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  • Ledger: Looking Back at 2021

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 29, 2021

    It’s always fun to get a quick recap of the year as it ends. Here is the Whitehall Ledger’s 2021 year at a glance! JANUARY: • (1/13) The Whitehall Ledger was purchased by Elizabeth Pullman. • (1/13) Whitehall Medical Clinic employees receive the first round of COVID-19 vaccines available locally. • (1/20) Whitehall Trojan wrestlers host duals competition and win big. Whitehall Lady Trojan Basketball wins 57-35 over Townsend. • (1/20) Whitehall wind storm damages homes, school trees, and more. • (1/27) An accident at Whitehall Drug takes ou...

  • Caroling Fills the Heart with Smiles

    Dec 29, 2021

    A festive crew, put together by Pati McLaughlin, braved the Whitehall wind on December 23rd and spread the holiday spirit with carols throughout the town and at Meadowlark Manor....

  • Elfie Selfie Week 5 Winners!

    Dec 29, 2021

    AN ELFIE TIE: Parker Wirth (left) found the Chamber's Elf on the Shelf at Tona's Treasures. His little sister Charlie Wirth found the elf at ACE Hardware! They tied for week five winners of the Chamber's Elfie Selfie Contest....

  • Thought Provokers: 12/29/2021

    Dec 29, 2021

    Somewhere in the world exists the most perfect partner possible, just how you both want each other to be, whom you probably won’t ever meet. If someone saw you with a lighter, they would think you smoke, even when the lighter has a hundred other uses. Hunting is more frowned upon than fishing, but they both follow the same concept. When we were kids, the milk and cookies being gone on Christmas morning seemed like unequivocal proof that Santa was real. Neo in the Matrix chose to take an unknown drug from a stranger in a strange room after being...

  • Liz's Year in Review

    ELIZABETH PULLMAN, Whitehall Ledger|Dec 29, 2021

    On New Year’s Eve last year, I anxiously awaited the clock to strike midnight. Why? Because my big news about purchasing the Whitehall Ledger could officially be released as of January 1, 2021. Was I scared of this new adventure I was about to embark on? Absolutely. I still am. But I know I’m where I’m supposed to be. This time last year, there were a lot of unknowns in my life. My family and friends pulled me through these what-ifs with their support and love. Taking on a life dream is super scary, super exciting, and, I’ve found, super f...

  • Another BIG! BIG! Winner!

    Dec 29, 2021

    CHRISTMAS EXCITEMENT: The Cardwell General Store had a second World's Largest Christmas Stocking winner: Miah Rowan! Once again, the stocking and all its goodies were leaps and bounds bigger than Miah!...

  • Pool Shark Report: Week of 12/16/2021

    Dec 29, 2021

    Week of 12-16-2021 TEAM K Bar #1: 13 wins, 4 lost Mint #2: 10 wins, 7 lost MEN Rick Kelley: 4 wins, 0 lost WOMEN Shawna Amidon: 4 wins, 0 lost...

  • JeffCo Health Department Update

    PAM HANNA RN, Jefferson County Public Health Supervisor|Dec 29, 2021

    It is the time of year where many of us think of wellness. We are moving into a new year, settling into winter’s cold and flu season, and dealing with the impacts of almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our lifestyle can affect how well our immune system protects us from microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and chronic illness. The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defends the body against infection. Your immune system must be strong enough and smart e...

  • Dear Jo: 12/29/2021

    Jo|Dec 29, 2021

    Dear Jo, Well, here we are. The holidays are almost over, the gift wrap is in the trash. I was so looking forward to relaxing, taking a deep breath. Why do I feel so wound up? I cannot settle down? I find myself pacing, thoughts racing with all that the year ahead holds. How can I relax and enjoy the downtime?! Signed, No Chillin Dear No Chillin, For heaven’s sake, you have me pacing! Take some melatonin, followed by a meditation podcast and end with a hot toddy and bed! Signed, Jo Dear Jo, The holidays make my spouse amorous. To the point t...

  • Attention Whitehall Drug Customers

    ERIKA MORRIS, Whitehall Drug, Elkhorn Pharmacy|Dec 29, 2021

    Some of you may have received a letter in the mail stating that you have to change your pharmacy in order to remain in-network. THIS LETTER IS FALSE. We have confirmed that this letter was sent to the wrong group plan. Whitehall Drug is still in-network and can continue to service our patients. These particular plans will not be sending out a retraction letter stating that this was a mistake. If you have any questions please call us at 406-287-3931 or stop in on weekdays between 9 AM and 6 PM....

