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Articles from the December 13, 2023 edition

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  • Whitehall Christmas Festival Brings Holiday Cheer to Every Corner of Whitehall!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 13, 2023


  • School Board Meeting Quick and to the Point, Top Five Portrait of Graduate Traits Detailed

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 13, 2023

    The December meeting of the Whitehall School Board, held Tuesday, December 5th in the Whitehall Elementary Library, was short, sweet, and straight to the point, wrapping up in less than 45 minutes. The biggest article of news came from Whitehall Schools Superintendent Hannah Nieskens regarding the state-required project entitled A Portrait of a Graduate. Also known as a Graduate Profile, Portrait of a Learner, Habits of Success, Lifelong Learning Standards, and other expressions, this vision describes the skills and competencies that a communit...

  • Don't Miss the Whitehall Christmas Cantata This Sunday

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 13, 2023

    This weekend residents are invited to attend the annual Whitehall Community Christmas Cantata, held at the First Christian Church on Sunday, December 17th at 7 PM. The 2023 Cantata is "Shine On Us" and features the voices of your friends, family, and neighbors. As is tradition, the Cantata is under the direction of Janet Heilig and Norm Tebay. ! Everyone who loves music, singing, the holidays, and the joy of fellowship is invited to attend free of charge. Refreshments will be served following...

  • Candlelight Tours Offered at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

    Dec 13, 2023

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will soon host holiday candlelight tours of the entire developed cave route. This special event allows visitors to see and enjoy the caverns by the warm, festive glow of candle lanterns. Participants must make a reservation before their tour. Tours will be offered from Dec. 15-17 and Dec. 21-23. The starting times of these tours will vary, depending on park staffing for the day. However, all tours will be during the day, with a portion of the two-hour walking...

  • Say Goodbye to the Old, While Ringing in the New

    COLTON ANDERSON, Star Theatre|Dec 13, 2023

    Hello, everyone. I’m happy to share the news that as of January 1st, 2024, Gold Junction Presents will become the new proprietors of the Star Theatre. Over the past eight years, I’ve dedicated myself to elevating and developing the Star Theatre, guided by two core principles: maintaining affordability and contributing to the community. I firmly believe that the theatre is the heartbeat of Whitehall, a role it has played for over a century. It’s been a central gathering spot since its earli...

  • Dear Editor: What's Lurking Down There?


    Dear Editor, You all know the maze where the mouse is sitting on top of the maze and the cheese is at the bottom. I think that is what the sewer system looks like in the city of Whitehall. A few months ago my sewer was very plugged up. The plumber thought they might have to call the city and begin to dig. But thank God they got it unplugged. Then it plugged up again while I was in the hospital. I just told them to go in the back door and do whatever they had to do. When I got home the plumber's...

  • Dear Editor: Thanks for the Local News

    KATIE SMITH|Dec 13, 2023

    Dear Editor, Just want to let you know how much I enjoy your paper. You and your staff put in a lot of hard work, which I'm sure you all sincerely enjoy. I much appreciate that you give us some news from both in the community and outside our area. Newspapers are becoming few and nearly extinct! I and many others like our cup of coffee or tea and actually read the paper! I had a good laugh at the Christmas Interview with Kindergarten children. Thank you - hope you keep up the great work!...

  • Thought Provokers: 12/13/2023

    Dec 13, 2023

    People find it weird pagers and fax machines are still being used, but not that radios are popular. There is no human-threatening sky predator like there is on land and water. In science fiction, robots are usually depicted as immortal; in reality, we rarely see any piece of electronics still being used after 20 years. It’s a blessing that we only start forming memories at around three years old. Cheeseballs don’t taste like cheese. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, yet you really don’t hear that much about it. You loo...

  • Parade of Light Winners Announced

    Dec 13, 2023

    It was an absolutely beautiful evening for a ride around Whitehall, complete with over 30 decorated vehicles! Thank you to all who participated and helped spread the true spirit of Christmas this year! Start planning your decorating now for next year's parade! Also, don't forget to nominate your neighbors and local businesses for the BEST DECORATED CONTEST - judging is December 22nd! MOST CHRISTMAS SPIRIT: Harlow's Bus with their Polar Express BEST COSTUME: Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department's...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/2/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 13, 2023

    DECEMBER 2, 1998 The Whitehall Town Council vote on November 30 to direct the town attorney to challenge a Montana Attorney General opinion was apparently illegally conducted because the council failed to obtain a majority vote to approve the motion. The dilemma was this: the vote itself was on a matter dealing with conflict of interest, and three members of the council abstained from voting because they could have had a conflict of interest on the issue voted upon. Montana state law requires a...

