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  • Tensions High Regarding Rec Complex

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 14, 2022

    Tensions were high, though everyone kept their cool at the December Town Council meeting, held Monday, December 12 at the Town Hall. Representatives of the Whitehall Saddle Club (WSC) were in the audience, waiting to comment on the Council’s determination on Resolution 2022-21, the Rec Complex bylaws. During the Rec Complex Board report, it was disclosed that Lonna Johnson, who has been with the WSC for 30+ years and on the Rec Complex Board for 20+ years, had resigned from the Rec Complex Board. Her position must now be appointed by Mayor Mary...

  • 4-Day School Week Survey Results Announced

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 14, 2022

    The hot topic of discussion at the December Whitehall School Board meeting, held Monday, December 13, was the results of the 4-day school week survey. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens presented the following information, collected from the survey, which was sent in November to all parents of students in K-12. A total of 145 survey results were collected. When the data of respondents was disaggregated by school level the following was discovered: Elementary parents: 84 respondents total with 64 (76%) in favor of the 4-day week; 20 (24%) prefer 5...

  • Jefferson County Input Needed

    KELLY SULLIVAN, Headwaters RCD|Dec 14, 2022

    Headwaters RC&D is currently working on the five-year update to the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and needs your help. The CEDS is a document that is updated every five years for the Economic Development Administration. By identifying projects in your community that need monetary support, the HEadwaters RC&D can request future funding from the EDA by showing the need through this document. A public meeting to update the CEDS document will be held Thursday, January 12 at 5 PM at the Boulder City Hall. Community leaders,...

  • 2022 Christmas Festival Scenes

    Dec 14, 2022

  • Thought Provokers: 12/14/2022

    Dec 14, 2022

    Mowing your lawn is an exclusively middle-class chore. Neither the poor nor the rich have to do it. Knowing that something is unhelpful is helpful. You can always tell by driving around who has a garage after a snowstorm. The fact that rich attractive people have insecurities and self-esteem issues is hard to imagine when you are neither rich nor attractive. Finding out a living famous person is as old as you somehow hurts more than thinking they were older than you. The first thing most people do when they set foot in a new country is pee....

  • Whitehall Happiness Corner: 12/14/2022

    Dec 14, 2022

  • Dear Editor: Equality, liberty, and justice for all?

    DON LEPINSKY|Dec 14, 2022

    Dear Editor, I recently read an article published by where Florida governor Ron DeSantis slams woke Disney. I also watched a PBS NewsHour segment where Governor DeSantis stated that Florida is where woke goes to die. So, what is woke? Woke may be defined as: “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social injustice)” (Merriam-Webster 2017). Governor DeSantis general counsel, Ryan Newsome, when asked what woke means stated in a recent trial that “It would be the belief that...

  • Dear Editor: Thank you from Bill Kenworthy

    BILL KENWORTHY|Dec 14, 2022

    Dear Editor, I wish to take a moment to thank my four doctors, Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Watson, Dr. Willoughby, and my personal doctor and great friend, Gayle Sacry. Also, Comm. Int. Health helper Holly Harper for coming to my house to take my vitals. Thank you also to the most helpful lady nurses I had day and night, one of whom I’d love to have taken home, but I wasn’t the right age. Thanks also to my wonderful friend and the families up in Sheridan and my family in Butte. When I got home from a seven-day visit at St. James, I had fewer body par...

  • Candlelight Tours Offered at L&C Caverns State Park

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks|Dec 14, 2022

    Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will again 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 prior to their tour. Tours will be offered from Dec. 16-18 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 tour being outdoors along trails that may have...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 12/

    GEORGIA|Dec 14, 2022

    Georgia, I have a question, I recently learned that a small man has been living in my attic for the past 53 weeks, unbeknownst to me and my family. He doesn’t speak any English and he acts feral. I don’t know what to get him for Christmas this year. Any suggestions? Clueless Dear Clueless, What wHaT WHAT?!?! He lived in your attic for over a year and you want to get him a Christmas present? How about charging him back rent? Well, you are much nicer than I am. Hmmm...I guess...maybe a heated blanket? With love, Georgia Georgia, I have a que...

  • Jefferson Valley Fine Arts Thanks You!

