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Articles from the April 24, 2024 edition

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  • Come Join the 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration

    Whitehall Garden Club|Apr 24, 2024

    "While most holidays celebrate something that has already happened and is worth remembering, Arbor Day represents a hope for the future. The simple act of planting a tree represents a belief that the tree will grow to provide us with clean air and water, cooling shade, habitat for wildlife, healthier communities, and endless natural beauty - all for a better tomorrow." - Arbor Day Foundation. The Whitehall Garden Club will celebrate Arbor Day with the fourth annual Arbor Day Celebration on...

  • JRWC Drought Planning Meeting Wednesday, April 24

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Jefferson River Watershed Council (JRWC) would like to invite Jefferson Valley residents to learn about local and state drought planning efforts. Please join the JRWC on April 24 at 6 PM at the Whitehall Community Center to hear from DNRC’s Upper Missouri Water Planner about Montana’s new comprehensive State Drought Management Plan. A precipitation report and a Jefferson Drought Management Plan update will follow....

  • Be Heard: Take the Community Survey and Help Update the Jefferson County Growth Policy

    Jefferson County|Apr 24, 2024

    Jefferson County is updating its Growth Policy, which is the County's guide for addressing land use, housing, community services, and economic development issues. The update process will evaluate the county's opportunities and issues, identify community trends, and create achievable goals and real-world projects that can help improve the lives of County residents. To efficiently gather the input of County residents for this process, the Planning Board and Planning Staff have put together an...

  • We Are HER Survivor Stories Gallery Reception This Thursday

    Apr 24, 2024

    Whitehall/Cardwell-based non-profit We Are HER is trying something different with this unique gallery reception, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the real and profound impacts of domestic violence and the hope found through healing. The event will be held Thursday, April 25th, from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at 14 S Tracy Ave in Bozeman. Enjoy the complimentary mocktails and appetizers while learning about this important non-profit and its work. Through an immersive display of survivor...

  • Dear Editor: Ranked Choice Voting is Just Rank

    Jefferson County Republican Central Committee|Apr 24, 2024

    Dear Editor, Ranked choice voting is just rank! Coming soon to a shopping center near you, a bright-eyed college student will approach you with a clipboard and a smile to get you to sign a petition to make elections fairer, requiring a majority of voters for a candidate to be elected. They are actually being paid to push Montana Constitutional amendments (CI126 & CI127) for ranked choice voting. They can't present it that way since ranked choice has rightfully earned a bad name for itself. A...

  • Thought Provokers: 4/24/2024

    Apr 24, 2024

    Naming children after flowers and herbs is normal, but naming them after fruits and vegetables is strange. Pickle rolls off the tongue differently. Humans speak over 7000 languages, yet most fictional races only speak one. Oddly, social media and internet addiction are still not recognized medical conditions. The lower you let your fuel tank go before filling up, the better your fuel economy is. Setting your phone lock screen to a picture of your loved ones is the modern-day equivalent of carrying their photo in your wallet. Setting yourself...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: April, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Apr 24, 2024

    8 YEARS AGO - April, Part II: There is always good and bad news every month of every year. In the second half of April 1899, the good and bad made headlines. The Anaconda Company coal washer at Belt, Montana, was destroyed by fire and affected the livelihood of dozens of men. The two houses of Congress were fighting over a resolution about Spain's invasion of Cuba. Bertha Maxwell of Boulder sued prominent mining man John Holmes for breach of promise of marriage (there is much more to this...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Apr 24, 2024

    April 28, 1999 The problem of sludge build-up at the Whitehall sewage treatment lagoons is typical of small system lagoons, said an environmental specialist with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), who also said the town isn't required to do any further immediate sludge clean-up at the lagoons. Bill Bahr, with the DEQ planning, prevention, and assistance division, said that Whitehall officials have the option to either continue the removal of the accumulated sludge and remove...

