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Articles from the July 19, 2023 edition


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  • Council Asks Town Attorney for Legal Opinion of Mayor's Actions

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 19, 2023

    Allegations of misconduct and ignoring the Town Council’s checks and balances were made towards Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh at the monthly Town Council meeting, held Monday, July 17 in the Town Hall chambers. Two specific items were mentioned by Council President Roy McBride: the first being the new 4-way stop signs located at the intersection of First Street and A Street. The second, the mayor’s approval of employee time off for the Juneteenth holiday and July 3rd. “First of all, I’m not sure but I think Ed [Guza, Town Attorney]... Full story

  • Commissioners Seek Input on Speed Limit for Mormon Lane, More

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 19, 2023

    The July 11 meeting of the Jefferson County Commissioners was held in Whitehall at the Borden’s conference room. During this meeting, two items of Whitehall importance were discussed: the consideration of lowering the speed limit on Mormon Lane and allegations of animal abuse on Ringing Rocks Rd. Commissioner Kory Kirsch said that a traffic study to see if lowering the speed limit is feasible costs about $40,000 and requested that area residents voice their opinion about lowering the limit from 35 mph to 25 mph before the study is approved....

  • Ward Installed as State President of Montana Federation of Garden Clubs

    GLENNA WALTEE, Whitehall Garden Club|Jul 19, 2023

    At the recent annual State Convention of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs, Diane Ward of Whitehall was installed as State President. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Diane grew up surrounded by beautiful gardens. English gardens and formal gardens were the norm. She moved to Montana in 2005 and found a very different environment! She joined the Whitehall Garden Club and gained valuable information on what does and what doesn't grow in Montana. She served the Whitehall Garden Club in...

  • Dear Editor: Signed by a Ticked Off Resident

    TERRY REED|Jul 19, 2023

    The following letter was read by The Whitehall Ledger at the July Town Council meeting as requested by Terry Reed. To whom it may concern on the Town Council and Whitehall Ledger, I am Terry Reed, a member of the community of Whitehall for most of my life. I have asked that the Whitehall Ledger Editor read this at the Town Council meeting on my behalf. I wish to let it be known that I am extremely displeased with the decision to put a four-way stop sign at the corner of A Street and First Street in Whitehall, Montana. My daughter Kathryn...

  • Dear Editor: Abuse of Power by the Mayor?

    SHERRY CARGILL|Jul 19, 2023

    The following letter was also read by The Whitehall Ledger as requested by Sherry Cargill. Town of Whitehall Council Members: I regret that I was unable to attend this meeting in person. I, Sherry Cargill, went to the town hall for some clarification on the four-way stop signs at First and A Street. When I spoke with the mayor I asked if the sign issue had been brought before the council and she said it had not. She said it did not need to go through the council; it was at her discretion. When I asked if she had contacted law enforcement for...

  • Whitehall Phone Books Here!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 19, 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....

  • Thought Provokers: 7/19/2023

    Jul 19, 2023

    The younger generations bear the brunt of the recklessness of the older generations. The second we die, we become someone’s job. Weeds have the same motivation as every other plant, but we deem them unworthy to live. Lack of sleep causes psychosis and hallucinations. We all are slowly drifting towards insanity; sleep just resets the timer. Babysitting typically employs the least experienced people in one of the highest trust situations. Technically, every square inch of the Earth has underfloor heating. Pooping while at work is the closest...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/15/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 19, 2023

    JULY 15, 1998 The suspect in the Jefferson Valley Baptist Church fire was charged with two counts of felony arson in Montana District Court on July 14 and was expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before a trial date would be scheduled. Golden Sunlight Mine announced on July 9 that it received formal approval from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to expand current operations, extending the mine’s expected life by seven years. Christopher Lerman, a 14-year-old Whitehall youth, pled “not true” to felony arson charges...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/19/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 19, 2023

    I can't believe we only have two weeks of summer reading left! Where did this summer go? On Wednesday, July 19th, at 10:30 AM Kyle Graves will be here for our annual magic show. Then on Wednesday, July 26th, at 10:30 AM we will have our end-of-the-summer reading program party and store for everyone who participated in the summer reading program. It will be a great time for everyone. If you have worked in libraries as long as I have, you may be lucky enough to discover a patron who loves your...

