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  • Simon, Larsen named to Shrine Bowl squad

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    Whitehall High School's Andrew Simon and Braden Larsen showed throughout the 2016 football season they were among the best players in Montana. The dynamic duo recently learned they will get one more chance to showcase their skills on the high school level. Simon and Larsen were two of the 80 players recently named to the roster for the 2017 Montana East-West Shrine game. The 71st annual game will take place July 15 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, and will raise money for the Shriner's...

  • Taking a look back at 2016

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    There were plenty of important stories that took place in Whitehall and the surrounding areas in 2016. Probably the biggest news story of the year started in late May, when shock waves were sent through the community when local resident Lynn Nemeth began circulating recall petitions for Mayor Dale Davis and Town Council members Gary Housman, Vincent Keogh, Joe Adams, and Tom Jenkin. Nemeth stated in her petition that misconduct had happened at April Council meeting. A recall election had tentatively been scheduled for August 16 after Nemeth...

  • Commission opens public comment period

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    At a meeting last week, the Jefferson County Commissioners opened the public comment period for a proposed Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District. According to Commissioner Leonard Wortman, the comment period will be open the next two to three weeks. He said they have not set a date to consider a Resolution of Intent for the district proposed by members of the Jefferson Valley EMS and Rescue, but he thinks it will be in three weeks. “If we approve that, then we would order the referendum this spring,” he said. The Commissioners voted...

  • Judicial Committee submits names to Governor Bullock

    STAFF REPORT|Dec 28, 2016

    The Judicial Nomination Commission has submitted three names to the Governor for consideration for appointment to the upcoming vacant judicial seat in the 5th Judicial District (Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Madison Counties). The candidates are Lori Ann Harshbarger, Luke Michael Berger, and Jed Clayton Fitch. The Commission’s action follows the close of a 30-day public comment period. Before recommending the nominees to the Governor, Commission members interviewed the applicants. The Governor must fill the position within 30 days of receipt of...

  • Jefferson County Commission Update

    Leonard Wortman, Jefferson County Commissioner|Dec 28, 2016

    Hi Folks, At our regular meeting last week, we started by reviewing claims for the week at 9:30. At 10:00, Road Supervisor Rory Parsons gave us his report for the preceding week. The crew has been doing general winter maintenance and thawing out culverts. County Treasurer, Terri Kunz, gave her report. Tax collections are going good. At our afternoon portion of the meeting, we heard another presentation about AirMed Care that would cover the residents of Jefferson County for transport by their air craft if they are in Jefferson, Silver Bow, or...

  • Editorial: 2017: A perfect time to join chamber

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    This edition of the Whitehall Ledger features a couple of year-end stories that are a great way to take a quick glance back at 2016. It’s a bit of a daunting task going through the first 51 issues of the Ledger, but at the same time is worthwhile to be reminded of some of the amazing people who work and live here. While the area does not have a large population, there are certainly quite a few events throughout the year. Some of the bigger events include Frontier Days, the Christmas Stroll, and the Black Tie/Blue Jeans fundraiser. The common...

  • Ledger office closed Thursday, Friday

    STAFF REPORT|Dec 28, 2016

    The staff of the Whitehall Ledger would like to remind customers the office will be closed Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30. The office will reopen Monday, January 2 at 9 a.m. The deadline for the January 4 paper will be Monday at 5 p.m....

  • Column: White Christmas

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    Last week was refreshing. On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I was able to sleep in. It's something I'd like to do a lot more of, I just never really get the chance. I had planned sleeping a little bit later on Christmas Eve, but for some reason every time I'm not up by 8 a.m., Melissa starts making some magical noises with pots and pans in the kitchen. I'm not quite sure what she is doing in there, but it sounds like she is grabbing the pan from the bottom of the pile and yanking it out...

  • DARLENE TALBOTT JACKSON

    Dec 28, 2016

    Darlene Talbott Jackson died on December 16, 2016, in Boise, Idaho, after a brief hospital stay. She was born July 23, 1948, to Walter and Evaleen Henrich Talbott in Butte, Montana. She attended and graduated from Butte High School. Following graduation, Darlene worked in the banking business. She met and married the love of her life. Ed Jackson, on August 3, 1968 and enjoyed 48 years of marriage. A daughter, Jori, was born in 1971 and in 1974 their son, Jason, joined the family. Dar loved being a mother and the only title she enjoyed more was...

