Yesterdays: About 1,000 yards of rock broke off the mountainside about four miles east of West Glacier, blocking Highway 2.
Gertie the bear. (Mel Ruder photo)
70 years ago
June 6, 1952
Gertie, a blonde black bear that frequented the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park for several years hadn’t been seen this spring and park rangers wondered if she died. She was about 9 years old at least. The Hungry Horse Dam would soon start generating power with the installation of the first generator rotor, set to begin at the end of the week.
60 years ago
June 8, 1962
About 1,000 yards of rock broke off the mountainside about four miles east of West Glacier, blocking Highway 2. The Sun Road was used an alternative route as Logan Pass was open. Crews expected the road to be cleared soon. No one was injured, but a truck was damaged and six men barely escaped.
50 years ago
June 9, 1972
The former home of Minnie Maresch in Apgar was now an art gallery featuring local artists. The home, which also used to be the Apgar visitor center, was bought by the federal government. Today it used in the winter to host snowshoe tours to school groups.
40 years ago
June 10, 1982
Columbia Falls pharmacist DeWayne Krueger had an interesting hobby — he was building his own airplane in his garage. He said the plane would go through a alot of testing before he flew it.
30 years ago
June 4, 1992
A new arboretum in Hungry Horse was planted with a variety of different larch trees. The outlook for forest fires was the worst in 30 years unless the area saw significant rain in June.
20 years ago
June 6, 2002
The Hungry Horse News was sold by Lee Enterprises to the Hagadone Corporation. The family-owned company still owns it today. Gary Hall beat incumbent county commissioner Dale Williams in the Republican primary for county commissioner.
10 years ago
June 6, 2012
Glacier Park confirmed that remains of a body found in cliffs above Avalanche Lake were those of Yi-Jien Hwa, a Malaysian man who went missing while on a hike in 2008. His remains — bone fragments and other items — were found by hikers in the summer of 2011. DNA evidence matched the fragments with Hwa.