  • Ervin Hedegaard, 86

    Jul 19, 2023

    Ervin (Babe) Hedegaard passed away on July 9, 2023, at his home in Whitehall, Montana. He was born in Twin Bridges, Montana on March 21, 1937, the son of Nicolie (Nick) Hedegaard and Ada Wolfe. Erv graduated from Twin Bridges High School where he was salutatorian, class president, and attended Boy's State. He enjoyed sports, playing the saxophone, and spending time with his family. He is a member of the Twin Bridges Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1952 Championship Football Team. Erv (Babe) had five older siblings: Melvin Nyhart,... Full story

  • Harvey "Red" Davis, 82

    Jul 19, 2023

    Harvey "Red" Otis Davis, 82, of Maricopa, Arizona, passed away on March 25, 2023. Harvey was born in Whitehall, Montana, on August 1, 1940, to Myrtle "Dollie" and Harvey "Frosty" Davis. He attended Whitehall High School and then the JM Perry Institute in Yakima, Washington. Harvey married Sandra Lee Phifer in Richland, Washington and together they had one child, Kelly Ann Davis. Harvey later married Carol Peters and had one child, Lisa Ann Davis. In 1991, Harvey married Patricamae "Trish" Summer... Full story

  • Celebration of Life: Hollamon

    Jul 19, 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

  • Celebration of Life: Durnam

    Jul 19, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for RAYLEEN DORIS DURNAM will be held Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 11 AM at the First Christian Church at 108 E First Street in Whitehall. Family and friends are welcome.... Full story

  • Tasha Lee Reiff, 45

    Jul 19, 2023

    On July 12th, 2023, we lost our wife, mom, sister, daughter, and friend, Tasha Lee Reiff, at St. Patrick's Hospital in Missoula, Montana. Her struggle finally ended and her big heart stopped. Tasha was born in Sheridan, Montana on June 26, 1978. She graduated high school in Whitehall, Montana, and moved to Bozeman to go to college. She then moved to live with her sister in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Tasha moved to Missoula, Montana in the year 2000 where she lived for 23 years. Tasha married the love of her life, Matthias Reiff in 2005 on the... Full story

  • Randy Kirk, 71

    Jul 19, 2023

    Randy Kirk, of Cardwell, Montana, age 71, passed away at his home on July 16, 2023. Randy was born June 6, 1952, in Great Falls, Montana, to Cecil and Alice Kirk of Cascade, Montana. He attended school in Cascade and graduated in 1970. In 1975 he married Bev Ballard of Whitehall, Montana, and upon finishing his journeyman lineman apprenticeship, he began working for Vigilante Electric Co-Op. After serving 11 years, he and his family began working towards a lifelong dream of ranching. They leased a ranch on the North Boulder for the next... Full story

  • Too Many Tourists Follow a Leader

    MARJORIE SLIM WOODRUFF, Writers on the Range|Jul 19, 2023

    A spectacular picture recently appeared on social media of a young lady in Arizona. She was poised on the edge of a cliff emblazoned with sunset colors. Immediately her online followers clamored to know where the picture was taken, so “I can get one just like it.” Turns out that it was taken on an off-trail route at the end of a potholed dirt road on the Navajo Nation, and required a permit to even enter the area. Also, I bet she did not climb to that precarious perch on that cliff wearing those fancy shoes. A local guide lamented that the...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 7/19/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jul 19, 2023

    What is a motherboard? Computers have become an integral part of our daily lives, but have you ever wondered how they work on the inside? Behind their sleek designs, there's a critical component called the motherboard that serves as the central nervous system of your computer. In this article, we'll explore the importance of the motherboard, what it does, and how it impacts your digital experiences. The motherboard, also known as the mainboard, is like the heart of your computer. It's a big...

