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Articles from the October 11, 2017 edition

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  • Million acres scorched by 2017 wildfires

    DANA ROGGEE, FSA Public Affairs Specialist|Oct 11, 2017

    Dry conditions plagued Montana this summer, with multiple wildfires torching over 1 million acres throughout the state. The largest fire, the Lodgepole Complex fire, impacted over 270,000 acres. Recent rain and snow, and the forecast for continued precipitation, help to suppress the fires and provide welcome relief for Montana residents. Fires aren’t too uncommon in Montana, but this year’s fire season has been different. Spring brought plenty of moisture from an abundant snow-pack and provided adequate moisture for grass growth. The moi...

  • Special Council Meeting Set For October 17

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    The Whitehall Town Council will conduct a special meeting Tuesday, October 17 to vote on approval of its 2018-19 fiscal year budget. The meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. The special meeting had originally been scheduled for October 12. At their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, October 10, the budget was tabled after a lengthy discussion on a resolution that would transfer money from a mill levy used to raise money for a new fire truck to the Town General Fund. The Council tabled Resolution 2017-6 that would transfer $63,289.49...

  • Whitehall is 'Montana Proud'

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    With the theme of Montana Proud, it was an action packed Homecoming Week in Whitehall. The Homecoming Royalty was announced during halftime of the Whitehall High School football team's 29-14 win over rival Jefferson County High School, with senior Wyatt Alexander being named King and Cami Learn being named the queen. The prince was Colby Smith and the princess was Madison Loomis. Mike Wilkinson and Meagan Johnson were named the King and Queen's attendants. The freshman royalty was Mason... Full story

  • Fatalities near 2016 number

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    In the latest weekly report from the highway patrol, a total of 145 fatalities have taken place in 2017 on Montana roads. The number in 2016 was 152. 25 of the fatalities have taken place in District 3 (Butte) which includes Whitehall and Cardwell. In District 3, there has been 11 fatalities on the interstate, nine on primary roads, one on a rural road, three on secondary roads and one on an urban road. In the report, alcohol was suspected as a contributing factor in 32.41 of the 145 fatalities in Montana. Speed was suspected in 37.24 percent,...

  • Enrollment up at WHS

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    Enrollment numbers continue to rise at the two Whitehall secondary schools. At the Board of Trustees meeting last week, Whitehall 6-12 Principal Hannah Nieskens said the enrollment at the high school is now 139 after recently adding two freshman and a sophomore. She said they also added a student in the middle school, bringing the sixth to eighth grade total to 86. “It‘s exiting we are getting more kids,” Nieskens aid. K-5 Principal Britt McLean reported a total attendance of 182. He said there are 26 in kindergarten, 26 in first grade, 32 in...

  • Choir entertains Whitehall

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    Some of the best high school choir members in Southwest Montana came together last Tuesday at a special concert at Whitehall High School. Along with Whitehall, the Regional Honors Choir featured members from Manhattan, Three Forks, Twin Bridges and Sheridan. The Whitehall students in the choir are Jadyn Andrews, Alexys Mercer, Maggie Whitehurst, Hannah Tebay, Katie Whitehurst and Bailee Hess. Whitehall Musical Director Janet Heilig said the choir is selected when directors from each school...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 11, 2017

    What do Dan Brown, Philippa Gregory, James Patterson, and Harlan Coben have in common with the Whitehall Community Library? They all have new titles out on the New Book Shelf! Dan Brown’s long awaited “Origin” deals with hero Robert Langdon as he discovers the truth behind a scientific discovery that will rock the world forever. “The Last Tudor” by Philippa Gregory delves into the tragic story of Lady Jane Grey, who was Queen of England for only nine days before she was arrested and beheaded. The historical novel is written from Lady Jane’s po...

  • Editorial: Work begins on 2018 phone book

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    Early in 2018, the Ledger will be publishing the annual Whitehall Area Phone Book. The staff at the paper has currently started work on the edition and is using this editorial to remind residents and businesses about the publication. While a phone book has become a thing of the past for many in larger communities, it remains a viable and well used in the Whitehall area. There are several people who come into the Ledger office each week looking for a book, and the 2017 edition was so popular that we have run out of them. The 2018 book will be...

  • Column: Old Friends

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    A few weeks ago, I was able to reconnect with one of my best friends from high school. It had been years since I had talked to him and it was a great feeling to chat with him and relive some crazy stories from the past, some I had forgotten, and probably for a good reason. One of the stories he reminded me of was when we were taking a CPR class and the teacher had left the room. I thought it was a good idea to jump off my desk like a pro wrestler onto the mannequin. I landed with enough force... Full story

  • Vegetable Gardens of the Jefferson Valley

    Arlene Weber, Contributing Writer|Oct 11, 2017

    Early settlers in the Jefferson Valley soon discovered that the combination of good soil and a warm summer climate made this an excellent place to grow fruits and vegetables, if you could obtain enough water. Remnants of old apple orchards can still be found here and up the South Boulder; but, most of the early farms are long forgotten except for bits and pieces on file at the Jefferson Valley Museum. Once the railroad arrived in the valley in 1890, the ability to ship large quantities of...

