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  • Local Head Start in need of teacher

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    The future of the Rocky Mountain Development Council Head Start program in Whitehall is up in the air. At an informational meeting last week, program director Ashley Pena-Larsen said they are facing the issue of not having a primary teacher/family advocate for the 2017-18 school year. Pena-Larsen stated if they don't find a replacement for current teacher/family advocate Elaine Henningsen, they could not open the classroom next year. She added at this point, if they do not get someone hired by t...

  • Briggs sworn into trustee position

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    It was a night of new beginnings for the Whitehall Schools Board of Trustees. Following their regular monthly meeting last week, new member Jeff Briggs was sworn in for a three-year term on the board. Briggs will take over for former board member and longtime educator Angie Davis. Whitehall Superintendent John Sullivan thanked Davis for her time on the board saying she kept a level head and was sound with her decision-making. Davis said she really enjoyed her time on the board. After serving...

  • O-Mok-See summer series starts Sunday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    It’s once again the time of the year for the Whitehall Saddle Club’s O-Mok-See Summer Series. The first O-Mok-See is scheduled to take place this Sunday, May 14 with signups starting at 10 a.m., and action slated for 11 a.m. The May O-Mok-See events include pole bending, key race, top-n-turn, candy bar/flag and lazy egg race. The May 14 O-Mok-See will also include a special Tack and Trunk Day Sale starting at 10 a.m. Saddle Club member Bridget Morse said residents will be able to use their trunk, pickup bed, or small table to sell used hor...

  • Judge rules in 2016 recall case

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    Two judgments were issued last week dealing with costs related to a failed 2016 recall petition for elected officials in the Town of Whitehall. Seventh Judicial District Judge Katherine M. Bidegaray ruled in favor of the respondents, Jefferson County Election Administrator Bonnie Ramey, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCullough, and Lynn Nemeth. In December of 2016, Whitehall Mayor Dale Davis, and Alderman Vincent Keogh, Gary Housman, Tom Jenkin and Joe Adams had petitioned the court to file a Petitioners’ Memorandum of Costs and Necessary D...

  • BY's 4-H Rodeo

    May 10, 2017

    Competitors from around Southwest Montana descended upon Whitehall last Saturday for the BY's 4-H Rodeo. The event is the longest running youth rodeo in Montana....

  • Tebay display at Boulder Hot Springs

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    Whitehall resident and artist Michelle Tebay has a love for the land and the state of Montana. This is proudly reflected in her work. A juried member of the Pastel Society of America and the Oil Painters of America, Tebay is currently displaying her works at a special "Montana and Beyond" display through the end of June in the dining room at Boulder Hot Springs. At a special reception last Sunday, Tebay shared her happiness about the showcase. "It's an honor to be asked to display my work as a...

  • 'Erin's Exiled Children' display at Whitehall Library

    Staff Report|May 10, 2017

    A display narrating the Irish struggle for independence and the support given by Ireland's "exiled children in America," is now available for viewing at the Whitehall Library. "Erin's Exiled Children: The Irish of America and the Making of Modern Ireland" was created in honor of the centennial of Ireland's Easter Rising in 1916 and documents the Irish struggle for independence and the role the Irish in America played in keeping their traditions alive. According to Whitehall Librarian Jeannie...

  • Editorial: Spread the word about Head Start opening

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    The importance of programs like Head Start cannot be understated. The hands on learning a child experiences in the program from the ages of three to five is beneficial to their transition from early education to grade school. I have witnessed just how important the program in various communities around the western United States. It not only makes a difference, but more importantly can help out families who really need quality pre school, but do not have the income to afford it. Last week I was able to attend an informational meeting about the...

  • Column: Nos Amis

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    It is never easy to turn on the television or to get on the Internet and see horrific acts of terror around the world. I will never understand why people think the way they do, but its sickening that people would think a mass shooting or bombing of innocent people would solve anything. Terrorists are the scum of the earth. In November of 2015, the world watched as a terrorist attacks took place in Paris. One of the places attacked was the Bataclan Theater where a band from the United States, “The Eagles of Death Metal” was playing in front of...

  • Letters to the Editor: Opposed to two services

    May 10, 2017

    I recently talked with Leonard Wortman about the Protest Form regarding the establishment of a Rural Ambulance District. I was confused about 1) the first paragraph and all the legal jargon. 2) a failure to respond is a “yes” vote. 3) if you return the form but do not make a selection, it is a “no” vote!! Leonard said all of this jargon is a legal state requirement. And that he and many others whom he talks to are also confused. Well, Well, Well! I personally plan to vote no. I am not opposed to ambulance services. I think ambulance service to...

  • Letter to the Editor: "Mr. Mayor part IV and V"

    May 10, 2017

    I so enjoyed your Letters to the Editor last week. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Are you all still wearing your ruby slippers, clicking your heels and living in “Wonder Land”? I really believe you and your ghost writer have been telling stories for so long you actually believe them. How sad! I just thought I would remind you, the people in town know the truth. Three hundred and fifty five people signed the recall petition. The people in town have spoken. We all know what they think of the way the town has been run. So keep writi...

