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Articles from the August 18, 2021 edition


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  • Controversial BLM Outfitter Permit Open for Public Comment

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    An application for an amendment to an outfitting permit has drawn criticism on local social media pages. The amendment from Montana Trophy Outfitters (owned and operated by Whitehall native Forrest Lewton), was applied for through the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Butte Field Office and requests the below changes to their existing special recreation permit (Permit #MT-070-18-09). The acreage is in the the 370 and 380 hunting districts. According to the BLM website, Montana Trophy Outfitters is currently permitted to provide deer and elk...

  • Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Aug 18, 2021

    DREAMIN': Queen Titania (Rachel Cendrick) looks adoringly upon her new love, all due to Puck's misplaced love potion at Sunday's performance of a Midsummer Night's Dream at the Main Street Green. The event was brought to the community by the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Gold Junction Presents, LaHood Steakhouse, High Peaks Federal Credit Union, Two Bit Saloon, Bill & Tamara Pullman, The Star Theatre, and The Whitehall Ledger....

  • Fatal Traffic Incident on Second Street

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle informed the Whitehall Ledger of a fatal traffic incident, which occurred Sunday, August 15 around 8 p.m. on Second Street in Whitehall. The victim, an adult male whose name has not been released, died shortly after receiving CPR at the scene. Doolittle said the incident, which is believed to have begun as a domestic situation which escalated into the involvement of a vehicle, is being investigated. Further details will be provided at a later date....

  • Madison County Fair Snapshots

    Aug 18, 2021

    JUNIOR CHAMPIONS: (From left) Kaylee Klapan: Junior Dog Showing; Rylee Randall: Junior Goat Showing; Cooper Montgomery: Junior Sheep Showing; Braxton Walker: Junior Hog Showing....

  • Rockin the Rivers Snapshots

    Aug 18, 2021

    HANDS TO THE SKY: Rockin' the Rivers brought the crowds to the Bridge amphitheater between Cardwell and Three Forks this weekend. Skillet was a fan-favorite, bringing raucous cheers from the audience....

  • Thankful for Extra Cameras!

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    It has been a busy week and, once again, I find myself wishing I could clone myself. I want to be in all places at all times, but it just isn’t possible. I am so unbelievably thankful for the help of Charles Shank and Kari Montgomery this week - they helped catch moments I couldn’t be there for or didn’t see myself. Kari took on the Madison County Fair and provided some amazing photos - with more available in next week’s paper. Charles helped capture moments at Shakespeare in the Park that I didn’t (partially because I was too wrapped...

  • Guest Editorial: From Town Councilor

    Linda Jung, Whitehall Town Councilor|Aug 18, 2021

    Most of you know me already, but I thought I’d reintroduce myself to the community, as I am one of the new town councilors. I am Linda Jung and I represent Ward 2 for the Town of Whitehall. I have lived here as a resident for 33 years. But my family history goes back further than that – my grandparents lived here most of their lives as well. I have always loved this town. When my husband and I had a chance to come back and raise our two children here, we did not hesitate. We have not regretted a moment of living in this town. Since as long...

  • Dear Editor: COVID-19 & 5G

    Charles Haddon Shank|Aug 18, 2021

    Dear Editor, Jim Buterbaugh’s letter to the editor from last week’s paper got me thinking. Actually, this subject has been on my mind for quite some time now. I’m admittedly a bit of a conspiracy theorist and one of the theories I’ve recently entertained is the connection between the COVID-19 ‘pandemic’ and 5G. I remember quipping once that “it may be killing us on the inside, but our internet will be so blindingly fast, we won’t care!” A bit harsh maybe and possibly overstated, but studies have shown the damage that these...

  • Chamber Recaps Frontier Days, Plans for Fall

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    At the monthly Whitehall Chamber of Commerce meeting on Thursday, August 12, the Chamber recapped the successful Frontier Days event and began plans for the Fall Festival in October. All agreed that the July Frontier Days event brought in the largest crowds in recent memory, with a packed rodeo, massive crowds at the parade, large turnout for the rod run, and happy vendors. Plans for the 2022 event have already begun. The Chamber coordinator position is still open and needs to be filled. The Board has received five applications and interviews...

