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  • Whitehall Master Plan Meets with Several Dozen Citizens, Begins Brainstorming Process

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    A crowd of nearly fifty participated in the first public meeting of Whitehall’s Master Plan committee on Wednesday, October 6 at the Whitehall Community Center. Stahly Engineering, of Helena, coordinated the meeting as a brainstorming session as to Whitehall residents want future Whitehall to look like, focusing in on nine key elements of our community: Clean and safe Whitehall, Infrastructure, arts and culture, parks, trails and recreation, public spaces, land use and planning, economic and tourism development, and history of Whitehall. A...

  • Western Legacy Center Kick-Off Event Thursday

    Oct 13, 2021

    The Western Legacy Center will hold its kick-off event Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 9 AM at the former Roberts Building, located at 3 Whitetail Road in Whitehall. The Western Legacy Center is the creation of the Jefferson Local Development Corporation, in conjunction with Jefferson County officials, county commissioners, and the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame, which will be housed within the building. The Western Legacy Center is slated to be completed and opened by Memorial Day 2022. This center is built to celebrate Montana’s c...

  • Pie Auction and More at Fall Festival October 23rd

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    At the October meeting of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, held Thursday, October 7, all things Fall Festival were on the minds of attendees. The Annual Whitehall Fall Festival will be held October 23rd, with vendors in the Whitehall Community Center from 1PM - 7PM. Vendors include local favorites and new additions like gourmet cotton candy and more. A Pie Auction will be held at 3PM with proceeds going to the non-profit of the baker's choice. Baker's are asked to create two pies, one for the...

  • Enjoy Hocus Pocus and Support WHS Sports!

    Oct 13, 2021

    The Whitehall High School Volleyball team is hosting a "Halloween Movie Night" fundraiser later this week at the Star Theatre. All ages are welcome on Saturday, October 16 at 2 p.m. for a special screening of "Hocus Pocus." This Disney Halloween favorite has become a cult classic with Halloween fans of all ages. Ticket proceeds will go to the Whitehall sports programs. Also, don't forget to pick up your fall sports pocket calendars at Whitehall Medical Center and the Ledger office, sponsored by...

  • Thought Provokers: 10/13/2021

    Oct 13, 2021

    Whеn уоu dоn’t рunish реорle fоr brеaking thе rulеs, уоu’re рunishing реорle whо fоllоw thеm. Polish is the only word that sounds different with an upper case. Pronunciation for spells shouldn’t matter in Harry Potter or else anyone with a regional or international accent wouldn’t be able to do a lot of spells. A papercut is a trees final revenge against humanity. For Halloween, naturally sourced skeletons could be considered friendlier to the environment than plastic ones. You can get free food from different companies for your birthday all...

  • Dear Editor: COVID in 2021

    Leonard Wortman|Oct 13, 2021

    Hi Folks, I want to talk a little about COVID. During our first round of COVID-19 those with underlying conditions and the elderly were the populations most at risk from COVID. When younger, healthy people caught COVID their symptoms were fairly minor (like mine) or they got sicker and had some issues (like my wife Carole) but usually weren’t real serious. Unfortunately, our government had a knee-jerk reaction and put out a lot of information that turned out not to be accurate and imposed a lot of regulations that were probably not needed. T...

  • Dear Editor: Law in our town

    Charles Haddon Shank|Oct 13, 2021

    Dear Editor, I’m not one to complain, because it is what it is, but what is being done about the drug problem in our normally peaceful little town? At least on the surface, Whitehall has been a thriving little community in the past and even to this day enjoys the reputation for being a quiet, but strong and lively little community. Soon after moving here, coming up on 11 years ago, I heard someone say that our peaceful little town had been a “drug hub” since the 50s. Apparently, we are positioned almost perfectly, being right off the inter...

  • Dear Jo: 10/13/2021

    Jo|Oct 13, 2021

    Dear Jo, I need help! It’s been two years since my last confession. To be quite honest, it’s been almost that long since I have darkened a church doorstep. The problem is, if indeed it could be called a problem, is that it’s also been almost that long since my family has had not much to do with me. Other than the yearly birthday greeting, it has been pretty much dead silence unless I initiate. I’m not really one to complain, but it does hurt a little bit. What do think I should do?? Signed, The Black Sheep Dear Black Sheep, It sounds like th...

