Looking Back

A group of photographers line up for a sunrise photo at Schwabacher’s Landing in early October 2005.

45 years ago ...

• In a summer survey of license plates at Teton Village, California led with 14.1%, followed by Utah, 13.8%; Idaho, 9.8%; Wyoming outside Teton County, 9.7%; Illinois, 7.2%; and Colorado, 7.1%.

• The National Labor Relations Board called for an election to determine whether the nurses at St. John’s Hospital wanted to become a local bargaining unit of the American Nurses Association. Nurses at St. John’s had petitioned for the election.

• Sheriff Steve Rogers appointed Bruce Tadayeske, 22, to the newly created position of jailer for Teton County. His beat would cover the four jail cells in the dispatch office across from the courthouse.

• Teton County solicited applications for a new county planner position. The individual would coordinate planning efforts, review developers’ plats before they went to the Planning and Zoning Commission and help with designing the comprehensive plan.

• The Mine Shaft, located in the cellar of the Pink Garter Plaza, advertised itself as “Jackson Hole’s only discotheque.”

• Freelance photographer Ed Riddell joined the Jackson Hole Guide as a photographer on a part-time basis.

• A land use plan and draft environmental impact statement proposed designating at least 167,275 acres of land on the west slope of the Tetons in the Targhee National Forest a wilderness study area.

30 years ago ...

• Teton County commissioners nixed a proposal to bridge the Snake River midway between Wilson and Moose. The proposed bridge would have tied Sagebrush Drive on the east side of the river south of Jackson Hole Airport to the Village Road on the west side.

• Jackson Mayor Sam Clark released a draft South Park annexation agreement between the town and the Porter Trust. If adopted, the document would prohibit the Porter Trust from building or submitting building proposals until the town adopted a comprehensive master plan for the land, provided the master plan was adopted within one year of annexation.

• Sales and use tax receipts from June, July and August jumped 15% over the same period the previous year, bringing an extra $350,000 into the valley. “Right now, we’re bucking the odds because the rest of the country is falling out and we’re still going strong,” said Bob Coapman of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

• Census takers returned to Jackson to scour the streets for people not tallied during the previous spring’s count. The town had already disputed the U.S. Census Bureau’s preliminary tally of 4,036 residents.

• Commercial construction in Jackson for the year exceeded $10 million so far, surpassing 1989’s record $8 million.

15 years ago ...

• Teton County commissioners rejected use of the specific purpose excise tax to obtain easements for a north bridge over the Snake River that would have linked Highway 390 near Teton Village with Highway 89/287/191 near Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis.

• A half-dozen volunteers returned from Louisiana with 87 dogs, 50 cats and one rabbit, all refugees from Hurricane Katrina. Local shelters had already found homes for 80 of the dogs and many of the cats.

• The Masonic Foundation of Jackson Hole honored Ruth Ann Petroff, owner of the Hard Drive Cafe and the local Domino’s Pizza, as Person of the Year. She had recently spent a week in New Orleans’ French Quarter, making and handing out free pizzas to relief workers in the storm-torn city.

• Cary Smith and Courtenay Adams took the men’s and women’s titles at the second annual Jackson Hole Mountain Duathlon at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Held on the trail system on the lower portion the mountain, the event involved a 5-kilometer trail run and a 10-K mountain bike ride.

• Kathleen Keniry and Jill Callaway starred in Jackson Community Theater‘s production of “The Odd Couple (Female Version)” at the Pink Garter Mainstage Theatre.

— 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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