Looking Back

Kris Lunning tries not to spill his champagne as he dances during New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Rancher in 2005.

45 years ago...

Jacob Thomas Grant came into the world at 4:42 p.m. Jan. 1, making him the first baby born in Teton County in 1976. His parents were Linda and Tom Grant Jr., of Wilson.

John Crane, Owen Anderson, Steve Hahn and Mary Jane Crabtree were among the winners of the Elkhorn Dash, a citizens cross-country ski race held as one of the special events of Bicentennial Week.

The Jackson Town Council gave Homer Richards the go-ahead to build a memorial to war veterans on Town Square.

State Rep. H.L. Jensen and Sen. John Turner said they would fight to lift the statutory cap on sheriff’s deputies’ pay so they could take home more than the current $550 a month.

A Jackson Hole News feature spotlighted the juggling people had to do to stay in the valley, which was second only to Gillette for cost of living in Wyoming. One resident complained it used to be that ski fanatics could get an A pass and a subsistence level income for shoveling snow at Teton Village or, by finding a waiter or hotel desk job, afford a cheap abode in town. “Now you can’t even get the lift pass,” he said. “The ski bums have moved on to Snow Bird and other resort town where they can make some bucks.”

30 years ago ...

Courtney Mariah Sands, daughter of Ronda and Billy Sands, was born at 8:57 a.m. Jan. 6 at St. John’s Hospital, making her Teton County’s first baby of 1991.

After standing by their father for nearly a year, the children of Bill Gray Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit against him. Jeffrey Gray and Sara Hoffman alleged their father shot and killed their mother, Betty Gray, out of greed and jealousy in Idaho Falls in July 1989.

Dr. Al Forbes and Michael Fay, two of Jackson’s four orthopedic surgeons, were pressed into active Army duty as the potential for war in the Persian Gulf increased.

Earth Aid rock concert producer Mike Bloom planned to meet with Jackson and Teton County officials about hosting the event at the Jackson Hole Ski Resort in August. Community leaders wondered if the county could handle up to 20,000 people without big problems.

Coffee mugs with local business logos proliferated, with Shades Cafe, Pearl Street Bagels, Teton Mountaineering and Moosely Seconds among those offering branded insulated cups. “I kind of feel a lot of people copied my idea even though I copied it from Mini Mart,” Shades Cafe owner Jim Mitchell said.

15 years ago ...

Allen and Caroline Ferguson drove from their home in Cora to St. John’s Medical Center on Jan. 1, hoping Caroline wouldn’t become part of the “Canyon Club” of women who had given birth in the Hoback Canyon en route to the hospital. The Fergusons got to St. John’s at 6 a.m., and by 8:47 a.m. they had a new son, Caleb Sackett, the hospital’s first baby of 2006.

Leland Christensen was sworn in as chairman of the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.

Temperatures of 32 degrees and falling snow made for a challenging Betty Woolsey Classic race at Trail Creek Nordic Center. “A good metaphor would be trying to sprint in a pair of Gucci loafers on a freshly Zamboni-ed ice rink,” said Erich Wilbrecht, who finished third.

The Grand Teton Music Festival’s new music director, Donald Runnicles, was spending a week in Jackson to acquaint himself with the area. He told the News&Guide that one of his goals for the festival was to capitalize on the “heady marriage” of music and nature. “This is an extremely attractive, sought-after environment, and I wonder if when people are booking their holidays they are aware there is a classical musical festival going on.”

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

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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