Jackson Hole Shootout

Marshall Porter Rockwell, played by Austin Ryan, fires a pistol at Clover the Killer during a previous year’s Town Square Shootout. A summer tradition since 1957, the shootout will return this summer after a 2020 hiatus due to COVID-19 concerns.

‘Shootout’ to return

The Town Council took care of a number of housekeeping items at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night — its third of three meetings that day — including approval of the return of the “Town Square Shootout” performances and votes to annex three portions of roadways and a small parcel of land on Flat Creek, among other items.

Special Events Coordinator Carl Pelletier, who is also the town’s public information officer, presented the Town Square Shootout agenda item to the council with minor changes to the original proposal.

The Shootout, billed as “the longest, continually running gunfight in the United States” by the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, is presented by the Jackson Hole Playhouse and the Chamber. It was shelved in 2020 amid health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. This year, though, it will return with nightly performances running Monday through Saturday evenings through Sept. 6.

Pelletier explained that the applicant and town have been in contact with the Teton County Health Department regarding the event. Initially, no concessions were to be served, but that rule was amended to allow the sale of prepackaged popcorn and bottled water during the spectacle, which had been a summer tradition since 1957 until last year’s hiatus. Pelletier’s staff report also indicates the applicant’s willingness to abide by public health orders, should COVID-19 conditions worsen.

A matrix that governs crowd sizes at special events depending on COVID-19 risk level at the time of an event was adopted earlier this year and will apply to events this summer like the Shootout.

The shows will begin nightly at 6 p.m.

Annexations

Councilors voted unanimously on the first of three required readings to approve the annexation of three portions of roadway and one small parcel of land.

The roadways being annexed are about 1,700 linear feet of High School Road starting at South Park Loop and going east; a stretch of Highway 22 at the “Y” where it connects with Highway 89 at the town’s western border; and a portion of Highway 89 from the Dairy Queen to the town’s northern border.

The parcel of land being annexed, meanwhile, is a 0.49-acre rural parcel on Flat Creek.

The town is annexing the stretches of roadway to provide uniformity in regulatory control of those portions on the edge of Jackson’s boundaries. For example, on at least one, law enforcement jurisdiction is split between the Jackson Police Department and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, depending upon which direction a vehicle is traveling — i.e. which side of the road a person is on.

“These annexations will provide a jurisdictional clean-up of the Town’s corporate boundary where peculiarities make jurisdiction for police officers difficult to manage and public works maintenance responsibilities unclear,” an April staff report states.

— By Timothy J. Woods

Contact Tim Woods at 732-5911 or town@jhnewsandguide.com.

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