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Articles from the July 26, 2023 edition

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  • Terrie Casagrande 2023 Frontier Days Parade Grand Marshall

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 26, 2023

    The Frontier Days Parade Grand Marshal for 2023 is the beloved Terrie Casagrande, a fixture in Whitehall for more than four decades. Casagrande, along with her husband Bob (Cas), who passed in 2021, raised their family in Whitehall, becoming local legends in the ranching and car show communities. Terrie and Bob’s smiling faces were always available at brandings, cattle drives, get-togethers, and car shows. Over her 42 years in Whitehall, Casagrande believes that a lot has changed for the b...

  • All Invited to the Whitehall Chamber BBQ This Thursday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 26, 2023

    There will be no lack of food at Frontier Days! Between the local options available daily in Whitehall, Frontier Days will include fair-style food vendors as well as meal options at several businesses. The Frontier Days weekend kicks off with the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce's annual BBQ on Thursday, July 27 at 6 PM at the Golden Sunlight Pavilion in Legion Park. The BBQ is brought to you by the Whitehall Chamber and sponsored by Jefferson Fresh Foods, Golden Sunlight Mine, and Split Diamond...

  • Get Your Team Ready for Chicken Wrangling on Friday Night!

    Jul 26, 2023

    Well, howdy there, cowpokes and chicken wranglers alike! Saddle up and get ready for the cluckiest, feather-flappin' good time this side of the Mississippi! We've got a highfalutin' chicken wrangling challenge that'll have you hootin' and hollerin' with delight! Gather your posse, whether you're a dynamite duo or a fabulous foursome, 'cause this ain't no ordinary chicken chase-it's a rootin' tootin' chicken roundup, and we're gonna see who's got the fastest hands in the West! This wild event...

  • Town Attorney Returns Legal Opinion of Mayor's Actions to Town Council

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 26, 2023

    At the July Whitehall Town Council Meeting, held Monday, July 17, 2023, Town Attorney Ed Guza was asked by the Council to look into two issues in regard to Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh’s recent actions. The first was the addition of a four-way stop sign at First Street and A Street; the Town Council requested Guza’s professional opinion on whether the Mayor had violated the Town’s purchase order (PO) process by ordering the four-way signs without an approved PO from the Council. “I conclude that she did not [violate the Town’s purported...

  • Dear Editor: The Sound of Freedom


    Dear Editor, I wasn't planning to go see The Sound of Freedom; in fact, I was planning not to, but a friend asked me to watch it with her, so I decided to give it a whirl. I wasn't too disappointed; in fact, I was almost pleasantly surprised given the subject matter. The Sound of Freedom was heart wrenchingly honest about the deplorable issue of child sex trafficking; deplorable doesn't really even begin to describe the horrors of it! As uncomfortable as the subject matter is, it is there,...

  • Thought Provokers: 7/26/2023

    Jul 26, 2023

    Handcuffing a deaf person takes away their freedom of speech. The idea of an animated skeleton is a lot less scary when you realize a skeleton only weighs about 7 pounds. The older you get, the more of an inconvenience it becomes to select your date of birth out of a drop-down menu. Willy Wonka killed 4 kids in his factory and gave its ownership to Charlie to deal with the PR nightmare. It really takes one person to ruin thousands of other people’s lives. Beer is the only drink that’s acceptable to be served in a glass that’s overflowing and d...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago: July, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jul 26, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO - July Part II July 1897 was a super-hot one. The mid-section of the U.S. was sweltering and there were close to 850 deaths recorded from the heat across the nation. Chicago led the death toll with 87 followed by Cincinnati and St. Louis. Miners were flocking to the Klondike seeking their fortunes after reports of gold nuggets as large as a guinea hen egg. Utah was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Brigham Young and his pioneers in the Great Salt Lake Valley as...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/22/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 26, 2023

    JULY 22, 1998 Construction was underway on a 7,600-square-foot assisted living facility in Whitehall, and it was planned for the facility to be ready for occupancy as early as January 1999. Dr. Gayle and Kathryn Sacry of Whitehall were developing Meadowlark Manor, a 13-unit assisted living facility just west of the Whitehall town limits, next to the Sacry residence. Through Meadowlark Manor, the Sacrys hoped more people who might be forced to move away due to health issues would have the opportunity to remain in Whitehall. The Montana...

