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  • Into the Wild Frontier Showing Free at Star Theatre

    Jul 3, 2024

    Into the Wild Frontier, an INSP channel documentary-style production filmed in and around Whitehall in 2021 will be shown, for free, at the Star Theatre on Thursdays beginning July 11th at 7 PM. Join members of the cast and crew beforehand as they discuss their time on the show. Watch two episodes per evening, where you will see your friends, family, and neighbors on the big screen. More details and episode descriptions next week!...

  • Deadlines & Who to Contact for Frontier Days Events

    Jul 3, 2024

    ADVERTISING: The Whitehall Ledger will put out its annual Frontier Days special section a week earlier than usual to capture the PRCA rodeo attendees interest as well. If you would like to advertise for the PRCA and/or Frontier Days, contact the Ledger at 406-287-5301 or whledger@gmail.com. Deadline for this special section is July 12th. CHAMBER BBQ SPONSORSHIP: The Chamber is looking for food and monetary sponsors for the annual community BBQ. Contact the Chamber at 406-287-2260 or...

  • Circus Time

    Jul 3, 2024

    The C&M Circus was a big hit with young and old with two showings on Thursday, June 27th. The event was a fundraiser for Whitehall Public Transportation and Liberty Place....

  • Circus Time in Whitehall

    Jul 3, 2024

    The C&M Circus was a big hit with young and old with two showings on Thursday, June 27th. The event was a fundraiser for Whitehall Public Transportation and Liberty Place....

  • Dear Editor: WHS Activity Fees

    JENELLE WHITE, Whitehall School Board Trustee|Jul 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, The school board recently voted to establish a $100 activity fee for each middle school and high school athlete/participant per season, including fall, winter, and spring activities. Please know that this decision was not made lightly. I intend to provide a comprehensive background regarding this decision. Three years prior, the account to fund extracurricular activities started depleting itself more than was being funded. Our previous clerk had informed the board of this concern....

  • Dear Editor: Town Should Apologize to Pool Pals

    TERRY ROSS|Jul 3, 2024

    Dear Editor, As I read Tom Jenkin's Letter to the Editor (6/26/2024), I figured I had better throw my 53 cents (inflation) worth in. The Whitehall Pool Pals is a private non-profit 501c3 organization created by a group of people many years ago to help keep the newly constructed pool open and available to the people of Whitehall and the surrounding communities. Their goal has always been the betterment of the pool. They have never hinted that anything they have purchased and donated does not...

  • Thought Provokers: 7/3/2024

    Jul 3, 2024

    The lack of teenage pregnancies at Hogwarts is unrealistic, considering that the students had no Sex Ed classes. No one believed their imaginary friend was real. American films often include fictional towns but never fictional states. Most modern cars would be useless in a zombie apocalypse since they would stop you from hitting zombies. Most people haven’t jumped in weeks. If everyone decided today not to reproduce, humans would be extinct in just over 100 years. Given they are mammals, many humans have a surprisingly negative opinion of b...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/3/2024

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 3, 2024

    Happy Fourth of July to everyone! The library will be closed on the fourth but open the rest of the week at regular hours. We will serve lunches on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week, then back to the regular schedule on Monday, July 8th. Lunches are served free from 11 AM to 1 PM to anyone 18 and younger. On Wednesday, July 10th, at 10:30 AM, our favorite wizard will be back in the library! He will perform his magical scientific tricks for everyone and explain the science behind...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/7/1999

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 3, 2024

    Johanna Gustavsen, a Whitehall resident since 1993, was hired as the town deputy clerk and started work in the town hall on June 29. Gustavsen, who brings 11 years of accounting experience to the job, was selected among eight candidates for the position. She replaced Valerie Anderson. Whitehall Reader of the Week was Michele Weldon. Michele, 21, will be attending MSU-Billings in the fall. Michele reads about 30 books annually and likes science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction. She says...

