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Articles from the June 19, 2024 edition


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  • Council Plans for Annual Budget, Adds New Face to Board, Says Goodbye to Others

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 19, 2024

    May and June were busy months for the Town, as was evident by the agenda of the June 17th Town Council meeting held at the Whitehall Town Hall. With a consent agenda nearly a page long, the Town’s boards were inundated with requests, resignations, appointments, and more. The largest news item brought to the meeting may have larger repercussions than most realize. Stephen Antonioli resigned from his position on the Pool Board. Antonioli, Glenna Waltee, and Helen McCarthy took out a loan to cover the pool’s creation and installation nearly twe...

  • Black Tie & Blue Jeans Keeps It Rockin'

    Jun 19, 2024

    DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY: There were smiles all around at Saturday's Black Tie & Blue Jeans fundraiser event! Pony Express kept the crowd dancing into the night, the Montana Painters Alliance displayed their creations from the week, and the silent auction was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped with and attended this event!...

  • WHITEHALL WATER PROJECT: The Simple Facts, Week 4

    BILL LANES, Whitehall Town Council|Jun 19, 2024

    MYTH: The Town of Whitehall has taken too long to address the matter. Although this process has been long, dating back to 2014, here are some facts to consider: 1. After the Court Order by DEQ in 2017, a two-year study was conducted with engineering firms to find other well options surrounding the Town. Public Works Manager Kory Klappan monitored and took samples, hoping to find a viable source for the Town of Whitehall. Interestingly, the only aquifer below Uranium DEQ standards was east of town, which runs down the Whitetail Creek by the...

  • Enchanted Faire & Mad Hatter Tea Party This Saturday

    Jun 19, 2024

    Dust off your fairy wings, polish your troll tusks, and let your imagination soar! Whitehall's Whimsical Wonders are thrilled to announce the second annual Enchanted Faire, a magical event where the whimsical meets the wonderful. This Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 11 AM to 3 PM, the Main Street Green (next to the historic Star Theatre) will transform into a mystical wonderland, inviting wizards, fairies, gnomes, and woodland creatures of all ages to join in the merriment. Once upon a time, in a...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You, Freedom Floral!

    JAYNE DEAN and DORIE WESTHOVEN|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, We would like to thank Freedom Floral for donating certain types of flowers to the First and Second graders in the Summer School program at Whitehall Elementary. With such inquisitiveness, the students loved learning about the parts of a flower by actually dissecting the flowers. Hands-on learning is one of the best teaching methods and the students really enjoyed their experiences. The bonus was the tulips were full of pollen for the students to observe. Thank you again, Freedom...

  • Dear Editor: Uranium Standards and Whitehall Water

    FESS FOSTER|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, The recent Ledger coverage regarding uranium in Whitehall groundwater was timely and well done. One of the articles (May 29, 2024) contains an apparent statement by someone that none of the 34 water samples taken from the Whitehall area groundwater "came back with low enough uranium." Some interpret this to mean that uranium exceeded drinking water standards in all samples and occurred throughout the Whitehall area. These samples were part of the work I did for the town from 2015...

  • Dear Editor: Let's Rally, Montana!

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Montana HD 75 Candidate|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, Let’s rally, Montana! Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22nd, from 7 PM to 9 PM at Ting’s Tavern in Jefferson City. Rob Quist, the Montana Poet, and his long-time bandmate musician David Griffith will perform. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer will have a special appearance for a rousing speech celebrating our Montana. The event, at Ting’s outdoor venue, will be free and open to the public. This event is a Welcome to Summer and a celebration of Montana. I hope to see you all there. Thanks, NANCY JANE LIEN Candidate, Monta...

  • Dear Editor: End of Times?

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jun 19, 2024

    Dear Editor, Are we truly in the End Times? With the shape of politics these days, the economy, and well, you know...PEOPLE, sometimes, one might be hard-pressed to disagree with the bible believers who insist that "the End is nigh!" Bringing it home, so to speak, one might hear rumors floating around, with all the changes happening to our little town, that Whitehall is becoming a ghost town! As you know, the proof is in the pudding! Personal perception, however, is another matter. Some people...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/19/2024

    Jun 19, 2024

    Our instincts often think of us as being taller than we are. Sometimes, you learn more from people who disagree with you than those who agree with you. The average lifespan is 76 years. Middle age isn’t 50 - it’s 38. People rarely have an accurate assessment of their abilities. Most either over or underestimate their strengths and weaknesses. The thing you’re looking for will always be in the last place you look. There are 8 billion people worldwide, but only 2 billion seconds to think about them all. The first cloned human will simul...

