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Articles from the January 25, 2023 edition


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  • Western Legacy Center Updates President and Members of Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 25, 2023

    The Western Legacy Center (WLC) is off to a strong start in 2023, having closed on the Roberts Building at the end of 2022 and now preparing for demolition and creation of the museum aspect of the building, as well as the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. The WLC hosted an update meeting on Friday, January 20th with members of the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in attendance, including world champion bareback rider Deb Greenough and pro rodeo announcer and Hall of Fame President Brent Jordan. The...

  • Sustainability Grant Deadline Approaching

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 25, 2023

    The Whitehall Sustainability Committee (WSC), with oversight from Golden Sunlight Mine, was formed in 2022 to help Golden Sunlight rank community projects in the Whitehall area by a local advisory group. The project funding cycle is once again open and accepting project proposals until February 1, 2023. In 2022 the WSC funded $135,000 worth of projects in the form of the upcoming playground on Legion Avenue and the upcoming daycare facility next to the Whitehall Schools. Think big, think about the legacy of Golden Sunlight and what they hope...

  • Author Signing Event at Western Legacy Center

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 25, 2023

    The Western Legacy Center (WLC), located at 1 Whitetail Road, Whitehall, will hold an Author Signing Night on February 11, 2023, from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Authors Henrietta Goodman, Kristine Erinn, Janet Hill, Ray Marxer, Ellie West, Elise Atchison, and Marc Beaudin will be joining the event to present their books and to sign their works. Drinks, snacks, and sweets will be served to all, as well as other surprises through the Western Legacy Center. Follow the WLC on Facebook or their website for...

  • What Happened to Last Week's Ledger?

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 25, 2023

    Did you think your paper was a bit off last week? Didn't know that page 1 is followed by 14, 13, 4, then 5? Did you get deja vu reading about the wrestling team? Well, due to a printing error last week, we all had a good laugh. What's the old saying: A man plans and God laughs. That was definitely last week. The best comment received on the paper was from Karen Ranta on Facebook: "I was happy, got 2 crosswords to do. The second one was easy, ha ha!" What did you miss? Thankfully, nothing major!...

  • Thought Provokers: 1/25/2023

    Jan 25, 2023

    Making fun of short people is the last social taboo seen as acceptable. Murder is universally despised, and yet assassins are deemed cool. The actual reason children are a boundless fountain of energy is that they don’t have to use their brains constantly as adults do. A job interview feels like a conversation between two liars, both of which knows the other is lying. It’s important to keep your most hated pair of underwear so you know exactly when to do laundry without going commando. Flesh-eating zombies are a great example of equality bec...

  • Dear Editor: Ignorance is Bliss at COS

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Jan 25, 2023

    Dear Editor, Whether you are for or against the Convention of States (COS), please take a moment to read this and consider heavily what I have to say. I was at the Helena Capital building to absorb the words of others and testify against the COS. As I listened to those in support, I could feel the strength of their belief. They talked of budget requirements, term limits, and restricting the federal government. That sounds so compelling, doesn't it? The supporters stated that those who oppose...

  • Dear Editor: Freedom to Practice Religion Starts with You

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jan 25, 2023

    Dear Editor, I am by no means a lawless person, but neither am I one of those who say "there outta be a law." In the interest of peace and positivity, I'm not going to point fingers here, or name names; in essence, no religion or person, in particular, will be called onto the carpet! It should be noted, however, that not just in this town, but around the country, if one practices any religion but the prevailing religion of any given region/area (if indeed there is one), then that person, or...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - January Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Jan 25, 2023

    JANUARY PART II As January moved toward February, politics, and science were clashing. In Boston, a woman was removed from the courtroom because the defense council said she might hypnotize the witnesses. The eminent Dr. Berman was summoned from Germany to St. Petersburg to help the Czar recover from severe vertigo. In Montana, the legislature was gearing up for a new session with Democrats in the majority, and overtures to bring members of the populist party to their side were not going well....

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/28/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Jan 25, 2023

    JANUARY 28, 1998 Whitehall school student academic test scores were higher than the Montana average and substantially higher than the national average. Test scores released from the Montana Office of Public Instruction showed Whitehall students consistently performed better than other U.S. and Montana students in reading, language arts, math, science and social studies. The test scores were mandated by the law passed by the 1997 Montana State Legislature. The law required the Office of Public Instruction to gather state-wide information on test...

