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Articles from the October 4, 2023 edition


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  • It's Homecoming Week at WHS

    JASON SLATER, Whitehall High Principal|Oct 4, 2023

    As we prepare for an exciting Homecoming Week, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation for each one of our teachers, parents, and community members whose support makes our school and community shine. Homecoming Week is not just about celebrating our school's history and traditions; it's about coming together for the kids, fostering school spirit, and creating memories. It is a reflection of our commitment to providing the best possible educational experience for every student who...

  • FFA Chapter Reestablished at Whitehall High

    CASEY MCLEAN, Whitehall Schools|Oct 4, 2023

    Whitehall has reestablished an FFA Chapter, thanks to Jordayne Miller, Whitehall High School's new Ag teacher. The newly reformed chapter traveled to Sheridan on Tuesday, September 26 to compete in the Ruby Valley Invitational Contest. Both a Junior team and a Senior team competed. RESULTS: • Forestry: Landen Miotke 69th place • Livestock Judging Junior team took fifth place overall, out of 154 contestants total and 29 teams. - Cale Hoover: 24th Place - Tamarak McDonald: 28th - Colt McLean: 37t...

  • Dear Editor: Try That in a Small Town

    LAURA DILLON|Oct 4, 2023

    Dear Editor, Try that in a small town? I did. My family was met with vitriol, resentment, and judgment because we weren't born in that small town. Try that in a small town? I did. I spent time in the sea of vitriol, resentment, and judgment only to have my head kept above water by some of the most genuine and kind families I know. Let's please try to be less of the former and more of the latter, no matter what the size of our town. Signed by a person who grew up in this small town and now lives...

  • Dear Editor: Organized Religion

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Oct 4, 2023

    Dear Editor, This letter is not in response to anyone. It IS, however, a bit of a diatribe! The main subject of this letter may engender a negative response among certain people in this town; but then, sometimes the pot just NEEDS to be stirred! Not to be too negative though, it would seem that, for the last few thousand years, since the beginning of time, human beings have committed many atrocities in the name of their favored deity, or "God." Basically, what it comes down to is, that if you...

  • Thought Provokers: 10/4/2023

    Oct 4, 2023

    Someone having a bunch of garbage in their car is a sign that they don’t litter. One person has had the smelliest fart any human has ever had, and never knew it. Some people hate tourists in their city, but then expect hospitality when being tourists themselves. The fastest way to end world hunger is to not feed anyone. People used to mostly see a better future; nowadays most people can only see the inevitable doom. Gold and diamonds only have their insane value because humans think shiny rocks are pretty to look at. It’s hard to let som...

  • Barrick GSM Donates Emergency Kits to Whitehall Elementary

    DONNA LOOMIS, Whitehall Schools|Oct 4, 2023

    Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine donated emergency response bags for each classroom in the Whitehall Elementary. In the event the school would have to evacuate its classrooms or school grounds due to a natural disaster or emergency, they now have a lightweight bag of essential supplies to quickly grab as they leave. Each drawstring bag contains a first aid kit, emergency space blankets, a flashlight with batteries, duct tape, nitrile gloves, glow sticks, a large package of wet wipes, hard candies,...

  • Cardwell Community Church Apple Pie Contest October 20th

    Oct 4, 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...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 9/30/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 4, 2023

    SEPTEMBER 30, 1998 The Parent-Teacher Hotline came to Whitehall, which meant parents and community members could dial up school information at any time with a simple local telephone call. The Whitehall Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) spearheaded the effort to bring the hotline to Whitehall schools, and about 65 specific four-digit access numbers were provided for Whitehall parents. Last Monday, 40 Jefferson County residents made the long drive to the Sweetgrass border crossing to...

  • Daycare Arrival

    Oct 4, 2023

    The new building that will soon be the Golden Sunlight Childcare Center was delivered to Main Street on Monday, October 4....

