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Articles from the May 3, 2017 edition


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  • Montana legislative session comes to a close

    Michael Siebert and Freddy Monares, UM Community News Service|May 3, 2017

    HELENA -- The Montana Legislature adjourned Friday after a short and chaotic day of failed attempts to pass a package of bills that would have used bonding to fund infrastructure projects. Debate in the House was tense at times, as a Senate-set deadline neared for House Bill 8 and Senate Bill 367. The bills would have allowed for bonding, or borrowing, and the use of local matching funds for roughly $123 million to help pay for projects like water systems, a veterans' home in Butte and the contr...

  • In final week of Legislature, lawmakers pass school repair fund, Real ID bill and trimmed 'Ferarri tax'

    Freddy Monares and Cole Grant, UM Community News Service|May 3, 2017

    HELENA -- One of the final bills the Montana Legislature passed before adjourning would create a special state fund for major public school repairs. Senate Bill 307 would, among other things, allow school districts to temporarily raise property taxes -- without putting it on a ballot -- in order to meet a state match for these repairs. The bill had already passed the Legislature, but the governor returned it to the House with a with a different reporting date. “It’s a good way to get local participation in this quality schools program,...

  • BY's 4-H Rodeo Saturday, May 6

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    This Saturday competitors will descend upon Whitehall for the longest running youth rodeo in the Treasure State. The BY’s 4-H Club Youth Rodeo is scheduled to take place May 6 at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds. The grand entry is slated to begin at 9:45 a.m. The cost to attend the rodeo is $3. Event organizer Tara Price said this will be the 55th BY’s 4-H rodeo, and they will be giving out buckles to first place and all around winners. She said there will also be a pig scramble at the 2017 event, and this will allow those not registered in...

  • Hays uses Whitehall as inspiration

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    Since graduating from Whitehall High School in 1984, Clark Hays has traveled around the world, now finding himself settled in Portland. The co-author of four books in the "Cowboy and Vampire" series with his wife Kathleen McFall, and the soon to be released "Bonne and Clyde: Resurrection Road", Hays not only reflects back fondly on his time in Whitehall, he also uses it as an inspiration for his work. Hays remembers moving around a lot as a kid. His father, Hubert, was in the oilfield so that...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|May 3, 2017

    I am writing this from Chicago where I am visiting my youngest daughter. The city has some great things to offer but I am ready to be back in Montana! The “Erin in Exile” exhibit will arrive on Wednesday and we will be setting up that afternoon. The Friends will be hosting the opening reception on Thursday, May 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. You are all invited to view the exhibit and enjoy some wonderful treats. The exhibit will be in the library until the last week in May when it goes on to Missoula Public. Don’t forget the Library will be cl...

  • Editorial: Correct call by Whitehall school officials

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    Being a teenager is by no means easy. While it certainly can be a time that comes with memories that will last a lifetime, there are also a lot of social and peer pressures that can make things tough. This is perhaps even more difficult in a day and age with social media sites and instant access to things like Netflix or YouTube. Last week, officials at Whitehall High School provided parents and community members with information about a recent show released on Netflix called “13 Reasons Why”. The show has quickly become a talking point...

  • Column: Like you own the place

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    I spent a few minutes last week looking up plane tickets for a possible trip to watch a University of Wyoming football game this fall. I haven’t been able to go the past couple years and I really want to make it to a game. Until 2015 I had been to at least one game a season since I can remember, but I’m a bit too far away to make a regular trip these days. I was looking a hotels and restaurants in Laramie, WY and I suddenly became flooded with memories of my first year of college. It was a wonderful experience to get nostalgic and think abo...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    May 3, 2017

    Monday, Apr. 24 11:36 a.m. - threat to injure person, 900 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 3:08 p.m. - traffic & roads-moving, Whitetail Road, Whitehall 3:40 p.m. – harassment, 107 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 4:25 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 54 Sheep Camp Road, Whitehall 8:56 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, I-90 MM 257, Cardwell 8:59 p.m. - traffic accident, 81 Piedmont Road, Whitehall 9:43 p.m. – citizen assist, 407 East 2nd Street, Whitehall Tuesday, Apr. 25 6:13 a.m. - disturbance/noise,music, 248 Piedmont Ro...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|May 3, 2017

    Welcome Home, Catherine! The Ledger will be filled with your journalistic writings, I’m sure. It looks like the Madison County precinct that usually is at the Cardwell School gym, will be moved to the Cardwell Pavilion for the May 25th election. The position to replace Ryan Zinke in the House of Representatives in Washington has three candidates to choose from. The polls will be open from noon until 8pm as usual. The Cardwell Pavilion is just east of the Cardwell Store where the soccer fields are. Winners at the Whitehall Pinochle Club...

  • Whitehall shines at MCHS meet

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    There were plenty of positives for the Whitehall High School track team at last week's Manhattan Christian Invite in Bozeman. The boys team finished third out of 12 teams with 81 points. They finished just behind second place Bozeman High School, who had 86. Broadwater County High School finished in first place with 115 points. The Lady Trojans also had a great event, finishing fifth of 15 teams with 45.5 points. "I was very happy of how both the boys and girls teams competed over the weekend in Bozeman. It's nice to run and compete at where th...

  • Whitehall tennis hosts Dawg Bite

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 3, 2017

    The Whitehall High School tennis team was able to battle against some fierce competition at last week's Dawg Bite Tennis Tournament. The Lady Trojans, along with Townsend and Boulder hosted the two-day event. Whitehall competed last Friday against Chester-Joplin-Inverness and Granite High Schools, and Saturday against Poplar, Simms, and Lone Peak. Whitehall head coach Kerry Sacry said teams rotated between the three sites, and they got to see teams they normally do not play. In Friday action,...

  • Principal's Principles

    Britt McLean, Whitehall K-5 Principal|May 3, 2017

    Whew! That is about all I can say about how fast this year has flown past. I cannot believe that we are already in May. This is a very busy time of year in the school realm. We are finishing up with testing and grade-level curriculum, the kids have their field trips throughout the month, the Elementary Spring Concert is on the 16th at 7:00 pm, our K-5 track meet is coming up on the 22nd starting at 10:00 am, (weather permitting) and by the end of the month we are out of school. (June 1st) I absolutely cannot stand it when I am a day ahead in...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    May 3, 2017

    Wed., May 6, 1992 The Valley View and Legion Street projects will be combined as originally planned in the Phase 1 portion of the water line replacement project for the Town of Whitehall, it was agreed during a special meeting of the Whitehall Town Council. Officials of GSM east of Whitehall hosted an informational tour of the mine property on April 28 for a number of local government and public officials and area news media. The purpose of the tour was to discuss the mine’s operation and reclamation plan, and it’s various environmental...