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Looking Back for Jan. 25

| January 25, 2023 1:00 AM

A look back at past Pilot articles by Julie Engler.

50 Years Ago

Jan. 25, 1973

Visitors to the 14th Annual Whitefish Winter Carnival will range from the famous to the lovely, according to Jim Trout, Carnival president. Official guests of the Carnival were Robert Fuller, his wife Patty and their two children. Fuller starred in the role of Dr. Kelly Brackett in “Emergency” on NBC, a series that centers on the activities of paramedics. Fuller was perhaps best known as the scout in “Wagon Train.”

40 Years Ago

Jan. 27, 1983

Don Dorlarque of Coram rested in North Valley Hospital, with only minor injuries from the 156-foot fall from a railroad trestle near Essex he survived the previous day. Dorlarque was driving a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle and as he was approaching the trestle, he said he slowed to 10 to 15 miles an hour but when he started to cross, “the stupid thing went to the left.” He landed in 25 inches of snow. “When it first started going over, I remember saying a couple cuss words, then I don’t remember a thing,” he said.

30 Years Ago

Jan. 28, 1993

Whitefish Police Officer Mike Ferda began teaching Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) to more than 880 students in Central, Muldown and Cross Currents Schools. Through lessons and role-playing, Ferda plans to help the 135 sixth graders at Central School learn about personal safety, drug use and misuse, and building self-esteem.

20 Years Ago

Jan. 26, 2003

The Whitefish Community Center Company raised the money and helped organize the effort to build the O’Shaughnessy Center and the Whitefish Library. Founded in July 1994, the organization will close its books and cease to exist very soon. “It’s all done,” said Coordinating Committee Chairman David Steward. “Everything was finished. There’s no need to continue.”

10 Years Ago

Jan. 23, 2013

The Whitefish School District was waiting to hear from the teachers union after the school board approved a contract that was later rejected by members of the Whitefish Education Association. The contract included a 1% pay raise and a one-time $850 bonus. “For over 90% of our members, salary was the reason not to ratify the offer,” said Gayle Graf, WEA president.

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