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  • Infant-At-Work Policy Approved at Emotional Special Town Meeting

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    The Whitehall Town Council held a special meeting at 11 AM on Monday, April 29th, to finalize the proposed Infant-at-Work Policy submitted for approval in March. Before the discussion began, councilman Roy McBride called a point of order and made the motion to adjourn the meeting and move it to an evening time, as the agenda did not have “Approval of Agenda Items” as an action item. However, after conferring via phone with town attorney Ed Guza, Town Clerk Kennedy Kleinsasser said that the agenda was adequate to Guza’s knowledge, and the meeti...

  • Rec Board Planning Summer Events

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    At the April meeting of the Town of Whitehall Recreation Board, held on Monday, April 29th, at the Town Hall, summer was on everyone’s minds. The Whitehall Pool's tentative opening date is June 19th; however, manager Kelley Seccomb said that the pool still needs at least two more lifeguards. Anyone interested in the lifeguard position may apply at the Whitehall Town Hall. Rodeo representative Tim O’Donnell said that several investors in North Dakota are interested in bringing a PRCA Rodeo to Whitehall the weekend before the annual Frontier Day...

  • Give Big with We Are HER on May 2 & 3

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    One Valley Community Foundation’s Give Big Gallatin Valley is a 24-hour celebration of giving to connect generous community members with causes they care about most to raise important funding for Gallatin County nonprofits. The initiative has raised over $14.3 million for 425 organizations in just nine years. In 2023 alone, Give Big brought 6,650 community members together to raise over $2.92 million for 250 local nonprofits. This year, as they celebrate the 10th annual Give Big, the goal is to raise $3 million for over 260 local nonprofits i...

  • 2nd Annual Bob Ross Night a Success

    May 1, 2024

    The Whitehall Assembly of God Church hosted their second annual Bob Ross Paint Night on Sunday, April 28th. Over two dozen attendees tried their hand at a Bob Ross-inspired painting. Grace Frazer (right) received the award for best art!...

  • 2024 Ledger Grad Section Wrapping Up

    May 1, 2024

    The WHS Class of 2024 will be graduating in less than a month! Once again, the Ledger will be putting together its keepsake Graduation Section. Is your business interested in running an ad of congratulations for this section? Please let the Whitehall Ledger know as soon as possible! The deadline for inclusion is May 13, 2024; the graduation section will run in the May 29, 2024 edition of the Ledger as well as be handed out at graduation. Congrats ads in this section are priced as follows: • Business card: $40 • Large Rectangle (3 column x 4”)...

  • Dear Editor: Our Governor Does Not Trust County Commissioners

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Montana HD75 Candidate|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the Republican supermajority in the Montana Legislature failed to override the Governor's veto of SB442, which would have distributed a portion of marijuana revenue for county infrastructure. This bill was unique for the 2023 session because it garnered bipartisan support. It was also unique in that the Montana Supreme Court allowed the Legislature to exercise its constitutional right to vote to override the Governor's veto. The...

  • Dear Editor: I Cannot Take the JRCC Seriously

    DON LEPINSKY|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, This letter is in response to a letter published in the Whitehall Ledger's April 19, 2024 issue, submitted by the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee (JCRCC). The JCRCC's letter states its opposition to rank-choice voting and ties it to Constitutional Initiatives CI126 and CI127. My intent is to use reliable sources to define the meaning of these initiatives more clearly. If approved by the voters, CI126 would combine the Republican and Democratic primaries into one open...

  • Dear Editor: Support For Ray Shaw

    ROGER A. HAGAN|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, I am writing to ask your support for Ray Shaw's election as your Senator in Senate District 35. I served with Ray in the 2013 Legislative Session and worked with him in the 2015 Session. Ray is dedicated, focused, thoughtful, and honest in his deliberations. He is not a robot, blindly supporting ideological issues just because some think he should. He listens to his conscience and constituents, carefully considering what is best for his constituents. As a retired military veteran...

