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Looking back: Police get new rifles; NorAm racers hit the slopes

by Whitefish Pilot
| February 28, 2024 1:00 AM

A look back at past Pilot articles by Julie Engler

50 Years Ago

February 28, 1974

Signing a contingency contract with the architects for preliminary design of a proposed vocational-technical addition to Whitefish High School was urged on the District 44 school board by a citizen’s advisory committee. The motion urging the board to consider the move after reports on citizen feedback to the vo-tech question proved to be favorable, depending on the cost. The group heard from Harry Schmautz of the firm Brinkman and Lennon, Architects and Engineers from Kalispell.

40 Years Ago

March 1, 1984

Over 100 applications from throughout the country were received from candidates interested in being Whitefish’s second city manager. The city council’s selection committee was chaired by Russ Ramlow, who was also chairman of the council’s administration and finance committee. Other council members on the committee are Pat LaTourelle and Helen Tate. The committee hoped to have the list narrowed down to the top 20 candidates in time for the full city council to consider the matter at its next meeting.

30 Years Ago

February 24, 1994

The Whitefish Police Department purchased six M-14 rifles from the U.S. Department of the Army, Police Chief Bill LaBrie said. The rifles were purchased for a total of $450 through the Montana Department of Justice. The rifles, which were used by infantrymen in the army, are worth nearly $800 each when new, according to LaBrie, who said the rifles are “strictly tactical.” 

20 Years Ago

February 26, 2004

Just as the coaches of the NorAm ski racers know their athletes, technicians know their equipment. They are the people who sharpen edges, wax to a slicked perfection, and choose the perfect set of skis for any race condition. The road to the top of the ski world involves talent, but it also relies on technology. “There are types of skis and preparations for the skis, but bigger than that is tailoring the sharpness to the snow,” explained ski technician Jeff Butz.

10 Years Ago

February 26, 2014

Whitefish rejected a proposed zoning district intended for high-intensity resort development. City Council voted unanimously against adoption of a Whitefish Planned Resort district that could be used to develop destination resorts on parcels of land 5 acres or larger. A long list of permitted uses in the district included hotels, conference centers, art galleries, banks, grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, health clubs, medical clinics and schools.