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 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

OUR VIEW: Fill out a Frontier Days survey

Late July in Whitehall has become synonymous with the annual Frontier Days celebration. It is not only a chance for local residents to come together but also serves as an opportunity to bring former r...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    August 14, 2019 

COLUMN: The Sump

With the heavy moisture early in the summer I really haven't had to worry too much about watering my grass. While it certainly hasn't needed much additional water, it sure has not had any problems growing. In fact, my lawn has probably grown a half...

 

Column: A new shirt

A few years ago, I was covering a Class B State Track meet in Butte and it was a typical Montana spring day that featured just about all four seasons. When I left the house in the morning it was frigid and appeared it might snow at any minute. This...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 31, 2019

COLUMN: Catfish

A few of my summer breaks during college I was lucky enough to get a really good construction job that really helped me with my expenses. I also had a few summers where it was very difficult to find a job that didn't involve fast food. While I...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 24, 2019

COLUMN: THE STARE

Ten years ago, I probably would have had plenty of crazy adventures to talk about in my weekly column. A night out with a pack of friends to a bar or a trip to Vegas would usually result in some sort of shenanigans. The older I get; I'm finding more...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 17, 2019

EDITORIAL: Our View: Volunteers key to Frontier Days

It's a little over a week away from Frontier Days, the biggest celebration of the year in the Whitehall area. Since the 2018 event, chamber and other volunteers have been working extremely hard in...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 17, 2019

COLUMN: Glad I didn't have the choice

I'm really glad I didn't have a cell phone as a kid. I could certainly say that I would have not used it as much as kids do today, but that's probably not the case. Adults these days say they would have never been glued to a phone, but look around...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    July 10, 2019

COLUMN: 3 Parking Spots

The 4th of July is always a great time for friends and family to come together to celebrate one amazing Country. It also means the Interstate and Highways are jam packed with people. The increase in traffic means that gas stations and truck stops...

 

COLUMN: It's not real?

When I was a little kid, I was a borderline obsessive fan of professional wrestling. It wasn't today's era where I could catch a program or one of the many easily accessible pay per view events, instead I had to wait to watch my favorites like Sting...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 26, 2019

COLUMN: The smell of Taco Bell

I'm not sure if I had to choose, I could pick a favorite sport between football and basketball but would easily admit that the NCAA basketball tournament is my favorite sporting event of the year. I also really enjoy covering high school basketball...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 19, 2019

COLUMN: Let em score...

While I much rather watch a basketball or football game, whenever the United States soccer team is playing in a World Cup, I pay attention. I don't know much about soccer, don't like it enough to call it football, but do love cheering on my country...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 12, 2019

Column: TOO much honking

When Oliver Lucas created the first vehicle horn in the 1910 it was a much-needed invention that is still as relevant today. It has also become a major pain in the back side. Rather than just use it for what is intended, the horn has become as source...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Column: Some field trip...

Over the past weeks kids from across the area were able to wrap up the school year with their annual spring field trips. I was able to read online about what seemed to be some pretty amazing trips and the kids really seemed to be happy about where...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 29, 2019

Column: Horsing Around

When I was in seventh grade it was a very normal routine to go to the high school for every home football game. I'm sure there was some cheering going on for the Tigers, but it really was more about socializing. The first year of junior high was a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 22, 2019

COLUMN: The Nap

About three minutes ago I was abruptly woken up by a semi driving way too fast in a 25 mile per hour zone. I'm writing this on May 15 which just so happens to be my birthday so I decided I would take a quick post lunch nap. Wednesday mornings are a...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 15, 2019

Our View: Looking at future development

In the last few issues of the Whitehall Ledger, Jefferson County Commissioner has done an exemplary job discussing economic development and ongoing projects in his "State of the County" articles. I'm...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 15, 2019

COLUMN: Moo

Throughout the years I've moved around quite a bit and had a lot of different neighbors. Some of them have become friends, some of them barely said a word, there were plenty that were mean, and have made for some very interesting stories. The one...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 8, 2019

COLUMN: Kitchen Chaos

As I type this article, I'm still in the process of moving which as I have said before in my weekly column is one thing, I do not enjoy doing at all. Later this afternoon will be the absolute worst part because it is time to move all the big stuff...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    May 1, 2019

COLUMN: Spiders and KISS

I'm not sure of how old I was, but I remember as a kid spending a great deal of time with my Uncle Howie. It was always a lot of fun until he brought out his records. I've always been a huge fan of music, but as a younger child I was very frightened...

 

COLUMN: Jack in Jackson Hole

With a winter that won't seem to stop, I haven't been this is excited for summer in a really long time. Although I'm moving in a few days, I'm not getting too depressed about everything that goes along with packing up everything and taking it...

 

COLUMN: Store Shenanigans

The other day I was at the grocery store searching for some chipotle peppers in adobo sauce when I overheard two ladies having a conversation. They had not seen each other in quite some time and were very happy to see each other and exchange...

 

COLUMN: Nicked nose

The past couple of years I've spent a great deal of time with a beard. Every so often I would let it get a little too long and perhaps look more like a Grizzly Adams than a newspaper guy. It is just really convenient to have a beard. I don't have to...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 3, 2019

OUR VIEW: Our View: Hopefully exploration a positive

In late March, Barrick Gold officials announced a final mill run has been scheduled for May at the Golden Sunlight Mine in Whitehall. This was certainly tough news to take for the community. The Golden Sunlight Mine has been such an important part...

 
 By Jack H. Smith    Opinion    April 3, 2019

COLUMN: Just a clutz

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how karma may have played a part in two wonderful spills I had while walking around town. After another horrifically embarrassing fall inside of a school on my way to a building, I'm beginning to think that it probably...

 

COLUMN: Moving Stinks

I can't remember a time in my life where I was ever so excited for the transition to spring and eventually the high temperatures of summer. This was a brutal winter with a few weeks I thought would never end. Driving was of course a nightmare and...

 

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