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Articles from the October 18, 2023 edition


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  • Council and Saddle Club "Back to Square One"

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 18, 2023

    At the October meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, October 16 at the Town Hall, the decision was made by the Town Council to negotiate no further with the Whitehall Saddle Club (WSC) in the ongoing debate of who-owns-what at the Whitehall Rodeo Grounds and to not sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that has been a point of contention between the two groups for over half a year. “After several months of negotiations, the matter of the Rec Complex and WSC disputed property seems to be at a standstill. The following are r...

  • WMS Trojan Football Finishes Undefeated

    BRITT MCLEAN, WMS Football Head Coach|Oct 18, 2023

    We had a very successful year in Whitehall Middle School football. The team went undefeated 6-0. Many teams have standout players and key participants, but this was not necessarily the case with our team. As a team, every player clicked and filled the roles that we needed in order to be successful. We had a strong line and offensive threats that kept our offense ticking throughout the season. Defensively we had numerous players step up and make big plays as well. We were cohesive in all aspects of our special teams and able to get the jobs...

  • Learning Center Just Shy of Complete Funding

    ROCHELLE HESFORD, Southwest Montana Youth Partners|Oct 18, 2023

    The Barrick Learning Center is almost completely funded. This project will provide Whitehall with a permanent childcare facility dedicated to serving approximately 40 local families annually for years to come with high-quality childcare. We are just $2,500 shy of getting this project completed. Specifically, the funds will be used to prepare the land for electrical hookups. Completing these utility connections is a critical final step before the center can open. There is a demonstrable need for...

  • JVCF Grant Evaluation Begins

    JOHN KREIS, Jefferson Valley Community Foundation|Oct 18, 2023

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation (JVCF) has begun the evaluation of grants that have been applied for and have met the deadline and the grant standards. Every year the JVCF awards monetary grants to nonprofit organizations that have worthy projects and need financial help for completion of their project. The grant deadline has come and gone and grant applications have been submitted. Last year, the following nonprofits received grants: JV Sportsmen, JV Search and Rescue, Whitehall Food Bank, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, Town of White...

  • Community Christmas Cantata News

    BARBARA WILLIS, Whitehall Cantata Member|Oct 18, 2023

    It’s hard to believe another year has rolled around and it is once again time to prepare for the Whitehall Community Christmas Cantata! The Whitehall community is invited to come and rehearse for the annual Christmas cantata. Everyone who loves music and singing and the joy of fellowship is welcome to join us. As Christmas lights begin to be displayed, we can be reminded of the dark night sky long ago in Bethlehem when a brilliant star blazed as a radiant beacon of hope and promise. The cantata this year is Shine on Us and will include some e...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You Whitehall in Our Emergency

    JERRY AND JUDY GILES|Oct 18, 2023

    Dear Editor, On September 21 of this year, my husband and I were traveling through Whitehall on our way to be with family. Suddenly a medical emergency required immediate attention. We are grateful for all those who helped us at this time. We are mindful of a gentleman named, Jim. He could see our need for help and called 911. I am sorry because I did not write the names of those who helped. A Montana Highway Patrol Officer was on the scene immediately and was very kind and concerned. Also, we...

  • Dear Editor: This is Progress?

    ARCYLLE SHAW|Oct 18, 2023

    Dear Editor, Recently, driving into Whitehall from the Interstate, I felt like I was in a scene from It's a Wonderful Life when Jimmy Stewart's character sees his town as if he had never been born. I was born and am living, but, the town that I was raised in does not exist anymore. The area North of Yellowstone Trail and West of Main Street was once called Pyferville, after my Mother's family. There were families and homes. Today, a truck stop has swallowed up everything but four original...

  • Dear Editor: Deeply Disappointed in Town Council

    DOUG SALSBURY|Oct 18, 2023

    Dear Editor, I attended last night's Whitehall Town Council meeting and was deeply disappointed at the unanimous vote to confiscate the Whitehall Saddle Club's portable panels. The Whitehall Saddle Club is one of many non-profit organizations in Whitehall. Over the years, all of our improvements were made by private donations, grants, and volunteer help. Our lease on the ground was canceled at the beginning of the year, mainly to get rid of the WSC clubhouse. We have tried working with the Town...

