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  • WHS Class of 2024 Snapshots

    Jun 5, 2024

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  • WHS Class of 2024 Scholarships Announced

    Jun 5, 2024

    As announced by WHS School Board Chair James Reiff: Class of 2024, congratulations on your great achievement of graduating high school. In your high school careers, you have successfully navigated through a pandemic, block scheduling, and a 4-day school week on top of many other changes. You handled these things with grace and were able to persevere. Overcoming these uncertainties and changes should make you extremely proud of yourselves. ASHLYN ALLEY: • Presidential Merit Scholarship at C...

  • WHITEHALL WATER PROJECT: The Simple Facts, Week 2

    BILL LANES, Whitehall Town Council|Jun 5, 2024

    Myth: The Town of Whitehall could have budgeted for the new water treatment facility. Here are the facts: 1. The Town of Whitehall has an approximately $293,100.00 annual water budget. This is the ONLY budget that would have been allowed to pay for any items related to water. Currently, those funds pay for equipment, facilities, maintenance, public notices, unexpected repairs (broken water lines), a portion of employee wages, etc. Budget planning is held each year, and we are hard-pressed to stay within this small budget to simply operate....

  • WHITEHALL WATER PROJECT: Government Budgets and How They Affect the Whitehall Water Project

    Whitehall Town Hall|Jun 5, 2024

    The following information was presented at the Public Hearing in May regarding the Whitehall Water Project and its rate increases. Government budgets give local government officials the authority to incur obligations and pay expenses. They allocate resources among departments, reflecting the legislative body’s priorities and policies, and control how much each department may spend. • FUND LEVEL: A fund-level budget allows for the greatest amount of flexibility and, therefore, requires monitoring throughout the budget cycle to ensure that act...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/5/2024

    Jun 5, 2024

    First-person camera perspective is surprisingly uncommon in movies and TV shows. Real empaths usually don’t tell people they’re empaths. Being at work is the closest most people will ever get to being in prison. A direct correlation exists between how crazy a person is and how many bumper stickers they have. People with addiction cannot stop. In contrast, people with depression cannot start. Most drinking establishments on TV are well-lit, relatively quiet, and do not have drunk people—the exact opposite of reality. The older you get, the m...

  • Dear Editor: God Bless the Baumeisters

    LAURA MCCARTHY|Jun 5, 2024

    Dear Editor, My name is Laura, and I live in Twin Bridges. My husband, Tom McCarthy, passed away two years ago this August. We all remember the winter of 2022 with all the snow. Tom was blessed to have Bart Baumeister as a friend and his boss at the Pipestone Quarry. He, his wife Natalie, and their son Gage helped me so much through my first winter alone. Anytime I needed them, they were there to help me. They cleared snow from my driveway, helped me with my firewood, and even bought and...

  • Help Keep Sunshine Rolling

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 5, 2024

    Most Whitehall residents know, or at least recognize, Charlie Shank and "Sunshine," his mobility cart. Charlie is a fixture in this community, sharing wisdom, smiles, and rides on Sunshine with everyone he knows. However, Sunshine needs a new battery and a few repairs. Charlie has a fixed income and could use a little Whitehall community spirit. Any amount you can spare will help. A generous anonymous donor has already kickstarted this campaign with a donation of $500. This donor has actually...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago: June, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jun 5, 2024

    OUR TOWN 100+ YEARS AGO - June Part 1: June 1898, school is out for the summer, crops are growing, and headlines in the Jefferson Valley Zephyr highlight some national news. U.S. troops, by the thousands, have landed in Cuba to fight the Spanish invasion. Montana recruits for this war were among the healthiest in the nation, with only 6% rejected for physical disability. In Omaha, a young Salvationist, Miss Dorothy Mauer, used an ax to chop up artwork and sculptures she considered indecent....