  • Our Town 100+ Years Ago...June, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jun 19, 2024

    OUR TOWN 100+ YEARS AGO - June, Part II: While life in the Jefferson Valley was fairly ordinary, life beyond contained a lot of turmoil. Butte and Anaconda were dealing with different kinds of tragedies. On the front page of the June 17, 1898 Jefferson Valley Zephyr headlines featured "Little Ethel Gill of Butte Outraged, Murdered and Her Body Hidden in an Old Vault;" Bastian Colus died at the concentrator building at the Anaconda upper works when he was caught in machinery; and in Helena, Miss...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/23/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 19, 2024

    JUNE 23, 1999 Whitehall received $8,717 from the Forest Service to complete the concession stand at the ball fields/rodeo grounds complex. The Forest Service has awarded over $58,000 in grants under the 1990 Farm Bill to Whitehall, Wise River, Twin Bridges, and Wisdom. The four were among 20 communities selected for funding this year in Montana, northern Idaho, and North Dakota. Whitehall Reader of the Week was 10-year-old Nelson Godbolt, who will be in fifth grade in the fall. Nelson's...

  • JVSAR FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST

    Jun 19, 2024

    GOOD EATIN': The Jefferson Valley Search & Rescue held its 14th annual Father's Day Breakfast at the Whitehall Senior Center on Saturday, June 15th. This is JVSAR's only fundraiser each year....

  • Rodeo Board Gears Up For Two July Rodeos

    Jun 19, 2024

    The Whitehall Rodeo Board is seeking sponsor for not one, but two, July rodeos! On July 19-20, Whitehall's first PRCA rodeo will hit the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds, followed the next weekend by the Bulls, Broncs, and Barrels series over Frontier Days, July 26-27. These events showcase the rich tradition of rodeo and provide thrilling entertainment for attendees of all ages. The Whitehall Rodeo Board is offering various sponsorship levels to accommodate the diverse needs and preferences of sponsors. Each level comes with its own set of benefits...

  • Between the Stacks: 6/19/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 19, 2024

    For those who like to be in the know, the Jefferson County Library Board meeting has been canceled for this month. Meetings will resume as usual in July on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. The Whitehall Community Library shares a board with Boulder, so the meetings alternate between the two towns. The meetings are always open to the public. Summer Reading continues to grow; next week, we will have two special presentations. Nao Fukumoto will be here on Wednesday, June 26th, at 10:30 AM for our normal program, and then at 2 PM, she...

  • Samuel Lincoln Jackson, 84

    Jun 19, 2024

    Samuel Lincoln Jackson, 84, passed away on June 11, 2024, surrounded by his family at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital after a fall at his home. Sam will be remembered for his deep love for his large family, especially for his dear wife of nearly 64 years, Rita, and an enormous pool of close friends. He truly never met a stranger. Sam was born at home in a rural house near Boulder, MT, to Mary and George Jackson in April 1940, joining Phil, Mary Leila, Alvena, and Arcylle; they moved to... Full story

  • William Lewis Frye, Jr., 78

    Jun 19, 2024

    Bill went home to be with his heavenly father on May 28, 2024, surrounded by his family and friends. Bill was born in Spokane, Washington, to William Louis Frye and Marjorie Ellen Frye. He was preceded in death by his brother, David Kramer; his father, William Frye; his mother, Marjorie Frye; his foster sons, Rex Court and Leo Vish; his brother-in-law, Les Brown; brother-in-law, Fred Stephan; and sister-in-law, Sandy Frye. He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Frye; his children, Darron Frye... Full story

  • WMS Business Class Tackles Graphic Design & Stock Market

    LINCOLN LEARY, Whitehall Schools Business and Computers|Jun 19, 2024

    The Whitehall Middle/High School Business and Computers class participated in two contests during the second semester. One involved designing a logo, and the other involved a stock market game. Teacher Lincoln Leary has provided a recap of the events. The owners of Robertson Farms in Shelby, Montana, were looking for a new logo and approached Leary in January, wondering if there was a student who wanted to design their logo. The class had a lot of interest among the students, and Leary turned...

