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  • Public Forum for Proposed Playground July 12 at 6 PM

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 6, 2022

    A public forum for a proposed playground available to all Whitehall residents and those passing through will be held Tuesday, July 12 at 6 PM at the Town Hall Chambers. The playground, spearheaded by Town Clerk Allissa Christensen, will be funded nearly entirely by grants. The project, which was presented for funding to the Whitehall Sustainability Committee, was proposed for Legion Park, but the public meeting will seek further comment on the location. "The goal of this project is to provide a...

  • Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park to Host Hiring Event

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Jul 6, 2022

    Have you ever wanted to be a tour guide or work in caves? At Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park, you can do both. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park is hosting a hiring event for seasonal tour guide positions on Monday, July 11. Applicants can come to the main visitor center any time between 1 PM and 4 PM where on-the-spot interviews will be held. These positions will not exceed 90 work days. Tour guides lead hikes through the caverns two to three times a day. The position entails walking 6 miles of moderately steep terrain plus about 1,800 stairs...

  • Applications for 2022 HER Survivor Retreat Open Until July 18

    STEVIE THIEME, We Are HER|Jul 6, 2022

    The We Are HER Survivors Retreat is a 4-day healing and educational experience in the mountains of Montana for 10 survivors. We are HER (Healed, Empowered, Restored) is a Whitehall/Cardwell-based non-profit founded by Cardwell resident Stevie Thieme. The goal of the retreat is to empower survivors through education about trauma recovery and through connection with other survivors. This year's retreat will be held Monday, September 12 through Thursday, September 15. For the safety of...

  • Dear Editor: Roe V Wade

    CHARLES SHANK|Jul 6, 2022

    Dear Editor, So, Roe v. Wade has been overturned. Some would argue that ruling never should have been made in the first place. Others, those who gleefully rejoice over its dissolution, are the same ones who believe that the government has power over us, granted by God. While that may or may not be the case, those who choose to believe thusly are well within their rights, as long as they don’t try to take away someone else’s right not to believe that! This is national news. Some might be asking, “what does it have to do with us here in littl...

  • Dear Editor: Indigenous People

    EDIE FRENCH|Jul 6, 2022

    Dear Editor, I turned to the last five minutes of Dr. Phil on Friday evening and was pleasantly surprised at his topic: Missing Indigenous People.” The show featured mostly women and children missing. I’m from Wyoming and have lived here fr years, and the lack of information on missing indigenous people has deeply saddened me. Letters to our state government might help. Thank you, Edie French Whitehall, Montana...

  • Thought Provokers: 7/6/2022

    Jul 6, 2022

    Most vegans have probably seen way more videos of animals being slaughtered than your everyday person. Anything you may do as a hobby, someone does professionally and earns their living that way. The thicker your thighs are, the more puppies can lay on your lap. Cats probably think we are kneeding our keyboards when we type and don’t understand why we don’t ever get to the part where we lay down on it. Some people’s calculator history is more embarrassing than their search history. We’re very lucky that mosquitoes aren’t as hard to kill as f...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: 50 Years of Marriage

    Jul 6, 2022

    John and Roxcee Kountz celebrated fifty years of wedded bliss on July 1, 2022, with their family and friends. Congratulations to you both, and here's to many more years of happiness!...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Retirement Party

    Jul 6, 2022

    A retirement party for Paula Hippert from Whitehall Public Transporation and Liberty Place will be held Wednesday, July 13. The party will be held from 1 PM - 3 PM at Whitehall Public Transportation (1147 Hwy 55). The public is welcome and refreshments will be provided!...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Happy Birthday!

    Jul 6, 2022

    Independence Day was also the celebration of Soren Richardson's eleventh birthday! Soren is the son of Kristian and Alison Richardson, and younger brother of Elena Richardson. Happy Birthday, Soren!...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: Whoops - Wrong Page!

