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  • Copper K Fiber Fest kicks off Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jul 19, 2017

    In her 13 years of selling and spinning fiber, Whitehall's Kami (Kountz) Noyes has met a lot of people who love her story of being a fifth generation rancher who raises sheep, spins and sells Montana raised wools. She is now hoping to share her story by bringing fiber artistry back to the roots of fiber at this weekend's Copper K Fiber Festival. The event will take place July 22 and 23 at the Copper K Barn located at 830 Point of Rocks Road in Whitehall, and is sponsored by Noyes of Ranching...

  • Free Garden and Greenhouse Tour at Sage Mountain Center

    STAFF REPORT|Jul 19, 2017

    Enjoy a drive into the mountains to see the beautiful high altitude food production grounds of Sage Mountain Center. July 22, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., located between Butte and Whitehall off Hwy 2. Features include edible landscapes, Permaculture designs and Crater Garden, cultivars of herbs, fruits 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...

  • 2017 Frontier Days next week

    Casey Chase, Whitehall Chamber Director|Jul 19, 2017

    Frontier Days is fast approaching and we just can't wait! The annual event will take place in Whitehall on July 28th & 29th. Many traditional events will continue on in 2017 including vendors on Legion Avenue, kids' activities throughout the day, the Frontier Days Parade, Rod Run, Broncs & Barrels, and a Street Dance on Division. New to Frontier Days will be a Friday night Block Party that includes a potluck, basketball courts on Legion Avenue, and garnet panning for kids! A complete schedule...

  • Lease approved

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Jul 19, 2017

    The Whitehall Town Council voted 4 to 1 to approve a new lease with Community Beacon of Hope Inc. (CBOH) at a special meeting Monday night. Alderman Joe Adams was the lone vote against the updated lease agreement. Prior to the vote, Adams said one of the main reasons he was voting no is “I consider it blackmailed to shut up, otherwise the town’s going to get sued or I am going to get sued for libel and I don’t like to be threatened. I don’t like people that do that kind of stuff. I don’t think we should consider doing business with them”. Co...

  • Employee numbers up for second straight month

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jul 19, 2017

    For the second consecutive month there was increase in the number of full time employees at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine. At the Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last week, General Manager Dan Banghart reported there were two new full time employees at the mine. He said the number of full times employees at the mine is now 50. The number had been 44 in May. There is one regional Barrick employee, and 84 contract employees currently at the site. After a huge month of production with 6,451 ounces in May, the numbers at the...

  • Life in the Wild West celebrated during last weekend's Bannack Days

    Catherine Ellerton, Contributing Writer|Jul 19, 2017

    Judge Alan Williams slammed down his gavel and admonished the prisoner to "Stay out of trouble in this town!" The prisoner had been arrested on Bannack's Main Street when he was recognized as a claim jumper. The Judge had several options – whipping – hanging – or, perhaps, the remittance of a gold piece. Finally the wife agreed and turned over the gold coin and the man went free and the court was dismissed. Since 1976, the registered historic landmark known as Bannack, has celebrated its 'wild...

  • Editorial: Thanks for all you do 4 Paws, Reed's Rescue

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jul 19, 2017

    Earlier this month, I was walking back to the Ledger from the post office when something caught my attention. I was a little past the Star Theater when I saw a baby kitten curled up in the shade. The weather had been nearing 100 on the day and the poor thing looked miserable. I knew that if I did not do anything about the situation, the kitten who looked to be around five weeks would probably not make it through the day. She was not in good shape. I’m not sure if she was lost, dumped, or something happened to the mother, but that did not m...

  • Column: Back on the Course

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Jul 19, 2017

    During the summer months as a kid I would spend day after day at the local golf course. I would golf with my Dad, friends, grandpa, or other family members. Sometimes I would get a ride to the course and golf with random strangers. So much for stranger danger. My Dad would like to get up at 5:30 a.m. and we would be on the course by six. I'm sure most kids don't want to get up that early during the summer, but we were there to get nine holes in before most people were at work. If it was a...

