and sunny one. We went out for lunch and a walk. She wore sandals...her feet were so bad. She has scaly, yellow toenails. Her feet look like I could carve a pound of dead skin off each one. Her toenails look like weapons! That is all bad enough, but it gets worse. She had thick, grayscales between her toes! What...

  • Whitehall Food Pantry Distribution April 15

    CARA SACRY, Whitehall Food Pantry|Apr 13, 2022

    The Whitehall Food Pantry will hold its monthly food distribution before Easter, on Friday, April 15 at 2 PM. The Whitehall Food Pantry is located at 110 S. Division Street in Whitehall....

  • Community Holy Week Services

    Apr 13, 2022

    ST TERESA OF AVILA: April 14 Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 5:30 PM, April 15 Good Friday at 3 PM, April 16 Easter Vigil Mass at 9 PM. St Teresa of Avila is located at 107 East Second Street in Whitehall. ZION LUTHERAN: April 15 Good Friday Service at 5:30 PM. Easter Sunday service at 8:30 AM. Zion is located at 301 West First Street in Whitehall. JEFFERSON VALLEY BIBLE CHURCH: April 15 Good Friday Service at 7 PM. JVBC is located at 8 Hwy 2 W, next to Jefferson Fresh Foods....

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: April Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Apr 13, 2022

    April 1896 & 1922 Part 1 In April 1896, people were eagerly awaiting the actual start of spring weather. Things in national headlines were not too different than now – murder-suicides, kidnapping plots for a prominent person, political bantering. The Battleship Iowa was launched from the Cramps’ shipyard. The following is local news, as written in the April 3rd and 10th editions of the Whitehall Zephyr. Mining: Another small shipment of ore has been made from the Golden Valley; the last came within a few cents of netting $120 per ton; it...

  • Easter Every Day

    BILL LANES|Apr 13, 2022

    We are accustomed to holidays and the marketing madness. I’m certain you’ve seen the Easter baskets, Cadbury eggs, and plethora of other candies available? The other evening strolling through Target the smell of the sweets was quite overwhelming to my senses and I like those tasty morsels, but it was too much! By the way, I used restraint and didn’t purchase any junk food. Have holidays lost much of their meaning or at least their original intention? I’m afraid so and this concerns me as a follower of Jesus. Please understand I’m not...

  • Whitehall Garden Clubs News: April

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Apr 13, 2022

    The sun is shining, the temperature is Montana warm and the aroma of freshly made maple bars is wafting through the conference room. Of course, we follow our noses to the "social hour" table laden with the most scrumptious homemade and thickly on-the-spot-frosted maple bars! Mary Ann Carey and Maureen Dawson were the providers of the sweet fare, but Lori Carey from Boulder was the creator! Not to miss mentioning, there also was a beautiful fresh fruit salad, and a display of living flowers...

  • Between the Stacks: 4/13/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Apr 13, 2022

    There was such a positive response to the Teen Mental Health First Aid Training that we are going to offer it again in May. The eight-hour training will be from 8 AM to 5 PM on Friday, May 6 at the Library. Lunch and snacks will be provided and the training is free to any adult who has contact with teenagers or children. It covers different mental health issues, how to identify them, and what to do next. There are also sections on suicide and addiction. With all of the pressures young people...

  • Rotary Club Recognizes Bill Pullman

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Apr 13, 2022

    The Whitehall Rotary Club presented their latest Wheelchair Award to Bill Pullman in recognition of his many service projects to the community and the valley. These include the film premier that provided financial support to the Jefferson Valley Museum, the new park Main Street Green, and his involvement with the new Gold Junction Presents. A donation was made in Mr. Pullman's honor to The Wheelchair Foundation from money donated by patrons of the Whitehall KFC/A&W. The Foundation then provides...

