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  • Town Offers Ranch Rodeo Sponsorship Levels

    KENNEDY KLEINSASSER, Town of Whitehall|Jun 21, 2023

    The Town of Whitehall was established in 1890 and it has been our mission to keep our little Town thriving since that time. Our goal is to keep Whitehall alive, and what better way to do that than by bringing people to our little Town to support local businesses? We are very excited to announce that the Town will be coordinating the Whitehall Frontier Days Ranch Rodeo in 2023. As all of you know, the Town of Whitehall Recreational Complex is solely run on our general tax base, leaving us with...

  • Enchanted Forest Faire, Beats & Eats, This Saturday on Main Street Green

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 21, 2023

    The Enchanted Forest Faire is quickly approaching, with gnome and fairy homes making their way to the Main Street Green this weekend for all to see. June 24th from 12 PM to 4 PM will be a day filled with wonder, enchantment, fairies, and gnomes... so prepare yourself for a beautiful day outdoors and set your schedule now. This event is brought to you by the Whimsical Wonders, Gold Junction Presents, and the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce. GNOME ROAM: Over two dozen gnomes have invaded Whitehall,...

  • Congratulations Jennifer Hoerauf: MNA Best Sports Photo

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 21, 2023

    BEST IN SHOW FOR DIVISION I NEWSPAPERS: This photo was taken by Jennifer Hoerauf and submitted for award consideration by the Whitehall Ledger to the Montana Newspaper Association. The Ledger received notice that Hoerauf's photo, featuring wrestler Cody Fuller, was selected as the Best Sports Photo for 2023! Congratulations Jennifer and thank you for all the great photos!...

  • Advertise in the Frontier Days Special Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 21, 2023

    The Whitehall Ledger will have a special section in the July 26th Ledger for Frontier Days. Special rates are as follows: Rectangle (7"x3"): $75 Quarter page (11"x5"): $125 Half page (11" x 11"): $250 Full page (11"x 21"): $500 If you would like to advertise in this section, please contact the Ledger at 406-287-5301 or whledger@gmail.com....

  • NOTICE: Early Deadline for July 5th Ledger

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 21, 2023

    Due to Independence Day falling on a Tuesday this year, the deadline to get into the July 5th Whitehall Ledger is Sunday, July 2nd by noon. The paper must be sent in by noon on Monday, July 3rd to hit the print deadline. Content/ads may be called in to 406-287-5301 or emailed to whledger@gmail.com. Apologies for any inconvenience....

  • Thought Provokers: 6/21/2023

    Jun 21, 2023

    Quantum describes matter at the smallest subatomic scales. A “quantum leap forward” should really mean the smallest and most insignificant advance possible. Being a pre-civilization chef was a very deadly guessing game. Not all colorful plants are created equal. Until proven otherwise, every day is your last day alive. The fact that guys still ask for nudes even though the internet has unlimited images demonstrates that they actually do care about the personality associated with the body. Within a decade, there will be a bunch of confessions or...

  • Dear Editor: We Can't Blame It All on Gen X

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jun 21, 2023

    Dear Editor, We can't blame it all on Gen X. Although much could be directed toward the generation in question, this is a generalization; it's not quite fair to say all people from this particular era are at fault. It's also not quite true that Gen X, or ANY particular generation, can claim sole responsibility for the mess which we are witnessing in this day and age. The mess: the irresponsibility which seems to be almost proudly or maybe just brazenly exhibited lately. Not only is there a...

  • Dear Editor: We will not stand by as carnivores are slaughtered

    HELENA EDELSON, Large Carnivore Fund, Montana|Jun 21, 2023

    Dear Editor, This month Montana's Fish and Wildlife Commission moved to sharply increase the kill of mountain lions in the state, up to 40 percent of the population in many areas. The move came over the objections of mountain lion hound hunters, sporting groups, and conservation interests. FWP Biologists did not support this increase. The Commission's justification was that mountain lions are killing too many big game species and action is needed to recover these populations. If this sounds...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/17/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 21, 2023

    JUNE 17, 1998 The Jefferson County Economic Task Force is history. It was replaced by a newer, bolder, stronger - and riskier - entity called the Jefferson Local Development Corporation. At its June 11 meeting in Montana City, the 14-member task force voted unanimously to create the Jefferson Local Development Corporation (LDC). The LDC will have much more autonomy, more flexibility, and more responsibility than the task force. The task force, established in 1995 through the passage of a resolution by the Jefferson County Commission, was...

