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 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.... Full story


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...

 By Staff Report    News    July 1, 2020

County announces case was false positive

Jefferson County Health Department Officials announced Thursday what had been reported as a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been determined to be a false positive test result. The department had reported Sunday a female resident between 60 and 69 had...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 24, 2020

County Fair Officials Announce 2020 Decisions

Officials for the Madison and Jefferson County Fair announced last week how they would be proceeding with their events in 2020. The Madison County Fair Board decided last week the event scheduled for...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 24, 2020

District receives Cook Fresh Award

There was more great news last week for Whitehall Schools with the notification they were one of four districts statewide to receive the Office of Public Instruction's Cook Fresh Award. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said Thursday Whitehall School... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 17, 2020

School District receives MCLSDP grant

There was some amazing recent news for the Whitehall School District. The Montana Office of Public Instruction announced the local district was a Montana Comprehensive Literacy State Development...

 By Staff Report    News    June 17, 2020

Multiple fires start in warm, windy weather

It was a busy weekend for firefighters in Southwest Montana. Firefighters from across the area responded to the Lump Gulch Fire in north Jefferson County near Sheep Mountain, the Sappington Fire east...


MDT to enhance safety, access in Whitehall

The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), in partnership with Helena Sand and Gravel, White Resources Group and Stahly Engineering, is updating sidewalk corners and non-compliant mid-block sidew...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 10, 2020

Pool to open next month

The Whitehall Community Pool will open after all in 2020. Near the conclusion of Monday night's council meeting, the governing body approved a motion from council member Shawn Hoagland to use the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 10, 2020

Administration praises staff

The administrative team at the Whitehall School District took time at last week's Board of Trustees meeting to recognize staff for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Superintendent Hannah Nieskens said the staff was resilient, flexible, and...

 By Jim Buterbaugh    News    June 10, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Tell the Senate not to bail out the states

Lawmakers in Washington are back at it again. As we speak, they’re debating whether they should send bailout money to the states. This is not the best path forward. Why? Because many states have mismanaged their budgets for years (well before this...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    June 3, 2020

Voters deny 2 levy increases

Jefferson County voters narrowly defeated Tuesday a levy increase for both the library system and nine-mill for a non-profit animal shelter. The library increase was defeated by a vote of 1,209 to 1,058. The increase would have brought an additional...

 By Todd Breitenfeldt    News    June 3, 2020

The Whitehall Project: Purge Leafy Spurge

Leafy spurge is a perennial noxious weed that has sticky, milky white sap. The sap can cause a bad reaction if it gets in people's eyes or on their skin. Cows and much of our native wildlife will not regularly graze it, but sheep and goats can be...

 By Melissa Robbins    News    May 27, 2020

Whitehall High School graduation Sunday

The Whitehall Class of 2020 will graduate in six separate ceremonies scheduled for this Sunday in Varsity Gym. With such an upheaval in everyone's lives this spring, we are thankful we are able to...

 By Staff Report    News    May 27, 2020

2020 Cavern tours underway

Caverns tours have started for the season at the Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park. According to park officials, this year there will be new tour protocols to limit the spread of COVID-19 while keeping park staff and visitors safe. The park will...


Headwaters Country Jam rescheduled

The Headwaters Country Jam has been rescheduled. The popular annual event originally scheduled June 18 to 20 at the "Bridge" near Cardwell will now take place August 20 to 22. The most recent lineup l...

 By Todd Breitenfeldt    News    May 27, 2020

The Whitehall Project: Dalmatian Toadflax, Yellow Toadflax and Their Hybrids

Dalmatian toadflax (Linaria dalmatica) and yellow toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) are two closely related state designated noxious weeds that were inadvertently brought over from Eurasia. Both damage farming, range lands and wildlands. They have yellow...


Montana to enter phase two of reopening

Montana will lift its 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers as the state transitions to phase two of the Reopening the Big Sky plan on June 1, Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday. Lifting the...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 20, 2020

Council discusses Public Safety Mill Levy

The Whitehall Town Council discussed last week a possible mill levy increase on the general fund. The Council unanimously approved a motion that will set up two hearings for public comments on a...


Whitehall American Legion/VFW to Cancel Memorial Day Celebration

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform the community that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Legion Post #24 and the Ralph Sullender Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4603 are...


Golden Sunlight Secures Customer For Tailings Reprocessing Project

Editor's Note: The following release was issued Tuesday by Golden Sunlight Mine officials. Nevada Gold Mine's (NGM) processing operations cover the full gambit of processing routes using heap leach,...

 By Jack H. Smith    News    May 13, 2020

Town of Whitehall Pool will not open in 2020

The Town of Whitehall Swimming Pool will not open in 2020. At Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh announced the news to the governing body. Hensleigh said pool operators will...


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