Looking Back for September 21
A look back at past Pilot articles by Julie Engler.
50 Years Ago
September 21, 1972
Whitefish City Council sent a letter to the State Highway Department requesting the removal of the 35 m.p.h. speed zone near the Safeway store on Highway 93, asking them to reinstate the original 25 m.p.h. zone. The council felt the new speed limit set by the state was imprudent because of the close proximity of the school.
40 Years Ago
September 23, 1982
Local railroad workers were waiting for President Reagan’s signature of legislation that would end the four-day-old strike. The legislation would require the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers to accept a settlement recommended by a commission that was named during the 60-day cooling-off period. Union officials said they would honor the back-to-work order when it was received from the national union officials.
30 Years Ago
September 24, 1992
Despite seemingly overwhelming public opposition, the Whitefish City Council voted 4-2 to allow developer Michael Richards to build his Montana Valley Club golf complex. The council concurred with the planning board’s recommendation that a planned development on the site would be better than the anticipated alternative of large-lot residential development with minimal public review and planning.
20 Years Ago
September 19, 2002
A local 12-year-old kid, who wanted to be a comedian, outfitted himself from head to toe in cardboard boxes and trotted around downtown. He would pause near businesses and appear to be a stack of boxes but when people strolled past, the boxes grew feet and walked away. People poured from bars and restaurants to see what was going on with “Box Man” as he was swiftly dubbed.
10 Years Ago
September 19, 2012
The runners of the Two Bear marathon were taken on an unexpected 3-mile detour. Vandals reportedly moved the route markers and blocked the proper trail the night before the race, sending a pack of runners down a dead-end path. About 1.5 miles down the wrong trail near the north end of Whitefish Lake, lead runner and eventual overall winner Zach Miller knew something was askew.