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Articles from the May 22, 2024 edition

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  • Lori Strozzi, 59

    May 22, 2024

    Lori Strozzi, 59, of Whitehall, passed away on May 4th, 2024, in the presence of her family following a brief and rare illness. Lori was born in Seattle, WA, on September 29, 1964, to parents Curt and Carole Newby. The oldest of three children (siblings Jeri Eason and John Newby), the family moved between Havre, Cheyenne, WY, Zurich/Chinook area, and Whitehall in her early years. They settled in Whitehall in 1980 and it was then she met her husband, Rick Strozzi. They soon married on August 15,... Full story

  • Council Revisits Clerk/ Treasurer Job Split Request

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 22, 2024

    It felt a bit like deja vu at the May 21, 2024, meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, though the outcome of the evening’s meeting was a bit different than that of the April meeting. The issue of splitting the Clerk/treasurer job was once again broached. Councilman Roy McBride called a point-of-order before questioning whether revisiting this issue after last month’s vote was legal. Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh answered, saying that she had spoken with Town Attorney Ed Guza and that because it was being brought back at the request of Cou...

  • Whitehall Third Graders Visit the Big Red Barn

    DIANE JENSEN, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    Third-grade students from Whitehall Elementary School participated in an end-of-the-year field trip to our local Jefferson Valley Museum. Given the nickname the "Big Red Barn" by a few participating students, teams of two went on a scavenger hunt on museum grounds trying to locate specific items. Following the scavenger hunt, students used braille LEGOS to spell their first names and museum-specific vocabulary words. All scavenger hunt participants received an ice cream coupon from A&W. The...

  • Memorial Day Service Monday, May 27th at 10 AM at Whitehall Cemetery

    TOM HARRINGTON, Whitehall Veterans|May 22, 2024

    The Whitehall American Legion Post #24 and the Ralph Sullender Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4603 will hold a Memorial Day service in the veteran's area of the Whitehall cemetery at 10 AM on Monday, May 27th. This year, the ceremony will include a special recognition of the Vietnam War. Attending the Memorial Day service ceremony is an excellent opportunity to show your support and appreciation for all those who have served in this great nation's armed forces. Memorial Day is a time to remember...

  • Nine WHS Athletes Compete at Divisional Track

    May 22, 2024

    CONTENDERS: Congratulations to the nine athletes participating in Divisional Track in Laurel on May 16. KT Schuuler placed 6th in the high jump with a jump of 5'10". Tucker Huckaba placed 3rd in the triple jump with a jump of 40'9.25. Tucker and KT will represent Whitehall at the State Track meet in Laurel May 23-25. Isaac Skogen placed 9th in the pole vault with a PR of 10'6". The girl's relay team (Alternate Kari Ellison, Hope Moriarty, Lainey Ellison, and Jentry Dorvall) placed 9th in the...

  • Op Ed: Is This a Canary in a Coal Mine?

    GARY MARBUT, Montana Shooting Sports Association|May 22, 2024

    A gun show scheduled in Hamilton, Montana, for the weekend of May 17th, 18th, and 19th was canceled because of the new regulation by the Biden administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) redefining what “engaged in the business” is for selling one or more firearms. Typically, some vendors at gun shows have federal firearms licenses to be in the business of selling firearms and require all buyers to complete a federal background check before completing a transaction. Other vendors are private sellers, not...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You All Who Attended

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Montana HD75 Candidate|May 22, 2024

    Dear Editor, I want to thank the folks who attended the Jefferson County House district campaign kickoff last week in Whitehall. Betsy Gaines Quammen read excerpts from her book True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America. True West is Quammen's second book about extremist groups, the first being American Zion, a scholarly work about the LDS church's western migration. Betsy speaks in her book True West of the attempt by Aamon Bundy of Idaho and his followers to occupy the Malheur...

