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  • Whitehall Christmas Festival This Weekend

    LORIE STEERMAN, Whitehall Chamber of Commerce|Dec 7, 2022

    Christmas Festival week is here! We have many activities happening this week, something for everyone! From December 1 through 24 we have the Elfie Selfie contest for children 0-18. Find a “Chamber” elf in a business, take your picture with Elfie, and text it to the Whitehall Chamber at 406-287-2260. On Thursday, we have the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting at 1 PM come and make your voice known! We are electing new officers for the 2023 year, there will be food and a white elephant gift exchange after the meeting. At 7 PM, Chamber board mem...

  • MSU Seeks Elementary Teachers for Six-Week Paid Summer STEM Experience

    PAUL GANNON, MSU News Service|Dec 7, 2022

    Montana State University is recruiting elementary school teachers for a summer program that offers hands-on research experiences and fresh ideas for bringing science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, into their classrooms. Teachers will also gain skills in developing curriculums that combine STEM with Montana’s Indian Education for All mandate. In the National Science Foundation-funded program, called Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering, participants work alongside MSU faculty in cutting-edge research labs, attend f...

  • Trojan Men Wrestlers Place 2nd, Women 6th, at Cascade Tourney

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Wrestling Coach|Dec 7, 2022

    After two days of competitive wrestling among 21 boy and 13 girl teams, the Whitehall boys placed second and the girls placed sixth. Whitehall entered 19 boys and two girls into the tournament, earning eleven medals. In the girl's competition, Alexas Rector earned a 2-1 record with 2 pins and a second-place medal. Cassidy Collins went 2-2 with 2 pins and placed 4th. Together they earned 38 team points and placed 6th among the girls' teams. The boy's team also wrestled well, earning 215.5 points...

  • Dear Editor: Tiring of Misleading Dribble

    JIM BUTERBAUGH|Dec 7, 2022

    Dear Editor, Well now, this is different. I know that my letters are usually long, but this is in response to the letter last week wondering whether or not big corporations were going to get any more tax breaks when the republicans take charge of the house next month. I tire of this misleading dribble. I have a suggestion and this is to everybody, do not listen to the dribble from either party. When you hear garbage about anything in politics, Google it. Quick, easy, and very informative. Corporate welfare or research and development subsidies...

  • Dear Editor: Response to Jon Goff's Article

    KELLY HENCZ|Dec 7, 2022

    Dear Editor, After reading the article by Jon Goff in a recent Ledger pursuant to our “right to vote” and his statements of “a threat to our democracy” and his use of the term “Democratic Republic,” I about lost my lunch. Yes, we all have the right to vote or not to vote. As someone who applies common sense, reason, and logic when it comes to voting, I could never condone voting for the lesser of two evils, which is what voters are constantly given. Did we not witness the 2020 election being outright stolen? If you do not believe this, then you...

  • Dear Editor: Addiction & Politics

    CHARLES HADDON SHANK|Dec 7, 2022

    Dear Editor, I broach this subject very carefully, with a bit of hesitation and more than a bit of consternation, because it is a rather touchy one! Addiction! Of late, there has been a lot of talk going around having to do with another touchy subject, Politics. This is one of the two subjects, alongside of Religion, that one should NEVER talk about in bars. Both of these subjects, by the way, are VERY closely related, but that may be a subject for another day. Addiction; it would seem almost that certain parts of society today have an addictio...

  • Dear Editor: The Terminator and the Constitution

    GERALD JOHNSON|Dec 7, 2022

    Dear Editor, The TERMINATOR - straight from the insurrectionist’s mouth: “I haven’t read the Constitution, but from what I’ve been told, most of it is a waste of paper quite frankly; the fifth amendment is the only part worth saving.” A former President of the United States and the freak has not read the Constitution. Wow. “When I left office, I took a lot of documents with me, but I had no interest in taking the Constitution. If I could have cut the 5th amendment out of the Constitution and put it in my pocket, I would have done that, but t...

  • Thought Provokers: 12/7/2022

    Dec 7, 2022

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory came out in 1971 and encouraged kids to lick walls. Lead paint was outlawed 7 years later. Walking around with your belt unbuckled feels inappropriate, but removing it completely makes it okay again. As humans get married later and have children later in life, fewer children will ever meet their grandparents. There is a word for every known object. A cup of whipped cream weighs a lot less than a cup of carrots, but you will gain more weight from eating the whipped cream. Maybe half the time people take a...

