Throwback to August 3


50 years ago

August 3, 1972

Dave Draeger’s first base glove closed on the ball and the Whitefish Babe Ruth All Stars were the Montana State champions, destined for a trip to Pendleton, Oregon, and the regional playoffs. Whitefish’s 5-2 win over the Glendive All Stars capped a 14-strikeout, two-hit performance from Whitefish pitching ace Paul Torgison.

40 years ago

August 5, 1982

Local authorities were puzzled this week over how a South Fork camper was seriously injured while sleeping in his sleeping bag near a backcountry road. Stanley Hilling of Kalispell said he thought he was attacked by a bear. “We don’t see any evidence that it was a bear,” said Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officer Floyd Thomas. He and sheriff’s detectives believed a vehicle had run over Hilling’s sleeping bag. They said someone could have backed the sleeping man up and even dragged him into the sleeping bag, unknowingly.

30 years ago

August 6, 1992

Flathead County commissioners blasted Sen. Max Baucus for stepping in amid the Highway 93 controversy and persuading the state’s highway department to halt work on the project. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Baucus’ request to require the Federal Highway Administration to prepare a study of alternative designs for the 93 widening between Somers and Whitefish.

20 years ago

August 1, 2002

A fight that broke out in Whitefish was a symptom of a bigger problem, according to Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial. Three men were stabbed Sunday morning outside the Remington and that fight was just one of 12 downtown as the bars emptied after another busy Saturday night. Detective Roger Bergstrom said: “The streets are filled with drunken people, many of whom clash at the slightest hint of trouble.”

10 years ago

August 1, 2012

Lightning sparked new fires in the eastern portion of Flathead National Forest. Forestry officials have issued a “high” fire danger rating with hotter and drier conditions expected. Three elite crews and three helicopters tended the Elbow Pass complex as it grew to 5,000 acres.


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