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder and How to Cope

    Dec 29, 2021

    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized as a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons, typically tied to the start of fall and persisting into the winter months. We know that depressive disorders don’t take holidays and this time of year can be stressful. For individuals who suffer from or are at risk for depression, though, the impact of holiday stresses and pressures can be much more severe than the momentary frustrations that almost everyone experiences. Typical symptoms of SAD, sometimes referred to as winter d...

  • CBS Year in Review: Top World News Stories of 2021

    ROBERT MARSTON, CBSNews.com|Dec 29, 2021

    JANUARY: In January, Joe Biden was inaugurated as our 46th president; just two weeks after supporters of former President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. FEBRUARY: In February, the United States formally re-joined the Paris Climate Agreement, an international treaty aimed at limiting global warming. MARCH: The container ship Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal in March, holding up billions in trade. The ship was freed six days later. APRIL: In April, a Minneapolis jury found...

  • Peter Glen Brennan, 82

    Dec 29, 2021

    Peter (Pete) Glen Brennan slipped quietly back to his Heavenly Father on the morning of Thursday, December 23, 2021. Pete was born on January 30, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. Shortly after his birth, he and his mother, Helen Maxine Chinn, moved to Montana. They lived in various towns in Montana and also lived in California for a few years. Helen married Patrick Harold Conlin Brennan; he was Pete's step-father. Pete attended and graduated from Whitehall High School. Pete was graciously invited by...

  • David Howard Meyer, 61

    Dec 29, 2021

    David Howard Meyer passed away peacefully, though unexpectedly, at home in his sleep on December 20, 2021. He was born in 1960 in Dawson, Minnesota, to loving parents: Howard and Betty Meyer. They moved to Minnetonka, MN, where he grew up with three siblings Nancy, Michael, and Linda. After graduating high school, he went on to work several general labor jobs for a variety of companies. However, he really enjoyed climbing water towers, bowling, and working at a Youth Christian Camp with his...

  • Thomas M. Seabase, 76

    Dec 29, 2021

    On December 17, 2021, Thomas Michael Seabase of Whitehall, Montana, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, opened his flight plan for Heaven and went to be with Jesus after a short battle with cancer. He was 76 years young. On September 18, 1945, Tom was born in Pöcking, Germany, when his parents and older brother were fleeing war-torn Hungary. A few years later, the family immigrated to the US, and Tom proudly became a citizen in 1962. He married his best friend and...

  • Arthur Francis Wassberg, 83

    Dec 29, 2021

    In memory of Arthur "Archie" Francis Wassberg, who was born February 17, 1938, and died December 18, 2021 at St. James Healthcare in Butte, MT. Archie was born to Arthur Wassberg and Katrine Wassberg (Peck) in Butte, MT. He was raised in Butte and Whitehall. He met his wife, Vicky Wassberg, and they were married June 19, 1965 and started their family. They had three boys together: Arthur Wassberg, James Wassberg, and Douglas Wassberg. In 1971, they moved to Whitehall. Archie served our country...

  • Your New Year's Resolution?

    JOHN DUFORD, Evangelist, Whitehall Church of Christ|Dec 29, 2021

    We are beginning our sixth year helping people read their Bibles cover-to-cover in one year. All you need is a Bible, a cell phone that receives text messages, and a desire to read your Bible. Here’s how it works: you phone me using the phone where you want the texts sent, and beginning January first, I will send you a text specifying what Bible passage to read that day along with points to notice in that passage. It’s free, and you can start or stop anytime you choose. Some people have started this just within the last few months, so they wil...

  • Connecting Point: Christmas Choice

    BILL LANES|Dec 29, 2021

    Perhaps Americans are more individualistic than any other citizens in the world. But, regarding Christmas, my caution is to choose wisely between fact and fiction. Some embrace the folklore of Santa Claus, reindeer, and elves. Some believe Christmas simply represents giving and receiving of gifts, while others completely abandon any concept of Christmas in any light. I admit I am in the category of people who love Christmas. For the record, my beliefs go far beyond religion or superstition. A Biblical worldview recognizes the ample evidence...