  • Holiday Open House at Sage Wellness Center

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Dec 7, 2022

    The team at Sage Wellness Center is pleased to announce that we will be opening our doors and hosting a Holiday Open House on Friday, December 16th from 4-8 p.m. at our office located at 330 Highway 2 East. The Whitehall community is invited to stop by to meet our team, tour our beautiful new facility, and discover all of the natural healthcare options we offer. Our services include a variety of modalities that address physical, mental, and emotional health for people of all ages. Light appetizers and an organic wine selection will be offered...

  • Elfie Selfie Week 1 Winner

    Dec 7, 2022

    ELFIE SELFIE WEEK ONE WINNER: Kylie Glaus looks adorable with her Chamber elf! Great job spotting it - your prize is available at the Whitehall Ledger office! Be on the lookout for more Chamber elves and check out the clues on the Chamber's Facebook page....

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago...December Part I

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 7, 2022

    In December 1896, the entire United States was in the grip of a strong winter. The Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads were struggling to keep their lines open due to heavy snowfall and a deadly rail accident occurred at the Mullen tunnel east of Missoula. William Steinway of piano manufacturing fame died of typhoid fever. Congress was making "Laws Without End" with 1456 measures on their calendar. The Treasury Department reported that the government spent more than it took in. Here...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/3/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 7, 2022

    December 3, 1997 The Golden Sunlight Mine (GSM) expansion permit environmental impact statement was under attack, and GSM intended to fight back. An attorney for the National Wildlife Federation had written a letter to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that read in part, “DEQ’s recent work in the EIS was intended solely to benefit Golden Sunlight and to shield operations at the mine from meaningful public review. As a result, the EIS is fatally flawed and should be withdrawn.” GSM manager Jerry Harrington said, “ Rather than be...

  • Connecting Point: Chartered Course

    BILL LANES|Dec 7, 2022

    Well-known poet Maya Angelou has said, “Everyone grows old but not everyone grows up.” It is one of those understated facts that on Wednesday you might find humorous and on Thursday it irks you. There are some adults that never grow out of their youthful patterns, and some even try to relive their passions vicariously through their children. Age does not guarantee maturity. I like to think that Maya Angelou would enjoy me saying that the Christian sojourn is aided by learning from the Bible. Peter, a steady disciple of Jesus, closes his letter:...

  • Beverly Smith, 94

    Dec 7, 2022

    Beverly Smith passed away peacefully on November 17, 2022, at Barrett Hospital. She was born Beverly Elaine Parks on April 16, 1928, to Eldwin and Tennie Parks in Shelley, Idaho, and lived briefly in Rigby, Idaho before the family relocated to Whitehall, Montana. There she grew up the second of five children. She drove a team of horses helping her father in the hayfield amongst other chores aside from school. During high school, she and a few friends often skipped class and took the train to... Full story

  • Julian Wilson Norville, 96

    Dec 7, 2022

    Julian was born on April 5, 1926, to Hugh Weston and Helen May Norville in Grand Rapids, North Dakota. They lived in Larimore, North Dakota and then in Lodgegrass, Montana, for a number of years before moving to Waterloo, Montana. Julian attended high school in Whitehall, Montana. After graduation, he studied mechanical engineering for two years at MSU before moving to Cardwell, Montana, in 1949, to pursue what he really wanted to do – ranching. To pay for the ranch and improvements, Julian t... Full story

  • Robert Sims, 75

    Dec 7, 2022

    Robert (Bob) Sims passed away on December 1, 2022. He is survived by Connie, his wife of 57 years, his daughter Marlene Welch, his son-in-law Cory Welch, and grandson Caleb. Bob was born July 13, 1947. His family moved to Florida in 1955, and he later attended the University of Florida, earning a Master's of Engineering in 1965. Bob worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for nearly 30 years and was involved in multiple aerospace and defense projects throughout his career. Bob was outstanding in his... Full story

  • Ann Gillis Hanson, 85

    Dec 7, 2022

    Ann Gillis Hanson, 85, of Whitehall, MT passed away on November 30, 2022. Ann was born on December 11, 1936, to Hugh "Bud" and Mary Powers Gillis in Missoula, MT. She attended the Immaculate Conception grade school and graduated from Butte High in 1954. She went on to San Jose State University and earned a degree in elementary education. Ann was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Her career in teaching elementary school in Butte spanned three decades. A lifelong Catholic, Arm was active in parish activities. She was an avid bridge player... Full story