  • Thought Provokers: 10/18/2023

    Oct 18, 2023

    That one guy who does voice-over for movie promos must be filthy rich. Someone is last in line for the British throne. Getting fat is fun, but being fat is not fun. Getting thin is not fun, but being thin is fun. None of the villains in The Incredibles movies have powers. The average person wouldn’t mind doing something until someone told them to do it. Disabled people are going to become some of our first cyborgs. People who turn the music up to full volume and force others to listen to it generally have the worst taste in music. Each year, 8...

  • Between the Stacks: 10/18/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 18, 2023

    Next week will be a busy week at the Library, with programs going on every day for young and old alike! Monday evening, October 23rd, at 5:30 PM the Rockhounding Group will be having their monthly meeting. Montana isn’t called the Treasure State for nothing, and this is a wonderful way to learn about local geology, fossils, and gemstones. Participants may hear guest speakers, take field trips, and share treasures they have found. There are always people there who really know their rocks and are happy to help identify any items people bring i...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/14/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 18, 2023

    OCTOBER 14, 1998 Dan Reum, Whitehall Elementary School educator since 1969 and elementary school principal since 1991, was resigning. Reum was also the athletic director of the Whitehall School District. Reum said that in 1995 he traveled to the Philippines for his son's wedding and had an interest in working overseas. He also had an interest in working in Alaska, where another son resides. The Tri-County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program at Rocky Mountain Development Council received an...

  • October is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Healing After Trauma with Help from HER: Part I

    STEVIE CROISANT, We Are HER|Oct 18, 2023

    We Are HER is a non-profit based out of Cardwell that helps survivors of abuse or assault heal after trauma. Today I’d like to discuss healing. While I won’t get into any explicit details on trauma, I do want to issue a trigger warning to those in the audience as I will be defining different aspects of intimate partner violence. But first, I want to start by defining what a survivor is. Before I started doing this work, I remember my college showed us a PSA of a survivor. This woman had a bla...

  • 20-Week Ultrasound Tips Every Parent Should Know

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Health|Oct 18, 2023

    October is medical ultrasound awareness month. The 20-week ultrasound for parents-to-be is an exciting visit– it’s when they usually find out if they’re having a boy or girl. But parents should know there’s far more importance to the 20-week ultrasound. “The 20-week fetal ultrasound is a crucial milestone in prenatal care. In addition to being an opportunity for the parents to figure out the baby’s gender if they choose to do so, it is the moment where we ensure the health of the developing baby,” said Ibrahim Hammad, MD, a maternal-fetal medic...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 10/18/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Oct 18, 2023

    Mac vs PC In the ever-evolving world of technology, the choice between a PC and a Mac can be a daunting one, especially for newcomers to the digital realm. Both options come with distinct advantages and drawbacks, and understanding them can help you make an informed decision that suits your needs and preferences. PC: The Versatile Workhorse Benefits: Affordability: PCs generally offer a wider range of options across different price points. This means you can find a PC that fits your budget...

  • Frances Jean Dellinger, 86

    Oct 18, 2023

    Frances Jean Dellinger died peacefully on September 25, 2023, at the Parkhaven Retirement Community in Manhattan, Montana. Frances was born in Whitehall, Montana on October 26, 1936, to Lulla and Goodlet Rogers. She attended Cardwell Elementary School and Whitehall High School. Frances met her husband, Clyde Dellinger, where they both worked on the Shaw Ranch. They were married in 1953 and celebrated 41 years of marriage prior to his death in 1994. Frances and Clyde had three sons, Danny, Jerry... Full story

  • CONNECTING POINT: Nine Months of Silence

    BILL LANES|Oct 18, 2023

    The birth of a child is a life-changing experience and a positive event for most people. Some people dream of having children but are unable due to medical, health, or unknown reasons. Others encounter health complications either with the mother or child during the pregnancy. I have consoled couples and individuals in some difficult times, so I recognize that there is some pain. In fact, I recall a new father calling me on a dark, wintery late night as he traveled to see his wife and premature son whose little life was in the balance. Tears...