  • 5 Tips For Sticking to a Schedule in the New Year

    Statepoint|Dec 29, 2021

    Sticking to a schedule is good for health, wellness, and productivity, and the start of a new year is the perfect time to form great habits. Resolve to adhere to a daily routine with the following tips and tricks: • Write it down: The act of writing things down can help reinforce priorities. Keep a list of short- and long-term goals, events, and meetings. Be sure to check items off your list as you complete them. Doing so can help you stay motivated. • Get a good watch: Keep yourself accountable with a good watch. The line-up of Edifice wat...

  • 10 Doctor-Recommended New Year's Resolutions to Make For 2022

    Statepoint|Dec 29, 2021

    While investing in your health and wellness can sound like an overwhelming goal, doctors say that there are easy, tangible resolutions you can make to feel your best and better protect your health. “A new year is the perfect time to consider your personal goals, and how you can make positive health choices in the coming year,” says American Medical Association (AMA) President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. “Small lifestyle changes today can have a lasting effect in improving your health.” Not sure where to start? Consider these resolutions from th...

  • Trojans Bring Home a "W" Against Anaconda

    STEVE SACRY, Whitehall Trojan Wrestling Coach|Dec 29, 2021

    Whitehall Wrestling traveled to Anaconda December 21 for their final match of 2021. After a full evening of wrestling the Trojans came out on top with a 42-33 victory. This improves their overall record to 8-1. In the recent poll conducted by Montana coaches, Whitehall Wrestling is ranked 5th in the state. Individual results included: Harley Dunn lost to Blodnick. Isaac Skogen won by forfeit. Ivar Radcliffe lost due to injury to Miller. Cody Fuller lost in overtime to Wolfe. Gavin Watson won by...

  • Creating Fiction from History: 12/29/2021

    KERRY WAFER|Dec 29, 2021

    March 28, 1891 Part II My dearest Marie, Oh, how I miss you and Davey! The nights are the hardest for me to be away from you as I think of you constantly, so I decided to write you another letter with more news about Dave Wilson from my visit to the saloon a few days ago. As "luck" would have it, the guy that took $1.00 from me in poker (don't worry – I stopped at that point) was Jim Lowery, the owner of Lowery Boarding House across the street. I found this out after he offered to buy me a d...

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Report: Week of 12/19/2021

    Dec 29, 2021

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19 07:15:06 Trespass: E Legion St 12:10:23 Reckless Driver: I-90 12:46:58 Fire/Smoke Wildland: USFS RD 8609 16:49:39 Indecent Exposure: Lower Rader Creek 20:50:37 Trespass: E Legion St 23:37:41 Motorist Assist: I-90 MONDAY, DECEMBER 20 07:39:02 Reckless Driver: Hwy 55 09:02:21 Medical: N Jefferson St 10:16:06 Citizen Assist: Sheep Camp Rd 10:24:54 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non Injury): I-90 10:34:03 Motor Vehicle Accident (Injury): I-90 10:48:24 Medical: I-90 12:04:25 Medical: S Division St 13:08:16 Motor Vehicle Accident (Non...

  • Gianforte Reaffirms Montana Law Banning Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status

    BROOKE STROYKE, Office of the Governor|Dec 29, 2021

    Governor Gianforte provided guidance to Montana employers and employees impacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule mandating vaccines for employers with 100 or more employees nationwide. “Montana law is unequivocal: employers are prohibited from discriminating based on vaccination status,” Gov. Gianforte wrote in guidance to Montanans. “While employers may encourage employees to vaccinate, they may not tie or modify any terms of employment based on vaccination status.” On November 5, 2021, OSHA published the “CO...

  • DPHHS Announces $3.7 Million Investment to Help Montanans with Significant Medical Needs

    JON EBELT, DPHHS Public Information Officer|Dec 29, 2021

    The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) announced today an investment of $3.7 million over the next 18 months to provide a financial boost to over 1,300 Montana Medicaid recipients with significant medical needs. “This investment puts money back in the pockets of over 1,000 vulnerable Montanans with challenging health care needs,” Governor Greg Gianforte said. “This will not only help these individuals with their health care costs but will also ease everyday living expenses for those who need it most.” Montanans who w...

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