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Hoot Owl Restrictions Lifted

Afternoon fishing restrictions on several southwest Montana waters were lifted last week. "Hoot-owl" restrictions were put in place on Aug. 6, prohibiting fishing each day from 2 p.m. to midnight on the following waters: • The lower Gallatin River...

 

Plenty of positives at 2020 Madison County Fair

While it may have been a little different from those in past, there was still plenty to smile about at the recent Madison County Fair in Twin Bridges. According to Mikayla Hudson, 4-H & Youth...

 

In-County Rodeo this weekend

The Jefferson County Rodeo Association is hosting a three-day event this week. The In-County Rodeo is free of charge and scheduled to take place August 28 to 30 at the Jefferson County...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 19, 2020

Bullock issues school mask directive

Students in both public and private schools will be required to wear masks at the start of the upcoming school year. Montana Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive last Wednesday that is...

 

2020 Census Work Continues

Helena, MT – Census takers in Montana are working to follow up with households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census. The current self-response rate in Montana is 56.9%. The national self-r...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 19, 2020

Jefferson County seeking polling place volunteers

Jefferson County Commissioner Cory Kirsch announced last week the county is looking for some help to allow them to hold polling place elections rather than a mail-in only election in November. "We are in need of election judges for the polling...

 

Hoot-Owl restriction in effect on Jefferson

Several rivers in southwest Montana will close to fishing during the afternoon each day due to a seasonal rise in water temperatures. "Hoot-owl" restrictions prohibit fishing during the hottest times...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 12, 2020

Town officials pleased with results of chip seal project

Whitehall Town officials are pleased with the result of the recent chip sealing project completed by HardDrives Inc. At a Council meeting Monday, Whitehall Public Works Director Kory Klapan told the governing body the chip seal looks wonderful compar...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    August 12, 2020

Caruana helps to replace vandalized sign

Three Forks resident Julia Caruana was returning home after to a trip to Pipestone when she saw the vandalization to the joint campaign sign for U.S. President Donald Trump and Montana Senate...

 
 By Eric Dietrich    News    August 12, 2020

Counties will have option to conduct all-mail elections in November

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive Thursday giving Montana counties the option of shifting to all-mail ballots for the November general election as they did for the June primary, saying...

 

Whitetail Road (S 399) expected to close soon at Little Boulder River

The Montana Department of Transportation is replacing two pipe culverts carrying the Little Boulder River beneath Whitetail Road (S 399) with one larger box culvert. The work is expected to begin...

 
 By Staff Report    News    August 5, 2020

9 active, 28 total COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County

There is currently a total of 9 active COVID-19 cases in Jefferson County. The total confirmed cases in the county are 28, with no current hospitalizations and 19 recovered cases. Health Department...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 29, 2020

County official discusses protocol for positive test

Molly Carey of the Jefferson County Health Department recently described the process officials follow after the notification of a positive COVID-19 test. After a county resident receives a positive...

 
 By Amanda Eggert    News    July 29, 2020

Land managers anticipate pivot to 'fast and furious' wildfire strategy in light of COVID-19

On a late-June bikepacking trip from Superior, Montana, to Hailey, Idaho, fire ecologist Philip Higuera studied wildfire's impact on the landscape, as is his habit when he's in the woods. He started...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 22, 2020

Frontier Days this week

While it may look at little different in 2020, Frontier Days is still a go for 2020. The popular annual event is scheduled for Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25 in downtown Whitehall. This...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 22, 2020

Summer program ends early, district continues plans for school year

The Whitehall summer school program came to an early end last week with students testing positive for Covid-19. According to Superintendent Hannah Nieskens, the positive cases in the school setting did trigger the Jefferson County Health Department...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 22, 2020

2020 Rockin' the Rivers music festival cancelled

Whitehall area residents hoping to "Rock the Rivers" later this summer will have to wait until next year. Officials for the annual Rockin' the Rivers music festival at the "Bridge" in Cardwell...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 22, 2020

Campaign sign vandalized

The vandalism of campaign signs has once again become an issue in the Whitehall area. Montana Senate District 38 Candidate Jim Buterbaugh reported the vandalism of an 8 by an 8-foot sign on the eastbound side of Interstate 90, just east of...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    July 15, 2020

Council moves forward with mill levy increase

The Whitehall Town Council voted Monday to move forward with a 30 mill levy increase to generate funding for law enforcement and the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. This would be the first...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 15, 2020

Officials make plans for sentinel testing

Jefferson County Health Department Officials are currently working with St. James Hospital about possible sentinel testing. A release from the county stated they have been working with St. James on...

 
 By Marci Whitehurst    News    July 8, 2020

Fourth annual Fiber Festival next week

The annual Fiber Arts Festival is returning July 18-19. Local artisans, Kami Noyes and Betty Kujawa, are teaming up with artisans to host the fourth annual Fiber Arts Festival, located outside...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 8, 2020

Work continues of ADA Sidewalk Project

Work continued last week on the Montana Department of Transportation Whitehall ADA Sidewalk Project. According to MDOT, sidewalks on Legion Avenue from Brooke Street west were completed and ready for...

 
 By Staff Report    News    July 8, 2020

Governor discusses reopening of schools

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney released last Thursday the Governor's Plan for Reopening Safe and Healthy Schools for Montana to provide flexible guidance for public schools to prepare to offer in-person instruction in the fall....

 

Frontier Days officials discuss 2020 event

Last week, as a part of ongoing community involvement efforts, the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce put out a survey to businesses and community members alike. Many entities have been working hard to...

 

Improved road base to save Jefferson County future maintenance issues

The Montana Department of Transportation is making improvements on 10.3 miles of Whitetail Road (S-399) that have caused maintenance issues for years in Jefferson County. "There are sections of...

 

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