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Articles from the September 20, 2023 edition


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  • Saddle Club Rejects Rec Board Recommendation, asks for MOU to be Signed

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 20, 2023

    At the September meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, September 18, Whitehall Saddle Club (WSC) representative Doug Salsbury stated that the WSC was rejecting the recommendation of the Rec Board to the Town Council to offer the WSC $20,000 (paid in two installments over a two-year period), 5% of the gage fees on town events for 10 years, waived user fees for 10 years, installation/upkeep of a historical marker dedicated to the WSC, and verbiage in the MOU stating the Rec Center will contain a rodeo grounds for the entirety of...

  • Longtime Whitehall Eatery Closes: Pepper Tree Deli Owners Look to Future

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 20, 2023

    "It breaks my heart more than you know that we were not able to find someone to continue on this wonderful sandwich shop and deli," Pepper Tree Deli owner Dana Brunet said with a half-hearted smile. The Pepper Tree Deli, purchased by the Brunets in 2018, has been a staple on Legion Avenue, surviving COVID-19 in 2020, business ups and downs, and more. Their delicious sandwiches, sides, and ice cream will be severely missed, as Whitehall's eateries are now down by one once again. "We've had our st...

  • JVM Ghost Walk Scheduled for October 5 & 12

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Sep 20, 2023

    The Jefferson Valley Museum is sponsoring its first Ghost Walk History Tour on October 5th and 12th. The walking tour will start and end at the Star Theater and cover six city blocks. Starting time will be 6:30 PM for both dates. Tour tickets can be purchased at the Whitehall Coffee Co. and must be presented at the start of the tour. The per-person cost is $10 which includes the tour and a coupon for a small drink and popcorn at the Star Theater. There is a limit of 20 people per tour. The movie is open to the public and there is no limitation...

  • Rotary and Jefferson Valley Museum Sponsoring Family Movie Nights

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Sep 20, 2023

    The Whitehall Rotary Club and the Jefferson Valley Museum are sponsoring two family movie nights in October that follow the Museum’s Ghost Walk History Tour. On October 5th, the Rotary Club is hosting Night at the Museum, a 2006 PG film starring Ben Stiller. On October 12th, the Museum is hosting the 2009 film Night at the Museum, Battle of the Smithsonian. Both movies will start at 7:30 PM at the Star Theater and are free to the public. Both films have plenty of action and comedy as the plot unfolds around a magic golden tablet belonging to t...

  • Thought Provokers: 9/20/2023

    Sep 20, 2023

    No fast food chain has beef nuggets. You can really torture a masochist by not torturing them. The Winter Olympics are actually 100% water sports. Pregnant women are landlords. Humans never moved out of caves; we just started building and living in our own custom caves. Companies don’t like employees talking about their salaries but expect you to tell them your salary from your previous job. The higher your phone battery percentage is by the end of the day, the better your day was. Top secret documents used to be kept on computers to keep t...

  • Don't Miss the Chamber Business & Volunteer Recognition Event, Featuring Music By Pony Express

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber|Sep 20, 2023

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce is excited about the upcoming Business and Volunteer Recognition event on Thursday, September 21 at the Whitehall Community Center from 6 PM to 9 PM. Whitehall Chamber members and a guest are invited to attend this event for free; non-chamber members are asked to make a $10 donation to the Whitehall Chamber’s Kids Activities Fund. Hors d’oeuvres by Montana Jam & Candles Bake Shop, confections by Sweet Melissa’s, non-alcoholic drinks by Whitehall Coffee Co. w...

  • Whitehall Fall Festival This Saturday, Bingo on Friday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 20, 2023

    It's that time of the year again! The leaves are beginning to fall and Whitehall's Annual Fall Festival is Saturday!! The festivities will be held throughout town on Saturday, September 23. FRIDAY BINGO: Join in some pre-festival fun with a game or two of Bingo in the Whitehall Community Center, beginning at 6:30 PM on Friday night. Raven's 3D Printing has put together this fundraiser event and has some amazing prizes lined up! VENDORS: We have a few vendor spaces remaining! The Whitehall...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/16/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Sep 20, 2023

    SEPTEMBER 16, 1998 Construction began on an expansion project that would nearly double the size of the Whitehall Post Office. The 1,978-foot expansion would extend the post office west, through the back parking lot toward the Whitehall Medical Clinic. The post office would grow from 954 boxes for rent to 1,360. The post office was also redesigned with two entryways located on the north side of the building with access to the front counter, which would be located in the southeast corner of the...