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/9/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 5, 2024

    June 9, 1999 Jefferson County Attorney Valerie Wilson filed a motion with Montana District Judge Frank Davis on June 7, accusing Davis of abusing his discretion when he ordered a new trial for Jason Marker. Attached to the brief, Wilson submitted ten signed affidavits of the jurors who convicted Marker as proof that the jury was not confused when it reached its verdict. This month, the Silver Star post office celebrated its 130th birthday, and the people of Silver Star planned quite a party. Som...

  • Montana Painters Alliance Visiting Whitehall, Will Present at Black Tie & Blue Jeans

    ROB AKEY, Montana Painters Alliance|Jun 5, 2024

    From June 13th through 15th, the Montana Painters Alliance (MPA) will hold its 2024 Spring Paint Out in and around Whitehall. Artists will work in Whitehall and the area outside of town, and the community will be welcome to stop, observe, and meet the artists at work. On Saturday, June 15th, the MPA artists will meet and display their work in their "Tailgate Salon" at the Whitehall Community Center. While their display will be part of the Whitehall Chamber's annual fundraiser, Black Tie & Blue...

  • Furiosa Fun at the Star Theatre Saturday, June 8 at 5 PM

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 5, 2024

    Attention, War Boys and Road Warriors! Prepare yourselves for a night of post-apocalyptic chaos and mayhem at The Star Theatre! This Saturday, June 8th at 5 PM we're bringing the wasteland to life with our Furiosa Party, featuring: • Two fully decked-out war rigs straight from the Mad Max era – these beasts are ready to ride eternal, shiny, and chrome! Come check them out, take some photos, and plan your next custom rig! • Costume Contest – Arm yourself in your most fierce and wild wastela...

  • Black Tie & Blue Jeans Seeking Your Attendance, Auction Donations

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 5, 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...

  • Farmers Market Begins Saturday, June 8th 9AM - 1PM

    Jun 5, 2024

    Whitehall's annual weekly event - the Whitehall Farmer's Market - will begin Saturday, June 8 in Legion Park. The market is open to all home-based businesses, community fundraising groups, and those with vintage or repurposed goods to sell. The Market will be held on Saturdays from 9 AM - 1 PM, starting June 8th and running through October, weather permitting. Vendor spaces are $10 per Saturday, and those who are interested in participating are encouraged to call Bernice Nicholson at...

  • John William Joy, 81

    Jun 5, 2024

    John William Joy went to be with Jesus, surrounded by his family, on May 19, 2024. John was born on July 24, 1942, in Butte, Montana, to John and Ethel Joy. He grew up in Butte and graduated from Butte High School in 1960. There, he met the love of his life, Sue Warren. They were married in Butte in 1964. John attended the University of MT from 1960-1964, graduating from the School of Forestry. He worked summers for the Plains Ranger District on various lookout stations. After graduation, John... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 6/5/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 5, 2024

    And so, it begins again! Summer Reading starts on Monday, June 10th, at 9 AM; Summer Feeding will begin serving the same day. The program will end on July 31st, but we will serve lunch on August 1st as it is a Thursday. This year's theme is "One World, Millions of Stories," and we will be providing stories from around the world. I love faerie tales and folklore, so this will be a great time to look at different cultures and legends. There is a complete calendar for June activities at the front...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 6/5/2024

    Jun 5, 2024

    The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Cybersecurity As technology continues to evolve, so do the threats we face in the digital realm. One area where this evolution is particularly pronounced is in the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity. Let's explore how AI is shaping the landscape of digital security. AI is a double-edged sword in cybersecurity. On one hand, organizations can leverage AI to strengthen their defenses. Machine learning algorithms can analyze vast...

  • Kids Fishing Day at Piedmont Pond

    Jun 5, 2024

    THE BITE WAS ON! Kids Fishing Day was full of excitement as 28 students from Mrs. Slater and Mrs. Christensen’s class participated. Seven educational stations covered Safety, Ecology, Biology, Conservation, and fishing skills. The first fish of the day was caught by the resident Osprey of the Piedmont Fishing Pond, much to the delight of the students....

