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  • Town terminates CBOH lease

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    The Community Beacon of Hope Inc. is no longer operating in the Town of Whitehall. According to Deputy Town of Whitehall Attorney Elizabeth Musick, CBOH was provided a notice of termination of their lease Monday. Musick stated the ambulance service was unable to cure the breach of their lease agreement with the Town. CBOH was informed last week they had until August 8 at 5 p.m. to pay a $6,000 lump sum pursuant to Section 5 of their lease agreement. The payment was due August 1. Musick said Tuesday morning CBOH has surrendered the equipment... Full story

  • Postal thefts reported locally

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    In the past several weeks, there have been multiple reports of mail thefts in Whitehall and the surrounding area. Between July 24 and 27 alone, there were three reports of postal thefts made to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Jeremy Leder, an inspector for the United State Postal Service, recently offered several tips for residents to deter the theft of mail. Leder said one of the biggest things not to do is leave mail in a box, especially if someone is expecting something of value like...

  • 13 hired over summer break

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    Students and teachers in Whitehall will be returning to school at the end of the month. At a school board meeting last week, Superintendent John Sullivan said teachers would be reporting Monday, August 28 and the first day of students will be August 30. Sullivan said they hired 13 employees over the summer and only have two open positions. The district is still looking for an elementary counselor and a middle school volleyball coach. The new hires include four new teachers. Kelly Leo was hired as a science teacher, Elizabeth Clarkson was hired...

  • Theater raises $400, Dunkirk free to Veterans

    Aug 9, 2017

    The Whitehall Star Theater continues to give back to the local community. The fundraiser at the theater held in conjunction with Frontier Days raised $400 for the Whitehall Community Library. The fundraiser included silent auction and raffle. Later this week, the theater will honor local Veterans. According to theater manager Colton Anderson, Veterans will gain free admittance to "Dunkirk", which will play August 11 to 14. Anderson said they will need to bring a military ID or proof of service....

  • Fair Starts Wednesday

    STAFF REPORT|Aug 9, 2017

    Local residents will be heading to Twin Bridges for the Madison County Fair that gets underway today, and will run until Sunday, August 13. The NRA Rodeo is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The parade will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information and schedules please visit

  • Start planning for 2017 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo

    STAFF REPORT|Aug 9, 2017

    The 2017 Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, "A Fair of the Heart," is August 24-27 at the Jefferson County Recreation Park, one-half mile south of Boulder. Jefferson County Fair Board member Aimee Lagerquist urges people to plan their fair exhibits now. "We work hard to make it easy to participate in the fair. We encourage people to enter exhibits, and are so pleased to have 4-H animals this year," Lagerquist said. The Jefferson County Fair is no longer limited to exhibitors from Jefferson...

  • Editorial: Try to make it out to the County Fair

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    There is something special about a small town county fair. It just so happens that local residents will have the chance to attend two in the month of August. The Madison County Fair starts today, and the Jefferson County Fair will run from August 24 to 27 in Boulder. These both present great opportunities for some quality family fun. People often make the excuse there is nothing to do in a small town, but that is not true. The two events have a variety of things to that should be able to please even the pickiest person. A story on the front...

  • Column: New Things?

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    The older I get I don’t really like to try new things. I’m not sure if it is a good or bad thing, but I have a comfort zone and don’t often care to step outside of it. Every once in awhile I do, and I have to remind myself that doing something different is probably needed. I had heard for years about just how good the television show “Game of Thrones” is. I swear that about every third person I talked too would tell me how wonderful and addicting it is. I have never been a huge fan of fantasy or anything dealing with kings and queens, s...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Aug 9, 2017

    Monday, July 31 4:30 a.m. - animal problem- road killed I-90 eastbound, MM 252, Whitehall 8:09 a.m. - public safety-fire/smoke, 2 Wapiti Road, Whitehall 1:30 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 106 North Jefferson Street, Whitehall 2:40 p.m. - VIN inspection, 511 1st Street West, Whitehall 5:08 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 770 Hwy 2 East, Cardwell 9:23 p.m. – agency assist, 660 Hwy 359, Cardwell 10:44 p.m. – traffic stop, North Whitehall Street, Whitehall Tuesday, Aug. 1 12:17 a.m. – traffic stop, I-90 eastb...

