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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U.S. Senate passes lands package

February 20, 2019 at 10:38 am | Whitefish Pilot The U.S. Senate by a wide margin passed a public lands bill last week that permanently authorizes the Land, Water and Conservation Fund, a key piece of legislation that has been used across Montana o...

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Economist says innovation needed to address affordable housing issue

February 20, 2019 at 10:38 am | Whitefish Pilot With a focus on the challenges of affordable housing, Montana’s Economic Outlook Summit statewide tour stopped at the Hilton Inn in Kalispell recently. The Bureau of Business and Economic Research ...

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Climate advocate training workshop Saturday

February 20, 2019 at 10:36 am | Whitefish Pilot The Flathead Valley Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will hold a Climate Advocate Training workshop for local folks interested in climate solutions at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. CCL is a nonprof...

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State studying reconstruction of Whitefish Stage Road

February 20, 2019 at 10:35 am | Whitefish Pilot The Montana Department of Transportation is hosting an open house public meeting on a study to review roadway reconstruction alternatives for Whitefish Stage Road between West Reserve Drive and Monta...

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