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Articles from the July 5, 2023 edition

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  • Claire Best, 85

    Jul 5, 2023

    UPDATE: Memorial services for Claire Best will be held Saturday, July 8, 2023 at the Cardwell Community Church at 2:30 PM. Cookies and coffee will follow. Claire Best passed away on January 4, 2023, at the Open Arms Eldercare facility in Belgrade, Montana, where she had lived for the past three years. Claire Best was born in Whitehall Montana, on June 17, 1937, to J. Peter and Helen (Reel) Jackson. She grew up in Pony, MT, and on the Jackson Ranch in Norris, MT with her siblings Bette (Jackson)... Full story

  • Frontier Days Committee Announces the FRONTIER DAYS WORLD RECORD COMPETITION

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 5, 2023

    Calling all competitors! Have we got some fun lined up for you! The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and the Frontier Days Committee announce the First Annual FRONTIER DAYS WORLD RECORD COMPETITION. We've taken world records and given them a Frontier Days spin! The showdown will happen Saturday, July 29th at 4 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 member will be responsible for three challenges, so pick your team...

  • Property Assessment Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, July 18

    Jul 5, 2023

    An open forum discussion with your local Montana Department of Revenue office will be held Tuesday, July 18, 2023, from 5 PM to 8 PM in the Whitehall City Courtroom at 2 North Whitehall Street. Virtual options are also available by visiting for more information. This meeting will help property owners understand their property assessment notice and how it can affect their property taxes. The Department of Revenue mailed real property classifications and appraisal notices at the end of June. This notice does not serve...

  • Schober Graduates Civil Air Patrol Summer Encampment

    TIM SCHOBER, Civil Air Patrol Montana|Jul 5, 2023

    On Saturday, July 1, 2023, 12-year-old Whitehall resident Lillian Schober graduated from the Civil Air Patrol Montana Wing Summer Encampment. This week-long event took place at Fort Harrison in Helena and is akin to a youth-based boot camp. During the week, Schober and over fifty other cadets developed leadership skills, investigated aerospace sciences and other related careers, committed to a habit of regular exercise, and solidified their moral character. They did this through regular uniform...

  • Montana Department of Revenue Issuing Individual Income Tax Rebates in July

    JASON SLEAD, Montana Dept. of Revenue|Jul 5, 2023

    Montana income taxpayers may notice extra money in their bank accounts or a rebate check in the mail next month. The Montana Department of Revenue will begin issuing rebates of 2021 individual income taxes to over 530,000 qualifying Montana taxpayers beginning July 3. The department anticipates distributing most rebates by August 31. Best of all, taxpayers do not need to apply for the rebate. “Montanans overpaid their taxes, and we’re giving it back,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “I look forward to getting this money back into...

  • Thought Provokers: 7/5/2023

    Jul 5, 2023

    Intelligence isn't genuinely appreciated until you meet someone who has none. Parents hide their smoking habit from their kids, and kids hide their smoking habit from their parents. In nature, cold milk isn't a thing unless the mother is dead. The human body has a highly sophisticated diagnosis system, but outputs terrible error codes. Most people who buy 50 meter water resistant watches will never dive that deep in their lives. W is the only letter that explains how it is written. Love at first...

  • Dear Editor: Is there a need for a 4 way stop?

    RICHARD SHEPARD|Jul 5, 2023

    Dear Editor, I am really curious about four-way stops. I understand that HIGH TRAFFIC areas need to have one, like near the school and in Whitehall by the Post Office and then the Community Center. Why was one put up on First Street and A Street? Was an analysis completed and then approved by the Town Council? That area is not high traffic, why would the Council approve this? What a waste of material and labor! Whoever approved this should be made to reimburse the city for all costs. Richard Shepard Whitehall, Montana...

  • Dear Editor: Property tax increases and local spending demand efficiencies

    TERRY FALK, HD 8 Representative|Jul 5, 2023

    Dear Editor, Property tax increases and local spending demand efficiencies Property values are up, that's not news. Will property taxes follow? All of us need to have a conversation with your mayors, school boards and county commissioners, soon! Property tax bills have not been decided yet. Just because values are up does not require property taxes to rise also. Has the need for services increased? For sure. And so has the number of new developed properties that pay a large amount greater property taxes than previous. Higher property taxes and...

