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Articles from the September 6, 2017 edition


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  • High school rodeo starts Saturday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    Throughout the year, high school and junior high kids from across Montana travel throughout the Treasure State competing in numerous rodeos. The costs associated with travel and entry fees add up, so this weekend will serve as not only a chance for local participants to have the luxury of a home event, it will also be a great chance for the area residents to come out and support a group of talented local competitors. The annual Whitehall High School and Junior High Rodeo is scheduled to take pla... Full story

  • Trojans upend visiting Rams

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    After two dominating wins to open the season, it was more of the same for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football in their conference opener Friday night at Trojans Field. Whitehall used a well-balanced offense and smothering defense to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 41-7 win over visiting Red Lodge. Following the game Friday, head coach Dan Lacey lauded his defensive unit that has allowed just two touchdowns in 12 quarters this season. “They are doing a great job. We are getting a r... Full story

  • Car Wash serves dual role

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    Residents at Liberty Place were recently thinking of a way to help out the community, while at the same time looking to obtain funds so they could go out for pizza and several other outings. They decided to combine both efforts at a car wash last week at the Farmstead Property near Whitehall. Diana Smith of Liberty Place said the residents were very excited about the car wash and also that they could help out the community. She added they were also happy to get money for pizza. Resident Braden... Full story

  • Fall gun show runs Friday to Sunday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    The annual Whitehall Fall Gun, Knight and Antique show is just a few days away. The popular annual event is scheduled to take place September 8 to 10 at the Whitehall Community Center located at 11 N. Division St. The show is sponsored the Whitehall VFW and American Legion, and the Weapons Collectors Society of America. The event will take place September 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., September 9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and September 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizer Tom Harrington told the Ledger earlier this year what makes the Whitehall show... Full story

  • JLDC honors local businesses

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    Local businesses were honored last Wednesday night in Whitehall at the Jefferson Local Development Corporation annual dinner and awards. JLDC Co-Manager Tom Harrington addressed the crowd at the conclusion of the dinner, and thanked current members for their support. He said after the loss of 250 jobs at the MDC in Boulder, a big priority for JLDC in the past year has been in Boulder. He discussed the creation of the Boulder Transition Advisory Committee, adding the future is bright for the... Full story

  • Conrow Fire nears 100 percent containment

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    The Conrow Fire that started August 24 near Whitehall is nearly 100 percent contained. The latest update September 5 from the United States Forest Service showed the fire was 97 percent contained. The fire transitioned to a local Type IV Incident Command September 3. Sunday was the last shift for the Nevada Type 3 Incident Management team, who had been running operations. As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 12 personnel on the fire. The number peaked last week at 160. The total acreage of the fire is 2,741. The fire caused by lighting is seven... Full story

  • Tourney raises money for food pantry

    Sep 6, 2017

    It was another successful year for the Whitehall Annual Softball Tournament. The event that took place in late August was able to give back to the Whitehall Food Pantry. Organizer Mikel Kelley said that heavy smoke led to the cancellation of several teams, but she had five die-hard teams that participated. Kelley said each year she gives participants an option of where donations will go locally, and in 2017 they selected the local pantry. Last Thursday, Kelley presented pantry director Cara... Full story

  • Festival entertains the crowds

    Johne Tuthill, Contributing Writer|Sep 6, 2017

    On Labor Day, the small historic mining town of Mammoth rolled out its own brand of a "Rocky Mountain High" Music Festival. Nestled in the Tobacco Root Mountains, this year's festival was conceived and hosted by local residents, Dave and Marjorie Klem. The 3 hour music extravaganza touted a line-up that featured a diverse genre of music from mostly local talent. The Klem Brothers, Dave and Marjorie's Grandsons, kicked off the Festival with Carson Klem on Cello and Winston Klem on Viola. After th... Full story