  • Whitehall Schools Announces High Honor & Honor Rolls

    Jun 19, 2024

    Q4 HIGH HONOR ROLL (3.5 - 4.0 GPA): WMS & WHS SENIORS: Ashlyn Alley, Lindsay Briggs, Malachi Beatty Coleman, AdaLynn Cooper, Naomi Doney, Joseph Frazier, Alyssa Hagel, Brooklynn Lanes, Cecilia Madden, Natalia McElderry, Charity Nieskens, Isaac Skogen, and Reilly Slater JUNIORS: Kari Ellison, Lainey Ellison, Shayla Hamilton, Hope Moriarty, Hope Nieskens, Ashton Pochelon, Madelyn Seccomb, Annabelle Welch, and Ethan Wock SOPHOMORES: Jaeden Aragon, Emma Bray, Kirin Clausen, Zane Downey, Hannah Frazier, Addisyn Gray, Lorelei Herrmann, Julia...

  • Tech Questions? Get Answers: 6/19/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jun 19, 2024

    Creating a Family-Friendly Home Theatre Transforming your home into a family-friendly home theater can be an exciting project that brings loved ones together for unforgettable cinematic experiences. Whether you have a dedicated room or are using a large family space, here are some tips to create the perfect home theater: Choose the Right Room: If you have a spare room, consider converting it into a dedicated home theater. Otherwise, use a large family room with ample space for seating and...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 6/19/2024

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jun 19, 2024

    The Whitehall Biological Weed Control Project (based in Whitehall) of Jefferson County is in full swing for the summer season. The high school-aged students have now started working, and we are busy taking care of the insectary at the Whitehall football field next to the I-90 Whitehall exit, collecting and releasing biocontrol insects, and monitoring for landowners to see how the insects are impacting their noxious weeds. The whitetop mite and the yellow toadflax stem boring weevil release...

  • The Wall That Heals Coming to Butte Aug. 28-Sept. 1

    Jun 19, 2024

    The Wall That Heals, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., will be displayed at Father Sheehan Park in Butte from August 28 to September 1. The Wall That Heals honors the more than 3 million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Vietnam War. It bears the names of the 58,281 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam, including 22 from Butte-Silver Bow County and 267 from Montana. The display and a mobile Education Center will be open 24 hours a day and free to the...

  • School Board Approves Activity Fee Increases

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 19, 2024

    At the June meeting of the Whitehall School Board, held Tuesday, June 11th, in the Elementary Library, one topic was brought up, but it was shut down, so all the things left unsaid hung in the air throughout the remainder of the meeting. At the start of the meeting, during public comment, freshman Kadie Chadwick approached the school board with a formal complaint against a teacher and provided copies to each board member. However, Superintendent Hannah Nieskens reminded Chadwick that Policy 1085 required a specific chain of command for...

  • Families Needed For Okinawa Students Visiting MSU

    Jun 19, 2024

    The Office of International Programs at Montana State University is looking for families and individuals willing to host high school students from Okinawa, Japan from Aug. 1 to 15. While living in the community, the 30 students will participate in MSU’s Okinawa Global Leadership Program. The program, established in 2013, provides students with an opportunity to increase their understanding of the English language and American culture. It also allows the students to prepare for academic conferences in English-speaking nations and creates c...

  • JVFA Announces Frontier Days Art Exhibit

    Jun 19, 2024

    Jefferson Valley Fine Arts is happy to announce we will hold our annual art exhibit during Frontier Days in the Borden Hotel Conference room, in Whitehall. All fine art and photography is welcomed. Cost to exhibit is $15.00, no commission is charged for sales. Come join the fun and show the town the amazing talent we have in our area! Interested artists may call Michele at 406 490-6586 for further information. Art sign-in: Thursday, July 25, from 4 PM to 7 PM. Exhibit dates: Friday, July 26, from 9 AM - 5 PM and Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM -4...

  • Wyoming Road Failure Reveals a Housing Crisis

    Molly Absolon, Writers on the Range|Jun 19, 2024

    I live in Victor, Idaho-one of Jackson, Wyoming's, bedroom communities. Every day, roughly 3,400 Idaho residents drive over Teton Pass to work in Jackson. Only about 11,000 of us live on this side of the pass-2,000 in Victor-so commuters make up a significant portion of our population. Commuters include nurses, teachers, police, waiters, cooks, motel housekeepers, construction workers, landscapers, fishing and mountain guides, and salespeople. All are Jackson Hole's economic lifeline. On June...

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