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  • Downey Sweeps MontanaFair in Billings

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    Thirteen year old Zane Downey took the MontanaFair in Billings by storm, winning three of the most prestigious awards available at the largest of Montana's summer season Junior livestock shows. Downey, an eighth grader this year, shows under the Golden Livestock 4H Club in Lewis and Clark county and has been involved in 4H for the last six years. He and his lamb, Eric - who he has had since April - blew the competition out of the water, winning: Grand Champion Market Lamb, Grand Champion Junior...

  • East of the East Side Book Discussion at Museum

    Arlene Weber, Jefferson Valley Museum|Aug 25, 2021

    The Jefferson Valley Museum is hosting a discussion of the new non-fiction book "East of the East Side" with Christy Leskovar on the evening of Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 7:00 PM in the museum barn. Christy will be making her presentation via the internet from Las Vegas. A question/answer session will be included. This is her third venture into finding and sharing her family history. Her first book, "One Night in a Bad Inn", includes a murder at the hotel in Renova, a once busy little...

  • Not Here Long Enough...

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    We spend our entire lives trying to ignore the one thing that is certain in life: death. It's not a pretty topic, it's not something any of us like to think about. And because of that, we sometimes forget that it is a major part of all our lives, until we are reminded. I've been reminded a lot lately. The obituary section has been increasingly hard - as I've talked about before. But this week Mr. Barry McWilliams' obituary came to my desk. As many of you know, Barry drew the amazing editorial...

  • Dear Editor: Turn to the Centerfold

    Gerald Johnson|Aug 25, 2021

    Dear Editor, What can happen by uncaring and repetitious behaviors like Pool Pals Gun Raffles, Chamber of Commerce Multi-gun raffles, Little League Gun Raffles, Veteran’s Gun Shows, Gun sales, gun shops, gun vending machines on every block? NRA “Terrorism” and gun addicted American’s “imprisoned” in denial lead to..... TURN TO THE CENTERFOLD. Gerald Johnson, Cardwell, Montana...

  • Careys and the Devils Fence Beef Raising Delicious Meat

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    Hard work and determination are difficult things to taste, unless you’re feasting upon some of the Carey brothers Devils Fence Beef. Bo and Justin Carey are fifth generation cattle producers, with their children beginning the sixth generation. The Carey family settled in the Boulder Valley in 1896. Now the brothers and their families have ventured into their own business with Devils Fence Beef, just outside Boulder. The Devils Fence is a naturally occurring geological structure that sits on t...

  • Go Ask Jo: 8/25/2021

    Jo|Aug 25, 2021

    Dear Jo, I am a Christian. I say this because I recently had a discussion with a family member about my love of crystals, rocks and minerals and their healing properties. Scientists have proven that everything gives off energy vibrations. The strength and frequency of those vibrations differ from object to object. There are some earth elements that give off vibrations (energy) far more frequently than others. Some people believe crystals, rocks and minerals have healing properties, some physical and some psychological. The discussion centered...

  • Man Tracking Course at Indiana U Brings Participants From Across the Country

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    We see it in the movies - a crime; a footprint on the ground; and then someone who immediately knows which way the culprit went. Well, the science behind tracking isn't immediate, but it is fascinating; a definitive skill all law enforcement, search and rescue, military specialists, and the like should have. Thanks to a training offered at Indiana University and helmed by Joel Hardin, from Idaho, of Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Service, many more individuals now have those precious skills....

  • Connecting Point: Discovering Your Avenue of Hospitality

    Bill Lanes|Aug 25, 2021

    Hospitality has been on my mind lately but from a fresh view. We are accustomed to hospitality in terms of entertaining relatives and close friends. Pastor Timothy Keller describes radical hospitality as a “love for strangers” drawing comparisons from Christ’s teachings. “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to tak...

  • Barry Wayne McWilliams, 79

    Aug 25, 2021

    Barry Wayne McWilliams passed away on August 14, 2021, at his home outside Whitehall, Montana. He was 79 years old. Barry was born on February 17, 1942, in North Hollywood, California, to Leigh and Irene (Hewitt) McWilliams in a hospital with blackout curtains due to the fear of Japanese invasion of the west coast following Pearl Harbor. He spent his younger years in what he referred to as an "immigrant home" where three distinct families shared a small three-bedroom house with wall-to-wall...