    MICHELE FRANICH, Jefferson Valley Fine Arts|Dec 14, 2022

    Many thanks are extended to the area artist community for their participation in the Christmas Festival Art Exhibit. We had amazing art, wonderful live music, provided by Rex Davis and Ed Merritt, and a very enjoyable day! Special thanks to those dedicated volunteers who always step up and make it all happen. Your commitment is so appreciated! The winning ticket for our rocking horse raffle was Janet Seabass, drawn by Ron Roginske. Merry Christmas to everyone from the Jefferson Valley Fine Art...

  • Parade of Light Winners Announced

    Dec 14, 2022

    Residential Light Winners: Jerry Ward - 1st Place Logan Trotter - 2nd Place Rich/Celeste Shepherd - 3rd Place Business Light Winners: Pulse Salon - 1st Place Settings - 2nd Place Whitehall Drug - 3rd Place Parade Entry Winners: Arctic Heat - 1st Place Business The Buckners - 1st Place Vehicle Winners may pick up their prizes at the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, Tues-Fri, 10 AM - 3 PM. The Parade of Lights is sponsored by Northwestern Energy....

  • Connecting Point: Hidden Under the Tree

    BILL LANES|Dec 14, 2022

    Our lives circle around tradition, especially this time of year. Over at least the last decade most, maybe all, adults agree tracking consumers has become excessive. It is my opinion that this creates a slippery slope where we lose value in some of our most precious Christian teachings. By no means am I being a Scrooge, we surely can celebrate different holidays, but let’s keep the true meaning in focus. As Americans most of us are accustomed to a Christmas tree, some go all natural and trek out into the woods dragging that tree through the f...

  • Richard Joe Hollamon, 80

    Dec 14, 2022

    On December 7, 2022, Richard Joe Hollamon left his beloved wife and family to be with his Lord and Savior. Richard was born on December 1st, 1942 in Drain, Oregon to Joseph and Lois (MacDonald) Hollamon. Richard was the second oldest of nine children. He attended school in Oakland, OR where he excelled in sports and academics. It was at Oakland High School where he met the love of his life, Joyce (Terry). Richard and Joyce were married on June 8th, 1963. They then headed to Toketee, Oregon where... Full story

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/10/1997

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 14, 2022

    December 10, 1997 John Jardine, 75, one of Whitehall’s most cherished and prominent residents, died in a plane crash on Sunday, December 7th, when the airplane he was in collided in mid-air with another private airplane about 10 miles north of Bozeman. Jardine, who retired from his Whitehall law practice in 1992 and moved to Red Lodge, was a virtual institution in Whitehall. Jardine was a former Town of Whitehall attorney, a state legislator from the area, and a Whitehall State Bank (now Rocky Mountain Bank) board of directors member for 37 y...

  • NFPA Urges Added Caution This Holiday Season

    LORRAINE CARLI, National Fire Protection Association|Dec 14, 2022

    Many hallmarks of the holiday season, including Christmas trees, holiday decorations, and festive meals, present potential fire hazards that contribute to an annual increase in U.S. home fires at this time of year. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Christmas Day and Christmas Eve are among the leading days of the year for home fires. “December is a leading month for home fires, in large part because many of the activities we engage in during the holiday season reflect leading causes of home fires year-round,” sai...

  • Business Bingo Winners

    Dec 14, 2022

    Congratulations to the following Business Bingo winners: Austin Senst, Mike Brush, Cliff Edsall, and Shelly Heppler. Winners may pick up their prizes at the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, Tues-Fri, 10 AM - 3 PM....

  • Between the Stacks: 12/14/2022

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 14, 2022

    The Christmas Festival was a big hit at the Library and we had almost 600 people there celebrating in a variety of ways. I want to take a second and thank the many people who made all the fun happen. First, a big thank you to Deanna Mydland from PBSKids and her helper Katey Crusch for all of the wonderful crafts and projects they provided for the children. Special thanks also to the Friends of the Library who manned the Book Sale, as well as the Winter Wear Give Away and the Cookie Reception tables. This year we were thrilled to have beautiful...

