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Articles from the June 26, 2024 edition

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  • Don't Miss the C&M Circus on Thursday at Whitehall Rodeo Grounds

    Jun 26, 2024

    Thanks to the sponsorship of Liberty Place/Whitehall Public Transportation, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will come to Whitehall, MT, on Thursday, June 27th, to the lot behind the Rodeo Grounds-Whitehall Recreation Complex, located at 2 Rodeo Lane. Shows will be at 5 PM and 7:30 PM. C&M Circus has been providing quality, local family entertainment for 38 years. This authentic one-ring, big-top circus has been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top, Nick News: On the Road with Circu...

  • Whimsical Wonders' Enchanted Forest Faire

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|Jun 26, 2024

    The Whitehall Whimsical Wonders had a "wonder-ful" and enchanted time because the Whitehall community participated in the ENCHANTED FAIRE. We want to thank Gold Junction Presents and Liz Pullman for their vision of having a strong fine arts program for our great town and helping foster creativity in many ways. WWW would also like to thank the community members who created awesome fairy dwellings in all shapes, sizes, and themes, displaying 27 individual fairy dwellings along the magical pathway...

  • Montana's Destination Fiber Festival Brings Fiber Folks Together for 8th Year

    LAVONNE STUCKY, Copper K Fiber Festival|Jun 26, 2024

    There are few things left in this world that bring folks together like the Copper K Fiber Festival. The third weekend in July is set aside each year for a special event at the Copper K Barn outside Whitehall, MT, at 786 Point of Rocks Road. This year's event runs from Saturday, July 20 (9 AM to 5 PM) and Sunday, July 21 (9 AM to 3 PM). Steeped in local history and rich tradition, this barn is the perfect setting for a destination fiber festival. Situated on a bluff above the Jefferson River,...

  • Whitehall's So Nice, They'll Play Here Twice! Free Concert at Star Monday at 6 PM

    Jun 26, 2024

    Piano Pete and Gary Guitar are musical entertainers who graced the stage this past Saturday at the Whimsical Wonders Enchanted Faire. Next up on their docket? A free concert at the Star Theatre on Monday, July 1st at 6 PM. Both are extremely passionate musicians who perform music from every era. The team has enjoyed playing across the United States for the past three years, connecting with numerous musicians and audiences alike. Piano Pete is a pianist, composer, and music producer; known for hi...

  • Dear Editor: Spend, Spend, Spend

    TOM JENKIN|Jun 26, 2024

    Dear Editor, Spend, spend, spend... On June 4th, Steve Antonioli received an email from the Town office stating that he could not do anything (using Pool Pals, Inc. – a 501(c)(3) funds) at the pool without the Town Council's approval. Did the Council members approve that email, or was this later rubber-stamped? Steve was four days from having the pool ready to open. He turned in his resignation from the Pool Board effective immediately. The Town then spent $2000 to have someone else finish t...

  • Dear Editor: Join AS&C for Walk & Wag!

    ASC of Jefferson County|Jun 26, 2024

    Greetings, Whitehall, Boulder, and surrounding communities: On Saturday, June 29, from 10 AM to 2 PM. the AS&C of Jefferson County will host the 3rd annual Walk and Wag! Yes, it is time to prepare your pups for a wonderful day of exercise and fresh air. The event will be held at 23 Muskrat Lane in Boulder. This event will honor Sue Miller, who recently passed away. She was an avid walker and contributed her skills and knowledge to the Boulder community and Jefferson County for many years. There...

  • Dear Editor: Rob Quist Evening Successful

    NANCY JANE LIEN, Montana HD75 Candidate|Jun 26, 2024

    Dear Editor, Thanks to all the Jefferson County folks who came to hear the music and speeches at Tings in Jefferson City on Saturday, June 22nd. Rob Quist is the Montana Poet. His songs highlight the Montana we love: wide open spaces, our native heritage, Charlie Russell, and loving and living off the land. His long-time bandmate David Griffith is a master of seven different instruments but wowed the crowd with his steel guitar. Former Governor Brian Schweitzer informed the crowd of the notice...

  • Who is the New Face at The Ledger?

    BROOKLYNN LANES, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 26, 2024

    Who am I? Brooklynn Lanes is a recent Whitehall High School graduate who loves reading, writing, and baking. Fun fact: I have only ever gone to school in Whitehall. I had the privilege of starting Head Start (pre-school) early. That is where I learned of my love of reading through Grandma Joy! Through the years, my love for reading has only grown! After graduating from pre-school, I finally moved on to kindergarten, where I bawled my eyes out for having to leave my mother. Then came first grade, where I gave up a rootbeer float at school to go...

