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  • All Is Calm and Bids Are High the Week Before Christmas

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 20, 2023

    While the December Whitehall Town Council meeting, held Monday, December 18th, was brief, the main item of discussion will be a recurring topic into 2024. Public Works Director Kory Klapan reported that the Town had received bids for the water treatment facility, ranging between $8.6 and $11.6 million. Hard Rock of Helena was the lowest bid. These bids come in almost 50% higher than originally expected. For context, the pre-COVID-engineered cost estimate for the water treatment building alone was $3.7 million. It now sits at $5.3 million. The...

  • WLC's A Cowboy Christmas Success

    Dec 20, 2023

    FIRST ANNUAL COWBOY CHRISTMAS: (Top) The Whitehall Community Center was aflutter with cowboy cheer for the Western Legacy Center's Cowboy Christmas event on Saturday, December 15th. LEDGER PHOTO. (Second row, from left) Montana artist Laurel Ovitt did a live painting which was then auctioned at the end of the evening. The Glaus and Roman families wore their finest cowboy attire. (Third row, from left) Kylie Hansen led line dancing after the evening dinner and live auction. WLC Manager Pamela...

  • Christmas Cantata Shines on Whitehall

    Dec 20, 2023

  • Proposed Roadway Safety Enhancements Near Bozeman

    NATALIE STOUT, Montana Department of Transportation|Dec 20, 2023

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) would like to announce and invite the public to comment on a proposal to install guardrails and signage at multiple locations near Bozeman: • Montana Highway 86 (MT 86), four miles northeast of Bozeman. • West Cameron Bridge Road, two miles southwest of Belgrade. • Churchill Road, south of Manhattan. • Montana Highway 2 (MT 2), eight miles southeast of Cardwell. • East River Road, two miles north of Pray. • Murphy Lane, one mile east of Emigrant. All project locations will be less than one mile. T...

  • OpEd: Protecting Our Nation and Honoring Those Who've Already Done So

    SENATORS Bogner Fuller Tempel and Usher|Dec 20, 2023

    For years, Montana has had one of the highest rates of military participation and veterans per capita in the nation. The 2023 Legislature took many steps to both help our men and women in uniform protect our state and country going forward, as well as recognize and honor their service. First, we passed a new law that prohibits foreign adversaries from owning critical infrastructure and agricultural land in Montana. This is crucial to national defense, making it illegal for hostile competitors like China to buy land near our nuclear missiles at...

  • Dear Editor: An Update from Commissioner Hagerty

    DAN HAGERTY, Jefferson County Commissioner|Dec 20, 2023

    Dear Editor, A quick update from the Jefferson County Commissioner’s latest meetings. On November 21st the County Commissioners met with the High Plains Architects group via Zoom to discuss the feasibility study on Cottage 5 in Boulder. They showed the projected drawing on the screen and discussed the concept design of the entrance, first floor, and second floor of the building. At the time, High Plains Architects couldn’t provide a solid figure money amount of what the project would cost due to some other factors being taken into con...

  • Thought Provokers: 12/20/2023

    Dec 20, 2023

    Gucci’s target audience is the person who can’t afford Gucci. The worse inflation gets, the more we sound like our grandparents. In certain solar systems, you might never live to be a year old. One day, we’ll all buy a food item with a longer expiration date than us. Almost everyone has never killed anyone. Some humans have never experienced the concept of a cold beverage on a hot summer day. When space travel becomes commonplace we’re going to see some of the flat earthers best work to explain it all. People with food allergies must be annoyed...

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

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 20, 2023

    8 YEARS AGO - December, Part II: Another year is closing and a new century is only a couple of years away. 1897 was, for many, thankfully coming to an end. In Seattle, 2.74 inches of rain in twelve hours left rivers swollen. In the Yukon, men have been leaving in droves due to a lack of food and impending winter weather. At Mammoth up the South Boulder, Ed Kennedy, a crippled man, had enough of William Barclay’s abuse and threw a pick at Barclay, striking him in the head. Mr. Barclay would s...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 12/16/1998

    RITA BROWN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 20, 2023

    DECEMBER 16, 1998 A Monday, December 14 revote by the Whitehall Town Council on the decision to challenge a Montana Attorney General opinion produced the same results but cleared up any legal uncertainty about the matter. Five members of the council - council member Ron Robertson abstained - voted to again direct Whitehall Town Attorney Jack Morris to petition the Montana Supreme Court to review an attorney general opinion that essentially held that it was "incompatible" for municipal employees...