  • Leonard Albert Jones, 86

    Jul 26, 2023

    Leonard Albert Jones, 86, of Whitehall, passed away on July 20, 2023, of age-related causes. Leonard Albert Jones was born October 17, 1936, in Columbia Falls, Montana as the fourth child of Benjamin Franklin Jones, Jr., and Nancy Fern (McCord) Jones. Leonard was a year old when his father died of blood poisoning, and his mother and family returned to Fairbury, Nebraska, where she could be with family. They later migrated to Ashton, Idaho, where he attended St. Anthony, Parker, and Sugar City... Full story

  • Jack Sleeman, 91

    Jul 26, 2023

    Jack Sleeman passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at 91. Jack was the son of Bill and Hazel Sleeman, long-time Whitehall, Montana residents. Throughout his life, he moved to several places around Montana but ultimately ended up in Colorado. Jack was born in Three Forks, Montana though the family lived in Whitehall, Montana, most of his life. He lived out of town and could have horses, cows, and a dog. He enjoyed moving the cattle to the mountains in the spring and gathering them in the fall. Wh... Full story

  • Linda Mae (Holliday) Labrie, 83

    Jul 26, 2023

    "Do you know what I think? My life has been truly blessed!" Linda (Holliday) Labrie shared these thoughts with our family shortly before her peaceful passing on July 2, 2023. Everett and Halgert (Heriem) Holliday welcomed Linda on May 20, 1940, into their pioneering family on a cattle ranch near Martinsdale, Montana. Linda and her younger sister, Donna (Holliday) Schupak, attended a one-room schoolhouse and were fully engaged in 4-H as they grew up on the ranch. Linda attended White Sulfur Sprin... Full story

  • Celebration of Life: Ada Hanson

    Jul 26, 2023

    Please join us for the celebration of the life of Ada Hanson. The memorial service will be at the First Christian Church of Whitehall on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at 3 PM. Reception following. For more information call David Hanson at 208-659-8930.... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 7/26/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 26, 2023

    This summer is flying by, and I can't believe that Summer Reading ended this week. We will still have prizes from the store available through the middle of August for our readers who are on vacation. It was so much fun to create our own program that we decided to do it again next year. The ability to tailor the programs, themes, and crafts to our readers is a better fit for us than a national program. Brandi and I met with our friends at the school and set times and themes for Friday morning...

  • Nugget is Ready to Ride Again!

    MICHELE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Jul 26, 2023

    Nugget recently spent some time at the Hitching Post Studio south of Whitehall for a makeover! She is a beautiful palomino with gold running through her. She is looking for a new home with a little cowpoke who would keep her exercised. Come to the JVFA Art Exhibit during Frontier Days to buy a raffle ticket for a chance to take her home in time for Christmas! Drawing will be held at the Whitehall Christmas Festival in December. Oh, and while you are buying your raffle tickets be sure to take...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 7/26/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Jul 26, 2023

    What does HDR mean for my TV? Television technology keeps getting better, making pictures look amazing. One of the coolest improvements is the High Dynamic Range or HDR. It makes TV shows and movies look even more awesome by showing more colors and details. Before HDR, TVs had a hard time showing really bright and really dark parts in the same picture. Some details would get lost. But with HDR, this problem is fixed! HDR TVs can show a much wider range of brightness levels, which means you can...

  • Edible Flowers on the Docket for WGC August Meeting

    ANN PALMER, Whitehall Garden Club|Jul 26, 2023

    The Whitehall Garden Club wishes to thank the members who opened up their homes and gardens for the July Progressive Luncheon and Tour. Many State MFGC Awards were given including Garden of the Year, Barbara Lien. We also welcomed our new State President, Diane Ward, and her Board. This month’s topic is Edible Flowers, presented by Judy Chadwick and Hostess Ann Palmer. Come and learn how to harvest and use the Edible Flowers from your garden and the wild. Members and Non-Members are invited to join the Wednesday, August 2 Meeting starting at 9...

  • Senior Commodities Available from RMDC July 27

    Rocky Mountain Development Council|Jul 26, 2023

    Rocky Mountain Development Council, Inc. (Rocky) will have supplemental foods available for Whitehall area seniors on Thursday, July 27, 2023, from 11 AM to 12 PM. Pick-up is at the Whitehall Senior Center. There is no charge for the food. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) is a program where seniors can receive regular allocations of free food every other month. The program guidelines mandate that the person receiving the food must be 60 years of age or older, a resident of Montana, and meet an income requirement. Food typically...