  • Let the Gnome Roam Begin!

    LIZ PULLMAN, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 21, 2023

    Where might you find the golden gnome this week? There are oh so many places the gnomes have invaded! The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Whimsical Wonders, has placed gnomes throughout many businesses in Whitehall in anticipation of Saturday's Enchanted Forest Faire. Your mission is to find the golden gnome, along with three of his other friends at other locations, snap selfie photos of yourself and the gnome, and send them to the Whitehall Chamber! Do this and you'll be...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 6/21/2023

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jun 21, 2023

    The crew is having a hard time finding many Dalmatian toadflax stem-boring weevils so far this spring. We have had good collections in the Missoula and Clinton areas for the past several years. This year we went there on June 14th to collect and the cool wet, windy weather plus the site crashing made it hard to find many weevils. The site "crashing" means that many of the weeds have been killed by the bioagent so because of a lack of food, there are not many insects left to collect. This is...

  • Montana Child Care Business Connect Unveils New Online Resource Hub

    HEIDE BORGONOVO, Montana Child Care Business Connect|Jun 21, 2023

    Montana Child Care Business Connect (MCCBC) is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website, www.childcarebusinessconnect.com. The new website serves as a comprehensive resource hub for all stakeholders in the child care industry, providing valuable information, tools, and support to help businesses thrive and provide high-quality care to children and families across Montana. The MCCBC website is designed to cater to the unique needs of child care providers, early childhood educators, families, and community members. The website offers a...

  • Town of Whitehall Now Offering Electronic Billing & Payment Options

    KENNEDY KLEINSASSER, Town of Whitehall|Jun 21, 2023

    We are excited to announce that we are officially LIVE FOR E-STATEMENTS!! Woohoo! For those of you that would like to sign up for e-statements you will need to create an account. Your WEB ID is needed for this portion. That is located on the top right portion of your bill. For those of you that have already paid your bill and don't have the stub. Call the office and we can get your WEB ID to you. Creating an account will allow you to view your statement, see your balances, and create...

  • Between the Stacks: 6/21/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 21, 2023

    Have you ever wondered what murders and mysteries lay unsolved in the Whitehall area? Arlene Weber of the Jefferson Valley Museum will be at the Library on Thursday, June 22, at 6 PM to share a great night of historical mysteries and mayhem. This program is for families, adults, and anyone who delights in local history. The History Book Club is meeting at their regular time on Monday, June 26, at 6 PM. Our history buffs will be discussing great events of history and the books that detail them....

  • Chamber Offers Business Decor Packages for Frontier Days

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 21, 2023

    Well, butter my biscuits! Frontier Days is almost here, and it’s fixin’ to be a hootin’, hollerin’, and stompin’ good time! Don’t miss out! Whitehall Frontier Days is just around the corner and the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce would like to make your business an offer you (hopefully) can’t refuse! To get festive for Frontier Days, the Chamber is offering three levels of business decorating! Chamber members will come to decorate the front of your store (inside or outside, depending on...

  • Backcountry Heroes Always Try to Bring Us Back

    MOLLY ABSOLON, Writers on the Range|Jun 21, 2023

    When I was leading groups into the Wyoming wilderness in the 1990s, once we left a trailhead we were on our own. If somebody got hurt, we could walk or carry the injured person out or send runners to the road to call for support. In the case of a life- or limb-threatening emergency, we could use a transponder to try to send a coded message to a passing aircraft, pleading for help. Things have definitely changed. “People expect to be rescued,” said Tod Schimelfenig, who has been on the search and rescue team for Fremont County, Wyoming, sin...

