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  • Whitehall's Wild West Frontier Days Recap

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 27, 2022

    Whitehall's biggest weekend, the annual Frontier Days celebration, went off without a hitch this past weekend. So many activities occurred throughout the town that it's hard to keep track of them all! Here's a quick recap! • M&M Vintage held its grand opening in the former Roper's building. • The Kids Tractor Pull took place on Main Street under the direction of Mike and Kristy Price and Tanya Jorgenson. Thank you to the speedy welder who helped repair the tractor during the contest! ...

  • Butte's An Ri Ra Event Back After Two Year Hiatus; Raffle Tickets on Sale

    KAITLYN AGUILES, Montana KXLF|Jul 27, 2022

    It's a hop, step, and clap to An Ri Ra's big return! “You know we’re kind of wondering if we remember how to do this; if we can remember how to put on a show,” said Kerrie Hall. Kerrie Hall is the Tiernan Irish Dancers' instructor teaching preschoolers to high school seniors the art of Irish dancing. To get to this level of dance, Tiernan Irish Dancers start young learning the basics. "It takes a lot of practice. You know we have these guys from a young age and so a lot of them starting...

  • Frontier Days Recap To Begin Airing on Channel 49.2 Beginning July 28th

    Jul 27, 2022

    Whitehall Low Power TV will start playing back the Frontier Days Recap on Thursday the 28th at 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM on Whitehall PBS TV channel 49.2. It will play every day at these times for the following week. The playback will include the full Whitehall’s Wild West Parade and segments from many of the other events such as the Horseshoe Tournament, Kids Gem Dig, Kids Tractor Pull, and the Wyldman Rodeo. Don’t miss the highlights of Whitehall’s Wild West Frontier Days 2022 on channel 49.2 in the afternoons starting this...

  • Whitehall's Wild West Frontier Days Snapshots - Part 1

    Jul 27, 2022

  • Thought Provokers 7/27/22

    Jul 27, 2022

    There’s a decent chance that you exist simply because your parent's friends started having kids and your parents didn’t want to feel left out. The fact that women’s sense of smell is significantly better than men’s is a troubling thought for any man trying to covertly sneak a fart out on a date... you can never be certain that you’ve won the gamble. Hollywood puts prosthetics on beautiful actors to make them look ugly because they refuse to make ugly actors famous. People who are trying to accomplish something, like eradicating...

  • Dear Editor: Thankful for Cardwell General Store

    RUTH LOTT|Jul 27, 2022

    Dear Editor, I am writing to say how much I appreciate the changes Curt and Laurie Perry have made at the Cardwell General Store. Although it’s only a couple of miles from my place I never went there because the few times I did they didn’t carry what I needed. I had friends visiting recently and needed some condiments and milk for the cookout I planned. The construction going on in Whitehall spurred me to try to find what I needed in Cardwell and sure enough, I did — and in the brands I wanted. Bruce and Chad do a terrific job at...

  • Memorial Rod Run Brings in Dozens of Beauties

    AL JOHNSON, Memorial Rod Run Event Organizer|Jul 27, 2022

    The Bill Baycroft & Bob Casagrande Memorial Rod Run, held Saturday, July 23 in Legion Park, brought in dozens of classic cars and trucks to Frontier Days. Al Johnson, the Rod Run coordinator, would like to thank all the participants for making the trip to the event, as well as the registration help from Jake Hart, Frank Padrotti, and Ed Curran. Thanks also go to the event sponsors: Al's Mobile Glass, Mountain West Car Quest, Whitehall Drug, Danny Johnson, Mike Tilleo Graphics, Veremier...

  • Go Ask Jo: 7/27/2022

    Jul 27, 2022

    Dear Jo, My cat has tasted human blood...should I put her down or is there a spell to save her from becoming a cannibal? I was playing a juggling game with her when I miscalculated the height and she landed on my head, bit my ear, and scratched my scalp. Later, I saw her licking my blood from her claws. I have mice, birds, and fish in my house, so naturally, I don’t want to live with a blood-thirsty killer cat. I watched that Cujo documentary this weekend and I am really scared. Do you know any spells? Thank you, Afraid to Sleep Dear Afraid,...

