Looking Back

Cattle are driven down Broadway in November 1990, past Shervin’s Independent Oil to the Jackson Hole Hereford Ranch, headed for winter pasture from their summer grazing grounds on the Elk Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

45 years ago ...

• Teton County residents voted to make St. John’s Hospital a public facility. As a hospital district it would be able to raise a 3-mill levy from property owners. An election for the new six-member board of trustees was set for Dec. 16.

• At least 10 horses in the valley came down with equine infectious anemia, aka swamp fever. There was no vaccine or cure. An acute attack usually killed the horse. In survivors, the disease became chronic.

• Linda Robinson, the secretary at the Wilson School, won the Jackson Food Market’s $400 Live Free for a Month contest when a receipt with her name on it was drawn from a box.

• U.S. Sen. Cliff Hansen asked the U.S. Board of Geographic Names to rename Dinwoody Peak and a pass in the Wind River Range for Wyoming mountain climber Orrin Bonney, a Kelly resident. The pass had been known as Bonney Pass, but that had been changed in the latest U.S. Geological Survey. Hansen said renaming the pass and the peak would honor Bonney and reduce confusion about Wyoming place names. “I’m told that the name ‘Dinwoody’ is already used on two peaks, a valley, a glacier and many lakes in the area,” he said.

30 years ago ...

• The Jackson Town Council abandoned its effort to annex Porter Trust land in South Park during the current administration. Mayor Sam Clark said the council had a legal obligation to advertise the hearing twice before proceeding, but the Jackson Hole Guide failed to publish the second notice. The paper, which had voiced strong opposition to the annexation, “chose not to advertise the second time,” the mayor said. The Guide’s editor described it as an error of omission.

• A month after an arsonist torched the Anvil Motel, someone ignited a stack of mattresses and bedsprings remaining the motel’s alley.

• Justice of the Peace Robert Brodie decided not to challenge his ouster from the office he had held for 12 years. “It’s just not worth it,” he said of the lawsuit he had considering filing over what he believed was an obscure placement on the general election ballot. He ran uncontested but received only 42% of the vote when he needed 50% to be retained.

• Skinny Skis sponsored avalanche awareness clinics on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to help skiers avoid the backcountry danger and to learn search and rescue techniques.

• Spirit of the West’s new version of ”Open Mike Night,” a long-running weekly Wednesday night contest, was bringing in new talent and breaking bar sales records.

15 years ago ...

• Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton began to remove federal protection of Yellowstone-area grizzly bears, saying their population had recovered.

• Talks about creating financial or operating agreements between St. John’s Medical Center and the private surgery center Teton Outpatient Services resumed for the first time in more than a year. The hospital and TOPS had mulled a partnership since 1998.

• Teton County planning commissioners prepared to start considering Grand Targhee Resort’s expansion application. The Alta ski area wanted to rezone 120 acres to resort status to allow 875 residential units plus commercial space at the bottom of Fred’s Mountain.

• About 20 emergency, law enforcement and health officials discussed ways to combat a potential outbreak of avian flu in the valley. The first documented infection of a human, in Hong Kong in 1997, alarmed the world health community because it was the first time an avian flu virus had been transmitted directly to humans and was causing high mortality. Health officials feared the virus would mutate and spread from human to human, causing a pandemic.

• Starbucks opened a store in the West Bank Center off Highway 390.

• A storm system that dumped 19 inches of snow at 9,300 feet at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort sent powder hounds flocking to Teton Pass.

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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