  • George Allen "Casey" McLean

    Jul 19, 2017

    Our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather George Allen "Casey" McLean, 90, of Whitehall was called home, Thursday, July 13, 2017. Allen was born at the family homestead in Norris, Montana on October 1, 1926 to George and Arvilla McLean. His grade school years were spent at Norris grade school, and he started high school in Philipsburg. He drove trucks for AM Wells and wrangled horses for rodeo contractor, Rich Richter, before joining the US Navy. He was assigned to the 27th...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Jul 19, 2017

    Monday, July 10 7:51 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 8:28 a.m. - traffic & roads-moving, Robbins Lane, Whitehall 11:01 a.m. – mental crisis, 460 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 12:33 p.m. - unattended death, 35 Stillwater Drive, Whitehall 3:01 p.m. - public safety-fire/smoke, Hwy 2 East, MM 10-11, Cardwell 3:44 p.m. - traffic/ reckless, Hwy 69, MM 10, Cardwell 5:46 p.m. – stranded motorist, Tebay Lane, Cardwell 7:35 p.m. – suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Hwy 2 West, MM 68, Whitehall 8:38 p.m. – traffic...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Jul 19, 2017

    Hi Folks, At last week’s regular meeting, we approved a Large Group Function Permit for Rockin’ the Rivers, contingent on the Sanitarian giving her final approval. We decided to purchase a building on Main Street in Boulder that is owned by Goldfields mining and Montana Tunnels. The cost of the building will be used to offset some of the delinquent taxes that are owed from Montana Tunnels. We voted to put a lot that we acquired on tax deed in Basin several years ago up for sale. The lot will be appraised and then put in the paper to take bids....

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Jul 19, 2017

    July 4th is a special day for many reasons, not the least of which is Karen and Kerry Sacry’s wedding anniversary and Dr. Steve Sacry’s birthday. It has become an annual event to have the Sacry clan get together on that day to celebrate family. This year was no different. Seventy-plus family and friends gathered at the ranch near Cardwell for several days of fun. They floated the Madison twice!, enjoyed the Bozeman Hot Springs and had a talent show. (If you know anything about the Sacrys, you know they can entertain.) Brand Sacry was in cha...

  • "Hoot Owl" implemented

    Jul 19, 2017

    High water temperatures and low stream flows have prompted Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to implement “hoot owl” restrictions on several rivers in Southwest Montana starting Wednesday, July 19. This includes the entire Jefferson River. The following sections of rivers will be closed to fishing daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve effective Wednesday: • Big Hole River from Saginaw Bridge on Skinner Meadows Road to the Mouth of the North Fork Big Hole River; • Big Hole River from Notch Bottom Fishing Access Site to the con...

  • Simon receives Wheelchair Award

    Jul 19, 2017

    Ed Simon is pictured above receiving a Rotary Wheelchair award from Rotarian Joan Jones. Ed received this award for his many hours of service above self to the community. Ed served on the Cardwell School Board twelve years and the Whitehall School Board for nine years, he helped coach football, and volunteered his time with the Boy Scouts. You could also hear his voice broadcasting many school games on the radio so folks who couldn't attend would also enjoy the game. One third of the money...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 19, 2017

    Want to hide out from the heat? This Thursday is our last “Afternoon at the Movies” at 2:30 p.m. in the basement. Come enjoy a new movie and stay out of the heat. The History Book Club will meet on Monday, July 31st at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this month’s selection “War and Remembrance”. We will be choosing from several different time periods for our August read so if you are thinking of joining us, this is a great time. Speaking of August, there will be no story time during August, and very few programs. The staff is planning for the fall mont...

  • Outlaws start strong

    STAFF REPORT|Jul 19, 2017

    The Gallatin Valley Outlaws got off to a strong start yesterday at the Montana-Alberta American Legion Baseball Tournament in Butte. The team that features Whitehall's Connor Johnson and Ryan Murphy picked up an 18-6 victory over the Livingston Braves. Johnson and Murphy each had two hits. The third seeded Outlaws will next play Friday, July 21 at 7 p.m. against the second seeded Helena Reps. The game will take place at 3 Legends Stadium in Butte. Helena is 43-14 overall this season and had a... Full story