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  • Put the Copper K Fiber Festival on Your To-Do List This July 17-18!

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 30, 2021

    Mark your calendars for the fifth annual Copper K Fiber Festival Saturday, July 17 (9AM-5PM) and Sunday, July 18 (9AM-3PM). Event creator Kami Noyes of Ranching Fiber Traditions invites everyone to attend this event, where Fiber Arts are Getting Back to Their Roots! The event is free of charge; workshops, however, are not free and must be registered for ahead of time. A total of ten workshops, ranging in price from $60 to $130 for 3+ hours of learning are being offered at the Fiber Festival. Learn everything from how to spin, how to dye, what...

  • DEQ Holding Public Comment for Draft EIS for Proposed Tailings Reprocessing Project at GSM

    Craig Jones, Department of Environmental Quality|Jun 30, 2021

    The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed tailing reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM). GSM is located approximately five miles northeast of Whitehall, Montana in Jefferson County. The draft statement is available for review at the Whitehall Community Library during regular business hours. Public comment is open from June 15, 2021 to July 2021. The DEQ hosted a public meeting on Tuesday, June 29th where...

  • Enjoy...Be Safe...and Send Me Pictures!

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 30, 2021

    Ahhh, fireworks! I love them so much! BUT I get hurt nearly every year around the Fourth of July, mostly due to my own stupidity. I've caught sparks in my eye in the past, burning my contact to my eyeball. We've mis-lit launching fireworks, which have tipped and gone directly into the group of everyone watching. In 2020, an estimated 15,600 people were seen for fireworks-related injuries at hospital emergency departments, according to data collected by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission...

  • Dear Editor: Passing of two Whitehall fixtures

    Ron Jung|Jun 30, 2021

    Dear Editor, This past week another two Whitehall fixtures have left us and passed into Whitehall history, Bob Casagrande and Hervey Perez. Everyone knew them, or at least their names, because they gave of themselves not only to Whitehall, but more importantly to the people of Whitehall who call this place home. Bob was the first person I met after moving here in 1988. I was looking out my back window and saw this mountain of a man in my yard. What was he doing and what the heck was he doing in...

  • Dear Editor: Ladies Day & Cruella

    Charles Charlene Shank|Jun 30, 2021

    Dear Editor, First of all, I wish to voice my congratulations to and appreciation for the new editor of our local newspaper. This past Sunday’s Ladies Day Out was a great success. After a meet and greet at the newspaper office, the majority of the ladies (myself included - the only man “allowed” to attend since I assist in editing the paper on Mondays) walked next door to the Star Theatre and took in the new ‘Cruella,’ a new Disney film that was generated from the original, which hit theaters way back in January of ‘61. Interesting...

  • Name to a Face: To the Lost Ones

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 30, 2021

    Bob Casagrande was a family friend of the author, whom she had known since her birth. His passing this week hit her hard, but she took the picture at right just a few moments after learning he was gone. That inspired this article. You never know when true pain will hit you. No, not physical pain; I mean the type of pain which is harder to heal from. After a challenging year, no one expected to get hit with something this hard to deal with. In this type of situation, you grasp desperately for...

  • Go Ask Jo: 6/30/2021

    Jo|Jun 30, 2021

    Dear Jo, I am so mad! If I hear one more time that I should just appreciate my life right where it is and not keep looking for more, I will scream! Why is it that all of sudden reaching for more is somehow not appreciating where you have come from or where your life is in the moment? Can’t I do both? I do appreciate all that I have been through and recognize that because of that journey, I am where I am today. I also, though, want to reach for more, achieve more, not settle. Is this a bad thing? I feel judged and frustrated! Any advice? S...

  • Game Wardens Seek Information on Pelicans Killed on Jefferson River

    Morgan E. Jacobsen, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks|Jun 30, 2021

    Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on two pelicans that were recently shot and killed illegally on the Jefferson River. The pelicans were found near the Limespur Fishing Access Site, about a mile upstream from the entrance to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park. Wardens believe the birds were shot sometime between the afternoon of Saturday, June 19, and the morning of Sunday, June 20. Anyone with possible information is encouraged to call the FWP violation...

