Looking Back

Scouts Jeremy Shockey and Billy Griffin, both 8, bring along a pack llama while gathering elk antlers in early May 1990 on the National Elk Refuge.

45 years ago ...

• Connecticut developers who’d purchased the 425-acre Bill Bailey Frontierland property on East Gros Ventre Butte radically scaled back their development plans after their first proposal fell flat with planning commissioners. Now they proposed 60 condominiums, 30 single-family homes and an upgrade of the existing commercial area.

• Eleven-year-old Pete Lawton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Lawton, of Moran, won the Kid’s Fishing Contest sponsored by Fort Jackson. He beat out over 500 competitors, all younger than 14, by hauling in a 2 3/8-pound cutthroat trout from Flat Creek.

• G.C. “Tuck” Baldock, Grand Teton National Park’s maintenance foreman, received a first-place award of excellence for his development of an early warning system for power failures in the park.

The Wonder Horses, an Alta 4-H Club, received a $300 grant from Chevron Oil Company to put toward the purchase and installation of a lighting system for the Alta arena.

• The senior class performed high school principal Rick Lopez’s ”The incredible Train Robbery.” The actors included Sandy Divan, Rusty Howard, Becky Mims, Tim Batson, Randy Raver and Sut Finch.

30 years ago ...

Grand Teton National Park officials were investigating a seasonal ranger’s allegations that his co-workers failed to report the poaching of a moose and used campground fees to create a mini slush fund to buy beer.

• Teton County’s building boom intensified. The number of single-family-home permits issued from January through April soared over the record total issued in the same period in 1989, according to a Jackson Community Housing Trust analysis. Most new permits were for homes with price tags nearing $1 million.

• The American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the National Park Service on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife unless it lifted its ban on the sale of a poster that depicted wolves howling at the moon in Yellowstone National Park.

• A petition circulating through Jackson Hole advocated increasing the number of Teton County commissioners from three to five. Meanwhile, County Clerk Jolynn Coonce recommended that commissioners’ salaries be increased to $20,000 from $13,280.

• Nearly 100 regional competitors participated in the Wyoming State Wristwrestling Championships at the Virginian Bar.

• Beverly Hoffmann and Barbara Vandeburg sent needlepoint chair covers to the governor’s mansion in Cheyenne to be part of first lady Jane Sullivan’s Centennial Wildflower Needlepoint Chair Project. Needlepoint canvases were to cover the mansion’s 24 formal dining room chairs, one each representing Wyoming and its 23 counties.

15 years ago ...

• A new report on the nation’s volcanoes gave the Yellowstone caldera a “high threat” designation. The U.S. Geological Survey ranked the caldera 21st out of 169 volcanoes. Kilauea in Hawaii received the highest overall threat score followed by Mount St. Helens and other volcanoes in Washington and Oregon.

• Approached by a black bear, an antler hunter from Rexburg, Idaho, climbed a tree in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and perched there for nearly four hours. He had a GPS device to pinpoint where he was and a cellphone to call a buddy. Search and Rescue crews found him about a mile southeast of Teton Valley Ranch in Kelly.

• Brian Guerrero and Jamie Reilly played Willy Loman’s sons, Biff and Happy, in Off Square Theatre Company’s production of ”Death of a Salesman” at the Pink Garter Mainstage Theatre.

• Despite criticism of St. John’s Medical Center’s $1.5 million contract with a local doctor to provide emergency room service, hospital trustees voted to renew it for three years. Seventeen doctors had petitioned trustees to consider requesting bids from other doctors. But the ER operation had high patient ratings, and the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee had voted to continue with Dr. Rick McKay’s Emergency Medicine of Jackson Hole.

• Two decades after leaving Jackson for the East Coast, Mark Bradley returned to be head golf pro at Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis.

— 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.

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