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Articles from the October 12, 2022 edition


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  • A Tribute to Roy Millegan

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 12, 2022

    Editor's Note: The Whitehall Ledger received notice that former Whitehall resident Roy Millegan had passed last week. His obituary is forthcoming; Jefferson Valley Museum curator Arlene Weber was asked to comment on Roy's passing. Roy was a man known by many and his efforts affect all in Whitehall even if he was not known to them. Everyone who has lived in our community has left their mark, some much more than others. Roy Millegan is one who left a very positive mark that will hopefully remain...

  • School Board Mulls 4-Day Week, Updates Policies

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 12, 2022

    Nearly ten years after a four-day school week was originally discussed, the topic was once again broached at the October 4th meeting of the Whitehall School Board. Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens questioned the Board as to what they have heard in the community and whether or not to take the change into consideration once more, especially now that Three Forks and Boulder have moved to a four-day week. “I’ve had at least eight calls asking us to look into it,” Elementary principal Kurtis Koenig said. Nieskens said that the requests she h...

  • Chamber Firms Fall Festival Plans, Renames Christmas Stroll

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 12, 2022

    The Whitehall Chamber of Commerce laid out their final plans for the upcoming October 22 Fall Festival at their monthly meeting on October 6 at the Western Legacy Center. The Fall Festival will be held in various locations throughout town which includes: vendors and the Community Center and Western Legacy Center (WLC), a pie auction and tasting at the Star Theatre, a chili cookoff at the Whitehall Assembly of God Church, pumpkin patch at Redman Orchard (947 Point of Rocks Road) and the GJP Carnival at the Main Street Green, along with Trunk or...

  • Thought Provokers 10/12/2022

    Oct 12, 2022

    Which name came first? The fruit orange, or the color orange? Did the chicken come first or the egg? How many chickens and eggs came first? Who came up with the expression “ it’s raining cats and dogs”? How is it relevant to the weather? Despite all the colors depicted on screens, there are only three colored pixels. If air and water are both clear, why can we see water and not air? If a tomato is a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie? Does a straw have one hole or two? Did dinosaurs have hair? Hair doesn’t preserve so we would never know if dinosau...

  • Dear Editor: Supporting Gary Buchanan

    TOM HARRINGTON|Oct 12, 2022

    Dear Editor, Election day is fast approaching and will bring in new leaders to help make decisions that will guide our future direction. The divide and turmoil in our country today erode the values and unity that have been a cornerstone of this nation. There is a need for our elected leaders to get back to the basics of representing and making decisions in the best interests of the people without the shackles of partisanship. Gary Buchanan is running for the eastern district house seat for the U.S. House of Representatives as an independent...

  • Dear Editor: String Quartet was Great

    DONNA WELDON|Oct 12, 2022

    Dear Editor, A big thank you to Gold Junction Presents (Ruth Lott, Bill Pullman, Colton Anderson, and Liz Pullman) and all who were instrumental in the string quartet concert at the Star Theater. It was beautiful music. I was engulfed in endorphins. Some people think classical music is boring. It isn’t. This was short and sweet and had a variety of terrific music. Hopefully, it will happen again and I encourage all to attend and support Gold Junction Presents. Appreciatively yours, Donna Weldon...

  • Dear Editor: Disagree with Bob Wagner

    RUTH LOTT|Oct 12, 2022

    Dear Editor, I respectfully disagree with Bob Wagner’s position on a woman’s right to choose. I offer Saturday’s blog from Seth Godin in response. “The closer we look at what other people believe and do, the more clear it is that our view of the world doesn’t precisely match theirs. “It never has, but now it’s magnified. The things we thought were a given, aren’t. No one believes what I believe, not exactly. “How is it possible, we wonder, that people like us don’t believe what we believe or do what we do? Not just people we don’t know, but...

  • Dear Editor: Attend the Candidate Forum

    BOB SIMS|Oct 12, 2022

    Dear Editor, A government of, by, and for the people only works when the people put forth enough effort to select people that have the skills, ability, and desire to operate a government of, by, and for the people. We, the people, have not done a real good job of doing this in recent years. Ask yourself how many people in the elected office you would hire to run your business, sort cows, or even go to the store for you. However, the fact that your perfect candidate is not on the ballot does not relieve you of your duty to vote for the best...

  • Dear Editor: Wake Up, Women!

