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Articles from the November 29, 2023 edition


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  • Movie Night TONIGHT for WMS Winter Formal Fundraiser

    Nov 29, 2023

    The Whitehall Middle School will hold a Movie Night fundraising event TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 29th at 7 PM at the Star Theatre. The Waterboy, starring Adam Sandler, will be shown for $5 admission. Funds raised will help pay for the Whitehall Middle School Winter Formal. Donations are accepted and greatly appreciated....

  • Quick Town Council Meeting for November

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 2023

    At the November Town Council Meeting, held Monday, November 20th at the Whitehall Town Hall, the holidays were pending, NFL football was pressing, and the Town Council plowed through their agenda in less than an hour. Mayor Mary Janacaro-Hensleigh updated the Council on the Legion Avenue playground, noting that the Town is awaiting mulch before it can be opened. The Mayor also warned anyone with “nefarious” intentions of defacing the property that she has no problem closing the playground down and giving it to another town if the property...

  • It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

    Nov 29, 2023

    GETTING FESTIVE: The Ag Cats 4-H Club and the Spoons and Spurs 4-H Club helped the city employees and the Mayor decorate Legion Street Saturday morning....

  • PTSA & 21st Century Family Night Next Thursday

    Nov 29, 2023

    The Whitehall PTSA and 21st Century After-School Program are hosting a free movie night, activities, and soup and cookies at the Star Theatre on Thursday, December 7th at 5:30 PM. Facebook RSVPs are requested for this free family movie night, featuring Home Alone 2, in order to have enough soup, cookies, card-making, and ornament-decorating gear available. The festivities begin at 5:30 PM with the free movie starting at 6:15 PM. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend. Star Theatre...

  • MSU Extension Informs Montanans About Corporate Transparency Act

    MARSHA GOETTING, MSU Extension Service|Nov 29, 2023

    A new federal reporting requirement aimed at reducing corporate crime will affect some Montana farmers, ranchers, and businesses, according to Montana State University Extension. Beginning on January 1, 2024, certain corporations, limited liability companies, and other entities created or registered to do business in the U.S. will be required to report information about their beneficial owners to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, within the U.S. Treasury Department. The new reporting requirement stems from the Corporate...

  • Mark Your Calendars for NOODLES December 29 & 30

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 2023

    Whitehall Community Theatre, brought to you by Gold Junction Presents, is excited to bring its third production to the Star Theatre. NOODLES will be presented on Friday, December 29th at 7 PM, and twice on Saturday, December 30th, at 2 PM and 7 PM. Admission is $5 and donations to help fund future productions are appreciated. Ned (Jakin Cheuvront) is the 30-ish son of Ma (Sara Cheuvront) and Pa (Kerry Wafer) Boodle whose efforts to introduce girlfriends (Jeannene Armstrong, Julia McNew) to his...

  • Don't Miss the Alpaca Christmas Affair This Saturday

    Nov 29, 2023

  • Dear Editor: Town Council Meeting or NFL Night?

    MAXINE SAMUELSON|Nov 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, Was the Town Council meeting town business or NFL night? I just returned from the Whitehall Town Council meeting. The mayor was watching the Chiefs game on the TV in the council chambers – the TV that usually shows what the TSS video recorder is viewing. Not tonight – the mayor told the audience and council that she hoped the meeting would be over soon, as she wanted to watch the Chiefs game!!! Mayor, you were not elected to watch football or be otherwise distracted during monthly council meetings and Whitehall business. You...

  • Dear Editor: Pleased and a Bit Surprised

    TIMOTHY BENNETT|Nov 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, I was pleased and a bit surprised to read the opinion piece from Pam Hanna on the front page of last week's Ledger. Pleased that she focused so heavily on the natural strength of the human immune system and the various ways - clean diet, regular exercise, reducing stress, and good sleep - that we can aid, or at least stop undermining, those systems. Surprised because, at least from the top down, at the levels of national government and media, we rarely see such focus, and are instead constantly told that we suffer from a...

  • Dear Editor: The Cost of Living is Increasing

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Nov 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, The cost of living is increasing! We see this almost everywhere, but probably more noticeably as Winter threatens. I don't keep a real close eye on it myself (probably because I drive an EV), but apparently, the price of gasoline has recently fallen, so hopefully, that's a good sign! Speaking of Winter, though, many families get hit with a double whammy around this time of year; not only has the cost of living increased across the board, with its increased heating costs, but many find it difficult to work steadily during this time...

  • Dear Editor: Saying Thanks

    DEBBIE GABSE|Nov 29, 2023

    Dear Editor, The Friends of the Boulder Community Library would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated to our First Annual Fall Fest. It was such a fun and successful day! Thank you for the prizes for the children's activities and for the Auction items. There was laughter by all! The children had exceptional fun bidding on their favorite toys or candy! We truly appreciate your help, we couldn't have done it without your care and support! DEBBIE GABSE Boulder, Montana...

  • Correction to 11/22/2023 Ledger

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 2023

    The photo accompanying the Whitehall Saddle Club story last week was mistakenly identified as the top-selling wreath of 2022. The photo was actually of the top-selling wreath in 2021....

  • Thought Provokers: 11/29/2023

    Nov 29, 2023

    Given that Earth is 70% water, we are lucky it isn’t just a bunch of far-apart small islands. We may be 2-3 generations away from not having digital records of our ancestors. The fake workers for the Wendy’s commercials are paid significantly better than their real workers. We’re nice to old people who are moving slowly but only if they’re walking... not if they’re driving slowly. Technically all cars in video games are electric. Somewhere in the world, the first trillionaire is out there. The thing crime shows don’t show is the mou...

