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 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 25, 2020 

2 accidents lead to Monday I-90 fatality

A tragic wreck just moments after another accident resulted in a fatality Monday on Interstate 90 between Cardwell and Whitehall. According to Trooper Michael O’Connor of the Montana Highway Patrol, there were two accidents Monday morning, the...

 

Construction paused on South of Boulder Project

Construction activities on Whitetail Road are paused over the winter. Crews will continue to work on fencing (weather permitting) and wrap up remaining work in 2021. "We'd really like to thank the community for being patient during construction,"...

 

Schools, town hall announce closures

The Whitehall School district announced last Tuesday they will be closing the campus and moving to remote learning from Monday, November 16 to Monday, November 30. Accounting for the Thanksgiving...

 

Mine General Manager Shares Optimism on Project

Golden Sunlight Mine General Manager Chuck Buus is hopeful by this time next year they will have concentrate being shipped by truck to Nevada. In an update at last week's Community Transition...

 

Governor Elect Gianforte selects Nieskens for COVID-19 Task Force

Whitehall Superintendent Hannah Nieskens has been named to Governor-Elect Greg Gianforte's COVID-19 Task Force. The 21-member task force is comprised of healthcare experts, business leaders, school administrators, law enforcement, and local and...

 

Public Safety Levy denied

A majority of Town of Whitehall residents voted last week against a public safety mill levy. The unofficial total vote count was 307 against and 260 for the levy that would have generated funding for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department and the...

 

Two elementary students placed in quarantine

Two Whitehall Elementary School classes were placed in quarantine last week. In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said the district was notified that two individuals associated with the school had confirmed, positive tests for...

 

Whitehall Schools Veterans Day Program Airing November 11

The Whitehall Schools Veterans Day Program will air six times on Wednesday, November 11. The program will air on TSS/Whitehall Low Power TV station 49.2 at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. The program will also be streaming on the...

 

Storm leads to numerous Interstate incidents

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office reported numerous incidents following a winter storm that arrived late Saturday, November 7. The department reported Sunday, November 8 at 5:19 a.m. that emergency crews were responding to multiple vehicle...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 4, 2020

Call total up, burglary down

The COVID-19 pandemic has not had a huge impact on the number of calls received by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department but has shown a significant decrease in burglary calls and an increase in non-violent domestic calls. According to Sheriff...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    November 4, 2020

New hours start Nov. 15 at Cardwell Container Site

Madison County residents may have noticed recent changes at the Cardwell Container Site that include a new fence and gate. The location near Jefferson Island is also going to be available only three...

 

Governor announces consumer complaint form

Governor Steve Bullock announced last week Montana residents can now notify health officials of violations of COVID-19 directives by using the Consumer Complaint Form used to report foodborne illnesses and other public health and safety issues. "The...

 

JVCF hosting grant event

The Jefferson Valley Community Foundation will be holding their annual "Short and Sweet" on November 4th, at 7:00 p.m., at the Whitehall Community Center. Those non-profits that applied for grants are asked to be represented at this pie and coffee...

 

Town receives loan for Water Treatment Plant

The Trump Administration announced Friday that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $19.3 million to improve rural Montana water and wastewater infrastructure. This includes the Town of Whitehall receiving a $900,000 loan...

 

Drop-off voting available in Whitehall

Later this month, Jefferson County residents will have the opportunity to drop off their November 3 General Election ballots at the Whitehall Community Library. Ballots will be accepted at the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 14, 2020

Superintendent discusses event attendance policy, mask use

At last week’s Whitehall School Board of Trustees meeting, a group of local residents addressed concerns about limited attendance at sporting events, cancellation of non-conference games, and mask use in the schools. When addressing the issue,...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    October 7, 2020

Department responds to Wednesday fire

The cause of a fire early Wednesday morning in Whitehall is currently under investigation. According to Assistant Chief Colton Howser, the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department was called out to a fire shortly after 3 a.m. at 4 W. Olive St. Howser...

 

Fish consumption advisory issued for Piedmont Pond

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has issued a fish consumption advisory for Piedmont Pond, south of Whitehall. The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG) conducted water sampling in the area as...

 

Campaign for Governor Highlights Different Visions for Montana's Future

This year's campaign for governor pits two candidates with very different impressions of how Montana is doing and what should be done to make life better against one another. At a construction site...

 

Jefferson County COVID-19 active cases now at 17

In their daily update on September 15, the Jefferson County Health Department reported three active cases of COVID-19. By September 18 the number had increased to ten and on September 21 the department reported a rise to 21 active cases. The number w...

 

Mayor discusses importance of upcoming levy

During her monthly report at last week's Town Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh discussed the importance of the November vote on a 30 mill levy increase to generate funding for law...

 

One Pedal At A Time: Hurd Raising Awareness For Suicide

Three years ago, Daniel Hurd readily admits he was in a dark time in his life. After being encouraged by a friend to start bicycling, Hurd has not stopped. In the past 2.5 years, he has journeyed...

 

Gun Show this week

It's once again time for the Whitehall Gun Show. The event limited to 100 tables is scheduled for Friday, September 18 to Sunday, September 20 at the Whitehall Community Center located at 11 N....

 

State Creek fire over 3,000 acres

The State Creek Fire near Whitehall is currently at 3,140 acres. Officials are reporting they are at 50 percent completion of their objectives for the lighting caused fire that was detected on August 29. On Monday crews were working to hold and...

 

Administrator discusses all-mail election

Jefferson County Election officials announced in late August they would be conducting an all-mail ballot election. The Jefferson County Commissioners voted earlier this month against a resolution that would have reversed the decision. The issue has...

 

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