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 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 20, 2019 

Sandbags available at Town Rec Complex

During her monthly report at Monday's Whitehall Town Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh reminded residents that sandbags are available at the Recreation Complex. Hensleigh said with the all the snow Whitehall has had she thinks it is...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 20, 2019 

Montana Lawmakers Consider New Ways To Protect Against Aquatic Invasive Species

A prolific alien organism is closing in on Montana's ecosystem and could have dire consequences for food production, outdoor recreation and the economy if it crosses the state's borders. Aquatic...

 

Budget Hearings Kick Off Second Half of Session

The Montana House Appropriations Committee opened public testimony last week on House Bill 2, the bill that sets the budget for state agencies. Some of the most controversial changes come from the subcommittee that deals with the budget for the...

 

Snowpack builds

Shucking expectations of continued above average temperatures and below normal snowfall, February delivered abundant snowfall and December-like temperatures to the Treasure State. Snowfall for the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 13, 2019

Positive Audit Results for Whitehall School District

There was good news last week for the Whitehall School Districts. At a school board meeting March 6, Debbie Ouellette with Newland and Company presented her audit findings for the district. Superintendent John Sullivan said they received the highest...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Weather a challenge in Whitehall area

Large amounts of snow last week and temperatures well below zero Monday and Tuesday have been quite the nuisance for residents in the Whitehall area. The winter weather has created problems for the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 6, 2019

Trustees to discuss expulsion of student

The Whitehall School Board of Trustees will decide tonight on the possible expulsion of a student who brought an unloaded handgun to the high school. School officials announced February 26 that students reported that another student had brought a...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    March 6, 2019

Profile: Rep. Kimberly Dudik Brings Legislative 'Street Smarts' and Piles of Bills, on Topics From Child Protection to Taxes, to Montana House

On a Friday during the 66th Montana Legislature, Rep. Kimberly Dudik, D-Missoula, joked on Twitter she might need to clone herself. But, in reality, it may have come in handy. That morning, Dudik had five bills scheduled for hearings in three...

 
 By Staff Report    News    February 27, 2019

Department responds to multiple structure fire

The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department responded early Saturday morning to a multiple structure fire at a junk yard at the intersection of Piedmont and Kountz Roads. According to Fire Chief Jeremy Ward, the department was called out a 4:15 am. and...

 

Lawmakers debate fire suppression, local gun ordinances

The Montana House of Representatives last week advanced legislation that would require a two-third vote majority for the Legislature to transfer funds out the state's fire suppression account. The governor would still hold the authority to pull from...

 

NorthWestern Energy plans March 5 outage

NorthWestern Energy officials announced last week a planned four-hour long power outage next month in the Whitehall area. The outage will take place Tuesday, March 5 starting at 1 a.m. and will impact an area that will cover the town of Whitehall...

 

Montana Attorney General Pushes for Opioid Prescription Regulation

McKenna Fromm was a straight-A high school student, basketball player and member of student government in 2011. By 2015, she was living in a spider-infested "drug den," estranged from her family and...

 

Whitehall Council appoints Andersen

The Town Council voted Monday to approve the four-year appointment of Steve Andersen as the Whitehall Justice Court Judge. Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh said she appointed Andersen because he contacted her and showed interest in the job, adding she...

 

Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing

The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low- and moderate-income housing projects. House Bill 16, carried by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, passed the House on a 71-2...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    February 6, 2019

Headliners announced for Headwaters Country Jam

The lineup has been announced for the 2019 Headwaters Country Jam near Cardwell. The event is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 at "The Bridge" and will include...

 

Montana Lawmakers Debate Infrastructure Funding, DUI's

Lawmakers in Helena are beginning discussions on how to build and maintain the state's infrastructure, including roads, bridges, wastewater systems and state buildings. Again, the debate will come down to which projects get funding and whether that...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 30, 2019

State Legislators push legislation to address Montana's mental health crisis

When Brandi King finished a 14-month deployment with the United States Army, she returned home to Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to heal. King carried with her the trauma she experienced during combat in Mosul, Iraq. She began to feel...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 23, 2019

Whitehall Speech shines at Divisionals

The Whitehall High School Speech and Debate team had great results at last week's Divisional Tournament in Missoula. Senior Rebecca Meyer led the way for the Trojans with a first-place finish in...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 16, 2019

Council approves ordinance letter

The Whitehall Town Council approved Monday a generic letter that will be sent to residents who are in violation of town ordinances. According to Town Clerk/Treasurer Summer Fellows, the letter will notify the resident of a ordinance violation, will...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 16, 2019

House Rules, Medicaid and Public Lands Dominate First Week of Montana Legislature

The 66th Montana Legislature opened for business Jan. 7 and lawmakers spent much of the first week discussing what they hope to see for hot topic issues and bills, like public lands and Medicaid expan...

 

Early winter snowfall hit or miss across the treasure state

After last winter's record setting snowfall, the mountains across the state of Montana have received sporadic snowfall so far this year, leaving some river basins near normal for snowpack, while others are below normal on January 1. Early season...

 
 By Timothy Pierce    News    January 2, 2019

Montana Legislators look to learn from past infrastructure failures

Republicans and Democrats agree funding critical infrastructure needs is important, but if the last two legislative sessions are any indication, that is where the agreement ends. Both times efforts to pass a major infrastructure investment bill...

 
 By PAUL HAMBY    News    January 2, 2019

Lawmakers look to monitor opioids, expand treatment

Montana's top prosecutor says he wants the 2019 Legislature to combat addiction to prescription opioids and expand on a policy of treatment rather than incarceration for drug offenders. Republican Attorney General Tim Fox said his office would...

 
 By CAITLYN PATEL    News    January 2, 2019

Armed with pilot project success, Bullock renews call for preschool program

Gov. Steve Bullock is once again proposing Montana launch a state-funded preschool program for those who cannot afford private pre-kindergarten programs for their children. The governor included a $30 million grant program to support high-quality...

 

A look back: Changes at town hall in 2018

There were plenty of changes at Town Hall in 2018. At a special meeting in January, Council members Barbara Gagnon, Katy James, Jason Good and Montina Rawson, and Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh were sworn into their positions. The seat of James was...

 

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