  • Op Ed: The Blame Isn't Local - It's Everywhere

    TERRI KUNZ, Jefferson County Treasurer|Nov 29, 2023

    For many reasons, I am writing this letter. It truly has been the toughest tax season in my experience as Jefferson County Treasurer. The cost of inflation on our everyday items, gas to get to work, rents and more have just continued to rise. Now so have taxes. Our assessments of our homes, homes that some of us have lived in for more than twenty years, have skyrocketed during the last reappraisal cycle. Higher assessments lead most government agencies to lower the mills so as not to collect more money than needed for their annual budgets. In...

  • Op Ed: Put Patients Ahead of Profits

    ANNIE BUKACEK, Montana Public Service Commission|Nov 29, 2023

    I run a small solo medical practice in Kalispell, Montana. Being of the old-school opinion that quality care requires quality time spent, my patients have time to share with me their many concerns. That sharing periodically includes exorbitant medical bills received from a hospital visit or outpatient specialist visit. The billing is usually the same format because these specialists almost all work for the local hospital, and many hospitals and clinics have merged into one entity that serves more or less as a monopoly. Most patients have...

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

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 2023

    NOVEMBER 25, 1998 The Placer Dome Executive Council voted on November 18 to approve the proposed Golden Sunlight Mine 1999 operating plan, a move which would keep the mine open and 208 mine workers employed. A special meeting of the Whitehall Town Council has been called for November 30 to discuss the purchase of a new town ambulance and to discuss the Montana Attorney General's opinion regarding town employees serving on town councils. The Whitehall ambulance had been disabled off and on for about two months with engine problems. The council...

  • Between the Stacks: 11/29/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Nov 29, 2023

    The Christmas Festival is around the corner and the Library will host its normal packed schedule of activities and treats. On Saturday, December 9th, the Library will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM and we will begin the day with the Friends Book Sale at 9 AM. Books will be $1 a bag for the day. Children’s crafts will be from 10 AM to 12 PM. Children of all ages may come and create their own colorful Christmas stockings and ornaments. All materials will be provided by the Library. Then at noon, the Winter Wear Giveaway will begin. Patrons may...

  • A Memorable Evening with Christopher Paolini

    CHIARA SCHOBER|Nov 29, 2023

    Whitehall sisters Lillian and Amelia Schober recently had the unique opportunity to attend a book signing and meet-and-greet event with acclaimed New York Times Best Selling author Christopher Paolini in Bozeman, Montana. The event on November 25th, hosted by Barnes and Noble, provided fans with a chance to engage with Paolini during his book tour promoting his latest work, "Murtagh." Paolini, best known for his Inheritance Cycle series, hails from Paradise Valley, just outside of Livingston,...

  • Whitehall Chamber Corner: Small Businesses: Retain Customer Loyalty This Holiday Season

    Nov 29, 2023

    Small business loyalty is on the rocks, according to a new study that finds that consumers are feeling more love for big retail brands this holiday season. The study, from cloud-based accounting platform Xero, found that while 27% of consumers feel loyal to big retail brands, only 14% feel loyal to small businesses. "For a small business owner who launched their business because of a passion, identifying ways to gain customer loyalty can be overwhelming. Fortunately, our data provides insights into tactics that small businesses can take to...

  • Karen Denise Hockenberry, 54

    Nov 29, 2023

    In loving memory of Karen Denise Hockenberry, 54, who departed this world on November 22, 2023. She was born on August 8, 1969, in Porterville, CA, to her mother, Patsy Wemesfelder, and her late father, Ronald Brents. She now rests in eternal peace, proceeded by the death of her father Ronald Brents, and her son Jacob Hockenberry. Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Patsy Wemesfelder, her sister, Sandi Brents, and her brother, Ed Brents. Karen's legacy extends to her former husband, Timothy Hockenberry, and their children: survived by... Full story

  • The Window of Opportunity is Closing

    JON STONE GOFF, High Peaks Federal Credit Union|Nov 29, 2023

    The opportunity to serve as a volunteer on the High Peaks Federal Credit Union Board of Directors is one of the most significant differentiating factors that separates credit unions from traditional banks. They set the direction of the credit union and collaborate with the CEO to manage it according to the wishes of the membership. Credit unions are owned by their members, which allows them to have a say in how their financial lives are run. Instead of serving corporate stockholders, the Board...

  • Advertise in the Christmas Festival Section

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 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 of the...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 11/15/2023

    MADELAINE CARMODY, Whitehall Pool League|Nov 29, 2023

    WEEK OF 11/15/2023 TEAM: K-Bar 1: 66 wins Mint 2: 52 wins Mint 4: 45 wins Two Bit 2: 41 wins Two Bit 1: 40 wins MEN Will Bowen: 17-3 Dwayne McClanahan: 15-5 Chuck Dirkson: 14-6 Mike Wall: 14-6 Rick Kelley: 13-7 WOMEN Deanna Wall: 12-8 Leslie Dyson: 8-12...

  • Whitehall Ledger's Krampus Christmas Party December 6th

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Nov 29, 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...

  • Brown Inducted into Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    Nov 29, 2023

    Chloe Brown, of Whitehall, Montana, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Brown was initiated at University of Montana, she is a Butte High School graduate of the Class of 2021. Brown is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent...

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