  • Between the Stacks: 9/20/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Sep 20, 2023

    It was in September 1944 that Anne Frank and the inhabitants of the Secret Annex arrived at Auschwitz and it seems fitting that the Library will begin its third year of the Holocaust Project. The Holocaust Book Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, September 28th at 6 PM and is open to teens and adults. Due to the topic content, it is not recommended for children under 12. The project covers Holocaust Literature, awareness projects such as the Survivor/Rescuer Fair, trips to Holocaust museums, speakers, conversations with survivors, and...

  • Is Choice a Good Thing When It Comes to Mortgages?

    KAREN GOFF, Certified Liability Advisor|Sep 20, 2023

    It is likely that during your lifetime you will spend more dollars for the place you are going to sleep than anything else. With that, the potential to lose your wealth unnecessarily because of decisions made surrounding your mortgage is very high. There is a great deal of misinformation and misconceptions concerning this topic, and often our decisions are made based on commonly accepted perceptions that are not necessarily correct. There are so many options available it can be overwhelming to...

  • Betty Louise Hinton Novich, 83

    Sep 20, 2023

    Betty Louise Hinton Novich was an amazing lady for whom family always came first. She was a beloved member of both the Twin Bridges and Cardwell communities. Betty, the daughter of Clovis and Zona Hinton, was raised on the family ranch in Cardwell, Montana with her best friend and sister Wanda. She graduated from Whitehall High School and attended Western Montana College in Dillon where she met Duke Novich while going to school. They were married in 1960, and she joined him on the family ranch... Full story

  • Rocky Mountain Bank Wants to Help Protect You From Recent Scam

    Sep 20, 2023

    Rocky Mountain Bank, a division of HTLF Bank as well as many other financial institutions throughout the country and their customers, are being targeted by fraudsters posing as our fraud department to obtain your information, access your accounts online, and steal your funds by sending fraudulent transfers. The fraudster will text you about a fake charge on your account. Once you acknowledge the text, the fraudster will contact you from a number that appears to come from Rocky Mountain Bank, a division of HTLF Bank. The fraudster will try to...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 9/20/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Sep 20, 2023

    Drones in Agriculture and Wildlife Management In the heart of modern technology, drones have emerged as invaluable tools in the realms of agriculture and wildlife monitoring. These small, unmanned aircraft are soaring to new heights, quite literally, as they transform the way we approach farming and conserving our natural world. With their versatile applications and growing accessibility, drones are reshaping these fields in ways that benefit both humanity and the environment. Drones have...

  • Trojans Fall to Bulldogs 36-14

    Sep 20, 2023

    On Friday, September 15, the Whitehall/Harrison Trojan varsity football team lost their away non-conference game against the Broadwater Bulldogs (Townsend) by a score of 36-14. With the loss, Whitehall/Harrison moves to 1-4 on the season. The Trojans host Florence-Carlton (Florence, MT) to encounter the Falcons in a B - Western outing on Friday, September 22. The Falcons go into the outing with a record of 4-0. Florence-Carlton won 77-0 in their recent non-league outing against Conrad (Conrad,...

  • Whitehall Product Wyatt Alexander Emerging as Montana Tech's Top Receiver

    LUKE SHELTON, MontanaSports.com|Sep 20, 2023

    Perhaps it's fitting that Wyatt Alexander emerged from the non-conference portion of Montana Tech football's schedule as the Orediggers' leading receiver considering he spent the past seasons learning from Trevor Hoffman, who was consistently Tech's top wideout during his All-American career. "(Hoffman) taught me a million things about football," said Alexander - a 2018 Whitehall graduate who was a Class B all-state selection as a senior - at a Tech practice this week. "Even just watching his...

  • Lady Trojans Fall to Ennis Mustangs

    Sep 20, 2023

    On Tuesday, September 12m the Whitehall Lady Trojans lost to the Twin Bridges Eagles in three sets. The first set was 17-25, the second set was 23-25, and the third set was also 17-25. Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans also lost in four sets against the Ennis Mustangs on Saturday, September 16. last Saturday. The first set was 19-25, the second set was 22-25, the third set was 27-25, and the fourth set was 17-25....

  • Trojan XC Runs at Butte Invitational

    Sep 20, 2023

    The Whitehall Trojan Cross Country team took on the Butte Invitational over the weekend, running at the Highland View Golf Course. Results are as follows: 7th grade: Aurora Koenig: 12:00.70, Julia McNew: 13:02.50, Evelinn Scarborough: 15:37.20 8th grade: Max Fernstrom: 10:55.50 10th grade: Jordan Mercer: 24:14.30 11th grade: Sam Valov: 23:05.10, Lele Martin: 25:53.50 The next XC meet is the Mountain West Classic on September 23 at the University of Montana Golf Course in Miss...