  • Emergency Fishing Restrictions For 3 Rivers

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jun 21, 2023

    New emergency fishing regulations are in place for the Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby rivers. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted the new regulations during its June 8 meeting. These restrictions limit angling during the brown trout spawning season and harvest in some stretches of the rivers. Trout abundances in several areas of the three rivers have steadily declined since 2011 and are at or near historical lows. Meanwhile, fishing pressure in these areas has increased. The emergency fishing regulations aim to be responsive to...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 6/21/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jun 21, 2023

    What is 4K and why do I want it? In recent years, the world of television technology has witnessed a rapid evolution, and one term that has gained prominence is "4K." If you've been shopping for a new TV you may have come across this term. But what does it actually mean? Let's explore the world of 4K and understand its significance. 4K refers to the resolution of a television display. Traditional high-definition (HD) TVs typically have a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. In contrast, 4K, also know...

  • MSU Extension Office: Succession & Transfer Planning

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Jun 21, 2023

    This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, marsha.goetting@montana.edu. An important goal for Montana farm/ranch family enterprises is to transfer land and business to the next generation. “The process is challenging because it includes a complex web of economic, legal, and family decisions,” says Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Spe...

  • New Equipment Helps TSS Bring Fiber to Area

    LEE GOOD, TeleSystem Services|Jun 21, 2023

    A strange-looking new machine has come to reside in Whitehall. It's called a Hydro Excavator. It basically consists of a high-pressure water wand for digging holes and trenches and a powerful high-volume vacuum cleaner for sucking up the resulting mess. TeleSystem Services (TSS) has acquired the new device for expanding our 2017 Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) system. This expansion project was recently funded by a local ARPA grant. This new machine will be used to install handholes, fiber...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/21/2023

    GEORGIA|Jun 21, 2023

    Georgia, I have a question, My neighbor has been getting several packages per day. If I switch our address plates just temporarily so that I get one of the packages and can inspect it, can I be held liable? Curiosity Killed the Cat Curiosity, WTH is wrong with you? Your neighbor’s packages are none of your business! Inspect it? Inspect it for what? Something illegal? Wait, maybe you should call your local police department and tell them that because your neighbor gets packages, he must be a criminal. It’s always good to warn the local cops abo...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Basic Grilled Pizza Dough

    Jun 21, 2023

    People naturally think burgers and hot dogs when they envision grilled foods. But there is so much more that can be cooked over an open fire, including desserts and even pizza. Grilling lends a distinctive smoky taste to both the crust and the toppings. Grilled pizzas start with a basic dough that cooks up quickly, and then can be customized with many different flavor profiles. This recipe makes two 12-inch crusts INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup warm water 1 package active dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 6/11/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Department|Jun 21, 2023

    SUNDAY, JUNE 11 08:41:11 Traffic Hazard 10:33:40 911 Hang Up: Paul Gulch Rd 10:51:37 Reckless Driver: I-90 15:33:30 Unknown Alarm: I-90 16:09:36 Traffic Stop 18:54:35 Suspicious Person: Dinsmore Ln 19:29:40 Citizen Assist: Lewis & Clark Caverns Rd 21:09:11 Domestic Violence: Bowman Ln MONDAY, JUNE 12 07:30:25 Abandoned Vehicle: I-90 10:04:34 Larceny/Theft: Hwy 55 10:17:06 Medical: Skyline Dr 10:57:10 911 Hang Up: Hwy 2 W 11:26:20 911 Hang Up: Tebay Ln 13:23:25 Suspicious Circumstance: Hwy 2 E 14:53:31 Animal: Hwy 69 15:08:17 Citizen Assist:...

  • Connecting Point: God & Nature - What is a Loving Relationship?

    BILL LANES|Jun 21, 2023

    Once upon a time, Americans agreed that to THRIVE every individual went the short route by identifying what we longed for and what we craved. It was agreeable and married people, especially married old couples, learned the secrets and they were precious. Christian marriage had been proved. It wasn’t something to argue over, Why was this? Well, from conception to early years, a mother and father slaved and sacrificed everything for their children. Why? For what? For food, shelter, clothing, and, yes, for love. Today, it’s still clear, we are...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 6/21/2023

    Jun 21, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, sometimes you do not have to take action to fix problems. Certain issues will work themselves out on their own. Don’t feel the need to rush in and find a quick solution. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Right now the spotlight is on you and your talents, Taurus. You have a large group of admirers who are looking to see what you can produce next. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 You will recover quickly from disagreements with others, Gemini. These situations may give you a new perspective and compel you to change a few things for the b...

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