  • William "Bill" Jeffries Sloan, 62

    Aug 25, 2021

    William Jeffries Sloan, or Bill by those who knew him, passed away July 9, 2021. He was born July 14, 1958. He lived part of his time in Whitehall, Montana. Services will be held at Stodden Park in Butte, Montana at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 28th. A potluck will follow....

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: August 22, 1996

    Catherine Ellerton, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    AUGUST 22, 1996 The 13th annual Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo begins Thursday, Aug. 22, with four days of live music, rodeos, parades, exhibits and activities for the whole family. All of the fun will be at the Jefferson County Recreation Park and Fairgrounds one-half mile south of Boulder. Known as “A Fair of the Hear,” the fair is an old-fashioned country fair held in barns and sheds from a bygone era. Highlights of the fair include three days of rodeo and Saturday’s parade sponsored by the Jefferson County Rodeo Association. Seventy firef...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: August

    Arlene Weber, Jefferson Valley Museum|Aug 25, 2021

    The following is written as printed in the late August 1895 editions of the Whitehall Zephyr. The accompanying photo is an advertisement from the August edition. PERSONAL CHAT – Rev. Warman left for Helena last Monday midnight to attend the Montana Methodist Episcopal conference, and will probably not return before next week. William Owsley's ponderous form was visible in town Tuesday morning. He went up the valley on the stage the same day. Ed Kenedy was down from Perry canyon recently, and w...

  • FWP: New, More Inclusive Approach to Hunting Regulations for 2022, 2023 Seasons

    Aug 25, 2021

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is beginning the biennial hunting regulations review process, and this year the department is looking to take a fresh approach. In the past, the biennial hunting regulation process typically had few changes to the existing regulations. This year, FWP will tackle more significant changes such as combining hunting districts and simplifying license structures, while still keeping focused on statewide wildlife population management goals. “Hunters have told us for years that our regulations are too complicated,” sai...

  • Petition for Radar Sign Approval by MTDOT Available at Ledger

    Elizabeth Pullman, Whitehall Ledger|Aug 25, 2021

    A petition for approval of the proposed radar signs on Whitehall Street and Legion Avenue is now available at the Whitehall Ledger Office. The office is normally open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday unless closed to cover a story. Two petitions are available - one specifically for businesses and and residents directly located on one of the two proposed locations, and the other petition for those who are not “directly” affected by the signage, but support the cause. The Whitehall Ledger began work on the proposed signs in early spring aft...

  • Remembering Jim Murry

    EVAN BARRETT, Butte Resident, Producer|Aug 25, 2021

    James W. “Jim” Murry, top Montana labor leader and friend, passed away last October. On the 29th of August, his memory is being celebrated at a Memorial Service at Tizer Botanic Gardens, just outside of Jefferson City. In the period of Montana history from 1965 to 1990, when Montana dramatically changed from being a corporate colony to a citizen-oriented state, nobody played a larger role in that progressive period than Jim Murry. He stood astride those 25 years like a Colossus. Saying Jim was the head of the AFL-CIO for 23 years doesn’t do hi...

  • Horoscope: Week of 8/25/2021

    Aug 25, 2021

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, emotional awakenings may change your goals for the time being. Expect opportunities for more travel or even new educational endeavors. Involve Pisces in your decisions. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, keep a light schedule this week because you may have to fit something in at the last minute. This is an easy week to connect with others as well. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Powerful revelations can stir up many emotions, Gemini. You may need to take time out to process some new developments. Look to others for support. CANCER...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Chocolate Meringue Kisses

    Aug 25, 2021

    Hugs and kisses are a large part of our every day lives. While physical affection can help express loving sentiments, symbolic kisses, especially when they are made from tasty ingredients, can push displays of love that much further. The Hershey's chocolate company may have originated the chocolate teardrops that would go on to be called "kisses," but this recipe for "Chocolate Meringue Kisses," courtesy of the King Arthur Baking Company, is inspired by the well-known version. Made from airy...

