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Articles from the May 15, 2024 edition

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  • Star Theatre Trying Something New with Matinees This Week

    May 15, 2024

    Gold Junction Presents (GJP) and the Star Theatre have decided to try out a new schedule this week and see how things go. The matinee will still be held at 2 PM on Sunday, but it will feature last week’s movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes—as an IN CASE YOU MISSED IT feature film! So, if a vampire ballerina girl who likes to play with her food (Abigail) isn’t up your alley, or you missed Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes last weekend, come to the Sunday matinee at 2 PM at the Star Theatre. GJP will monitor the success of this sched...

  • School Board Can't Certify Election Results...Yet

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    While the 2024-20245 Whitehall School Board elections took place via mail-in ballot earlier this month, the results are still in the air. At the May board meeting on Wednesday, May 8th, Whitehall district superintendent Hannah Nieskens reported on an issue that she and school clerk Allissa Christensen had been dealing with for several weeks, which affected the election results. According to Nieskens, she had been contacted by the county superintendent that board member Laura McDonald needed to be removed from her seat, as she was actually in...

  • Whitehall High Imagine Learning School of Excellence Award Winner

    Imagine Learning|May 15, 2024

    Imagine Learning, the largest provider of digital curriculum solutions in the U.S. serves over 15 million students in more than half the school districts nationwide. Recently, Imagine Learning announced the winners of the 2023–2024 Imagine Nation Awards, honoring schools and districts across America for their exemplary implementation of Imagine Learning solutions and commitment to student learning. Whitehall High was selected as a 2023-2024 School of Excellence for its use of Imagine R...

  • Historic Aurora Borealis Show in Whitehall

    May 15, 2024

  • Dear Editor: Rebuttal on Rank Choice Voting

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|May 15, 2024

    Dear Editor, Good Wednesday, Jefferson County. This is a little note about last week's letter to the editor trying to mislead on Rank Choice Voting. The writer stated that I misrepresented Ballotpedia's explanation of rank-choice voting, saying we would only vote once as usual. He stated that the only thing that would be required is multiple tabulations and instant run-offs. How do you get multiple tabulations and instant run-offs? It seems to me you must vote. Nothing is wrong with the system e...

  • Dear Editor: Support for Ray Shaw

    KEN WALSH, HD71 Representative|May 15, 2024

    Dear Editor, Running for public office is not for the faint of heart. City council members, county commissioners, school board trustees, and state legislators all require a big commitment to do their jobs well. I admire anyone who tosses their hat into the ring. As taxpayers and voters, we all must participate by educating ourselves on the candidate's priorities and policies and, most importantly, voting. Our jobs are not done yet. We must remain engaged in the budgeting and policy-making...

  • Dear Editor: Throwing Rural Montana Under the Bus

    KATIE SULLIVAN and RYAN LYNCH, MT House of Representatives and MT Senate|May 15, 2024

    Dear Editor, Republicans fight with each other all the time, but it seems the one thing they can agree on is throwing rural Montana under the bus. During the last session of the state Legislature, 130 of 150 legislators–Republicans and Democrats–passed a bill to fund the conservation of public lands and repair the county roads that help hunters, anglers, hikers, and campers access them. This bill, SB 442, would have ensured a permanent and stable source of support not just for the rec...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/15/2024

    May 15, 2024

    Insurance is the only industry whose entire business model does not give you what you paid for. Considering how advanced our species allegedly is, it’s amazing we haven’t evolved to live off of grass. This would have solved so many of our problems throughout history. Cows, deer, and many other mammals can live off of grass and similar foliage, but somehow, we can’t. By your 30th birthday, you will have spent an entire month celebrating your birthday. With the most powerful telescopes being mirror-based, we will never see the space vampi...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: May, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 15, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part I: Front page headlines in May 1898 Jefferson Valley Zephyr editions featured war stories, states rights vs. the attempt to nationalize the military forces, banks in Montana and Germany in trouble, death on Montana roads from people being thrown from wagons, riots in Italy over taxes on flour; and, Butte being "infested with the toughest gang of crooks and hoboes every seen within the confines of Silver Bow county..." Whitehall finally gained a local undertaker named...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 5/19/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 15, 2024

