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Articles from the June 7, 2023 edition

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  • National Flag Day Celebrated June 14th

    TOM HARRINGTON, Whitehall Veterans|Jun 7, 2023

    National Flag Day will be celebrated on June 14th as a day to honor the American flag. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress proposed that the United States have a national flag instead of the British Union Jack. The resolution read: Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. Then on June 14, 1877, the flag was flown from every government building in honor of the centennial of the adoption of a national...

  • Fishing with the Experts

    Jun 7, 2023

    On May 24th, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks employees Bill Dawson, Ron Spoon, Colton Pipinich, John Miller, Jim Vojahosky, Justin Hawkaluk, Regan Dean presented a 5th grade fishing day with help from Jefferson Valley Sportmans Association members Tony Perry, Joe Redman, Don Drake, and Grant Godbolt. After visiting six educational stations, including fish identification and a working river module, the kids fished for the rest of the day. Aleeyah Senst had the big fish of the day (at right)....

  • Governor Gianforte Welcomes $80 Million Dvele Manufacturing Plant to Butte

    KAITLIN PRICE, Office of the Governor|Jun 7, 2023

    Governor Greg Gianforte celebrated the groundbreaking of the Dvele modular home manufacturing plant in Butte, projected to create nearly 500 good-paying Montana jobs. Representing an $80 million investment by Dvele, the new facility will support the production of affordable workforce housing in Montana. “With our business-friendly environment, unmatched quality of life, and Montanans’ strong work ethic, Montana is emerging as a hub for innovative job creators like Dvele,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Dvele’s investment is fantastic news for Butte and...

  • Whitehall Community Garage Sale June 17

    Jun 7, 2023

    Local residents will have plenty of chances to find a hidden gem Saturday, June 17 during the annual Whitehall Community Garage Sale. Get your garage sale on the map by June 12th by contacting the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce at or 406-287-2260. The cost to be added to the map is $5. Gold Junction Presents is offering spaces to hold your garage sale on Main Street Green for $5 on June 17th. Contact Liz Pullman at 406-498-3807....

  • Rock Hound Field Trip June 12

    LORIE STEERMAN|Jun 7, 2023

    Whitehall Rock Hound group will have a field trip on June 12, led by local geologist Debbie Hanneman. The group will meet at 5 PM on June 12 at the Whitehall Community Library, and caravan out to the site in Pipestone. Anyone interested in learning about local geology is welcome to join us. All ages are welcome, though those under 18 must bring an adult guardian. Wear good footwear, and bring water and bug repellent. For more info, please contact the Whitehall Library at 406-287-3763....


    Jun 7, 2023

    Several great students surprised Principal Jason Slater with breakfast on the last day of school, Friday, June 2nd....

  • Cancer Connection Support Group Offered by St. James

    TANNER GOOCH, St James Healthcare|Jun 7, 2023

    St. James’ The Cancer Connection Support Group is a support group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The group is a place for survivors, current patients, family members, friends, and community members who have ever had a connection to cancer. Cancer can have an overwhelming impact on all involved, and we aim to build an escape from the feeling of isolation a cancer diagnosis can create. Additionally, group attendees receive more information on community resources, including exercise classes, education, and family p...


    Jun 7, 2023

    Florence Fischer-Bailey is the mother of Whitehall resident Linda Brennan and turns 100 on June 12th. Linda and her mother lived above the old hot springs pool back in the 50s. At the young age of 17 Florence was the youngest woman to get her pilot's license in Oregon. She and her husband, Dale Bailey, rode a motorcycle from the west coast to the east coast when she was 60 years old. A life full of life! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!...

