Looking Back for July 15

| July 14, 2020 3:29 PM

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

10 years ago

July 15, 2010

Just half a year after bringing taxi service to Whitefish, the lone cab company was calling it quits. Lee Sturdevant had leased the Kalispell Taxi permit from its former operator and was operating a 50-mile radius around Kalispell, but there weren’t enough users.

20 years ago

July 13, 2000

A man was booked in the Flathead County Detention Center after claiming to have mailed a bomb at the Whitefish Post Office. The package was intended to be mailed to U.S. Senator John McCain but was not actually a bomb. Postal workers became suspicious when the man started saying things like, “I have mailed a bomb.”

30 years ago

July 12, 1990

After 52 years of powerboat racing, the Whitefish Lake Regatta would not be taking place during the summer. The race was dropped due to a waning number of racers and a lack of volunteers.

40 years ago

July 17, 1980

Whitefish was dealing with a traffic problem on its entrance at Highway 93 South. The Montana Highway Department and the city were looking for ways to alleviate the heavy congestion, including lowering the speed limit to 35 miles per hour and adding more lanes.

50 years ago

July 16, 1970

A Kalispell-based contractor was suing the school district after failing to win a roofing bid. General Roofing Co. claimed the district erred in awarding a contract to a company that did not have a valid Montana contractor’s license, and sought damages of over $6,000.