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  • Trojans win big at Washington-Grizzly

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    Just moments before kickoff of Whitehall/Harrison's game October 14 against Libby a storm moved in and rain began to fall onto the FieldTurf at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Minutes into the game the rain would dissipate, but it did not stop a frenzied storm on both sides of the ball by the Trojans, who for the second week came out of the gates early and never looked back in a convincing 59-7 neutral site victory. Whitehall (7-1, 2-1 Southern 5B) would score a total of seven... Full story

  • Cameras found in ambulance barn

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Oct 12, 2016

    After an executive session at the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Dale Davis dropped a bombshell that there were hidden cameras found in the Ambulance Barn by the current ambulance crew. “They found hidden cameras that were positioned in the exit signs at the ambulance facility. There were four cameras hidden; three in exit signs and one in a heat duct in the front that used to be an office and now is a bedroom. At this time it is under investigation from the Sheriff’s Department and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Inv...

  • Market season comes to an end

    Melissa Jenkins, Staff Writer|Oct 12, 2016

    The Whitehall Farmer's Market 2016 season came to an end on a brisk yet beautiful Saturday morning in Legion Park. Vendors showcased a splendid selection of tasty treats and beautiful artwork at the last market of the season. Last Saturday local vendors toughed out the weather and even took down the canopies due to the wind. The market has become ritual -- a weekly opportunity for locals to get the freshest ingredients and quality crafts every week. As always, you are sure to find one thing...

  • Local resident starts rescue organization

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    Patti Reed has a deep love of animals. Over the years she has taken lost, abandoned, and other pets in need into to her home until a permanent living situation can be found. After using her own money for years to help animals in need, Reed was able to start a non-profit organization last summer. This will allow her to accept donations from local businesses and residents. Reed's Rescue and Rehabilitation is a non-kill 501(c)3 organization that Reed said she started because every life deserves a...

  • Class C move not in immediate future

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    The Montana High School Association Executive Board will meet next month and among the items on their agenda could be a vote to lower the enrollment number for Class B/C Schools across the state. At their regular board meeting last week, the Whitehall School Board of Trustees heard an update from Superintendent John Sullivan about the possible change. Sullivan said he has heard the proposed number for Class B/C is 107 students. This would be a change from the current number of 119. Sullivan said schools below 107 would be in Class C, and those...

  • Tucker retires: Commission seeks 5th Judicial District applications

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 12, 2016

    Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. Loren Tucker, district judge for the Fifth Judicial District (Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Madison Counties) will resign his position effective January 27, 2017. The Commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge. The application form is available electronically at Applications must be...

  • Editorial: JVCF huge for local organizations

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    This Thursday, October 13, non-profit organizations from Whitehall and the surrounding area will come together at the annual Jefferson Valley Community Foundation’s Celebrate Community Grant Award Event. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Borden’s Building Conference Room. All non-profit organizations are invited to attend. The JVCF will be announcing their 2016 grants that include the $2,500 Barrick/Golden Sunlight Mine and possibly up to $10,000 in other grants for local organizations. Since 2002, the foundation has awarded ove...

  • Column: MMM...Cow tongue

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    The list of while I do not like traveling could go on for days. I could go through ten trees worth of paper just describing why people on airplanes make me legally insane. While the stress of traveling can be a little bit much with flying or sharing the road with people that never learned to drive properly, there is one thing I look forward to anywhere I visit. I love to be able to find some of the best local restaurants and to fill up to point I'm nearly sick. When I get up from the table and...

