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  • Juggling Workshop Seeking Participants Ages 9-99 September 20 & 23 at Star

    Sep 7, 2022

    Would you like to learn how to walk on a tightwire? Or maybe someday swing on a trapeze? Or perhaps bounce a soccer ball on your head forever - or maybe on your foot? All while juggling at the same time? While riding a unicycle would you like to juggle three balls all in one hand? Or perhaps some juggle clubs, juggle rings, or even juggle fire? Would you like to learn how to concentrate on something like that AND figure it all out? This workshop, plus a firm desire to practice, will get you started. Whitehall non-profit Gold Junction Presents...

  • Madison Buffalo Jump State Park to Host Flying Buffalo Project Event This Saturday

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Sep 7, 2022

    Madison Buffalo Jump State Park will host a free event this month celebrating the history of the site through arts, crafts, and other activities for families. The Flying Buffalo Project event will be Saturday, September 10, from 10 AM to 4 PM near the park’s picnic area. Local artists, educators, and park staff will help visitors enjoy making and flying kites, arts and crafts, and learning how to throw an atlatl. Visitors can also enjoy the park’s many trails while learning more about the buffalo jump and its importance to native peoples. For...

  • Montana Hunting & Conservation Groups Solidify Court Standing in Legal Defense of Elk Management

    KATIE MCKALIP, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers|Sep 7, 2022

    A District Court judge has ruled that a coalition of Montana hunting and conservation groups can intervene in a lawsuit that attempts to upend game management in Montana. Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Heather Perry granted the groups’ motion to intervene on Wednesday afternoon, acknowledging the coalition’s standing in the suit filed in May by the United Property Owners of Montana against Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and the Fish & Wildlife Commission. Composed of Helena Hunters and Anglers, Hellgate Hunters and Anglers, Montana Bac...

  • Thought Provokers: 9/7/2022

    Sep 7, 2022

    The odds of being born are 1 in 400 trillion but there is no one in the world who hasn’t beat those odds. Given Elvis Presley’s popularity, it’s surprising more people aren’t named Elvis. Western Boomers were underqualified people who had the chance to do great things. Western Millenials are the most overqualified people, forced to do menial things. So many things were invented because people were lazy, but so many things weren’t invented because people were lazy. People who live in climates with four seasons probably appreciate summer we...

  • Jefferson County Allocates ARPA Funds to Support Small Agricultural Producers

    LEAH LEWIS, Jefferson Local Development Corporation|Sep 7, 2022

    Farming and ranching during the COVID-19 pandemic may have appeared to be “business as usual” with the trusty livestock producer continuing to feed animals and water their crops. However, just below the surface in 2020 was a storm of negative impacts created by the pandemic. Stock market volatility, panic food buying, spiking cases of coronavirus in meat processing centers, and price manipulation by packing plants. For the first time in many decades, grocery store shelves were empty, and “food security” quickly became a topic of concern...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 9/7/2022

    Georgia|Sep 7, 2022

    Dear Georgia, After years of shopping at Walmart, I have become aware that the acceptable shopping attire at these stores is pajamas, of varying sorts, and to one degree or another. I’m not mentioning any place names or my age, but in the time and place where I grew up, this would not have been in the least acceptable. However, times DO change, and as they say, When in Rome... So anyway, my question. Since most days I wear pajamas all day since I work from my home office, do I need to change into my nighttime PJs before I head out to W...

  • MSU Extension Office: Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Sep 7, 2022

    This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent,, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, If you have been in the hospital during the past few years, you know about a POLST. If not, you may ask, what is POLST? POLST is short for Provider Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. It is a medical order indicating treatment preferences for a person who has a life-threatening...

  • Your Mortgage Minute: The Fed Does Not Set Mortgage Rates

    KAREN GOFF CMA|Sep 7, 2022

    People are often nervous about locking in rates because they hear the Fed is going to raise rates so I thought I would take a minute to explain a part of the system. The Central Bank ("the Fed") is tasked with monetary policy and they have two main objectives: price stability and maximum employment. Their primary tool for doing this is setting the Federal Funds Rate. The Fed Funds Rate is the rate for overnight borrowing for banks. (Banks are required to keep a certain amount of reserves on...