  • Notice: Ledger Office Closed July 12-14

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 5, 2023

    The Ledger Office will be closed from July 12 to July 14. Emails and Calls will not be returned during this time. The office will reopen Monday, July 17....

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/1/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 5, 2023

    JULY 1, 1998 Road construction crews resurfaced the I-90 interstate, and the benefits of the resurfacing extended far beyond the four lanes of I-90. After the top layer - millings - were stripped off, they were being hauled in and around Whitehall to improve five area roads. The millings were spread on Piedmont Road (about 1.1 miles), Yellowstone Trail (1 mile), Kelly Road (.3 mile), First St. extension (.5 mile), and the entirety of Pipestone Road. After the millings were stripped off the interstate, they were hauled to where they were dumped...

  • Prevent Injury; Practice Lawn Mower Safety

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center|Jul 5, 2023

    As the summer season begins, it might be time to bring out your lawnmowers and manage your property. Although this seems like an adult-only activity, it is important to consider your children when adjusting your routine to focus on important safety practices. If your child is over 12 years of age, they might be mature enough to take on the task themselves. We have outlined the appropriate safety measures below if you have children who are near the lawn mower or who are ready to learn how to help! Keeping children safe around lawnmowers: ...

  • Right Relationships Ready to Assist in Personal Growth

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 5, 2023

    Are you looking to improve yourself? To challenge yourself to do better, to reach higher, to strive for excellence, all in order to make a greater contribution to those around you? Do you want to make a greater impact on your loved ones, the community, and perhaps the world at large? Right Relationships is just a call away and ready to assist. Sally Erickson and Timothy Bennett, who have been in the Whitehall area for three years are officially hanging their shingle for new clients after...

  • Human Remains Found at Elk Park

    Jul 5, 2023

    The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains located in a remote area outside of Elk Park in Jefferson County. The remains were discovered by recreationists late Monday night, June 26. The cause and manner of death are under investigation with the assistance of the Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. Agencies assisting with the incident include Elkhorn Search and Rescue, Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue, True North Search Dogs, the Butte-Silver Bow County Sheriff’s...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/5/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 5, 2023

    I don’t know about you, but all this rain has caused a huge influx of birds in my yard. Since my ability to identify birds ranks up there with my cooking talent, we are having a special summer reading program on Wednesday, July 12, at 10:30 AM. The Mystery of Birds will be presented by the newest VISTA volunteer at the Lewis & Clark Caverns, Kenslee Jory. Come and learn all about the different bird varieties in Montana and the Whitehall area. On July 13th at 2 PM Miss Brandi will be opening up her mad laboratory to explore the secrets of...

  • Digitizing the F. Jay Haynes Historic Photos of Yellowstone and Beyond

    EVE BYRON, Montana Historical Society|Jul 5, 2023

    The Montana Historical Society Photograph Archives staff are wrapping up their largest digitization project to date with the well-known photographs by F. Jay Haynes. Haynes' work is one of the foundational collections of the MTHS Photo Archives. Since the early 1980s, more than 6,000 original glass negatives (and associated reference prints) have been available to in-person researchers in Helena. "Haynes extensively photographed the development of the Northern Pacific Railroad and Yellowstone...

  • Josephine Franich (Klapan), 94

    Jul 5, 2023

    Josephine Franich (Klapan), born March 1, 1929, left this planet Earth on the 26th of June, 2023 to be with family and friends who have gone before her. It was her request that there be no service or a funeral. Pray for this world to become a better place day by day. Cremation has taken place.... Full story

  • The Healing Spot Refines Offerings in New Location

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 5, 2023

    The Healing Spot, owned and operated by Heidi Lynn, has moved forward - literally - into the previous home of Settings by All Things Montana. The Healing Spot was previously located in the back of Settings - now it is featured front and center as its own stand-alone entity. The new space is calming, inviting, and a place to gather, featuring delicious teas and uniquely flavored soft-serve ice cream. Heidi Lynn is now offering intuitive healing services - from reiki, massage, readings, and more -...

