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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...

 

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...

 

New Owner, Changes in Store for Local Newspaper

With the Whitehall Ledger under new ownership, you'll be seeing a lot of changes, big and small, over the course of the next few weeks. From the owner to the office, the front page of the paper to...

 

Crowded Legislature Convenes in '21

HELENA - Members of the House and Senate kicked off the 2021 Legislature in person at the state Capitol on Monday, formally convening and electing leadership for what may be a turbulent 90-day...

 

Flynn Named to Dickinson State University Dean's List

Hunter Flynn of Whitehall, MT, has been named to Dickinson State University's (DSU) Dean's List for the 2020 fall semester. At the end of each regular semester, the University recognizes those...

 

Caverns hosting 2021 First Day Hike

Those looking to start 2021 off on the right foot will be able to do so with a First Day Hike planned for January 1 at Lewis and Clark Caverns near Whitehall. On Jan. 1, Montana State Parks is...

 
 By Matt Volz    News    December 23, 2020

Mask Mandate in Doubt With Incoming Governor

HELENA, Mont. - Incoming Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signaled he won't continue a statewide mask mandate in place since July, though he said he plans to wear a mask himself and get vaccinated against...

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    December 23, 2020

'We're getting there': Health care workers are first in line as Montanans receive initial round of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

HELENA - At St. Peter's Health in Helena, many doctors and medical staff spent the beginning of this week eagerly preparing for a pivotal moment. On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, the hospital...

 
 By Mara Silvers    News    December 16, 2020

Montana prepares for initial COVID-19 vaccinations

When 9,750 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Montana as early as this week the delivery will mark the beginning of a complex distribution plan organized by public health officials,...

 

Local Calls will Require Area Code due to National Suicide Prevention rollout

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") approved the designation of 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit abbreviated code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The 988 h...

 

Demolition work continues on mills

Demolition work is continuing in the mill area at the Barrick Golden Sunlight mine in Whitehall. At a Community Transition Advisory Committee meeting last week, Mine General Manager Chuck Buus reported a significant amount of demolition has taken...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    News    December 9, 2020

Board approves voluntary rapid antigen test

The Whitehall School Board of Trustees voted last week to approve BinaxNOW, a rapid antigen test for COVID-19. The use of the tests is voluntary for both students and staff. During a presentation, School Nurse Mary Beth Hunter stressed this is not...

 

12 Montana Counties Officially Establish Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority

Twelve Montana counties including Jefferson y have officially founded the Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority to advocate for the return of passenger rail service across southern Montana. The finalized...

 

Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District - How They Service Us

As many may have noticed, as small town changes are always noticed, P.U.L.S.E. and the Jefferson Valley EMS are now housed in what used to be the Whitehall Drug Store. This prominent location on Legion Street was made possible with assistance...

 

What is the Jefferson Valley Rural Ambulance District and How Does it Affect You?

As time passes, we are all realizing we are not living in the same world we were this time last year. With COVID-19's uncertainties it is important to look at our own health, options, and where our ca...

 
 By Chris Aadland    News    December 2, 2020

PLAYING CATCH-UP WITH THE CURVE

In Montana's largest county, Yellowstone, the public health officer said his workers are facing a backlog of more than 760 new COVID-19 cases waiting for contact tracing and case investigation....

 

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