    May 19, 1999 Voters in both Whitehall and Cardwell approved proposed increases in property tax mill levies during the May 18 school elections. Whitehall voters approved a $21,807 mill levy for the Whitehall High School by an 181-116 vote. Depressed gold prices claimed 28 more victims on May 18 when Golden Sunlight Mine announced it reduced its workforce by 28 employees. The mine employs 209, so the layoffs - about a 14 percent workforce reduction - will reduce the Golden Sunlight workforce to...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/15/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 15, 2024

    The 21st Century Friday students took a step back in time at the library. This month, they have been exploring pioneer life with the library staff as they made covered wagons and then discovered they could make butter by themselves. After "finger" churning for 20 minutes, the students opened their jars to see sweet, creamy butter lumps. They then learned to salt and wash the butter, how to store it, and how different it tastes from modern products. Their butter was then served with fresh honey...

  • A Different Perspective: 5/15/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Whitehall Ledger Contributing Writer|May 15, 2024

    Boy, oh boy, oh boy! What better time to write about perspectives than an election year? Especially this one. I hardly know where to start. Local? State? National? Present, upcoming, or lingering on from the past? Events? Issues? Personalities? Real or perceived? All are integral in our lives, whether or not we’re directly affected or have any ability to make a difference. Some of the topics are front and center in our thoughts, while others are just too abstract to be worth thinking about. W...

  • Frankman Named to Berry College Spring 2024 Dean's List

    BERRY COLLEGE|May 15, 2024

    Katie Frankman of Cardwell, Montana, was named to the Spring 2024 Dean’s List at Berry College. The Dean’s List honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester. Nationally recognized for academic excellence and as an outstanding educational value, Berry is an independent, coeducational, comprehensive liberal arts college of approximately 2,200 students. For more than a century, the college has offered an exceptional education that balances int...

  • Rotarians Visit Hatchery, Cash in Whitehall's Cans

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|May 15, 2024

    On May 8, 2024, four members of the Whitehall Rotary Club visited the federal fish hatchery near Ennis, Montana, to learn more about the proper care of trout stocked in the Whitehall historic fishpond each summer. Rotarians Karen Burtch, Candace Ahlin, Libby McBride, and Arlene Weber spent an hour with hatchery staff learning about the hatchery's process and better ways to keep the fish healthy once they are in the pond here in town. The club is obtaining the proper permit to transport larger...

  • Opportunities for Women in the HVAC Industry

    CAREY BURNSIDE, Arctic Heat|May 15, 2024

    Arctic Heat, a local heating and cooling contractor, is working to raise awareness in the trades industry by promoting women in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Business Manager, co-owner, and mechanical contractor Carey Burnside recently became a member of a nationwide organization called Women in HVACR (the R stands for refrigeration, which means low temperature and is different from air conditioning). The organization has over 1,200 members, but Burnside is currently the onl...

  • Memorial Services for Hank King

    May 15, 2024

    Memorial Services for HANK KING will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2024, at 2 PM at the Whitehall Assembly of God Church (6 E First St.) A potluck will follow (please, no pork or shellfish dishes).... Full story

  • Larry Joseph Weidinger, 89

    May 15, 2024

    Larry Joseph Weidinger departed this world for a "Better Place" on Wednesday, May 08, 2024, at the age of 89. Larry was born on December 12, 1934, to parents Joseph Weidinger and Lois (Jones) Weidinger in Billings, Montana. The family farmed near Pompeys Pillar, Montana, and Larry was the oldest of nine children. During his early years, Larry's family also lived in/near Fromberg, and Larry graduated from high school in Edgar, Montana. About a year later, Larry joined the United States Marine... Full story

