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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 15, 2018 

COLUMN: Fashion Show Blues

With the first day of school just around the corner, families have been extremely busy with school shopping, getting supplies, and trying to get children into a much better sleep schedule. Each year around this time it always reminds me of the first...


Column: Free Food

I’m not sure if I’m necessarily a fan of it, but the Google app on my phone has recently been giving me a very comprehensive list of what’s trending in the world every time I try to search for something. I used to get a much less condensed...


Column: The travelers

Publishing a newspaper every Wednesday I don’t get to travel that much or anywhere too far away. Sometimes this makes me a little bit sad, but all of the time I’m completely okay with it because it means I don’t have to deal with “fellow...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 18, 2018

EDITORIAL: Fiber Festival a unique event for Whitehall

A fifth-generation rancher, Kami Noyes had a longtime dream of bring fiber artistry back to its roots. Noyes of Ranching Fiber Traditions was able to accomplish this in 2017, when along with Betty Kujawa of Snowdrift Alpacas joined forces for the...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 18, 2018

COLUMN: Popeye Arm

I should have known that the moment I wrote a column about a disdain for several weeks of fireworks in a row that I would pay for it in some sort of karmic retribution for constantly being grumpy about everything. This wonderful gem of a story...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Editorial: Booster club an asset to students, community

It's hard to believe, but the opening of fall practice for the three Whitehall High School sports teams is less than a month away. While the teams will be working hard to get ready for competition, the Whitehall High School Booster Club will bring...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 11, 2018

Column: Fireworks Season

I'm most likely way in the minority on this one, but probably my least favorite two weeks of the year are what I like to call "fireworks season". It's the time of the year where stands come out on seemingly every street corner, and I'm jolted out of...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 5, 2018

EDITORIAL: Get out and enjoy the pool

After several months rainy weather, the calendar has turned to July, the month knowing for the highest temperatures of the year in the Whitehall area. The July weather is a perfect opportunity for residents to get out and experience a true gem of our...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 5, 2018

COLUMN: Why on earth would you print that picture

A few days ago I received a text message from a friend who was very upset over a picture that had run in my hometown newspaper. The picture was of her daughter and she wanted my opinion on what I thought of the photo, and if this was something that...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 27, 2018

COLUMN: The sacrifice

What should have been a normal Friday in the spring of my seventh grade year took a far different turn. I should have known something was amiss when my bus pulled up to my school and large groups of my classmates were gathered together. It was... Full story


EDITORIAL: Volunteers still needed for Frontier Days

With a little over a month until the 2018 Frontier Day in Whitehall, organizers are looking for volunteers to help out at the popular two-day event. One of the most needed areas for volunteers is the Rancher's Rodeo, but help with any of the variety...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 6, 2018

Editorial: Changes should benefit Farmer's Market

Things will be a little bit different when the annual Whitehall Farmer’s Market opens for business next Saturday, and this is a good thing for the local community. Event organizers are transitioning into a “Street Market” in Legion Park and...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 30, 2018

Editorial: Search and Rescue deserves a "Yes" vote

Early next month, local resident in Jefferson County will vote on ballot measure that would help pay for operation costs and equipment for Jefferson Valley Search and Rescue and Elkhorn Search and Rescue. The total amount raised by the levy would be...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 23, 2018

COLUMN: Stuck in the mud

I'm pretty sure that it could be 100 degrees outside for a straight week and I could still find a way to come inside with mud on my shoes and various part of my clothing. I'm not sure why, but I always find a way to dirty up the bottom of my shoes... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 16, 2018

Column: Writing in Spanish

Near the end of my eighth grade year I was able to sign up for freshman year classes that included my first foreign language credit. Like a lot of eighth graders, I was a genius in my own mind and thought the best fit would be to take German. I...

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 2, 2018

Editorial: Spring Cleanup A Boon to Whitehall

Every year prior to summer , residents from Whitehall come together to help tidy up the town with the annual Spring Clean up. This is not only a great way for the community to get the town looking great for the warmer months; it is a wonderful way...


Editorial: Play, upcoming events great way to support youth

This week will be the culmination of countless hours of hard work by Whitehall High School students with the Thursday and Friday night performances of the annual spring play. The performances of “See How They Run” by Philip King are scheduled...


Column: Uh oh, my pants

One great thing about my job is that it is an equal mix of sitting at a desk and being out in the public for games, events, interviews or taking pictures. This is really wonderful because I can spend a lot of time just focusing on writing or...


EDITORIAL: Earth Day Event Big For Caverns

The Lewis and Clark Caverns located 13 miles south of Whitehall is not only a popular destination for thousands of tourists each season, the park is also a premier location for locals who utilize the area for bird watching, hiking, mountain biking...


COLUMN: Trash in the middle of nowhere

I grew up in an area that much like Montana had many open spaces to explore. I was lucky enough to have two of my houses growing up that were by "desert" like locations and I could spend hours on my bike and always find a new dirt road or something...


COLUMN: The Masters

As a kid, I would often times spend from sunrise to sunset in the summer at the golf course with my dad. I would also spend a great deal of time with him watching golf on television. I'm not talking about the four major tournaments either, we would w... Full story

 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 4, 2018

COLUMN: No time for a bully

I recently read about the death of Ken Rex McElroy. If you are unfamiliar with the infamous case, McElroy was a notorious bully in a small Missouri town who had for years harassed and committed some pretty horrific crimes against local residents. In... Full story


COLUMN: The mall of yesteryear

I don't think it would be an understatement to say that malls are just not what they used to me. In fact, ten years from now I'm pretty sure there won't be many still around. When I first moved to Montana in 2015 I made a trip to Butte and checked...


COLUMN: March Madness and Blue Fields

I'm an avid sports fan and my absolute favorite time of the year is the NCAA Basketball Tournament, especially the first four days. I grew up at a time when the University of Wyoming basketball team had an amazing program and their eclectic player...


EDITORIAL: Spread the word about Cardwell celebration

In a little under five months, both current and former residents will help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cardwell School. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the school, and will also include a dinner... Full story


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