  • MSU Extension: Montana Common Law Marriage and Estate Planning

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Oct 4, 2023

    This article is one in a series focusing on estate and legacy planning. The authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu, and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, marsha.goetting@montana.edu. “Couples living together should be aware that a court could later find their actions constitute a marriage,” says Marsha Goetting MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist. “They should be careful not to hold themselves out as married unless they are willing to accept the possi...

  • Rams Squeeze past Trojans to Win 23-20 in Overtime

    HEATHER DENNY, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 4, 2023

    The Whitehall Trojan football team had a rough start on Friday, September 29 in Missoula, with the Loyola Rams scoring their first touchdown a few minutes into the game. The Trojan offense struggled to move the ball down the field and handed the ball back to Loyola with a punt. Loyola’s offense also struggled, facing a quarterback sack by #54 sophomore Dawson McDonald, before punting the ball back to Whitehall. Once again, the offense failed to move the ball down the field effectively and the f...

  • Between the Stacks: 10/4/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 4, 2023

    Fall is here and with it come the fall holidays. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for October 9th, as the Library will be closed for Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day. I have one calendar that calls it one thing and another that calls it the other, so I am going with both. We will be open the rest of the week for regular hours. Next Thursday evening, October 12th, at 6 PM the Library will be hosting a program on the history of the Lewis & Clark Caverns. Our favorite VISTA volunteer, Kenslee Jory, will be sharing all sorts of fun facts and the...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 10/4/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Oct 4, 2023

    Robots in Healthcare Robots are making their mark in a surprising place: healthcare. These mechanical marvels are changing the way we receive medical treatment, offering a helping hand to doctors and nurses, and even performing tasks that were once thought to be exclusively human. In this article, we’ll explore how robots are transforming healthcare, providing better outcomes and a brighter future for patients and healthcare professionals alike. Imagine a busy hospital ward with nurses r...

  • Weekly Breathwork + Gentle Movement Class

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Oct 4, 2023

    This unique property features two houses and a large 20'x40' metal storage building on 3.77 acres with phenomenal views! Located just outside of Whitehall! Builder/owner incorporated historic, recycled materials in the 2,722 sq. ft. main house with energy-conscious features. The lower earth-sheltered level offers a cool, quiet space with two bedrooms, a full bath, a large family room, a large laundry room, and lots of storage. The upstairs offers a third bedroom, a full bath, and a large living...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: 4 Ways Copycatting Can Help You Build a Following on Social Media

    Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Oct 4, 2023

    Building a following on your desired platform on social media requires a bit of luck but there are some things you can do to help that luck (and other users) find your profile. But sadly, those things probably don’t have a lot to do with your business. Most business owners have tons of ideas for showcasing their goods and services. For those with a sexy brand, viewers eat that up. But you need to get there (to sexy brand status) before talking about yourself will be effective in building an audience. For the time being, go for these ideas below...

  • Dr. Daniel Nessim to Visit Cardwell Community Church October 14 & 15

    Oct 4, 2023

    Dr. Daniel Nessim will visit the Cardwell Community Church, located 8 miles South of Cardwell on Hwy 359, on October 14 and 15. Messiah in the Fall Festivals will begin at 5 PM on Saturday, October 14, and will be accompanied with soup and bread. On Sunday, October 15 the event will begin at 11 AM and be followed by one of the Cardwell Community Church's well-known potlucks. All are welcome to attend; admission is free, and a love offering will be received for Chosen People Ministries. Dr....

  • Jefferson County Fall Harvest Festival October 15

    Oct 4, 2023

    Come out for an evening of fun and support the Jefferson County Republicans at the 3rd annual Fall Harvest Festival at the Barn at Kleffner Ranch. This family-friendly event begins at 5 PM on Sunday, October 15th. Start the night off with a happy hour and live music, followed by BBQ Under the Big Sky, catered by Hardware Cafe. Enjoy a great evening with fellow Republicans, elected officials, and guest speaker, Nick Adams. An Australian by birth, and American by choice, he is unapologetically...