  • West Nile Virus Detected in Montana

    JON EBELT, Montana Department of Health and Human Services|Jul 26, 2023

    State and local health officials are reporting the first West Nile Virus (WNV) detection of the year in mosquitoes sampled from Blaine County. No humans or horses have tested positive for WNV yet this season. Infected mosquitoes can transmit WNV when they bite, and the increased risk of WNV transmission to humans and horses is expected to continue through October – or as long as mosquitoes are active in the state. While no human cases of WNV were reported in 2022, in previous seasons Montana has reported over 50 human cases in a single s...

  • Strong People, Strong Bodies Strength Training Program

    KALEENA MILLER, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Office|Jul 26, 2023

    Join us for an informational meeting about these strength training classes, Strong People, Strong Bodies - A Strength Training Program. These classes are designed for mid-life and older adults and include progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises. Classes will be held 1-2 times per week for 10-12 weeks (September 2023-November 2023), led by Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent. The first informational meeting will be held at 10 AM Friday,...

  • Legislative Update: Representative Marta Bertoglio: Property Taxes

    MARTA BERTOGLIO, Montana Representative|Jul 26, 2023

    When I opened my Department of Revenue (DOR) appraisal notice I, like many of you, was shocked by the increase in my property tax estimate. Even though I read on the first page, “THIS IS NOT YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL”, I was still concerned. I understand the angst and confusion regarding this process because property owners question the accuracy of the fair market value and secondly the possible increase in their property taxes. Please remember that property taxes are local. This means that local s...

  • Department of Revenue Director Brendan Beatty: Montana Property Taxes Explained

    BRENDAN BEATTY, Montana Department of Revenue|Jul 26, 2023

    By now, most Montana property owners have opened their 2023 Property Classification and Appraisal Notices, and many have been surprised by the Montana Department of Revenue’s estimate of their property’s market value. It’s no secret that property in Montana has been selling at higher and higher prices, but the size of the increased values is astonishing to everyone — including me. These value increases and estimated 2023 General Taxes described on the notice — based upon the prior year’s mills — have created a great deal of confusion, fear, and...

  • Hoot-Owl Restrictions on Multiple Rivers

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Jul 26, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is advising anglers that portions of the Beaverhead River, Bitterroot River, and the entire Jefferson River are closed to all fishing daily from 2 PM to midnight, effective Wednesday, July 19. The restrictions will stay in effect until conditions improve. The hoot-owl restrictions are issued for: Jefferson River – the entire river, from the Missouri River to the confluence of the Big Hole River and Beaverhead River Beaverhead River –from the confluence of the Big Hole River to Anderson Lane. Bitterroot River – f...

  • Hunter Education Classes, Trapper Education Field Days Scheduled

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Jul 26, 2023

    Hunter Education classes and a Trapper Education field day are scheduled in several areas of southwestern Montana next month. All in-person classes are free. HUNTERS EDUCATION: • Livingston begins Aug. 2 • Butte begins Aug. 14 • Bozeman begins Aug. 21 Trapper Education field day in Livingston on August 25. Registration is required to attend these classes. To sign up or to see other classes happening in Montana, visit Hunter and Trapper education classes are taught by skilled volunteer instructors, offer...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

    Jul 26, 2023

    As the dog days of summer press on and people continue to enjoy outdoor gatherings, tasty and cool cocktails remain ideal when entertaining. Blueberries continue to be the stars of summertime shows and can be the inspiration for your next drink. The following recipe for Blueberry Lavender Lemonade from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council pairs the sophisticated flavor of lavender with tart blueberry in a refreshing concoction that also includes gin. The result is fruity, floral, and fragrant....

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week 7/16/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Department|Jul 26, 2023

    SUNDAY, JULY 16 00:21:59 Medical: W First St 01:10:24 Traffic Hazard: I-90 08:55:11 Civil: S Centurion Way 09:12:48 Civil: Whitetail Rd 09:39:00 Civil: Ballard Ln 09:59:20 Civil: Piedmont Rd 10:29:47 Civil: Fish Creek Rd 11:52:20 Welfare Check: W Second St 14:45:26 Trespass: Meridian Rd 17:40:42 911 Misdial: Kountz Rd 19:34:16 911 Hang Up MONDAY, JULY 17 00:52:59 Death: Hwy 359 08:22:21 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 09:35:12 Agency Assist: High Place Rd 09:40:16 Welfare Check: Whitehall Skate Park 10:54:47 Motor Vehicle Accident...

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