  • Mac's Pharmacy Accepts TRICARE Insurance

    Jul 19, 2023

    Mac’s Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it is a TRICARE network pharmacy. As a network pharmacy, Mac’s Pharmacy will support our active-duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, military retirees and their families with their prescription related healthcare needs. TRICARE is the healthcare program for active U.S. military, military retirees, and their families worldwide. It provides health insurance to almost 10 million current and retired military members and their dependents. Mac’s Pharmacy will file insurance claims...

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 7/19/2023

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Jul 19, 2023

    Our summer is quickly moving along. The toadflax insects are finished. All the adults have laid eggs, and most have died of old age. We are in the middle of collecting leafy spurge flea beetles (Aphthona spp.) and are doing well with numbers. Next week we hope to start collecting spotted knapweed root boring weevils for the many requests we are receiving. We tried going to a former good flea beetle site in Missoula that we have collected from before however, it also is crashing so we only...

  • Les Schwab Tire Centers will match donations up to $15,000 to Montana Food Bank Network during their Pump the Brakes on Child Hunger

    BILL MATTHEWS, Montana Food Bank Network|Jul 19, 2023

    Where: Les Schwab Tire Centers – any Montana location What: Monetary donations accepted in all Montana stores or from the fundraiser QR code Date: Monday, July 10 thru Saturday, August 19, 2023 “Les Schwab is proud to invest time and resources into events and organizations that promote responsibility, hard work and serving the community - values our company believes in. We are happy to have the opportunity to partner with Montana Food Bank Network to help pump the brakes on child hunger in Montana,” said Jeff Lowry, Les Schwab Tire...

  • JVFA Providing the Art of Live Music Too!

    Jul 19, 2023

    Jefferson Valley Fine Art exhibit promises a wonderful array of fine art at this Frontier Days exhibit, on July 28 and 29. On Saturday, July 29th, Salmon Fly, comprised of Whitehall resident Rex Davis and Churchill resident Ed Merritt will be playing live music, starting at 11 AM. Come in and do some toe-tapping while you enjoy this exhibit. Our annual exhibit features a wide variety of art from area artists and has always been a crowd-pleaser for all ages. ‘Paintings in the Large’ are being featured by the Painters in the Potting Shed...

  • Museum Offers History Tours by Bus During Frontier Days

    Jul 19, 2023

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will be offering their annual historic bus tour during Frontier Days, July 28th and 29th. There are three tour times on Friday (1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and 5:30 PM) and one on Saturday (2 PM). Each is limited to a maximum of 10 people. The tour involves getting off/on the bus twice and walking on uneven ground. Tickets are $10 each. A minimum of four seats occupied is required for each time slot to cover the cost of fuel and maintenance for the bus from Whitehall Public...

  • 4 Paws Raffle Tickets Available

    Jul 19, 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,...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: Delicious Date Cookies

    COUSIN CLEAVON|Jul 19, 2023

    I have recently had a mining accident and hit my head. I am starting to feel normal, which is unlike me, so I felt like writing my best edible recipe. INGREDIENTS: 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp 1 ½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Date filling: 25 dates without pits 2 teaspoon of lime juice ¼ granulated sugar DIRECTIONS: Mix the wet...

  • Connecting Point: A CLEAR PICTURE OF GOD

    BILL LANES|Jul 19, 2023

    Thinking about the character of God, we all see God through our own eyes, and more specifically, through our experiences. Many of these experiences are negative. The great American Poet, Robert Frost, who is the closest thing to Poet Lauriat our country has ever known, described God’s character in tens if not hundreds of poems in many different and subtle ways. Always with reverence and respect; this is not true of not a few in our own culture. Perception is part of the problem, so we must search for the truth. Monica in the Free to Thrive...

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