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Articles from the September 14, 2022 edition

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  • Town Council Meeting Quiet as Whitehall Plans For Winter Prepping

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    The September meeting of the Whitehall Town Council saw many standard reports and little controversy as the Town heads into the colder months. Whitehall Public Works Director Kory Klapan said Town workers would begin blowing out sprinklers at the Rec Complex, then move to the parks and cemeteries in the upcoming weeks in preparation for winter. Klapan also noted that potholes would be filled within the next two weeks and if you notice one that may not be on his radar, please contact the Town so that it can be repaired. Jefferson County...

  • Never Forget: Remembering 9/11

    Sep 14, 2022

  • Whitehall VFW/American Legion Gun Show This Weekend at Community Center

    Sep 14, 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 Legion. For more information contact Carl Robertson...

  • Whitehall WTIF Master Plan Public Meeting Slated for September 22nd

    Sep 14, 2022

    A public meeting gathering final comments on the Whitehall Tax Increment Fund (WTIF) Master Plan will take place from 5:30 PM until 7 PM on September 22 at Whitehall Community Center (north side). The final review draft of the Master Plan is available for review at Please review and attend the meeting with your comments. The agenda for the meeting will include: • Brief overview of the purpose of the Master Plan. • Brief overview of the activities conducted to develop the Master Plan. • Brief overview of the c...

  • Remaining Reimagining Rural Sessions at Western Legacy Center or Via Zoom

    Sep 14, 2022

    Citizens of 16 rural Montana communities are invited to participate in the third annual Reimagining Rural virtual gathering set for three evenings this fall. Reimagining Rural is a program offered through Montana State University Extension that invites community members in small towns to hear new ideas for rural community vitality. The events are meant to inspire and motivate attendees to imagine a brighter future for their towns. Seventeen Whitehall residents attended the first of this series, which is available to view now at...

  • Dear Editor: Cafe 1889 Permanently Closed

    RON STOLBA|Sep 14, 2022

    To all Café 1889 friends, patrons, customers, supporters, and even critics: We have been closed for a while and planned to reopen on September 20th, but as the date got closer, we realized that the passion for pursuing our dream just wasn’t there anymore and decided against reopening. The rigors of running a Café are too overwhelming for both of us. So, beginning Friday the 16th at 10 AM, we will be having a sale of all our equipment, tables, chairs, dishes, appliances as well as a variety of household items. Everything must go. For...

  • Dear Editor: Help Registering to Vote Available

    MARGARET RANKIN|Sep 14, 2022

    Dear Editor and Jefferson County residents, Saturday mornings, under the flag-bedecked canopy just west of the fishpond in Legion Park, representatives of the non-partisan League of Women Voters (LWV) are offering registration forms and help, if needed, in filling out voter registration forms. Weather permitting, the booth will be available on Saturday, September 17 and 24 from 9 AM until 11 AM. The Whitehall Community Library will also offer space to LWV representatives with voter registration forms and assistance on Tuesday evenings,...

  • Blessed to Pay It Forward

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    On the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, one of my best friends contacted me. She works for ABC FOX Montana and had been given quite a few tickets to Montana's Biggest Weekend in Dillon, Montana for the rodeo. She asked if I knew anyone who wanted to go. After posting quickly on Facebook, the people to the right got to attend! I love being able to pay it forward. In this industry, many times I am gifted with tickets to events, discounts on items, etc. in exchange for the actual payment of...

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner

    Sep 14, 2022

    Seen on Facebook September 12: 10 years ago today I opened Pulse Hair and Nail Salon. Now it employs a team of five. Thank you to everyone who has personally given me business, my booth renters business, or has referred the salon in any way! Whitehall, you rock! Thanks for supporting local. Thanks to all our clients who come from out of town as well. Watch for an open house this month. - Cathy Skogen...

