Looking Back

A young fair-goer unknowingly poses for her own picture during the 1990 Teton County Fair.

45 years ago ...

• Wilson residents at a water quality meeting worried about putting a sewer plant in their town, partly because much of the county lay in a floodplain but also because they feared the facility would stimulate growth.

Princess Grace of Monaco vacationed at Jackson Lake Lodge with husband Prince Rainier, son Prince Albert and daughters Princesses Caroline and Stephanie.

• A consulting firm recommended extending Jackson Hole Airport’s runway 1,700 feet to the north, saying it was the best way to ensure first-class air service to the valley.

• Isabel Watkins’ general store in Teton Village moved from one side of the Rendezvous hotel, newly renamed the Village Center, to larger quarters on the opposite side. The store also changed its name to the Village Store, which is what everybody called it anyway.

30 years ago ...

• Paul McCollister and the Jackson Hole Ski Corp won a major victory when the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver overturned a lower court decision regarding a suit by Dutch oil trader John Deuss, who’d invested in the ski area. A District Court judge had awarded 24% of the Ski Corp’s stock to a firm headed by Deuss, ordered the Ski Corp to sell or transfer its real estate to another corporation and upheld a performance model that would have given Deuss control of mountain operations.

MovieWorks, a four-screen movie house built by Jackson Hole Twin Cinema owner Frank Londy was opening for business on Highway 89 on Huff Lane.

• The Lame Duck Chinese Restaurant, the Rancher Bar and Grill, Jedediah’s Original House of Sourdough and the Burger Emporium were among the local restaurants that had added outdoor seating. “It definitely is a drawing card,” said Sylvia DiPrisco, owner of the Lame Duck.

• Cops had trouble controlling reckless inline skaters around Town Square, prompting Mayor Bill Westbrook to introduce an ordinance banning skaters from downtown streets, sidewalks and alleys.

• Most of the stores going into the shopping center around the new Kmart were franchises, and some valley residents worried they wouldn’t be as committed to the community as mom-and-pop operations. Local McDonald’s operator Bob Jaycox said franchises had a legitimate place. “People from Los Angeles don’t come to Jackson Hole to eat at McDonald’s,” he said. “But it’s a nice change, after dropping $50 on dinner somewhere the night before, to be able to grab a quick inexpensive breakfast here on your way to the parks.”

15 years ago ...

• Law enforcement and Teton County Fair officials planned to crack down on streaking at the Demolition Derby, the fair’s culminating event. Displays of nudity would result in misdemeanor child endangerment charges, carrying a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

• Consultants presented a study’s findings that because of high housing costs workers were continuing to move away from Jackson while valley businesses continued to create more jobs. At workshops with town and county elected officials they estimated there were 1,500 unfilled jobs in the valley. “More and more employees are getting pushed to outlying locales,” one of the consultants said. The problem “is probably getting worse.”

• The Shady Lady Saloon at Snow King Resort stopped allowing patrons to puff on the premises. It was the latest in a string of restaurants and bars going smokeless.

• Jackson paraglider pilot Josh Riggs established a new state distance record, flying 120 miles from Phillips Ridge above Wilson to Lander.

• The Darwiche family revived the Woods Hotel, a dormant downtown property on North Glenwood. The hotel reopened with seven newly renovated rooms.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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