  • Between the Stacks: 12/7/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 7, 2022

    The elves have been to the Library to decorate, and the entire place is covered with Christmas cheer! The 21st Century program finished learning about Ukrainian Spider ornaments and creating their own when they volunteered to help the staff decorate the tree, light the windows, and stash little bits of holiday traditions around the building. Thank you all for helping!! The Library is the place to be during the Christmas Festival on December 10th. We will be open from 9 AM to 4 PM with multiple...

  • Open a Medical Care Savings Account Before December 31

    MARSHA GOETTING, MSU News Service|Dec 7, 2022

    Montana State University Extension is reminding Montanans to open a Medical Care Savings Account or make deposits into their accounts before Dec. 31 to save money on Montana income taxes. An MSA is an account used to reduce the cost of saving for medical expenses and long-term health care. According to Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist, an MSA offers several benefits, including a reduction on state income taxes. For example, if a person has taxable income over $21,600, they could save approximately $304 in state income...

  • MSU Extension: Gifting a Living Legacy

    KALEENA MILLER and MARSHA GOETTING|Dec 7, 2022

    This is a series of articles focusing on estate and legacy planning. Authors are Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson County Extension Agent, kaleena.miller1@montana.edu and Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, goetting@montana.edu. Take a moment during this busy holiday season to think about estate planning from a “gifting while you are alive” perspective. Some Montanans have stated they have received the greatest satisfaction when they gift some assets before they pass on so they can watch their children and gra...

  • JeffCo Health Department Update

    PAM HANNA, JeffCo Public Health Supervisor|Dec 7, 2022

    Influenza season is here, and it is making a mark on Jefferson County residents. The past two seasons have been less vigorous related to flu activity. This year we are seeing a significant increase in cases. These cases are affecting all ages. Montana Department of Health and Human Services reports “Cases and hospitalizations (of influenza) have increased rapidly over the past few weeks, and both measures are higher than historically seen during this time of year. Weekly reported cases (last week) also exceeded the peak case count from the p...

  • 7 Reasons to Support Small Business This Holiday Season

    CHRISTINA METCALF, Small Business Supporter|Dec 7, 2022

    Small businesses add flavor to our area. There is a sense of adventure when you explore a small business. You never know what beauties you’ll uncover or what scrumptiousness awaits. Sadly, that’s also why a lot of people choose to patronize chains. With chains they know exactly what they’ll get and there’s a lot of comfort in that. But comfort does come at a price and that price could be our community. Large employers and chains are vital, but this holiday season we’re asking you to support small business to help ensure they’re around in t...

  • January 15: Deadline for Pheasant Release Applications

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Dec 7, 2022

    Applications are being accepted for the 2023 pheasant release program through Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP). Guided by statute, pen-raised birds are released in areas suitable for ring-necked pheasants with the intent to enhance wild pheasant populations. Landowners interested in releasing pen-reared pheasants have until Jan. 15 to submit an application. Projects must comprise at least 100 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of suitable habitat components – including cover and food ...

  • Court Ruling Reinstates the 2022 Wolf Hunting and Trapping Regulations

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Dec 7, 2022

    Montana’s 2022 wolf regulations passed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August will go back in effect immediately after a court ruling in a lawsuit against Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks denied the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction and lifted a temporary restraining order. The lawsuit challenges Montana’s wolf management. Two weeks ago the judge in the case issued a temporary restraining order reverting wolf regulations back to the 2020 wolf hunting and trapping season. That temporary restraining order expired Tuesd...

  • General Hunting Season in Southwest Montana Ends with Mixed Hunter Success

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Dec 7, 2022

    Hunter success continued to vary across southwest Montana during the latter half of the general deer and elk hunting season, according to data gathered by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists. The general season lasted from Oct. 22 through Nov. 27. During that time, FWP staff operated game check stations at various times and locations in southwest Montana, including stations in Alder, Cameron, Canyon Ferry, Divide, Gallatin Canyon and Gardiner. Collectively, they met with 5, 523 hunters who harvested 64 white-tailed deer, 175 mule deer...

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