Looking Back

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Jack Neckels, left, and rancher Cliff Hansen herd cattle to summer range in June 1993 near Lost Creek Ranch.

45 years ago ...

• Teton County’s state representative, John Turner, announced he would run for a state Senate seat.

• After eight days the drilling rig on Bob Roberts’ property at Hoback Junction was coming down, and W.P. “Jerry” Rogers had abandoned drilling. Rogers wouldn’t comment, but reports indicated insufficient drilling was done to determine if the well contained natural gas or oil.

• President Richard Nixon signed a public law to allow camping fees to be reinstated in national parks and forests. That meant Grand Teton and Yellowstone could resume taking campground reservations.

• Sandy Dykes worked as Jackson’s meter maid, issuing $1 tickets to people who exceeded the two-hour limit around Town Square. “A lot of people from the big cities think the fine is going to be $10 or $15,” she said, “and they get really upset when I start to write them a ticket.”

Musicals abounded. “Oklahoma!” played at Dirty Jack’s Wild West Theatre. At the Jackson Hole Playhouse the show was “The Order is Love.” The Pink Garter Theatre played “Butch and the Kid.”

Mike’s Yellow Deli, beyond The Wort Hotel, advertised “huge deli sandwiches.”

• The Jackson Hole Soroptimist Club installed Lela Loyd as its new president.

30 years ago ...

• Declaring that “every American deserves to breathe clean air,” President George H.W. Bush stood before a crowd of 4,000 outside Teton Science School and outlined an ambitious plan to renovate the Clean Air Act of 1970. “Wherever the next generation may find your children, our goal is nothing less than an America where all air breathes as clean as morning in the Rockies.”

• Stephen Koch became the first snowboarder to descend the Grand Teton. He did it with Tom Turiano and Andy Matz.

• A Louisiana man held eight people hostage for three hours inside the Old Faithful Visitor Center in Yellowstone National Park before releasing them unharmed.

• Rhonda Bailey moved her Jackson Bootlegger store to the Cache Creek Mall below the Fudge Pot at 36 E. Broadway. Wyoming Woolens open in Bootlegger’s old space at 20 W. Broadway. D D Camera Corral relocated to 140 E. Broadway, after the owner of 80 N. Center St. evicted it to make space for another tenant.

• Town and county electeds decided to ask voters to approve four projects to fund with $20.5 million from the 1 cent optional sales tax: a new hospital and nursing home, a recreation center, a school and a home for a new museum.

15 years ago ...

• Teton County commissioners narrowly backed a $1.8 million plan to upgrade the entrance to Teton Village from Highway 390.

• Shoppers scoured the aisles of the newly opened Dollar Tree. “Customers have been amazed at the prices and the appearance of the store,” manager Tom Rogers said.

• An Alaska wolf pelt that was part of the Adolph Murie study that led naturalists to accept predators was hung at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. It had been donated by former Jackson Hole residents Phil and Jean Hocker, who’d bought it in 1979 at a Teton Science School fundraiser.

• The Journeys School graduating class consisted of one student, 18-year-old Melissa Thomasma. Many of the school’s 80 students and their parents filled the pews of the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole to watch the 3-year-old school’s second commencement.

• A piece of meat laced with a pesticide poisoned a black Lab on the Moose Head Ranch near Moran. Otis, owned by ranch owner Louise Davenport, was the 26th dog sickened or killed by Temik since March. In May the poison had killed a dog belonging to the ranch’s manager.

• With an especially buggy summer expected, health care workers warned people to beware of mosquito bites and watch for signs of West Nile virus. So far the virus hadn’t hit Jackson Hole.

— 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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