45 years ago ...
• Six bald eagles, four trumpeter swans, 200 black rosy-finches and 35 cedar waxwings were among the unusual sightings during the Christmas Bird Count. Participants included Ted Major, Bob Belous, Joe Shellenberger, Van Tribble, Kas Gildersleeve, Francie Corbett, Dick Barker, Bob Huggins, Chuck McCurdy, Frank Craighead, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Exum, the Bettys, Mardy Murie, Ted Hartgrave, and Evelyn and Don Redfearn.
• With an eye on the mounting cost of providing town and county services and maintaining public facilities, the Jackson Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to seek legislation that would allow Teton County to levy a 1 percent sales tax. The tax, which would be collected only if approved by a countywide referendum, would add an estimated $350,000 a year to county and town coffers.
• A 400-acre portion of the 900-acre TV Ranch in Kelly was being turned into a subdivision, the Teton Valley Highlands. The other 500 acres were to continue to be used for a summer camp for kids.
30 years ago ...
• Gerry Spence, Jackson’s colorful and ubiquitous lawyer, decided against entering the Democratic primary in the race for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Malcolm Wallop. It would be “a waste to abandon the skills it has taken a lifetime to acquire and to hurl them all at that amorphous gob in Washington,” he said.
• The Rev. Frank Johnson of St. John’s Episcopal Church presented Orville Wolff and Roger Viets of Orville’s Mission with a $1,000 check, setting in motion plans to build a new facility to house the homeless in Jackson Hole.
• To celebrate its 50th anniversary Teton County Library invited the public to a Silver Tea, which for many years was an annual event. The library began operating in Teton County on Jan. 8, 1938, in a wing of the American Legion Building. In 1940 it moved to the corner of King and Hansen.
15 years ago ...
• Game Creek resident Paul DeBoer filed a complaint with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, alleging that a German shepherd charged at him as he was riding his horse about a mile from the trailhead. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office said it might ask him to take a polygraph test in connection with a dog shooting near the Game Creek trailhead.
• By unanimous vote the Teton County school board elected Steve Ashley chairman. Gray Trauner was elected vice chairman, Steve Walsh clerk and Janine Bay Teske treasurer.
• Protesters wearing paper respirators waved signs and whooped at passing cars just north of Jackson to protest the continued use of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park. A phase-out of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks was approved by the Clinton administration but was reversed by the Bush administration as part of a legal settlement with snowmobile manufacturers.
• Jackson Hole native Resi Stiegler, 17, finished 11th in a slalom race in Lenzerheide Switzerland. She earned the first World Cup points of her career.
• Joe Rice reached an agreement with Marc Hirschfeld and Anise Morrow to buy Betty Rock Cafe. He already owned Sidewinders Tavern and Sports Grill and Merry Piglets Mexican Grill.