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Articles from the October 19, 2022 edition

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  • Cross v Grimsrud: Similar Stance, Different Approach

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 19, 2022

    November 8 is Election Day and, if you haven't already cast your ballot, the two Jefferson County Sheriff/Coroner candidates would like to request your vote on one of their behalf. However, while one candidate is more reserved and a bit better known on the South end of Jefferson County, and the other is more outgoing and known in the North, both stand for the same thing: the Montana Constitution and keeping the peace to uphold its laws. Both Captain and Detective Chad Cross, a resident of...

  • Town Pushed to Move Forward by Ambulance District After Mistaken Case of Responsibility

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 19, 2022

    At the October 11 meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, councilwoman Katy James put on a different hat and approached the Council as a member of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District (JVRAD) during public comment. James read a letter, which follows, in hopes that the Council would move forward with joining the District. “Mayor and Council Members: On the November 2, 2021 Election ballot we (Whitehall Town Council) put on the ballot for the voters/residents of the Town of Whitehall, asking for their input as to whether or not they w...

  • Whitehall's Screams Come True Recognized as 2022's Best Halloween Destination for Montana

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 19, 2022

    Screams Come True opens this Friday, October 21 at the Whitehall Community Center; the cast and crew will be ready to scare, torment, and delight you at 7 PM. The haunt, which is the passion project created and developed by Whitehall Ledger owner Elizabeth Pullman, recently received amazing news they had been nationally honored by Travel Pulse online. View the article at On October 13 Pullman was sent a link from a friend with CONGRATULATIONS noted. Upon opening and click...

  • WMS Football & Cross Country Complete 2022 Seasons

    Oct 19, 2022

  • Thought Provokers: 10/19/2022

    Oct 19, 2022

    It’s fascinating that we still have people alive who once in their life spoke with someone born in 1850. To the first people to fly above the clouds, it must have seemed like a miracle. Unless you live to 100, every year you live is more than 1% of your life. Average looking is actually above average. In the morning, your alarm clock wakes you up while you basically tell it to go back to sleep. Erasers slowly sacrifice their lives because of your mistakes. Spiderman wouldn’t have as much mobility if he lived in the suburbs. Deodorant is act...

  • Dear Editor: In Support of Mary Hensleigh

    DAN BUCKS|Oct 19, 2022

    Dear Editor, Mary Hensleigh is a proven leader with the talent and skills to be an excellent Commissioner for Jefferson County. “Mary the Mayor” is respected statewide for her ability to get the public’s work done in effective and common-sense ways. As a Jefferson County representative to the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority—a 19 county Montana transportation district—she is known for her hard work, ability to get to the heart of any matter, and sound judgment. Mary is a practical problem solver who brings a positive approach and a spirit of...

  • Dear Editor: Apologies to Bob Sims

    RUTH LOTT|Oct 19, 2022

    Dear Editor, My sincerest apologies to Bob Sims for misdirecting my response to a letter written by Bob Wagner, challenging a woman’s right to choose in last week’s Ledger. I am especially grateful for Bob Sim’s graciousness when he called to inform me of my mistake. God bless a gentleman. Ruth Lott Cardwell, Montana...

  • Dear Editor: My View on Abortion

    BOB SIMS|Oct 19, 2022

    Dear Editor, In last week’s Whitehall Ledger, I read that Ruth Lott respectfully disagreed with my position on a woman’s right to choose. I was shocked. I did not think this was possible since I have never articulated my position on this subject (see the previous Letter to the Editor). But since Ruth brought it up, I will try to outline my position here. I am conflicted about a woman’s right to choose an abortion. I do not think it is right to force a woman to give birth if she does not want to. I have seen enough births to conclude that givin...

  • Dear Editor: In Support of Dan Hagerty

    Mark Wood|Oct 19, 2022

    Dear Editor, Isn’t it absurd what politicians expect us to believe these days? At the federal level, we hear things like the border is secure, and that the Inflation Reduction Act’s new $369 billion in spending will reduce inflation – currently at 8.2%. Here’s a local whopper for you: Commissioner candidate Mary Hensleigh’s claim in the Ledger that restoring passenger rail travel to southwest Montana will benefit all Montanans. Here are some facts: • Passenger rail is the most expensive mode of transport to build, operate, and maintain. ...