  • Dear Editor: Thank you for painting the W

    ARCYLLE SHAW|Jun 7, 2023

    Dear Editor, A BIG THANK YOU to the class of 2023 for painting the “W”! Ron and Sandy Hunt and their crew used a lot of muscle to restore it origianlly. It’s great to see it get some care. Maybe it can become a senior class tradition? ARCYLLE SHAW Cardwell, Montana...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/7/2023

    Jun 7, 2023

    The weight of a human can vary by a few hundred pounds, yet an airline will charge you extra if your luggage is five pounds over the limit. Your future self is talking smack about you. Club goers in the John Wick universe are extremely blase about gun/knife/tomahawk fights going on around them. Every jock, bully, or thug you’ve ever seen in a movie has actually just been a theater kid pretending to be one. Attractive women are usually portrayed as drivers of convertibles, but old people driving them is way more common. The movie about a mermaid...


    Jun 7, 2023

  • Montana's Destination Fiber Festival Gearing Up For Its Seventh Year

    KAMI NOYES, Ranching Tradition Fiber|Jun 7, 2023

    "Fiber Arts....getting back to its roots." Come experience a weekend of fiber fun in the countryside with classes, vendors, demonstrations, and a gathering area to spin, weave, knit, and crochet or to just sit and visit. On July 15-16, 2023, the 7th annual Copper K Fiber Festival will be held in Whitehall at the Copper K Barn located at 786 Point of Rocks Road, sponsored by Kami Noyes of Ranching Tradition Fiber Over 35 fiber artists and fiber producers will offer wares for sale in the...

  • Montana PBS to Host June 8 Preview of 'The American Buffalo,' a New Film Directed by Ken Burns

    KRISTINA MARTIN, Montana PBS|Jun 7, 2023

    Montana PBS will host a preview of "The American Buffalo," a new two-part, four-hour film series directed by Ken Burns, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at The Wilma in Missoula. Approximately one hour of footage will be shown at the preview, and it will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The series, which has been in production for four years, will take viewers on a journey through more than 10,000 years of North American history and...

  • Hoagland Awarded Dennis Smith Scholarship

    ROGER STEERMAN, Whitehall Veterans|Jun 7, 2023

    Whitehall Veterans Post 4603 and American Legion Post 24 are pleased to announce the 2023 Dennis Smith Scholarship Winner, Whitehall senior Maxine Hoagland. Maxine submitted an essay "What Is A Veteran?" and was chosen as the $1,000.00 scholarship winner. Congratulations, Maxine! For students interested in applying for this annual scholarship, please contact Roger Steerman, 406-498-0146 or the school guidance counselor....

  • High School Basketball Eliminates 1-and-1 Free Throws, Alters Foul Limit to Reach Bonus

    406 MT SPORTS, via Associated Press|Jun 7, 2023

    One-and-ones are done in high school basketball. Beginning next school year, high school basketball teams — including those in Montana — will shoot two free throws for common fouls when in the “bonus” instead of having to make the first free throw to get a second after seven fouls. Rules changes were approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations’ (NFHS) basketball rules committee, then by the NFHS board of directors. The NFHS announced the changes on May 23, 2023. In addition to awarding two foul shots for all common fo...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 6/7/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jun 7, 2023

    How do I get started making a podcast? Podcasts have taken the world by storm, offering a unique platform for sharing stories, discussing ideas, and connecting with people around the globe. If you're a high school student interested in creating your own podcast, or an industry specialist wanting to get your word out there, we've got you covered! Here's a step-by-step guide to help you get started on your podcasting journey. Choose a Topic: Begin by brainstorming subjects that genuinely interest...

  • Jim Griffin, 63

    Jun 7, 2023

    Jim Griffin, age 63, of Whitehall - loving husband, dedicated father, ecstatic grampa, loyal friend, and proud smoke jumper - went home to the mountains on Monday, May 29, 2023. He left with a heart full of joyful anticipation for the future and deep gratitude for the past. In remembrance, please consider donating to the Butte Food Bank in his honor. Please visit to send a condolence or share a memory of Jim. "The mountains are calling and I must go." - John... Full story