    CHRIS WAGNER|Oct 12, 2022

    Dear Editor, Wake up, women! For over 100 years you have fought for equality. Recently, with the stroke of a pen, the Democratic Party, led by Joe Biden, has erased that equality by allowing biological males, “not men,” to compete in women’s sports. They are trying to destroy your family by encouraging you to kill your children. They are stripping you of your right, and duty, to educate and regulate your children. You can stop this madness. Remove them from office this November. Chris Wagner Cardwell, Montana...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: October Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 12, 2022

    24 was winding down but not without turmoil in October of that year. A miners' strike was continuing in Colorado, a child is killed by rats in a Baltimore home, the upcoming presidential election was causing a division in the democratic party, and troops were sent to Tuskahoma in the Choctawcountry to guard against possible trouble from the selection of a new tribal chief. People of Montana were insulted by John Sherman, Senator from Ohio, when he called us an "undesirable state" and we were...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/8/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 12, 2022

    October 8, 1997 Borden’s Hotel, a Whitehall landmark on the corner of Legion Avenue and Main Street since 1913, was sold. The property - an unused hotel upstairs, restaurant, and bar downstairs - had been on the market for three years. On Monday, October 6th, Vickie and Linda Dyar, two sisters who owned a gift shop in West Yellowstone, signed the papers and purchased Borden’s from Butch and Mary Jones. The Joneses had owned Borden’s for five years. They bought the property in partnership with two other couples, but through a series of event...

  • Connecting Point: On Your Mark

    BILL LANES|Oct 12, 2022

    Picture yourself settled in your favorite living room chair watching one of the longest races at the Olympics. You have caught some of the athletes warming up. Now, they are in the blocks. They seem to stop breathing as the starter calls out, “Runner’s on your mark…Get set...” BANG, he starts them. Do you realize our conversations with others can start off with a bang or a thud? If we start with a demand, a negative assertion, or assertions, what can we expect? Probably failure. We can do better. The Bible teaches us to be filled with grace....

  • Between the Stacks: 10/12/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 12, 2022

    I love watching big machines building things. As a child, I would go to huge construction jobs with my dad and ride around with him on his motorcycle as he checked out all the different areas of new shopping centers, schools, automobile plants, and more. There is a new ambulance barn going up by my house and I must confess I spent too much time watching the digging up of all that dirt! It seems that all over Whitehall there are new businesses going in, construction going on and new people coming to join the community. It is great to see our tow...

  • Pies For Non-Profits at Fall Festival

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Oct 12, 2022

    Calling all pie bakers! Time to make your magic with fat, flour, fruit, and sugar to benefit Whitehall’s non-profits. Once again, the Whitehall Garden Club is sponsoring a SILENT PIE AUCTION and PIE by the SLICE during the Fall Festival taking place Saturday, October 22. Proceeds benefit the local non-profit YOU designate when dropping off your pies. Thanks to the generosity of Colton Anderson, we will be located in the lobby of the Star Theatre. No wind, rain, sleet, or snow will dampen our spirits or make mush of your pie. There will be an a...

  • COTTAGE INDUSTRIES - MONTANA STYLE: Baked! By Bella's Goodness

    MARTA VARELA, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 12, 2022

    Bella McCuen is all about the biscuit roll and anyone who’s sampled her biscuit cinnamon rolls from the Baked! by Bella table at Whitehall’s Farmers Market can understand why – there’s no other word to describe them except delicious! Baking has been Bella’s hobby since she was very young; some of her first memories are of baking with her grandma. Though she originally considered being an aesthetician she thought it through and decided to go to culinary school. Considering she can’t go a full w...

  • MSU Extension: Exploring Montana Body Donation Program

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension Agents|Oct 12, 2022

    This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Madison-Jefferson County Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, marsha.goetting@montana.edu. The Legislature has authorized the Attorney General’s Office to set up and support an End-of-Life Registry website for Montana citizens. The goal is to provide a place for citizens to securely store their advance directives online and to give authorized health care providers i...

  • More MTHS Public Programs for October 2022

    Oct 12, 2022

    The Golden Bobcats, the lives of Chinese residents in Helena, and the inside story on the making of The People’s House are among the October presentations at the Montana Historical Society in October. All presentations are free in the MTHS Lobby at 4:30 p.m. and live-streamed on the MTHS YouTube Channel unless otherwise noted. Also join us for the October Friends Lecture Series, every Wednesday in October at noon. Find out more on our website. Programs include: • October 6 – Montana’s Visionary Mayor, Willard E. Fraser with author Lou Mandler...

