Looking Back Sept. 12

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

10 years ago

Aug. 28, 2008

After 30 years with the department, Whitefish Fire Chief Dave Sipe announced his retirement. Sipe had been chief since 1995 and first joined the department as a volunteer in 1978.

20 years ago

Aug. 27, 1998

It was back to the drawing board for Winter Sports Inc. after they announced a 9 percent drop in revenue during fiscal year 1998. Michael Collins, president of WSI, said media attention to El Niño, poor snow conditions early in the season and a further weakening of the Canadian dollar all contributed to the down year.

30 years ago

Aug. 31, 1988

The skies around Whitefish were gray with smoke after the Dry Fork Fire near Libby reached 11,000 acres. The fire grew from 1,500 acres the night before after a dry cold front brought fast winds through the area.

40 years ago

Aug. 31, 1978

As part of a fundraising effort, the Jungle Wonders Circus came to the Mountain Trails Saddle Club in Whitefish. Jungle Wonders was a full, three-ring circus with a heavy emphasis on animal acts but also featured clowns, trapeze acts and a full circus band. The Whitefish Jaycees sponsored the event and proceeds would benefit the Whitefish swimming pool fund.

50 years ago

Aug. 29, 1968

After publishing her book, “The Gift of Little Things,” local author Alice Jackman Hutchens held an autograph party at the Whitefish Library. The book tells the author’s story of how she met her husband as a young schoolteacher at Star Meadows.

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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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