  • Whitehall TV Channel 49.1: Week of 8/25/2021

    Aug 25, 2021

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 26 5:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR 6:00PM THIS OLD HOUSE 6:30PM ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 7:00PM IN THEIR OWN WORDS “QUEEN ELIZABETH II” 8:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR 9:00PM AMANPOUR & COMPANY 10:00PM THIS OLD HOUSE 10:30PM ASK THIS OLD HOUSE 11:00PM IN THEIR OWN WORDS “PRINCESS DIANA” 12:00AM AMANPOUR & COMPANY FRIDAY, AUGUST 27 5:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR 6:00PM WASHINGTON WEEK 6:30PM MARKET TO MARKET 7:00PM CAT IN THE HAT 7:30PM DINING WITH THE CHEF 8:00PM PBS NEWSHOUR 9:00PM AMANPOUR & COMPANY 10:00PM GREAT PERFORMANCES “VIENNA PHILHARMONIC SUMMER NIGHT CONCER...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 8/15/2021

    Aug 25, 2021

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 15, 2021 00:19 Medical: Hwy 2 E 00:23 Traffic Stop: Hwy 2 E 00:27 Drugs: Hwy 2 E 00:53 Traffic Stop: Hwy 2 E 01:04 Citizen Assist: Hwy 2 E 01:14 Traffic Stop 01:18 Assist: I-90 01:39 Traffic Stop 02:11 Suspicious Vehicle: Tebay Ln 02:17 Medical: Hwy 2 E 03:43 Drugs: Hwy 2 E 05:50 Traffic Hazard: I-90 09:18 Traffic Offense: I-90 10:05 Fire Restriction Violation: C St 10:50 Shooting: Milligan Canyon 11:37 Found Person: Hwy 2 E 14:17 Stranded Motorist: I-90 14:25 911 Hang Up: I-90 16:18 Stranded Motorist: I-90 16:58 911 Open Line:...

  • Public Meeting on Missouri Headwaters State Park Master Planning

    Aug 25, 2021

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is developing a master plan for Missouri Headwaters State Park and is seeking public input on current and future usage and needs for the park. Staff from Missouri Headwaters State Park and WWC Engineering will host a public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, to discuss the goals of the master plan and answer questions from the public. They will also discuss current conditions at the park and introduce a survey where people can provide input on the planning effort. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the annex of the...

  • Lewis & Clark Caverns Sees 262.8% Increase in Visitors

    Aug 25, 2021

    Montana State Parks recorded more than 1.5 million visitors from January through June of this year. Compared with same time period last year, visitation increased by 11.1% and increased 44.1% in comparison with 2019 visitation. Of the 45 state parks that were seasonally open during the first half of the year, 27 experienced an increase in estimated visitation compared with last year. “For the second straight year, the state parks system has experienced significant visitation growth for the first half of the year,” said Beth Shumate, state par...

  • Montana State Park of the Week Rosebud Battlefield State Park

    Aug 25, 2021

    Rosebud Battlefield is one of the most undeveloped, pristine battlefields in the nation. While looking for the Sioux and Northern Cheyenne villages of Chief Sitting Bull, Brigadier General George Cook, along with 1000 troops and Crow and Shoshone scouts, were unprepared for an organized attack. On June 17, 1876, an equal or greater number of warriors led by Sioux Chief Crazy Horse and Cheyenne Chiefs Two Moon, Young Two Moons and Spotted Wolf, attacked the band of soldiers. One of the largest ba...

  • Smith River Committee to Meet September 1 in Helena

    Aug 25, 2021

    The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park’s Smith River Management Plan update will hold a meeting at Montana WILD in Helena, on Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FWP is currently in the early stages of updating the 2009 Smith River Management Plan and is examining several management issues including the permit lottery system, site impacts, overnight camping at Camp Baker, and implementing a human waste pack-out system. The purpose of this meeting is to gather feedback from the 11 members of the PAC regarding t...

  • USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Montana Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Wildfires and Drought

    Aug 25, 2021

    Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires and ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. Impacted producers should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock losses and damages. “Production agriculture is vital to the Montana economy, and USDA stands r...

  • St. James Healthcare Receives Re-Verification as a Level III Trauma Center

    Tanner Gooch, St James Healthcare Communications|Aug 25, 2021

    St. James Healthcare has been re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes St. James’ dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma in its current Resources for Optimal Care of the...

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