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Articles from the October 25, 2017 edition

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  • Playoffs start Saturday in Whitehall

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    For the first time in 35 years, Whitehall will play host to a playoff football game. Playing on senior night at Trojans Field Friday night against Manhattan, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team won a 19-14 thriller over the Tigers to finish the regular season undefeated (9-0) and win the Class B Southern Division Championship. With the win, Whitehall earned the number one seed in the South and will host fourth seeded Shepherd Saturday, October 28 at 1 p.m. One of six seniors on the... Full story

  • Groups celebrates new access to Jefferson River

    Staff Report|Oct 25, 2017

    Members of the Jefferson River Canoe Trail enjoyed a fall picnic Saturday to celebrate after raising $270,000 in 2017 to fully pay for a new 30-acre walk-in fishing access site and paddlers' campsite on the Jefferson River segment of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. "We're turning a private property into something that the public has access to... it's our backyard, not just one person's backyard," said JRCT board member Judy Aaker of Butte. Temporarily named Waterloo Grove, the...

  • Ballots mailed out October 23

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    Ballots were mailed out October 23 for the November 7 election on the question of Creation of the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District and the election of five directors. The number of candidates for the five directors is the same as the amount who will sit on the board. They include Dana Brunet, Amy DuBois, Rico Patacini, Susan Pullman and Tara L. Tebay. According to Jefferson County Election Administrator Bonnie Ramey, the election will be conducted by mail ballot only and polling places will not be open. Ballots must be received by...

  • Town Council votes to pay water related bill

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    After a lengthy discussion about what the role NCI Engineering has been taking in helping to address water issues, the Whitehall Town Council voted unanimously October 17 to pay an over $28,000 bill to the firm based out of Great Falls. According to Mayor Dale Davis, the town received a bill two weeks, and did not get a contract from the firm until three weeks ago. Davis said it seems like they are not getting anything accomplished, they need more water samples from test wells, adding it feels the town is out of the loop because they don’t h...

  • Liberty Place launches GoFundMe fundraiser

    Gena Nellis, Contributing Writer & Associate Director at Liberty Place|Oct 25, 2017

    At Liberty Place, our mission is to encourage individuals with brain injuries to reach their highest level of independence and to enhance the quality of their lives by giving them the “Freedom to Try”. Our facilities currently have carpet in the resident’s rooms. Carpet and wheelchairs/walkers just don’t mix. The carpet has buckled and stretched, and thus caused movement by the residents without assistance difficult. One of our strongest beliefs is in giving only as much assistance as is needed for the person to accomplish tasks which will le...

  • Editorial: Trojan football shows the power of 11

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    In my three seasons covering the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team there have been plenty of wins by the Trojans, perhaps none bigger than a heart stopping 19-14 win Friday night over Manhattan. In a game with the conference title on the line, Whitehall stood its ground against a tremendous opponent and made big plays when they needed them to finish the regular season 9-0. While the team has a lot more work to do to achieve their goals, it's important to look back on just how special...

  • Column: Thank a teacher

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    As is the case with many small community newspapers, my job involves a lot of time at the local schools for activities and sports. While I have been out of school quite some time, every time I visit I always admire just how hard students, staff, administrators and coaches’ work for the students. They are not paid near enough for what they do, but day in and day out they make a real difference. I from time to time will be at the school and something will remind me of a teacher in my life that made me a better person. To put it bluntly, I was a...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Oct 25, 2017

    Monday, Oct. 16 4:07 p.m. – citizen assist, 68 Whitehall Road, Whitehall 8:09 p.m. - traffic/ reckless, I-90 westbound, MM 276, Cardwell 10:18 p.m. - animal problem- road killed, Hwy 69, MM 5.5, Whitehall Tuesday, Oct. 17 7:53 a.m. - animal problem- road killed, Hwy 69, MM 18, Whitehall 10:12 a.m. – agency assist, XL Heights Road southwest, Whitehall 1:26 p.m. – agency assist, 40 Makowski Lane, Whitehall 3:46 p.m. – traffic & roads-moving, Hwy 55, MM 11, Whitehall 5:05 p.m. - suspicious/person/vehicle/circumstance, UNK, Whitehall 5:11 p.m. – tr...

  • Elizabeth (Bette) Stepan

    Oct 25, 2017

    Elizabeth (Bette) Stepan, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday morning, October 22, 2017. As her health continued to decline, she remained encouraged, recalling Second Corinthians 4:16, "So we do not lose heart; though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." Bette was born June 23, 1930, to Peter and Olga Kuipers, whose families immigrated to America from the Netherlands. Her childhood at...

  • Whitehall concludes 2017 season

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    Despite some rough weather conditions, the Whitehall High School cross country team had some strong individual performances at last week's MHSA State Meet at the Bill Roberts Golf Course in Helena. Head Coach Kerry Sacry said he was pleased with the entire team, despite it being windy, cold, and a course that features multiple hills. Leading the way for Whitehall was sophomore Madison Loomis. She placed 45th out of 151 Class B runners with a time of 23:34.34. On the boy's side, senior Ryan...

  • Lady Trojans open district play Friday

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    It's postseason time for the Whitehall High School volleyball team. The Lady Trojans will open the District 5B Volleyball Tournament Friday against Manhattan. The game will take place at 10 a.m. at the Belgrade Events Center. If sixth seeded Whitehall wins their first game against the third seeded Lady Tigers, they will next play at 1 p.m. against second seeded Jefferson County High School. If the Lady Trojans drop their opener, they will play a loser out contest at 5:15 p.m. against Big Timber...


    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Oct 25, 2017

    If I had a permit, and a gun, and knew how to use it, I could have a bear rug in my bedroom. Two nights in a row, Mr. Bear paid me a visit and was very helpful the second night by pruning one of my apple trees. I had trouble with a bear and some others had issues with elk. Rachel Dawson demolished her car on her early morning drive to Bozeman to work. It Highway 69 where she tangled with the elk. She was not seriously hurt at all!! Al Johnson, on his way to pick up school students, had an encounter with an elk near the Sunlight Mine area, The...

  • Between the Stacks

    Jeannie Ferriss, Whitehall Community Library|Oct 25, 2017

    The History Book Club will be meeting October 30 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss “The Monument’s Men”. Next month they will be discussing the Library of America’s World War I reader. If you would like to join the November discussion, please let the staff know so there are enough copies of the stories for everyone. November will be a recognition of our veterans through a number of different programs. Special programming will include: Nov. 1 6:30 Bill Carhuff Whitehall Veteran Stories” Nov. 8 6:30 Arlene Weber “WWI in Whitehall” Nov. 15 6:30 Veterans...

  • County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Oct 25, 2017

    Hi Folks, I didn’t make it to our regular meeting last week, but Bob and Cory only dealt with a couple of items on the agenda. They canceled the taxes on a few mobile homes that are no longer functional and where we would have no opportunity to ever collect the back taxes. They also approved Resolution 39-2017 which cancels outstanding county warrants. I won’t be able to make our meeting this week either. I will be at a training session in Butte about Tax Increment Financing Districts. One of the items on the agenda for this week’s regul...

  • Huge plays in fourth propel Trojans

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Oct 25, 2017

    With their season on the line, the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team stepped up with huge plays in the fourth quarter of their 26-18 win over Shepherd in the first round of the MHSA Class B playoffs. After taking a 19-0 lead into the half, the Trojans would have to fight off a determined Mustangs squad who cut the lead to 19-18 on a 15-yard run by quarterback Jake Trotter with 6:52 left in the game. The Trojans would stop Shepherd on the two-point conversion to keep the lead and set... Full story