  • 'Tis the season to expect DUI patrols in Whitehall

    STAFF REPORT|Dec 28, 2016

    As part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown, law enforcement agencies across Montana will deploy extra patrols for the specific purpose of deterring and detecting impaired drivers during the Holiday season. Saturation patrols for DUI enforcement are set through Jan. 1, 2017. “We hope that knowing we have extra officers on the roads will be an added incentive for folks to plan a sober ride home,” stated Captain Gary Becker with the Montana Highway Patrol. DUI arrests are part of an ongoing effort to reduce deadly...

  • The Roving Reporter

    Tamara Kidwell|Dec 28, 2016

    The k-1 afterschool program has been lucky enough to experience Osmo. Osmo is a program that runs with your I-pad. Osmo coding is designed to teach students beginning coding and problem solving skills. This can build up to online coding later on. Students use magnetic blocks with commands such as run, jump and grab to guide Awbie, a small monster, around to collect strawberries. The blocks allow Students to loop chunks of code together. The students love this simple game because it can be as simple or as complex as they want...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report

    Dec 28, 2016

    Monday, Dec. 19 5:26 p.m. - trees/debris on roadway, I-90 eastbound, MM 247, Whitehall 8:41 p.m. – traffic stop, 200 West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 10:02 p.m. - care for sick/injured, I-90 eastbound, MM 236.5, Whitehall 10:30 p.m. - mental crisis, 460 Hwy 2 West, Whitehall Tuesday, Dec. 20 2:53 a.m. - traffic accident, Waterloo Road, Whitehall 11:25 a.m. - traffic accident, I-90 westbound, MM 237, Whitehall 4:17 p.m. - stranded motorist, 501 West Legion Avenue, Whitehall 5:42 p.m. – traffic stop, Stanley Street, Whitehall 5:53 p.m. - animal...

  • For Your Information

    Arcylle Shaw, Contributing Writer|Dec 28, 2016

    No one had to dream of a white Christmas! The white fluffy stuff (called snow) was beautiful but created a variety of situations - cattle feeding, highway hazards. On the other hand, it provided the perfect setting for skis and sleds. In Job 38:22, God asked Job if he had “entered the treasures of the snow”? That’s interesting. Also, there is nothing whiter than snow. Check it out. LilyAnna Howell turned four and celebrated at home with family and friends. The kids destroyed the pinata and enjoyed the filling. She also was the guest of...

  • Looking Back 25 Years

    Dec 28, 2016

    December 30, 1991 Local Businesses label Christmas Stroll a “rousing success.” Ron Jung reported over 300 children visited with Santa during the stroll. A record number of riders on the hay wagon were also reported. It was agreed the clue hunt went over very well. Winners of the business decorating contest were Land of Magic Too – indoor decorations; Harlow’s Buss Service – outdoor decorating winner. Offensive tackle Duston Jones and fullback Scott Sacry earned places in the Class-B All State football team the Montana Coaches Assoc....

  • Trojans compete at Mixer

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    The Whitehall High School wrestling team was able to get one more night of action before Christmas at last weeks' Anaconda Mixer. Trojan Coach Steve Sacry said it's always a good trip to Anaconda. "There was a good crowd and a lot of energy in the gym," he said. Whitehall had two duals at the Thursday event, the first a 36-33 loss to Columbus. Sacry said in dual matches it makes a big difference if they don't have a wrestler in each weight class and because of open classes, Columbus started...

  • A year to remember for Whitehall Trojan football

    Jack H. Smith, Ledger Publisher|Dec 28, 2016

    There was one sporting story that stood above the rest in 2016. It was a special year for the Whitehall/Harrison High School football team. A talented and hungry team came together for a magical run and made it to the all the way MHSA Class B Semifinals. The amazing season came to an end November 12 against Eureka. After taking a 7-6 lead into halftime, they were outscored 30-0 in the second half by the eventual state champions. The Trojans finished the season with an impressive 10-2 record....