  • WHY Whitehall?

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    Starting with this issue, the Whitehall Ledger will be highlighting residents from Whitehall and the surrounding area. This will be an amazing way to learn more about them and why they live in Montana. How did you end up in Whitehall? Well, first of all, what brought me to Montana is complex. I had been living with a wife & 3 daughters (several dogs as well) in Wyoming & when that went south, my brother-in-law, whom I had been stalking for the past twenty or so years, drove 600 miles in the...

  • Trojans tame rivals, on the road Friday at Columbus

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    In a Friday night matchup of two of the best teams in all of Class B, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team bounced back from an early Jefferson County High School score with three consecutive touchdowns on their way to a 29-14 Homecoming victory over their cross-county rivals. "These kids prepare so hard, and preparation is what is getting the job done for us," head coach Dan Lacey said following the game. "We spend a ton of time watching film and the kids understand situations we... Full story

  • Cross Country heading to Townsend

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    The Whitehall High School cross country team got an early glimpse of the course they will be running at state at last week’s Capital City 7 on 7 Meet in Helena. The Trojans had six of a over a 1,000 who competed at the meet at Bill Roberts GolfCourse. Head Coach Kerry Sacry said he was pleased with how everyone ran on the course he described as hard with hills and twists and turns. The top finisher for Whitehall was sophomore Madison Loomis, who finished 18th in race five with a time of 23:24.71. Macee Patritti had a time of 25:10.96 in race s...

  • Whitehall Soccer kicks off a big change

    Oct 11, 2017

    The Whitehall Youth Soccer Association has decided to join the Montana Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) and they are hosting the start of registration October 26th with a fun night of indoor soccer. As a member of MYSA our players ages 11 or 12 and up can play teams from all over the state at their level including Bozeman, Butte, Livingston, Big Timber, Missoula, Plains, Red Lodge, Helena and others. Typically, we will meet in Bozeman, Helena and Missoula to play games. The past several years, Whitehall’s older soccer players have traveled e... Full story

  • Lady Trojans start strong, fall to Big Timber

    Staff Report|Oct 11, 2017

    The Whitehall High School volleyball team played some great volleyball in their opening set last night against Big Timber before eventually falling 25-23. The Lady Herders would take control in the second and third sets (25-11, 25-7) to take the road victory at a special "Pink Out" night at Varsity Gym. Sophomores Morgan Benner and Hannah Tebay each had seven digs for the Lady Trojans. Junior Dorothy Mastel added five digs and team high five kills. Tebay had a team high six assists. Mastel and T...


    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Oct 11, 2017

    Friend Glenn, As I write this, the Indians are up 2 - 1 over the Yankees. And, if it doesn’t rain, game four will be played today. It could be the end of the season for the Yankees. Don’t get too excited over that thought. There’s always next year. Next year for Fantasy Baseball, as well. Thanks for keeping me up to speed with those two sons of mine that are diehard Yankee fans. Only you can get away with calling them ‘scumbags’. Shane was impressed with your writing skills - not too sure about the bias. I’m sure he would have won if, in deed...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Oct 11, 2017

    Hi Folks, At last week’s regular meeting we gave final Plat approval for the Ridge Minor Subdivision near Clancy and approved Resolution 37-2017 which created The Ridge Rural Maintenance District. We also had a lengthy discussion with a couple of Library Board members about maintenance of the Library Building in Boulder. The building and land are owned jointly by the City and County. The Library is responsible for the maintenance of the building and grounds, which includes lawn care and snow plowing. The Board members didn’t think they got all...

  • Chuchos moving to Chief Motel

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    Chuchos Tacos in Whitehall has a new home. The restaurant that was previously located at 14 East Legion has moved into the Chief Motel Building at 303 East Legion. Owner Heather Fortin said they have been working on the move for the past several weeks and are hoping to re-open October 17. Fortin said she now owns the Chief and the restaurant portion is a tiny, yet very cozy location. Fortin added she has also applied for a beer and wine license. Since opening in June, Fortin said they have a...

  • Trojans upend Columbus

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 11, 2017

    The Whitehall/Harrison High School football team took care of business Friday night in Columbus, and will play for an outright divisional championship October 20 against Manhattan. Up 6 to 0 at halftime, the Trojans (8-0, 6-0 Southern B) used two long second half scoring strikes from Max Feight to Wyatt Alexander on their way to a 26-6 road victory. “Overall I thought we played well. We ran the ball a lot more than usual and I thought that style of physical play wore Columbus down in the s... Full story