Looking Back

Firefighters douse charred structures following a March 1990 fire that temporarily closed Grand Targhee Resort.

45 years ago ...

• Organizers of Jackson State Bank’s annual Easter Egg Hunt spent two days hard-boiling 300 dozen eggs and another day coloring them. Along with real eggs hidden on Town Square they planned to mix in prize eggs good for things like bicycles, live bunnies and savings accounts.

• Putzi Harrington won the prize for “best dressed” in the “Over-the-Hill Invitational” race on Eagles Rest at the Jackson Hole Ski Resort. At each gate the women faced a challenge. In one they had to put on an apron and a hat and carry a purse. At one they drank a pony of beer, and at another they blew up a balloon. Giesla Kenyon finished with the fastest time.

• Loretta Scott, an associate with Parriott Real Estators, returned from a trip to Spain she won as a sales award from Boise Cascade Homes. Marriott was the local dealer for Boise Cascade.

• Eck Robertson, a native of Jackson Hole, was honored as Cattleman of the Year at the Cattle Horse Association’s annual banquet at The Wort Hotel.

• At the National Gelande Championships, a ski jumping competition, 17-year-old Ben Wilson won the junior amateur division. The event was held on Symmetry run on Apres Vous.

30 years ago ...

• Investigators searched for clues about what caused a spectacular fire that burned Grand Targhee Ski Resort’s Rendezvous Day Lodge and another building to the ground early on a Sunday morning. No one was injured, but the blaze destroyed administration offices, the cafeteria, two restaurants, a bar, the activities center, a ski rental shop and a retail ski equipment store.

• The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce chose not to act on the Ski Corp’s request for assistance in its battle with Dutch oil trader John Deuss, who owned part of the resort. The Ski Corp. had expansion plans, but without the consent of Deuss’ company, Deepwater, it couldn’t spend any money. Deepwater was not cooperating.

• Business owners griped about the Wyoming Highway Department’s reconstruction of Highway 189 from Deloney Avenue to the Flat Creek bridge. One irritation was the raised sidewalks, or medians, planned for the front of shop entries on the west side of highway, near the bridge. “The median to me is about the dumbest thing I can think of,” said Ron Hinman, owner of Video Vision.

“Pretty Woman,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “My Left Foot” played at local theaters.

15 years ago ...

• The state of Wyoming was wondering what the next steps would be for wolf management. A federal judge dismissed the state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had objected to a plan to classify wolves as predators in much of Wyoming. The suit had delayed wolves’ removal from the Endangered Species list.

• The Wicked Witch of the West, played by Kylie Humphrey, menaced Dorothy (Emily Boney) and her companions in “The Wizard of Oz,” an Off Square Theatre Company production at the Pink Garter Mainstage Theatre.

• Sean O’Malley, 50, won the men’s 50-54 division and finished in the top 10 among 728 classic racers in the country’s largest Nordic ski race, the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, Wisconsin.

• A team of researchers led by Howard Quigley tracked down a female mountain lion near Togwotee Pas to replace her dead radio collar with a GPS device. The biologists were deploying four of the GPS units as part of the Teton Cougar Project. Quigley hoped to combine what he learned about cats from the GPS collars with similar data collected by researchers tracking wolves, grizzly bears and black bears.

• The image for the 2005 Fall Arts Festival was a group of mountain men riding home from a rendezvous with the Tetons in the background. Alfred Rodriguez painted it.

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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