  • Get Your Team Ready for 2nd Annual Frontier Days World Record Competition

    Jul 3, 2024

    Calling all competitors! Have we got some fun lined up for you! The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and the Frontier Days Committee are excited to announce the 2nd Annual FRONTIER DAYS WORLD RECORD COMPETITION. We've taken world records and given them a Frontier Days spin! The showdown will happen Saturday, July 27th at 3 PM on the Main Street Green's stage. Your task, if you choose to accept this challenge: Put together a team of four, see the challenges listed, and get practicing! Each team...

  • Community Appreciation BBQ Will Kick Off Frontier Days

    Jul 3, 2024

    Bring your friends, bring your family - but specifically, search out new-to-Whitehall residents to share in this annual tradition! The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will once again host its annual Frontier Days Community Appreciation BBQ on Thursday, July 25 at 6 PM at the Golden Sunlight Pavilion on Legion Park. This event is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated. The Chamber is currently seeking business sponsors for this event as well. "We want to specifically and formally...

  • JVF Wants Your Art & Photos for Frontier Days Show!

    MICHELE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Jul 3, 2024

    Jefferson Valley Fine Art (JVFA) group is looking for exhibitors in fine art and photography for our annual show during Frontier Days in Whitehall, MT on July 26th and 27th! JVFA still has available space so contact us to showcase your talent during this well-attended event. Art check-in is Thursday, July 25, from 4 PM to 7 PM at the Borden's conference room. Exhibit fee is $15 per artist and no commission is charged on sales. Artists receive 100% of the proceeds! Join the fun and be a part of...

  • WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Induction Class of 2023

    ED SIMON, WHS Athletic Hall of Fame|Jul 3, 2024

    The Whitehall High School Athletic Hall of Fame would like to announce the induction ceremony for the Class of 2023. This ceremony will be held on July 27th at 3 PM at the Whitehall Legion Center at 405 W Legion. The doors will open at 2:30 PM. The committee invites all to come and honor three individuals (Layne Glaus, Kerry Sacry, and Nels Nelson), one team (the 1983 Whitehall Renegades American Legion Baseball Team), and one couple (Doug and Arcylle Shaw) as contributors. Layne Glaus was a three-sport athlete from 2002 to 2006, mainly making...

  • Bannack State Park to host Bannack Days July 20-21

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 3, 2024

    Bannack State Park’s signature event, Bannack Days, is scheduled for the third weekend in July, with many traditional activities, displays, vendors, and re-enactments celebrating Montana’s first territorial capital. Bannack Days will be Saturday, July 20, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, July 21, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Admission is $5 for individuals ages 6 and older, or $20 per family. Admission is free for children ages 5 and younger. Food and drinks can be purchased from vendors during the event. Parking space is limited during this busy eve...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 7/3/2024

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control|Jul 3, 2024

    Another nasty noxious weed is houndstongue (Cynoglossum officinale). It seems our North American attempts to control this weed are becoming a somewhat sensational secret success story! Let's describe the weed first. Houndstongue is a biannual (grows for two years) plant. In the first year, the seed sprouts and grows a basal rosette (a ring of leaves near the ground) and a deep tap root. During the second season, the plant uses the energy and nutrients stored in the carrot-shaped tap root to...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Celebrate Independent Retailer Month in Whitehall

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jul 3, 2024

    Hey, Whitehall Chamber members and local businesses! July is Independent Retailer Month, and it's time to spotlight our fantastic local shops. This annual event encourages everyone to shop local and celebrates the indie retailers that make our community vibrant and sustainable. What is Independent Retailer Month? Running throughout July, this shop local initiative emphasizes the positive impact of independent retailers on our economy and community. It's a time to support the businesses that...

  • MSU Extension: Want to Avoid the Cost of Probate? Use PODs and TODs

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Jul 3, 2024

    This is one in a series of articles 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. The Montana legislature has provided tools to allow Montanans to have their financial assets passed to the people they choose instead of letting the state decide. According to Montana State University Extension educators, an added benefit is that probate is avoided. Marsha Goetting, MSU...

  • Montana WILD Announces Free July Events

    Montana WILD|Jul 3, 2024

    Montana WILD staff will host free events in July. Registration is required for most of these events. Reserve a spot by calling 406-444-9941 or emailing Jeanne.connolly@mt.gov. Observe a Bird Banding Station: July 8, 15 and 26, 8 AM - 11 AM. Observe a bird banding station in action! Montana WILD and Spring Meadow Lake State Park are thrilled to host six bird banding events throughout the summer with public opportunities to observe birds - and scientists - up close! Montana WILD staff and volunteers will provide education for adults and kids at...