  • Dear Editor: Governor's Veto of SB442

    JEFF BENSON|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, Did you get your new property tax bill? Well, if you're not crying or in a fit of rage, the Montana Republicans just gave you another increase in your taxes! Last week, the Secretary of State announced that the Legislature failed to override Governor Gianforte's veto of SB442, a bi-partisan piece of legislation that flew through the House and Senate by overwhelming majorities. This important legislation would have directed the use of Marijuana taxes and, according to the...

  • Dear Editor: Rank Choice Voting

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, Rank Choice Voting: Ballot issues CI126 and CI-127; most of this explanation of Rank Choice Voting came from Ballotpedia. The way to think of it is election by elimination. Let's say six candidates are running for office. Under today's system, whoever gets the most votes wins. Done. Finished. With Rank-Choice Voting, a candidate wins when they have 51% of the votes. (The legislature could require a supermajority of 61%, though I don't know why.) In the first round, Candidate A recei...

  • Dear Editor: SB44s's Failed Veto Override - A Sickening Display of Political Theater

    SHEILA HOGAN, Executive Director of the Montana Democratic Party|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, SB 442's failed veto override was a sickening display of political theater. Given today's political climate, it's not often that members of our Montana Legislature show overwhelming, bipartisan support for a piece of legislation. SB 442 was that special unicorn that brought Democrats and Republicans from across Montana together to champion a few things we can all agree on: allocating marijuana tax revenue to support our veterans, maintain roads, and increase access to our public...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/1/2024

    May 1, 2024

    Having a T-Rex coexist with a stegosaurus is less accurate than a T-Rex coexisting with a human being. They tell people to get married so they won’t die alone, and then half of them die alone anyway because their partner has already died. You never hear about pirating music anymore. Everyone loves detectives but hates cops. You are the center of the observable universe. Being tipsy is 10x better than being drunk. You know you’re getting old when police officers start looking like kids. Technically speaking, we have all kicked a pregnant per...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 5/1/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|May 1, 2024

    Choosing the Right Security Camera System for Your Home or Business In an era of security concerns, selecting the right camera system for your home or business is crucial. With many options available, navigating through the technical jargon can be daunting. However, understanding key factors can simplify the process and ensure you make the right choice to protect your property and loved ones. 1. Determine Your Needs: Before delving into the world of security cameras, assess your requirements....

  • Canadian Cyclist Killed by Vehicle Near Clancy

    JAMES EVERETT, Jefferson County Undersheriff|May 1, 2024

    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Montana Highway Patrol, St. Peter’s Ambulance, Montana City Volunteer Fire Department, and Clancy Volunteer Fire Department responded to a vehicle vs. bicycle incident that occurred on Montana Highway 282 between Clancy and Montana City on the afternoon of Saturday, April 27th, 2024. The incident resulted in the death of a Canadian citizen, and our office would like to express our deepest sympathies to the friends and loved ones of the victim. The Montana Highway Patrol is conducting an investigation i...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/1/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 1, 2024

    Geology seems to be the theme of the month with the Rockhounders special speaker, and now we are having a special night of fossils for the entire family! Lauren Owen, from the Lewis and Clark Caverns, is coming Thursday, May 2nd, at 6 PM to share her knowledge of fossils and the caves! It will be a great night for everyone! Lauren presented our Arbor Day programs last Friday and is a great asset to the community. The staff is having inquiries about a summer children’s quilting class. If you have a school-age child who wants to learn how to q...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/5/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    May 5, 1999 The Jefferson District Ranger office of the Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest in Whitehall is located just north of the interstate on Whitetail Road. District Ranger Grant Godbolt said the Forest Service is interested in relocating to the existing Forest Service Property on Legion Avenue next to the Whitehall A&W. Godbolt noted the reason for the potential move is simple: money. A benefit dinner and auction to raise funds to help defray the medical cost of seven-month-old C.J....

  • Cottontail Astronomical Observatory Begins 2024 Season May 11

    JOE WITHERSPOON, Cottontail Astronomical Observatory|May 1, 2024

    The Cottontail Astronomical Observatory in Twin Bridges, Montana, will open its doors for its first public night for the 2024 season on May 11th. The observatory hosts various free events throughout the year, though donations are greatly appreciated. Owners Joe and Gwen Witherspoon invite everyone to take part in a visit to the observatory. The weather plays a big part in these events; overcast skies block out the stars, as does rain and snow, and winds greater than 15 MPH move the telescopes. In such an event, the Witherspoons will give an...

