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Articles from the August 2, 2023 edition


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  • RECAP: 2023 Frontier Days Brings in the Crowds, the Laughs, and the Fun

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 2, 2023

    Even with a bit of competition from Headwaters Country Jam in Cardwell/Three Forks, the 39th Annual Whitehall Frontier Days brought in hundreds of people into town who visited over 70 vendors on Legion Avenue, the Main Street Green, and the Western Legacy Center, as well as participated in many first-time Chamber events, which may indeeed become Frontier Days Traditions. The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce will have a complete THANK YOU ad in next week's paper, but would like to thank EVERYONE...

  • Headwaters Country Jam Rocked...So Did the County

    KEITH HAMMOND, Boulder Monitor|Aug 2, 2023

    Last weekend, some 4,000 revelers arrived at a pasture between Cardwell and Three Forks for Headwaters Country Jam, an annual three-day country music festival. As the bands played on - Ashley McBryde, Koe Wetzel, and Parker McCollum were headliners - Jefferson County, within whose boundaries the festival venue (barely) lies, was very much behind the scenes. The county Sheriff's Office stationed eight to nine deputies at the site throughout the weekend. The county sanitarian, Megan Bullock, ensur...

  • Memorial Rod Run Brings 78 Classic Beauties

    AL JOHNSON, Rod Run Coordinator|Aug 2, 2023

    The annual Bill Baycroft and Bob Casagrande Memorial Rod Run during Frontier Days was a huge success, bringing in nearly 80 gorgeous vehicles to Legion Park. The following awards were given. • Bill Baycroft Award: Tom Walund of Butte. • Bob Casagrande Award: Terrie Casagrande of Whitehall. • People's Choice Award: Dale Olson of Butte. • Truck Award: Kelli Thennis' 56 Chevy truck. • Rat Rod Award: Ric Pestel's 29 Nash Sedan. • Long Distance Award: Jim Tebay's 52 Plymouth Coupe. Top...

  • Barbara Lien Named Gardener of the Year

    GLENNA WALTEE, Whitehall Garden Club|Aug 2, 2023

    Out of approximately 580 members in 24 clubs across the state of Montana, Whitehall resident Barbara Lien was selected as the “Gardener of the Year” during the Montana Federation of Garden Club’s yearly convention held in Billings in June. Barbara has a B.S. in Earth Sciences from Montana State University, and an M.S. in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University along with additional courses in graphic design, Information Design, technical writing, and AutoCAD. She taught basic landscape design courses to homeowners...

  • Summer Events Continue at Lewis & Clark State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Aug 2, 2023

    Several events have been scheduled at Lewis & Clark Caverns state parks. There is no cost to Montana residents to attend these programs. An $8 entrance fee applies at Montana state parks for all nonresident vehicles. Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park has more fun interpretive programs planned in August that highlight the wildlife, night skies, and more from Montana’s first state park. Each of these programs will begin at the campground amphitheater. Join park ranger Ramona Radonich for the following: August 5 at 8 PM: “Goodness Snakes...

  • Guest Editorial: Delivering Income & Property Tax Relief for Montanans

    GREG GIANFORTE, Montana State Governor|Aug 2, 2023

    As I meet with Montanans in every corner of our state, I hear the same concern often –taxes are too high. And they're right. Taxes are too high and need to be reined in. Two years ago, we enacted a fiscally responsible budget, and as a result, the State of Montana today has a historic budget surplus. Ultimately, that means you overpaid your taxes, and we're giving it back to you. When we released our Budget for Montana Families last November, we again held the line on spending, and we focused on providing hardworking Montanans with...

  • Dear Editor: Spay & Neuter Mobile Vet Services No Longer Available

    AS and C of Jefferson County Volunteers|Aug 2, 2023

    Dear Editor, The Spay & Neuter Mobile vet services are no longer available in Jefferson County. Due to the unavailable mobile vet services for Spay & Neuter Clinics in Jefferson County, the AS&C of Jefferson County is temporarily unable to provide the bi-annual Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinics. Until these traveling vet services become available for our clinics, the AS&C of Jefferson County will continue to offer County residents $40 Spay & Neuter discount coupons to redeem at Western Veterinary Service and Jefferson Veterinary...

  • Thought Provokers: 8/2/2023

    Aug 2, 2023

    At a movie theatre, which armrest is yours? In the word scent, is the “S” silent, or is it the “C”? There is now a generation of kids who grew up with the internet without ever touching a keyboard or a mouse in their lives. People with autism just have a different operating system in their brains. Why is there a “D” in the word fridge but not in refrigerator? Who knew what time it was when the first clock was made? The bigger someone’s favorite number gets, the weirder it is. 6, 7, 8, and 9 never appear next to each other on a...

  • Elizabeth May Bell, 94

    Aug 2, 2023

    On December 8, 2022, Elizabeth May Bell, known to many simply as May, passed away. May was fiercely determined to continue her independence right up to her death in spite of recent health, failing memory, and vision issues. May was born January 3, 1928. May and her husband, Ken, had been part of the Whitehall community since mid-1960 when they purchased some bare land north of Whitehall and moved into a small cabin they had moved from Butte. May was a very hard worker as evidenced by the many... Full story

  • CELEBRATION OF LIFE: William "Bill" Beam

    Aug 2, 2023

    A Celebration of Life for WILLIAM “BILL” BEAM will be held Saturday, August 12, 2023, at 2 PM at the Pony, MT Senior Center.... Full story

  • A New Chamber Tradition - Thursday Night BBQ Kickoff to Frontier Days

    Aug 2, 2023

    The Whitehall Chamber offered a free BBQ on Thursday to kick off the Frontier Days weekend. Over 600 people were fed, thanks to Split Diamond Ranch, Jefferson Fresh Foods, Golden Sunlight Mine, and Expedition Church. The Chamber plans to make having the BBQ on Thursday night BBQ the new norm, as it was a great way to start the festivities....

