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Articles from the November 1, 2023 edition

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  • The Hall of Famers: Part I Jeanne McNulty King Inducted

    MONTANA SPORTS INFORMATION, Montana Sports Information|Nov 1, 2023

    Whitehall native Jeanne McNulty-King was recently inducted into the 2023 Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame. Here, in this two-part story, you'll get an inside look at the life of a Hall of Famer. It's a July morning in Coeur d'Alene and Jeanne McNulty-King is on the go. On the move. Making things happen, making dreams come true. Just another day in her world. She's been up since 5 a.m. It's part of the deal when you're an agent and you have basketball players in Europe needing your help, coaches and...

  • Thought Provokers: 11/1/2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    The number of people born in the same year as you is always decreasing. Going bald wouldn’t be nearly as bad if people lost their hair from the sides more than the top. A perfect human is almost a robot while a perfect robot is almost human. In the fast food industry, chicken fingers are a lie. You can eat a bunch of bananas without eating a bunch of bananas, but you can’t eat a bunch of bananas without eating a bunch of bananas. You can tell a lot about a person based on what part of their pants wears out first. People only separate the art...

  • Dear Editor: Your Vote Does Count

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Nov 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, Our country was built on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. It cannot survive the days when the government places itself above the people it governs. Our representatives that we elect are meant to be just that, OUR representatives. Not Washington's. The Governor we elect is OUR Governor, not Washington's representative. If you have any doubts about the wonders of our life under the laws that our forefathers created, look at other countries. Look at the life they have today. Look a...

  • Dear Editor: Not Deterred

    DON LEPINSKY|Nov 1, 2023

    Dear Editor, I recently traveled out of state visiting family returning to find a sign I posted on my property destroyed. The sign, posted along the eastbound lane of I-90, stated "Embrace Democracy - Reject Trumpism." I salvaged a portion of the sign and re-erected it. I am disappointed that there are those who would commit an act of violence in order to suppress First Amendment rights of free speech because they do not agree with opposing views. However, suppressing different opinions is one...

  • Op Ed: A Productive Legislative Session for Hunters and Landowners

    Senators Hinebauch. Bob Brown. and Mike Lang|Nov 1, 2023

    Hunting season has arrived! As hunters flock to the hills in pursuit of Montana's treasured big game species, we want to take a moment to acknowledge the good work that was done in this spring's legislative session for hunters, landowners, and conservationists alike. Wildlife issues have frequently been overcome with intense division in previous legislative sessions. 2023 was different. Various stakeholders that are often in sharp disagreement on wildlife and land management policies managed to...

  • JVFA Announces Christmas Show Cancellation

    MICHELE FRANICH|Nov 1, 2023

    Jefferson Valley Fine Arts (JVFA) will not be conducting a Christmas Festival exhibit this year, as in the past. Although we had great artist participation last Festival, there was very little foot traffic. The logistics of providing a one-day show in the middle of winter is difficult for everyone involved and so regrettably the decision was made to cancel this show. We are looking for additional opportunities to provide exhibits throughout the year and more will be forthcoming on that in the future. Please note, however, the Frontier Days...

  • JVCF Recognized with DAR Award

    GALE KRAMLICK, Oro Fino Chapter, DAR|Nov 1, 2023

    The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation of Whitehall was recognized with a Community Service award by the Oro Fino Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at the chapter’s September 9, 2023 meeting in Helena. Board member Kristin Murphy accepted the award and spoke of some past work of the Foundation and plans for the future. The award was presented by Dorothy Oliveira, Community Service chair for Oro Fino. Community Service awards by NSDAR are given to individuals and organizations for outstanding voluntary service. The Oro F...

  • Trunk or Treat Snapshots

    Nov 1, 2023

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Whitehall Chamber Announces "It's Small Business Season!" - Time to Shop Local

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Nov 1, 2023

    Whitehall Chamber is excited to announce Small Business Season! New this year, the Chamber is launching a program to support small businesses. Beginning on November 1st through December 22nd the Chamber will kick off its marketing efforts with Shop Local & Win in Whitehall. Get ready for a sleigh full of holiday joy! For every $25 you spend in Whitehall businesses, earn an entry to win festive weekly prizes. And guess what? Chamber Member shops gift you with extra chances, like snowflakes in a...

