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 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 8, 2019

Sunlight closure impacts discussed

In late April, community leaders, business owners, and local residents came together to discuss the impacts of a possible closure at the Barrick Golden Sunlight Mine. Tom Harrington of the Jefferson...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 1, 2019

Gun show returning to Whitehall

A gun show is returning to Whitehall for the first time since 2017. The Whitehall Gun Show is scheduled to take place Friday, September 13 to Sunday, September 15 at the Community Center located at...

 

Lawmakers Pass $10 Billion Budget

HELENA - On the final day of the 66th Montana Legislature, lawmakers completed their only state constitutionally mandated task by passing the bill that sets the budget for state agencies. House Bill...

 
 By Staff Report    News    April 24, 2019

Edsall benefit Saturday, April 27

Whitehall area residents have long been known for their giving natures and helping out those in need. The community will once again come together this Saturday with the Jason Edsall Benefit scheduled at the Community Center. The event has been...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 24, 2019

Giono travels to Washington D.C. event

Earlier this month, Whitehall resident Francine Giono traveled to Washington D.C. to take part in the 2019 EMS on the Hill Day. Giono was one of three Montana members of the National Association of...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    April 24, 2019

Montana Legislature Passes Infrastructure Bonding For First Time In Nearly A Decade

On a cold, January afternoon last year, Wendy Gerky got a call that someone could see water rising in her downtown Havre quilt shop. She thought it was joke. By the time Gerky got to her store,...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 17, 2019

Reduction in force set for September 30

Barrick Gold officials are anticipating a reduction in force at the Golden Sunlight Mine on September 30. At a Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last week, Mine General Manager Dan Banghart said an email was sent to employees April 10 i...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    April 10, 2019

Nieskens new Superintendent

The Whitehall School Board of Trustees did not have to look far to select a new Superintendent. The board voted 6-0 last week in favor of hiring current high school principal Hannah Nieskens. Trustee Jeff Briggs abstained from the vote. She will...

 

Black Tie Blue Jeans set for May 4

Get your sponsorship today for Whitehall’s biggest party and fundraiser - the 15th Annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans - coming up Saturday, May 4th at 5:30pm at the Community Center. This event is brought to you by the Jefferson Valley Community...

 

Montana House Advances Medicaid Expansion

HELENA -- The Montana House of Representatives voted 61-37 Saturday to pass a controversial bill to extend Medicaid expansion. The expanded program has enrolled nearly 96,000 Montanans to receive...

 
 By Staff Report    News    March 27, 2019

Barrick officials announce final mill run at mine

Barrick Gold officials announced last week a final mill run to process gold ore at the Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall is currently scheduled for May. According to a release from the company, the mine has been approaching the end of its...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    March 27, 2019

Work continues on bus barn

The projected completion date for Whitehall Transportation's Dick Gustin Memorial Bus Barn is set for late May or early June. According to WPT Director Paula Hippert ,the project incurred a small...

 
 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...

 

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