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  • BTBJ Brings in $39k for Grants, JVCF & Chamber

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    The 17th Annual Black Tie, Blue Jeans Fundraiser brought an impressively dressed crowd to the Copper K Barn on Saturday night. According to the Whitehall Chamber, a total of about $39,000 gross was raised at the event. The live auction was the highest grossing since 2014, with a handmade American flag mailbox, created by Cody Doyle of Cope & Hody Autoworks, going for $2200. As in previous years, Black Tie & Blue Jeans will grant money to several local non-profits and the remaining proceeds will...

  • WHS to Graduate 40 Seniors Sunday, May 23rd; Chamber to Hold Graduation/Promotion BBQ June 3rd

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    Forty Whitehall High School Trojans will receive their diplomas on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2 p.m. The Commencement Exercises will be held on the Whitehall High School football field, with the Varsity Gym reserved in case of inclement weather. A change in pace from last year’s COVID-19 non-graduation; this year’s ceremonies will not require limited attendance, as the venue is outdoors. Attendees are asked to sit on the bleachers, or stand along the fence line. The school is also asking those who feel the need to mask to please do so in acc...

  • Wait....These Kids are Graduating High School??

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    I’ve lived in Whitehall for 22 years now - which means I have seen nearly all of the graduating class of 2021 grow up in one way or another. And man, does that make me feel old. In 2008 when I worked for the Whitehall Ledger, I interviewed the kindergarteners about Santa and Christmas. Those kindergarteners are now the graduating class of 2021. Here were some of my favorites from those interviews: Mason Alexander: Q: What’s so special about Rudolph? A: I don’t know...oh, its special cuz his nose is red! Jamus DuBois: Q: What do you want for Chr...

  • Dear Editor: Fear

    Charles Haddon Shank|May 19, 2021

    Dear Editor, The most recent furor from the East has many of us scratching our heads . . . I mean, filling trash bags with gasoline, if you can believe it! What could possibly motivate someone to do something like that?! I mean, how much sense does it take to know that’s anything but safe?! Even filling plastic totes with the flammable liquid is well past the limits of common sense. So there’s a gas shortage, I get that, but why do some people have to horde it, knowing that means there may be none for somebody else? Do they just not think about...

  • Dear Editor: Jefferson County Needs to Rethink Stimulus

    Bob Sims|May 19, 2021

    Dear Editor, Jefferson County expects to get $2.4 million as part of the Covid-19 federal government spending program. Our County Commission is developing a plan on how to spend these monies. Their efforts, to date, appear to require some serious, thoughtful input. It appears the folks planning how to spend (or is it invest?) this windfall have overlooked where this money is really coming from. It is being stolen from our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. How anyone can justify spending this stolen money to improve our current standard of...

  • Dear Editor: Horseman - Stop Stimulus Program?

    Robert Lack|May 19, 2021

    Dear Editor, Another one from the Horseman: I sure would like to know who the person or person are who are trying to convince our Governor to suspend the stimulus program on June 27th. This whole thing is a scheme to force people to work for cheap labor. With the shortages of everything you can imagine, workers are scrambling for good paying jobs so they can afford the high prices they have to pay. The $484.00 pandemic check, if you add 32% for benefits and taxes, comes to $638.8 a week or $15.97 ah hour minimum wage. I think being a leader in...

  • Name to a Face: Diane Larsen - Kid/Teacher Wrangler

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    Editor's Note: This year the Whitehall School District is losing several well-known and loved staff. For the next few weeks the Name to a Face column will be dedicated to those who will no longer be gracing the hallways of WHS/WMS/WES next semester. We wish them all the best in their retirement! Diane Larsen was born in Glasgow, MT where she stayed until the end of second grade. By the beginning of third grade her family had moved to Culbertson, Montana, where she would eventually graduate. Her...

  • Go Ask Jo: 5/19/2021

    Jo|May 19, 2021

    Dear Jo, I recently became a grandmother for the first time. My daughter-in-law does not believe in circumcision. I have known many men who have suffered later in life because they were not circumcised. Can I step in and let them know how strongly I feel about my grandson’s future health?! Signed, Concerned Grammy Dear Grammy, To circumcise or not to circumcise is, well... not your decision. It is the decision of your beautiful grandson’s parents. It may be time to take a step back and let the scalpel fall, or not fall, where it may. Sig...

