Yesterdays: 88 Yellowstone elk released in Flathead NF
Crews moving one of the “Bose” cabins from Lake McDonald across the Continental Divide in 1983 said they carefully measured everything. When the cabin couldn’t get through the East Side Tunnel on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, they said the tunnel had sagged in the middle over the years. The cabin was stuck there for a while. (Mel Ruder photo)
70 years ago Jan. 23, 1953
Fair weather in the high 30s to low 40s allowed for an early start to home building projects for the year, as well as an abundance in elk sightings in Glacier National Park.
60 years ago
Jan. 25, 1963
A surplus of 88 Yellowstone elk were released in Flathead National Forest. The new Flathead National Forest Headquarters office near the junction of Highway 93 and Highway 2 held an open house. The park announced its $1,000,000 payroll for 1962, a $260,000 increase from 1961.
50 years ago
Jan. 26, 1973
The Montana legislature proposed SB 253 which would require Flathead County to increase levy payments to FVCC from three to ten mills. A tie up of federal highway funds only gave $46 million instead of $64 million for highway reconstruction on Highway 40 and Highway 2 between Coram and West Glacier.
40 years ago
Jan. 27, 1983
A railroad worker survived a 156 foot fall off a trestle bridge in John F. Stevens Canyon. Don Dorlarque was driving a small vehicle that lost control when crossing the bridge, but the snow at the bottom cushioned his fall, minus a few bruises and a sprained ankle.
30 years ago
Jan. 28, 1993
The Montana Veterans Home received a 2-cent cigarette tax allocation, resulting in $1.3 million in tax dollars for building maintenance and improvements. Columbia Falls saw a double in drug related arrests from 1991 to 1992, but a decrease in DUIs and other crimes.
20 years ago
Jan. 23, 2003
A head-on collision with a school bus on Highway 2 sent a Columbia Falls man and two students to the hospital. The Hungry Horse News was subpoenaed in court by Flathead Electric Co-op for wrongful discharge and libel for an advertisement that ran the year prior. The ad claimed general manager Warren McConkey supported a “trick” amendment and mismanaged funds.
10 years ago
Jan. 23, 2013
The Blackfeet Tribe requested $60 million after a 2006 fire that started in Glacier National Park and spread to the reservation and burned over 9,000 acres. Several Canyon teens were sentenced to probation after a spree of theft, burglary and drug possession charges, one also escaped the Flathead County Juvenile Detention Center.