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Articles from the December 22, 2021 edition

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  • Proposed Hunting Regulation Changes Meeting at Whitehall Community Center

    Dec 22, 2021

    The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the 2022/2023 hunting regulations proposals for public comment on Tuesday, December 14. All proposals are now open for public comment, and your input is critical. On Wednesday, December 22 at 6 PM, public comment will be taken at the Whitehall Community Center at 11 North Division Street. Please take the time to review the proposals and leave a comment. Season Setting Meetings: During December and early January, FWP will hold season-setting meetings around the state to discuss the draft hunting...


    Dec 22, 2021

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  • Elfie Selfie Week 4 Winner

    Dec 22, 2021

  • Cardwell School Christmas Program

    Dec 22, 2021

    Cardwell School students put on a festive Christmas program last Wednesday....

  • Thought Provokers: 12/22/2021

    Dec 22, 2021

    The Grinch changed as soon as he stopped listening to the Narrator tell him what a horrible person he was. The fact that Oreos are vegan is proof that a Vegan diet is not necessarily a healthy diet. If you listen to the Grinch song, you realize it’s just a huge diss track on the Grinch. And the Who’s get real creative with the insults; no wonder the Grinch hates Christmas. Being born increases your chance of death by one hundred percent. Banjos are guitars with southern accents. Both main characters of Veggie Tales aren’t even veget...

  • Dear Editor: Not Happy with Jefferson County Sheriff

    Kurt Ryerson|Dec 22, 2021

    Dear Editor, South Jefferson County is truly a great place to raise your kids...if you have money. All you need to do is buy your local officer or give him hunting rights. I call this Officer Pick and Choose. A local officer was given a complaint and a string of text messages between a man over forty years of age attempting to buy the panties from a fourteen-year-old girl, among other inappropriate things. The man was never charged with any offense. My question: who dropped that ball? I love and served this country. But when you call Jefferson...

  • Dear Editor: Freedom


    Dear Editor, I’m not what most people would call a patriot. Don’t get me wrong, I love where I live, but I’m not willing to die for the American Way. I certainly don’t view this country as my Fatherland or Motherland, for that matter. However, I DO appreciate the relative freedom we still enjoy in this nation compared to other countries. It would seem that we still enjoy more personal freedom than other areas of the so-called Third World. Even what personal freedoms we have seem to be fading fast, but we can still freely exercise them, to what...

  • Dear Editor: Thank You Everyone

    STEVE WAGNER|Dec 22, 2021

    Dear Editor, A Big THANK YOU to everyone who made our second Covenant Community Christmas Celebration a success. Thanks to each of our special friends and neighbors that made up our planning committee, singers, and decoration crew. They include Maxine Samuelson, Ron & Linda Jung, Jim Stearns, Ellen Wagner, Maggie Stuart, Samuel Wagner, and Steve Wallace. Bethel and Ruth Wagner’s talent on piano and violin is always superb; thank you, ladies! Our friend from Page Arizona, Ward Fenley brings not only music wherever he goes but laughter and a h...

  • Rotary Spreads Holiday Cheer to Food Pantry

    ARLENE WEBER, Whitehall Rotary Club|Dec 22, 2021

    The Whitehall Food Pantry received two checks on December 14th to help support its efforts to feed local people in need. The Whitehall Rotary Club has been a long-time supporter of the Food Pantry, and the amount donated by the club was matched by Mountain View Real Estate owner and Rotarian Karen Burtch. The Rotary Club currently raises money for community projects through aluminum can recycling and a donation jar at the KFC/A&W. Projects include sending up to two high school students to the...

  • Town Looking Into Unused Park Land for Housing

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 22, 2021

    During the December monthly meeting of the Whitehall Town Council, held Monday, December 13, Town Treasurer and Clerk of Court Alissa Christensen presented a proposal for parkland transition. The land is currently owned by the Town of Whitehall and is located behind Valley View Drive, east of Corbett Loop. The property is .258 acres, is categorized as residential property, and was originally designated as parkland because of the subdivision development regulations. Christensen said the request...