  • Speaker Events Coming Up at Southwestern Montana State Parks

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 3, 2024

    Several interpretive events highlighting southwestern Montana’s natural, cultural, and historical elements are scheduled at Lewis & Clark Caverns and Missouri Headwaters state parks. These family-friendly events are free to Montana residents; an $8 fee applies to nonresident vehicles. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park: FRIDAY, JUNE 28 - How Old Is It? Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist Vanna Boccadori will share her experience working with various wildlife and talk about what stories their bones can tell us. 8 PM at the campground a...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 7/3/2024

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jul 3, 2024

    How to Spot and Avoid Phishing Scams Phishing attacks continue to threaten individuals online, exploiting their trust and stealing sensitive information. Whether through emails, text messages, or phone calls, scammers employ clever tactics to deceive unsuspecting victims. Here's how you can protect yourself: Recognize the Signs: Poor Grammar and Spelling: Be wary of messages with glaring errors. Legitimate organizations maintain professional communication. Urgency and Pressure: Scammers often...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Buttermilk Chicken Kebabs

    Jul 3, 2024

    Backyard barbecues remain popular even when the summer slowly begins to wind down. Though traditional favorites like hamburgers and hot dogs always have a place at the table, grilling aficionados may look for new recipes to test their skills. Buttermilk Chicken Kebabs from Casablanca: My Moroccan Food (Firefly Books) by Nargisse Benkabbou does not disappoint. Even though buttermilk is not a traditional Moroccan ingredient, the author uses it to tenderize the chicken and make these kebabs even mo...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 7/3/2024

    GEORGIA|Jul 3, 2024

    Georgia, I have a question, My mom walked in on my husband and my five-year-old daughter having a tea party. He was dressed in a tutu and pink fuzzy bunny ears, sipping grape juice from a plastic toy tea set. She says she’s disturbed. However, I can’t stop giggling at the thought of my red-beared, 6’s” sasquatch of a man having tea with our precious girl. As big and burly as he is, I know my daughter has him wrapped around her little finger. How do I tell my mom to relax? That view of masculinity is so archaic. My husband just laughed her dra...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 6/23/2024

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.|Jul 3, 2024

    SUNDAY, JUNE 23 00:37:16 Medical: Hwy 2 W 00:52:13 Stranded Motorist: N Whitehall St 04:16:19 Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 08:56:22 Animal 09:09:48 Citizen Assist: E Legion St 09:55:59 Suspicious Circumstance: E Second St 13:23:39 Stranded Motorist: I-90 14:45:38 Medical: Ballard Ln 14:55:56 Animal: I-90 16:43:33 911 Open Line 16:47:35 Traffic Offense: Hwy 55 17:46:41 Traffic Hazard: Hwy 41 21:37:28 Assault: Toll Mtn Rd 22:39:37 Welfare Check: I-90 MONDAY, JUNE 24 05:49:10 911 Hang Up:...

  • CONNECTING POINT: Pruning Has a Purpose

    BILL LANES|Jul 3, 2024

    Early this spring, my wife and I met with some arborists regarding some trees that needed attention at our home. I’m not a tree guy or even a green thumb; gardening is Dina’s thing. I generally get to “do” the other stuff: install, fix, or adjust the sprinklers, build a planter, remove the tree stump, etc. I learned some valuable information about our trees and their growing behavior. Proper pruning is done for the tree's health; improper pruning creates unhealthy behavior. One tree is being robbed of water and nutrients because of some su...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 7/3/2024

    Jul 3, 2024

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 A difficult situation is beginning to settle down after some time, Aries. Enjoy this well-earned peace, and consider how a new perspective can help you move forward. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, a new plan can be just what you need to make notable progress. Finding a mentor or someone who has already forged a path can be useful. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, you have a lot going on in your life right now to keep you busy. With so much going on, try not to worry about what is going on with others. Stay in your lane. CANCER...

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