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Articles from the June 10, 2020 edition

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  • MDT to enhance safety, access in Whitehall

    Jun 10, 2020

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Helena Sand and Gravel, White Resources Group and Stahly Engineering, is updating sidewalk corners and non-compliant mid-block sidewalk sections throughout the Town of Whitehall. Improvements to sidewalk corners will allow all users to get on and off sidewalks with more ease. Updates will include new curb ramps and wider sidewalk openings at intersections. Additionally, a textured ground surface intended to alert users with impa...

  • Pool to open next month

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 10, 2020

    The Whitehall Community Pool will open after all in 2020. Near the conclusion of Monday night's council meeting, the governing body approved a motion from council member Shawn Hoagland to use the $4,622.80 remaining in the pool funding from the 2019-20 fiscal year budget to open the pool starting July 7. The vote comes after the announcement at the May Council meeting that the pool would be closed for the season because of COVID-19 phase opening timelines and getting the proper training for...

  • Administration praises staff

    Jack H. Smith, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 10, 2020

    The administrative team at the Whitehall School District took time at last week's Board of Trustees meeting to recognize staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said the staff was resilient, flexible, and did a great job the past three months in circumstances that were completely undesirable and unwanted. She highlighted the kitchen crew for making thousands of meals and the other staff members who helped distribute them. "I'm grateful for everyone,"...

  • Local students help clean bike park

    Jun 10, 2020

    Gunner South can remember a trip to the Whitehall Bike Park that resulted in many crashes due to what he described as holes and rocks. South and his friend Dean Valov both recently decided they wanted to do something about fixing up the park for more to enjoy and last Saturday organized a cleanup day. at Joined by another friend Tucker Witzel, the three worked hard last Saturday to make a difference. South said he and Dean both approached Whitehall Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh who was very...

  • Guest Editorial: Importance of Census form

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Jun 10, 2020

    Hi Folks, The COVID 19 crisis can make everything else, including the Census, seem less important. But completing your Census form only takes 10 minutes and will benefit and influence our community for the next ten years. Census counts are used to determine how federal funding is distributed. Montana receives almost $2,000.00 every year for each Montanan counted in the Census for things like highway projects, health care, education, housing, and more. But for every person not counted, our...

  • Boe John Dove

    Jun 10, 2020

    On May 31st, 2020 our Boe John Dove went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born on October 26th, 1997 in Butte, MT. This is a tragedy that family and friends will have to learn to survive and find a "new normal." Boe brought many people a smile, laughter and love when they needed it most. His beautiful heart was his gift from God. His own pain is over now, and he is flying with the angels today. He believed life is better in the mountains, he loved guns like his father,...

  • Letter to the Editor: Tell the Senate not to bail out the states

    Jim Buterbaugh|Jun 10, 2020

    Lawmakers in Washington are back at it again. As we speak, they’re debating whether they should send bailout money to the states. This is not the best path forward. Why? Because many states have mismanaged their budgets for years (well before this pandemic). When the first paycheck stimulus was created in the senate, the total bill was less than a trillion dollars, then the house got ahold of it and it ballooned to 2 trillion dollars. The latest stimulus plan will give 2 more trillion to states, states that have spent their citizen provided r...