  • Fishing Closures During Spawning for Sections of Big Hole, Ruby, Beaverhead Rivers

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 4, 2023

    Fishing will close starting Oct. 1 for sections of the Big Hole, Ruby and Beaverhead rivers to protect trout during spawning season. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted emergency fishing regulations in June in response to struggling fish populations in the three rivers. These restrictions limit fall angling during the brown trout spawning season in some stretches of the rivers. Trout abundances in several areas of the three rivers have steadily declined since 2011 and are at or near historical lows. Meanwhile, fishing pressure in...

  • FWP issues statement on Montana Stream Access Law

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 4, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has recently received questions on Montana’s Stream Access Law and how it is applied across the state. For landowners and recreationists alike, it’s important to know about the law and understand how it applies to private land and water-based recreation. “The public has a right to enjoy water-based recreation on rivers and streams in Montana below the high-water mark,” said FWP Director Dustin Temple. “The public also has the right to access rivers and streams from the public road right of ways and easements...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: The Forbidden Powdered Sugar

    COUSIN CLEAVON|Oct 4, 2023

    This is the month where weird things happen. You know, the bump in the night, or that thing you see out of the corner of your eye. I have learned that after you shoot whatever it was, 65% of the time it makes a good dinner. The other 45% we don't talk about it, like your special uncle. I have been hearing about this big moth-like human crashing into cars around Highway 2. It seems to only crash into cars that have light bars on them. I mean those light bars that make you feel like you just...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 10/4/2023

    GEORGIA|Oct 4, 2023

    Georgia, I have a question, How do vegetarians feel about being made of meat? They look delicious - do they know how tasty they are? Hungry Dear Hungry, Well, Hungry, I’m worried about why you are asking this question. Yes, we are all made of “meat” but if you are feeling the urge to eat a vegetarian, I urge you to seek professional help immediately. With love, Georgia Georgia, I have a question, Is the movie SURFS UP based on a true story? My kids love this movie and I would love to take them to meet the cast on our next family trip! Cowab...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 9/24/2023

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT|Oct 4, 2023

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 10:52:02 Suicide Threats: E Legion St 13:40:27 Reckless Driver: Kountz Rd 14:45:53 Reckless Driver: I-90 19:48:15 Domestic Violence: Delmoe Lake Rd 23:25:49 Traffic Stop: W Legion St MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 06:24:18 Welfare Check: E Legion St 07:02:43 Vehicle Accident (Injury) 14:40:43 Reckless Driver: I-90 15:23:06 Assist: Whitetail Rd 16:38:04 Civil: E Second St 17:55:37 Custodial Interference: Curlew Ln 19:25:16 Civil: E Second St 20:21:55 Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Hwy 2 E 20:30:39 Reckless Driver: W Legion St 20:35:48...

  • CONNECTING POINT: Big Surprise

    BILL LANES|Oct 4, 2023

    Do you like surprises? I do but only if they are “good” ones. LOL. Honestly, I’ve become a more organized person and generally, I function by a schedule even though last-minute changes come up. Those “monkey wrenches” can throw us by surprise, right? Luke introduces us as readers to possibly one of the most famous births in history. Of course, I’m referring to Jesus Christ’s birth. The “Good News” as many like to refer to this miraculous birth had to come as quite a shock for this young betrothed Jewish couple, Joseph, and Mary. “In the sixth m...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 10/4/2023

    Oct 4, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, a project you thought would be done quickly is taking more time than expected to be completed. Don’t fret over it too much, as things will work out in the end. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 There are just a few obstacles that you need to get past before it is smooth sailing for a bit, Taurus. Use these roadblocks as learning opportunities as you go along. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, when someone approaches you saying they have a good deal for you, there are certain questions you should ask before moving ahead. It’s imp...