  • Connecting Point: Eyes Wide Open

    BILL LANES|Sep 7, 2022

    If you have felt discouraged and overwhelmed at times consider the often quoted Billy Graham: “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ “Help me.’” Help me, indeed. In my sermons and thoughts lately, I have attempted to be of encouragement. I continue today’s introspection by reminding you to keep your eyes on heaven. First, you are valuable to God. Jesus spoke in parables to help his audience and us understand God the Father. F...

  • Thomas Guy McCarthy, 60

    Sep 7, 2022

    Thomas (Tom) Guy McCarthy passed away on August 25, 2022, at his home in Twin Bridges, Montana. Tom was born in Butte, Montana on February 22, 1962, to John (Jack) and Geraldine (Geri Bird) McCarthy. He was welcomed by brothers (John & Joe) and sisters (Sharon, Sheila, Colleen, and Angie). Soon sister Bonnie joined the family. Tom would say his favorite birthday present was delivered on his 45th birthday, his niece Chelsi Jackleen Lyons. They enjoyed celebrating their special day together. Tom... Full story

  • Frank Paul Petrik, Jr., 71

    Sep 7, 2022

    Frank Paul Petrik Jr. passed away on August 30, 2022. He was born in 1951 in Boston, Massachusetts to Eva and Frank Petrik Sr.; he was the middle son. He and his siblings grew up in Norwood New Jersey, where he joined the Navy and proudly served in Vietnam as a gunner on river boats. He returned to New Jersey and worked as a mechanic when he met his first wife Anne, and they had their three children. They moved to Livingston in 1983 after Frank fell in love with Montana through his brother Sando... Full story

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/3/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 7, 2022

    September 3, 1997 Work continued on installation and readying the new telecommunications equipment needed to eliminate long-distance charges on calls between customers in Butte, Anaconda, Opportunity, Warm Springs, and Whitehall. As of the middle of September, calls between these communities would be completed as local calls. There would no longer be a need to dial 1-406 before the phone number. Five new teachers joined the hundreds of students during the first week of school in Whitehall. New to Whitehall were: Rod Stout, a new high school...

  • Whitehall VFW/American Legion Gun Show Next Week

    Sep 7, 2022

    The Whitehall Veterans Annual Fall Gun Show will be held Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18 at the Whitehall Community Center, located at 11 N. Division Street in Whitehall. The daily hours are Friday from 1 PM to 6 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday from 9 AM to 3 PM. Admission is $4 per person for the entire weekend. Free admission for children under the age of 12; children must be accompanied by an adult. All net profit will be donated to the Whitehall VFW/American...

  • Cardwell School Teacher Introductions

    Sep 7, 2022

    SETH COOMBE (Running Start/Kindergarten, Supervising teacher - 17 years at Cardwell) 406-287-3321 ext 309, I’m looking forward to a new year of fun and learning. We bought a new math curriculum and also got new Clear Touch boards! MOTTO: Let them be kids LINNAE ALBRECHT (First & Second Grades - First year at Cardwell) 406-287-3321 ext 301, I’m looking forward to seeing my students learn and grow! I’ll be teaching reading and math curriculums that I’ve not used before. I am new to Class D...

  • Trojans Win First Varsity Outing

    Sep 7, 2022

    The Whitehall/Harrison Coop took on the Fairfield/Augusta Coop on this first Varsity outing of the 2022-2023 football season. The Trojans, playing on their home field, brought the win 17-14. WHS junior Sage Buus (#33) led the team with nine tackles. Seniors Leo Scafani and Miles Hoerauf (#9) each brought in seven tackles. Junior Parker Wagner (#2) had two interceptions. Senior Kyle Denny had two sacks and freshman Dawson McDonald had one sack. Junior Cy Tebay (#32) hit a 30-yard field goal to...

  • Trojans XC Race Belgrade Invitational

    Sep 7, 2022

    Whitehall Varsity Cross Country competed at the Belgrade Invitational on September 2, 2022. Junior Wesley Biggers took 47th place with a time of 19:18. 8th grader Cooper Montgomery took 83rd with a time of 22:41. Freshman Jordan Mercer took 87th with a time of 23:33. Freshman Lexi Stratton brought home 59th place with a time of 26:45. Sophomore Aletheia Martin placed 62nd with 28:05....