  • Head Start Open House September 29

    Sep 20, 2023

    Whitehall Rocky Head Start will host an Open House for the community on Friday, September 29 from noon to 1 PM at the Whitehall Head Start building at 405 W. Legion Street. All children ages three and four are eligible to apply for Head Start, an inclusive early childhood learning opportunity for children of all abilities. Head Start is free to qualifying families and focuses on high-quality early childhood education, physical and oral health, positive social and emotional development, healthy...

  • Rail Safety Week Seeks to Raise Awareness, Prevent Railroad Crossing and Trespass Incidents in Montana

    JOHN ALTHOF, Montana Operation Lifesaver, Inc.|Sep 20, 2023

    Every year, 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured when they engage in unsafe behavior around tracks and trains. Montana Operation Lifesaver is joining Operation Lifesaver Inc. (OLI), Operation Lifesaver Canada, and the Mexican Association of Railroads (AMF) from September 18-24 to observe Rail Safety Week in North America and urge the public to help #STOPTrackTragedies. "Rail Safety Week focuses awareness and education activities around the country into seven exciting days....

  • Cardwell Community Church Apple Pie Contest

    Sep 20, 2023

    Earlier this spring the Cardwell Community Church sponsored a free community ice cream social - the event was a huge success with an attendance of over one hundred people! The goal was to have fun, eat some ice cream, say thanks to our community for all they mean to us, and emphasize the Cardwell Community Church’s desire to provide a source of personal aid and spiritual insight to our area. In October the Cardwell Community Church will hold its free community social event, part II - but this time it will be an apple pie contest for the fun a...

  • FWP Concludes Field Investigation Into Grizzly Bear Attack Near Big Sky

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Sep 20, 2023

    Bear specialists with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks have concluded a field investigation into a grizzly bear encounter that injured a man south of Big Sky last week. The attack happened Friday, Sept. 8, in the Yellow Mule area of the Madison Range. During the encounter, one of the victim’s companions fired a pistol at the bear before the bear left. The victim suffered serious injuries from the bear and was flown to a hospital. FWP staff flew over the area Saturday to look for a bear that may have been wounded. No bears were found during the a...

  • FWP Game Wardens Swear in 9-year-old Girl as Honorary Warden

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Sep 20, 2023

    On September 15, 2023, 9-year-old Sarah Simons of Texas was sworn in as Montana's first-ever honorary game warden. The ceremony occurred at the community center in West Yellowstone during a vacation to Yellowstone National Park with her family. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Chief of Law Enforcement Ron Howell presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office to Sarah in front of her family and several other Montana game wardens. Upon completing the oath of office, Sarah was...

  • SPECIAL GUEST RECIPE FOR REDNECK COOKING: Hardrock Harry's Quick Crabapple Pie

    HARDROCK HARRY|Sep 20, 2023

    Depending on your elevation, the small, red crabapples are right at their tart peak flavor now. If you don't mind a few little seeds, they're just a juicy mouthful right off the tree, as most any kid knows. If you're fussy, forgo reading this. They're so small, that most people don't think of them as pie material, but they'll surprise you. INGREDIENTS 2 lbs. crabapples, more or less 1 cup sugar (or sucralose if you want less guilt) 1 tsp cinnamon ½ - 1 tsp nutmeg ½ - 1 tsp...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 9/20/2023

    GEORGIA|Sep 20, 2023

    Georgia, I have a question, How do you block fact-checkers on Facebook? I am SO SICK of this crap popping up on my social media? Sick of Facts Dear Sick, How about posting the truth? That might be the answer - just a thought. With love, Georgia Georgia, I have a question, What percentage of water is celery? I know celery has virtually no nutrition in it. It’s basically all water, so if that is true, what percentage of water is celery? Big on Percentages Dear Big, You may be “big on percentages” but I don’t think you understand how they work......

  • Jefferson County Sheriff Report: Week of 9/10/2023

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT|Sep 20, 2023

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 00:14:06 Traffic Hazard: Bates Ln 05:11:08 Citizen Assist: W Legion St 06:31:17 Traffic Stop: Kountz Rd 06:57:23 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 09:44:10 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 10:01:04 Animal: E Legion St 10:28:27 Neighbor Dispute: Hwy 41 10:33:23 VIN Inspection: Delmoe Lake Rd 12:44:24 Traffic Stop: E First St 18:14:06 Traffic Stop 18:18:23 Reckless Driver: Hwy 2 E 19:58:25 Animal: Hwy 55 20:09:43 Larceny/Theft: S Sheridan St 20:36:44 Larceny/Theft: N Hill 23:05:53 Reckless Driver: D St MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 07:02:17 Citizen...

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