  • A Different Perspective: 6/26/2024

    LARRY HOFFMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 26, 2024

    Two months short of his third birthday, my dog was hit and killed on the highway recently. He was not a wanderer and very intelligent, so I’ll never know why he went there, but it happened. I know all of you pet people have gone through the same loss. It is an immutable fact that our most loyal friends will leave us too soon, and there is no cushion to soften that loss. Anyone who has lived decades and always had pets, has been through that darkness repeatedly because, even if they reach old a...

  • Thought Provokers: 6/26/2024

    Jun 26, 2024

    Middle-class people have to do the most yard work and house cleaning. They aren’t rich enough to hire someone else to do it but rich enough to afford a larger place. Birds have diarrhea their entire lives. Physics is math constrained by the limits of reality, and engineering is physics constrained by money limits. A source of a large amount of microplastics in your body is probably daily toothbrush and floss use. The time gap between when Austin Powers was frozen in the ‘60s and thawed out in the ‘90s is nearly identical to the stretch from...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 6/30/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 26, 2024

    JUNE 30, 1999 The Rockin' the Rockies classic rock concert was on the move-literally. The concert site moved about eight miles east of Highway 2 to a 640-acre location owned by the Zuelke family. The move was designed to enhance the safety of the concert crowd and to improve the consolidation of the concert site, vendor booths, and concert camping. Painting the first proposed Lewis & Clark Expedition large-scale mural in Whitehall was scheduled to begin at 10 AM on Friday, July 9. Volunteers...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Chamber Executive Director Takes in Big Sky, Bright Future Economic Summit

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 26, 2024

    Big Sky Bright Future Economic Summit, held in Bozeman June 19-20 and hosted by Governor Greg Gianforte and the Montana Chamber of Commerce, covered many topics essential to the state's economic growth and innovation. Key discussions included fostering partnerships to boost the economy, strategies for recruiting and establishing new businesses, and targeted business recruitment. Attendees explored work culture and leadership, the state's economic resurgence, and technological advancements in...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Frontline Tour with SW Montana Visits Virginia City

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jun 26, 2024

    On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, a group of enthusiastic explorers, including Whitehall Chamber Executive Director Chiara Schober, embarked on the Frontline Tour with Southwest Montana, ready to delve into our region's rich history and stunning scenery. If you're from Whitehall and have yet to experience Virginia City and Nevada City, consider this your call to adventure! The day began with a bright and early departure from the Butte-Silver Bow Chamber of Commerce. The drive was a treat in itself, wit...

  • Alice Kleffner Dove, 84

    Jun 26, 2024

    Alice Jean Kleffner was born November 17, 1942, in Great Falls, Montana, the daughter of Paul and Thelma (Putnam) Kleffner. She grew up on a beautiful ranch south of East Helena, attended St. Ann's school in East Helena, and graduated from Cathedral High School. In the summer of 1961, while working as a secretary at Montana Highway Patrol headquarters, she met the love of her life. On March 3, 1962, she married William Larry Dove. Thus, she began the most important career of her life: that of... Full story

  • Earl Wayne Nelson, 89

    Jun 26, 2024

    Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, and uncle passed away on June 17, 2024. Earl Wayne Nelson was born in Tooele, Utah, on April 12, 1935, to Reed and Bernadene Nelson. He graduated from Tooele High School in 1953. Shortly after graduation, he was diagnosed with Polio and enlisted in the Army to gain strength. After the army, he attended Utah State University and received his Masters in Math. He met the love of his life on a blind date. He married Darlene Church on September 18,... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 6/26/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 26, 2024

    This week, I attended the Belfer National Conference for Educators, presented by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., via the Internet. Technology is amazing, and this conference is an amazing national event that educates students and others about the Holocaust. Our Holocaust Book Discussion group will meet this month on June 27th at 6 PM. Anyone is welcome to come and join this discussion on Holocaust literature and history. Next week's schedule will be lighter as...