  • 2023 Frontier Days Snapshots, Part I

    Aug 2, 2023

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 8/2/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Aug 2, 2023

    What are Quantum Computers? In a world where technological advancements never cease to amaze, one particular field stands out as a potential game-changer – quantum computing. While it may sound like something straight out of science fiction, quantum computing is a revolutionary concept that holds the key to solving complex problems that have been insurmountable for traditional computers. But what exactly is quantum computing, and how does it differ from the computers we use every day? To put...

  • How Breastfeeding Moms Can Increase Their Milk Supply

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Healthcare|Aug 2, 2023

    August 1st through the 7th is World Breastfeeding Week. The baby formula shortages from last year left parents who use formula struggling to find enough formula for their babies. Some babies are exclusively breastfed, and others are exclusively formula-fed, but often moms turn to both breastfeeding and formula feeding either simultaneously or at different times. For moms who are breastfeeding, it’s important to know how to increase their milk supply, whether their baby is going through a growth spurt or if parents can’t find the formula...

  • June 2023 Snapshot: JeffCo Health Department Update

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Aug 2, 2023

    The County Health Department’s mission is to promote good health practices, keep the environment clean, healthy, and safe, and to help people enjoy good health and use resources effectively. The snapshot summarizes recent and year-to-date health department activities of the JCHD. The intent is to share relevant information with our constituents to increase awareness of conditions in the community and department activities. Reportable Diseases/Conditions of Interest, June 2023: • COVID-19 Cases: 3 • Norovirus: 1 • Syphilis, secondary: 1...

  • Busy Weekend for Whitehall VFD

    Aug 2, 2023

  • Learn About Whitehall Bio Control: 8/2/2023

    TODD BREITENFELDT, Whitehall Biological Control Project|Aug 2, 2023

    The Whitehall Bio Control team managed to collect all 120+ releases of leafy spurge flea beetles. Thank you to the local landowner who allowed us to collect on their fine property. This week we have a bit of a lull in insect collections as the toadflax and spurge insects are finished and the spotted knapweed insects have not emerged in great enough numbers to be collectable. We will clean up the insectary at the high school and monitor past and future release sites. We are hearing from many...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 7/29/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 2, 2023

    JULY 29, 1998 Area rodeo fans were treated to back-to-back nights of outstanding action during the 1998 Frontier Days NRA Rodeo at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds on July 24-25. Some of the top-ranked Northern Rodeo Association competitors participated in the Whitehall rodeo, and cowboys and cowgirls from throughout Montana rode and roped their way into prize money. The 1998 Frontier Days Rodeo was a true Whitehall production: Lillian Rodeo in Whitehall organized the event and provided stock, Brady Cogdill and Rick Moeykens clowned and Ray Tully...

  • License Required for Training Bird Dogs Using Birds Not Raised in Captivity

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Aug 2, 2023

    Anyone training bird dogs using game birds not raised in captivity needs to hold a bird dog training license, whether on private or public land. If you are training dogs with captive-reared birds, a license is not required. These licenses can be purchased online through the FWP Online License Service, any FWP regional office or any license provider. The license is $5 for residents ages 18 and over and $10 for nonresidents 18 and over. For residents and nonresidents ages 12 to 17, the license is free. Bird dog training season with wild birds on...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Flying Unicorn Pie

    Aug 2, 2023

    This whimsical treat is ideal for special gatherings. Pumpkin spice may be all the rage in October and November, but it's all about apples at the end of summer and in the early weeks of fall. Visiting a local orchard to hand-pick apples is an entertaining way to spend an afternoon with young or old, and it's a great opportunity to gather ingredients for apple pie. For fall birthdays or other special occasions, skip the celebratory cake for something even more eye-catching: an elaborately decorated pie! Not too many people can resist the tart...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 7/23/2023

    Jefferson County Sheriff Department|Aug 2, 2023

    SUNDAY, JULY 23 05:43:44 Medical: Edwards Addition Rd 08:26:56 Traffic Stop 10:07:24 Fire/Smoke Wildland: I-90 10:23:59 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 12:03:38 911 Open Line: I-90 15:08:07 911 Hang Up: Hwy 287 16:31:36 Welfare Check 17:38:18 911 Misdial: Hwy 2 E 17:54:14 Motor Vehicle Accident (Injury): Hwy 69 18:29:25 911 Misdial: N Division St 18:45:44 Reckless Driver: Hwy 287 20:48:37 Animal: Hwy 55 21:53:58 Fire/Smoke Report 23:04:24 Custodial Interference: S Main St MONDAY, JULY 24 03:33:27 Medical: Witt’s End 07:32:56 Reckless Driver: I-90...

  • Connecting Point: WHERE IS THE SKELETON?

    BILL LANES|Aug 2, 2023

    No one is perfect, well, last time I checked. But, past failures and sins need not define our future, and I am thinking about right now. Is a failure haunting you? Through Jesus Christ we find redemption when we seek his forgiveness. “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…. Everyone who calls on the name of the...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 8/2/2023

    Aug 2, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, someone in your life says they’re making changes, but when you look closely it seems like much of the same. A little encouragement on your part can help this person along. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Tread lightly if you broach a difficult conversation with someone close to you, Taurus. These are tricky waters you are navigating and you want to maintain the relationship. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Problems may seem to you to be bigger than they really are, Gemini. Step back, take a few breaths and then look at things from...

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