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Articles from the May 24, 2023 edition


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  • Scafani Valedictorian, Watson Salutatorian at Class of 2023 Graduation

    May 24, 2023

    Whitehall High School will graduate 27 students this Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 2 PM in the Whitehall Varsity Gym. The Whitehall School District is proud to announce Leo Scafani as WHS 2023 Valedictorian as well as Gavin Watson as the 2023 Salutatorian. Graduating seniors include Manon Bornert, Ethan Bray, Jaykob Bruns, Lane Chase, Andrew Crowe, Kyle Denny, Nick Denny, Blake DuBois, Harley Dunn, Tiffany Hamilton, Phoebe Herrmann, Maxine Hoagland, Miles Hoerauf, Dane Hoover, Maddox Kidwell, Karson...

  • Second Mural Update in the Works at Town Hall

    JOHN KREIS, Whitehall Chamber Murals Project|May 24, 2023

    Following the successful creation and placement of the beautiful mural at Jefferson Fresh Foods the Whitehall Mural Restoration Project is moving forward strongly in 2023! At this point, it is expected that this year the faded murals at Rocky Mountain Bank and the Billsgary(K-Bar) building will be removed and new vibrant murals will replace them. This repainting and reconstruction is currently underway and progress has been dramatic. The Murals Project would like to sincerely thank Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh and the Town of Whitehall for...

  • Memorial Day Service at Cemetery 10AM Monday

    TOM HARRINGTON, Whitehall Veterans|May 24, 2023

    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 AM on Monday, May 29th. This year a special recognition of the Gulf War Era will be a part of the ceremony. Your attendance at the Memorial Day service and the Gulf War Era ceremony is an excellent opportunity to show your support and appreciation for all those who have served in the armed forces of this great...

  • New Greenery

    May 24, 2023

    The Rocky Headstart class helped the Town of Whitehall and the Mayor plant a new crab apple tree in Legion Park....

  • Hoagland, Watson, Reiff, and DuBois Receive Whitehall Country Store Scholarships

    RAYLYNN VAN OORT, Whitehall Country Store|May 24, 2023

    The Whitehall Country Store Board of Directors is pleased to announce recipients of $5,000 scholarships awarded to graduating Whitehall High School seniors. The applicants' essays focusing on their life goals and desire for higher education were used to select the recipients. Blake DuBois, Maxine Hoagland, Michael Reiff, and Gavin Watson will each receive the scholarships to offset costs for the upcoming fall semester. The scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Whitehall...

  • Ledger Closed For Family Fun May 31 - June 4

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 24, 2023

    It’s an emotionally stressful time for this Editor - my son turned 18 this month, my niece graduated this past Sunday, and my son and his many wonderful friends will graduate this coming Sunday. I am sad, I am happy, I am joyful and fearful all at the same time. With that comes scheduled time for a mental health break for family fun in the sun. The Whitehall Ledger will be closed as of noon on May 31st and remain closed until Monday, June 5th in the late afternoon. Mark your calendars - I will NOT be replying to emails, or answering phone calls...

  • Dear Editor: Fess Up, Town Hall

    JO ANN SPAULDING TEBEEST|May 24, 2023

    Dear Editor, We have been reading and hearing about the issues of the Whitehall Saddle Club and the Town of Whitehall. So just show the real reason the town is pushing this. There are so many rumors being floated around. Rumors are that the town will be getting a substantial amount of money for the development of the recreation area. Rumors are, developing an RV area? (There is already parking in the park for that, also the town would be competing with other local RV parks in the area). That is...

  • Dear Editor: Why Less Music Opportunities at WHS?

    TAYLA ANDREWS|May 24, 2023
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    Dear Editor, I am writing about concerns I have with the school decreasing and even cutting access to music programs. I know that in the last two years, my son had to split his music class with study skills in order to even have access to band class. This decreased his time for band by half. Now, I am informed they won't even provide enough slots so he can have band next year. He has to take math instead. I am outraged. When I went to look up the times for music programs on the school website,...

