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Articles from the November 22, 2023 edition


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  • Get Your Wreaths Ready for the 25th Annual WSC Wreath Auction

    BRIDGET MORSE, Whitehall Saddle Club|Nov 22, 2023

    Is your wreath for the 25th Annual Whitehall Saddle Club Wreath Auction ready to be auctioned? If not, get it prepared for the event on Saturday, December 9th! At a Whitehall Saddle Club (WSC) meeting in 1989, after a long year of Barrel Races, O-Mok-See's, Horse Shows, and Rodeos, a group of Whitehall Saddle Club members thought a Community Open House at the WSC Club House would be a great way to give back. As the plans progressed, they decided to pair the event with Whitehall's Christmas...

  • Liberty Place's Festival of Trees

    Nov 22, 2023

    TRUE TREE DELIGHT: Over a dozen beautifully decorated trees and accessories were auctioned off on Thursday, November 17th for Liberty Place's annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser. Here the Whitehall Girl Scouts Tree is up for bid. LEDGER PHOTOS...

  • Strategies for a Healthy Cold and Flu Season

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Nov 22, 2023

    Recently I was asked if cold weather causes “cold and flu season.” Many of us have heard that being too cold causes illness. Exposure to moderately cold temperatures does not cause respiratory illness. However, viruses do transmit illness more efficiently in drier, colder conditions because they remain airborne longer. We also tend to spend more time indoors in close contact with one another during colder months. These things create optimal conditions for disease transmission which cause spikes in illness during colder weather. The next...

  • Last Mural Update for the Year Installed at K-Bar

    JOHN KREIS, Whitehall Chamber|Nov 22, 2023

    The final two faded wood panel murals have been replaced with two vibrant, bright, beautiful new murals at the Rocky Mountain Bank and the Billsgary building (K-Bar). The murals were again beautifully created by local Whitehall artist Kit Mather. Kit committed her entire summer and portions of her fall to their completion! The murals were both put in place by Tim Geary and his crew. Tim gave his equipment and labor to ensure that the murals would be put in place securely and safely. Besides Tim,...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You Again to Ambulance Team

    LINDA JUNG|Nov 22, 2023

    Dear Editor, Thanksgiving is this Thursday already, I have been busy recuperating from an accident and an infection in my knee. In August I slipped on some water on ceramic tile. At 69 years old, it is not a good thing to do the splits, especially without warming up. I suffered a torn hamstring on my left leg and had to go by ambulance to hospital as we questioned a fractured hip. I thought I was recovering well from this spill until I ended up with a staph infection in my right knee, which had been replaced in 2020. It has been a journey. I...

  • Whitehall Ledger's Krampus Christmas Party December 6th

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 22, 2023

    As we all know, the owner of the Whitehall Ledger loves everything scary. She also loves Christmas. What a perfect time to introduce Krampus to the community! While the Christmas season is a time of festivity and joy, Krampusnacht is a darker tradition that originated in Germany as a counterpart to the feast dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of children who inspired the tradition of Santa Claus. Krampus brings "gifts" to the naughty children - and sometimes takes them with him. Join us for a holiday party of a whole other kind - lots...

  • Thought Provokers: 11/22/2023

    Nov 22, 2023

    Most animals have never burned the inside of their mouth. Your phone is the only computer you own that you’d expect to work after being dropped so many times. Your teeth are the only part of your skeleton that you can clean. One of the biggest problems with good people is they don’t understand how evil bad people can be. A lot of people think they like history but they actually like historical propaganda that confirms whatever they already believe. Farts are food ghosts. People in the past weren’t dumber, they just knew about fewer...

  • Our Town 125 and 100 Years Ago - November, Part II

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Nov 22, 2023

    125 Years Ago - November, Part II: In late 1897, the fledging State of Montana was becoming a little more civilized every day but also facing some of the same problems found in large eastern cities. The Woman Suffrage Association of Montana elected 1898 officers, with Jefferson County well represented by Mrs. Sherlock of Boulder as the vice president. A young druggist in Butte (who has recently come from New York) committed suicide by prussic acid due to unrequited love for a young woman who...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 11/18/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 22, 2023

    NOVEMBER 18, 1998 The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) was considering assessing Golden Sunlight Mine fines for four separate violations stemming from a cyanide leak reported in August. Four major road construction projects were slated for the Whitehall-Jefferson Valley area in 1999, two more were scheduled for 2000, and up to eight more projects were proposed for the next decade. Volunteer work crews from Baptist churches in Billings, Three Forks, Dillon, and Butte helped local volunteers put up the trusses and roof of the...