  • Between the Stacks: 12/13/2023

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 13, 2023

    We want to extend a BIG thank you to our Friends and volunteers who helped out in the Library during the Christmas Fest. Patrons selected over 200 coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks from the Winter Wear Giveaway. It was so much fun to see all the children showing us their new hats and winter clothing. Thank you to everyone who donated new items for this most important program. Wednesday, December 13th, the Library will be hosting an adult Christmas Crafts gathering at 2:30 PM. Crafters...

  • Tis the Season! Whitehall Garden Club December News

    JAYNE DEAN, Whitehall Garden Club|Dec 13, 2023

    The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) met Wednesday, December 6th at hostess Glenna Waltee's festive home, the event starting with delicious treats and lots of visiting. The first action of the day was the official installation of officers, which culminated in Kathy Ross as president; Jayne Dean as vice President, and Laura Horn as secretary/treasurer. The newly formed committees will meet in January to discuss their plans for the 2024 year, therefore there is no formal WGC meeting in January. Next...

  • Elfie Selfie Week One: MARLEE LEARN

    Dec 13, 2023

    ELFIE SELFIE WEEK ONE WINNER: Marlee Learn, 6, found the infamous elfie on the shelfie and took a selfie! Great job spotting it - your prize is available at the Whitehall Chamber office! Be on the lookout for more Chamber elves and check out the clues on the Chamber's Facebook page....

  • Dr. Rodney A. James, 81

    Dec 13, 2023

    Dr. Rodney A. James (Rod) passed away on December 2, 2023, at home. He was born August 3, 1942, in Phoenix AZ, the son of Robert James and Stella Toeckes. Rod graduated from Helena High School, in the Class of 1961. Following graduation, he attended Montana State University where he earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering. Rod married his wife Mary Lee in June of 1965. They celebrated 58 happy years in June. After Rod completed his PhD, he and Mary Lee moved to Whitehall where they have spent... Full story

  • Dave Wassam, 86

    Dec 13, 2023

    Dave Wassam, 86, of Whitehall, Montana, passed away on December 3, 2023. Dave was born on June 1, 1937, in Toledo, Ohio, to Homer and Doris Wassam. He lived in Michigan, California, and Washington before moving to his beloved Montana in 1983. Dave was a jack of all trades and did his best at everything he tried. He drove a cement mixer, was a long-haul trucker, and finally, a plumber who owned and operated Dave's Plumbing for decades. Dave was, at heart, a true cowboy, an avid hunter, and loved... Full story

  • Brett William Ellison, 46

    Dec 13, 2023

    Brett William Ellison passed away at 46 years old, on December 4th, 2023. Brett was born on September 20, 1977, and grew up in Gallatin Gateway, where as a boy he loved exploring the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and playing sports. It was hard to pull him away from a fishing stream. He was a true Montana boy his whole life. When he was a sophomore in high school, he got his first taste of ranch life working on his aunt and uncle's ranch in White Sulphur Springs. He graduated from Bozeman High... Full story

  • Trojans Place in Top Five for Home Duels

    CHRIS ROSA, Trojan Wrestling Coach|Dec 13, 2023

    It was another impressive performance by the Whitehall Trojans this weekend at the Whitehall Duels. The Trojan team took fourth place out of 21 schools, with Billings West taking first place. Standout performances include 8th graders Trevin Stratton and Cale Hoover, freshman grader Gunner South, sophomore grader Braxton Walker wrestling two weight classes up at 182 pounds, and juniors Cassidy Collins, Ethan Wock, and Cody Fuller, and impressive performances by senior captains Ivar Radcliffe,...

  • Trojans: No Trouble Against Choteau & Park City

    Dec 13, 2023

    While the Whitehall Trojan wrestlers were hosting 21 teams at home, the Whitehall Trojan basketball teams hit the road over the weekend, playing Park City on Friday, December 8th, and Choteau on Saturday, December 9th. Being on the road, the teams showed no ill effects, displaying that the men's and women's teams can play anywhere. GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Whitehall Trojan Ladies brought wins in over Park City on Friday, 49-30, as well as Choteau on Saturday, 42-22. BOYS BASKETBALL: The Trojan men...

