Looking Back

Little is left of the Anvil Motel after an early morning fire in October 1990 that caused $1.5 million in damage.

45 years ago ...

• The secretary of the interior’s Advisory Board on National Parks, Historic Sites, Buildings and Monuments passed a resolution recommending against any enlargement of Jackson Hole Airport. Bob LaLonde, airport manager, called the recommendation “inappropriate” and said he felt board members had based their opinions on “articles in the conservation magazines.”

• Town of Jackson and Teton County officials decided to hire a full-time administrator to coordinate planning efforts for both the town and county. City Engineer Don Stocker was appointed to served as interim planning administrator.

• Developer Doyle Child presented the Teton County Planning Commission with a master plan calling or 32 single-family dwelling units on about 20 acres of his 145-acre South Park Villages property, located 4 miles south of Jackson. He said the cluster development would be “so-called low-cost homes.”

• To raise money for a trip to Laramie, members of the Jackson Hole High School Band planned to auction themselves to perform work.

• Jackson Hole residents requiring oral surgery no longer had to travel to Idaho Falls. Dr. Alice Richter, an Illinois native, opened a new dental office in Jackson. In addition to being Jackson’s only female dentist, she was the only one to handle oral surgery cases.

30 years ago ...

• An arsonist torched the Anvil Motel, forcing screaming guests to run for their lives into the 3:30 a.m. freezing darkness. “It was a vision from hell,” said a 67-year-old guest from Staunton, Virginia. Damage to the motel was estimated at $1.5 million.

• Jackson Hole was one of the mountain communities that Outside magazine was considering moving to. Others being looked at by the Chicago-based publication including Park City, Utah; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; and an undecided location in Montana.

• Teton County Commissioners Steve Thomas and Lew Clark approved another commissioner’s 57-acre subdivision between the Snake River and Teton Village. Board Chairman Bland Hoke, the developer and agent for the John Dodge subdivision, didn’t vote on the issue, but sat in the audience for the discussion.

• Ely & Associates owner Nancy Hoffman was named Business and Professional Woman of the Year.

• Robyn Grigg and her mare, Bo, won the top prize of the night, the 1990 Super Horse Award at the Teton Barrel Racing Association’s banquet at Horse Creek Station.

15 years ago ...

• The Wyoming Pharmacy Board rejected a rule that would have allowed pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions based on their personal beliefs but require them to refer customer to another pharmacist. The board planned to reconsider the rule with different language.

• U.S. Olympic wrestling champion and Afton native Rulon Gardner gave the keynote address at the Teton County DUI Drug Court‘s first graduation. Two men were recognized for completing the program.

• Howard Henderson won the inaugural Master the Mountain fitness contest in Teton Village, climbing 4,139 feet to the top of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s Aerial Tram 124 times between Memorial Day Weekend and Oct. 2.

•Views on the Teton Institute of the University of Wyoming, presented as a proposed business school in Jackson Hole, ranged from visionary investment to absurd waste of public funds. “It’s an effort to bring even more of the rich and famous to Teton County so a few in Teton County can rub elbows with them,” Jackson attorney Peter Moyer said.

• State Rep. Keith Gingery, a Republican from Jackson Hole played an instrumental role in getting a legislative committee to impose a statewide ban on wildlife feeding by private citizens.

— Compiled by Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

(1) comment


"refuse to fill prescriptions based on their personal beliefs" Hence opioid crisis.

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