    Jul 6, 2022

    This stunning photo of the week by Terry Chadwick was mistakenly placed on a black and white page last week! The Whitehall Ledger had to rerun this photo so all could experience the glory of that rainbow on the mountains! Have you checked out the Whitehall Ledger's Facebook page where all of the photos of the week may be seen? "Like" your favorite photos and at the end of the year, the photo with the most likes will be named Photo of the Year!...

  • Celebrate Summer at One of Four Southwest Montana Hot Springs

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 6, 2022

    Summer and relaxation should naturally go together. After a strenuous day of sport or recreation what could be more rewarding than a soak in geothermally heated, mineral-rich, rejuvenating waters. Clean, clear, hot. You can just imagine how great this would be. Indoor or outdoor pools, options for throwing in a great night's sleep and delicious food into the mix and it's hard to resist. Add to that the beauty of not needing to drive forever to reach your destination, and you may discover that...

  • Go Ask Jo: 7/6/2022

    Jo|Jul 6, 2022

    Dear Jo, Well, it is summer. People run around in too little clothing, drive too fast and everywhere you go there are MORE people. I just want people to behave better. As a matter of fact, they could all stay home and make my day. Signed, Prefers Quiet Dear Quiet, For Heaven’s sake, get yourself together! Signed, Jo Dear Jo, Have you ever met someone that just looks all put together, every time you see them?! Seriously, I believe some women don’t have enough to do. How do you always have your hair perfect, your nails done, no wrinkles in you...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: July Part 1

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jul 6, 2022

    In early July 1896, a general election was just months away and backing our dollar with silver was in debate. In Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania more than 40 miners were killed in a cave in. United Confederate Veterans were holding their 6th annual reunion in Richmond, Virginia; the Equal Suffrage Convention was being held in Boise, Idaho; and horseracing was a big draw in Anaconda, Montana. Here in the Jefferson Valley, there were changes in businesses, people getting married, and construction on...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: July 2, 1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 6, 2022

    July 2, 1997 The Jefferson County Commissioners extended the engineering contract for construction of Whitetail Road and planned to begin road construction in the summer of 1998. The commission made the decision at its June 25 meeting in Boulder. This would enable construction of the approximately $3 million road project to begin in the summer of 1998. Plans call for paving about 1.5 miles of Whitetail Road beyond the overpass, and to chip seal another 8.5 miles north toward Boulder. Whitehall was home to Montana’s only custom manufacturer o...

  • Connecting Point: Resurrection Hoax?

    BILL LANES|Jul 6, 2022

    Over the centuries those who are skeptical of Jesus Christ, and specifically his resurrection from the dead, suggest that his followers perpetrated a major hoax. For the Christian we understand that Christ’s resurrection is a hinging factor for all we believe; because if Jesus did not rise from the dead, our hope is unfounded. What’s a person to do? I would suggest like other biblical apologists that we look at the evidence and examine the case like a crime scene. First, looking at Christ’s direct teachings, we discover that in Mark 8:31 Jesus...

  • Mya Marie Zabala, 20

    Jul 6, 2022

    UPDATE: A private family viewing is scheduled for Friday, July 8, at 11 a.m. at K&L Mortuary in Whitehall. A Memorial and balloon release will follow at 1 p.m. at the Whitehall High School football field. A remembrance party will follow from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Golden Sunlight Pavilion on Main Street in Whitehall. If you were lucky enough to have met Mya Marie Zabala, you knew right away that she was an absolute firecracker. Never afraid to say what was on her mind and often loudly,...

  • Richard Alan Wheeler, 79

    Jul 6, 2022

    Richard Alan Wheeler, 79, died on June 4, 2022, at his home in Whitehall, Montana. He was born March 16, 1939, in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the son of James Wheeler and Jean (Stuart) Wheeler. Richard graduated from Union Springs High School, Union Springs, NY, class of 1961. Following graduation, he entered the US Air Force and served from 1962 – 1966. He was stationed in Alaska during the March 27, 1964 earthquake. After leaving the service he attended Chaffey Community College in C...

