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Articles from the August 30, 2017 edition

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  • Lightning causes fire near Whitehall

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    Lighting late last Thursday night started a wildfire seven miles northeast of Whitehall. As of Wednesday morning at 11 a .m., the Conrow Fire was reported at 2,727 acres and the containment was at 65 percent. The estimated containment date is Wednesday, September 6. United States Forest Service District Ranger Dave Sabo said on Tuesday there has not been a size increase for the fire in two days. The fire started on private land in Jefferson County within the Whitehall Fire District and has... Full story

  • Residents address concerns at town meeting last week

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    Local law enforcement, residents, as well as town and county officials came together last Wednesday night at a special town meeting in Whitehall. A majority of the meeting was a public forum to allow residents to express their concerns and ask questions to law enforcement, including Jefferson County Sheriff Craig Doolittle. Many in the audience spoke about problems associated with meth use. Curtis Smith said that while living in Arkansas and now Whitehall, he has seen a lot of meth problems and if they can get rid of the drug, they could get... Full story

  • Fair draws big crowds

    Aug 30, 2017

    Organizers of the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo, "A Fair of the Heart," say it was a big success and drew a large crowd. The fair and rodeo was August 24-27, at the Jefferson County Recreation Park one-half mile south of Boulder. "We are really pleased with the turnout. We were a little worried about the smoke, heat and fires, but people seemed determined to have a good time anyway. It's so much more comfortable since we put the cover on the rodeo bleachers. We had a record number through the... Full story

  • Hall of Fame Class to be recognized September 8

    Aug 30, 2017

    On Friday night, September 8th, the WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2017 (the class that was enshrined in March of this year) will be recognized at half time of the Trojan’s first home football game against Red Lodge. Members who were inducted as an individual, team member, coach or contributor this year will be recognized on the field. These members include the 1940 Football team, 1976 Girls Basketball team, the 1980 and 1984 Wrestling teams, the 1997 Girls Volleyball team, as well as Coach Hiney Lund, Rick Shaw, Peggy Patacini, TJ N... Full story

  • Editorial: Thanks for all you do law enforcement

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an editorial about commending the Whitehall Chamber for their decision to select the local volunteer fire department as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Frontier Days parade. This noble gesture said so much about the community and how residents feel about those who risk their lives for the betterment of society. They should also receive a huge thank you for working their tails off on the Conrow Fire. There was also an amazing gesture made by local residents last week when a “Back the Blue” event took place in downtown Whi... Full story

  • Column: Video Store

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    When I was growing up I used to relish Friday evening. My family would make our way to Warehouse Video and rent several movies for the weekend. I can still remember the smell of fresh popcorn they would always give to each customer, and the owner Matt who always had on an impeccable vest and smelled of the bar across the street. I could spend hours trying to find the right movie. I would from time to time go the local Blockbuster or Hastings, but there was something special about that little store and how they would always reserve a movie for... Full story

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Aug 30, 2017

    Monday, Aug. 21 7:11 a.m. – alarms, 12 East Legion Avenue, Whitehall 10:51 a.m. – traffic/ reckless, I-90 eastbound, MM 243, Whitehall 11:07 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 2 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 11:28 a.m. - care for sick/injured, 37 Tatanka Trail, Whitehall 2:54 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Delmoe Lake Road, MM 6, Whitehall 3:24 p.m. - public safety-fire/smoke, I-90 westbound, MM 236, Whitehall 5:58 p.m. – traffic/ reckless, I-90 eastbound, MM 263, Cardwell 9:33 p.m. – traffic stop, North Whiteha... Full story

  • Residents show support for local law enforcement

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    Area residents came together last week to show support for local law enforcement at a "Back the Blue" event at Legion Park in Downtown Whitehall. Among those in attendance at the Wednesday event was Charles Shank, who discussed his respect for and what the local law enforcement means to him. He said some laws really need to be enforced because certain elements of society don't seem to care about others. Whitehall resident Jeannie Reinschmidt said she left the event very happy and pleased with... Full story