  • Conservation License Required to Access Most State Lands

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 5, 2023

    Working with the 68th Legislature, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) simplified licensing requirements on state lands as part of Governor Gianforte’s Red Tape Relief Task Force. The two agencies consolidated the conservation license and state lands recreational use license into one annual conservation license, supporting the maintenance of places like fishing access sites (FAS), wildlife management areas (WMA). On Montana school trust lands, conservation license sale...

  • FWP Seeks Comment on Draft of New Elk Management Plan

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 5, 2023

    Elk hunters interested in how Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks manages elk will get a chance to weigh in on the new draft elk management plan starting today. The plan will be available on FWP’s website at The public is invited to comment on the plan; deadline for comments is July 31. “We’re anxious for public input on this new draft plan, particularly on the hunting district objectives and the suite of management tools we have laid out,” said FWP Director Dustin Temple. The...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Sesame Chicken Fingers with Honey Dip

    Jul 5, 2023

    Picnics are a fun way to bring people together to enjoy food and conversation. While there are no limitations to what a picnic may entail, when it comes to food, it may be best to pack items that are portable and do not require many accoutrements for eating. That is why finger foods make such great picnic fare. Fried chicken long has been a popular picnic menu item, but other chicken dishes can fill in for this staple quite easily. For example, this recipe for Sesame Chicken Fingers with Honey D...

  • It's BBQ Season: Do You Know Where Your Beef Came From?

    STATEPOINT|Jul 5, 2023

    As barbecue season heats up, you may be wondering how to square your love for T-bone steaks and spareribs with your concern for the environment. The good news? Science is delivering new, game-changing solutions to tackle the environmental footprint of the beef and livestock industries. The Problem: Approximately 9 million dairy cows, 90 million beef cattle, 60 million swine, and billions of poultry in the United States produce more than 100 times more organic waste than humans; but where human waste makes its way to a septic tank or sewage...


    BILL LANES|Jul 5, 2023

    Bob’s childhood was very difficult, certainly unexpected, considering that his parents were part of a ministry organization that traveled around the world preaching the saving grace of Jesus. But at home: intemperateness. Bob’s father was absent in many respects, and during those important developmental years, the boy wilted under hurtful insults and outbursts of anger directed at him by his father. For years the young man lived in fear and worse, internal strife. He developed several health issues, including acute obsessive-compulsive...

  • Horoscope: Week of 7/5/2023

    Jul 5, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 This week you are surrounded by a heightened sense of romance. It could be from reading a favorite book or watching a beloved movie, Aries. Use it to spice up your love life. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, something you desperately need seems to be missing from your life right now. It’s more than a misplaced item. Focus your attention this week on figuring out what it is. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Try not to listen to any gossip this week, Gemini. It will only frustrate you and could put you further out of sorts. Avoid people...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 6/25/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Department|Jul 5, 2023

    SUNDAY, JUNE 25 04:35:40 Suspicious Circumstance: W Legion St 12:27:29 Medical: W Third St 12:48:55 Assist: N Whitehall St 13:18:09 Medical: W Legion St 14:45:38 911 Hang Up: Cedar Hills Rd 14:50:23 Domestic, Non-Violent: W First St 14:54:33 Motor Vehicle Accident (Injury): Delmoe Lake Rd 15:02:27 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 16:17:37 Hit & Run: N Pyfer St 17:52:36 Reckless Driver I 90 22:29:11 Suspicious Vehicle: Curlew Ln 22:41:35 Stranded Motorist: I-90 MONDAY, JUNE 26 00:03:27 Welfare Check: S Division St 08:31:14 Larceny/Theft: Jackrabbit Ln...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 7/5/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jul 5, 2023

    Hackers vs. Cowboys The world of hacking, much like the realm of cowboy movies, often involves characters with distinct roles and moral inclinations. Let’s explore the connection between the color of hats, the archetypes found in classic cowboy films, and the classifications of hackers. Understanding these parallels can provide an intriguing perspective on the differences between white hat, grey hat, and black hat hackers. White Hat Hackers: The Heroes in White Hats Just as heroes in cowboy mo...

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