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  • Lewis and Clark Caverns shows the Solar Eclipse at its finest

    Catherine Ellerton, Contributing Writer|Aug 23, 2017

    Editor's Note: This article will also be published in the August 30 edition of the Whitehall Ledger. Slowly dusk fell over the land and the temperature took a noticeable downward turn. To add a bit more intrigue, a slight breeze began to blow. As one, the heads of the eclipse viewers turned to the sky with their 'in' glasses or a box or a welder's mask adorning those heads. It had been a glorious morning wending slowly through the Jefferson Canyon spotting deer crossing the river and a few...

  • 'A Fair of the Heart' starts Thursday

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    Ponies, parades, pies, puppets and prizes. You can enjoy them all at the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, "A Fair of the Heart," this weekend. The fair and rodeo kicks off Thursday, August 24, and runs through Sunday, August 27, at the Jefferson County Recreation Park one-half mile south of Boulder. Ponies are the first feature out of the chute Friday. The kids' horse show and rodeo starts at 9 a.m. with local youngsters showing off their horses and skills in contests from lead-line to barrel...

  • Back the Blue event tonight

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    A “Back the Blue” event is scheduled for Wednesday (August 23) evening at 6 p.m. The gathering to support local law enforcement is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine Pavilion....

  • Town meeting set for tonight

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    The Town of Whitehall is hosting a special public meeting Wednesday, August 23 with Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The Whitehall Town Council voted last week to approve the meeting after local residents expressed concern about crime. Town Attorney Ed Guza said to Council last week he would also like the meeting set up with Doolittle to update their current contract. Look for a complete recap of tonight’s meeting online later this week at

  • Play Monday night

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    Local residents will be in for quite the performance Monday night when the Montana Shakespeare in the Parks program returns to Whitehall. The performance of George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" will take place at 206 Yellowstone Trail starting at 6 p.m. Associate Artistic Director William Brown will direct the play. Please call the Chamber Office at 287-2660 or email to order box lunches. The cost is $10. For more information on the play and an up to date tour...

  • Donation brings power to pavilion

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    Thanks to a generous donation from the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine, there is now power at the pavilion located at Legion Park in Downtown Whitehall. The mine donated $4,800 to pay for electrical work at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Pavilion that is owned by the Town of Whitehall. The Whitehall Council approved a request for the electrical work at a meeting July 16. Whitehall Chamber Treasurer Jill Dove said prior to electricity going in at the pavilion it was difficult to host events on that sid...

  • Making a difference through Rotary

    Catherine Ellerton, Contributing Writer|Aug 23, 2017

    In 1905 Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney, formed the first Rotary Club. His thought was for "professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships and give back to their communities." For over 110 years these directives have been met. Now composed of more than 34,000 clubs, the organization is known as Rotary International. In 1934 the first Rotary Club in Whitehall was formed. Since that time they have been very active in providing scholarships,...

  • Editorial --- Friday Night Lights: Get out and support Trojans

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    “There is nowhere better to be on a Friday night than a high school football game.” – Mark Correll Late last year, the Whitehall High School football team was on a tear as they made their way to the Montana Class B Semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Eureka. There were plenty of wins and celebration, but this was much more than just a game. It was a community coming together to support a group of kids who gave everything they had every snap of every game. Everyone in Whitehall was abuzz as the Trojans started the season winni...

  • Column: Mystic Mac

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    I’m under the firm belief that there can never be too many articles about football in not only the Whitehall Ledger, but any other publication. If there was an article about the 3-4 defense in Cosmopolitan, you better bet I’d read it. However since there are already four articles about football in this issue, I best not get too crazy and write this column about the ole pigskin. I also have probably written too much about my cats lately, so I best change things up for my weekly column. This weekend millions of people across the country will be...


    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Aug 23, 2017

    Down McKeown Lane is a wonderful old house and out buildings that belong to Scott and Tracie Cornwall. Over the years, Tracie has put a foundation under the old house, done some landscaping and at present, Scott is in the process of refurbishing the barn. Tracie told me some time ago that her investigation of the property indicated that the house had actually had school held in part of it. Recently, Tracie turned 60 years old! Her daughters, Sarah and Aons llie, threw an afternoon party for her, so folks could come and go and wish her well....

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Aug 23, 2017

    Hi Folks, At last week’s regular meeting, we signed a contract with the First Boulder Valley Bank for them to provide banking services to the County. We approved Resolution 25-2017 which provides for a loan of about $300,000 from the Metal Mines Account to the South Tax Increment Financing District to cover some infrastructure needs. We also approved Resolution 26-2017 which provides a loan of about $80,000 to the North TIF District for infrastructure needs. We signed MOU’s with the Montana Wool Growers and the Montana Stock Growers for pre...

  • Bible Study Fellowship starts September 14 in Whitehall

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    More than 50 years ago, five women heard a missionary from China speak at their church in California. That was Audrey Wetherall Johnson. These women asked her if she would lead them in a Bible Study. She agreed, but told them she would not "spoon feed" them. From those first five women, what has grown into Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF), is now holding classes, for both men and women, in more than 40 nations and has more than 350,000 class members. Locally, three women (Carol Latta,...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Staff Report|Aug 23, 2017

    Monday, Aug. 14 1:16 a.m. – traffic stop, Hwy 2 East, Three Forks 4:11 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Hwy 2 East, Three Forks 8:57 a.m. - keeping the peace, 38 Curlew Lane, Whitehall 9:43 a.m. – stranded motorist, Hwy 69, MM 20, Cardwell 10:04 a.m. – stranded motorist, Hwy 2 East, Cardwell 10:33 a.m. –care for sick/injured, Hwy 2 East, Three Forks 10:58 a.m. - burglary -forcible (residence), 108 West 3rd Street #2, Whitehall 12:14 p.m. – agency assist, Trail 14, Whitehall 12:49 p.m. – VIN inspection, 43 Curlew Lane, Whitehall 1...

