Looking Back

“Big Steph” Stephens, left, shows off the claws on a brown bear rug that sold for $650 during the April 1989 liquidation auction of Boots Allen’s Fort Jackson Trading Post. The Jackson Hole landmark at Broadway and Jackson Street is now home to the Spence Law Firm.

45 years ago ...

David Owen and Pete Feuz returned from the National High School Rodeo competition in Wisconsin ranked as one of the 10 top dally roping teams in the country. Owen also placed in the top 20 bareback riders. More than 1,400 students from 28 states and two Canadian provinces attended.

• Federal land management agencies in the Yellowstone region drafted outfitter policies for applications, fees, permits, hunting camps and limits on the size of parties. The five national forests and two national parks aimed to establish consistency among administrative units.

• The Teton County school board voted to allow the Teton County Recreation Board to complete construction of Little League ball fields on school land on the southwest corner of the junior high school grounds. The school board had previously chosen the highly contested location for the site of an administrative building.

• Due to rising operating costs the Wyoming Game and Fish Department decided to phase out the four aircraft it used for counting wildlife populations. The department planned to switch to rental planes and sell its Super Cub, Cessna 210 and two Electra 19s.

• The Teton County League of Women voters offered hay rides to Wilson residents to their polling place at the Wilson School for the primary election.

30 years ago ...

Wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park was a hot topic, but former Wyoming Gov. Stan Hathaway said it had already been attempted in the early 1970s. On a Yellowstone snowmobile trip in 1970 or ’71, he told the Jackson Hole Guide, he and park Superintendent Jack Anderson saw an animal that looked like a wolf kill a Canada goose. “The Park Service brought a few in from Alaska,” Hathaway said he recalled Anderson saying. “It’s all been on the q.t.” A former park biologist, however, dismissed the story as “ridiculous.”

Teton County Undersheriff Bob Rust, recovering from a heart transplant, hoped to be back on the job in September. The Sheriff’s Office organized a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Elks Lodge. Insurance paid $10,000 toward his new heart, but donor organs typically cost $17,000 to $22,000.

• Teton County commissioners approved a Scenic Resources Resolution that established guidelines for the county to spend money on open space.

• Teton Cyclery owner Rusty Scott shared his top five mountain biking rides with the Jackson Hole Guide. They included RKO Road in Grand Teton National Park; Cache Creek to Game Creek; and Curtis Canyon.

15 years ago ...

• In the primary election Republicans picked incumbent Teton County Commissioner Bill Paddleford and Administrator Leland Christensen to run for county commissioner in the general election. They’d face the winner of the Democrats’ primary, Andy Schwartz, also an incumbent, and Jay Varley, in the race for two seats on the board.

• Wilsonite Ted Ladd won the Democratic primary race for Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The incumbent, Barbara Cubin, won 55 percent of the votes in the Republican primary.

Bill Sweney, a filmmaker and former resident of Jackson Hole, proposed building an IMAX theater, visitor center and parking garage downtown on property extending from the North Cache to the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center.

• A paraglider and a Skywest turbo prop flew within a half mile of each other over Snow King Mountain. Chip Hildebrand said he and the airline pilot rapidly banked in opposite directions. “I waved at him and carried on my way,” he said.

• Private pilots from Jackson, Wilson and Driggs, Idaho, formed a chapter of Angel Flight Inc., a nonprofit that flew people for free to get medical services like radiation, chemo, dialysis or surgery. “Medical insurance won’t cover transportation,” pilot Lori Fussell said. “Plus, we are a rural community.”

— 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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