  • Zion Bible Study Packs Food for Thanksgiving

    MAXINE SAMUELSON|Nov 22, 2023

    The Zion Lutheran Church Bible Study group helped to fill Whitehall Food Pantry containers for the Thanksgiving distribution, which was held Wednesday, November 15th at the Pantry. This project for the Whitehall Food Pantry was awarded $250 from Thrivent Financial for doing the work. The group prepared 48 containers with non-perishables....

  • Between the Stacks: 11/22/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Nov 22, 2023

    The Library will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th for Thanksgiving. We will be open on Saturday for regular hours. We are excited to see all of the new Christmas decorations the Friends have provided this year. The Homeschool Hangout students are going to decorate the Library on November 30th so it will be already for the season. We will also be displaying our holiday books and movies so they will be easy to find for everyone. The Library has been steadily increasi...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: 7 Ways a Chamber Membership is Always Working for You

    Nov 22, 2023

    When speaking to small businesses about their local chamber, the businesses that have let their memberships lapse often make it sound like a gym membership. “I didn’t really use it.” What they’re missing when they make comments like that is the behind-the-scenes benefits of chamber membership. Just as your investment grows in a savings account in a bank, your business investment in chamber membership is growing even when you aren’t actively participating. Here’s what you’re getting that you may not even realize: Advocacy: Even if...

  • Happiness Corner: Congrats in Order

    Nov 22, 2023

    Whitehall High School alumni Dylan Smith (Class of 2021) was named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year for the University of Montana Grizzlies football team....

  • Once Again St. James Recognized for Patient Outcomes by the Chartis Center for Rural Health

    TANNER GOOCH, Intermountain Healthcare|Nov 22, 2023

    As part of the National Rural Health Day celebration, St. James Healthcare, now part of Intermountain Health, has received a 2023 Performance Leadership Award for excellence in Outcomes. This marks the second straight year St. James has earned this designation. Compiled by The Chartis Center for Rural Health, the Performance Leadership Awards honor top quartile performance (e.g., 75th percentile or above) among rural hospitals in Quality, Outcomes, and Patient Perspective. “St. James Healthcare is honored to be recognized for the excellent...

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers: 11/22/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Nov 22, 2023

    Safeguarding Your Personal Digital Information In today's digital age, safeguarding personal data has become paramount. Whether you live in the heart of bustling cities or the serene landscapes of Jefferson County, the protection of your personal information is crucial. As technology continues to evolve, it's essential for everyone, regardless of tech-savviness, to take proactive steps in securing their data. Be Mindful Online: When navigating the internet, exercise caution. Avoid clicking on...

  • Advertise in the Christmas Festival Special Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 22, 2023

    It’s crazy to think, but the Whitehall Christmas Festival is right around the corner on Saturday, December 9th. Like last year, the Whitehall Ledger would like to theme the Christmas Stroll section to look like Christmas greeting cards and postcards. Ad sizes are as follows: • Postcard (6.75” x 4”) • Greeting Card (4.5” x 6.75”) The price per ad is $85. Use this ad to entice Festival goers into your business, wish customers happy holiday wishes, and more! The Christmas Festival special section will come with the 12/6/2023 edition...

  • Ring in the Holidays with the Bozeman Symphony and Symphonic Choir

    Nov 22, 2023

    The tradition continues with the Bozeman Symphony's annual Holiday Spectacular December 15 to 17. This concert includes favorite festive classics like Sleigh Ride, the Christmas Carol Sing-Along, and more. The performance features guest vocalist Jimmie Herrod, an "America's Got Talent" finalist, and the Bozeman Symphonic Choir. Bring the whole family to this must-attend holiday concert celebrating the spirit and joy of the season. "Holiday Spectacular enters its third year of building a new tradition, and by popular demand, we have added a...