  • Editorial: Be careful around schools

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    Every weekday while I’m at the office, my desk will shake because a semi truck is going too fast down Legion Avenue. I certainly understand the importance of transportation by truck, and that the main street of town is on a highway, but that doesn’t mean they cannot abide by the same rules as everyone else. I welcome anyone who thinks that I might be exaggerating to come sit and my desk for about 15 minutes and try to type or read the screen while my entire desk shakes. There is no reason to be going that fast through a town, especially a loc... Full story

  • Column: Labor Day

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    I think it would be pretty safe to say I had a memorable Labor Day weekend. I’m usually not one to travel over a holiday weekend, but when I saw that Guns and Roses was playing last Sunday at the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, there was no doubt in my mind that I had to go. I was planning on possibly leaving Saturday morning and making about a six-hour drive to meet some of my friends from Seattle at Blue Lake. I was going to attend the Whitehall football game on Friday and come back and write the story as well as getting a few more t... Full story

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Sep 6, 2017

    Watch the Trojan Volleyball schedule times. The published schedules say the games will begin at 4pm. The accurate time is 5pm. The days haven’t changed, just the time. Supervising Teacher, Seth Coombe, said that the Cardwell School staff is in place and ready to take on the 47 students registered for this school year. Kindergarten has 9 eager little students starting their education experience. The rest of the class numbers will be later. Box Tops for Education are still being accepted at the school. The Whitehall Pinochle Club announces its w... Full story

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Sep 6, 2017

    Hi Folks, I hope everyone had a great Labor Day. At our regular meeting last week we held a series of four Public Hearings. The first Hearing was for the use of Title III funds that we have received over several years from Secure Rural School’s money. Since Congress has not reauthorized that payment the program is ending and we need to obligate the funds we have. The use of the money is very limited. We are proposing to use some of it to purchase a Curtain Burner, which would allow us to burn woody waste at our transfer sites without the d... Full story

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Sep 6, 2017

    School is back in session and the Library is back in full programming mode! Don’t forget to stop by and pick up a complete schedule of all the fall events. The new Library hours are in effect and patrons have commented on how much they enjoy having the Library open on Saturday mornings. Monday starts the new season of Tai Chi at 9:00 a.m. If you are looking for a gentle exercise program that provides an excellent workout, this is the place to start. The class is ongoing throughout the year and new people are always welcome. This is the last w... Full story

  • Trojans learn a lot in first conference game

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    While the Whitehall High School varsity volleyball team may have dropped their home opener 25-9, 25-13, 25-23 last Thursday to visiting Townsend, head coach Laura McDonald was pleased with the performance of her young team. "The scores for the first two games didn't even come close to showing how well the girls played. The mistakes and points lost were kind of weird. They pulled themselves together for the third game and it was exciting to watch," she said. Junior Dorothy Mastel had a huge... Full story

  • St. Teresa's has new priest

    ROBERT MAGART, Contributing Writer|Sep 6, 2017

    Saint Teresa's Catholic Church has a new priest, Father Elias Kabuk. Father Elias happily states, "I actually am titled a Parochial Vicar." What that means is that Father Elias has been loaned to the Catholic Diocese of Helena from the Archdiocese of Kaduna, Nigeria, Africa, and the Diocese sees fit to have a local priest as the pastor. Father Thomas Haffey, who is also pastor at Saint Ann's in Butte, is the pastor. In charge in Whitehall is Father Elias. Nevertheless, the parishioners from... Full story

  • Trojans win big, home opener Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Sep 6, 2017

    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. 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 the team has won the battle on offense, de... Full story

  • Runners compete in Twin Bridges

    Staff Report|Sep 6, 2017

    For the second straight meet, Whitehall's Madison Loomis finished in sixth place for the Lady Trojans. After placing sixth at the season opening meet in Boulder, Loomis had the same finish last Friday in Twin Bridges. The sophomore finished the race with a time of 23:32.35. Savanna Stewart of Twin Bridges finished in first with a time of 21:11.44. Macee Patritti of Whitehall finished 12th with a time of 27:15.23, and Asha Noyes placed 17th with a finish of 31:35.34. On the boy's side, Ryan... Full story

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