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 By Jack H. Smith    News    February 20, 2019 

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... Full story

 

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...

 

Bill Would Use Coal Money for Affordable Housing

The Montana House of Representatives has passed a bill that would use money from the coal severance tax trust fund to pay for low- and moderate-income housing projects. House Bill 16, carried by Rep. Dave Fern, D-Whitefish, passed the House on a 71-2...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    February 6, 2019

Headliners announced for Headwaters Country Jam

The lineup has been announced for the 2019 Headwaters Country Jam near Cardwell. The event is scheduled to take place from Thursday, June 13 to Saturday, June 15 at "The Bridge" and will include...

 

Montana Lawmakers Debate Infrastructure Funding, DUI's

Lawmakers in Helena are beginning discussions on how to build and maintain the state's infrastructure, including roads, bridges, wastewater systems and state buildings. Again, the debate will come down to which projects get funding and whether that...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 30, 2019

State Legislators push legislation to address Montana's mental health crisis

When Brandi King finished a 14-month deployment with the United States Army, she returned home to Montana's Fort Belknap Indian Reservation to heal. King carried with her the trauma she experienced during combat in Mosul, Iraq. She began to feel...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 23, 2019

Whitehall Speech shines at Divisionals

The Whitehall High School Speech and Debate team had great results at last week's Divisional Tournament in Missoula. Senior Rebecca Meyer led the way for the Trojans with a first-place finish in...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    January 16, 2019

Council approves ordinance letter

The Whitehall Town Council approved Monday a generic letter that will be sent to residents who are in violation of town ordinances. According to Town Clerk/Treasurer Summer Fellows, the letter will notify the resident of a ordinance violation, will...

 
 By Shaylee Ragar    News    January 16, 2019

House Rules, Medicaid and Public Lands Dominate First Week of Montana Legislature

The 66th Montana Legislature opened for business Jan. 7 and lawmakers spent much of the first week discussing what they hope to see for hot topic issues and bills, like public lands and Medicaid expan...

 

Early winter snowfall hit or miss across the treasure state

After last winter's record setting snowfall, the mountains across the state of Montana have received sporadic snowfall so far this year, leaving some river basins near normal for snowpack, while others are below normal on January 1. Early season...

 
 By Timothy Pierce    News    January 2, 2019

Montana Legislators look to learn from past infrastructure failures

Republicans and Democrats agree funding critical infrastructure needs is important, but if the last two legislative sessions are any indication, that is where the agreement ends. Both times efforts to pass a major infrastructure investment bill...

 
 By PAUL HAMBY    News    January 2, 2019

Lawmakers look to monitor opioids, expand treatment

Montana's top prosecutor says he wants the 2019 Legislature to combat addiction to prescription opioids and expand on a policy of treatment rather than incarceration for drug offenders. Republican Attorney General Tim Fox said his office would...

 
 By CAITLYN PATEL    News    January 2, 2019

Armed with pilot project success, Bullock renews call for preschool program

Gov. Steve Bullock is once again proposing Montana launch a state-funded preschool program for those who cannot afford private pre-kindergarten programs for their children. The governor included a $30 million grant program to support high-quality...

 

A look back: Changes at town hall in 2018

There were plenty of changes at Town Hall in 2018. At a special meeting in January, Council members Barbara Gagnon, Katy James, Jason Good and Montina Rawson, and Mayor Mary Janacaro Hensleigh were sworn into their positions. The seat of James was...

 

Reported error leads to lockdown

A system error led to an unexpected lockdown December 12 for K-12 students in Whitehall. Superintendent John Sullivan said once they once they determined the lockout alert was not caused by a real threat, students and teachers were informed a system...

 

How to get ambulance district to town vote unclear

If the Town of Whitehall were to join the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District the decision would need to be made by registered voters. The process of how to get town voters to decide if they would join the district created in 2017 is however un...

 

Ground breaking ceremony takes place for bus barn

On a cold and windy Montana morning, shovels broke the ground in what was a monumental day for Whitehall Public Transportation. A ground-breaking ceremony took place Monday, December 10 for the...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    December 5, 2018

Chamber Lights Contest returns

The deadline is nearing for the 2018 Whitehall Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lights Contest. Entries for the contest are due to the chamber by Friday, December 7 at 10 a.m. Houses must be fully decorated and lit for judging by December 8. Winners...

 

Meeting to discuss new Veterans home

An informational meeting about the Southwest Montana Veterans' Home is set to take place Friday, November 30 at the Whitehall Community Center. The meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. According to local Veteran Gary Redfern, the meeting will also...

 

County Commmission Update

Hi Folks We didn't have a regular meeting last week. I hope everyone had a very great Thanksgiving. Carole and I were able to go help with the free dinner at the Stageline Pizza on Thanksgiving Day. Event Coordinator, Bruce Binkowski and his wife Chr...

 

Documentary to highlight career of Davis

Cowboy Strong – The Man Behind the NFR Legacy in Vegas, a special one-hour documentary produced to chronicle the incredible career of Shawn Davis, will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, November 25 at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. The program will...

 

Whitehall Schools honor Veterans

The Whitehall School District honored those who have served last week at the annual Veteran's Day Program. The program included a 100th year celebration of Armistice Day in 1918 by Whitehall fifth...

 

Smart wins national contest

Whitehall resident and photographer Sarah Smart was recently selected as the first place finisher in the Heritage Foundation photo contest. Her photo taken during the Field of Honor Celebration on...

 
 By Staff Report    News    November 7, 2018

2018 General Election Results

Montana voted against two highly publicized ballot initiatives. In unofficial results from the Montana Secretary of State, voters easily defeated I-186 by a count of 229,072 to 161,440. The initiative would have denied approval to any new hard rock...

 

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