  • Southwest Montana August Festival Roundup

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 27, 2022

    Summer isn't over until the last rodeo cowboys and cowgirls hang their hats! There are still lots of festivals throughout August and into Labor Day weekend, offering summer fun and thrills, tied into history, Montana style. Take your pick from Smelterman's mining, Irish culture, clean energy, fly fishing, country music, and crowd-pleasing full-on county fair and rodeo, and plan how to enjoy your last days of summer. Anaconda starts off on August 5 to 7 with Smelermans Day Celebrations, a...

  • Anaconda Open Theatre To Hold Auditions

    SUE KONICEK, Anaconda Open Theatre Project|Jul 27, 2022

    Anaconda’s Open Theatre Project and the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center will be holding open auditions for a Community Theater Production of ‘You Have the Right to Remain Dead,” an interactive comedy murder mystery by Pat Cook. Many adult roles, as well as roles for teens (14 and older), are available. Auditions will be held on August 9 at 6 PM at the Copper Village Museum and Arts Center (401 E. Commercial Street, Anaconda), with callbacks on August 10 at 6 PM. Rehearsals will be held in August and September. Visit CVMAC.org, and...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/23/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 27, 2022

    July 23, 1997 Whitehall’s biggest weekend of the year, the tandem events of Frontier Days and the Whitehall All-Class Reunion was planned for July 25-27. Close to 600 WHS alumni and hundreds more rodeo fans, parade lovers, craft shoppers, and interested residents and tourists were anticipated to make it one of the most memorable in Whitehall history. Lightning touched off two small fires west of Whitehall Sunday evening. One lightning strike set a single tree afire on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, near Whiskey Gulch,...

  • Connecting Point: Faith in Heaven, Our Foundation

    BILL LANES|Jul 27, 2022

    Both my grandfather and grandmother were fond of saying, “Oh for heaven’s sake.” Lately, in SW Montana, I have not heard the expression. A poll of Americans finalized in November of 2021 by the Pew Research Center revealed that approximately 75% said they believed in heaven, while of those who categorized themselves as “religiously unaffiliated” only 37% claimed to believe in heaven. The subject of heaven brings up many important questions. Funerals continue to be one of the largest gatherings of people, following the death of a...

  • Dannysue Von Duyke, 78

    Jul 27, 2022

    Dannysue Von Duyke, age 78, of Broomfield, Colorado passed away on Monday, July 11, 2022, from complications associated with Alzheimer's Disease She was known as "Danny" in Colorado, and Sue to her Montana Family. She is survived by her husband, Tom, her son Richard, her daughter Joey(Mike) Sturm, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Wade (Nancy), Dean, Jim (Ginger) Miller, Rob (Maureen) Martin, Marlene (Don) Hunt, Kathy (Jack) Jensen, Bill...

  • Between the Stacks: 7/27/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jul 27, 2022

    August is always the month we take off from programming after summer reading so the August calendar will be lighter than normal. There will still be Story Time and book discussion groups along with a few other programs. The staff will spend August planning the Fall Programming schedule, cleaning the stacks, and getting ready for our crazy September to start up. I will be attending the Montana Library Convention which will be a great time to learn new things about just about every aspect of the...

  • Celebration of Life: Mary Rognlien Salsbury

    Jul 27, 2022

    Please join us for Mary Rognlien Salsbury’s Celebration of Life Saturday, August 6th from 12 PM-2 PM at the Rognlien family home at 420 Pierce Lane, Bigfork MT 59911. We will enjoy food and fellowship from noon to one and then an informal service down at the beach from one to two. Thank you so much for your cards and calls and hugs of condolence when mom got to go home to Jesus back in November. For any questions or to RSVP, please contact Sarah Salsbury at 406-253-6364....

  • Celebration of Life: Catherine Ellerton

    Jul 27, 2022

    A celebration of life for Kay Ellerton (1941-2021) will be held at the Whitehall Senior Center on Sunday, August 7, 2022, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Let us join, remember, and share memories. A light lunch will be presented, as well as a slide show of a life lived to its fullest....

