45 years ago ...

• Teton County voters were headed to the polls to decide whether St. John’s Hospital would remain private or become a district hospital. Property owners and non-property owners cast ballots in separate boxes; majority approval was required in both categories.

• Alan Atchison was appointed chief ranger of Grand Teton National Park.

• The Wilson Hotel, started in 1897 or ’98 by “Uncle Nick” Wilson, became a cause célèbre: Its owner, Mrs. Warren Robertson, wanted to build a house on the site occupied by the building, which drew cries of protest from locals who wanted to preserve a piece of history. So far a buyer had not been found. People balked at the $6,000 price tag of moving the hotel. Others wanted to buy the land along with the building, but it was not for sale.

• The house-numbering program in the town of Jackson was nearly two-thirds complete. Residents were reminded to stop by the police department to have a number assigned to their property.

• Grand Targhee Resort opened full time for the 1975-76 ski season.

• At 8:30 Saturday morning the line in front of Jackson Sporting Goods almost reached the corner as people awaited the 9 a.m. opening to shop the annual sale.

30 years ago ...

• After getting only 42% of the vote in an uncontested race for justice of the peace, incumbent Bob Brodie was considering filing a lawsuit to get a second chance at re-election. He said the ballot didn’t tell voters he needed 50% to win. “The voters did not intend to get rid of me,” Brodie said.

• Jackson and Teton County officials agreed the new administrations would jointly form a development plan for South Park, regardless of whose jurisdiction the 840 aces of the Porter Trust would end up under in 1991. A week earlier the Town Council had unanimously agreed that the legal criteria for annexation of Porter Trust land in South Park had been met, and an ordinance would be prepared.

• Ben Read, private lands director of the Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning, warned that enclave developments could undermine a countywide sense of community. Secluded subdivisions with a caretaker’s home and an entry gate create “a feeling of ad-hoc country clubs,” he told county commissioners.

• The second annual Black Tie-Blue Jean Ski Ball raised over $10,000 for Jackson Hole Ski Club racing programs. Ann Smith won the grand prize raffle for one week to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

15 years ago ...

• Signs and stepped-up enforcement meant some skiers wouldn’t find parking spaces atop Teton Pass on busy winter days. New Wyoming Department of Transportation signs made clear where legal parking boundaries were. More signs prohibiting parallel parking adjacent to the road were coming. The effect, the News&Guide said, would be to restrict parking to about 55 vehicles at the lot, which had seen up to 95 in years past.

• A task force began looking at the idea of turning St. John’s Medical Center from a public to a private nonprofit hospital. Supporters said it would help keep experienced people on the governing board, enable doctors to obtain cheaper medical malpractice insurance, enhance fundraising efforts and save taxpayer money.

• A group of Jackson Hole residents circulated an ”Axe the Tax” petition to force the state to remove the sales tax on groceries.

• In the wake of five accidental deaths in two years, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort went public with a list of penalties facing out-of-control skies and snowboarders stopped by ski patrol for threatening the safety of others. With one violation they could lose their pass for two weeks. Two violations in a three-year span would mean a one-year loss of lift privileges. Repeat offenders could face a lifetime ban.

— Compiled by 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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