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New Program Brings Healthcare Direct to Patients

When describing Jefferson County, it's hard not to mention how large and spread out the county is. The county is expansive and lacks several amenities that other counties enjoy - such as a hospital an...

 
 By Matthew Herper    News    March 31, 2021

AstraZeneca: Efficacy of its COVID-19 Vaccine

Rejecting sharp criticism from U.S. government scientists, AstraZeneca said March 24th that its Covid-19 vaccine was 76% effective at reducing the risk of symptomatic Covid-19, and 100% effective against severe disease, in a new analysis of its large...

 

Why or Why Not? Examining Both Sides of the Vaccine Coin

On Tuesday, March 23rd over three hundred individuals made their way into the Whitehall High School to get their first COVID vaccine, graciously provided by Elkhorn Pharmacy and the Jefferson Valley...

 
 By Brook Stroyke    News    March 24, 2021

Gianforte Tours Golden Sunlight Mine Tailings Project

Governor Greg Gianforte toured the tailing reprocessing project at Barrick's Golden Sunlight Mine on Friday, April 19th. The tour was preceded by a quick stop for lunch at the Peppertree Deli and a...

 
 By Jon Ebelt    News    March 24, 2021

State Health Agency Continues to Work with CDC on Surveillance for Variant Strains

Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) officials announced March 17th the state now has 19 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 virus variant strains. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notified DPHHS of 11...

 

Surviving/Thriving Amid COVID-19: Meadowlark Manor Reopens Its Door to Visitors

At this time last year, the world went into lockdown in fear of COVID-19. We didn't know what the virus could do, would do, or where we would be in a year. For the residents of Meadowlark Manor, it...

 
 By Holly Harper    News    March 17, 2021

300 Vaccines for 60+ or 16+ with Medical Conditions

Three hundred Pfizer vaccines will be distributed at Whitehall High School March 23rd from 9am - 3pm. Please show up 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your appointment if your appointment is at 10am or later. We have more vaccinators than the schedule... Full story

 

Misappropriation of Funds Leads to Change in Procedures for Town of Whitehall, Town Treasurer

During the March Town Council meeting a bombshell was dropped on Council members and the attending audience; but with good news backing it. The town of Whitehall had not paid their taxes to the IRS for years 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Town...

 
 By Holly Harper    News    March 10, 2021

60+ Vaccine Clinic March 23rd at Whitehall High

Three hundred (300) doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered to local residents Tuesday, March 23rd as a coordinated effort between Josh Morris, owner of the Elkhorn Pharmacy and Whitehall Drug, the Jefferson County Rural Ambulance District,... Full story

 

Whitehall School Board Issues Pointed Letter to Commissioners; Claims Health Board "Operates Behind Closed Doors"

At the March 2nd meeting of the Jefferson County Commissioners, the Whitehall School Board presented a letter from their attorney, as well as verbal dissertation from Board Chair Gina Ossello, in regard to the Jefferson County Health Board. The...

 

Reed's Animal Rescue Closing in Whitehall

As of March 1, 2021, Reed’s Animal Rescue in Whitehall will no longer be accepting rescued animals. After more than ten years as an in-home rescue, Patti and Jerry Reed decided the rescue is no longer viable financially. “We love what we do, but...

 

UM Research Reveals How Bacteria Defeat Drugs that Figh Cystic Fibrosis

University of Montana researchers and their partners have discovered a slimy strategy used by bacteria to defeat antibiotics and other drugs used to combat infections afflicting people with cystic fibrosis. The research was published Feb. 23 in the...

 

Whitehall Public Transportation Still Going Strong: Call for Schedule

Whitehall Public Transportation services are still running. Services have been slow due to the pandemic but we will always do our best to get you there! Hours are 9am through 5pm Monday – Friday. We do ask for a 24-hour notice to better service...

 

'Please Hear Me Clearly': CDC Director Urges States Not to Reopen Too Soon as Cases Plateau

The U.S. has hit a plateau in coronavirus cases and deaths that signal a “potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic,” the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned states on Monday not to loosen restrictions and...

 

Whitehall Schools Addresses Mask Mandate

As you have likely heard, following the rescinding of the statewide mask mandate in Montana, the Jefferson County Health Board has issued a new replacement mask mandate, requiring our students, faculty, and administration to maintain masking...

 
 By Pam Hanna RN    News    February 17, 2021

Jefferson County Issues Mask Mandate

As you know, on February 12, 2021, the statewide mask mandate expired. Masks have been proven to reduce the incidence of disease, protect others and ourselves from COVID-19. "Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to... Full story

 

Whitehall VFD Perseveres Over Hectic Day Filled with Structure Fires, Wrecks

Thursday, February 11th wasn't just one of the most frigid days of the year, but it was also one of the busiest for the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Department. The day started with a serious vehicle...

 

DEQ Seeks Public Comment, Announces Meeting Regarding Golden Sunlight Mine

The Department of Environmental Quality is seeking public comment to aid the development of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential environmental impacts from a proposed tailings reprocessing project at the Golden Sunlight...

 

WHO Approved Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine for Emergency Use

The United Nations’ health agency has listed the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and drugmaker AstraZeneca for emergency use, days after a panel of experts recommended the use of the products in settings where variants of...

 

Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on FEbruary 10, 2021 that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does t...

 

Governor Gianforte Issues New Directives, Executive Order - Lifts Mask Mandate

Governor Greg Gianforte issued two new directives and an executive order on Friday, February 12, 2021. The first directive rescinds and replaces all prior directives implementing Executive Order 2-2021, which the governor issued on January 13, 2021....

 

Winter Moves In On Whitehall

When the snow falls there are only two ways to handle it - plow it or play in it! Jayce Gilstrap (corner) chose the best option! CORNER PHOTO COURTESY OF TRESSA GILSTRAP...

 

Accident at Whitehall Drug

Around 12:40 p.m. on Monday, January 25th a vehicle accidentally rammed through the center beam of the awning and high centered on a boulder before pummeling the front steel door of Whitehall Drug....

 

Whitehall Alumni Keeps Cowboys Safe While Living His Dream

Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit can weigh anywhere between 1200 and 1800 pounds; Kaleb Barrett weighs about 170. Yet he looks them in the eye with the utmost confidence, ready to spar at any given minute....

 

Gianforte Announces Move to Phase 1B of Vaccine Distribution

Governor Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday, January 19, 2021 that Montana is moving into Phase 1B of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan. In Phase 1B, COVID-19 vaccines are available to Montanans 70 years of age and older, 16 to 69 years of age...

 

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