  • The Shame Between Us: We Are HER Offers Free Online Workshop

    STEVIE CROISANT, We Are HER|Oct 18, 2023

    Join Whitehall/Cardwell non-profit We Are HER for a free workshop on unpacking shame: What we never talk about in regard to shame is where it stems from and how many of us were dealing with it at a young age. Many of us have been navigating life with a subconscious level of internalized shame. It is what keeps us in cycles and attached to relationships and places that no longer align with us. It is time to peel back the layers we have been operating with and really understand where this shame...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Spooktacular Business Ideas for a Thrilling Halloween Season

    Oct 18, 2023

    As the leaves turn golden and the air gets crisp, Halloween offers businesses a bewitching opportunity to embrace the spirit of the season and boost customer engagement. With a little creativity and a dash of spooky flair, you can draw crowds and appeal to your ideal customers. Here are some spooktacular Halloween-inspired ideas to help your small business shine during this spine-tingling season. One note of caution: as in all marketing activities, it’s important to know your audience. A scary phantasma, for instance, would likely not appeal t...

  • Steaks So Big They Could Feed An Entire Family

    MICHELLE STARIN, OnlyInYourState.com|Oct 18, 2023

    Tucked away in the heart of Montana's Jefferson County, you'll find a restaurant that's as big on taste as it is on rustic charm. If you're local to the area, you probably already know that we're referring to LaHood Park Steakhouse. Let me tell you, they know how to make a steak that'll make your taste buds do a happy dance. Best of all, there are no skimpy portions here! This spot clearly believes in going big or going home and that philosophy is on full display in their mammoth steak entrees....

  • Museum of the Rockies to Host 'Haunted Mountain Theater'

    Oct 18, 2023

    The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University will present its fourth annual “Haunted Mountain Theater” this month, transporting viewers into the history and folklore of the northern Rocky Mountains through a theater production enhanced by the Taylor Planetarium’s advanced technology. This year’s show features a train crash, ghosts, and the legend of a mysterious lake monster, all narrated by an enigmatic cowboy who has his own story to share. The 360-degree Taylor Planetarium serves as the portal to these stories. After the show, v...

  • COUSIN CLEAVON'S REDNECK COOKING: Zombie Brains

    COUSIN CLEAVON|Oct 18, 2023

    Recently I have been having a weird craving for brains. Probably because Halloween is coming up. On the other hand, maybe it's because so many people say I could use some. In either case, 'tis the season. About a week ago I got bitten by a creepy looking raccoon. It was walking on its hind legs, with its paws hanging loose from its front legs. I could see it was missing teeth, had glassy eyes, and walked really stiffly and slowly. It also smelled like it was dead. I tried to run, but it was...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 10/8/2023

    JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT|Oct 18, 2023

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 10:51:56 Vicious Dog: Wapiti Rd 11:41:22 911 Misdial: W First St 11:46:48 Medical: Camp Caroline Rd 12:13:45 Suspicious Circumstance: N Division St 16:03:02 Medical: Crest Rd 16:53:48 911 Hang Up 16:54:23 Fire/Smoke Vehicle: I-90 17:03:29 Threats: Meadow View Ln 17:59:05 Animal: Pipestone Rd 19:12:42 Larceny/Theft MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 00:30:56 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 10:20:35 911 Hang Up 10:58:10 911 Open Line: W First St 10:59:47 Animal: Hwy 287 14:06:55 Parking 16:50:20 Domestic Violence: East St 18:13:13 Suspicious...

  • Horoscopes: 10/18/2023

    Oct 18, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, this week you may invite a friend over who shares all of his or her good energy with you. It’s just the boost you need right now to have a positive few days. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 You may have an urgent need to get physically active, Taurus. That can propel you to get a gym membership or to organize a walking club with some local friends. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 You are brimming with energy right now, Gemini. It’s only a matter of figuring out what to do with it. A painting or other home renovation project could be the...

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