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Yesterdays: Couples sought to man fire lookouts

| May 8, 2024 2:00 AM

70 years ago

April 30, 1954

Glacier National Park was looking for two couples to run the backcountry chalets at Sperry and Granite Park. One couple would be at each chalet and the story said, “The ladies should be able to cook.”

60 years ago

April 3, 1964

While it wasn’t felt here, the great Alaskan Earthquake likely caused large swells in the Hungry Horse Reservoir and it also knocked seismic sensing equipment in the area out of adjustment. The first concrete was poured for the addition to the Anaconda Aluminum Co. expansion in Columbia Falls.

50 years ago

May 3, 1974

Better late than never as Columbia Falls volunteers were busy taking down the Christmas lights on poles around town. They were also washing down Nucleus Avenue with a fire hose.

40 years ago

May 3, 1984

Power restored to the Hungry Horse Water Co. pumps after the water supply paid a delinquent bill of $13,000. The water hadn’t been off entirely, though. The system, which was privately-owned at the time, also got water from Columbia Mountain, though residents were advised to boil the water because of it.

30 years ago

May 5, 1994

Glacier National Park was offering bear resistant food containers for anyone who was camping in an undesignated area of Glacier. The new containers were already being used in Alaska. The containers are necessary as there’s no place to hang food from the reach of bears in the high country where the trees are either too short or there aren’t any at all.

20 years ago

April 29, 2004

About a year after the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. shut down two potlines laying off hundreds of workers, Flathead Valley Community College was busy retraining them for other jobs. Randy Lawson was one of the workers being retrained as a heavy equipment operator through the college.

10 years ago

April 30, 2014

The Columbia Falls City Council formally requested that the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. site be placed on the National Priorities List under the Superfund law. The move started the entire Superfund cleanup at the defunct aluminum plant, a process which continues today.