  • Dear Editor: Politics - Not My Favorite Topic


    This is not my favorite topic, but I figured it 'tis the season, so here goes. Of course, I'm referring to election or political season. I do NOT like politics! I do my best not to get involved; I rarely vote, except for local elections occasionally. Speaking of local elections/politics, although I STILL would rather not get involved, I DO plan to vote this time. The biggest complaint I've been hearing lately from those who live in town (I do not) is the increased water rates while still...

  • Dear Editor: Mandating Electric Vehicles by 2032

    TERRY MURPHY|May 22, 2024

    Dear Editor, Rural Montanans deal with many trials that those in urban areas do not typically struggle with-whether that is internet connectivity, access to healthcare, or simply just the mileage it takes to get to a gas station or grocery store, the fact of the matter is that folks in the more remote portions of our state rely heavily on their vehicles to access the basic needs and services that we all rely on. Unfortunately, the EPA's recent rule mandating that two-thirds of vehicles sold by U...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/22/2024

    May 22, 2024

    As a society, we went quickly from overpopulation will kill us to population collapse will kill us. We have deodorant for armpits but nothing for buttcracks. Someone out there is tithing their Only Fans money. When we think of Steve Irwin, we all picture him wearing the same clothes. Sex scenes are hardly shown from the female point-of-view. Life gives more second chances than people think. We won’t give food and shelter to the needy unless they commit a crime first. Life becomes a paid membership when you turn 18. Most humans who have ever e...

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

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    8+ YEARS AGO - May, Part II: Late May 1898 had headlines about the Naval warfare near Cuba, dozens dead after a tornado swept through Clinton and Jackson counties in Iowa and parts of western Illinois, and five masked men made off with $25,000 of valuables when they held up a passenger train near Cuba, Alabama. Whitehall had many good things happening, some of which people were unhappy about. The following articles are taken as written from the May 20 and 27, 1898 editions of the Jefferson...

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

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 22, 2024

    May 25, 1999 Candidates for three four-year Whitehall Town Council positions, one in each of Whitehall's three wards, have until July 1 to file for office and be part of the Nov. 2, 1999, general election. The terms of council members Chuck Buus in Ward 1, Avia Timberlake in Ward 2, and Terry Ross in Ward 3 expire at the end of the year, and the ward positions will appear on the November ballot. Buus said he would not be a candidate for the town council in 1999, and both Ross and Timberlake...

  • FFA Thanks You For the Support

    May 22, 2024

    FFA THANKS YOU FOR THE SUPPORT: When we first rechartered our chapter, we knew there would be many hills to climb without knowing anything. Our officer team was going in completely blind, from not knowing how to run a meeting to running our very first Whitehall FFA chapter banquet in 30 years. This team did an amazing job. Let alone we had some incredible members who stepped up and helped the whole way. We had several members compete throughout the year who did phenomenally well for the little t...

  • Jefferson Valley Museum Opening for 29th Season

    ARLENE WEBER, Jeffferson Valley Museum|May 22, 2024

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will open for its 29th season on Saturday, May 25th, and will be open for visitors on Monday, May 27th. Regular open hours are noon to 4 PM, Tuesday through Sunday. Displays are always being updated, so even if a visit was made within the past couple of years, there will be new items to see. Museum volunteers are often at the museum on Monday afternoons, and this is a good time to drop off artifacts or learn more about the museum. The last day of regular operation...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/22/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 22, 2024

    The library's new website is up and running! The new web address is, which is short for My Whitehall Library Montana. The Friends of the Library are funding the site, which includes monthly calendars, information about programs, links, and more. As we organize it, we will post new things, including new pictures. If you have pictures to share with us, please send them to so we can post them. Eric Beal from the Montana Veterans Affairs Division will...

  • Jefferson Valley Early Education Coalition Addresses Best Fit for Families

    RHEA ARMSTRONG, Rocky Head Start|May 22, 2024

    On Monday, May 13th, early childhood educators and partners met to discuss how local programs can best meet the needs of pre-kindergarten children and their families. The newly formed coalition discussed many future issues but agreed to focus on two current primary needs: alerting families of a June deadline that limits education options and creating a one-application system so families could apply for all Pre-K programs for which they are eligible. The Whitehall Elementary School hosted a screening for its Transitional Kindergarten class on...