  • Garden Club to Meet July 10th

    DIANE WARD, Whitehall Garden Club|Jun 26, 2024

    Have you ever wondered how the hanging baskets at nurseries look so full and beautiful? At the next Whitehall Garden Club meeting, you will learn how to create your own hanging basket! Guest speaker Ruby Anderson from Wagner’s Nursery will demonstrate how to plant and maintain hanging baskets. Her expertise will provide information on what types of plants to select and how to place them in the basket using tips that nurseries use to make a beautiful display. The Garden Club will begin meeting on Wednesday, July 10th, at 9:30 AM in the B...

  • Antonioli Resigns From Pool Board After Town Letter

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 26, 2024

    At the June meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, June 17, in the Town Hall, it was announced that longtime volunteer and Pool Board member Steve Antonioli had resigned just four days before the pool's summer opening. Audience member Maxine Samuelson commented that Antonioli had been an asset to this community, funding the pool via a personal loan along with Glenna Waltee and Helen McCarthy, and that the town owed Antonioli a sincere thank you for his years of dedication. However, many other audience members were left confused by...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 6/26/2024

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jun 26, 2024

    We are into summer now, and the weeds are showing their ugly or pretty heads. The Whitehall Biological Weed Control Project is finished with whitetop flower mites, yellow toadflax stem-boring weevils, and Dalmatian toadflax stem-boring weevils. Next, we will be monitoring for and collecting/releasing leafy spurge flea beetles and the red-headed leafy spurge root/stem-boring beetle. Leafy spurge is a deep-rooted perennial plant invader from Eurasia. It has a latex-filled milky white sap that can...

  • Gentlemen: Take Care of Yourself This Men's Health Month

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Jun 26, 2024

    This month, we pay tribute to the fathers, grandfathers, and men who step up and make a difference in our lives. June is also observed as Men’s Health Month. It’s a time to recognize the unique health issues men may face and encourage the important men in your life to work to improve their overall health. In the United States, the life expectancy for men is approximately five years less than the life expectancy for women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hea...

  • Programs at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jun 26, 2024

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is about 15 miles southeast of Whitehall, along Montana Highway 2. For more information about the park, call 406-287-3541, ext. 9. Friday, June 28 - How Old Is It? Guest speaker Vanna Boccadori will share her experience working with a variety of wildlife species to talk about what stories their bones can tell us. 8 PM at campground amphitheater. Saturday, June 29 - Three Dog Night: Learn about the common characteristics between three cool canines—wolves, coyotes, and foxes—and how they differ from each oth...

  • Drawing Results Available for Elk B, Deer B, Antelope, Crane and Swan

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jun 26, 2024

    Are you eager to finalize your fall hunting plans? The drawings for elk B, deer B, antelope 900, crane, and swan are complete. Hunters can check their results online. There are a few ways to get your drawing results. Visit, click MyFWP Login in the upper right-hand corner, then click on the “Lookup Draw Results, Register for Lists” tab on the left-hand menu, or log in to your MyFWP account. You may also sign up for an account at Applicants may also call any FWP regional office or the licensing office at 406...

  • Road Tripping This Summer? Keep These Tips in Mind

    STATEPOINT|Jun 26, 2024

    Whether you’re day-tripping with family, taking a week-long vacation with pals, or doing a cross-country solo drive, summer road trips of all kinds can be long and exhausting. The good news? There are plenty of ways to improve the experience. Great Snacks: Road trip snacks are non-negotiable! They make car rides of any length brighter, keeping drivers and passengers happy and fueled for the miles ahead. It’s best to have a mix of snack options that are easy to eat in the car or at roadside stops. Carrot sticks, pretzels, and nuts make gre...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Blueberry Zucchini Bread

    Jun 26, 2024

    Summer's bounty knows no bounds. Home gardeners often discover many crops they can harvest during the waning days of summer, with tomatoes, blueberries, zucchini, and other squashes among the offerings. It pays to have various ways to prepare these ingredients when a garden starts overflowing. Blueberry Zucchini Bread is a moist recipe that is both sweet and subtly tangy. This recipe, courtesy of Eating Well and Pam Lolley, can be an easy breakfast or a light dessert. It also happens to be...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 6/26/2024

    GEORGIA|Jun 26, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, I am not a fan of tattoos because they are so ubiquitous now. When I was a kid, tattoos were rare and rebellious. Nowadays, they are everywhere, and that’s fine. People can decorate themselves however they want. But, for example, my grandfather had tattoos. They were from when he was in the military and were a memorial to his friends killed in action. My son (19) has wanted a tattoo since he was little, so I told him that was okay but to consider whatever he got and have it be at least a little meaningful and not j...

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