  • Farmers' Market Opens June 12th

    Bethel Wagner, Whitehall Farmers Market|May 19, 2021

    The Whitehall Farmers’ Market & Open Air Street Market is set to open on Saturday, June 12th. The market will run every Saturday through October, weather permitting. Market hours are 9 A.M. - 1 P.M. with vendor set up at 8 A.M. Those interested in participating as vendors may call 406-490-8478 for more information. Fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, hand-crafted items, and vintage goods are welcome. Spaces are $5 per day or $50 for a season pass....

  • Connecting Point: The Cure for Racism

    Bill Lanes|May 19, 2021

    Does a day go by without news that America is a racist country? Isn’t it one of the most divisive matters of modern America? Media outlets are complicit, and they fan the flames, while at the same time chiming in “Racism has to stop.” The Democrat Senators canceled South Carolina’s Tim Scott’s bill that addressed police reform. Most objective observers concluded that their reason for doing so was to prohibit Republicans and Donald Trump success before the election. To the large issue of racism, I would like to point out an actual solution...

  • Elliott Jeffrey Sherwin, 4

    May 19, 2021

    It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our beloved Elliott. Elliott Jeffrey Sherwin, age 4, died on May 9, 2021 in Whitehall, Montana. Elliott was born December 8, 2016 to Emily Ann Sherwin. A precocious and outgoing child, Elliott was known by his friends and family to be smart, funny and oh so adventurous. He lived life to the fullest and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Elliott loved reading about dinosaurs, volcanoes, and mighty machines. He enjoyed life, family...

  • Whitehall Memorial Day Service Ceremony

    May 19, 2021

    The Whitehall American Legion Post #24 and the Ralph Sullender Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4603 will have a Memorial Day service in the veteran’s area of the Whitehall cemetery at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 31, 2021. The ceremony this year will be a special recognition of World War II. Your attendance at the Memorial Day service and the World War II ceremony is an excellent opportunity to show your support and appreciation for all those who have served in the Armed Forces of this great nation. Memorial Day is a time to remember and reflect o...

  • A Brief History of Memorial Day

    May 19, 2021

    Every year, on the last Monday in May, Americans observe Memorial Day. Originally called “Decoration Day,” Memorial Day is a holiday to commemorate those who died in battle while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Historians traced the origin of Memorial Day back to the American Civil War. The end of fighting brought great relief and peace to many but was also a time of intense grief. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives, and those who survived often returned home to hear that their fathers, brothers and other relatives had been killed. Fol...

  • Enrollment Open for American Legion Boys State in MT

    May 19, 2021

    Now in its 73rd year, The American Legion Boys State program is accepting applications for 2021. Boys State will be held June 6th- 11th, in Helena. The American Legion Boys State is a unique summertime educational program for boys entering their senior year of high school. The program focuses on participation and personal experience in a model state, complete with governmental bodies and elected public officials. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state government while providing training in practical citizenship,...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/19/2021

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|May 19, 2021

    We have begun the countdown to Summer Reading! The program begins June 7th and continues until July 31st. It is for all ages and there are prizes, special programs, new books to read, and more. The theme this year is “Tails and Tales” so there will be lots of outdoor themed programming for all ages. We are also happy to announce “Sweet Tea Tales” is back on the calendar for June 10th at 3:00 p.m. This is a great chance for all of our amateur chefs to bring their favorite summer cooler recipes to be tasted and judged for prizes. May 31st is...

  • Ledger: Looking Back 25 Years - 5/16/1996

    Catherine Ellerton, Whitehall Ledger|May 19, 2021

    MAY 16, 1996: The history it represents took 100 years to create, but the Whitehall Centennial Quilt took only about a decade. While that may seem like a long time to make one quilt, the reason for the delay is apparent from the intricacy of the quilt. Six years after Whitehall’s centennial, the quilt was presented to the Jefferson Valley Museum Monday to be exhibited when the museum opens May 25. Embedded in the blue of the Big Sky Country emblem is the Whitehall Centennial logo which honors the diverse lifestyles found in the Whitehall a...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 5/9/2021

    May 19, 2021

    MAY 9, 2021 10:13 Animal 11:52 911 Hang Up: I-90 14:45 Traffic Stop: Kountz Rd 16:26 Animal: E FIRST ST 16:59 911 Hang up: N Whitehall St 17:50 Medical: Cedar Crest Rd 20:00 911 Misdial: N Whitehall St 21:03 Traffic Hazard: Bluebird Ln MAY 10, 2021 10:17 Trespass: Jewett Ln 10:43 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 13:11 Found Property: S Washington St 14:28 Medical: E First St 14:34 Protection Order: Pipestone Rd 15:14 Traffic Stop Hwy 359 05/10/21 16:42 Medical N Whitehall St 17:05 Traffic Stop: I-90 20:00 Animal 23:21 Mental Crisis: Hwy 2 W MAY 11,...

