Looking Back Sept. 12

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A weekly look at past Whitefish Pilot articles, compiled by Daniel McKay.

10 years ago

Aug. 28, 2008

After 30 years with the department, Whitefish Fire Chief Dave Sipe announced his retirement. Sipe had been chief since 1995 and first joined the department as a volunteer in 1978.

20 years ago

Aug. 27, 1998

It was back to the drawing board for Winter Sports Inc. after they announced a 9 percent drop in revenue during fiscal year 1998. Michael Collins, president of WSI, said media attention to El Niño, poor snow conditions early in the season and a further weakening of the Canadian dollar all contributed to the down year.

30 years ago

Aug. 31, 1988

The skies around Whitefish were gray with smoke after the Dry Fork Fire near Libby reached 11,000 acres. The fire grew from 1,500 acres the night before after a dry cold front brought fast winds through the area.

40 years ago

Aug. 31, 1978

As part of a fundraising effort, the Jungle Wonders Circus came to the Mountain Trails Saddle Club in Whitefish. Jungle Wonders was a full, three-ring circus with a heavy emphasis on animal acts but also featured clowns, trapeze acts and a full circus band. The Whitefish Jaycees sponsored the event and proceeds would benefit the Whitefish swimming pool fund.

50 years ago

Aug. 29, 1968

After publishing her book, “The Gift of Little Things,” local author Alice Jackman Hutchens held an autograph party at the Whitefish Library. The book tells the author’s story of how she met her husband as a young schoolteacher at Star Meadows.

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Several events planned for Montana cooperative week

October 18, 2018 at 8:57 am | Whitefish Pilot Cooperative leaders from across Flathead and Lincoln counties have teamed up with several partners to host the Montana Cooperative Impact Week set for Oct. 23-25. Groups involved include Rural Econo...

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Boosters float idea of school sports complex

October 17, 2018 at 8:01 am | Whitefish Pilot Supporters of Bulldog athletics are exploring the possibility of constructing a new, privately-funded sports complex. Joe Akey, president of the Bulldog Booster Club presented the idea to the Whitef...

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Officials participate in crisis training led by international experts

October 17, 2018 at 7:52 am | Whitefish Pilot On a hot July day a spark ignites spreading into a wildfire threatening the city. Hundreds of protesters gather downtown, but the event morphs into a violent riot. How will officials respond to these...

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End shackling of pregnant women

October 16, 2018 at 3:08 pm | Whitefish Pilot Jane Doe gave birth to her baby in a Montana hospital with her left leg shackled to her hospital bed. Even after a nurse questioned Jane’s guard about the necessity of shackling — given that Jane wa...

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