  • Spooky Spectaculars for Your Haunted Season

    Kristine Erinn, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    Ready for a few more flicks to help get you in the haunted magical mood for Halloween? THE WORST WITCH: A modern day family comedy, this is a fun light-hearted show for all ages. About a little witch who doesn't know a thing about the magical world, this series follows her as she grows and learns, with a few friends by her side, to explore all types of mystical adventures. Geared towards a younger audience, The Worst Witch is found on Netflix, with several seasons available to enjoy. It's a...

  • Crowdfund Montana Launches Investment Platform for Local Businesses

    ANDREW CONNOR, Center for Community Ownership|Oct 13, 2021

    A new investment platform has launched to empower Montana businesses to raise investment capital directly from the general public, helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses free from the control of traditional financial gatekeepers. Crowdfund Mainstreet and the Missoula-based Center for Community Ownership have collaborated to create Crowdfund Montana, an investment crowdfunding portal where Montana businesses and organizations can post offerings that anyone can invest in, regardless of their wealth or income levels. Investment...

  • DPHHS Announces $31 Million For Child Care Providers

    Oct 13, 2021

    The Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today that $31 million in federal funding is now available to Montanan child care providers via an online application. “Access to child care is an essential piece to the state’s workforce and plays a critical role in supporting Montana’s hardworking families, our economy, and our businesses,” said DPHHS Director Adam Meier. “This funding will help address immediate challenges currently facing the child care industry due to COVID-19, and help resolve this longstand...

  • Judy Marie Wilson, 73

    Oct 13, 2021

    Our loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Judy Marie Wilson, passed away at the age of 73 at her daughter's home in Bozeman on October 2nd after an extended illness. Judy was born in Butte on March 9th, 1948 to Gordon and Marie Huffer. She attended Whittier Elementary in Butte before moving to Great Falls, Pocatello, and finally Spokane where she graduated in 1966 from Shadle Park High School. Growing up, her fondest memories were riding in the saddle with her beloved father, spendin...

  • Dale A. Gibson, 81

    Oct 13, 2021

    Dale was born in Billings, Montana on December 10, 1939, to Bub and Marie Gibson. He was the oldest of three sons; Ron is in New Mexico and Gene is in Bozeman. Dale married Alberta Cowles in June 1961. They were blessed with two sons: Shane and Shawn. Dale and Alberta later divorced. In August 1975 Dale and Kathleen Kraft were married. They moved to Whitehall in 1982 and lived here since. Dale worked for Farmer's Home Administration for thirty years and then retired. He helped rancher/farmer...

  • Gloria Jean Warren, 66

    Oct 13, 2021

    Gloria Jean Warren (age 66) passed away on Friday, October 1st, 2021, after a courageous and short battle with cancer. When she passed, she was at her home with her beloved husband of 30 years by her side. She would not have had it any other way. Gloria was born on December 17, 1954, in Youngstown, Ohio to Gordon and Edith Dutch (both deceased). She owned and operated a small independent pet store for many years before retiring and moving to Montana. Living in the mountains was a lifelong dream...

  • Robert Vernon "Goose" Shaw, 76

    Oct 13, 2021

    Our beloved Goose left his gaggle here on Earth October 6, 2021, to join his heavenly flock of family and friends. Goose was born August 15, 1945, in Whitehall, MT to Loren and Cena Shaw. Goose graduated from Whitehall High School in 1964 and was drafted by the Army, where he served in Vietnam for two years. Following his service in the Army, Goose worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, the Northern Pacific Railroad, Forest Service, and finally the Golden Sunlight Mine where he retired after 26 y...

  • Creating Fiction from History: Josaphyna Dundarsen

    Charles Haddon Shank|Oct 13, 2021

    In turn of the century New England, short hair on women, even shoulder-length, brought the offending female under more than a bit of suspicion. Josaphyna Dundarsen was such a female! Not only did she wear her hair uncomfortably short, she wore her heart on her sleeve, so to speak, showing off a star-shaped pendant on a choker around her neck. One might say Jo, as she was affectionately known to those few who truly knew and loved her, didn't care what people thought of her. However, coming from...