  • Whitehall High School Principal Check-In

    MELISSA ROBBINS, Whitehall High School Principal|Apr 13, 2022

    Spring fever is in the air, with quarter four well underway. We have 34 middle school track students, 40 high school track students, and 12 students playing golf. We are proud of our students for getting involved, knowing the sunshine and activity is great for them! Additionally, the 21st Century Grant Middle School program continues to keep more middle school students involved with a seven-week series called Battle Bots. Students are using LEGO bricks to create robots with motors and gears that will navigate using a remote control. They are...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: April 10, 1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 13, 2022

    April 10, 1997 March snowstorms and temperatures varied across the state adding snow to many already well-above-average snowpack levels, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Jefferson River drainage was at 136 percent of average snowpack. The ranks of volunteers assisting with “Spring Clean Whitehall” expanded with civic groups and local businesses donating time, money, and effort to the cleanup project. In support of both the Whitehall cleanup and Arbor Day, Golden Sunlight Mine provided 450 ponderosa pine...

  • Easter Egg & Scavenger Hunt Fun

    Apr 13, 2022

  • Free Community Class Set For April 26

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Apr 13, 2022

    On April 26, Bethel Wagner and Johanna Paulston of Sage Wellness Center will be presenting a free class titled What Is Quantum Biofeedback & What Are The Health Benefits? The list of health issues Quantum Biofeedback can help is almost endless! Attendees will learn how Quantum Biofeedback can be used to release stress and pain and how it can be used to bring the body into a state of balance. This class is for anyone seeking to optimize their health or looking for relief from the stress...

  • Whitehall Chamber and Jefferson Valley Community Foundation Invite You to 2022 Black Tie & Blue Jeans

    JOHN KREIS, JVCF and Whitehall Chamber|Apr 13, 2022

    Save the Date! Save the Date! SAVE THE DATE! One of The Whitehall community's most exciting events is fast approaching! The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson Valley Community Foundation are truly pleased to invite the entire community to the Eighteenth Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Dinner and Auction. This event is open to all and will be held May 21, 2022 at 5:30 PM. The theme this year will be, "Wear your Boots, Get Back to Your Roots." Because of tremendous enthusiasm from last...

  • SNAP, TANF Clients Can Now Purchase Online at Walmart.com

    JON EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Apr 13, 2022

    Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Director Adam Meier announced that Montanans eligible for food and cash assistance can now make purchases online through Walmart.com as part of a federal nationwide initiative to increase access. “We are excited to be able to offer this convenient method of shopping to Montana families,” Meier said. “While Walmart is our initial launch, we will work on expanding this program with additional online retailers in the future.” Thousands of households receive benefits through the...

  • RMDC Homebuyer Education Class

    Apr 13, 2022

    Rocky Mountain Development Council offers a monthly Homebuyer Education class. Homebuyer Education will be offered in a three-day, virtual format in April. This virtual format is scheduled from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. The purpose of the class is to teach potential homeowners about the process of purchasing a home. Homebuyer Education and Counseling involves a one-on-one counseling session followed by an eight-hour class covering the intricacies of purchasing a home. It is designed for both...

  • Montana Park of the Week: Finley Point State Park

    Apr 13, 2022

    Located on a narrow point on the south side of Flathead Lake, Finley Point is an ideal park for boaters and RV campers. Finley Point is one of Montana's oldest state parks and has been open to the public since July 12th, 1965. The park is known as an excellent fishing location for Lake Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Anglers should note that state and tribal fishing licenses are required for fishing in the area. Boaters can rent a slip in the marina, some of which offer electric and water hookups for...

  • Creating Fiction from History: 4/13/2022

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Apr 13, 2022

    Harold was not sure what to do; he had never been in this position before. He had just been awarded an honorary Ph.D. by Harvard University. Then, over the past weekend, he met the loveliest lady he had ever had the pleasure to lay his eyes on, much less actually meet. As you may notice from his photograph, Harold was not a spring chicken! He was not too old for love, by any means, but neither was he a young man anymore. Past what might be called his prime, whatever that was supposed to mean,...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Greek Yogurt Potato Salad

    Apr 13, 2022

    Warm weather beckons people outdoors. Alfresco dining offers a chance to spend even more time outdoors, and many people will attest that no outdoor gathering is complete without the requisite grilled fare and complimentary sides that are staples of spring and summer dining. Potato salad is one such food that turns up regularly this time of year in many shapes and forms. Traditional potato salad is delicious, but it may not be so great for health-conscious individuals, as it's typically swimming...

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