  • CTAC Creates New Community Development Committee

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    At the August meeting of the Community Transition Advisory Council (CTAC) on Thursday, August 12, Golden Sunlight Mine lead Chuck Buus announced a new committee to be created in order to assist GSM in allocating funds to local projects. The Community Development Committee’s primary goals are to engage with the community, partner with community entities, invest in the community, sustain the community and adapt the committee to community changes as necessary. The areas the committee will look to fit grant applications into are as follows:...

  • Go Ask Jo: 8/18/2021

    Jo|Aug 18, 2021

    Dear Jo, I went to a local fair this past weekend. I am a 50 plus woman. I only mention this because “back in the day” I would be dancing my butt off at the fair. Back then, men asked women to dance; no one stood around like at a high school dance. What is happening? Are there some new rules I am not aware of? All the men just stood around looking at their feet, their beer, their buddies. Is it just me?! Signed, Frustrated Dancer Dear Dancer, Times are changing, that is for sure. I do not believe, however, that there is a new rule book on d...

  • Special Museum Event with Christy Leskovar

    Aug 18, 2021

    The Jefferson Valley Museum will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, August 31st at 7 p.m. for a special evening discussion with Christy Leskovar regarding her newest book, “East of the East Side.” Please note, this event is Zoom only and no in-person session will be held. More details will be made available in next week’s Ledger, including the Zoom link to attend....

  • Connecting Point: Who is the Stranger

    Bill Lanes|Aug 18, 2021

    From an early age most of us have been taught to be aware of “stranger danger.” Much of this is due to safety, especially with the rise of sex trafficking. As parents we have discussed with our children extensively awareness and how to spot “stranger danger.” Although many of us share this concern, we should keep in mind a proper balance. It is a balance between caution and being overly afraid. Recently, I’ve enjoyed striking up the conversation of hospitality with my church family. The responses have been challenging and eye...

  • Jennifer Louise Levengood, 46

    Aug 18, 2021

    Jennifer Louise Levengood, 46, of Cheyenne, passed away on August 3, 2021 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born on November 23, 1974 at Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, California to Diana Wilson and Richard Maley. Jennifer grew up with her mother in Montrose, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado West Christian School in 1992. She gave birth to two handsome boys, Jakob in 1998 and Toby in 2000. In 2007 she met the love of her life, John; th...

  • Donnie Grant Welborn, 55

    Aug 18, 2021

    Donnie Grant Welborn, of Lima, MT, was born February 24, 1966. He was taken from us suddenly in the early morning of August 11, 2021 after he had an accident at the ranch where he had recently been employed. We can try to find solace in the fact that he was sent to the Lord doing what he was put on this earth to do. He would tell anyone his calling was running heavy equipment better than anyone this side of the Mississippi. He is survived by his parents Pat Welborn, and Don Welborn Sr., his...

  • Gareld "Gay" Clark Warmoth, 91

    Aug 18, 2021

    Gay Warmoth passed away on August 4, 2021 at Community Medical center. Born in Missoula on October 27, 1930 to Nellie and Noel Warmoth, being the third of their six children. Gay lived on 153 Livingston Avenue, a house that still stands today. He attended Paxson Grade school until the family moved to the Puget Sound area. Gay lived and went to school in Shelton, Washington while living with his brother Frank and longtime friend of his father, Harry Bantham. Gay returned to Bremerton to finish...

  • Creating Fiction from History: Party crashers

    Charles Haddon Shank|Aug 18, 2021

    'Twas a soiree to remember! This past Saturday evening in mid-July, the Gentlemen's Club of Jefferson County met, in a tent erected for this shindig, in the environs of Whitehall, Montana. This spectacular event had been organized several decades previous by Mr E.G. Brook himself (not pictured). Although Mr. Brook had long passed, many of his descendants were present, as well as the spirit of the late "Founding Father." As this was supposed to be a male-only event, and indeed was attended by man...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: August 15, 1996

    Catherine Ellerton, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    It’s county fair and rodeo time, with plenty of excitement offered in every direction. The Madison County Fair and Rodeo kicks off in Twin Bridges this Thursday, Aug. 15, and runs through Sunday. Then the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo starts in Boulder Thursday, Aug. 22, and runs through Sunday the 25th. Each event offers four days of music, rodeo action, parades, exhibits and activities for the entire family. A program designed to teach Jefferson County youngsters how to resist using illegal drugs will be expanding this fall. The Drug...

