45 years ago ...
• The new owners of Bill Bailey’s property north of Jackson unveiled plans for a 100-room hotel, 100 condos, three commercial areas and 30 residential sites. The development would sit on 421 acres, mostly on East Gros Ventre Butte above Frontierland.
• For National Wildlife Week the Jackson Hole News printed a selection of biologist Olaus Murie’s wildlife sketches. “Murie used art as scientific notation,” the paper said. In one piece, for example, he sketched an otter sliding down a bank. Alongside that image he had otter footprints, with measurements of the distance between them to show their stride.
• Mary Martin was named the new university extension agent for Teton County home economics and 4-H work.
• Members of the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church asked the community to stop sending people who arrived in Jackson without jobs, money or contacts to the church. For years St. John’s provided shelter, basic needs, supervision and guidance to homeless, indigent, mentally disturbed and misfit individuals. Now the church was without a priest to handle all that.
30 years ago ...
• Jackson Hole native Mary Mead announced her candidacy for Wyoming governor to a crowd of cheering supporters at The Wort Hotel. She said the three E’s — the environment, education and the economy — were the top issues.
• The town’s first finance officer, who’d moved from California, admitted to sticker shock. “I never expected to come from a place that had 12 million people in Southern California to a place that has less than 500,000 in the whole state and have to pay $130,000 for a two-bed-room, two-bath home and virtually no rentals available,” Dan Izzo said.
• Jackson Town Councilors pushing for annexation of the 1,200-acre Porter Estate said county government had already bungled South Park’s development. They worried about a proposed subdivision on the banks of Flat Creek. “Right now, under county zoning, if the Porter Estate were to subdivide any amount of that 1,200 acres, they could do it tomorrow in three-acre packages,” Mayor Sam Clark said. “They could build cement patios right down to Flat Creek’s edge.”
• The Jackson Town Council declined to waive $26,000 of construction permit fees for St. John’s Hospital. The capital facilities tax would cover half the $15 million cost of the new hospital, councilors said, so taxpayers would already be paying more than their fair share.
15 years ago ...
• Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal came to Jackson to speak at the Power of Place conference. In a profile of him the News&Guide ran some of his colloquialisms, including, “You don’t buy a dog and do your own barking” and “He is the north end of a southbound horse.”
• A new tavern called 43 North opened on South Cache Drive. It had a roof deck, an antique bar transported from an Irish pub in New York, and a menu ranging from burgers to aged steaks. “The menu is priced in a way that those of us who live here can afford to come on a regular basis,” general manager Scott Anderson said.
• Lincoln County school board members rejected a request from parents in Alpine to ask Teton County school trustees to consider busing Alpine children to Teton County schools.
• Travis Svensrud was crowned Town Downhill champion at Snow King Ski Area. Sean Clark took third, with Geoff Stephenson in second.
• Six Jackson Hole teens earned the Eagle Scout award, the highest honor in Boy Scouts: Jess Birt, Erik Johnson, Josh Miller, Jordan Sjol, Charlie Tyler and Brooks Woodfin. “Less than 4 percent ever reach that level,” said Paul Vogelheim, chairman of the Jackson District of Boy Scouts of America. “It’s a very difficult process.”
— Compiled by Jennifer Dorsey