  • Dear Editor: The Dangers of Halloween

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Oct 19, 2022

    Dear Editor, The Dangers of Halloween: Halloween. Boy, oh boy. What great memories. As a child of the 60s (the 1960s) my brother Bob and I spent the days before Halloween planning what to be. Of course, I had been a Cowboy, Ghost, Soldier, and Cop. These are the ones I can remember. As an older kid, I went as a girl. The norm back then. Going door to door as a kid to get a variety of little candies seemed awesome. The best were the people that made popcorn balls, brownies, and caramel apples. I remember my mom having to check the homemade...

  • Correction: 10/19/2022

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN|Oct 19, 2022

    The quartet on the cover of last week’s paper was identified as being from MSU. This was incorrect, as they are a part of the Bozeman Symphony....

  • Montana Decides: The Long Green Mile

    JON STONE GOFF, Montana Decides|Oct 19, 2022

    I’m going to combine two stories, one fictional and one real. In the 1999 fictional film, The Green Mile, the “green mile” referred to the stretch of green linoleum that death row inmates walked to Louisiana’s electric chair. When I was a kid, my father used to refer to cash as “long green.” What do you get when you combine the two stories? Like the prison inmates, perhaps what you get is the worthy dollars’ inevitable demise as a productive public resource at the end of that analogous lin...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/15/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 19, 2022

    October 15, 1997 The Jefferson County Commissioners took a tentative first step toward creating a local development corporation (LCD) with a vote to “approve, encourage and support” research into creation of an LDC. Jefferson County Economic Development Agent Scott Mendenhall said an LDC would not only enable the county to move more rapidly on potential economic development projects, but would also better sustain efforts on long-range projects. The Whitehall Town Council learned that the leaks in the new water tank slowed considerably, but not...


    BILL LANES|Oct 19, 2022

    Life is often likened to a long-distance race. The high school and college activity of “track and field” dates to the ancient Greeks. In Montana, the high school athletic association added cross country, a totally different type of athletic event, that caught on quickly and is extremely popular. Saint Paul told a great deal about human nature, comparing life to a race. Maybe his main point was “pace yourself accordingly.” It would be a mistake to view our faith as a short race or sprint. Life challenges face us all, and I’d say right now anxie...

  • Timothy Michael Minteer, 60

    Oct 19, 2022

    Timothy Michael Minteer of Pullman, Washington left us to return to his heavenly father on the night of October 2, 2022. Tim was devoted to his faith and through this, he was a loving and committed husband, father, grandfather, engineer, musician, and prospector. Tim was born November 6, 1961, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania to Robert and Sylvia (Lonnquist) Minteer. He had a brother, Michael, who passed before he was born and his father passed on when he was two years old. His mother remarried Frank... Full story

  • Lance Martin Bullock, 62

    Oct 19, 2022

    Lance Martin Bullock, 62, of the Boulder Valley, passed away peacefully in his sleep on 5 October 2022 in Rankin, Texas. Lance was born in Butte to Sharon and Hap Bullock and raised in Basin, Montana. Lance grew up with his older sister Kathy, younger sister Micki, and youngest brother Chris. Buster Bullock is their kid (cousin) brother. As a teen, he loved spending his time hunting and working on anything mechanical he could get his hands on. As he got older, these passions turned into his career as a third-generation miner, reclamation... Full story

  • JVCF Grant Deadline October 28

    JOHN KREIS, Jefferson Valley Community Foundation|Oct 19, 2022

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation would like to remind all non-profits that plan to apply for grant assistance that the grant deadline is fast approaching. The grant deadline is October 28th. Completed grants should be turned in at the Whitehall Community Library and must be turned in by closing time at the library. Grants must be turned in by 4:00 PM on the 28th. Grant applicants are reminded that only grant applications that are completely filled out will be considered. In order to be complete, the IRS non-profit certification must...

  • Between the Stacks: 10/19/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 19, 2022

    School will be out early Wednesday, October 19th, and out of session completely all day Thursday and Friday, October 20th-21st. Please be aware that there will be multiple children crossing Whitehall Street during these days to get to the Library and they do not always look carefully before crossing. The Library will be handing out candy for the Trunk or Treat and on Halloween so stop by and show off your costume! I had a lovely visit with Jennifer Bevill and John Knight from Humanities Montana/DemocracyProject on Monday. They were visiting...