  • Louis Edwin Maack, 98

    May 15, 2024

    Louis Edwin Maack peacefully joined the Lord and his beloved wife on the morning of May 7th, 2024. Born in Albion Township, North Dakota, on November 4th, 1925, he was the 12th of 13 children born to Christian and Ida (Steffen) Maack. Louis embarked on a motorcycle journey to Pony, MT, to visit his older siblings, where he resided for a year before returning to North Dakota to attend a vocational school specializing in welding. Louis relocated to the West Coast during WWII, joining his sister... Full story

  • Marigail Anne Schreiner, 75

    May 15, 2024

    On May 6th, 2024, Marigail Anne Schreiner gained her wings after battling health issues in Helena, Montana. Marigail was born on April 16, 1949, in Livingston, Montana, to Ethel and Clyde Prewett. She grew up in the Swan and graduated from Hellgate High School in Missoula, Montana, in 1967. She was the middle child of three. She started her family in 1973 with the birth of her daughter Angel. In 1976, she had her second child, Joe. She strived daily to provide and raise her children as a single... Full story

  • Patricia Marzetta, 88

    May 15, 2024

    Patricia "Pat" Marzetta, 88, of Black Eagle, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024. A memorial service was held on February 23, 2024, at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Pat was born on November 16, 1935, in Sheridan, Montana. She lived in Whitehall, Montana, until she graduated from high school and moved to Sacramento, California, with her sister in 1954. That same year, she went to work for the state. She moved from California to Great Falls in 1956 and worked as a typist for the Anaconda Com... Full story

  • Celebrating Mother's Day with Whitehall Public Transportation

    May 15, 2024

    DELICIOUSNESS: Whitehall Public Transportation’s Mother’s Day Breakfast fundraiser fed several dozen on Saturday, May 11th at the Whitehall Community Center. Pancakes, fruit salad, and more were served....

  • Butte SPIRIT Homes Bingo Night Fundraiser May 18th, Elks Lodge

    SEAN WISNER, Butte SPIRIT Homes|May 15, 2024

    On Saturday, May 18th, the Butte SPIRIT Homes will host its first major public fundraising event, a Bingo Night at the Elks Lodge, with a taco dinner at 5 PM and Bingo at 6 PM. There is no fee for entry. Taco bags are $5 each, and a set of 10 Bingo games is $10 - participants can buy as many as they wish. There will be a 50/50 and other games, contests, and numerous silent auction items. There will be a combination of cash and in-kind prizes, including gift certificates for restaurants around...

  • Physical Therapy: A Spring Essential

    JENELLE WHITE, Intermountain Health|May 15, 2024

    Why Physical Therapy Matters: Spring is here, and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and get active comes with it. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a weekend warrior, or a casual walker, you may benefit from physical therapy to keep your body healthy and pain-free. Physical therapy is wholistic health care that focuses on improving your movement, function, and quality of life. Physical therapists are experts in assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as sprains, strains,...

  • Wildfire Spring Cleaning

    DOUG DODGE, Jefferson County DES and Fire Warden|May 15, 2024

    Spring is upon us in Montana, and with it comes time for spring cleaning and improvement activities around the house. While we prune, plant, paint, and prepare for summer, it is critical to consider wildfire risk for all our springtime duties and to take a moment to reflect upon the question, “What can I do?” What can I do immediately around my home to reduce its risk of ignition? If you are considering replacing mulch around your house, remember that the first three feet of landscaping should be clear of flammable material. Wood chips, bar...

  • Hunting is a Valuable Tool in Managing Lions

    ANDREW CARPENTER, Writers on the Range|May 15, 2024

    Asking the public to decide if it’s a good idea to ban hunting mountain lions and bobcats is no way for a state to run its wildlife agency. We all have opinions, but most of us aren’t experts in managing wildlife. The state monitors lion populations to keep lions out of trouble, set hunting limits, and promote stable populations. Yet, an effort is underway to ban hunting and trapping lions, bobcats, and even lynxes, which are already protected by the state. Anti-hunting advocates are working to collect enough signatures to get a ban on the bal...

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