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  • Public hearing adresses proposed district

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    The Jefferson County Commission will decide later this month if local residents will have an opportunity to vote for or against the creation of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District. The deadline for the public protest form mailed to real property owners within the district in March was May 15. The Commissioners also conducted a public hearing about the district May 16 at the Borden’s Building in Whitehall to allow residents to show support, opposition, or ask questions about the proposed district. At the Tuesday meeting, Commission C...

  • Charity ride stops in Whitehall

    Catherine Ellerton, Contributing Writer|May 17, 2017

    The cry went up "They're nine miles out!" A hum of enthusiasm grew from the townspeople who had gathered to welcome the over 100 motorcycle riders who were taking part in the 23rd annual Kyle Petty Charity Ride. The riders who hailed from California, Texas, New York, Iowa and Colorado among many other states began in Portland, Oregon and will end up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday. They ride with their North Carolina police escort and crew cars and trailers about 416 miles a day in order to...

  • 'Lights On' next week

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    For the past several years, the musical ensemble at Liberty Place has spent countless hours practicing for their performance at the annual Festival of Trees in Bozeman. They would now like to share their musical gifts with the entire Whitehall Community. Next Thursday, May 25 at the Star Theater, Liberty Place is presenting the "Lights On" performance that will feature songs written, arranged, and performed by residents of the non-profit organization that provides care and rehabilitation for...

  • Quick meeting for Whitehall Council

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|May 17, 2017

    It was an unusually brief regular meeting Monday night for the Whitehall Town Council. The Council concluded the majority of their regular monthly meeting in a little over 30 minutes before adjourning into executive session. After around 40 minutes the Council returned, stated they discussed pending litigation, but no decision was made. During the meeting, the Council voted and approved on a new usage agreement for the Recreation Complex. New charges for electrical services will be applied for use. Council also approved the motion to move...

  • Students work with large map

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    Thanks to a donation from the Whitehall PTSA, local elementary students were able to spend time last week working with a large floor map of the Pacific Ocean. Whitehall Librarian Holly Harper and teachers in the building worked with students on a variety of activities on the 35' by 26' map that was placed on the basketball court in Tia Kober Gymnasium. Harper said the map will be at the school for two weeks, adding it is good for the students to be able to physically move around the map as well...

  • Mine manager discusses April production

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    Officials at Barrick Golden Sunlight mine are expecting to be on target for production in the second quarter of 2017. At the Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last Thursday, Mine General Manager Dan Banghart reported the production in April was 3,054 ounces, slightly ahead of the target of 3,000. He said they really need to be in the 4,000-ounce range, but had a shorter mill run last month. He said in May and June the mill runs will be longer to get them back on track. Banghart told committee members that he was happy to report ar...

  • Editorial: Counting the days and making the days count

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    In less than two week students at Whitehall High School will be graduating during a May 28 ceremony. After four long years in high school they will be moving on to college, the workforce, or spending some time figuring out what they want to do as they transition into adulthood. The Ledger would like to first and foremost congratulate the students graduating and wish them well into the future. We would also like to tell them to enjoy and cherish the last few days with their classmates. With social media it is a lot easier to keep in touch with...

  • Column: Happy Birthday?

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    Two days ago was my birthday. I would like to say it was a joyous occasion with a day full of celebrations, but this was not the case. This time of year is really busy at the newspaper, and since it was a Monday there was no time for any sort of shenanigans. My parents were in town the three days prior, so that was a nice time with good food and company, but it was a work, work, work type of week. I used to look forward to my birthday, but not so much anymore. For some it is just another day on the calendar, but for me it makes me feel really...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    May 17, 2017

