Looking Back

Todd Muir, left, and John Egan hold a sign urging a peaceful resolution to the Persian Gulf crisis during a January 1991 peace vigil on the Town Square.

45 years ago ...

• Jackson’s Martin Hagen became the No. 5 man on the U.S. Olympic biathlon team.

• The National Park Service announced that it had purchased the AMK Ranch on the shores of Jackson Lake for $3.3 million.

• Bob LaLonde was named the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year at the Snow Ball at the Snow King Inn. LaLonde was manager of Jackson Hole Airport, a member of the Teton County Planning Commission, a member of the chamber’s board of directors and vice president of the Jackson Hole Rotary Club.

• Yellowstone National Park visitation increased 16.1% in 1975 over the previous year.

• Thirty valley residents participated in the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by Grand Teton National Park. They tallied 56 species, the largest variety since the county began in 1962.

• The junior high and high school were grappling over girls’ roles in athletics. Teton County was moving toward developing a girls athletic program equal in scope and diversity to that of the boys, but there were still concerns about funding and coaching. “My concern for some time,” school board member Patty Ewing said at a meeting, “has been that the balance of spending in athletics is tipped heavily in favor of the boys.”

30 years ago ...

• Some 150 to 200 people gathered on Town Square for a peace vigil, hoping for a resolution to the Persian Gulf Crisis. Twenty-seven Jackson Hole families had loved ones armed for conflict in the Middle East. The name of each soldier whose family lived in the valley was read off.

• A rescue helicopter landed on the 11,650-foot Lower Saddle of the Grand Teton to pick up two experienced climbers from California who’d been stranded there in a winter storm for 3 1/2 days.

• The Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of County Commissioners agreed to draft a comprehensive plan for the entire county, not just South Park.

• Chuck Jones, Jackson District ranger for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, said he was considering removing the Goodwin Lake ski cabin because it was in the Gros Ventre Wilderness and cabins of that type normally were not allowed in wilderness areas.

• Sergei Alekseev, director of the Soviet Union’s Kronotsky Preserve, a national park on the Kamchatka Peninsula that featured geysers and mud pots, toured Yellowstone National Park.

• J. Crew announced it would open a factory outlet space on the east side of Center Street on March 1. It would join Ralph Lauren, Benetton, Fila and Fashion Express as clothing factory outlets around Town Square.

15 years ago ...

• A study commissioned by Jackson Hole Mountain Resort predicted that if the Aerial Tram were not replaced the town and county would lose nearly half a million dollars a year in sales tax revenue due to reduced visitation. The resort was hoping to secure public funding for a new tram and planned to get the report into the hands of state legislators.

• The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s webcam atop Teton Pass was a huge hit. Since going live Oct. 5 it had received more than 2.1 million hits. “People go up there to play, and they want to know what’s happening,” said one fan, avid skier Tim Bradshaw.

• Crews were razing all 25 mobile homes in the trailer park at 825 E. Snow King Ave. A housing complex was planned for the lot.

• St. John’s Medical Center reported that 415 babies were born at the hospital in fiscal year 2004-05, marking the fourth time in 13 years that births soared above the historical average.

• Wilson resident Alexandra Fuller received the $60,000 prize for the Lettre Ulysses Award for “The Art of Reportage” for her 2004 book “Scribbling the Cat: Travels With An African Soldier.”

• The community mourned the loss of Laurel Dana, of Victor, Idaho, in an avalanche on Taylor Mountain.

— 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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