  • Christmas Eve Services at Jefferson Bible Church

    Dec 22, 2021

    Jefferson Valley Bible Church would like to invite everyone to Christmas Eve service at the church at 7pm. There will be Christmas carols, a short Christmas play by the kids, a special message, and cookies and cider afterwards. Join us and enjoy warm fellowship to usher in Christmas....

  • Go Ask Jo: 12/22/2021

    Jo|Dec 22, 2021

    Dear Jo, I was in a relationship for five months; we broke up in September. Recently he came over with a box of gifts for my birthday and Christmas. I really appreciate the gesture, but it also makes me a little uncomfortable. I feel like I should buy him a gift, but I don’t want to encourage something I cannot reciprocate. What do you think I should do? Signed, Grateful, But Unsure Ex Dear Unsure Ex, I am assuming you are both adults. That being the case, he decided to purchase gifts. It is not your responsibility to “make things equal” or tr...

  • Our Town 100 Years Ago: December 1921 Part 2

    ARLENE WEBER, Jefferson Valley Museum|Dec 22, 2021

    December 1921 Part 2 The years 1895 and 1921 are about over. In 1895, our town was still pushing past its infant stage of development. In 1921, we were feeling the growing pains of expansion and modernization. The accompanying photo from an 1895 ad for a local business has prices that sure would be nice to see today, provided these are the items on your Christmas shopping list. Late December 1895: ZEPHYRETTES. Harry Miller says that indisposition sits no longer on his frame; that it threw him,...

  • Connecting Point: Eye of the Storm

    BILL LANES|Dec 22, 2021

    Although times seem troubling, we can have a full assurance that peace is possible through Jesus Christ. Some believe the “world” to be on fire, everything from politics, economics, health issues, and a litany of other flashpoints. The mere mention of these items causes some people to feel their temperature rising. Christ’s peace is essential in such times. The truth is turmoil has always been present in human history. We or our parents and grandparents have faced the 2008 housing market crash, 9/11, WWII, and the Great Depression in moder...

  • Joshua Fredrick "Ruck" Ruckdaschel, 39

    Dec 22, 2021

    A funeral service for Joshua Fredrick Ruckdaschel will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 23, 2021, at the Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming, with Pastor Bill Williamson of the First Baptist Church officiating. A public visitation will be held before the service from 10 to 11 AM. Immediately following the service, a Celebration of Life reception in Joshua's honor will be held at Cooper's Arena in Douglas. Joshua Fredrick Ruckdaschel was born Thursday, September 30,...

  • Sara Preece, 74

    Dec 22, 2021

    On Monday, December 20, 2021, Sara Preece was reunited with Rickey and Curtis. Sara Preece was born in Dillon, Montana to Kalman and Geraldine Chambers. She grew up in the Whitehall area, attending Cardwell school and then graduating from Whitehall. On July 5, 1969, she married Rickey Preece. They had two sons, Todd and Curtis, whom they raised in Whitehall as well. Her life with Rickey was quite an adventure, to say the least. They enjoyed camping and gatherings with family and friends. Sara's...

  • Christmas Time

    DARLA HILL|Dec 22, 2021

    Christmas time, with all the chimes, How beautiful the sound: God bless you! God bless you too! Can be heard the world round. So many places, with heartfelt faces, Children filled with glee! Carols sung with many a tongue, as lights twinkle on the tree. Cookie baking, candy making, aromas fill the air. Card exchanging, flower arranging, with expertise and care. Old friends meeting, strangers greeting each other as they pass by: Memories reliven, old hurts forgiven, as Christmas day draws nigh. The hungry fed, the homeless bed, as we strive for...

