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Articles from the October 11, 2023 edition

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  • Two Bit Celebrating Grand Opening This Saturday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 11, 2023

    Whitehall’s own Two Bit Saloon & Grill had a soft opening with burgers for Frontier Days and has been flying quietly under the radar as new owners and management put together the perfect team - but now the Two Bit is ready for a grand opening! New owners Chad, Kim, and Camden Sacry have revamped both the inside and outside of the establishment, brought in Willie’s Distillery brand liquor, and fine-tuned the menu to perfection. Restaurant manager Jane Bowman, along with bar manager Austin Sen...

  • Screams Come True Opens Next Thursday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 11, 2023

    Over a month of building non-stop for just seven days of fun - but worth it! The cast and crew of Whitehall's Screams Come True (SCT) is preparing for opening night, next Thursday, October 19th. If you don't have your tickets yet - get them today at - last year SCT put over 4,800 people through the haunt in five days - this year we are hoping to surpass that! Tickets purchased on the website are time-slotted, ensuring your wait won't be nearly as long as it may be if...

  • 2023 WHS Homecoming Week - Highlights

    Oct 11, 2023

  • History of Sacry's 50 Years Serving Whitehall Community

    GAYLE SACRY, Whitehall Medical Clinic|Oct 11, 2023

    In October of 2023, Dr. Gayle Sacry celebrates 50 years of serving the Whitehall community via medicine and the Whitehall Medical Clinic. Here Dr. Sacry details the history of his contribution to Whitehall and all of those who helped along the way. Dr. Robert Hill was the physician and general practitioner, for many years in Whitehall. He was a kind man and competent professional and a person that many of us looked up to. We went to him with our cuts and bruises and tonsillectomies. Many women sought his help with their deliveries. He may even...

  • Op Ed: Beat a Cyberbully - Here's How Parents Can Help

    EZRA SMITH, Jehovahs Witnesses U.S. Branch|Oct 11, 2023

    While remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic lowered reported instances of bullying, parents fear that, for some students, going back to school will mean going back to being bullied. “With the prevalence of technology and social media, you’re forced to be concerned. Now kids can be bullied in the privacy of their own home,” said Tomas, a father of three who lives in Oakley. Now 15 years after the inception of National Bullying Prevention Month in October, technology’s ever-greater presence in children’s lives has given bullying a new out...

  • Dear Editor: Trumpism is Populism at its Worst

    DON LEPINSKY|Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor, I recently attended a talk on Democracy at the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana featuring former congresswoman Liz Cheney and former governor Marc Racicot. Despite the self-inflicted chaos and commotion infecting our nation, their overall message was encouraging. Both speakers thought our country would be able to survive these times of conflict and controversy. However, they added that in order for our Democratic Republic to endure, all of us need to play a part in...

  • Dear Editor: Whitehall Public Transportation a Great Part of Our Town

    GWEN QUESNELL|Oct 11, 2023

    Dear Editor: This past summer, my husband and I had occasion to make use of Whitehall Public Transportation's ride service, my husband more often than I did. What a blessing it is to have this service in this town. We are so appreciative of how efficient, how accommodating, and just plain nice they are. This is a wonderful part of our town. Also, our thanks go out to Ryan, from Jefferson Valley EMS, who gave such good out-patient care to my husband after his surgery. There are many good aspects...

  • Thought Provokers: 10/11/2023

    Oct 11, 2023

    Men are trained to never assume a woman is flirting with them. Women are trained to always assume a man is flirting with them. It’s easy to make everything a conspiracy when you don’t know how anything works. No one ever dresses up like Santa Claus for Halloween. When gas inevitably reaches $10+ gallon, most gas stations will need new gas price signs to accommodate that extra digit. 8 generations ago, 128 people having an intimate relationship with another person led to your existence. You know your life is starting to go downhill when the loca...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago...October, Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 11, 2023

    8 Years Ago, October Part I: The Jefferson Valley Zephyr reported plenty of area news in early October 1897. Livingston suffered its worst fire when an abandoned building on Second Street caught fire. A new $40,000 theater opened in Anaconda called The Margaret. A sawmill 27 miles west of Missoula was burned to the ground at a loss of $15,000 not counting the production of 65,000 board feet of lumber per day and the jobs of 55 men. Miles City lost the MacQueen house to fire with a loss of...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/7/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 11, 2023

    October 7, 1998 After hearing 17 different witnesses during the October 5-6 trial, a Jefferson County jury found Jason Marker guilty of aggravated assault by accountability for his role in the January 2, 1998, Mint Bar incident, but reached no verdict on two counts of misdemeanor assault. Marker, 22, was charged with aggravated assault for kicking Bill Arnold in the head. Arnold suffered a broken nose, broken cheek, broken eye socket, and broken jaw during a violent incident that occurred close...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Local Professional Gains Insight and Connections at the Fall MACE Conference

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Oct 11, 2023

    Chiara Schober, Executive Director of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, recently attended the Fall MACE (Montana Association of Chamber Executives) Conference hosted by the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce. Schober was awarded a prestigious $250 scholarship to help with the costs of attending this invaluable event. The conference, held at the Montana State Fund Building, focused on enhancing chamber of commerce management. Keynote speaker Marissa McDonough, a Butte native, shared insights on...

