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Articles from the May 20, 2020 edition

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  • Montana to enter phase two of reopening

    Johnathan Hettinger, Montana Free Press|May 20, 2020

    Montana will lift its 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers as the state transitions to phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan on June 1, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday. Lifting the quarantine will coincide with a likely June 1 opening of Montana's gates to Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, Gardiner and Cooke City, Bullock said. Yellowstone's Wyoming gates opened to travelers on Monday, May 18. The lifting of the quarantine was not initially considered part of...

  • Council discusses Public Safety Mill Levy

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 20, 2020

    The Whitehall Town Council discussed last week a possible mill levy increase on the general fund. The Council unanimously approved a motion that will set up two hearings for public comments on a possible Public Safety Mill Levy to generate funding for law enforcement and the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. Members of the governing body are asking county officials to see what the increase would cost local residents. This would be the first general fund mill levy increase in Whitehall since...

  • Local writer publishes second book

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 20, 2020

    What started at out as a "goofy poem" has now turned into two published books and a third on the way for Whitehall based writer Shirley Baustian. After publishing the children's book "Good Friends" in 2017, Baustian recently received the published copies of the sequel "More Good Friends" on May 12. She describes the book as suited for kids aged kindergarten to third or fourth grade and teaches about friendship. She said in the first book a moose becomes friends with a mouse, in the new book he...

  • WHS Class of 2010 Raising Funds for Whitehall School District

    Holly Harper, Contributing Writer|May 20, 2020

    The Whitehall Class of 2010 has decided to cancel the upcoming ten-year reunion and repurpose those funds to benefit Whitehall Schools. Senior class officers are senior class officers unto death, and so the same individuals who planned the 2010 senior trip to Denver and spent hours in concessions are now setting up a GoFundMe site and asking fellow graduates to donate the monies that they would have spent coming home for the summer reunion. 2010 graduates Amy Reavis, Travis Volz, Kellee Glaus...

  • Our View: Great news for Golden Sunlight Mine

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|May 20, 2020

    There was some great economic news last week with the Golden Sunlight Mine announcing they have secured a customer for their Tailings Reprocessing Project. Mine officials have been working meticulously with the project and this is a very positive sign. Not only will this allow the mine to reduce their overall environmental liability, but this will also add additional jobs at the site near Whitehall, as well as tax revenue. By securing Nevada Gold Mine's (NGM) as a customer, it is a win-win for b...

  • Whitehall American Legion/VFW to Cancel Memorial Day Celebration

    Kristian Richardson, Commander American Legion Post 24|May 20, 2020

    It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform the community that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Legion Post #24 and the Ralph Sullender Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4603 are cancelling the annual Memorial Day celebration. On average, this beloved celebration draws more than 60 individuals to the Whitehall Cemetery to place flags on the graves of veterans, sell small red artificial poppies to raise funds for disabled veterans and to place the American flag at half-staff...

  • Whitehall Project Monitoring for Houndstongue Insect

    Todd Breitenfeldt, Whitehall Project Coordinator|May 20, 2020

    As you probably know, the nasty invasive weed houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale (Boraginaceae)) has small oval/flat seeds that stick to about everything. I have spent countless hours combing them out of my Brittanys fur after bird hunts (spray-on cooking oil helps but then you must bathe your dog after that...). My Father and I shot two elk one season several years ago who's head/necks were covered with houndstongue seeds. We hunt that area often and knew of no houndstongue plants within...

  • Whitehall Ledger|May 20, 2020


  • Whitehall Ledger|May 20, 2020