  • Harley Granville Yarnell III, 81

    May 1, 2024

    Harley Granville Yarnell III passed away on February 28, 2024, from complications from a hip fracture. Harley was born on January 28, 1943. He was living in Sheridan, Montana, at the time of his hip fracture. Harley was a member of the Twin Bridges congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoyed attending meetings via Zoom. Harley worked as a trucker and also spent time working on and building trails for the U.S. Forest Service. Harley loved Jehovah’s creation and enjoyed painting landscape scenes. Harley lived off-grid for many years in the... Full story

  • May Chamber After-Hours Hosted by TSS

    May 1, 2024

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will be hosted by Telesystem Services (TSS) for the May Business After Hours on Thursday, May 9th at 6 PM. Stay tuned for more information!...

  • Dear Editor: VETERANS: Make Your Voices Heard!

    BLAKE FUHRIMAN and MIKE MCMANUS, Veterans Navigation Network|May 1, 2024

    Dear Editor, VETERANS: Make your voices heard! Montana's veterans deserve to live with dignity and independence. The Department of Public Health and Human Services is conducting an important survey to understand and improve the living conditions of our veterans. We at the Veterans Navigation Network encourage every veteran, caregiver, and family member in Montana to participate. This survey will help the state understand what veterans need to live well in their communities. It looks at...

  • Get Musical With Ronsberg Music Studio This Spring

    ERICA RONSBERG, Ronsberg Music Studio|May 1, 2024

    Whitehall native Erica Ronsberg has opened the doors to her home and created Ronsberg Music Studio. Ronsberg is pleased to offer engaging children's music classes in Whitehall, with classes for infants through preschoolers to come with an adult. Ronsberg, the daughter of Dan and Brenda Volz, graduated from Whitehall High School in 2014. She moved back to the area in June 2023 after teaching elementary music in Minnesota for five years. Ronsberg is a licensed K-12 Music Educator. She is also...

  • Are You Building Your Gnome/Fairy/Troll Home Yet?

    JUDY CHADWICK, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 1, 2024

    Have you heard the news? The 2nd Annual Whitehall Wonder's Enchanted Faire will be held at the Main Street Green and the Star Theatre on Saturday, June 22nd, from 11 AM to 3 PM. Now that you know, it's time for all community members, young and old, to "build" or create a fairy, troll, gnome, or other enchanted dwelling for the Enchanted Faire. But you might be asking, "How?" To make an enchanted dwelling, you can use all kinds of materials, from cardboard to old birdhouses, big pieces of bark,...

  • Mercury Street Medical Welcomes Nikki Buck, a New Whitehall Resident & Family Care Practitioner

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 1, 2024

    Nikki Buck, FNP-C, a new Whitehall resident and the newest addition to the Mercury Street Medical team in Butte, has a smile and a tone of voice that puts you at ease. This is precisely what's needed when dealing with family medicine and reproductive issues. Buck, a family practitioner who started part-time at Mercury Street in February and began seeing patients on the first of April, is originally from Helena. In 2005, she moved to Bozeman. She and her husband have had property in the Radar...

  • HAPPINESS CORNER: Family Ties

    May 1, 2024

    Former Whitehall resident Marian Carr turned 85 on April 20, 2024. She is the mother of Whitehall resident Kitty Reed. Kitty recently counted up the family members: her mother has 55 grandchildren (with one in heaven), 69 great-grandchildren (with one on the way), and six great-great-grandchildren, for a grand total of 130! What a blessing! Photos courtesy KITTY REED....

  • HAPPINESS CORNER: Go! Chloe! Go!

    May 1, 2024

    Whitehall resident and Butte High graduate Chloe Brown is currently a student at the University of Montana. As a member of the UM Woodsman Team, she competied at UM Forestry Days on April 26th at Fort Missoula. Photo courtesy RITA BROWN....

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