  • Getting Ahead of the Rumor Mill: 9/14/2022

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    RUMOR HAS IT... • ... the Jefferson County Commissioners have bought the River Restaurant building in Boulder for use by the County Health Department. THE FACTS Jefferson County Commissioner Leonard Wortman stated that the River Restaurant, owned by Greg Hughes, closed over the weekend and that there had been discussion about the possibility of purchasing the building for the County Health Department. The department has outgrown its space at the community medical center and has been looking at possibilities for growth. As the County can only p...

  • Thought Provokers: 9/14/2022

    Sep 14, 2022

    Generally speaking, when you feel stupid it’s because you just got smarter. Queen Elizabeth’s birth was probably announced via a telegram and her death via a Tweet. There’s something profound in the fact that wolves went from being our bitterest enemies to our closest friends. Bond 26 will be the first James Bond film where he officially serves a king. Giving a book as a present is a great idea; you can read it yourself before wrapping it up. Life starts as a whole bunch of firsts, but slowly without us noticing becomes a whole bunch of lasts...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 9/14/2022

    Georgia|Sep 14, 2022

    Georgia, I have a question. I’m Gen X and I have a huge problem with how I am left carrying the weight for Millenials. For example, I’m 42 and my daughter is 22. She decided a while ago she does not want any kids. She’s actually getting a procedure for sterilization next year. But those souls needing to come into our family for ancestral or karmic reasons still need to be born. So I’m stuck birthing and raising two babies who should have been born to her but can’t be because she’s too selfish to have kids. We joke how my 1.5-year-ol...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: 9/14/2022

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Sep 14, 2022

    Was it a change in the weather or something else? By September 1896, law and order in the valley seemed to have withered in the summer heat. The rest of the state was not much better. Constable Thomas Coombs of Butte was attacked by five "roughs" and nearly beaten to death when he tried to serve an arrest warrant on one of the men; Mrs. Rose Heimbach of South Butte was thrown in jail for attacking Mrs. Susie Snelling with vitriol after Rose said, "You can have my husband, but first take this,...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/10/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    September 10, 1997 The Whitehall Town Council rejected the possibility of a mail-in ballot during the November 1997 town elections, heard from some concerned town residents about private property damage during the construction of the new drinking water system, and gave conditional approval of improvements at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds/Ballfields Complex. All the actions happened during the council’s regular monthly meeting. The vote against the mail-in ballot was unanimous and firm, and members of the public in the audience made it clear t...

  • Connecting Point: Mission Ready

    BILL LANES|Sep 14, 2022

    When the subject of heaven and hell come up, some people listen intently, almost as if they are searching for an answer. But, others seem to run and hide. Over the last two months of columns, I have walked this journey with you, the reader. I want to say now, here at the end of struggling with you, the matter boils down to God’s grace and justice. Either we will confront our sinfulness and acknowledge the need for Christ to be our personal Savior, or we will face God’s justice by rejecting his grace and thus spend eternity in isolation and lon...

  • Don Arkell, 68

    Sep 14, 2022

    Don Arkell of Clancy, Montana, age 68, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022, after an eight-year battle with cancer. He was born on November 26, 1953, the son of the late James and Thelma (Mannix) Arkell. Don is survived by his loving wife Connie, son BJ (Kelly), daughter Shawn (Chester), stepsons Dan (Krista) and Jake (Olivia) McEachern; grandchildren Rylan and Ruthie McEachern; brothers (Vince, Roy, Ray, Ed) and sisters (Ava, Ruby, Sharon); numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless... Full story

  • Betty Ann Strozzi, 88

    Sep 14, 2022

    On the morning of September 1, 2022, surrounded by her loving children, Betty Ann Strozzi peacefully passed away after a nearly 4-month battle with a debilitating stroke. Betty fought hard to give her children one last gift in those 4 months. That gift was the ability to spend time with her and tell her how much we loved and appreciated her before her passing. Betty Ann, the eldest child of Bessie Held McArthur and Archie McArthur, was born at home on October 21, 1933. She was later to be... Full story

  • Free Program at Jefferson Valley Museum September 21

    Sep 14, 2022

    A free history program is being offered at the Jefferson Valley Museum, 303 South Division Street, on the evening of Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30 PM. The museum has a number of oral histories, mostly done by Roy Millegan, with interviews dating back to the late 1980s. This program will feature the talk Roy had with Bernard May in 1989 along with historical photos that relate to the things Bernard talks about. The recording of the talk has not been edited so those attending should be aware...