  • Dear Editor: Canada Wildfire Smoke Causing Unhealthy Air Quality

    PAM HANNA, Jefferson County Health Dept.|May 24, 2023

    Dear Editor, Wildfire smoke due to fires in Canada is causing unhealthy air quality in some parts of Montana. Follow local air quality updates and guidelines at Montana Todays Air (mtdeq.us). Wildfire smoke affects everyone, however, certain populations have an increased risk of adverse effects. Individuals with chronic conditions may be at increased risk of respiratory or cardiac complications. Children, pregnant people, and seniors are also at greater risk. Additional guidance, including...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/24/2023

    May 24, 2023

    Coffee doesn’t give you energy. It loans energy out to you, and you’re expected to pay it back with interest. We are going to need security questions between friends/family to make sure we aren’t speaking to an AI soon. In less than a century, people will not know what it’s like to grow up without smartphones, high-speed internet, and express delivery services. Skipping is almost exclusively only for happy people. People who let their texts show on their lock screen are the people who truly have nothing to hide. In the future, there will be...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years ago: May, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|May 24, 2023

    May, Part II As of now, the Kentucky Derby was a big event in 1897. Typhoon II won the 23rd running followed by Ornament. Second place received a tidy sum of $700. A San Francisco millionaire made the front page for his arrest after spitting on the floor of a streetcar. A 12-year-old boy died in Waco, Texas when a severe wind, rain, and hailstorm blew several buildings from their foundations and damaged many others. In Asotin, Washington, a cloudburst sent a wall of water down into the valley th...

  • Ledger Looking Back: May 20, 1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 24, 2023

    MAY 20, 1998 The race in the Republican primary election for Senate District 20 saw current State Representative Duane Grimes running against current State Senator Dan Hurwitz, and despite the relatively high-profile stature of the two candidates, the campaign was relatively quiet. That wasn’t exactly how the candidates wanted it. Both Grimes and Hurwitz were pounding the district (all of Jefferson, Meagher, and Broadwater counties and parts of Lewis & Clark and Cascade counties) looking for support. Instead, they found indifference. The W...

  • This Month in Montana History: May

    RAE BRUCE|May 24, 2023

    May 20th, 1862, 161 years ago: President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act of 1862. Under this new law, an American citizen could claim 160 acres of Federal land, provided they "prove up" and reside on the land for at least five years. Many of Montana's first settlers claimed land under the Homestead Act, totaling 151,600 homesteads of 32,050.480 acres of land (about 34% of the state). However, shaping Montanan land proved difficult, causing many homesteaders to fold early and sell their plots...

  • Are you Building Your Gnome/Fairy Home Yet?

    JUDY CHADWICK, Whimsical Wonders|May 24, 2023

    Now you all know there is a delightful request for community members, young and old, to "build" or create a fairy dwelling for the Enchanted Forest, but you might be asking, "HOW?" To make a fairy house you can use all different materials from cardboard to old birdhouses, big pieces of bark, doll houses, carved-out wood stumps; just about anything that piques your fancy. You can add moss, small pebbles, twigs, and other natural materials that fairies would find in their forest habitat. Don't...

  • Maxine Byler, 93

    May 24, 2023

    Maxine Byler, 93, of Sheridan, Montana, passed away on May 10, 2023, at the Tobacco Root Mountains Care Center. Maxine was born in Corvallis, Oregon on July 26, 1929, the oldest of five children to Ernest and Doris (nee Michaelson) Hunter. She married Gene Byler in 1948, and they spent time in Oregon and British Columbia before moving to Montana. Maxine and Gene had five children of their own and were married for 69 years, until Gene's passing in 2017. Maxine enjoyed crocheting, knitting,... Full story