    Monday, May 8 12:17 a.m. – traffic stop, West 2nd Avenue, Whitehall 6:24 a.m. - disturbance/noise,music, Piedmont Road, Whitehall 8:21 a.m. – harassment, 1148 Hwy 55, Whitehall 8:48 a.m. - traffic & roads-moving, I-90 MM 249, Whitehall Mt 59759 2:52 p.m. - dog at large, Robbins Lane, Whitehall 4:48 p.m. - care for sick/injured, I-90 westbound, MM 268, Cardwell 5:11 p.m. - traffic/ reckless, Hwy 69 southbound, MM 10, Cardwell 5:21 p.m. - stray livestock, Kountz Road, Whitehall 6:18 p.m. – traffic stop, I-90 eastbound, MM 249 Whitehall 6:27...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|May 17, 2017

    A trip of a lifetime! Kyra Armstrong's school, Montana Wilderness School of the Bible, scheduled a tour of Israel. She joined the 30 other folks and after flying into Tel Aviv, spent the following week in the land where Jesus lived. Problems kept them from Bethlehem, but two days in Jerusalem will not be forgotten. Kyra said without hesitation that her favorite place was the Garden of Gethsemane. The group spent time there reading their Bibles, praying and meditating on the Scripture. She said...

  • Great district meet for Trojans

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    Things are clicking at the right time of the season for the Whitehall High School track team. Competing at the District 5B meet last week in Bozeman, the Trojans had strong individual performances on both days of the competition. The Whitehall boys team shined over the two day meet finishing in third place with 90 points, just behind second place finisher Manhattan, who tallied 99. Townsend finished in the first place with 147 points. The Lady Trojans were also impressive, with several strong...

  • LEDGER MAIN STREET

    May 17, 2017

    (Editor's Note: The following article is the first in a series that will give readers of the Ledger a first hand view of local businesses. The article was written by Copper K Barn owner Lacee Kountz.) The Copper K Barn officially has one full year of events under its belt. Although if this 120-year-old barn could talk I'm sure it would have many stories to tell you of fun, laughter and "events" that took place inside its big beautiful timbered frame long before it became a wedding venue. By my s...

  • Lady Trojans hang tough, Sepulveda advances to upcoming state tournament

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|May 17, 2017

    The Whitehall High School tennis team didn't back down from some of the best competition in the state at last week's Southeast B-C Divisional Tournament in Big Sky. Senior Monica Sepulveda was able to qualify for state with a fourth place finish, and several other Lady Trojans were able to pickup wins in the loaded singles and doubles brackets. "Everyone played well. I'm really proud of how the younger kids battled. It was a great weekend of tennis," head coach Kerry Sacry said. Sepulveda...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|May 17, 2017

    Mark your calendars for Neal Lewing on June 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library! Neal is part of the Humanities Montana Conversation Program and will be presenting “Meagher of the Sword, Montana’s First Acting Governor. According to the Humanities Montana website, “This is the story in folklore, music and Meagher’s own words, of the man commemorated in the statue that graces the Montana State Capitol’s front lawn.” Lewing is an actor, singer/songwriter, recording artist, playwright, poet, storyteller, author and historian. The program is free and op...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|May 17, 2017

    Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week Boyd Andrews Community Services CEO, Amy Tenney and Elkhorn Treatment Center Director Dan Krause gave a presentation about their programs in Jefferson County. Owen Voigt talked with us about some mine reclamation that his company is doing. They are cleaning up some abandoned sites and hauling the tailings to Golden Sunlight Mine. Pete Novich gave us a presentation about the possibility of Novich Insurance Agency acting as our agent for our property-casualty insurance. Novich already is our agent for... Full story

  • Lots of info at garden club meeting

    May 17, 2017

    The Garden Club meeting, May 3rd was full of information and news. All members enjoyed the wonderful brunch (prepared by Cathy Hatch and AnnieRose Moran) and then heard about the wonderful hard work from the Whitehall students cleaning up the Memorial Garden and Tower Park, the upcoming State convention, the District meeting (held in Dillon), the hopes for a butterfly garden soon to be developed, how to amend our winter soils in prep for Spring blooms, the sharing of plants brought in by Judy...