Looking Back for Dec. 2

by WHITNEY ENGLAND
Reporter | December 2, 2020 1:00 AM

10 years ago

Dec. 1, 2010

The Whitefish Mountain Resort’s events department had just announced adding, for the first time, an original pentathlon race to the upcoming schedule. The multi-sport race, which included nordic skiing, running, biking and paddling, was slated to happen late in the season.

20 years ago

Dec. 7, 2000

Flathead County had just received $432,000 in funding from the state of Montana to relieve affordable housing issues. The funds were from the Montana Department of Commerce HOME Investment Partnerships Program and were planned to help finance housing projects valued at over $16.1 million.

30 years ago

Dec. 13, 1990

An estimated 600 seasonal employees, an increase of 50 additional people from previous years, began work at the Big Mountain and a sizable number were also working in Whitefish businesses. With the influx in workers finding housing rentals was predicted to be near impossible.

40 years ago

Dec. 4, 1980

A proposed R-1 residential ordinance which would limit rentals and “shared use” in those areas was shot down by the Whitefish City Council in the second of three proposed meetings. The issue revolved around whether homes in R-1 could be rented out for less than a month at a time.

50 years ago

Dec. 3, 1970

The construction of a $99,130 lake and river control dam in Whitefish was deemed feasible in a report from a watershed planning party. It was proposed as a weir-type dam to be located below the Columbia Avenue bridge in Whitefish and the benefits for farmers and lakeshore owners were predicted to be astounding.