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Articles from the July 12, 2023 edition

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  • Copper K Fiber Festival This Weekend

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 12, 2023

    Looking for a new hobby? Want to make your own Christmas presents this year? The Copper K Fiber Festival is the place to learn, and they have a great selection of workshops to choose from. A destination fiber festival, taking place in the remote countryside, the Copper K Fiber Fest is taking fiber arts back to its roots with this amazing weekend in the country. The Fiber Festival will be held at the Copper K Barn outside of Whitehall July 15-16; the event is free to attend, but workshops carry...

  • Animal Abuse Allegations on Ringing Rocks Road

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 12, 2023

    Allegations of animal abuse, a puppy mill, and more have been made by Todd Preece against Michael and Roberta Coffey, who own property at 178 Ringing Rocks Road. The 100-acre property abuts Preece’s. Preece feels that the animals on the Coffey property are mistreated, malnourished and that the couple is “thumbing their nose” at the police. As of June 10, when Coffey moved the majority of their animals to the lower 12 acres next to Preece’s, Preece has made numerous complaints to authorities for barking dogs and mistreatment. Jefferson County...

  • Whitehall Phone Books Finally Here!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 12, 2023

    The Whitehall Area Phone Book, brought to you by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and Whitehall Ledger is now available. Phone books may be picked up at the Whitehall Chamber office (501 N Whitehall St), Whitehall Ledger (405 W Legion), Jefferson Fresh Foods (2 Hwy 2 W), and other businesses in town. If you would like to obtain the phone book via a mailed copy, please contact the Ledger at 406-287-5301. The phone books were a long time coming - it's a sordid story that spans the course of the...

  • Lovely Day for a Cookout

    Jul 12, 2023

    The weather was perfect for a Saturday afternoon cowboy cookout, hosted by the Western Legacy Center on July 8. The Ledger was able to take a quick peek at the first display at the WLC (above), the Ring of Champions. The display cases will feature pro rodeo riders from Montana and were built by Bill Levengood....

  • Thought Provokers: 7/12/2023

    Jul 12, 2023

    Lego is simultaneously the world’s largest, and world’s smallest, tire manufacturer. When the moon is directly overhead, you will weigh slightly less. At a certain age, most of us either stop looking for cool rocks or start up once again. You can tell unions are good for workers because corporations invest so much money in attempting to break them up or discourage people from forming them. The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs was the highest ratio of killing birds to one stone in Earth’s history. People defend celebrities against paparazzi...

  • Whitehall Chamber and Whitehall Ledger Reinstate Push Pennies Assistance Program

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 12, 2023

    Around 2007, Whitehall Ledger owner Greg Corr began PUSH PENNIES. Meant to give those in need the extra "push" they need, donation boxes were placed at the grocery store, gas stations, and other local businesses in hopes that change would be donated. Corr would then round up the change, put it into its own bank account and, when a traveler or person in need came into Whitehall, he was there to assist. Before his untimely death in 2015, Corr's PUSH PENNIES helped dozens of travelers in need of a...

  • Dear Editor: Mosquitoes vs 4-way Stops

    JOE DILLON|Jul 12, 2023

    Dear Editor, It's too bad the town of Whitehall isn't as enthusiastic about controlling mosquitoes as it is about controlling traffic with dubious four-way stops. Joe Dillon Whitehall, Montana...

  • Dear Editor: A Note from the Whitehall Country Store

    The Whitehall Country Store|Jul 12, 2023

    Dear Editor, It's that time of year again - Spring Cleaning! We ladies at the Whitehall Country Store love your gently used, folded, clean clothing. Thank you so much for taking the time to sort through your donations. We accept working, clean appliances. Please take your filthy non-working appliances to the dump. We know the dump charges for certain items, but if you dump them off at the Country Store, then we have to pay to dispose of them, spending our money on your junk, instead of giving...

  • Property Assessment Meeting July 18 at 5 PM

    Jul 12, 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...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jul 12, 2023

    July, Part I: 125 YEARS AGO Headlines in the July 2 and 9, 1897 Jefferson Valley Zephyr were gruesome. A Shapeless Mass-Richard Vine Crushed by the Wheels of a Car After a Night at Columbia Gardens; A Domestic in the Home of a Well-Known Minister Mysteriously Disappears; Had Yellow Fever-A Veiled Lady Spreads Death Among the Crew and Passengers of a Pacific Liner; Without Warning-A. H. Porter of Phillipsburg Killed by the Contents of the Revolver of Harry Cohn; and Disgusting Scene-Citizens of...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/12/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 12, 2023

    The Rockhounding Group will meet on Monday, July 17th, at 5:30 PM at the Library. Somehow it didn't make it on July's calendar, but they are ready to get back at it and plan great things for those who love geology, mineralogy, and just finding beautiful rocks and crystals. The group is open to anyone who loves rockhounding and patrons may join at any time. The Friends will be meeting this Thursday, July 13th, at 5 PM. They have had a busy summer with lunches, summer reading, and the book sale....

  • 4 Paws Raffle Now Open

    MISTY HAMMERBACKER, 4 Paws Rescue|Jul 12, 2023

    4 Paws Rescue near Cardwell, Montana is having a raffle to help our rescue pets. These pets are either abandoned or have been released by owners. Most have not been taken care of medically and need to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and in the case of cats tested for FIV/FeLV and sometimes panleukopenia. The raffle tickets will be sold starting this week for $5 a ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Prizes will be a signed print by local artist Cheryl Ann Gordon, 2 deer lawn ornaments made locally,...