  • Between the Stacks: 4/24/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Apr 24, 2024

    Last week was a plethora of learning as Zoa, Brandi, and I attended the Montana Library Association conference. I attended some amazing sessions, one in particular on AI (Artificial Intelligence). More and more, our students, businesses, and others are using free AI sources to edit and write first drafts of documents and educational papers. The session not only covered the different types of AI available on the internet but also the ethical concerns, problems with the programs, and costs of incorporating AI into libraries. I also attended...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 4/24/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Soutions|Apr 24, 2024

    Maximizing the Life of Your Computer In this digital age, our lives are intertwined with technology; our trusty computers serve as our faithful companions through work, entertainment, and communication. Yet, like all machines, they require care and maintenance to remain reliable and efficient over time. Maximizing the lifespan of your computer hardware is not only cost-effective but also eco-friendly, reducing electronic waste. Here are some tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your...

  • Whitehall Garden Club to Meet May 1 at Bordens

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Whitehall Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 1st, at the Borden’s Conference Room at 103 W. Legion Avenue. We welcome the public to join us at 9:30 AM to socialize and enjoy refreshments provided by our hosts, Terry Ross and Ron Roginske, followed by our business meeting at 10 AM. Laura Horn will present a program on Salsa Gardens starting at approximately 11 AM. Please join us as we try to “spice it up a little!” The Whitehall Garden Club is a member of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the N...

  • June Marie Nagel, 79

    Apr 24, 2024

    June Marie Nagel, of Butte, Montana, passed away on April 15, 2024. June was born on March 15, 1945, and was 79. June was a proud member of saddle clubs and an O-Mok-See rider. She participated in hunting camps and was the camp cook. June had a horse motel, enjoyed driving a pilot car for oversized loads, and was a beloved school bus driver. She was a free spirit who will now run with the horses. June was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Myron Nagel, who passed away on March 10, 2018,... Full story

  • Mark Anthony Crain, 63

    Apr 24, 2024

    Mark was born February 18, 1961, in Butte, Montana, to Eugene H. and Sharon A. Crain. He grew up in Butte and Whitehall surrounded by cars and heavy equipment - his father was a mechanic and fabricator. This led to his love of cars. He was also extremely creative and artistic. Most of his life was spent pursuing ways to utilize his talents. He was a talented airbrush artist doing everything from paintings and signage to customizing car paint jobs. He also dabbled in the remodeling of homes as... Full story

  • Sue Simons Miller, 76

    Apr 24, 2024

    On March 30, 2024, Sue's spirit took flight after an extended illness. She was born July 11, 1947, to Ralph (Speed) and Lee Simons in Townsend, Montana. They would bring her home to a big sister, Judi. The girls enjoyed living down the street from their grandparents; Sue occasionally snuck away to Grandma when she didn't care for the babysitter. Later, the Simons family moved to Boulder, Montana, where Sue became a reluctant big sister to Nita and Marty. She attended school in Boulder,... Full story

  • Bonnie (Suzy) Hoerauf, 83

    Apr 24, 2024

    With profound sadness, we say goodbye to Bonnie Hoerauf of Auburn, Washington, whose vibrant spirit touched the lives of many. Bonnie left this world on April 18, 2024 at the age of 83, leaving a void in the lives of so many people. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. As Bonnie departs from our midst, her spirit ascends to join the cosmic dance of stars, a shimmering constellation of memories that will forever grace the night sky of our hearts. Though Bonnie may no longer walk beside us, her... Full story

  • Cardwell's Walter Shaw Inducted Into Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

    WALT SHAW JR.|Apr 24, 2024

    Twenty-four cowboys were inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall Of Fame (MCHF) on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls. "The Hall Of Fame was an idea that came out of a small group that started out just to honor a local rodeo," said DuWayne Wilson, board chair for the MCHF. Walter Shaw was inducted as a living inductee for District Twelve. Walter Elroy "Walt" Shaw was born January 31, 1936, on the Shaw Ranch, homesteaded by Walter's grandparents, in South Boulder...

  • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park Announces Tours for 2024 Season

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Apr 24, 2024

    Staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are pleased to reopen the cave for the 2024 season starting May 1. Tours will be offered from May 1 through Sept. 30. Both first-come-first-served tours and reservable tours will be offered. Visitors are encouraged to check the website frequently as tour options, times, and availability may change throughout the season. Reservable tours are available from May 24 through Labor Day. To make those reservations, call 1-855-922-6768. During the season, the...