  • Holiday Open House & Mocktail Party at Sage Wellness Center

    BETHEL WAGNER, Sage Wellness Center|Dec 13, 2023

    The team at Sage Wellness Center is hosting a Holiday Open House & Mocktail Party on Friday, December 15th from 4-7 p.m. Fire cider, hot tea, and mocktails will be available for your enjoyment. We will have a selection of great gifts available at 20% off, including winter herbal products from Earth Heart Herbal, natural beauty and self-care items, and gift certificates. $20 from all service packages purchased will be donated to Impact Montana to support their work with veterans and members of...

  • CONNECTING POINT: The Gift You've Always Wanted

    BILL LANES|Dec 13, 2023

    Think of a time in life when you wanted a certain gift. Maybe you expected something specific in return or had to wait for a long period of time? What about a time when you never received what you wanted? Many of us have had these experiences. It’s my viewpoint that all the marketing of Christmas in our society has shaped an unbalanced mindset, targeting the constant need for self-gratification. Could we be a bit too self-centered today? Possibly. Now, I’m not a Scrooge and believe that gift-giving has its place, being generous is at the hea...

  • Horoscopes: Week of 12/13/2023

    Dec 13, 2023

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Take it easy this week, Aries. You may need to coast for a little bit rather than racing that car around every turn. Enjoy all the simple things you can do and cherish the memories. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, if you cannot be yourself with your friends, then with whom? Let down your defenses and do what you want this week, especially if you are celebrating at a social event. No one will be judging. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, devote some time to planning your vision of the future, rather than just focusing on the work in...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 12/3/2023


    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3 10:57:15 Domestic (Non-Violent): Kountz Rd 11:17:41 Animal: I-90 14:53:43 Medical: Royal Elk Rd 17:47:10 Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): Hwy 69 18:37:28 Medical: Mormon Ln MONDAY, DECEMBER 4 09:28:31 Medical: Yellowstone Trl 12:29:44 Drugs: Yellowstone Trl 12:43:49 Fire/Smoke Report: N Division St 14:33:27 Parking: E Legion St 15:04:16 Animal: I-90 15:59:24 Animal: Hwy 287 18:11:30 Vehicle Accident (Non-Injury): I-90 20:04:14 Civil: S Division St TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 07:34:28 Agency Assist: Hwy 69 11:24:35 Tow: E Legion St...

  • Escaping the Black Hole of Worry

    BRYAN GOLDEN, Dare to Live Without Limits|Dec 13, 2023

    Worry is an all-consuming black hole that drains your time, emotions, and physical well-being. Worry is insidious because you are so used to it that you aren’t aware of how often, or how readily, you worry. For some people, worry is a way of life. We grow up being taught, by example, to make worry a regular activity. We worry about what happened. We worry about what is happening now. We worry about what might happen. We worry about what others will do. We worry about what other people won’t do. We worry about just about everything. Worry bec...


    COUSIN CLEAVON|Dec 13, 2023

    I bet you are scratching your head thinking, where do I find a monkey in Montana? Well...about 15 years ago, I went to a pet store in a larger city up north, and there, in the back, they had monkeys for sale. I never even knew that monkeys could live in this kind of climate, with how cold it is, but there they were. For $300. I took a monkey home, thinking how much fun it was going to be. Sadly, it was January and the poor thing froze to death when my pick-up broke down and I had to walk five mi...

  • Montana Supreme Court Order on 95 Mills Protects Taxpayers and Students Equally, Allows the 95 School Equalization Mills to Work as Intended

    DR. DOUGLAS REISIG, Montana Quality Education Coalition|Dec 13, 2023

    The Montana Supreme Court’s recent order upholding the Montana Department of Revenue’s calculation of the 95 school equalization mills provided a protective shield for residential property taxpayers and students educated in Montana’s public schools. The Court’s decision respected and preserved bipartisan decisions made by the 2023 Legislature estimating revenues and appropriating funds to fund Montana’s public schools. Some county officials erroneously asserted that levying 77.89 instead of 95 school equalization mills would have saved the...

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