  • Pool Shark Report: Weeks of 12/1 and 12/8/2022

    Dec 14, 2022

    Week of 12-1-2022 TEAM Mint #2: 12 wins, 5 lost K Bar #1: 11 wins, 6 lost MEN 4 wins, no losses: Tyler Blair, Rick Kelley, Terry Spencer WOMEN 2 wins, 2 losses: Shawna Amidon, Mady Carmody, Leslie Dyson Week of 12-8-2022 TEAM Mint #2:15 wins, 2 lost K Bar #1: 12 wins, 5 lost Two Bit #2: 12 wins, 5 lost MEN 4 wins, no losses: Tyler Blair, Dwayne McClanahan, Ernie Smith, Chuck Dirkson WOMEN Leslie Dyson: 4 wins, 0 lost Deanna Wall: 3 wins, 1 lost Terry Chadwick: 2 wins, 2 lost...

  • Whitehall Garden Club News - December

    DORIE WESTHOVEN, Whitehall Garden Club|Dec 14, 2022

    The Whitehall Garden Club (WGC) held its last meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, December 7th. Hostesses Mary Baughn and Evelyn Edmisten treated those in attendance to a "from scratch" feast. A hot potato casserole, two varieties of homemade jam to top homemade yeast rolls (cue the music – I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam...), fruited banana bread, and my personal favorite, soft chewy molasses cookies (pretty sure I had three, but fortunately no one was counting!) A beautiful garland o...

  • Whitehall School Nurses Holiday Check-In

    KRISTA GLAUS and MARYBETH HUNTER, Whitehall School Nurses|Dec 14, 2022

    The media likes to portray the holidays as a happy time, but they are not for everyone. Check out some tips from Youth Dynamics for helping kids deal with holiday stress. Youth Dynamics is a mental health service provider around Montana. The closest locations to Whitehall are Boulder and Butte. “The holiday season is a time that, for many, is filled with fun and joy. Yet, for others, it’s a period flavored withstress and even trauma. This time of year can bring up memories of loss, create tension in homes, and present challenges as many fam...

  • Your Mortgage Minute: Tips for First-Time Buyers

    KAREN GOFF CMA, NMLS 1906348|Dec 14, 2022

    Homeownership can be an excellent financial decision for people at a variety of income levels. We all have to live somewhere. Generally speaking, you will be better off in the long run if you own that space so your housing expense can also be increasing your overall wealth position (building up the equity you have in a tangible asset). With that being said, the most important tip I can give to a first buyer, or even anyone looking to upgrade, is to create a budget. When you meet with a mortgage...

  • Trojan Wrestling Tournament a Huge Success

    STEVE SACRY, WHS Wrestling Coach|Dec 14, 2022

    With the support of many community members, Whitehall hosted 25 teams and over 300 wrestlers, including 45 girls wrestling in their own competition. After three days of wrestling, Whitehall wrestlers finished in fourth place. Others placing included Three Forks (first), North Fremont, ID (second), and Jefferson (third). Whitehall wrestled in ten duals over the three days and garnished a 7-3 record. They lost to the three teams who placed ahead of them but defeated Columbus, Fergus County, Belgrade, Conrad, East Helena, Beaverhead County, and...

  • Trojan Boys Go 1-1 Over Weekend

    TANNER NEUMANN, WHS Boys Basketball Coach|Dec 14, 2022

    The Trojans beat Shields Valley Friday, December 9th 55-42 with a great defensive effort by the entire team! Sophomores Ashton Pochelon and Joe Denny had gutsy performances to lead the team offensively. Pochelon led the team with 18 points and Denny had 10 off the bench. Senior Karsen McMillan led the team with four steals. Trojans lost to Manhattan Christian Saturday, December 10, with a final score of 60-31. Whitehall struggled on both ends of the floor against a very good team. Junior Chance...

  • Lady Trojans Defeat Shields 47-22, Lose to MC

    KELLY NIESKENS, WHS Girls Basketball Coach|Dec 14, 2022

    The girls played Shields Valley Friday and won 47-22, with nine different girls scoring for the Trojans. Senior Maxine Hoagland and Lauren Cima both had 11 a piece. On Saturday the Ladies played Manhattan Christian and lost 49-31, Junior Lindsay Briggs led the team with 11. The Lady Trojans will face some really good teams before Christmas, which will really test where the team is at. In each game, the girls are getting better at doing the small things which will help them reach their end goals....

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