Looking Back

Madeline Caldwell walks over to Patrick Brennan as she sings to a crowd of sharply dressed high school students grooving on the dance floor during Prom at the Four Seasons in May 2005. The Quad Society band entertained the high schoolers with their rock music for the first hour of Prom night.

45 years ago ...

• The Jackson Hole High School Junior-Senior Prom was held at the Pink Garter Plaza Convention Center. The evening was capped off with a showing of “Easy Rider” at the Aspen Drive-In.

• With the opening of the East and South entrances in mid-May, Yellowstone was declared officially open for the 1975 spring and summer season by Acting Superintendent Bud Estey. Late spring snow and below-normal temperatures delayed the original opening date of May 1.

Weavers Guild members Jean Jorgensen, Pam Bassett, Shirley Christian and Reade Dornan gave a demonstrations to Moran school kids on how to card, spin and dye. They emphasized natural materials, including sheep and dog hair, aspen bark and grass, in the demonstration, which was part of the Jackson Hole Art Association’s ”Art in the Outlying Schools” program.

• A government notice printed in the Jackson Hole Guide advised Teton County residents that they needed permits to subdivide land or start construction of a subdivision. “Both the state of Wyoming and Teton County have subdivision laws effective now! Anyone who plans to develop land into subdivision including mobile home parks, must comply with these laws.”

30 years ago ...

Jackson Mayor Sam Clark said he would not seek reelection.

• The first Orvis store in the Rocky Mountain region was to open in Jackson in June next to Ski and Sports on West Broadway.

• Linda Moyer’s fleet fingers won the annual ”Who’s the Fastest in Jackson Typing Contest” held by Knobe’s Office Supply and Equipment. Her prize was a Smith-Corona XP4600 typewriter.

Jackson Hole was growing too fast, according to 63% of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce members who responded to a chamber survey. Thirty-four percent said the pace was just right, and 3% found it too slow.

• Snowmobilers won major concessions from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in the amount of land open to snowmobiling in the Gros Ventre drainage. The Bridger-Teton’s new winter travel plan incorporated a proposal from snowmobilers to chop 12,000 to 14,000 acres out of the off-limits area created to shield wildlife in crucial winter range.

15 years ago ...

• Rotary Club member Pete Karns asked the Jackson Town Council to support a long-term plan to replace the elk antler arches at the corner of Town Square. The arches were “not just bleached out, they’re starting to rot,” Karns said. The cost was $80,000 each. Rotary built the first arch in 1953 at the corner of Broadway and Cache Drive.

• Jackson Hole High School seniors danced to the music of Quad Society at their prom at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole.

• The Jackson Town Council opposed a proposal by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to allow adults to fish the section of Flat Creek between Dairy Queen and the bridge on West Broadway. The proposed change would eliminate the age limit for fishing that section, 14 and under.

• Jackson Hole Mountain Resort said it would operate the Teewinot lift for mountain bikers and hikers, starting July 1.

• A Jackson orthopedic surgeon was being investigated for circulating a petition about emergency room services and presenting it to the St. John’s Medical Center board of trustees. Dr. Jim Champa said he was being targeted unfairly for speaking out against how the hospital issue contracts and for requesting a competitive bid for ER services.

— 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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