  • Drawing Results Now Available

    May 19, 2021

    The drawings for moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat and bison licenses are complete. With the new online application process, FWP can complete the drawing much faster than in years past. There are a few ways to get your drawing results. Visit fwp.mt.gov, click on MyFWP Login in the upper righthand corner, then click on “Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists” tab on the left-hand menu, or login to your MyFWP account. You may also sign up for an account at fwp.mt.gov/MyFWP. Applicants may also call any FWP Regional office or the licensing off...

  • Joint Statement of Livestock Organizations Regarding Market Concerns

    May 19, 2021

    On Monday, May 10, 2021, member leaders of American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Farmers Union, R-CALF USA, and the United States Cattlemen’s Association met in Phoenix, Arizona. These groups convened at the request of the Livestock Marketing Association to discuss challenges involved in the marketing of finished cattle with the ultimate goal of bringing about a more financially sustainable situation for cattle feeders and cow-calf producers. The group talked openly and candidly about a wide range of...

  • Whitehall TV Channel 49.1: Week of May 20

    May 19, 2021

    THURSDAY, MAY 20 5:00PM PBS NewsHour 6:00PM THIS OLD HOUSE 6:30PM ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 7:00PM CAT IN THE HAT 7:30PM PEG + CAT 8:00PM PBS NewsHour 9:00PM Amanpour and Company 10:00PM BASEBALL “HOME” FRIDAY, MAY 21 8:00PM PBS NewsHour 9:00PM Amanpour and Company 10:00PM INSIDE THE MET PT 1 11:00PM INSIDE THE MET PT 2 12:00AM Amanpour and Company SATURDAY, MAY 22 6:00AM HERO ELEMENTARY 6:30AM XAVIER RIDDLE 7:00AM CURIOUS GEORGE 7:30AM DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 8:00AM DONKEY HODIE 8:30AM ELINOR WONDERS WHY 9:00AM SESAME STREET 9:30AM PINKA...

  • Rebuilding Small Businesses: Volunteers Wanted

    May 19, 2021

    Are you a successful corporate executive with deep business knowledge? Or a social media maven who guided a corporate brand to big time success? Maybe, you’re a public speaker and trainer that can inspire small business owners to climb to new heights of success. Or a savvy entrepreneur who has launched successful startups? If so, then consider volunteering with SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors and help small businesses recover from the economic devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Your skill...

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Montana Small Businesses

    May 19, 2021

    Small nonfarm businesses in eight Montana counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Tanya N. Garfield of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary county that began May 4, 2021. Primary county: Garfield; Neighboring counties: Custer, McCone, Petroleum, Phillips, Prairie, Rosebud and Valley. “SBA eligibility covers both the economic imp...

  • Help is Available for Energy Emergencies

    May 19, 2021

    Are you or someone you know struggling to catch up on your home energy bill from last winter? There might be help available. While it has been frustrating at times throughout COVID to work through the process of applying for help, Energy Share and Rocky Mountain Development Council (RMDC) in Helena want you to know there is help available, including one-on-one assistance when needed. Energy Share helps Montanans who are facing home energy emergencies. RMDC processes Energy Share applications and can help you apply. Common reasons people apply...

  • Daines Leads Hearing on MT Mental Health, Addiction Challenges

    May 19, 2021

    As the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Subcommittee on Heath Care, Senator Steve Daines, on Wednesday, May 12th, led a hearing on improving mental health and addiction services in our communities, where he highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montana. “May is Mental Health Awareness Month – an issue at the top of my mind and many others following a year of isolation for Montanans and Americans across the country,” Daines said. “Since the pandemic, lockdowns, economic hardships, and social isolation have only helped...

  • Gianforte Signs Pro-Consumer Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

    May 19, 2021

    Governor Greg Gianforte signed a pro-consumer bill to bring transparency and accountability to pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) and help reduce the costs of prescription drugs. “A lack of transparency into PBMs’ practices has long contributed to the rising costs of prescription drugs,” Gov. Gianforte said. “By increasing oversight of the middlemen in the pharmaceutical supply chain, we’ll bring generic drugs to market faster, increase drug pricing transparency, and promote accountability. I thank Commissioner Downing for spearheading this effo...

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