  • Death Notice: Kenneth Edward Bradley, 61

    Jul 6, 2022

    Kenneth Edward “Ken” Bradley, 61, of Boulder, Montana passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Simple Cremation Montana has assisted the family. To view the obituary and share remembrances, visit: www.SimpleCremationMT.com....

  • Want to Volunteer? Where You Can Be of Assistance For Frontier Days 2022

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Jul 6, 2022

    Many hands make light work! While Whitehall's Frontier Days Event is brought to you by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, it takes a community of volunteers to make the event seamless and successful. Interested in helping? Check out where we need help the most: SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: King Lear kicks off the Frontier Days week on Monday, July 18. Gold Junction Presents (GJP) and the Whitehall Chamber are currently seeking three sponsors at $300 each to bring MSIP to Whitehall. Also, GJP could...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/6/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 6, 2022

    I can’t believe the Summer Reading Program is half over! Where did the time go? To celebrate July, the Library is hosting the ever entertaining Kyle Graves and his magic show. Kyle is the son of Mr. E, who has performed at the library for many years. Kyle has accompanied him and joined in the performance for several years now. Kyle is ready to show us his solo act so be sure to attend on Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 AM. This week STEM Camp will be on Thursday, July 7th, at 2 PM. Brandi will be experimenting will different types of chemical r...

  • For the Love of Flowers & Homegrown Food

    PAT SCOTT, Beaverhead Community Food Pantry|Jul 6, 2022

    The first inaugural garden tour to support the Beaverhead Community Food Pantry will be on Sunday, July 31st from 10 AM to 2 PM in Dillon, Montana. An informational presentation will be at Patagonia on Thursday, July 28th. Doors open at 6 PM and the presentation will be at 6:30 PM. There are a variety of 6 gardens on the tour, and tickets for the tour will go on sale July 1st at Patagonia, Womacks Printing, and Stephens Nursery. The cost is a $5 donation and/or food for the pantry. Your ticket is the map to the 6 garden locations. Tickets will...

  • Extension Office: Discussing Testamentary Trusts

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Jul 6, 2022

    This is part of monthly 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, goetting@montana.edu. A person can create a testamentary trust with a written will says MarshaGoetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist. A testamentary trust is one that is set up according to the instructions contained in a person’s last will and testament. The owner’s property, such as sto...

  • Prices of U.S. Postage Stamps to increase July 10

    Jul 6, 2022

    The U.S. Postal Service has announced several rate increases, effective Sunday, July 10. The most common first-class postage rates and their increases are shown below: • Single-piece letter (first ounce) will go from 58¢ to 60¢. • Single-piece flat* (first ounce) will go from $1.16 to $1.20. • Each additional ounce (letters and flats) will go from 20¢ to 24¢ • Postcards will go from 40¢ to 44¢. • First Class International Letter (first ounce, including Canada) from $1.30 to $1.40. *Flat mail (la...

  • Free Western Series Begins This Thursday

    Jul 6, 2022

    Gold Junction Presents... is excited to announce the Western Classics series, which will run for six weeks, beginning July 7th at 7 PM with Rio Bravo. This series is free to the public, though donations to the organization for future events are appreciated. The Western Classics series will be held each Thursday from July 7 to August 11 at 7 PM. The western series includes Rio Bravo (July 7), The Rounders (July 14), Blazing Saddles (July 21), Jeremiah Johnson (July 28), The Assassination of...

  • Tips for Travelers to Save Money & Stay Connected this Summer

    Statepoint|Jul 6, 2022

    After more than two years of pandemic-related restrictions, Americans are ready to break free and travel again. According to Expedia's 2022 Travel Trends Report, more than two-thirds of Americans say they're planning to "go big" on their next trip. But planning and budgeting for a trip can be stressful. With inflation rising, many people are watching their wallets more closely, so finding ways to save money and stay connected while traveling this summer is more important than ever. Here are...

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