Looking Back for Jan. 16

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

10 years ago

Jan. 15, 2009

Whitefish High School received a suggestion for a name change from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA, billed as the “world’s largest animal rights organization,” asked the school to change its name to “Sea Kitten High School” to help protect fish.

20 years ago

Jan. 14, 1999

The proposed playground and sports park on Whitefish’s southeast corner finally got a name — Project Whitefish Kids. The project was already raising funds for the park, which featured baseball and softball fields, soccer fields and a playground.

30 years ago

Jan. 18, 1989

Whitefish was looking into ways to deal with a perceived drug problem, and a “dope detective” seemed like the solution. Police Chief Dave Dolson called Whitefish the “narcotic capital of northwest Montana” and recommended an extra officer that would act as a narcotic detective.

40 years ago

Jan. 18, 1979

A pair of skiers just avoided tragedy on Big Mountain. Two separate skiers needed rescue on the mountain in zero degree weather conditions after deliberately skiing outside of the mountain’s boundaries. Both men were fine outside of some frostbite.

50 years ago

Jan. 16, 1969

The Whitefish hospital board still hadn’t made a final decision on the new hospital. The board wanted more estimated cost figures before deciding to build the 50-bed hospital, which had a Feb. 15 deadline for a decision. Rising construction and interest costs were creating doubt that the hospital would be able to cover those costs with income.

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Uphill travel on Big Mountain closes due to lack of snow

December 05, 2019 at 11:43 am | Whitefish Pilot Whitefish Mountain Resort and the Flathead National Forest are temporarily closing the front side of Big Mountain to uphill skiing until more snow is received. Officials on Thursday said the closur...

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Former county commissioner Dale Lauman dies

December 05, 2019 at 1:54 pm | Whitefish Pilot Former Flathead County Commissioner Dale Lauman, who was well-known not only for extensive community service that spanned decades but also for his statesmanship, kindness and compassion, died Wednesd...

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Out West Trading on Central Avenue offers variety

December 04, 2019 at 1:59 pm | Whitefish Pilot Out West Trading Co. is both modern and rustic in the feel of the downtown shop, but also in the unique gifts and clothing in the store. The store opened last week in the former Nelson’s Hardware s...

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WTC presents a musical fairy tale with a twist

December 04, 2019 at 2:22 pm | Whitefish Pilot A musical twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, the Whitefish Theatre Company presents the musical “Into the Woods” as its holiday show this month at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish. This...

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