Yesterdays: Police car purchased for $864

Print Article

From left, Ed Walden, Cliff Sedivy and Bob Mengon with four mountain lions they took on Teakettle Mountain in February, 1953.

70 years ago

Nov. 5, 1948

The first concrete for the Hungry Horse Dam was poured, albeit for the diversion tunnel for the South Fork of the Flathead. Christmas tree harvest in the Flathead Valley was expected to approach 1 million trees. Leo Opalka, formerly of Columbia Falls but now a rancher in Niarada, bought a prized white-faced bull for $1,000.

60 years ago

Nov. 7, 1958

Columbia Falls voters approved a $165,000 bond issue for its water supply with $100,000 for a 16-inch water main from Cedar Springs and a $40,000 water main to supply the new high school as part of the project. A foot or more of snow in the backcountry was expected to help hunters. A black bear caused problems in Glacier Park headquarters when he tore off boards from the Robert Hafferman house and decided to hibernate underneath it. Rangers knocked on the boards and made a racket and the bear finally came out and went to a quieter place to spend the winter.

50 years ago

Nov. 8, 1968

DePratu Ford had the low bid for a new Columbia Falls police car at $864 for a Ford custom sedan. Bananas were 13 cents a pound and cabbage was just 9 cents per pound and you could get three loaves of bread for 89 cents and a pie was 59 cents, all at the B&B.

40 years ago

Nov. 9, 1978

The U.S. Attorney General filed suit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. to reduce fluoride emissions from the aluminum plant in Columbia Falls. The suit claimed, among other things, that the emissions were killing trees in both the Flathead National Forest and in Glacier National Park. It also claimed that wildlife were suffering from fluorosis, which caused brittle skeletons and tooth disintegration.

30 years ago

Nov. 9, 1988

The top-ranked Columbia Falls girls basketball team was heading into the divisional tourney with a 12-2 record. The Kats were led by 5-foot-8 Tanya Tesar, who averaged 15 points per game. The Kats, however, ended the regular season on a sour note with a 44-39 loss to Hamilton. The girls would later beat the Broncs for the divisional crown and would take third at state.

20 years ago

Nov. 5, 1998

The city’s $857,00 pool bond passed 577-458, with about 64 percent of Columbia Falls voters turning out for the election. The bond should be paid off this year. Coach Larry Schmautz was inducted into the Columbia Falls coaches Hall of Fame. The city also annexed the Montana Veterans Home, which included all of the buildings, but not the fields and gardens.

10 years ago

Nov. 6, 2008

The Columbia Falls football team beat Corvallis 27-26 in the first round of the state A playoffs. It was their first playoff victory in 38 years.

Print Article

Read More Local News

California family looking for place to live in wake of Camp Fire

November 17, 2018 at 8:29 am | Hungry Horse News The MacDonald family was getting ready to move to Montana. They had their place up for sale in Magalia, California and they’d been looking at houses in Columbia Falls. But on the morning of Nov. 8 t...


Read More

Grizzly cub killed near Columbia Falls. 48 less grizzlies so far this year in region, most of them dead

November 16, 2018 at 11:29 am | Hungry Horse News A male grizzly bear cub was killed in a train collision last week on the railroad tracks near Columbia Falls. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway reported hitting a grizzly bear near North Hilltop ...


Read More

October visitation to Glacier up by 9 percent over last year

November 16, 2018 at 10:28 am | Hungry Horse News Visitation to Glacier National Park was up in October by nearly 9 percent over the previous year. The Park saw just under 92,000 visitors this October compared to 84,469 last year. The West entranc...


Read More

Quick shot of snow expected for tomorrow morning

November 15, 2018 at 2:36 pm | Hungry Horse News The Columbia Falls and the Glacier National Park area should see a quick shot of snow on Friday, as an arctic cold front is expected to quickly spill over the Continental Divide. The National Weathe...


Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy