45 years ago …

• The 20th annual Historical Society Boardwalk Cookout and Bake Sale served 600 to 800 “hungry Jackson Holers,” the Jackson Hole Guide reported. The money raised from the event was to be used to mark the unmarked graves scattered around the county.

• Scouts and their families collected 5,064 pounds of antlers from the National Elk Refuge for the annual auction on Town Square.

• Members of St. John’s Hospital’s Ladies Auxiliary began tabulating petitions to create a hospital district after the state attorney general settled a question about who could sign them. The petitions were a key step in taking the hospital public.

• A U.S. District Court judge in Cheyenne established the Snake River Ranch’s title to some 55 acres of meander land along the Snake River. The ranch had based a suit against the Bureau of Land Management on riparian law, which stated that the owner of property adjacent to a river owned the land to the river’s center and, as the river shifted, the boundary lines shifted and the meander lines were included in the property owner’s title. The suit was expected to set a precedent for a suit the BLM had filed against 142 Teton County landowners.

30 years ago

• Jackson Elementary School Principal Richard McDowell read to kindergartners and first graders on the roof of the school. He’d promised to spend the day with them, and provide lunch, as an incentive for them to set a reading goal and meet it.

• At the state track championships Jackson Hole High School senior Doug Larimer defended his 100-meter dash title, took first in the 200, set a new state record in the long jump and anchored the Broncs’ winning 4x400 relay team. Jackson’s Leslie Geiger defended her state title in the 200 and took fourth in the triple jump.

• The Jackson Hole Boy Scouts raised $68,299 at the 23rd elk antler auction on Town Square.

• Daryl Lynn Stevens was named Miss Teton County Fair & Rodeo 1990. In addition to reigning over the local events in July she was to represent the county in the competition for Miss Rodeo Wyoming at the state fair in August.

• The St. John’s Hospital board said more than half of the $4 million in private donations needed to build the new $15 million St. John’s Hospital and nursing home had been raised. Donations included $125,000 from a woman who vacationed regularly in Jackson. A portion of the hospital was to be named for her mother, with the name announced at the dedication.

15 years ago

• By a 3-2 vote the Teton County Board of County Commissioners rejected a plan by Snake River Associates to rezone 510 acres of ranch land as part of the Teton Village resort district. “I do not agree that this would be smart growth,” said Larry Jorgenson, chairman of the board and one of the nay votes.

• It worried school district leaders that 66 teachers, or about a third of the teaching staff, would reach retirement age or be eligible for early retirement by 2010. Teton County expected stiff competition for drawing new teachers, as some school districts in Wyoming stood to lose 50% to 60% of their teaching staff. Superintendent Pam Shea was also worried that replacements for local retirees wouldn’t be able to afford to live in Jackson.

• A Teton Conservation District study found dogs to be the biggest domestic contributor of E. coli bacteria in the Fish and Flat creek basins. Wildlife accounted for 83% of E. coli isolates found in water samples. Of the domestic sources, dogs were responsible for 40%.

• To make way for a new visitor center, crews moved the Moose post office building across the street to a new location in Grand Teton National Park.

— 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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