  • Trojans Fall to Copperheads and Panthers Over Weekend

    Jan 25, 2023

    On Thursday, January 19 the Trojans took on the Anaconda Copperheads and, unfortunately, were defeated. The men were wiped out 71 - 40; the ladies however held strong but lost 48-42. "We were down as much as 17 in the fourth quarter and were able to fight our way back into the game. We were led by Maxine Hoagland with 14, and Hope Nieskens with 9," Coach Nieskens said. Playing against Boulder's Jefferson High on Friday, January 20 the men had a great showing, though were still defeated 58-43....

  • Grapplers Place Fifth Overall in Montana B-C Duals

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Trojan Wrestling Coach|Jan 25, 2023

    The Whitehall High School wrestling team traveled to Townsend to compete in the Montana B-C Duals over the weekend. This 16 team tournament included the top five teams in the state. Friday's competition consisted of pool play; Whitehall wrestled each of the members of their pool, beating Columbus 64-10, Eureka 36-34, and Red Lodge 48-24. Whitehall earned the top spot of their pool which placed them in the championship bracket for Saturday. The first match on Saturday was a close loss to...

  • Little Guy and Junior High Wrestling Signups January 27th

    Jan 25, 2023

    Whitehall Little Guy and Junior High wrestling signups will be held at the Whitehall High School cafeteria from 4 to 5:30 PM on Friday, January 27. Come sign up and then stay to support the Whitehall High School Trojan wrestlers for Senior Night starting at 5 PM. Registration is open to students aged five through eighth grade. The cost is $50 per wrestler and a $50 singlet deposit, which will be returned at the end of the season when the singlet is returned. For questions and more information, please come to signups or contact Duane Wock at...

  • MHSA Amends Guidelines for Co-Ops, WHS Football Now Class B West

    Jan 25, 2023

    The Montana High School Association has amended its rules for co-ops, announcing Thursday that any schools whose combined enrollment exceeds the maximum limit for a class will compete in the next class up. The decision was made at the MHSA's annual meeting on Monday, January 16 in Missoula. The amendment comes after the MHSA voted Saturday to allow the Drummond and Philipsburg football co-op to remain intact. The organization had initially opted to dissolve the highly successful co-op, but...

  • Whitehall Schools Counselors & Nurses Check-In

    KRISTA GLAUS and MARYBETH HUNTER, Whitehall School Nurses|Jan 25, 2023

    HELP GETTING ALONG: Are you struggling as a family to “get along”? Do you think you have to have it all together all the time as a parent? What are some ways that you can make sure your child is resilient as they age? Mental health conditions can begin to develop in young children. Because they’re still learning how to identify and talk about thoughts and emotions, their most obvious symptoms are behavioral. Symptoms in children may include the following: ● Changes in school performance ● Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting...

  • Between the Stacks: 1/25/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Jan 25, 2023

    Get out the baking dishes and get ready for the Great Mystery Baking Contest on Thursday, January 26th at 6 PM at the Library. Anyone can enter and make anything they want as long as it represents their favorite mystery book or mystery series. If you are a British mystery fan then you may want to try your hand at scones or tea cakes. Irish mystery fans may want to give soda bread a whirl. If Italian mysteries are your favorite, a plate of spaghetti might be a challenge. Everyone will get to try...

  • Loren Steven Willet, 66

    Jan 25, 2023

    Surrounded by his family, Loren Steven Willet passed away on January 8th, 2023, at the age of 66 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with cancer. Loren was born July 16th, 1956, to Harvey and Leona Willet. Loren grew up in Washington, but after a short stint in the Marine Corps as a young man, he moved to Montana, which he called home. Loren was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping with his long-time hunting buddy, Ren Beyer. One of Loren's favorite things to do w... Full story

  • Jefferson County Commissioner Update: Cory Kirsch

    CORY KIRSCH, Jefferson County Commissioner|Jan 25, 2023

    I wanted to take a moment to update everyone on some of what has been happening at the County lately. We are winding down the distribution of the $2.4 million we were allocated in American Rescue Plan Act money, most commonly referred to as ARPA money. We made our best effort to spread this money around the County to help folks recover from the adverse effects of the Covid pandemic. The County is working on applying for a Federal Access Grant to improve a deteriorating section of the Cataract Cr...