  • Between the Stacks: 9/14/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Sep 14, 2022

    "Mommy and Me" is off to a great start! This program for preschoolers, toddlers, babies, and their caregivers meets on Thursday mornings at 10 AM before the Library is open. Children learn all types of concepts such as colors, shapes, sharing, etc. while the adults meet upstairs to discuss budgeting, food preparation, great bargain shopping, and more. Come join us for a morning of fun and learning. Some of you may remember the show Man and Machine from 1992. Everyone thought it was a great...

  • Cottage Industries - Montana Style: Liz Schramm's Montana Naturals

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    It should come as no surprise that Liz Schramm knows her bath and beauty products, having started making them twice and both times when it seemed the best course of action for her. The first time was more than 30 years ago in Las Vegas and more recently, here in Whitehall six years ago. Shortly after her daughter was born, Liz and her husband John realized she had skin issues and couldn't use any soaps, even baby soaps, or laundry detergent. With no Internet, Liz turned to her grandmother who...

  • Tennis Courts, New Vehicle, and 21st Century Program Discussed at First School Board Meeting of Year

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    At the first school board meeting of the 2022-2023 school year, the summer was discussed as well as future plans for the Whitehall Trojan Campus. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens announced that the tennis courts near Yellowstone Trail on the school campus will soon be removed and disposed of by Whit Smith of Whitehall. The school has been working towards the removal of the unrepairable courts for several years, though with the acrylic in the refuse, it has been difficult to find somewhere to...

  • Trojan Football Defeated by Jefferson

    Sep 14, 2022

    The Whitehall/Harrison Trojan football team took on the Jefferson High School Panthers on Friday, September 9th on the Trojan home field. Unfortunately, the Trojans couldn’t bring in a win and were defeated by the Panthers 42-7. Coach Dan Lacey said that highlights included Blake Becker (sophomore) running 82 yards and a touchdown. Also, Leo Scafani (senior) led the team with 12 tackles. The next Trojan football outing is Friday, September 16 against the Three Forks Wolves in Three Forks....

  • Whitehall Chamber & Others Gearing Up for Annual Fall Festival October 22nd

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 14, 2022

    It's that time of the year again! The leaves are beginning to fall and Whitehall's Annual Fall Festival is a month away! Start planning now! The festivities will be held throughout town on Saturday, October 22. VENDORS The Whitehall Chamber has MANY more spaces available this year, as they will be hosting three different locations of vendors around town in addition to the Chili Cook-Off being held at the Assembly of God Church. They will be able to accommodate a very large number of vendors, however, since they reserve the right to limit the...

  • Montana State Workshops Connecting Teachers to STEM Research Begin September 22

    Sep 14, 2022

    A workshop series that connects Montana K-12 teachers to Montana State University researchers will begin on Sept. 22. The workshops are free and part of the MSU Science Math Resource Center’s series of online professional development opportunities for educators. The monthly presentations are part of the MSU Research in Action series that highlights the work of MSU researchers so that K-12 teachers may incorporate that cutting-edge research into their classrooms. In addition to learning about the research, participating teachers will learn a...

  • Montana State Workshops Connecting Teachers to STEM Research Begin September 22

    Sep 14, 2022

    Over the next three years, a Montana State University professor and his students will fly drones over wintry landscapes in Montana and Finland to measure albedo, the proportion of energy reflected from surfaces on the earth. Those field expeditions will be timed as closely as possible with the overpass of satellites taking simultaneous albedo measurements from the same locations. The drone- and satellite-derived data will then be analyzed, compared and quantified, and the results will be used to calibrate instruments on the satellites for...

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