  • Letter to the Editor: Politically Neutral

    May 10, 2017

    Of the twelve years that we have lived here, this is only my second letter to the editor. I feel strongly about this issue that I feel it is time for me to write another. And, I for one appreciate all that the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce has done for our little town. The Chamber should be commended for all the wonderful local activities. And, I am sure they would appreciate all the help they can get. However, I am writing about a concern with the Chamber’s activity on their Facebook site. They recently reposted on their site an a...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    May 10, 2017

    Monday, May 1 10:21 a.m. - alarms fire false/error, 80 Hwy 359, Cardwell 10:45 a.m. - stray livestock, Kountz Road, Whitehall 4:50 p.m. - traffic stop, Whitetail Road, Whitehall 8:25 p.m. - care for sick/injured, 13 West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 8:45 p.m. - traffic accident/ hit & run, West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 11:22 p.m. – transport, 400 South Clark Street, Butte Tuesday, May 2 12:12 a.m. – transport, 305 North Main Street, Ennis 8:11 a.m. – burglary, 530 Upper Rader Creek Road, Whitehall 1:19 p.m. - 911 hang-up, XL Heights Road south...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|May 10, 2017

    Had an occasion to visit Wagner’s Nursery in Butte and what an experience! When I need a ‘flower fix’ , that is the place to go. The flowers are so beautiful - and the fragrance, Wow! It was better than shopping for new clothes. Matthew 6:28 and 29 have it right. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, and yet I say unto you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of them.” News from the school is scant, but I was told that the garage sale was successful and they had lots of donations...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    May 10, 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 pro...

  • Whitehall amazing at state music

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    Members of the Whitehall High School choir and band continued to shine at last week’s State Music Festival in Missoula. School musical director Janet Heilig said they had eleven events at state, four of them receiving the top possible score of a superior rating, and the other seven receving excellent ratings. “They were terrific,” Heilig said. The Women’s Ensemble featuring Iris Heimberg, Bailee Hess, Rabeca Kopf, Madison Lombardi, Alycia Loomis, Alexys Mercer, Ann Russell, Monica Sepulveda and Rachel Smith received a superior rating. The Wom...

  • Town declarations of nomination due June 19

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    This November local residents will go to the polls to vote for five open positions in the Town of Whitehall governing body. Declarations of Nomination are due to the Clerk and Recorders Office or Town Hall by June 19 at 5 p.m. Along with the four year term for Mayor, a four year position for Town Alderman is available in Wards 1, 2, and 3. A two-year unexpired term for Alderman will also be open in Ward 3. The cost to file a Declaration of Nomination is $15....

  • Ambulance district public hearing May 16 in Whitehall

    Staff Report|May 10, 2017

    The Jefferson County Commissioners will be hosting a public hearing next week in Whitehall. The pubic hearing about the creation of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Borden’s Building Conference Room. The hearing will take place during the regular Commission meeting set to begin at 6 p.m....

  • Robertson qualifies for National Finals

    May 10, 2017

    Cyris Robertson, a sophomore at the University of Montana, Western, in Dillon, is headed to the CNFR. Robertson competed at the final spring rodeo this past weekend in Great Falls, coming into the tie down roping 8th in the Regional standings. Friday, May 5, he won the long go with a time of 8.8 and came into the short go on Saturday, May 6 as the final competitor in that event. He put down a time of 9.3 to win the short go and the average, with a total time of 18.1. Because of his performance...

  • Crowds Come Out for Black Tie Blue Jeans

    May 10, 2017

    A total of 143 seats were sold to the 13th annual Black Tie Blue Jeans Fundraiser last Saturday at the Whitehall Community Center. The popular local event included a night of dining, drinks, auctions and a calcutta. Look for more information about the total raised and the non-profits it will go to in a future edition of the Whitehall Ledger....

  • Whitehall Tennis headed to Divisionals

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    A total of eight Whitehall High School tennis players will be looking to qualify for state at this week's Southeast B-C Divisional Tournament at Lone Peak. Senior Monica Sepulveda, junior Kyeli Ostler, and freshman Britney Welker and Alyssa Frankenstein will all be competing at singles. The Lady Trojans will also have two doubles teams competing at the tournament. Juniors Amber Murrish and Evelin Ramirez, and freshman Isabel Evans and sophomore Dorothy Mastel will be in the eight-team bracket....

  • Trojans track team strong, district meet starts Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 10, 2017

    It was another week of tremendous individual performances by members of the Whitehall High School track team. The Trojans opened up last week last Tuesday at the John Cheek Top 8 meet in Anaconda, and walked away with seven first place finishes. Wyatt Alexander (100 meters), Hunter Flynn (800 meters), Braden Larsen (300 hurdles), the 1600-meter relay team (Steven Japhet, Clint Parks, Andrew Simon, and Flynn) and Ann Russell (100, 200 meters) all finished in first place for Whitehall. Alexander f...

  • Petty ride in town May 15

    May 10, 2017

    The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, one of the most successful and popular charity rides in the country, is coming to Whitehall on May 15 for its 23rd annual motorcycle trek. Former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty will lead 200 bikers on a week-long, 2,400-mile route to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. Several celebrity riders will also be on the cross-country trek, including NASCAR Hall of Famer and seven time champion Richard Petty, NASCAR legends Hershel McGriff, Harry Gant and Donnie Allison,...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|May 10, 2017

    Hi Folks, We’ve had a few issues discussed at our regular meetings over the past couple of weeks. On April 25th we held a discussion about a locked gate on Rocky Road South of Boulder. We have had several requests to look at getting the road open again for Public use. It had been open and used by the Public for well over 100 years. This discussion will continue for the next few weeks. We designated Polling Places and appointed Election Judges for the Special Election on May 25th. We appointed Fire District Trustees and appointed the Election A...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|May 10, 2017

    Ready to tap your toes and lift your spirits? This Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 p.m. the Library will be hosting an evening of Irish music. The event is free and open to anyone who enjoys live music with an Irish twist. Bring your children and make a night of it for the whole family! The Erin in Exile exhibit will stay at the Library until the end of May. If you haven’t had a chance to see it come anytime during regular hours. The exhibit is in order throughout the adult section and contains a wealth of information and photographs covering the h...

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