  • Between the Stacks: 12/22/2021

    JEANNIE FERRISS, Whitehall Community Library|Dec 22, 2021

    What a great day to wake up to a winter wonderland! I usually write my column on Mondays, in case any of our programming changes, so imagine my surprise at seeing actual snow on the ground! It reminded me that the library will be closed this Friday and Saturday for Christmas and next Friday and Saturday for the New Year holiday. We will be emptying the book drop during the weekend, so feel free to return materials. We still have a few coats and socks left from the Winter Wear Giveaway. If you or someone else in your family needs winter wear, st...

  • Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: December 26, 1999

    CATHERINE ELLERTON, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 22, 2021

    DECEMBER 26, 1996 More than two dozen Whitehall area residents joined their voices in song December 15 at the community Christmas Cantata, “Christmas is Love.” Under the direction of Norm Tebay and accompanied by Mary Brazill, the cantata benefitted the Whitehall library. Soloists were Judy Cox, Cori Choquette, Michelle Tebay, Amy Weldon and Nichole Howard. For most people, the holidays are a special time to give, but for many the giving ends with the ringing in of the new year. One group of Whitehall residents, though, extend their giving yea...

  • Trojan Wrestlers Travel To CMR Holiday Classic

    STEVE SACRY, Trojan Wrestling Coach|Dec 22, 2021

    Whitehall Wrestling traveled to Great Falls to take part in the CMR Holiday Classic. This was the premier tournament in the state over the weekend with 61 teams attending, including most of the class AA, A and many of the B/C schools. Whitehall placed 20th out of this field. Friday consisted of a lot of wrestling, working through the double elimination tournament; making it into the second day is a major accomplishment. This was acheived by Gavin Watson (132), Miles Hoerauf (160), and Leo Scafani (HWT). Watson finished the tournament 3-2 with...

  • Creating Fiction from History: 12/22/2021


    At 102 (103 February next) Granny Hotchkins, as everyone back home called her, not only looked really good for her exalted age; she was also, without doubt, the oldest person to ever dare The Falls in a barrel! Coming from the small mid-west township of Ludlow, Iowa, just five miles from neighboring Waukon, Granny was fairly famous in her little hometown for her herbal remedies and botanical medicines. In 1872, less than a decade after Lee officially surrendered to future president Ulysses...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of December 12

    Dec 22, 2021

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12 03:40:08 Medical ALS: W Second St 08:45:36 Medical: Hwy 2 W 10:37:44 Medical: E First St 12:27:16 Motor Vehicle: Hwy 2 W 12:33:02 Stranded Motorist: I-90 18:09:49 Traffic Offense: Hwy 69 20:51:02 Suspicious Vehicle: Pipestone 22:44:31 Traffic Stop: Hwy 359 MONDAY, DECEMBER 13 03:28:10 Assist 05:04:13 Animal: MT Hwy 2 E 05:44:28 Traffic Offense: I-90 08:00:20 Transport: S Clark St 13:22:48 Animal: I-90 14:19:23 911 Hang Up 17:42:26 911 Hang Up: I-90 18:49:23 Suspicious Vehicle: McKeown Ln 22:02:42 Traffic Stop: W Legion St...

  • RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Marbled Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

    Dec 22, 2021

    It is hard to determine who created the brownie, but dessert devotees no doubt appreciate that individual's now beloved creation. Brownies are one of North America's favorite baked treats. They actually are classified as a bar cookie rather than a cake, and the dessert earned its name from the deep, brown color of its main ingredient. There have been many variations on the brownie through the years, and the lively debate whether crunchy end pieces or chewy middle slices are preferred continues....

  • Whitehall TV Channel 49.1: Week of 12/23

    Dec 22, 2021


  • Horoscopes: Week of 12/22/2021

    Dec 22, 2021

    ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, the stars have been keeping you on your toes lately. There has been much going on but somehow you have been able to wade through it all like a rock star. TAURUS Apr 21/May 21 Others are asking you to stretch yourself beyond normal limits, Taurus. Do your best, but weigh the effects that this could have on your overall well-being. GEMINI May 22/Jun 21 Aim to be honest and direct with others as much as you can this week, Gemini. If you can prove you are trustworthy, then more people are likely to follow you. CANCER Jun...

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