  • Progressive Luncheon for Whitehall Garden Club Members

    DIANE WARD, Whitehall Garden Club|Jul 27, 2022

    On August 3rd a “Progressive Luncheon” has been planned and the Whitehall Garden Club members will be visiting three Club members' homes. Club members can socialize and wander through the beautiful gardens and landscaping at each home. At 10 AM coffee/snacks will be served at the first house (Glenna Waltee’s). The second house will be hosting a Pot-Luck lunch (Barb Lien’s). Then it’s on to the third house for dessert (Janet Chapman’s). Members, mark your calendars for this fun and relaxing day. Those wishing to carpool, meet at the...

  • Study Shows Americans Aren't Planning for Future Healthcare Needs

    Statepoint|Jul 27, 2022

    If you haven’t spent time considering what your healthcare needs will be in the years or even decades from now, you’re not alone. Recent research suggests that many aging Americans aren’t aware of the full range of options available to them. As we age, our healthcare needs intensify, and experts say that the U.S. healthcare system will need to embrace home healthcare options to meet the demand of an aging population. The new national survey, titled “Aging in Place: Assessing Senior’s Understanding of Home Healthcare Options,...

  • Sage Mountain Center Shows Off Their Gorgeous Gardens During Tours

    Jul 27, 2022

    GARDEN TOURS: Sage Mountain Center opened its gardens to the public over the weekend, showing off their plethora of beautiful flowers and plants....

  • TSS's ARPA Project Fiber-To-The Home Begins

    LEE GOOD, TeleSystem Services|Jul 27, 2022

    TeleSystem Services (TSS) of Whitehall is starting to receive equipment for the expansion of the Fiber-to-the-Home project they installed along First Street in 2017. Jason is shown unloading the first of about five spools of underground conduit to bury along the second street in Whitehall and several cross streets intersecting the area. Fiber will be installed along North Jefferson and Division Streets and the length of Second Street from McKay to Noble Streets. The installation of the conduits...

  • Opinion: Building the Airplane While It's Flying

    PAUL CARTWRIGHT, Former Helena City Commissioner|Jul 27, 2022

    Gary Buchanan is on the ballot as an Independent running for the Second Congressional District. I helped a little by gathering the necessary signatures. It was a curious adventure. When the signature drive started, the political operatives all nodded sagely and said, no way, he’s doing everything wrong. They had a point. Gary signed up at the last minute, the very day candidate filing closed. He hadn’t decided to run until a week or so earlier. And he only filed as a matter of duty, because our current representative had so embarrassed...

  • Whitehall's Wild West Frontier Days Snapshots - Part 2

    Jul 27, 2022

  • Some People You Can Never Thank Enough, They Do So Much...

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jul 27, 2022

    Some people do things simply out of the goodness of their hearts, not wanting anything in return. Several of these wonderful people came into my life last week. The crew of Expedition Church (the vendor booth giving out the free fans with filters, for those of you wondering whom I'm talking about!) brought over a dozen volunteers to the Whitehall community, just to help in any way they could with Frontier Days. Not only did they help check in vendors, sponsor the rodeo, play music on the Main...

  • MONTANA PARK OF THE WEEK: Milltown State Park

    Jul 27, 2022

    Milltown State Park began as a river restoration superfund and has grown into so much more! Located just outside of Bonner, MT, this park offers over 3 miles of beautiful trails. Abundant outdoor opportunities and a rich cultural heritage converge at the newly restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers at the heart of Milltown State Park. The former site of a Superfund river restoration project, Milltown State Park, features more than 500 acres of terrain, ranging from restored...

  • Rules Hearing on Delaying Implementation of Madison River Commercial Use Cap Scheduled for August 2

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Jul 27, 2022

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a public hearing via telephone to collect comment on an administrative rule change that was proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission at its June meeting. The public hearing will be Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. and will be on a rule proposal to postpone the implementation of a commercial use cap on the Madison River. The public comment hearing will be held via phone. A previous announcement of this hearing, mistakenly referred to it as a Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting. In 2020, the Fish and Wildlife...

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