  • Bozeman Symphony to Perform Concert Featuring Music from Harry Potter, Jaws, Star Wars, and More

    Apr 24, 2024

    Get ready to be swept away into the captivating world of cinema as the Bozeman Symphony presents “At the Movies: The Music of John Williams” during the first weekend of June. This not-to-be-missed event will highlight themes from blockbuster films such as Harry Potter, Jaws, Star Wars, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more. This concert will feature different music than the pieces played in the Symphony’s John Williams 90th Birthday Celebration concert two years ago. John Williams, hailed as one...

  • Race to Help Save Lives with the Red Cross

    Montana American Red Cross|Apr 24, 2024

    As May approaches, the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to keep the blood supply stable by racing to give blood in the coming weeks. Donors of all blood types – especially type O blood donors – are crucial to keeping shelves fully stocked with blood products throughout the month. Right now, there’s no letting off the gas when it comes to lifesaving care. With no substitute for blood and no way to manufacture it, volunteer donors are essential for hospital patients who count on transfusions daily. Book a time to give lifesaving blood...

  • Don't You Wish You Would Have Known?

    ERIN RITCHIE RN, Jefferson County School Nurse|Apr 24, 2024

    What if I told you there is a way to help prevent certain cancers? Would you be interested? I recall a young woman in her early twenties who once told me she wished she had known. I still remember her name. For me, as a new nurse, her experience and mine intertwined and would leave a profound effect on me. She was one of three out of four adults who would contract human papillomavirus (HPV), and that would lead to countless procedures and treatments for cervical cancer and, ultimately, an early...

  • Urinary Catheter Scam Targets Medicare Enrollees

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) warns Medicare enrollees of a rising scam targeting their sensitive information. Scammers are luring individuals with offers of free services, medical equipment, or gift cards in exchange for Medicare numbers, enabling fraudulent activities. Renee Labrie-Shanks, Director of the Statewide Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program at MAS, urges vigilance, “If someone offers free medical equipment and asks for your Medicare number, it’s a red flag. Hang up imm...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Zucchini Soup with Cheddar Rusks

    Apr 24, 2024

    Soup is a staple whenever the weather is chilly or when someone feels like they are coming down with a cold. The warm, therapeutic effects of a delicious bowl of soup are hard to dismiss and may sometimes work, as well as the best medicines available. While zucchini may be known as a summer vegetable, this popular squash is at home in a tasty soup anytime. Top with giant, cheesy croutons for a filling and scrumptious crowd-pleaser. This recipe for Zucchini Soup with Cheddar Rusks from The...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 4/24/2024

    GEORGIA|Apr 24, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, Is telling a white lie to save another person's feelings ok? Example: I've gone from a size 18 to a 6 in the last two years through a LOT of hard work and determination. However, I am self-sabotaging and hideously body-conscious. I was having a bad day and asked my partner if I was the hottest girl he had been with. He laughed (almost too much) and said, "No, I was 18 once and have slept with girls with amazing bodies without the stretch marks you have." Obviously, that hurt beyond words. But I also know I set...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 4/14/2024


    SUNDAY, APRIL 14 07:30:10 Citizen Assist 08:43:54 Lost Property: Commercial Way 08:56:03 Unknown Alarm 09:34:30 Motorist Assist: I-90 10:29:57 Trespass: Hwy 2 W 11:45:14 Indecent Exposure: N Whitehall St 16:31:07 Civil Standby: Wapiti Rd 17:05:04 Civil 19:28:19 Medical Alarm: East St 22:19:20 Traffic Stop: Capp Ln MONDAY, APRIL 15 08:02:26 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 08:17:01 Lost Property: Rocky Mtn Dr 08:39:40 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 12:41:00 Fraud: E First St 15:09:25 Traffic Stop 15:20:29 VIN Inspection: McKeown Ln 16:13:23 Traffic...

  • CONNECTING POINT: Eclipse Hype

    BILL LANES|Apr 24, 2024

    Some matters are important to address in a timely fashion from time to time. Next week, I will get back to the Look What the Doctor Ordered series. However, today, I want to draw your attention to the events from the past week. Where were you on April 8, 2024? I saw friends on social media across the country either sporting some new specialized glasses or others being crafty and making some homemade spectacles, all to look at the eclipse. I was flying to Tennessee with my wife to see the brand-new granddaughter during the eclipse. I thought we...

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