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Articles from the May 29, 2024 edition

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  • WHITEHALL WATER PROJECT: The Simple Facts, Week 1

    BILL LANES, Whitehall Town Council|May 29, 2024

    Myth: Uranium in the Town of Whitehall Water is due to mining operations at Golden Sunlight. Here are the facts: 1. Uranium in the Town Hall of Whitehall is naturally occurring, having been in our valley’s aquifer for multiple decades. In fact, wells outside of town limits also contain levels of uranium. 2. In 2014, DEQ notified the Town that we must be placed under quarterly monitoring for exceeding newly adopted levels of uranium set by State and Federal Governments. In 2015 and 2016, uranium levels exceeded multiple months. In January 2...

  • WHITEHALL WATER PROJECT: The Who, What, Where, When, Why & How

    Whitehall Town Council|May 29, 2024

    The following information was presented at the Public Hearing regarding the Whitehall Water Project and its rate increases earlier this month. THE WHO: Ultimately, the Town of Whitehall did not choose to create a water treatment plant for the town. On January 31, 2017, the Town of Whitehall received a court order to fix the uranium “issue” reported by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) of the State of Montana. Our Court Order states, “Violations of the public water supply laws by the Town of Whitehall at the Town of Whitehall public...

  • WHS Letter Award Winners

    May 29, 2024

    EIGHTH GRADERS - Six letter-winners for the class of 2028: • Max Fernstrom: Drama - first letter, pin, and W. • Cale Hoover: Wrestling - first letter, pin, W, and Academic All-State. • Ierlyn Kelley: Drama - first letter, pin, and W. • Zoey Lyons: Drama - first letter, pin, and W. • Lilly Schober: Drama - first letter, pin, W, and Academic All-State. • Trevin Stratton: Wrestling: first letter, pin, W, and Academic All-State. FRESHMEN - 22 letter-winners for the class of 2027: • Dawson Andrew...

  • Chamber Cordially Invites You to the Return of Black Tie Blue Jeans

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 29, 2024

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite the entire Whitehall community to the return of our annual Black Tie Blue Jeans (BTBJ) fundraising event! This year's event promises to be a fun, relaxed evening that goes back to basics, celebrating our community in a laid-back, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you wear your finest attire or your favorite pair of jeans, we don't care – we just want you there! BTBJ will return to the Whitehall Community Center on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Doors...

  • Dear Editor: If You Don't Have Good People, You Don't Have Much

    May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, If there is one thing every business owner, rancher, and manager agrees on, it's that if you don't have good people, you don't have much. And if there's one thing Montanans (and, increasingly, outsiders) know, it's how good our hunting and fishing opportunities generally are. They make life here special. They feed our families and shape our lives. We tend to assume these same opportunities will continue for our kids, regardless of income-but Governor Gianforte and Fish, Wildlife & P...

  • Dear Editor: I Support Stacy Zinn

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, I know this is two weeks too late, but better now than never. I am writing in support of Stacy Zinn, a candidate for the congressional seat Matt Rosendale left vacant. I have met with Stacy several times; when she was in town last week, I had lunch with her at the Two Bit. (great food, by the way). She is a small ball of fire. She has spent 23 years with the Drug Enforcement Agency. As an agent, she spent time at the southern border in operations targeting Mexican drug cartels. Duri...

  • Dear Editor: Response to Gary Marbut

    TOM HENDERSON|May 29, 2024

    Dear Editor, This is in response to Gary Marbut's Op-Ed "Is This a Canary in a Coal Mine?" "Oh boy, even though I'm a little bit mentally unstable, I can still go out and buy that machine gun." TOM HENDERSON Whitehall, Montana...

  • Thought Provokers: 5/29/2024

    May 29, 2024

    Every girl puts on the same voice when imitating a guy. No one ever sings Happy Birthday to a baby on their birth-day. There are numbers large enough that no computer can store them. Breastmilk is the only thing most adult humans don’t ever remember the taste of. Pipe cleaners are used more for arts and crafts than cleaning pipes. As you age, 4 AM goes from being late at night to being early in the morning. Meatballs sure sound better than balls of meat. You rarely see a user review for jails. It’s lucky for native English speakers that Eng...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner - Celebrating Tourism: MT's Key to Economic Prosperity

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|May 29, 2024

    The 2024 Convergence event in Butte, MT, highlighted the importance of tourism to Montana's economic and community development. As the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Board Member of Gold Junction Presents, Chiara had the privilege of attending this dynamic two-day event, which celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week (#NTTW24) and underscored the pivotal role of tourism in our beautiful state. Hosted by the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Convergence 2024 brought together...