  • Daylight Savings Time & Alzheimer's

    MELANIE WILLIAMS, Alzheimers Association|Oct 19, 2022

    For most people, the end of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, Nov. 6, means an extra hour of sleep. But for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, it may accelerate the disorientation that comes with “sundowning” that can last through the winter months. For the more than 17,000 Montana family members who serve as unpaid caregivers for 22,000 loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, the time change and prolonged hours of darkness provide a caution that they may see behavioral changes in their loved ones in the wee...

  • Noble Ready to Meet All Your Jewelry Needs

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Oct 19, 2022

    When beginning your holiday shopping list this year, look no further than Noble Jewelry, located at 14 North Main. Owned and operated by Paul and Georgia Noble, they have been open on and off since late June and have a unique and eclectic collection of fine jewelry right here in Whitehall. Georgia has always had a keen interest in faceting and rockhounding, a love Paul also shares. After moving here four years ago from Bozeman, they decided to turn their love of both hobbies, as well as a talent for jewelry making, into a business. “We’re curre...

  • 50 Years of the Clean Water Act: More Must Be Done

    DERF JOHNSON, MT Environmental Information Center|Oct 19, 2022

    The Clean Water Act turns 50 on October 18th. Over the past five decades, it has proven itself as one of the most successful environmental laws on the books. It has cleaned up contaminated waterways, helped to assure that the drinking water coming out of your tap is safe for your kids, and protected the ecological integrity of rivers and streams. Indeed, without the Clean Water Act, Montana would not be the state it is today. But far more must be done in order for us to reach the promise of the Clean Water Act – which is to prevent, reduce, and...

  • When No Home is Affordable, Where Do You Live?

    DAVE MARSTON, Writers on the Range|Oct 19, 2022

    It’s a common story: Candace McNatt of Durango, in southern Colorado, kept losing bidding wars to buy a house. She finally settled on a tiny home of just 350 square feet. McNatt works as an operating room nurse and is a single mother of two teenagers, one about to go to college. Though she landed on the home ownership ladder at one of its lower rungs, she’s relieved. “But this is not how I saw myself approaching the age of 40,” she muses. The rent on her home lot is $650; her mortgage just $604. Combined, that’s about half of what she had b...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower

    Oct 19, 2022

    Certain items are staples of the Thanksgiving dinner table. For example, mashed potatoes, candied yams and stuffing are Thanksgiving stalwarts. Pumpkin and apple pies help wrap up the festivities. Now is the time to start trying out new recipes for the holidays and perfect them for you holiday table! Thanksgiving hosts and hostesses interested in injecting more variety into their Thanksgiving offerings may want to consider a few unique side dishes to complement their turkey dinners. Sides that...

  • Creating Fiction from History: 10/19/2022


    RonLynn Peltzer was born in 1789 to James and EvaLynn Peltzer of Leitch's Station in the Territory soon to become the State of Kentucky. Her father and mother, along with about 18 other settlers, were the first white inhabitants of Campbell County, in what would soon be northeast Kentucky. RonLynn's father had served as a Corporal under Captain David Leitch during the Revolutionary War. In fact, the Peltzers and the Leitchs had become close friends, as both had immigrated from Europe at about th...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 10/9/2022

    Oct 19, 2022

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 10:37:03 Fire Alarm: Hwy 2 E 11:10:17 Medical Alarm: Hwy 359 11:35:51 Medical: N Jefferson St 12:08:52 Medical: E First St 12:10:53 Animal: Hwy 2 W 15:16:45 Civil: Forcella Rd 15:43:41 Civil: Douglas Rd 16:10:43 Reckless Driver: I-90 16:52:26 911 Hang Up 16:54:45 Motorist Assist: I-90 19:58:02 Traffic Stop: W Legion St 20:08:26 Citizen Assist: W Legion St 20:34:49 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St 20:54:55 Suspicious Person: S Main St 21:28:56 Medical: First St 22:28:52 Traffic Stop: N Whitehall St MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 08:07:55...

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