  • Expert Tips to Organize Your Home for Fall

    Oct 12, 2022

    From the walk-in closet to the kitchen pantry, catch-all spots make all the difference in daily routines -- but only if they’re kept neat and tidy. Family organizing expert Jessica Litman, also known as “The Organized Mama,” is on a mission to help families declutter and stay organized. She’s sharing her pro tips for getting your home in shape for this busy time of year. Clear Away Cabinet Clutter. ‘Tis the season for autumn chili, stew and other comfort foods. That means it’s also time to put your essential slow cookers and pans where you c...

  • Trojans Win Senior Night

    Oct 12, 2022

    The Whitehall Trojans took on the Sweet Grass Herders on October 7th for Senior Night. Final score was Whitehall 35, Sweet Grass 6. Senior Miles Hoerauf (#9) was 12/22 passing for 261 yards and 3tds. He ran the ball 13 times for 55 yards and another touchdown, and also returned an interception for a touchdown. Junior Parker Wagner (#2) had 8 catches for 174 yards and 3 touchdowns. Seniors Leo Scafani (#75) and Nick Denny (#3), and junior Gavin Hokanson (#52) all had interceptions. Senior Kyle...

  • Guest Opinion: Broad Coalition Supports Gustafson and Rice for Supreme Court

    Oct 12, 2022

    Absentee ballots will soon be mailed out for November’s election. Two of the most important elections on the ballot are for Montana’s Supreme Court. We, as a group of Montana attorneys, former and current elected officials, and concerned citizens, are committed to supporting our Montana and United States Constitutions. We believe in the rule of law and the separation of powers between our executive, legislative, and judicial branches. We also believe in the absolute need for a fair, independent, and non-partisan judiciary to interpret our law...

  • Announcing the 2023 Montana Master Hunter Program

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Oct 12, 2022

    One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is accepting applications from October 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022, for the 2023 program. Classes will be held in Billings (March), Bozeman (April), and Missoula (May). Each class will consist of two 3-Day consecutive weekends (Friday – Sunday). A two-day weekend rendezvous in June is also required for qualifications, field exercises, and the final exam. The Master Hunter Program (MHP) is an advanced education program for hunters who want to improve and hone their knowledge and skills, build rel...

  • She Mistook a Dog for a Wolf and Fired

    AMANDA WIGHT, Writers on the Range|Oct 12, 2022

    The story of a Montana woman who recently killed and skinned a domestic dog, then proudly posted photos on her social media pages, has sparked a flood of public outrage. It should. The woman allegedly mistook the dog for a wolf, saying she was excited to share that she had “smoked a wolf pup.” When others pointed out that she had actually killed a dog, likely a husky and not a young wolf, she doubled down on her actions, saying that if she were in that situation again, she still would have pulled the trigger. The photos are gut wrenching. In...

  • Hiking Public Lands Shouldn't Require a Ladder

    BEN LONG, Writers on the Range|Oct 12, 2022

    Imagine you were part owner of a nice piece of rural land, maybe with a trout stream running through it. But your neighbors won’t let you in. You don’t have to imagine, because access to far too much public land is legally blocked by private property owners, causing headaches throughout the West. If you look at a map of the region, big tracts of land run in a “checkerboard” pattern of mixed public and private land ownership. The West is literally diced up into alternating square-mile sections of federally managed land and private ground,...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: Werewolf Drumsticks

    Cousin Cleavon|Oct 12, 2022

    Werewolves run rampant during the month of October, but you need to double-check it is not a kid dressed up. The way you tell the difference is the size and smell. Werewolves smell like grandma's house (old ham) and are taller than 6' 2". Kids are smaller and smell like mac and cheese. Hunting for werewolves is very tricky. On the one hand, you don't want them to rip you to shreds and make you their dinner. On the other, it would be socially unacceptable if they were to transform back into...

  • Creating Fiction From History: 10/12/2022

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Oct 12, 2022

    On a ridge between the rivers, Haine and Trouille stand the 7th-century city of Mons. In late May of 1889, the man pictured below, possibly the Belgian novelist Henri-Charles Boussuet, was on trial in this capital city of the province of Hainaut as an agent provocateur of the Parti Socialiste Republicain. Posing as a long-lost friend of the group's founder, Alfred Defuissaux, Bousseut had gotten Defuissaux expelled for inciting violence, something the group was trying to steer clear of. The resu...

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