  • Between the Stacks: 9/7/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Sep 7, 2022

    September is here and calendars are out at the front desk. Our new hours began on Tuesday, September 6th, when we will be open at 11 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This makes us open four more hours during the week so early birds come in before lunch and we can have programs earlier in the day. The calendar is packed so here are a few previews. The first of our new programs is “Stitch’n More.” We will be exploring different types of needlework and doing small projects to let everyone try different types of handcrafts from embroidery, quilt...

  • Pop Car Art Exhibit Comes to Anaconda, Montana

    Sep 7, 2022

    The September Art Exhibition at the Copper Village Museum and Art Center will feature Mack Schroer’s “Pop Car” Exhibit. “Pop Car” art is a unique art form that uses trucker log sheets as the base to draw pop-culture icons. The final project resembles comic book-like art on ledgers. Some of Schoer’s art has depicted movie and cartoon characters. For information on the artist and his “Pop Car” art, visit, The exhibit will open on September 1st and runs throug...

  • Why You Should Plan Ahead This Heating Season

    Sep 7, 2022

    Between the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sky-high oil and gas prices, a significant pellet fuel supply shortage is likely this winter season. Industry experts say you should plan ahead and secure your fuel now for the cold winter months. The good news is that, currently, there is plenty of supply to stock up. As Tim Portz, executive director of the Pellet Fuels Institute explains, Russia is the second largest producer of wood pellets globally, supplying more than 2 million tons to global...

  • MONTANA PARK OF THE WEEK Missouri Headwaters

    Sep 7, 2022

    Follow in the footsteps of Montana ancestors and visit the site where Lewis and Clark stayed in 1805. This park encompasses the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers the namesake of the nearby community of Three Forks. Missouri headwaters became a state park in the spring of 1947! The rich, fertile soil along with the proximity to fresh water, brought the Flathead, Bannock, and Shoshone Indians to the region and later trappers and settlers, and now this beautiful land has...

  • Future Fisheries Projects Approved

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Sep 7, 2022

    Brown trout and rainbow trout will have increased access to habitat when 12 side channels are reconnected to the Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam. Livestock can be managed and lake habitat for largemouth bass and yellow perch can be improved when fencing is installed on Buer Pond near Scobey. These projects are two of eight that recently received funding by the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission through the Future Fisheries Improvement Program (FFIP). Approximately $240,000 in funding was approved to improve Montana fisheries. The...

  • Wolf Hunting and Furbearer Trapping Regulations Available Online

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Sep 7, 2022

    Wolf and Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations for the 2022-2023 season are now available online. Print versions will be available at FWP offices and other outlets in a few weeks. Hunters and trappers will notice these regulations were combined into one book this year. A couple of things to point out in the regulations include: Trapper education is required for any resident trapper who has not purchased a trapping license for three years in their lifetime (does not need to be consecutive). This does not apply to those trapping for the purp...

  • FWP to Hold Statewide Zoom Meeting on Revisions to Elk Management Plan

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Sep 7, 2022

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has been hosting a series of public meetings to gather ideas about local elk management issues and population objectives. On Sept. 26, from 6 to 8 PM, staff will host a question-and-answer session via Zoom. To participate in the online session, you must register at by noon on Sept. 25. Videos from regional elk scoping meetings can be viewed at FWP began developing a...

  • Labor Bypasses Dem, Throws Weight to Independent, in Rosendale's Race to Lose

    NICOLE GERTEN, Daily Montanan, Reprint request by Grant Godbolt|Sep 7, 2022

    U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale is predicted to have little trouble winning re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, and recent developments in the race appear to only have buoyed the Republican’s bid for a second term. In early August, Montana’s largest union backed the Independent candidate running in the state’s newly drawn eastern Congressional district, a move that wasn’t unprecedented but was out of character for an organization known for backing Democrats. The Montana Federation of Public Employees endorsed Independent Gary Buchana...

  • Montana Decides: When You Find Yourself in a Hole - Stop Digging

    JON STONE GOFF, Montana Decides|Sep 7, 2022

    It was suggested that I could strengthen the logic of my last article, "To Record or Not to Record; Is that the Question?" which remains available at if you have not read it, by building on the principle that greater transparency helps to ensure accountability. The reason? It is in the individual's self-interest to have more information about issues that are relevant to them and serves the common good to have more people who are better informed. A great sugges...

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