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A weekly look at past Whitefish Pilot articles, compiled by Daniel McKay.

10 years ago

July 10, 2008

Flathead County officials began taking jurisdiction of the “doughnut” area outside Whitefish city limits after a district court judge ruled that Whitefish wouldn’t be “irreparably harmed” without control of the area. County commissioners cited growing discontent by doughnut dwellers over how the city handled their property rights.

20 years ago

July 9, 1998

The FBI was getting involved in Whitefish business affairs after a local company had $2 million worth of files stolen. Gateway Applications, which created websites for real estate companies, lost the files to a sophisticated computer hacker.

30 years ago

July 13, 1988

A fire at a sawmill on Highway 93 South caused about $200,000 worth of damage and sent a plume of black smoke into the air. Few walls of the mill remained after the fire destroyed the building.

40 years ago

July 13, 1978

Big Mountain Ski Resort shareholders were happy to hear an update from co-founder Ed Schenck that estimated the ski hill’s worth at over $3 million. The resort was going through a $1.25 million expansion program at the time.

50 years ago

July 11, 1968

The summer fire season got started with a bang, after a storm set off the first wildfire in the Tally Lake Ranger District. The initial fire was only 1/10 of an acre, but hot and dry weather were indications that more fires were to come.

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Glacier Park’s Sperry Chalet expected to reopen by 2020

February 15, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Whitefish Pilot The plan is to have Sperry Chalet open to the public by the summer of 2020, National Park Service officials told contractors and the public interested in the project on Wednesday at a meeting in Kali...

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Request seeks to build ATV track in Stillwater Forest

February 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Whitefish Pilot A request to develop an all-terrain vehicle track and camping area on state forestland just north of the Olney green-box garbage collection site has been submitted to the Montana Department of Natura...

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Forecast shows school enrollment may increase

February 13, 2019 at 4:49 pm | Whitefish Pilot An updated look at the Whitefish School District’s enrollment projections predicts an increase of a total of 172 students enrolled in the next five years. Jerome McKibben, of McKibben Demographics, ...

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Senate approves permanent authorization of Land and Water Conservation Fund as part of big lands package

February 13, 2019 at 1:15 pm | Whitefish Pilot WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday approved a major public lands bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and cr...

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