  • Holiday Open House and Tours at the Original Governor's Mansion

    EVE BYRON, Montana Historical Society|Nov 22, 2023

    The Montana Historical Society invites community members of all ages to attend a festive open house at the Original Governor's Mansion in Helena in celebration of the winter holiday season. Visitors can explore the historic house at their leisure from noon to 4 PM on Saturday, December 2, while enjoying the merry piano tunes of Frank Kuntz and admiring the holiday decorations. Families are encouraged to attend, and special activities will be available for children, with cookies and hot drinks. The Original Governor's Mansion served Montana's...

  • Live Rough and Know the Real World

    JACOB RICHARDS, Writers on the Range|Nov 22, 2023

    Guides in the outdoor industry inevitably come up with collective nicknames for customers. On horseback they’re “dudes,” on the river, they’re “mers” — short for customers — and they’re “sticks” if you’re trying to trick a trout. Sometimes the terms trend a little negative — “flatlander” comes to mind, and there’s another name I’ve come to use but need to explain it. It comes out of what I do: For the last decade, I’ve guided multi-day whitewater fly-fishing trips through western Colorado’s Gunnison Gorge...

  • Don't Miss NOODLES, Whitehall Community Theatre's Next Production

    Nov 22, 2023

    Ned is the 30-ish son of Ma and Pa Boodle whose efforts to introduce girlfriends to his family don’t turn out very well. His family is somewhat “colorful”-his mother is a June Cleaver type at her homiest; his father is pretty clueless his grandpa manages a cat (rescue) house; and his sister Lulu is a hypochondriac with an equally germ-o-phobic boyfriend, Luke. Also, there’s the ever-helpful Jack, who resides in a cardboard appliance box in the middle of the Boodle living room, and the neighbor, Mrs. Doodah-Doodah. But Ned’s latest int...

  • DPHHS Urges Providers to Monitor for Possible Cases of Lead Poisoning in Children

    JOB EBELT, Montana DPHHS|Nov 22, 2023

    Federal, state, and local officials are urging medical providers to be on the lookout for possible cases of lead poisoning in children after at least 22 toddlers in 14 states were sickened as of November 7, 2023, by lead linked to tainted pouches of cinnamon apple puree and applesauce. The following were recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) due to reports of elevated levels of lead found in certain units of the products: • WanaBana brand apple cinnamon fruit purée pouches • Schnucks brand cinnamon applesauce pouches ...

  • New Tech Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything

    STATEPOINT|Nov 22, 2023

    Most of us have at least one loved one who’s hard to shop for. Maybe it’s because they insist that they have everything they need already or perhaps they simply have discerning taste. To get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, consider these five, functional and fun gift ideas that promise to impress even the most challenging gift recipients: 1. Portable power: Whether your loved one is a world traveler, tailgater, beach bum, remote worker or hot desker, the new M150 Portable Power Station from Duracell will be a game changer. Unlocking p...

  • Let's Begin Christmas with an Advent Wreath!

    Nov 22, 2023

    Advent is nearing and what a great opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the beautiful Christmas season by creating an Advent wreath. You are invited to make an Advent Wreath and have fun with the cookie exchange at St Teresa of Avila’s Catholic church on December 3, 2023, from 2 PM to 4 PM. Meet in the hall, all supplies for the wreathes are provided and you can also bring 1-2 dozen holiday cookies to exchange for a variety of cookies for you to take home! We hope to see you on December 3, please RSVP to Kathy at (406) 404-4218 and all...

  • Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Yellowstone Park

    AMANDA EGGERT, Montana Free Press|Nov 22, 2023

    Yellowstone National Park announced this week that a mule deer buck inside the park's borders has tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The detection is a first for the park, which has previously managed to dodge the always-fatal disease despite its presence in the three states that neighbor Yellowstone. In a Tuesday press release, the park said that the Wyoming Game and Fish Department tested the carcass of a radio-collared mule deer that died in the southeastern section of the park near Yellowstone Lake. The release notes that there's...

  • Application Cycles Open for Motorized, Nonmotorized Outdoor Recreation Grants

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Nov 22, 2023

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications for more than $500,000 in recreation grants. Applications will be accepted for the Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program and the Summer Motorized Trail Pass Grant Program. Applications can be submitted through the online system at funding.mt.gov. Application deadline is Feb.1, 2024. Off-Highway Vehicle Grant Program: This is a state-funded grant program. This program provides project funding with the goal of enhancing and maintaining OHV recreational opportunities for the benefit of OHV enthu...

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