45 years ago ...
Laurance S. Rockefeller spoke at ceremonies on Lunch Tree Hill commemorating the 25th anniversary of the expansion of Grand Teton National and the role his father, John D. Rockefeller Jr., played. “He set the example,” Rockefeller said, “of private citizens working with their government in creating places where man could come and visit outstanding examples of nature’s beauty and renew himself physically and spiritually.”
Forty or so local high school junior started a two-week program of outdoor adventure activities, including climbing, whitewater rafting, canoeing and desert backpacking, under the auspices of Project Aware. The $5,000 program funded by the school district and federal money was a pilot for a proposed Project Walkabout designed to increase students’ interest in school and to prepared them to enter the real world.
A team from Oregon won the first of what was to be the annual Governor’s Cup Race, a canoeing, kayaking and rafting competition on the Snake River.
As a gift to customers, Fred’s Market offered free “living color portraits” by a “skilled, professional photographer.”
Voters elected three new members to the Teton County school board: Karen Tracy, of Jackson; Jim LaRue, of South Park; and Denis Lyman, of Wilson.
30 years ago ...
The town of Jackson and Porter Trust officials were nearing an agreement for the annexation of South Park. A resolution of compliance, a document allowing the annexation proposal to be checked for legal loopholes, was to be presented to the Town Council.
Jackson Hole Ski Corp Chairman Paul McCollister denied reports that the owners of the adjacent Snake River Ranch, the Resors, were negotiating to buy the ski company. Members of the Resor family also denied it but said “a couple of different parties” had approached them to ask if they would be interested in purchasing the ski area with them.
Teton County commissioners took the wind out of the last hot air balloon outfit flying over Jackson Hole, canceling Wyoming Balloon Co.’s permit because of complaints that balloons landed on property not covered in the permit.
Jackson Hole High School’s Peggy Prugh had recently returned from Stratford-on-Avon in England, where she had taken a monthlong course by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Folger Shakespeare Library to help teach English teachers like her coax life from the aging language of the Great Bard.
Using the little-known Turk tarantula fly created by local guide Guy Turk, Montana angler George Anderson won his second Jackson Hole One Fly contest championship. He led the Simms/Life Link team to the combined title.
15 years ago ...
Willie Nelson met with many declarations of adoration while he performed a sold-out concert at Snow King Mountain. “You should have seen the lingerie getting pulled off around me,” said Forrest McCarthy, of Teton Village, who watched the show from the front row with his wife, Amy.
Donations from Jackson poured in to help people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. At the Willie Nelson concert, for example, fans kicked in more than $20,000 for the American Red Cross. Nine-year-olds Hlle Langgle and Elsa Rouch, of Jackson, raised $227.15 for the Red Cross with their lemonade stand.
Ruben Johnson, 14, became the youngest climber to complete the Grand Traverse. Two days later, 65-year-old Bill Givens became the oldest climber to do it. The 10-peak traverse included ascents of Teewinot, Mount Owen, the Grand Teton, the Middle Teton, the South Teton and Nez Perce.
At a meeting held to study child care needs in Teton County, employers, parents and day care providers said the situation was at a crisis level.
Friends and family of Nels and Eva Dahlquist gathered at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole to celebrate Nels’ 100th birthday.