Looking Back

Owen Reed runs through Cache Creek in Jackson’s September 2005 home meet dressed as Batman.

45 years ago ...

• Frontier Airlines, which was considering jet service to Jackson Hole, planned to fly a Boeing 737 to the airport for on-site testing. The other reason for the plane coming was that the Jackson Hole Airport board wanted to assess noise levels.

• U.S. Sen. Clifford Hansen, a Republican from Jackson Hole, said a special census might be taken in Wyoming counties and towns to update population tallies. Teton County had grown by about 1,800 people between 1960 and 1970, and there had been an even greater influx of new residents since then. A new census could significantly increase federal funds allocated to Teton County and the town of Jackson.

• Yellowstone visits in August 1975 increased 18.5% over August 1974. The summer visitor total for the national park had already exceeded the count in 1973, previously the best year in terms of attendance.

• Jackson Hole Cable Telecommunications was planning an expansion that would increase the number of channels from seven to 20 and hook up more households. One of the channels, the Jackson Shopping Basket, would feature specials at grocery stores, hardware stores, automobile dealers and car repair shops.

• The Mangy Moose Bicycle Race highlighted Village Sports Day. After the cyclists were done, The Hostel sponsored a Hole-in-One golf contest on the “Teton Village Country Club” course — actually the lawn in front of the hostel.

30 years ago ...

• The Jackson Police Department was drafting a new policy that would require officers to perform sobriety tests on all suspected drunk drivers and arrest any driver who failed. Cops were currently allowed to decide whether to perform a test or just take a driver home.

• Some of Jackson’s most vocal residents objected to the shroud of secrecy town officials had cloaked over ongoing negotiations for a pact with the Porter Trust to annex South Park. “I feel that any agreement that involves doubling the size of the town and changing the course of the town’s future should be made public from the very beginning,” mayoral candidate Abi Garaman said.

• Greg Prugh won the debut County Golf Championship, played at Teton Pines and Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis. In addition to the men’s net champion, Beth Chamberland, Jane Carter and Jeff Woodruff etched their names on the winner’s trophy as the first four title holders in the tournament.

• Jackson’s Bruce Hauser and his Sawmill Creek band members were heading across the Atlantic for a six-week tour of Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France and possibly the Eastern Block. Europeans “go for anything that has to do with cowboys and the wild West,” Hauser said.

15 years ago ...

• About 2,500 people turned out for the ninth annual Old Bill’s Fun Run. By race day, $3 million had been collected for 185 nonprofits in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, Idaho, with a pile of other donations waiting to be counted.

• Amanda Riley pushed through the worst weather faced by LoToJa riders in a dozen years to top the women’s field in the 206-mile bike race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson. With rain, snow and wind, she said, “my hands were frozen into claws, and my biceps were frozen.”

• New students at Teton County schools included five kids whose families had been evacuated to Jackson Hole after Hurricane Katrina devastated their homes in the New Orleans area.

• After a series of assaults and two rapes allegedly committed by Latino immigrants, nearly 200 residents packed a forum at St. John’s Episcopal Church to discuss the incidents and race relations. Spanish-speaking participants outnumbered others 2 to 1. Information from Latino Jacksonites had helped police arrest two men so far, speakers noted. “We are for the most part, good people,” construction worker Martin Serrano said at the forum. “We’re here to work. We hope you can see us that way.”

— Compiled by Jennifer Dorsey

15 years ago

About 2,500 people turned out for the ninth annual Old Bill's Fund Run. By race day $3 million had already been collected for 185 nonprofit in Jackson Hole and Teton Valley, Idaho.

Amanda Rile pushed through the worst weather faced by Lotoja riders in a dozen year to top the women's field in the 206-mile bike race from Logan, Utah, to Jackson. Wit rain, snow and wind, she said, "my hands were frozen into claws, and my biceps were frozen."

New students at Teton County schools included five kids whose families had been evacuated to Jackson Hole after Hurricane Katrina devastated their homes in the New Orleans area. 

After a series of assaults and two rapes allegedly committed by Latino immigrants, nearly 200 residents packed a forum at St. John's Episcopal Church to discuss the incidents and race relations. Information from Latino resident had helped police arrest two men. "We are for the most part, good people," construction worker Martin Serrano said at the forum. "We're here to work. We hope you can see us that way."

County Commissioner Andy Schwartz said obtaining easements for a north bridget linking Highways 390 and 89/287 near Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis might be a viable use of the 1% specific purpose excise ta.

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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