  • Whitehurst earns Montana University System Honor Scholarships

    Karen Ogden, University of Montana System|Jun 30, 2021

    The Montana University System has awarded the prestigious Montana University System Honor Scholarship to 2021 Whitehall High School graduate Kathryn Whitehurst. The MUS Honor Scholarship is a renewable scholarship offered by the Montana Board of Regents that waives undergraduate tuition for up to eight semesters at any campus of the Montana University System or Dawson, Flathead Valley or Miles community colleges. The scholarship's average value is $20,000. It is the most prestigious scholarship...

  • Astronomical Event Visible This July 11-13th

    Joe Witherspoon, Cottontail Observatory|Jun 30, 2021

    Venus and Mars will meet up and be joined by the Moon. To see this event look West where the Sun will set about 9:55 PM on July 11th through 13th. You will see a bright Venus and right next to it will be a dimmer ruby Mars. On the 11th the Moon will be about 4 degrees to the right of Venus. With only 6% visibility it will be a very thin Crescent Moon. On the 12th the Crescent Moon will be about 4 degrees above and to the left of the Venus Mars pair. The 13th the Moon will be about 10 degrees above and to the left of the Venus Mars pair. For...

  • Chamber Corner: Get Involved - Volunteer!

    Jun 30, 2021

    FRONTIER DAYS: The Chamber is actively seeking vendors of all kinds - if you are a vendor, or know of one, please get in contact with the Chamber at 406-287-2260 or whitehallmtchamber@gmail.com. Parade applications are available online at whitehallchamberofcommerce.com or at the Chamber kiosk at 501 North Whitehall Street. The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help run a kids activity building center at the Main Street Green on Saturday, July 24th from 10 to 1. Help us get the word out - Frontier Days 2021 is going to be...

  • Connecting Point: The True Source

    Bill Lanes|Jun 30, 2021

    Generosity, according to dictionary.com, is the spirit and action of freely and frequently giving to others.” Most often this characteristic is associated with those of religious ties, being celebrated world-wide. One can also be generous without any religious background or belief. Do you consider yourself to be generous? Many of us do. We live in a community that is quite generous through non-profit avenues. Generous benefactors give of their time, talent, and resources to those in need. I’m of the opinion that “small town life” is the best! I...

  • Hervey H. Perez, 78

    Jun 30, 2021

    Hervey H. Perez passed away on June 24, 2021. The youngest child of Bernardo and Luz (Hernandez) Perez. He was Born in Melvin, McCulloch County, TX on 1943. "Hey, there's something on your shirt." It took working for the Post Office to find out that his name was spelled Hervey not Harvey. It's only the difference of a letter, right? Harvey could not pass up a corny joke. A stranger was not a stranger for long. No matter where he went or what name he went by, people never forgot him. "Pull my...

  • David Joseph Klem, 79

    Jun 30, 2021

    David Joseph Klem, 79, of Belgrade passed away Friday, June 11, 2021. He was born September 8, 1942, in Jacksonville, Illinois to Albert and Mary (Gilbert) Underwood. When he was a senior in high school, the family moved to Boulder City, Nevada. He then attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he received a bachelor's degree in business. From 1959 to 1965, David served in the Naval Reserves, and for three of those years (1960 to 1963) was called to active duty with the United States...

  • Robert E. Casagrande, 74

    Jun 30, 2021

    He loved to dance and everyone knew when he was on the dance floor. Stomping his feet, a big smile on his face, moving around the dance floor with his favorite partner, Terrie. They shared their last dance on May 15th, 2021 at the Black Tie, Blue Jean event in Whitehall. Robert Edward Casagrande, age 74, passed away peacefully on the evening of June 24, 2021, at his home in Whitehall. He was born to the late Emma (Salvagni) Casagrande and Julius Casagrande on April 18, 1947 in Butte, Montana....

  • Daines Introduces Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Costs, Expand Treatment for Montanans

    Jun 30, 2021

    U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced the “Lower Costs, More Cures Act,” which will support Montanans by lowering prescription drug prices, increasing transparency in the complex prescription drug pricing process and encouraging American ingenuity in the development of new treatments and cures. “Year after year, Montanans continue to face out of control prescription drugs costs. Folks in Montana and across the country should not have to choose between putting food on their table...

  • Between the Stacks: 6/30/2021

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Jun 30, 2021

    As everyone is looking forward to the Fourth of July holiday, I want to remind you that the Library will be closed on July 5th. We will be open on Saturday as usual. Please also be on the lookout for the many children who are arriving and leaving from programs. It is a busy time of year for us and we want everyone to stay safe. If you have a young person interested in getting into the babysitting business, the Extension Office will be teaching a four week Babysitting clinic on Tuesday afternoons, starting July 6 at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome...