  • Blessed: Home For Christmas

    JUDY CHADWICK, Whitehall Whimsical Wonders|Dec 20, 2023

    The Whimsical Wonders (WWs) were very fortunate to have the gnomes from Random Acts of Silliness (RAS) join us for the first annual Enchanted Forest Faire (EFF) in June of 2023. Before the EFF, the gnomes stayed for a few days at various businesses and also the Meadowlark Manor, the Library, and the Post Office. On the Friday before the EFF, the gnomes were picked up from all the places they had been visiting and became part of the EFF. The gnomes played a big part in the success of the EFF....

  • Tech Questions? Get the Answers 12/20/2023

    TIM SCHOBER, White Hat Tech Solutions|Dec 20, 2023

    The Quest for Trackable Convenience In the realm of tracking devices designed to rescue us from the perpetual panic about losing our belongings, Apple's AirTag has been making waves. Yet, in this tech-savvy era, it's not alone in the race to offer us peace of mind. Let's explore how it stacks up against its competitors. Apple AirTag: The AirTag, a beacon of Apple's innovation, boasts seamless integration with the Find My app, offering precise location tracking through a combination of Bluetooth...

  • AgWest Assists with Whitehall Angel Tree

    SCOTT POGH, AgWest Farm Credit|Dec 20, 2023

    As part of the Angel Giving Tree, AgWest Farm Credit staff in Bozeman wrapped and provided gifts for families in Whitehall. AgWest Farm Credit is an agricultural lending cooperative with more than a century of experience serving farmers, ranchers, timber harvesters, and aquatic producers throughout the West. Giving back to the people and organizations that help our communities thrive is at the core of our business. Per Scott Pogh, "Just as the farmers and ranchers have been entrusted as...

  • Mark Your Calendars for NOODLES December 29 & 30

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 20, 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 Boo (Sara Cheuvront) and Stu (Kerry Wafer) Boodle whose efforts to introduce girlfriends (Jeannene Armstrong, then Julia McNew) to his family don’t turn out very well. His f...

  • Eugene (Gene) Harold Crain, 84

    Dec 20, 2023

    On December 8, 2023, Gene left his family to join his mother, father, and brother in Heaven. He was born to Harold and Lillian (Norbeck) Crain in Butte, Montana on May 12, 1939, joining his brother Donald. He attended school in Butte graduating from Butte High School in 1957. After a short term at Montana School of Mines, he left the family business to work at various companies doing welding and mechanic work. He was a master mechanic and journeyman welder. He later began his own business (EH... Full story

  • 5 Tips for Getting Kids Involved in Holiday Traditions

    STATEPOINT|Dec 20, 2023

    The holiday season is a magical time of year filled with cherished traditions that bring families together. And while gift-giving is one of the most beloved customs (especially for children), it can sometimes overshadow the true spirit of the season. Here are a few festive winter activities that focus on quality time together and spreading joy. 1. Spread Joy with Kid-Created Cards. According to a recent survey from, nearly 90% of Americans say that season’s greetings bring them joy; and 92% say they specifically enjoy k...

  • My Perfect Christmas - a Holiday Poem

    MOLLY CAREY, Jefferson County Health Department|Dec 20, 2023

    My Perfect Christmas - a Holiday Poem My home will be perfect, and food will be grand, This year’s plans for Christmas are the best in the land. My tree will be pretty, the decorations all even, The day will be “A-1” you’d best be believing. The week before Christmas I looked at my lists, Turned my eyes up to Heaven and shook both my fists. My cards are not mailed, they’re not even stamped, My tree is now crooked, it’ll soon need revamped. My house is not clean, and the gifts are not wrapped, My patience and energy levels are zapped. “To...