  • Connecting Point: Mandate of Mercy

    Bill Lanes|Oct 13, 2021

    In life we have an important choice between being merciful or vengeful. We most definitely are living currently in a culture that’s on pins and needles. People are at great odds over matters that shouldn’t drive us apart. The truth is, when someone wrongs us our natural tendency is to return the hurt, to stick it to them real good. I strongly believe there is a better alternative. Rather than choosing vengeance one can deliberately choose to be full of mercy, practicing Christ-like virtues daily. No one said this would be easy; Jesus fully unde...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: October 1921, Part 1

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Oct 13, 2021

    October 1921, Part 1 The Jefferson Valley was a busy place in 1895. The Sunlight Mine, Lime Spur, the Parrott Smelter project, and a large sawmill in Perry Canyon were just a few business endeavors bringing in people and money to our young and growing community. The following is taken as written from October 4 and 10 editions of the Whitehall Zephyr. The photo is an ad that appeared in those editions. Homestake Trestle Burned. The Northern Pacific met with another severe loss yesterday morning,...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: October 17, 1996

    CATHERINE ELLERTON, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    OCTOBER 17, 1996 The first Whitehall schools open house in years was held Oct. 9 for an appreciative audience. Dubbed “America Back to School Night,” the event featured more than just a chance for parents to visit with teachers. It also showcased some of the talent housed and fostered at the school. The evening’s program opened with a speech by Pam Callbeck-Harper about Title IX. Callbeck-Harper discussed sexual harassment and the harmful effects of abusing power. Later in the evening, Rob Jackson, President of Internections of Helena, expla...

  • Future Trojans Tackle Flag Football

    Oct 13, 2021

    The Whitehall Trojan Flag Football teams played a great season and will complete their games on Thursday, October 14th. Coordinators would like to thank Whitehall High School Trojans Miles Hoerauf, Brendan Wagner, Sage Buus, Layne Wagner, Michael Reiff, Leo Scafani, Parker Wagner, Isaac Skogen, Cy Tebay, Ethan Wock, Kace Wagner, and Chance Grimes for assisting the flag football teams this season....

  • Trojan XC Results from Cascade and 7 of 7 Meets

    Oct 13, 2021

    At the Cascade Invitational, held October 9, 2021 in Cascade, Whitehall Middle School Trojan boys took third as a team. Personal results are as follows: HIGH SCHOOL (5K) : Katie Frankman 27:00 and Wesley Biggers 18:26. MIDDLE SCHOOL (1.5 miles): Gage Kidwell 12:33, Cooper Montgomery 10:11, Lexi Stratton 11:02, Timmy Seccomb 12:44, Reece Hofer 11:21, Haley Zepeda 14:36 and Max Fernstrom 12:58. The 7 of 7 Meet was held in Helena on October 7, 2021. Personal results on the 5K high school only...

  • Name to a Face: Bruce Denny - Fencing and Family Man

    KRISTINE ERINN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 13, 2021

    Bruce Denny began his time in this world June 3, 1941 in Laurin, Montana and made quite the entrance when he arrived. Thought to be stillborn, and with attendants dealing with his mother's already rough condition, he was placed in a shoebox and covered with a dish towel, to be dealt with at a less chaotic time. However, with a wiggle of his toes, a nurse saw that he was indeed alive. What could have been a terrible mistake was quickly corrected and Bruce began his adventurous life as one of...

  • Fall Festival Fun at Kleffner Ranch

    Oct 13, 2021

    Jefferson County Republicans invite everyone to their annual dinner fundraiser at Kleffner Ranch Barn on Sunday October 17th from 3 to 8 p.m. Fall Festival Family fun from 3 to 5 includes live music by Lance Handyside, horse-drawn hay-wagon rides around the ranch, a free drink ticket at the bar operated by Chubbys Bar & Grill, corn hole and pumpkin golf putt games, a photo booth and opportunities to meet elected officials and neighbors. Wagon rides around the ranch are open to the public and are $10/adults and $5/children for about 15 minutes....

  • Montana State Park of the Week Milltown State Park

    Oct 13, 2021

    Milltown State Park began as a river restoration Superfund and has grown into so much more! Located just outside of Bonner, MT, this park offers over 3 miles of beautiful trails. Abundant outdoor opportunities and a rich cultural heritage converge at the newly restored confluence of the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers at the heart of the Milltown State Park. The former site of a Superfund river restoration project, Milltown State Park features more than 500 acres of terrain, ranging from...

  • Whitehall Community Christmas Cantata Returns!

    Oct 13, 2021

    HALLELUJAH! The long-awaited Community Christmas Cantata is back! Everyone who loves music and singing and the joy of fellowship is invited to join in on the fun. The cantata this year is Hark the Herald and will be under the direction of Janet Heilig and Norm Tebay. Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 24th at 7PM at the First Christian Church. The performance will be December 19 at 7PM at the church....

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