  • David T. Adamson, 78

    Jul 12, 2023

    David T. Adamson was born December 24, 1944, in Great Falls, Montana, and passed away July 8, 2023, in Sheridan, Montana. Dave grew up ranching in Fort Benton and Augusta. Dave served a mission for Jesus Christ in Brazil from 1964 to 1966 and then attended college in Cedar City, Utah, and Logan, Utah. He graduated from USU in 1970 with a Bachelor's degree in Ag Econ. He worked on the 2 Bar ranch in Wheatland and Laramie, Wyoming. There he met and married Irene Smith who could ride and rope with... Full story

  • Rayleen Doris Durnam - Celebration of Life

    Jul 12, 2023

    Rayleen Doris Durnam, a former longtime resident of Whitehall, died on March 23rd, 2023 in Butte, MT. She was born in Oakland California on February 7, 1943. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 22, at 11 AM at the Whitehall Cemetery. In case of inclement weather, services will be moved to the First Christian Church at 108 E First St. Family and friends are welcome.... Full story

  • Richard Joe Hollamon - Celebration of Life

    Jul 12, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for Richard Joe Hollamon will be held Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 1 PM at the Cardwell Community Church. The Church is located at 795 MT Hwy 359, Cardwell, MT 59721.... Full story

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 7/12/2023

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Bio Control Project|Jul 12, 2023

    We were not able to fill all our requests for Dalmatian toadflax insects. The adult weevils are now about finished laying eggs and are dying of insect old age. Part of the reason was the wet, cool weather. Another major factor was the damage the stem-boring weevil Mecinus janthiniformis has been doing to our collection sites! They are really hammering the toadflax along the I-90 corridor from Missoula east past Clinton and along the I-15 corridor from Helena south to Boulder. It is very...

  • JeffCo Health Department Update: 7/12/2023

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Jul 12, 2023

    Jefferson County Health Department (JCHD) is dedicated to supporting health within our community by promoting positive behaviors and activities. Receiving an injury prevention grant from Montana Department of Health and Human Services provided Erin Ritchie, Jefferson County's Public Health School Nurse, the means to organize an injury prevention activity focused on motor vehicle safety. Montana Department of Transportation reported 207 fatalities on Montana highways in 2022. One of the leading...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 7/12/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jul 12, 2023

    In today's digital age, computers have become an integral part of our lives. However, they are not immune to technical issues and malfunctions. Let's explore the most common computer repairs encountered by users and discuss effective solutions to address these problems. Slow Performance: One of the most prevalent computer issues is slow performance. This can be caused by various factors, such as a fragmented hard drive, excessive background processes, insufficient RAM, or malware infections. To...

  • High Ranking Whitehall Garden Club Ladies

    Jul 12, 2023

    Montana Garden Club President Diana Ward, Treasurer Glenna Waltee, former District President Mary Anne Carey, Ann Palmer, and former District President Mary Baughn. Montana Federation of Garden Club members who have gone through judging school are the only people qualified to judge at county and state fairs. Your local Garden Club is important to the success of many events!...

  • Lowering Prescription Drug Prices Starts with Addressing Patient Abuse

    CARY SMITH, Former Montana state legislator|Jul 12, 2023

    One of the most pressing issues facing healthcare today is skyrocketing prescription drug prices. Prescription drug expenditures already account for about one-fifth of all healthcare costs nationally, and that figure is projected to go up in the coming years. It’s a crisis coming to a head with one in four Americans unable to afford their medication. We know what is driving these rapid cost increases, and a significant part of the problem is attributed to abusive tactics developed by Big Pharma to unreasonably extend monopoly pricing on c...

  • 2023 Legislative Summary: Bills Related to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

    DUSTIN TEMPLE, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 12, 2023

    The 2023 Legislative session has come and gone, leaving in its wake several important bills related to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bills that passed and many more that didn’t. In our view, the biggest success was passage of SB 295. This legislation is a critical step toward federal grizzly bear delisting, at least for the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem population, because it defines a portion of the state regulatory framework for managing and conserving bears required by the Endangered Species Act. Among other things, SB 295 d...

  • Bannack State Park to host Bannack Days July 15-16

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 12, 2023

    Bannack State Park's signature event, Bannack Days, is scheduled for the third weekend in July, with many traditional activities, displays and re-enactments celebrating Montana's first territorial capital. Bannack Days are scheduled to happen Saturday, July 15, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, July 16, 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...

  • JVFA Looking for Art Exhibitors for Frontier Days

    MICHELE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Jul 12, 2023

    Jefferson Valley Fine Art group is once again inviting artists and fine photographers to exhibit during their Frontier Days Exhibit at the Borden Hotel Conference room on July 28 and 29th, 2023. We are expecting to bring a wonderful show filled with amazing art this year. Paintings in the Large will be featured, and presented by the local art group, Painters in the Potting Shed (PIPS). The group was challenged in January to complete a large painting to be exhibited and they met that challenge. Be sure to come in and see the amazing results....

  • FWP's Response to Trout Declines in Three Major Rivers

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Jul 12, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is launching several research efforts in response to trout declines in the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers. FWP, in partnership with Montana State University, has a four-pronged approach, including the following three studies: Fish mortality study: A mortality study on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Ruby Rivers, as well as the Madison River, will include tagging adult fish to assess how flows, water temperatures, angling, and disease influence survival. This study would also help measure the success of...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Beer-Battered Catfish with Homemade Tartar Sauce

    Jul 12, 2023

    There are many different ways to serve fish and an equally diverse array of fish to choose as the centerpiece of such meals. For many, catfish is the quintessential option for lunch or dinner. In the United States, catfish is a largely southern delicacy, and it is served predominately across Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia. However, anyone with access to fresh catfish can whip up a tasty serving. Catfish has a mild, slightly sweet flavor with a dense, moist texture. Since it is less...

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