  • Whitehall 5th Grade Wax Museum

    May 29, 2024

    The Whitehall fifth graders put on a Wax Museum on Thursday, May 23rd, in the Tia Kober Gym. Attendees were invited to travel around the room, pressing the button of the historical figure to see them come to life....

  • A Different Perspective: 5/29/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Whitehall Ledger|May 29, 2024

    The primary elections are just ahead, where perspectives collide, and some are eliminated in the rush to November. This may be the most emotional and anger-tainted campaign ever, with little agreement on any front. There are so many perspectives! In the olden days, like in the last century, the choices were fairly well-defined. The questions on the ballots were simple: Democrat, Republican, Independent, and maybe a Socialist or Green party thrown in as a token gesture. Now, none of those...

  • Tucker Huckaba Takes 6th at State Track

    May 29, 2024

    Congratulations to Whitehall High School sophomore Tucker Huckaba for his 6th-place finish in the Triple Jump at State Track & Field. He had a jump of 41' 8 1/4....

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/2/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|May 29, 2024

    June 2, 1999 Whitehall High School was vandalized for the third time this spring when acid was poured on the desk and carpet of a science room sometime during the night of May 22. Paul Stremick, the school superintendent, said he is unsure how access to the school was gained and said no estimate of the damage was available. The Jefferson County Commission approved a noxious weed agreement on May 26 that continues funding for the Whitehall High School greenhouse and insectary sites. Up to 6,000...

  • Bonnie "Susie" Hoerauf, 83

    May 29, 2024

    Bonnie “Susie” Hoerauf passed away on April 18, 2024, at 83, in Auburn, Washington. She was born on April 15, 1941, to James P. Shipman and Bonnie B. Shipman in Bozeman, Montana. She married Edwin “Lee” Hoerauf on June 2, 1960, in Virginia City, Montana. They adopted three children, Bren, Steven, and Theresa, residing in Whitehall, Montana. Susie is survived by her adopted daughter, Bren (Hoerauf) Cox, and granddaughters Alexandria Cox, Chandler Cox, and Mackenna Cox. Her adopted daughter, Theresa (Hoerauf) McMillan, granddaughter Tiara Jensen,... Full story

  • Edna Claire Holmes, 96

    May 29, 2024

    Edna Claire Holmes, 96, daughter and only child of John and Bertha (McComb) Duncan, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away in her sleep peacefully early Sunday morning, May 12, 2024, Mother's Day, on Touchmark Senior Living in Helena, Montana. She was born July 1, 1927, in Big Timber, MT. As a child, Edna attended Montana schools in Big Timber, Livingston, Gardiner, and Thermopolis, WY. In 1944, she and her mom moved to Whitehall. Edna graduated valedictorian from... Full story

  • Davonna Renee Ryan, 50

    May 29, 2024

    Davonna Renee Ryan (Vonna) passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, May 18, 2024. She is survived by her husband, Jody Ryan, and the three lights of her life, Jacob Ryan (16), Noah Ryan (14), and Carley Ryan (12). Other loved ones include Davonna's mother, Neva Joy Baird (Haughton, LA), sister Tammy Sadler, and family (Brian, Hunter, and Autumn) of Doyline, LA; Jody's parents Joe and Cheryl Ryan of Whitehall, MT; Jay and Karen Ryan and family (Sierra and Jace) of Casper,... Full story

  • Country Store Awards Six Scholarships to Seniors

    RAYLYNN VAN OORT, Whitehall Country Store|May 29, 2024

    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 a higher education were used to select the recipients. Ashlyn Alley, Lindsay Briggs, Cecilia Madden, Charity Nieskens, Isaac Skogen, and Reilly Slater will each receive the scholarships to offset costs for the upcoming fall and winter semesters. The scholarships are made...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 5/29/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|May 29, 2024

    Exploring the World of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) In today's digital age, privacy and security have become hot topics. As we increasingly rely on the internet for everything from banking to entertainment, safeguarding our online activities has never been more important. One powerful tool in this digital defense arsenal is the Virtual Private Network, commonly known as a VPN. So, what exactly is a VPN? At its core, a VPN is a service that creates a secure, encrypted connection between your d...

