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Articles from the June 21, 2017 edition

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  • Community pool fundraiser Friday night

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    During the summer months the Whitehall Community Pool gives local residents plenty of opportunity for fun or a chance to exercise. This Friday, those who enjoy the many assets of the community focal point will be able to give back at a fundraising event. A Whitehall Community Pool fundraiser is schedule for June 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center. According to manager Haylee Estey, the pool is seeking financial support to help with the cost of running the facility and also for maintenance. “Whitehall is lucky to have a local pool t...

  • Jefferson County Sherrif's Department investigating whereabouts of Whitehall resident

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    By JACK H. SMITH Ledger Publisher The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department is investigating the whereabouts of 21-year-old Whitehall resident Kirsten Ryerson. According to Sheriff Craig Doolittle, Ryerson was last seen sometime Thursday, June 22, in Whitehall. She was reported missing by her family around noon on Friday, June 23. Doolittle said they have received conflicting times about the last known sighting of Ryerson. He said there have been reports she was at the Mint Bar in Whitehall... Full story

  • Chiller receives national award

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    A Whitehall High School teacher was the recent recipient of a prestigious national award. Caitlin Chiller was one of 15 teachers nationwide to earn the National Council of Teachers of English 2017 High School Teacher of Excellence Award. Chiller said she was happy to receive the award, especially because she was nominated by her teaching colleagues throughout the state. “I didn’t realize they had been considering me so I was pleasantly surprised. I feel very honored,” she said. “To have recognition what I’m doing is exemplary and outstandi...

  • Crucial time ahead for Whitehall Head Start

    STAFF REPORT|Jun 21, 2017

    In early May, the Rocky Mountain Development Council (RMDC) held a meeting with parents concerned about the possibility that the Whitehall Head Start program may close. Parents and concerned citizens were informed that two issues needed to be resolved in order to ensure the program would continue for the 2017-2018 school year. The deadline given for resolving the two issues was June 5. The first issue was finding a teacher for the program since long-time teacher Elaine Henningsen will be...

  • Waterloo Grove: More access to Jefferson

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    Local outdoor enthusiasts should soon have a new walk in fishing and floater's camping site on the Jefferson River. Members of the Jefferson River Canoe Trail are currently in the process of acquiring nearly 31 acres of property near the Parsons Bridge in Waterloo. According to Trail President Tom Elpel, the Citizens Advisory Board for the Montana Fish and Wildlife Conservation Trust has supported a $195,000 grant application for the purchase of Waterloo Grove. He said the board will meet and...

  • Star sign gets makeover

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    For those who have taken a drive down Legion Avenue or been to a movie in the past several days, it would be hard not to have noticed the beautiful upgrade to the sign at the Star Theater in Whitehall. Fixing the sign is something that Star Theater Manager Colton Anderson has always wanted to do. During Fronteir Days in 2016, he had a conversation with his father in law about making it look nice and possibly even putting just a coat of paint on it. He started scraping paint off after Frontier...

  • Editorial: Plenty to explore at Lewis and Clark Caverns

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    Every summer thousands of tourists make their way to the Lewis and Clark Caverns outside of Cardwell. While it's quite the popular destination for visitors, the Caverns are also a great way to spend the day or evening for local residents. Throughout the summer there are numerous programs and presentations, as well as the cave tours where something new can be learned during each trip. During the hotter months of the year the hike to the entrance can be a solid workout followed by relaxing and...

  • Column: Spamalama ding dong

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    About once a week I will go through my spam folders to check to see if I might have missed anything someone may have sent. Every once in a while I catch something that is important and it is well worth it even if I have navigate through a mess of strange emails. I have four addresses that I use, and earlier today I went through all of them. While trying to delete some of the messages today I found some I had missed from letters to the editor prior to the election in November so I still miss...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Jun 21, 2017

    Tuesday, June 13 12:03 a.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 359, Cardwell 10:58 a.m. – agency assist, I-90 eastbound, MM 232, Butte 12:50 p.m. – dog at large, I-90 MM 241, Whitehall 12:53 p.m. – dog at large, 303 South Division Street, Whitehall 1:10 p.m. - traffic accident/2 vehicle/non injury, I-90 westbound, MM 237, Whitehall 3:00 p.m. - care for sick/injured, 1455 Hwy 2 East, Cardwell 4:52 p.m. – citizen assist, I-90 eastbound, MM 235, Butte 5:22 p.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 359, Cardwell 11:19 p.m. - traffic accident/1 vehicle/non injury, I-90 eastbound,...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Jun 21, 2017

    Breakaway Youth Ranch is hosting a demonstration by Wild Horse Ministries at the Three Forks Rodeo Grounds, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. In that short time, a colt that has never been ridden will be saddled, mounted and ridden in the arena. It is a beautiful picture of the way that God teaches us. There is no charge for this amazing evening. The wild roses are blooming! They are not only beautiful, but smell so wonderful! It reminds me that ‘high’ water should be over. The Jefferson River is down a wee bit. Claire Best had a m...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 21, 2017

    Everyone saw the wonderful picture of the Rotary Club presenting a check to the Library last week. I thought I would translate what that donation, the funding from the Friends of the Library, funding from the Whitehall School District summer program, and the $250 donation from the Black Tie Blue Jean organization will mean to the children, teens, and adults of the Whitehall/Cardwell area. The cost of the summer reading program includes craft supplies, programming fees, prizes, snacks, publicity, manuals, extra staffing, and planning hours....

  • Flynn to compete at Dickinson State

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jun 21, 2017

    An all-state performer in both cross country and track, 2017 Whitehall High School graduate Hunter Flynn will be continuing his career on the collegiate level. Flynn recently signed to compete in both cross country and track at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. Flynn will receive a $2,000 per year athletic scholarship at the NAIA School. He has also received an academic scholarship at the school. "I was very excited to find out that I would receive a scholarship to DSU, I get to do...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Jun 21, 2017

    Hi Folks, I missed last week’s meeting so I could attend the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Conference in Big Sky. Community Development Extension Agents from around the country attended. Micky Zurcher, Tom Harrington, and Drew Dawson received first place for the “Excellence in Teamwork” award for the 11 state western region. They won for the work they have done for the “Making Boulder’s Future Bright” project, as a result of the coming closure of the Montana Developmental Center. They were also part o...

  • Council working towards lease

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Jun 21, 2017

    The Whitehall Town Council and Community Beacon of Hope Inc. (CBOH) are working toward having a clarified lease agreement ready for the council meeting in July. At the special Town Council meeting on Monday night Town Attorney Ed Guza said, “The committee that was formed at the last council meeting had an opportunity to meet today and discuss the issues that are pertaining to a new lease. Most of that has to do with issues of inventory, mileage and those types of things.” Guza went on to say they would like to get a complete inventory to see...