History - Looking Back for May 24, 2023
A look back at past Pilot articles by Julie Engler
50 Years Ago
May 24, 1973
Responding to a request from students, the District 44 school board agreed to allow junior high school girls to wear blue jeans to school. But, the board stipulated, the jeans must be clean, not faded and not torn. For the past two years, the junior high dress code has specified that girls could wear slacks or pant suits, but not blue jeans. A delegation from the student senate, appearing before the school board at its regular meeting, said the “not blue jeans” rule was difficult to enforce because jeans of other colors were permitted.
40 Years Ago
May 26, 1983
The number of illegally killed grizzly bears rose to five with two new reports to fish and game officials. One bear, a male cub weighing only 30 pounds, was found dead in the North Fork area. The incident is being investigated. Another male grizzly, about three and a half years old, was shot by mistake at Bear Creek in the Lower Swan area, according to game warden Capt. Lou Kis. Joe E. Bednarczyk, 37, of Bigfork, was fined $500 and lost his hunting license for two years.
30 Years Ago
May 27, 1993
Lee Zignego, an agent with RE/MAX in Whitefish, said he doesn’t see a downside coming to the local real estate market. “Montana’s done a wonderful job selling our state,” Zignego said. “But as ridiculous as things look here, prices are higher elsewhere. I'm going under the idea that things will go up.” Zignego said he believes the one factor that could halt the real estate boom would be an increase in the interest rate.
20 Years Ago
May 22, 2003
The Flathead County landfill is offering a new service for local businesses to help them properly dispose of hazardous waste products they may use or generate. The landfill will offer a special, one-day collection event for small businesses. If there is strong interest in this service, the landfill may offer it on a more regular basis. The goal of the program is to educate businesses about what they can and cannot dispose of with their everyday trash.
10 Years Ago
May 22, 2013
After four hours of debate and public comment, Whitefish City Council voted 4-3 in favor of moving forward with designing a new City Hall to be built at its current site with an attached parking structure. The final vote came a few minutes prior to the stroke of midnight after the meeting was extended twice. Mayor John Muhlfeld broke a 3-3 tie with councilors Phil Mitchell, Bill Kahle and Chris Hyatt in opposition.