  • Between the Stacks: 5/29/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|May 29, 2024

    Eric Beale will be at the Whitehall Community Library on Wednesday, May 29th, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM from the Montana Department of Military Affairs/ Montana Veterans Affairs Division to share different services to our veterans in Whitehall and the surrounding area. He will be coming to the library on the last Wednesday of the month to help veterans with anything they need assistance with or have a chance to meet veterans so they will have someone to contact if needed. The Holocaust Book...

  • Taking Back Our Montana Rally June 22nd

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Lien for Montana HD75|May 29, 2024

    A rally to celebrate Montana will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, at 7 PM at Ting's Tavern in Jefferson City. Renowned Montana musicians Rob Quist and David Griffith will perform. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer will speak to solutions to the unprecedented property tax increase and the favoritism shown to out-of-state billionaires at the expense of working Montanans. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Lien for Montana HD75. "Montana's constitution gives Montanans the right to...

  • Whitehall Garden Club Meets June 5th

    LAURA HORN, Whitehall Garden Club|May 29, 2024

    The Whitehall Garden Club will hold its next monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 5th, in the Borden’s Conference Room at 103 W. Legion Avenue. We welcome the public to join us at 9:30 AM to socialize and enjoy refreshments provided by our hostesses, Ann Palmer and Jayne Dean, followed by our business meeting at 10 AM. This month's special guest speaker is Dria Walker from LandEscapes in Whitehall. Beginning at approximately 11 AM, Dria will show us how to create a "spillover garden” using plantings that bring texture, color, and visual int...

  • CONNECTING POINT: The Aroma of Forgiveness

    BILL LANES|May 29, 2024

    Humans can distinguish between 2000 and 4000 different odors. Some have a heightened sense of smell and can distinguish nearly 10,000 types of odors; they are supposed experts in the wine and coffee industry. I would like to claim expertise in one of my favorite fields, chocolate, but if you follow my logic, I could be more of a consumer than a professional who distinguishes the various succulent odors. LOL! Other odors are not glamorous to discuss, especially dirty and smelly feet. Over the centuries, innovation has brought breathable shoes an...

  • Programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 29, 2024

    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. Saturday, June 1- Tick Talk: It’s tick season in Montana. Learn about these creatures we love to hate and how to venture forth safely in tick country. The talk will begin at 8 PM at the campground amphitheater. Sunday, June 2 - Stroll to See Our Feathered Friends: Stroll with us through the campground and see how many of our feathered friends you can spot. Binoculars are provided. T...

  • FWP Discovers Non-Native Aquarium Pets in Montana Waters

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|May 29, 2024

    It might seem like a good idea at the time, but dumping an aquarium pet into a lake or river is not good for the pet or the native wildlife. The pet probably won’t survive, and native wildlife won’t know how to compete with the invasive species. Earlier this spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel identified two species resulting from aquarium dumps. The first detection was mystery snails at Finley Point in Flathead Lake. Mystery snails are aquarium snails found in many waters in the West, but this is the first mystery snail pop...

  • Jeffco Health Dept. Update - Man's Best Friend and You: Preventing Dog Bites

    JESSE HAUER, Jefferson County Health Department|May 29, 2024

    Dog bites can cause serious injuries and emotional trauma, but with the right knowledge and precautions, these incidents can be significantly reduced. Since the beginning of the year, Jefferson County has had twelve reported dog bites, and we are on pace to have over forty for the year. With these ten easy tips, the hope is to promote safer interactions with “Man’s Best Friend.” However, even if everything is done correctly, dogs may still bite. 1. Education, Both You and Others: Understanding dog behavior is crucial. Learn to recognize signs...

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