  • Whitehall/Boulder Municipal Election Candidates

    Jun 30, 2021

    The following candidates have declared their nomination for the following offices. TOWN OF WHITEHALL: Alderman: Ward 1 (unexpired 2 year term): Bill Lanes Ward 1 (4 year term): Patricia T. Peterson Ward 2 (4 year term): Linda Jung Ward 3 (4 year term): NA Mayor (4 year term): Mary Janacaro Hensleigh CITY OF BOULDER: Councilman: Ward 1 (4 year term): Drew E. Dawson Ward 2 (4 year term): Stacie St. Clair, Patricia Lewis Mayor (4 year term): Russell “Rusty” Giulio Write-in candidates have until August 30, 2021 to declare their nomination with the...

  • St. James Cancer Center Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

    Tanner Gooch, St James Communications Manager|Jun 30, 2021

    The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the SCL Health Cancer Centers of Montana at St. James Healthcare. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain level of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, St. James...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: June

    Arlene Weber, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jun 30, 2021

    The following is taken as written from the June 21 and 28, 1895 editions of the Whitehall Zephyr. We were pleased to meet Mr. Martin Lundwall of the Madison County Monitor, Twin Bridges this week. Mr. Lundwall was down to Bozeman and took in the circus but says he was not one of the suckers who dropped a roll on the shell game-that's what he says. Dick Hammond may be able to stick to a bucking or runaway bronco, but when a bicycle takes the bits between its teeth he ain't able to stay with it...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years:

    Catherine Ellerton, Whitehall Ledger|Jun 30, 2021

    The Whitehall Ledger was awarded 15 first place awards, including one major award for community service, at the Montana Newspaper Association (MNA) annual convention in Livingston Saturday. Ledger editor Jan Anderson individually received 8 first place writing awards and one first place photo award. That placed her not only as the top individual writing winner in Class III weeklies at the MNA Better Newspaper Contest but also as the winner of the most individual first place writing awards from any newspaper of any size in the statewide contest....

  • Montana Park of the Week: Greycliff Prairie Dog Town

    Jun 30, 2021

    This weeks showcase, Greycliff Prairie Dog Town State Park is brought to you by Yellowstone Country and is located in southeast Montana. This black-tailed prairie dog community is protected and preserved through the efforts of Montana State Parks, the Nature Conservancy, and the Montana Department of Transportation. Did you know? Interpretive displays tell the story of these small, entertaining prairie dogs and their role in the prairie ecosystem. These creatures have great ecological...

  • Boaters Gearing Up for July 4th Weekend May Need Inspection

    Jun 30, 2021

    As boaters flock to the amazing rivers and lakes across the state for the July 4th weekend, keep in mind the rules aimed at preventing aquatic invasive species from spreading. Just like in past years, watercraft owners must stop at all open inspection stations they encounter. Typically, these stops are very brief and include a short series of questions and an inspection of the boat and trailer. Watercraft owners can make this process quick and easy if they consistently practice Clean, Drain and Dry: • Clean all mud and debris from the w...

  • Fireworks Prohibited on Reclamation Lands, Waterbodies

    Jun 30, 2021

    Fireworks are strictly prohibited on Bureau of Reclamation lands and waterbodies. These areas consist of multiple reservoirs, surrounding lands, and campgrounds across the state of Montana. These areas include Anita Reservoir, Bighorn Reservoir, Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Clark Canyon Reservoir, Fresno Reservoir, Gibson Reservoir, Helena Valley Reservoir, Nelson Reservoir, Pishkun Reservoir, Tiber Reservoir known locally as Lake Elwell, and Willow Creek Reservoir. “Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands in Montana, but the extremely dry...

  • Garden Open House at Sage Mountain Center

    Chris Borton, Sage Mountain Center|Jun 30, 2021

    Enjoy a drive into the mountains to see the beautiful high-altitude gardens of Sage Mountain Center on Saturday, July 10, 10 AM to 2 PM, located off Toll Mtn. Rd. between Butte and Whitehall, off Hwy 2. Features include organic edible landscapes, Permaculture designs, drip irrigation, cultivars of herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, as well as, water retention techniques, and mulching options. At 6,300 ft elevation, the solar water heated straw bale greenhouse provides an abundance of...

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