  • Jefferson County Fair & Rodeo Next Week

    Aug 18, 2021

    The Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, A Fair of the Heart, kicks off on August 25 and runs through Sunday, August 29. The fair features live bands and entertainment all four days. Held at the Jefferson County Recreation Park one-half mile south of Boulder, the fair and rodeo is affordable fun for the whole family. There is free admission to the grounds and a $2 per car parking fee Saturday and Sunday. Entertainment includes displays and exhibits along with a carousel, horse events, puppet show, inflatable games, 4-H animals, a baked goods...

  • Have These Money Talks Before Sending Your Teen to College

    Tim Gallen, Take Charge America, Inc.|Aug 18, 2021

    For many teenagers, college is the first time they make money decisions without parental assistance. But if they don’t fully understand how finances work, they leave themselves open to making costly and long-lasting mistakes. “Many teens don’t intuitively know how to manage money. That’s why it’s critical for parents to sit down with their kids and have an open and honest discussion about financial basics,” said Michael Sullivan, a personal financial consultant with Take Charge America, a nonprofit credit counseling and debt...

  • Returning to College: Mitigation Post COVID and Avoiding Substance Abuse

    Michael Leach, Certified Clinical Medical Assistant|Aug 18, 2021

    Returning to the new school year will be different for some students. Many states are seeing increased cases with the Delta Variant or are implementing new COVID mandates. However, America is finally being unmasked. America’s young people are of a statistically low risk from COVID based on the CDC’s own data and should mitigate their own risk. Returning to college will present challenges, whether post-covid hurdles, adjusting to on-campus learning, or avoiding issues with substance use—there are going to be certain risks and challenges....

  • Library Kicking It Into High Gear This Fall

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 18, 2021

    Have you visited our Whitehall Community Library lately? Without a doubt, it is one of the busiest places in Whitehall, day in and day out. Librarian Jeannie Ferriss and staff have done an amazing job developing a plethora of fun and educational activities for all ages. Now, two major developments have happened at the library that will affect even more people in, and out, of our community! The library receives a grant to create a Business Resource Center within the library system. Ferriss has been taking Montana State Library classes with the A...

  • NFPA and CCFS Urge College Students to Protect Themselves and Their Peers From Fire on Campus

    Lorraine Carli, National Fire Protection Association|Aug 18, 2021

    This fall, college students are returning to campus, many for the first time in over a year, marking the start of new classes, new friends, and new living spaces. Through their annual Campus Fire Safety for Students campaign, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Center for Campus Fire Safety (CCFS) are working together to ensure living spaces are as safe as possible for students heading back to school this September. Campus Fire Safety Month raises awareness about the threat of fire among college students in both on- and...

  • Estell Travels Through on a Mission for Visions Beyond Borders

    Aug 18, 2021

    Bridger Estell passed by on the outskirts of town as he continued his 500 mile ride, which began at the Roosville Border Crossing and will end at West Yellowstone, in an effort to raise $5000 for a Spanish Bible project in Latin America for the organization Visions Beyond Borders. Many travelers from the Whitehall area probably noticed him on Highway 2 West and Highway 55....

  • Fishing Closures Announced on Portions of Big Hole River

    Aug 18, 2021

    Full fishing closures will go into effect on portions of the Big Hole River Aug. 17. Full fishing closures prohibit fishing at all times of day. These closures will stay in effect until conditions improve. These closures go into effect, Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 12:01 a.m.: • Dickie Bridge to North Fork Big Hole River. • Tony Schoonen Fishing Access Site Maiden Rock Fishing Access Site. “Hoot owl” restrictions currently in effect on several Montana rivers are expected to be lifted this week. Hoot owl restrictions means fishing is closed...

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