  • C&M Circus in Whitehall Thursday, June 27th

    Jun 5, 2024

    Thanks to the sponsorship of Liberty Place/Whitehall Public Transportation, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will come to Whitehall, MT, on Thursday, June 27th, to the lot behind the Rodeo Grounds-Whitehall Recreation Complex, located at 2 Rodeo Lane. Shows will be at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. C&M Circus has been providing quality, local family entertainment for 38 years. This authentic one-ring, big-top circus has been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top, Nick News: On the Road with...

  • The Pond is Full! Rotary Club Fish Have Arrived

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Jun 5, 2024

    Members of the Whitehall Rotary Club and several family members worked on May 31st to prepare the pond for the arrival of the summer trout on June 4th. Dirt, leaves, and other debris were removed, and the tarp was installed on top. Adult trout supplied by the federal fish hatchery near Ennis will grace the pond this summer. Unlike previous years, fish food will not be sold at the pond. One of the Rotary members will feed the fish to protect their health and keep the pond cleaner. The fish will remain in the pond until sometime in...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 6/5/2024

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jun 5, 2024

    The Whitehall Biological Weed Control Project of the Jefferson County Weed District has already started up in a small way this spring. We hired an Americorp MCC Conservation Intern, Ava Frans, from Walla Walla, Washington, who will work with the crew until mid-August. She is a sophomore at Whitman College majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. We also have returning college student Brynna Wolfe (who has worked several years for the Whitehall Project) splitting her time helping Jill...

  • Rocky Head Start Has Busy Week with Tree Planting, Graduation

    BARBARA LIEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Jun 5, 2024

    The Town of Whitehall and Whitehall Garden Club wrapped up a month of Arbor Day activities with the planting of a flowering crabapple in Legion Park. Rhea Armstrong and her assistants brought six adorable kids across the street from Rocky Head Start to help plant the tree. Whitehall Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh read the Arbor Day Proclamation, and the youngsters took turns adding soil to the planting hole. Ron Roginske, a retired forester, taught the kids about tree growth, soil amendments,...

  • JVSR Search & Rescue Training

    LARRY FEIGHT, Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue|Jun 5, 2024

    Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue (JVSR) attended a training on May 19, 2024, in Butte at the Butte 15-90 headquarters at the Bert Mooney Airport. Captain Dan Hagerty, Jamie Chapman, Ryan Solyst, and Larry Feight participated; the JVSR group was invited by Butte 15-90 Search and Rescue to attend and become familiar with the aircraft and procedures. The training consisted of getting familiar with the aircraft, as well as learning how B15-90SR and JVSR can access the helicopter and its crew when...

  • MSU Extension Releases a New Magazine: Alzheimer's and Related Dementias: Support for Montana Farmers and Ranchers

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Jun 5, 2024

    While Montana has more than 22,000 people living with Alzheimer’s, there are no figures available about the number of agricultural producers who have the disease. “ I know they are out there because family caregivers have approached me wanting to know about financial and health care powers of attorney during my estate planning meetings across the state,” said Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist. The MSU Extension developed this magazine because there is little information about Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on farm...

  • In Small Towns, Bookstores Are Thriving

    JOHN CLAYTON, Writers on the Range|Jun 5, 2024

    “I love to spend my day in a bookstore,” said Amy Sweet. She lives in Red Lodge, Montana, and was explaining why she and her husband Brian opened Beartooth Books in her town of 2,300. “It was part of the life we wanted—to live in a small town, walk to work, and enjoy outdoor adventures and wonderful people.“ She’s not alone. For many of the same reasons, bookstores have been opening in small Western towns, said Heather Duncan, executive director of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association. Since 2020, more than 100 booksto...

  • Do You Need a Permit? MT's Natural Streambed & Land Preservation Act (310 Permit Program)

    Jefferson Valley Conservation District|Jun 5, 2024

    Anyone planning to work in or near a stream must obtain a 310 permit from their local conservation district office. WHO MUST APPLY: Any private, non-governmental individual or corporation that proposes to work in or near a stream on private or public land must apply for a 310 permit. HOW: The person conducting the work should submit a completed application to the conservation district. District supervisors will notify the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks and, if requested, will set up an inspection of the site. Following a team...

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