  • Jefferson County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Oct 12, 2016

    Hi Folks, This morning (Tuesday) the weather looks pretty nasty. It’s a good reminder that winter is just around the corner. At our regular meeting last week, we gave final plat approval to the Huntley Minor Subdivision near Montana City. We had some discussion about the Martinez Gulch Rural Maintenance District and who is responsible for what. We awarded the contract to replace the two culverts across Pipestone Creek on Kountz Road with a bridge to Tamietti. They will probably start the project the first part of March. We will try to get as mu...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Oct 12, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 3 10:13 a.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, 110 Whitehall Street, Whitehall 10:34 a.m. - traffic accident/1 vehicle/injury, Hwy 2, MM 67, Whitehall 11:14 a.m. - burglary-forcible(non-residence), 76 Pipestone Road, Whitehall 11:24 a.m. - welfare check, 460 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall 2:32 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, Homestake Road, Whitehall 3:41 p.m. - civil assist, 2 North Whitehall Street, Whitehall 6:07 p.m. - stray livestock, I-15 Southbound, Bernice Tuesday, Oct. 4 12:12 a.m. - mental crisis, 460 Hwy...

  • FYI

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Oct 12, 2016

    Laurie Powell Steel and Jennifer Powell Murga were raised in Paraguay where their parents, Bob and Glenda Powell, were missionaries. As adults, they lived on two different continents - North America and South America. Recently, the Murgas moved to Billings where Rico Murga assumed the managing of health care situations on the Indian Reservations of Montana and Wyoming. The Steels have been in Cardwell on leave from the mission field in Paraguay. With only three hours separating the sisters, visits are easy. Jennifer and Rico along with Diego...

  • Ringing Rocks road to undergo repairs

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 12, 2016

    The Bureau of Land Management’s Butte Field Office will temporarily close the route to the Ringing Rocks site starting Oct. 17 as crews make much-needed repairs to the rough, rocky road. “There is a section of road that has become difficult and potentially hazardous for vehicles and so we plan to perform maintenance on the road now and possibly later in the Spring,” said Brad Colin, Supervisory Outdoor Recreation Planner for the Butte Field Office. A crew expects to work up to four days on the road leading to the geologic site. \For publi...

  • Senior night for Lady Trojans

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    The six seniors on the Whitehall High School volleyball team will be recognized at a ceremony prior to their Thursday matchup against Jefferson. Alicia Loomis, Mesquite Melton, Kaya Welch, Rachel Smith, Katie Smith and Monica Sepulveda will all be playing their last home as members of the Lady Trojans. "The six seniors have really made my first year easy. They bought into my crazy ideas and funky drills with no complaints. I was a little nervous as to how they would receive me, but it was all...

  • Whitehall fares well at 7 on 7

    STAFF REPORT|Oct 12, 2016

    The Whitehall High School Cross Country team will have one more regular season competition before the state meet next week in Kalispell. The Trojans will compete Saturday in Townsend, with action set to begin at 10 a.m. Last week, Whitehall runners were able to face off with the best in the state at the Capital City 7 on 7 Invitational at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena. The invitational featured seven varsity races in both the boys and girls divisions, as well as junior varsity races....

  • Trojans headed to Washington-Grizzly

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    Friday night will be a special one for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. The Trojans will not only be looking to improve their record to 7-1 on the season against non-conference foe Libby, they will be doing so at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. Trojans Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Dan Lacey said he was looking at all of the Class B Montana High School Association match ups, and saw the only team that was not playing during Whitehall’s bye week was Libby. “So I contacted Libby’s AD and we were able to set u...

  • Trojans defeat visiting Three Forks

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 12, 2016

    Going into last Friday night's home game against Three Forks, Whitehall/Harrison High School Football Coach Dan Lacey said his team was eager to get back onto the field after a tough road loss last week. He was right. The Trojans (6-1, 2-1 Southern 5B) came out of the gates quickly, and scored 36 points in the first quarter of the 50-6 win over the visiting Wolves (0-7). "We really executed our game plan tonight. We understood we had an opportunity to bounce back from a tough loss last week and...

  • Huerta's awarded Golden Spade

    Jayne Dean, Contributing Writer|Oct 12, 2016

    The year was 1997, nineteen years ago that Chris and Anita Huerta began their certified organic vegetable gardening for the community. Chris was thoroughly dedicated to the growing of only organic produce even though at the time "being organic" was thought to be just a fad. The Huerta's found their buyers in and around Whitehall and continued to grow their business. According to Chris Huerta, although organic gardening is labor intensive, it is a much better way to grow our food, leaving off pes...