  • Chamber Thanks All Who Participated in Scarecrow Contest

    CHIARA SCHOBER, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Nov 1, 2023

    We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to M&M Vintage, The Western Legacy Center, and Whitehall Public Transportation for their enthusiastic participation in the recent scarecrow contest for the Fall Festival. Their creative contributions added a special touch to our community event and brought smiles to our faces. We are truly grateful for their support and dedication to making our town a more vibrant and engaging place. Although the contest may not have garnered as many entries as we...

  • Pool Shark Report: 10/19 and 10/26

    MADY CARMODY, Whitehall Pool League|Nov 1, 2023

    OCTOBER 19, 2023 TEAMS K-Bar: 1 Mint: 2 Mint: 4 Two Bit: 1 TOP MEN Dwayne McCalihan, Tyler Blair, Kevin Lafond, Chuck Dirkson TOP WOMEN Deanna Wall, Leslie Dyson OCTOBER 26, 2023 TEAMS K-Bar: 1 Mint: 4 Mint: 2 K-Bar: 2 TOP MEN Brad Babb, Tyler Babcock, Mike Wall, Randy Reynolds TOP WOMEN Mady Carmody - compiled by Mady Carmody...

  • Between the Stacks: 11/1/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Nov 1, 2023

    With all of the holiday activities beginning to start, we are going to begin the Holocaust Project again in January. Thursday evenings are especially booked this time of year, and everyone agreed the subject was not conducive during the joy of the season. Everyone has books to read, and this will give them a chance to catch up before the first meeting on January 25th at 6 PM. The Library will be closed on Friday, November 10th, for Veteran’s Day but open on Saturday. The Library will also be closed on November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving. W...

  • WindSync To Perform at Star Theatre November 11th

    Nov 1, 2023

    Whitehall non-profit Gold Junction Presents is excited to bring WindSync to the Star Theatre on November 11 at 7 PM. This is a free concert, though donations are appreciated. Versatile and vibrant, the musicians of WindSync "play many idioms authoritatively, elegantly, with adroit technique, and with great fun," said All About the Arts. In the span of one performance, the quintet can cover vast musical ground from revitalized standard repertoire to freshly inked works to folk and American...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 10/28/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 1, 2023

    OCTOBER 28, 1998 Improved communication between town employees and town elected officials, and a clearer delineation of duties and responsibilities were two of the suggestions for improved town council productivity discussed during a special Whitehall Town Council meeting on October 20. For the past few years, through two different town administrations, relationships and the working environment among the mayor, council, and employees had been strained, and at times close to volatile. The...

  • Cardwell School Halloween Festival

    Nov 1, 2023

    SPOOKY SPECTACULAR: The Cardwell School hosted a fun evening Monday, October 30th filled with games, costumes, and a haunted house in their upstairs classroom....

  • James Ralph Staedt, 86

    Nov 1, 2023

    James "Jim" Ralph Staedt died peacefully at St. James Hospital in Butte, Montana on October 26, 2023, at the age of 86. Jim is survived by his daughter Deborah (James) Arnot and his son James D. Staedt, his brother Ronald (Kathy) Staedt, his grandchildren Anna (Martin) Mata, Lacey (Dustin) Ostrander, Stephanie (Ryan) Kennedy, and Melissa (Tyler) Reid, his greatgrandchildren Shaedyn Mata, Brayden Ostrander, Kaia Reid, and Judah Reid, and four nephews Ron, John, Eric, and William Staedt. He is... Full story

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 11/1/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Nov 1, 2023

    What is Tele-Education? Education is more accessible than ever, thanks to the wonders of tele-education. But what exactly is tele-education, and how can it benefit those with little technological experience or knowledge? Let's embark on a journey to explore this exciting realm of learning from the comfort of your own home. Tele-education, short for "television education," is a method of learning that allows people to access educational content through various technologies like computers,...