  • Sound of Music echoes through canyon

    Catherine Ellerton, Contributing Writer|Aug 30, 2017

    "Feed your babies onions so you can find them after dark!" Or, how about "Ho Ho Hey, Don't take my boat, I got's fishin' when I get to Hare Bay." The audience was singing, laughing and clapping! We had been asked to sing along by Bob Ringler and Friends (Barb Pearson and Lynda Brannon) and by Rock and Flower (Bruce Goebel and Debra Christiansen). It would have been rude to not sing along – right?!? The Music by the Caverns' final 2017 season event was soaring along on a high note. This season w... Full story

  • Trojans start strong, defeat Shepherd

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 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... Full story

  • Lady Trojans defeat Livingston

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    There were plenty of positives for the Whitehall High School volleyball last Saturday in Manhattan. The Lady Trojans were not only able to pick up a victory against Livingston, the young team was also able to gain valuable experience on the court. Head Coach Lauren McDonald said the team has 14 girls out for the team, but only 12 had enough practices so they were not able to sub for their varsity or junior varsity teams. She said it was daunting when they first arrived to see teams with around... Full story

  • Two Trojans compete in Boulder

    Staff Report|Aug 30, 2017

    The Whitehall High School Cross Country team will be at full strength Friday when they head to a meet in Twin Bridges. The Trojans opened their 2017 season last Saturday with two runners competing at a meet in Boulder. Sophomore Madison started the season strong with a sixth-place finish. Junior Adrian Bright also competed. Head Coach Kerry Sacry said it is a tough course, but was pleased with how both ran, adding it is a good starting point for his team. The team also competed Tuesday at... Full story

  • Shakespeare in the Park entertains Whitehall Audience

    Aug 30, 2017

    A large crowd attended the Montana Shakespeare in the Park performance of "You Never Can Tell" Monday night in Whitehall.... Full story

  • Grant benefits K-8 students

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    A grant received late last school year will be a boon for Whitehall students in the upcoming school year. According to physical education and health teacher Robyn Smith, the schools received a $250 "One Class at a Time" grant to purchase playground equipment for K-8 students. Smith said they were able to purchase such things as basketballs, footballs, jump ropes, Frisbees and various age-appropriate equipment that will get kids moving. Smith added the program is sponsored by KXLF and Montana... Full story

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Aug 30, 2017

    The time is fast approaching! Beginning September 1, the Library will change to our new hours. They are, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 7 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Back by popular demand, we have new magnets coming with the Library hours and phone on them to help everyone remember when the Library is open. Speaking of open or in this case closing, don’t forget that the Library will be closed for Labor Day on September 4th. We will be open on Saturday d... Full story

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Aug 30, 2017

    Hi Folks, At our meeting on the 22nd, someone said we had been pretty fortunate in Jefferson County that we hadn’t had any big fires since they were all around us and it was so dry. Thursday we got hit twice. The first fire reported was in the North end near Holmes Gulch. It was just above the base where the air tankers are stationed. It was also very close to Helena, and when it started it was headed toward Helena, so it got a lot of attention very fast. It ended up in the bottom or Holmes Gulch and was contained there within a couple of d... Full story

  • Whitehall High School, Junior High Rodeo next weekend

    Staff Report|Aug 30, 2017

    High school rodeo action is coming to Whitehall. The annual Whitehall High School and Junior High Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, September 9 and Sunday, September 10. The rodeo will begin at the Rodeo Arena at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Look for a full preview of the rodeo on the front page of next week’s Whitehall Ledger.... Full story

  • Trojan fire on all cylinders in blowout victory

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Aug 30, 2017

    By Jack H. Smith Ledger Publisher In their first two games of the season, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team has scored a whopping 72 points in the first half alone. They have given up six in the opening frame, and just 12 overall. The Trojans excelled in all three phases of the game Friday, September 1 at Naranche Stadium in Butte on their way to a 54-0 win over Glasgow. Shortly after the game, head coach Dan Lacey said this is the first time since he has been a head coach that... Full story