Looking Back for Jan. 20
A look back at past Whitefish Pilot articles by Whitney England.
10 years ago
Jan. 19, 2011
A Glacier Nordic skier, Stella Holt, had just qualified for a spot on the elite U.S. J1 Scandinavian Cup team. The Whitefish High School senior at the time was one of six girls in the U.S. to make the team. Two years earlier she had won a Junior National title and had been gunning to make the Scandinavian Cup ever since.
20 years ago
Despite a disappointing snowfall and amount of ticket sales from that winter, the proceeds from the 2% resort tax were predicted to pass the $1 million mark, a significant milestone. The Whitefish resort tax monitoring committee was also considering moving the system to a tiered approach which would have put a 3% tax on motels, 2% on restaurants and 1% on retail purchases.
30 years ago
Jan 10, 1991
A new Big Mountain Road was being considered and in the planning phase. The crews were working on an environmental assessment of a new road and five tentative routes were being considered. The ideas for routes ranged from reconstructing the narrow, windy existing roadway that branched off of East Lakeshore Drive to a new road that would run all the way from Highway 40, bypassing Whitefish.
40 years ago
Jan. 15, 1981
The organizers of the Whitefish Winter Carnival were anticipating a change in the events that year to a more family-type of party. Previously businesses in town closed down for the events, but due to a suffering economy and the cost of putting on the extravaganza they would remain open that year. Previous to this year the Carnival had been known in the region as a “great two-day drinking party.”
50 years ago
Jan. 21, 1971
The superintendent of Whitefish Schools at the time, Lloyd Muldown, had just announced his retirement after working in the district for 43 years. He had been superintendent since 1960 and with District 44 since 1928. The article states his most visible single achievement during his superintendency was construction of the new “open plan” elementary school.