  • Marion Carol Johns, 82

    Oct 11, 2023

    Marion Carol Johns, age 82, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on October 4, 2023. She was born on August 28, 1941, in Missoula, Montana, to Josephine and Bill Scheeler. Marion grew up in St. Ignatius, Montana, where she attended St. Ignatius High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree from Montana State University. Marion married Lelland Johns in 1962, whom she had met in high school. They shared a beautiful life together and raised their children, Kristy, Susan, and Bill, in... Full story

  • Jefferson County Democrats Clean Up Along Hwy 69

    TERRY MINOW, Jefferson County Democrats|Oct 11, 2023

    "Neither cold nor rain can keep us from our work," joked Bryher Herak, Basin, co-chair of Jefferson County Democrats. The group met recently to clean up trash along Highway 69 in front of the fairgrounds south of Boulder. "We Democrats live all over the county but we came together to get this done, and we had a good time doing it!" she said. About 30 people braved the blustery forty-degree afternoon, donning orange vests and carrying black trash bags, as they picked up items big and small along...

  • Between the Stacks: 10/11/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 11, 2023

    October is the month for special programs and the Library is hosting two great local speakers. On October 12th at 6 PM you are invited to come and hear a history of the Lewis & Clark caves by Kenslee Jory. Then in the vein of local history, Arlene Weber will be here on October 17th at 6 PM to share the history of Whitehall. For those who have lived here their whole lives or new residents alike, these will be great nights to learn about our local history. The Knitting group has expanded to include anyone who has a handcraft they want to finish...

  • Help Clara Fight AML Leukemia

    Oct 11, 2023

    On October 1st, Blaine Myrstol and Montina Rawson's daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Clara, was diagnosed with AML Leukemia and flown to Salt Lake for treatment. Clara has started Chemotherapy and has responded very well to it, but still has a long road ahead of her. They could potentially need to be in Salt Lake City's Primary Children's Hospital for six to seven months depending on what type of AML they determine it is. The Rawson's older daughter Taylor will remain in Whitehall to attend...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 10/11/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Oct 11, 2023

    Tech Solutions For Disaster Preparedness In an age marked by unpredictable weather events, rising global temperatures, and natural disasters, the importance of disaster preparedness cannot be overstated. Fortunately, technology is playing a pivotal role in helping communities across the world brace themselves for the unexpected. From early warning systems to communication tools and resource management, innovative tech solutions are making disaster readiness more accessible and effective for...

  • WHS Trojan Homecoming Sports

    Oct 11, 2023

  • Whitehall Garden Club News: October

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Oct 11, 2023

    It wasn't a particularly scary day, but the WGC members were met with a brunch table of ghoulish delights. Jayne Dean and Glenna Waltee collaborated and devised morning treats to make the monsters mash! Nothing like starting your morning off with a witch's finger, or a deviled bloodshot eye! What a treat but with more treats to come when the meeting was called to order. President Kathy Ross introduced the first guest speaker, Heidi Austin, proprietor of the Healing Spot. Heidi's "Spot" offers a...

  • Steps to a Safe and Accident-Free Holiday Season

    STATEPOINT|Oct 11, 2023

    As the holidays approach, you might be hosting guests, shopping for gifts, and decorating your home. While all these activities can bring a lot of joy into the season, they can also bring an increase in risks. Prepare by following these five tips to prevent damage. 1. Install a smart doorbell. Whether you want to see who just arrived or help keep packages secure, a smart doorbell will keep you updated on all activities in front of your home. From trick-or-treaters to carolers, you can easily view (and communicate) with your visitors, even if...

  • Alpaca Fun

    Oct 11, 2023

  • DPHHS Encourages Montanans to Prepare for Respiratory Illness this Fall, Winter

    JON EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Oct 11, 2023

    As Montana gears up to enter another respiratory illness season, the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) encourages Montanans to take precautions to help protect against severe symptoms from COVID-19, influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections. The number of people ill due to respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, influenza, pneumococcal pneumonia, and RSV, is currently low across most of the United States but has increased in recent weeks. Montana has already begun seeing...

  • About 3/4 of Eligible Homeowners Apply for MT Property Tax Rebates

    Oct 11, 2023

    The Montana Department of Revenue said Wednesday it received more than 226,600 applications for homeowner property tax rebates during the application period that closed Oct. 2 — a figure that, MTFP calculates, represents about three-quarters of eligible homeowners. The property tax rebates, up to $675 per homeowner, were authorized by this year’s Montana Legislature and Gov. Greg Gianforte, a Republican. Lawmakers, who also authorized a similar round of rebates for next year, allocated about $350 million from the state’s budget surplus to pa...

  • Test Meat for CWD Prior to Donation, Commercial Processing

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Oct 11, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks along with the Montana Department of Health and Human Services are advising hunters to have their deer, elk, and moose tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD). FWP strongly recommends that hunters receive a negative CWD test result before bringing their deer, elk, or moose to a meat processor or donating it to a foodbank. While it is not a requirement, FWP is asking hunters to have a negative CWD test result in hand before bringing their animal to a processor for donation. If the animal tests positive for CWD,...

  • Living Without Anger

    BRYAN GOLDEN, Dare to Live Without Limits|Oct 11, 2023

    The “benefits” of anger are many. Stress, anxiety, diminished judgment, reduced productivity, poor digestion, sleeplessness, elevated blood pressure, negative impact on relationships, unhappiness, and attraction to negative situations can all be yours just by being angry. Anger repels people, destroys relationships, creates problems, intensifies problems, causes regret, burns bridges, and dissolves solutions. Anger doesn’t have to manifest itself via your behavior to be destructive. Anger that is internalized can be just as damaging. A fundamen...

  • Playground Nearly Complete

    Oct 11, 2023

    The new playground on Legion Park is nearly complete. The playground was made possible by funding from the Dennis Washington Foundation, the Whitehall Sustainability Committee, the Whitehall TIF District, as well as several private donors....

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