  • Williams awarded scholarship

    STAFF REPORT|Aug 9, 2017

    Phillip W. Williams, a graduate student at the University of Montana's FireCenter, was awarded the Whitehall Garden Club Scholarship for 2017. He received a BS in Forestry from the UM in 2016. He eventually wants to earn a PhD to teach at a University. His career goals also include learning how to manage not only forests, but also the technologies that inform us how the natural world functions. He is currently completing an internship with Skyefish, a local drone manufacturing company based in...

  • New historic tour a success

    Arlene Weber, Contributing Writer|Aug 9, 2017

    The historic tours conducted over the Frontier Days weekend were a success with all but two seats sold on the five tours. Most of the participants were local and several came from nearby communities. The first tour on July 28th included a group from Meadowlark Manor. Some people took the tour to reminisce and other wanted to learn more about the valley's history. Transportation was provided by Whitehall Public Transportation with driver Tom Salvagni and tour guide Arlene Weber The first stop...

  • Jefferson County implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

    STAFF REPORT|Aug 9, 2017

    The Jefferson County Commissioners voted Thursday, August 3 to implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. The Stage 1 restrictions include no building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in an exemption. Fireworks are also prohibited. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials is also prohibited. FWP According to Montana FWP, properties in many southwest Montana...

  • Carol Irene Halvorson

    Aug 9, 2017

    Carol Irene Halvorson, 75, went softly into the Lord's arms at Benefis Healthcare surrounded by her family on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Carol was born to Robert and Myrtle Pruett on January 23, 1942 in Whitehall. She received her education at Whitehall schools and Butte Business College. She married Chesley Hunt in 1957 and their marriage resulted in her children, Marlin and Valerie. She later was married in 1970 to Carl Halvorson and their marriage resulted in her children, Carl Jr. and Inga....

  • ERs emerge as the frontline in the meth war

    MATT BLOIS, UM School of Journalism|Aug 9, 2017

    Dr. Doug Melzer usually works nights in the emergency room at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula. He spends most of his time dealing with the usual emergency room fare: heart attacks, pneumonia, broken hips. But about once a week he treats patients coming into the emergency room because they're psychotic from taking too much methamphetamine. These patients are terrified. Their hearts are beating fast. Usually they're hallucinating. When they come into the ER security guards meet them at the door....

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Aug 9, 2017

    Hi Folks, We didn’t have our regular meeting last week, but we did end up having two Special Meetings. One of the meetings was to approve Resolution 24-2017 which puts all of Jefferson County’s private lands under Stage One Fire Restrictions. The following acts or uses are prohibited on all private lands in Jefferson County: a. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions. b. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least th...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Ledger Publisher|Aug 9, 2017

    It was just a week ago that Lydia’s was the scene of a very surprised Janet Shaw Powley when her family had arranged dinner for many friends and relatives. After tears of gratitude and hugs from her four kids and their spouses, she seemed delighted with the celebration. Even the sign advertising Lydia’s was blinking ‘Happy 80th Birthday, Janet’. A very diverse menu was offered to the guests with the Powley children and their spouses picking up the tab. Lydia’s long time tradition continues. Spaghetti, raviolis, salami, cheese, sweet potato sa...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Aug 9, 2017

    Thank you to the Star Theater for the wonderful donation of $400 to the Friends of the Library! I promise we will put the funds to good use on one of the many projects that are still in the planning stage! Summer reading is done for the year. It was great to watch 148 readers log 100,130 minutes for the eight weeks. Patrons from toddlers to seniors read their favorite books, magazines, and electronic readers to earn three levels of prizes. Great job to all! As the staff begins to move toward fall (yes already!), computer classes are open for...