Looking Back

Skiers in the 1976 Easter Cross Country Race from Teton Pass to the Stagecoach Bar are off and ... falling. Teton Pass was littered with fallen bodies, dogs and even some two- and three-people pileups. Almost nobody got to the bottom of the bowl without falling or getting run over. Waiting at the bottom was a keg and two cases of beer, supplied by the Stagecoach. Rusty Scott took the fastest time, making it from the pass to the bar in 22 minutes and 45 seconds.

45 years ago

• A woman renting in the Saddle Butte development on East Gros Ventre Butte lodged a protest with the Teton County Planning Commission saying tenants had not had water for six weeks.

• The new $2 bills found few fans. “They’re a pain for us because there’s no place to put them in the cash drawer,” said Brent Morris at Jackson Market. But Edna Caresia at the B&W Market said little kids were coming in and asking for them.

• The National Park Service and Jackson Hole Bird Club arranged with Jackson Hole Airport for people to enter the airport at 5:15 a.m. April 24 to watch sage grouse strut.

• At the Jackson State Bank Easter Egg Hunt on Town Square, some lucky kids picked up eggs marked for special prizes. Ronnie Davidson and Neil Hurd won bicycles. Jason Kollotzi and Ashley Hyde won tricycles.

• In the second annual Easter Cross Country Ski Race from the top of Teton Pass to the Stagecoach Bar, few of the 90 participants got to the bottom of the bowl without falling. Rusty Scott turned in the fastest time, 22 minutes and 45 seconds.

• With Earl Auge as musical director, the Fine Arts Guild rehearsed “My Fair Lady.” Molly Brennan and Larry McCool played Eliza Doolittle and Professor Higgins.

30 years ago

• Boyd Evison was tapped to be superintendent of Grand Teton National Park, replacing Jack Stark, who planned to retire in July. Evison at the time was working as director of the National Park Service’s Alaska region.

• Escorted by park rangers, 87 bird lovers observed the sage grouse mating dance at the lek at Jackson Hole Airport.

• About 85% of the refuse buried at the Sublette County landfill outside Marbleton and Big Piney came from Teton County. “For Jackson Hole being such an environmental type of town, they don’t stick to it with their trash,” commented Randy Gordon, who worked there. “It’s a shame we have to deal with it.”

• Eighty couples danced to the tunes of DJ Doug Sessions at the high school prom. Stacey Griggs was crowned prom queen.

• More than 6,000 Family Circle readers named Jackson Hole one of the top 11 family ski resorts in the country. “Lots of young couples and college students and recent college grads come here, but promoting Jackson as a family resort will boost a different market,” said Sara Flitner, a marketing assistant at the Chamber of Commerce.

• Jackson’s Doug Coombs won the first-ever World Extreme Skiing Championship in Valdez, Alaska.

15 years ago

•Jackson police and St. John’s Medical Center were investigating a former nursing home employee for sexual misbehavior with three Living Center residents.

• Town of Jackson officials watched demonstrations of vehicles negotiating proposed curb extensions at the corner of Delaney and Center Street. The “bulb-outs” were designed to help drivers see pedestrians.

• The Teton County School District asked the Alta Branch Library, housed at the Alta Elementary School, to find a new home by June 2009. Having full open public access was a problem for basic safety reasons, and plus the school needed the space.

• Fifteen jurors, including three alternatives, were housed at Snow King, preparing to begin hearing a murder and sexual assault case. A Teton County jury had not undergone sequestration for an entire court proceeding since 1979.

• Sarah Giegel, Terri Hayden and John Bitner were among a group of 15 from the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole who spent a week in an outlying city of New Orleans helping two families rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

• Ben Johnson, Ian Tomkins and Elizabeth Johnson piloted their Flying Burrito Brothers craft down the course at Grand Targhee Resort to win the kids’ division of the resort’s sixth annual Cardboard Box Derby.

— 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.

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