  • White House Awards $500k to Southern Montana Amtrak Route

    TOM LUTEY, Billings Gazette|Dec 20, 2023

    Revival of a southern Amtrak route across Montana gets a boost this week when the Biden administration awards $500,000 to the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority. The funding keeps the planning alive for an alternate Chicago-to-Seattle Amtrak route connecting communities like Fargo, Bismarck, Billings, Bozeman and Missoula. Known as the North Coast Hiawatha, the route existed through the late 1970s when cuts to Amtrak ended the service. Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority Chairman David Strohmaier...

  • Trojan Ballers Clean Up Before Christmas

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 20, 2023

    Just before Christmas break, the Trojan Boys and Girls basketball teams took on Townsend and Ennis. On Friday, December 15th the Trojans boys brought home a win against the Ennis Mustangs, winning handily 55-48. The girls team suffered a loss 21-59. On Saturday, December 16th the Trojans took on the Townsend Bulldogs. The boys won 56-53, while the girls unfortunately lost 35-57....

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 12/14/2023

    MADELAINE CARMODY, Whitehall Pool League|Dec 20, 2023

    TEAM: K-Bar 1: 104 wins Mint 2: 89 wins Mint 4: 83 wins Two Bit 2: 64 wins Two Bit 1: 64 wins MEN Fred LeProwse, Mike Clark, Brad Babb, Dwayne McClanahan, Rick Kelley WOMEN Leslie Dyson...

  • What Did Westerners Care About in 2023?

    BETSY MARSTON, Writers on the Range|Dec 20, 2023

    This past year, Writers on the Range, an independent opinion service based in western Colorado, sent out 52 weekly opinion columns. They were provided free of charge to more than 200 subscribing editors of publications large and small, each of whom republished dozens of the columns. Writers on the Range has a simple two-part mission. One of its aims is to engage Westerners in thinking and talking to each other about issues important to the region. The other aim is to entice readers to look forward to these fact-based opinions, with the hope...

  • Vote For Photo of the Year!

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 20, 2023

    Each week the Whitehall Ledger spotlights a photograph taken by a local resident of the beauty that surrounds our hometown. These photos are placed on the Ledger's Facebook page and, at the end of each year, voted on with "likes" to crown the winner of PHOTO OF THE YEAR. In 2022 this honor went to Sarah Smart, and in 2021 to William Ulrichny. It's time to start voting! Visit the Ledger's Facebook photo album entitled 2023 Photos of the Week ( and start voting! Likes will...

  • Godbolt Retires From Jefferson Valley Search & Rescue

    Dec 20, 2023

    On Friday, December 15th, the Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue held its annual Christmas party. This year the party doubled as a retirement party for one JVSAR member, Grant Godbolt. Godbolt has volunteered for years with JVSAR - his expertise and personality will be sorely missed. Congratulations Grant Godbolt and best of luck from your family at JVSAR....

  • FWP Announces January 15 is Deadline for Pheasant Release Applications

    MORGAN E. JACOBSEN, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks|Dec 20, 2023

    Applications are being accepted for the 2024 pheasant release program through the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program (UGBEP). As part of the program, 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 January 15 to apply. Projects must comprise at least 100 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of suitable habitat components, including cover and food, that...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Tasty Tidbits About Eggnog

    Dec 20, 2023

    Eggnog is a rich and delicious beverage that has become synonymous with the most festive time of year. This milk and egg-based concoction is tasty on its own, or it can be dressed up with other flavors and spiked with a favorite spirit when celebrating the holiday season with other adult partygoers. December is National Eggnog Month, and December 24 is National Eggnog Day. There is no more perfect time of year to learn everything you can about eggnog, all the while sipping a cup of this creamy c...

  • Just Ask Georgia: 12/20/2023

    GEORGIA|Dec 20, 2023

    Georgia, I have a question, I am an average-attractive single woman who just moved here. I am frequently approached by men of other races when I’m out and about in Bozeman and Butte, who flirt with me and try to get my phone number. How do I tell them I am not interested without offending them? I stick to my own kind. Sincerely, No Thanks No Thanks, It is fairly easy to say, “No, thank you.” But if you truly want to repel these interested men, you could tell them the truth: “No offense, but I’m a racist.” They should leave you alone after...

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