  • Talented Trojans open season Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    This Friday night the Whitehall/Harrison football team will look to start their season with a bang when they open on the road against Shepherd. Over a week into practice, head coach Dan Lacey is impressed with what he has seen from the 2017 Trojans squad. "Practice has been great. The boys are flying around and really competing. I'm extremely impressed with our older group. They have done a great job in getting our younger kids ready to compete," Lacey said. Following a deep run into the Class B... Full story

  • WHS Cheer squad welcomes new coach

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    It's so far, so good for new Whitehall High School cheer coach Allissa Christensen. After a week of practice, Christensen said things have been going very well for the 2017 fall squad. "I have a really excellent group of girls," she said. The six cheerleaders for the fall are Lilly Center, Zoe Center, Breelyn Jensen, Stephanie Ellis, Danielle Hays and Mya Marie Zabala. Christensen has several goals in mind for the 2017-18 school year, the biggest is to have the team at a competition in the... Full story

  • Hayes hired to football staff

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    There will be a new assistant coach on the sidelines for the 2017 Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. Brennan Hayes was hired over the summer to join the staff that includes head coach Dan Lacey and assistant Ed Simon. In an interview last week, Hayes who is a third grade teacher at Whitehall Elementary, said it was a honor to be hired for the position. Hayes said he knows he will stepping into a program that has seen a great deal of recent success, but he also sees a group of hungry... Full story

  • Lady Trojans open Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    The Whitehall High School volleyball team will open their 2017 season Saturday, August 26 at a tournament in Manhattan. The team will be under the direction of second-year head coach Lauren McDonald. Going into the season, McDonald said as far a running and the operations of the program she feels confident, but every new season is different. When practice started earlier this month, McDonald and assistant Allie Reamy implemented a tryout system as a way to decide who would be on the varsity and... Full story

  • Leadership key to 2017 Whitehall volleyball

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    Whitehall High School junior volleyball player Dorothy Mastel is not short on experience on the court. Mastel was able to gain valuable varsity experience as a freshman, and was a starter during the 2016 season. Mastel said being able to play varsity her ninth grade season has given her a lot more experience than a lot of players, and she has definitely seen an improvement in her play the past two years. Now a veteran on the team, Mastel wants to step up and become a leader. "We have a really... Full story

  • Strong line leads the way for Trojan football team

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    It will all start up from on offense for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. The 2017 Trojans will return a wealth of experience on the offensive line when they open the season Friday, August 25 at Shepherd. "Our offensive line will be key to our success. We have a talented group with slot of experience. They have been working very hard and I'm excited to watch them get better each week this year," head coach Dan Lacey said. After making it to the MHSA Class B Semifinals in 2016,... Full story

  • Feight takes reigns at quarterback

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    For the past two seasons, Whitehall's Max Feight was able to watch and learn from all-state quarterback and 2017 graduate Braden Larsen. It is now time for the rising junior Feight to shine. Feight praised Larsen for his leadership and teaching him about playing quarterback in a complex Whitehall system. It was during this time, Feight was able to learn everything from the basics of the position, all the way to going through progressions at the line of scrimmage. "I think the relationship... Full story

  • Trojans start season Saturday in Boulder

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    After a week of practice for the Whitehall High School Cross Country team, long time head coach Kerry Sacry is happy with what he's seen for the 2017 squad. The members of the 2017 team are Ryan Murphy, Adrian Bright, Madison Loomis, Asha Noyes and Macee Patritti. "It's a good group," Sacry said. Despite the challenge of heavy smoke in the area, Sacry said team is working into getting to where they need to be. He said along with the smoke, he has to be careful not to overwork the team at the sta... Full story

  • Trio hoping to improve from inaugural campaign

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    During the fall of 2016, Ryan Murphy, Adrian Bright, and Madison Loomis competed their first seasons as members of the Whitehall High School Cross Country team. With a year of experience, all three said they are comfortable in their second year with the program. After a standout freshman campaign, Loomis is looking forward to the opening meet in Boulder and improving her times form a year ago. Bright is also looking from improvement and said it helps to have competed last season because he knows how to better handle things like breathing... Full story

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Aug 23, 2017

    September is always the time to re-organize the schedule and settle in for winter. Starting September 1st the Library will have new hours per request of our patrons. The new hours reflect not only the busiest times during the week but also the multiple requests the staff has received for opening earlier on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Many of you have told me that you are in town running errands, attending the Farmer’s Market, dropping children off at events but then have to wait several hours for the Library to open. This new s...

  • Well rounded Trojans defeat Shepherd

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 23, 2017

    The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team could not have asked for a better start to their opening game of the season August 25 at Shepherd. Dynamic junior returner Connor Johnson took back the opening kickoff 70 yards for a score, the first of four first-half touchdowns in the impressive 28-12 road victory. Head Coach Dan Lacey said the coaching staff and players have been talking about Johnson having a breakout play in a game and he did not disappoint just seconds into the game. "We've...

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