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Ledger Looking Back 25 Years: 1/9/1997


January 12, 2022

January 9, 1997

Whitehall Mayor Neil Gallagher reviewed the progress made in 1996 saying substantial progress had been made on the $1.3 million projects which would upgrade the town’s water supply system by funding construction of new drinking water lines and a new water tank. It also called for the installation of water meters. He said expected completion was in 1997. Another highlight of the year was the signed lease between Jefferson County and the town of Whitehall which helped local efforts to improve the rodeo grounds and baseball fields. The year also saw the purchase of a new fire truck to enhance fire protection and safety for the town. Gallagher praised town workers and said two awards were won in 1996 - one for sewage treatment improvements and the other for worker safety.

Looking ahead to 1997, Gallagher mentioned five major items for the coming year: completion of the town water project; 1997 town election, which included the election for mayor; continued progress on the rodeo grounds and ball fields; efforts involved in the Whitehall Vision 2010 process; and possible development of a plan to address needed street and drainage improvements.

The Jefferson County Health office moved to a temporary location until a permanent space could be found. A 90-day agreement was reached and the office was set up in the Old Cheese Factory on Legion while the search continued for a more permanent location.

Trojan Educator of the Week was technology and telecommunications teacher Julie Kieckbusch. In her first year with the district, Julie was nominated by Principal Barb Thronson for her excellent work in “opening the door to technology for students and staff.” Julie also did an excellent job as girls’ varsity basketball coach this year, Thronson said. Julie enjoys a variety of sports, including basketball and golf, and likes to travel.

Trojan Student of the Week was senior Keith Dulaney, son of Frank and Deborah Dulaney. Keith was nominated by teacher Debbie Sorensen for the attention he gives to his work in Gourmet Foods. He enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, and soccer, and plans to work in Nevada and attend trade school.

Trojan Athlete of the Week was senior Eric Alley, son of Jeff and Leslie Alley. Eric was nominated by basketball coach Jeff Kreis in recognition for the fine offense Eric played against Towsend and Anaconda. Eric tallied 14 points against Townsend and led the Trojans with 12 against Anaconda. He enjoys sports and hunting and plans to attend MSU next year.


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