  • Several Trojans Headed to State Track & Field

    May 24, 2023

    MEN’S RESULTS: Varsity 400 Meter: 13th freshman Tucker Huckaba (55.53a PR). Varsity 4x100 Relay: 10th freshman K.T. Schuller, junior Parker Wagner, senior Kyle Denny, senior Nick Denny (46.44a). Varsity 4x400 Relay: 11th freshman Dixon Koenig, freshman Tucker Huckaba, senior Nick Denny, junior Parker Wagner (3:47.45a). Varsity Javelin: 8th senior Kyle Denny (137-06); Denny will move on to state competition. Varsity High Jump: 10th freshman Tucker Huckaba (5-06.00 PR). 10th freshman K.T. Schuller (5-06.00 PR). Varsity Pole Vault: 10th junior Isa...

  • Reichert Graduates Carroll College

    May 24, 2023

    On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Carroll College conferred degrees on 313 graduates of the class of 2023 during its 113th commencement ceremony held in Nelson Stadium. Whitehall resident Danna Reichert graduated with a business degree in accounting and strategic finance. To be eligible for graduation honors, a Carroll student must complete 60 hours of coursework at Carroll and graduate with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.50....

  • What Is That, Part I: Mrs. Head & Mrs. McLean's Classes Guess

    May 24, 2023

    In anticipation of their museum field trip, Whitehall Elementary third and fourth-grade students were asked to try and identify a mystery item from the museum's thousands of artifacts. Their answers were creative! Given the nicknamed the “Big Red Barn” by a few participating students, during their visit teams of two will go on a scavenger hunt on museum grounds trying to locate specific items. All scavenger hunt participants received an ice cream coupon from A&W. The museum is open from noo...

  • Looking Back: Class of 2023 Share Their Santa Wishes

    May 24, 2023

    Dear Santa, My name is Jaykob. I am 8 years old. Thank you for all the wonderful things you have given me and my family. Can I please have a Nerf sniper gun and a remote control helicopter? Your friend, Jaykob [Bruns] Dear Santa Claus, You are nice to everyone. You give nice things to everyone. Are you and Mrs. Claus doing good? I wish that I can have something cool. I wish that I can have an iPhone. Your friend, Karson [Klapan] Dear Santa, My name is Addison. I am 7 years old. I hope you and...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 5/24/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|May 24, 2023

    What is the Cloud? Do I need it? Have you ever heard of the cloud? No, I don't mean those fluffy white things in the sky. I'm talking about a different kind of cloud – the digital one. In the world of computers and technology, the cloud refers to a big network of servers that are connected to the internet. These servers store all kinds of data, like your pictures, videos, music, and documents. Now, you might be wondering why you would want to store your data in the cloud. There are a few r...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/24/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 24, 2023

    Summer Reading is almost here, and we are celebrating with a mystery. Readers from birth to 120 may sign up at the Library for a summer of free lunches, prizes, programs, and great books. We are going to sign up families together so those with multiples will not have to fill out forms for everyone. The program begins on June 5th and the June calendars are available at the front desk. The Great Library Treasure Mystery will run until July 27th, and anyone may sign up anytime during June or until July 27th. We understand that many of our...

  • Hagedorn Tradition Continues

    DAWN HAGEDORN, Hagedorn Auction|May 24, 2023

    Matt Hagedorn, son of Scott and Dawn Hagedorn of Hagedorn Auction Twin Bridges, recently graduated from the Western College of Auctioneering to become one of Montana's newest professional auctioneers at 18 years old. Hagedorn went on to delight the Hagedorn Auction crowd with his melodic auction chant for the first time on Sunday, May 14th in Alder and we're sure to see him in the near future at an auction in Whitehall! Having grown up in the auction business he began "ringing" for Hagedorn...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Last Day of School for Cardwell

    May 24, 2023

    Another year down for Cardwell School and so many great memories! Thank you to everyone (staff, students, and families) who have made this year such an amazing success. Have a fun filled summer - see everyone in September!...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Fun Facelift

    May 24, 2023

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: A Lil Makeover

    May 24, 2023

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