  • Alpaca Playdate for Rocky Head Start Students

    May 22, 2024

    Rocky Head Start students toured Heart & Soul Alpacas and Guest Cabins in Silver Star on Wednesday, May 18th. The children got to pet, hug, feed, and love on all of the beautiful animals at the ranch....

  • Eula Dunagan, 97

    May 22, 2024

    Eula Dunagan departed from this world peacefully on May 8, 2024, in Butte, Montana, leaving behind a legacy of grace and love that will endure in the hearts of those who knew her. She is now in the loving arms of her heavenly father, joining Charles Dunagan, her husband of 54 years, who passed in 2004. She is survived by her children, Charles Dunagan (wife, Viki), Denise Stevens (husband, Rodney), and Mary Kay Cornwall. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Tara Olson, Shawn Dunagan, Kirk... Full story

  • Mark Your Calendar: The Fairytale Continues

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 22, 2024

    Dust off your fairy wings, polish your troll tusks, and let your imagination soar! Whitehall's Whimsical Wonders are thrilled to announce the second annual Enchanted Faire, a magical event where the whimsical meets the wonderful. On Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 11 AM to 3 PM, the Main Street Green (next to the historic Star Theatre) will transform into a mystical wonderland, inviting wizards, fairies, gnomes, and woodland creatures of all ages to join in the merriment. Unleash Your Creativity:...

  • Get Tickets Now: Royal Mad Hatter Tea Party

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|May 22, 2024

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and all creatures of whimsy, you are cordially invited to an enchanting affair like no other! On Saturday, June 22nd, the Enchanted Faire proudly presents a Royal Mad Hatter Tea, a magical experience fit for a Queen (of Hearts) and her court. Join our delightfully "Mad" hostesses, Kathy Ross and Dorie Westhoven, as they welcome you to a world of wonder and whimsy. This spellbinding event will feature two exclusive tea seatings; the first will be held at...

  • Lil Buckaroos at Whitehall Youth Rodeo

    May 22, 2024

    NEXT GENERATION: Whitehall Rodeo alumni Ashleigh (Strozzi) Merritt and Bobbi Chatriand-Neumann lead their children around the barrels at Sunday's Youth Rodeo event at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds....

  • Dueling Pianos Fundraiser a Huge Success

    May 22, 2024

    Saturday night at the Whitehall Community Center was the place to be for the Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Over 110 people attended the fundraising event, which (after expenses) will net just over $9500! These funds will then be split between the PRCA Rodeo (July 19-20), the Bulls Broncs & Barrels Rodeo (July 27th), and the tennis/pickleball court fund. “All positive comments about the show,” said organizer Gina Ossello. “There was fantastic interaction between the performers and the crowd, with...

  • SB Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available For Montana Small Businesses

    US Small Business Administration|May 22, 2024

    Small nonfarm businesses in 24 Montana counties and neighboring counties in Idaho are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Francisco Sánchez Jr., associate administrator for the Office of Disaster Recovery and Resilience at the Small Business Administration. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began May 1. Primary Montana counties: Cascade, Glacier, Judith Basin, Lewis and Clark, Me...

  • Interpretive Programs Begin at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 22, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is kicking off its summer interpretive programs this month with talks highlighting everything Montana’s first state park offers. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. May 24 - Not Just A Cave: Although the park is famous for its caverns, there is much more to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. On Friday, May 24, park staff will present “Not Just A Cave,” highlighting the wildlife habit...

  • Missouri Headwaters State Park Presents June Events

    Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 22, 2024

    Missouri Headwaters State Park will begin its summer speaker series next month, featuring musicians, historians, and other guests at events celebrating Montana. Each event will be held behind the park office starting at 7 PM. These programs are free to Montana residents, and an $8 entrance fee applies at Montana state parks for all nonresident vehicles. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and insect repellent. S’mores will be served after each program. Missouri Headwaters State Park is on Trident Road, about 5 miles northeast o...

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