  • MSU Extension Reminds Montanans About Medical Care Savings Accounts

    MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension|Nov 1, 2023

    Montanans can open a Medical Care Savings Account or make deposits into existing MSAs before Dec. 31 to reduce their state income taxes for 2023, according to Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist. MSA account holders may deposit up to $4,500 to use for eligible medical and long-term health care expenses. The Montana Legislature has extended the Montana Medical Care Savings Account Act into 2024. A person with taxable income over $19,800 could save approximately $304 in state income taxes by opening an MSA and depositing...

  • How Student Athletes Can Stay Safe and Avoid Injuries

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Health|Nov 1, 2023

    Student-athletes are currently in the middle of their fall seasons and will be transitioning to winter sports very soon. St. James Sports Medicine would like to remind athletes and their parents how to stay safe and avoid injuries. For many athletes stretching and hydration seem like prominent areas of focus, but nutrition and properly taking care of injuries can be major factors in performance, as well as the athletes’ overall health. “Student-athletes in high school can be dealing with fatigue and small injuries during the fall season, so the...

  • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Montana Small Businesses

    MARK W. RANDLE, Small Business Administration|Nov 1, 2023

    Small nonfarm businesses in 11 Montana counties are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, announced Director Jeffrey Lusk of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Aug. 15. Primary Montana counties: Lewis and Clark and Powell. Neighboring Montana counties: Broadwater, Cascade, Deer Lodge, Flathead, Granite, Jefferson, Meagher, Missoula and Tet...

  • Fiddlers at Mint November 5th

    Nov 1, 2023

    The Montana Old Time Fiddlers will present an Old Time Fiddle Performance at the Mint Bar in Whitehall, on Sunday, November 5, 2023 from 2 to 6 PM. The program is free and open to the public, and dancing is encouraged! Guitar, mandolin, and banjo players are welcome to participate in the jam – and anyone can just come to hear some great old-time fiddle music. The Montana Old Time Fiddlers are dedicated to preserving old-time fiddle music in Montana, providing educational and performance opportunities for all. For more info call Ron at 6...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Lemon Ginger Scones

    Nov 1, 2023

    Entertaining for the holidays frequently involves welcoming overnight guests. In these instances, having breakfast and brunch foods on hand can ensure that those spending the night will have something tasty to eat when they rise in the morning. Make-ahead foods, such as scones, can be ideal because they are delicious at room temperature, which means can accommodate guests who are early risers as well as those who prefer to sleep in. This recipe for Lemon Ginger Scones from Simply Scratch...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 10/22/2023


    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 01:05:45 911 Hang Up: Hwy 2 E 11:07:47 Medical: E Second St 11:46:42 Lost Property: Hay Canyon Rd 13:32:21 Medical: Yellowstone Trl 14:27:47 VIN Inspection: N Division St 15:49:23 Citizen Assist: Hwy 287 17:07:03 911 Misdial: W First St 17:49:34 Trespass: McKeown Ln 17:54:32 Welfare Check: Milligan Canyon Rd 19:03:28 Fire Alarm: Franich Ln MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 14:11:06 911 Hang Up: Matheny Ln 17:16:09 Traffic Stop: Hwy 69 18:30:56 Medical: Sunset Dr TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 10:17:21 Fraud: Tobacco Root Ln 10:22:45 Criminal...

  • Connecting Point: Names Have Significance

    BILL LANES|Nov 1, 2023

    For some, naming a child is a thoughtful task; for others, tradition plays a much larger role. As my wife and I were expecting the birth of our four children, we took time in the months leading up to that significant event to explore name options for each of them. We explored meanings behind names, and examples seen in the Bible and considered past family members as kind of a balanced approach. I cherish the memories of those moments, with my hand resting on the womb of their mother, filled with joy and laughter. In Zachariah’s and E...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 11/1/2023

    Nov 1, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, beware of misinformation and make an effort to form your own educated opinion. Take everything with a grain of salt and verify the facts. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 If someone is struggling right now, show some support or offer helpful words, Taurus. A small gesture can go a long way, even if you do not think it will have a major impact. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, if you are feeling out of sorts in a situation or do not know how to proceed, ask someone who has been in this situation before. It never hurts to ask for help....