  • Challenge Your Happiness in 2023 - Part 3 Small Talk Has Big Benefits

    JANCEE DUNN, New York Times|Jan 25, 2023

    Often on my daily neighborhood walk, I pass a woman and her dachshund, who used to bark at me frantically. I found it irritating. One day, on a whim, I decided to go beyond our customary nods. I asked her how I could make friends with her dog. "Oh, Petey gets upset when he sees people wearing hats," the woman said. "It's just too tiring to tell everyone." Because more people wear headgear in winter, she went on, it's a hard season for Petey. That was enough to make me fall in love with that...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 1/15/2023

    Jan 25, 2023

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 05:36:02 911 Hang Up: I-90 12:16:44 Disorderly: Bowman Ln 15:43:25 Sex Offense: Hwy 55 16:26:31 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Bowman Ln 17:02:54 Stranded Motorist: I-90 MONDAY, JANUARY 16 08:11:21 911 Hang Up: Cottonwood Rd 09:09:40 Traffic Hazard: I-90 09:30:53 Custodial Interference: Hwy 55 11:00:34 Abandoned Vehicle: E Legion St 12:19:00 Criminal Mischief: Edwards Addition Rd 12:24:14 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 12:33:18 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 12:59:22 Stranded Motorist: I-90...

  • Another Winter Affair Scheduled for February 15

    Jan 25, 2023

    Mark your calendars! Reserve your tickets! Prepare for an awesome night because…. the Annual Banquet at St. Teresa of Avila is on February 15! Metals Sports Bar and Restaurant is the caterer providing mouthwatering fare with beef strip loin, mashed potatoes, rolls, salad buffet, drinks, and desserts. Another exciting “Bucket Auction” featuring beautiful/fun/interesting gift baskets, lets you buy as many tickets as you want for the chance to WIN the bucket of your choice. The Ladies Auxiliary is proud to introduce The Honorable Brian Morri...

  • Jefferson County Spelling Bee February 8th

    Jan 25, 2023

    The Jefferson County Spelling Bee for students grades 4 – 8, will be held on Wednesday, February 8th, at 6 PM at the Clancy Gym. Please enter through the gym doors. The Bee will be streamed on the Clancy Facebook page. Trophies will be awarded to First and Second Place winners and participation medals will be given to all participants. The top speller, who is also enrolled in Scripps, will be eligible to move on to the Treasure State Spelling Bee to be held Saturday, March 11, at 1 PM in Ballroom A of the Strand Union Building on the MSU c...

  • Whitehall Country Store Scholarships Available

    Jan 25, 2023

    The Whitehall Country Store Board of Directors is pleased to announce the availability of seven $3,000 scholarships to be awarded to graduating Whitehall High School seniors or homeschoolers who will be full-time students enrolled in Fall 2023 classes at an accredited college, university, or trade school. Although the focus of most scholarship programs is academic, the main criteria established by the Board of Directors is a student’s deep desire to further their academic goals beyond high school and their need for financial assistance. This sc...

  • New Tax Credits Increase Appeal of Heat Pumps for Homeowners

    Jan 25, 2023

    More and more people are turning to heat pumps to heat and cool their homes. It is estimated that 18 million American households already use them. With new energy incentives being offered, and more homeowners choosing greener technologies, that number is expected to rise dramatically. What is a heat pump? Heat pumps are powered by electricity and transfer heat using refrigerant. Heat pump technology moves heat outside your home in warmer months and is able to pull heat into your home during cooler months. Here are three reasons to consider one...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Ginger Miso Chicken Soup

    Jan 25, 2023

    Soups and stews are staples of winter. Such dishes might be hearty, but they often feature noodles, potatoes or other starches, which can be irritating for those with irritable bowel conditions or sensitivities to FODMAP ingredients. But that doesn't mean individuals with such sensitivities must avoid soup entirely. This recipe for Ginger Miso Chicken Soup from The Complete IBS Diet Plan (Rockridge Press) by Amanda Foote is filling even without the heavy carbohydrates. INGREDIENTS: Serves 4 1...

  • Creating Fiction From History: 1/25/2023

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Jan 25, 2023

    You've come a long way, Baby! At the tender age of 13, not only was Carolina Duggard the first from her family to attend an institute of higher learning, she also might have been one of the youngest female graduates of St. Paul College, a public and community college in St. Paul, Minnesota. How did this little girl, whom we last saw at the tender age of 4, end up in St. Paul, Minnesota? Well, that's rather a long story; growing up as she did in little Whitehall, Montana, in the 20s and 30s,...

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