  • Dr. Sheila MacDonald Stearns, 76

    Jun 7, 2023

    Sheila MacDonald Stearns, educator, died Tuesday, May 23, due to complications from lung cancer. She leaves behind hundreds of grieving hearts because she was so loved by so many. Sheila was born August 30, 1946, in Ft. Snelling, Minnesota, where her father, Alexander MacDonald, was stationed as a dentist during World War II. Her mother, Marie Peterson, was the daughter of Swedish homesteaders, raised near Highwood, Montana. Alex and Marie moved their family to Glendive, Montana in 1947. The... Full story

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jun 7, 2023

    The Whitehall Biological Control Project (Whitehall Project) has existed since the early 1990s and is based out of Whitehall Schools. It is associated with the Jefferson County Weed District. Jill Allen is the Jefferson County Weed Coordinator (406-225-4165) and Todd Breitenfeldt is the Whitehall Project Coordinator. The Project hires Whitehall area high school and early college/trade school students and deals mostly with insects, as well nematodes, mites, and fungi (biological control agents)...

  • Between the Stacks: 6/7/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 7, 2023

    Summer Reading registrations are pouring in and next week's Wednesday program will be Rhea Armstrong and "The Mystery of Montana Animals" at 10:30 AM. The rest of the month will include the annual puppet show on June 21st and a Detective Kit Making Workshop for future crime fighters on June 28th. The Summer Reading theme this year is "The Great Library Treasure Mystery" and everyone from 0-120 is invited to sign up for programs, crafts, special events, and prizes. For every 15 minutes read, or...

  • Whitehall Superintendent Check-In

    HANNAH NIESKENS, Whitehall School District Superintendent|Jun 7, 2023

    Whitehall School District has some exciting innovations and changes for the 2023-2024 school year. Here are the highlights: Four-Day School Week - As you undoubtedly know, Whitehall School District will be moving to a 4-day school week. The school day will begin at 8 AM and end at 3:54 PM. The first day of school will be August 21, 2023, and the last day of school will be June 6, 2024. With the adjusted length of the school day, bus routes are anticipated to run 15 minutes earlier in the morning and 30 minutes later in the afternoon. Friday...

  • Op Ed: NorthWestern Rate Increase Unfair

    Ken Toole, Big Sky 55|Jun 7, 2023

    NorthWestern Energy customers are about to get shocked with a huge increase in their electric rates if the Public Service Commission grants NorthWestern Energy’s request to increase residential rates. The public hearings are over and final legal briefs are being submitted. But, like a cancer waiting to metastasize, it has not gone away and it will wreak havoc on the very people who can least afford it. Don’t be fooled by efforts to minimize the impact of this rate case. Residential customers are facing a 28% increase in their utility bills com...

  • Ease Your Stress at Sage Wellness Center

    JOHANNA PAULSTON, Sage Wellness Center|Jun 7, 2023

    Did you know that stress, in one form or another, is the cause of 80-90% of chronic diseases? Think of stress like the layers of an onion. There are layers made up of physical stressors. These include dehydration, poor nutrition, lack of movement and sunlight, poor sleep, and exposure to toxins and radiation. Then there are the mental, emotional, and spiritual layers. These include financial strain, traumatic events, toxic relationships, family stress, work or school stress, and loneliness. We a...

  • Get Yourself Ready for the Enchanted Forest Faire

    JUDY CHADWICK, Whimsical Wonders|Jun 7, 2023

    Your dwelling is almost completed and now you are wondering about the fairy costume. For a fun imagination, there are many types of fairies both male and female, elves, gnomes, woodland creatures, pixies, leprechauns and brownies for example and mostly rooted in ancient mythology but bringing them into the 21st century is the plan for the Enchanted Forest event. You can wear your "costume" all day, or just put it on for the fairy costume parade. Have a fairy, fairy good time creating your...

  • Fish and Wildlife Commission to Meet June 8

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Jun 7, 2023

    The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on June 8 in Helena at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters. The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM. The meeting will be streamed live on the FWP website and YouTube. The public can participate in person or via Zoom. To make a comment via Zoom, you must register by following the link here by noon on June 7. The commission will make final decisions on the following items: • Elk Hunting Access Agreements for 2023 • Private Land Recreation Management Area biennial rules • Consolidated publi...

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