looking back

Search and Rescue volunteers direct a helicopter in for landing near Wilson during rescue operations for a skier who was injured in the Teton Pass backcountry in January 2007.

45 years ago ...

• Jackson’s Rusty Scott virtually assured himself a spot on the U.S. National Biathlon team by winning two qualifying races in Burlington, Vermont.

• Environmentalists complained that a 14.6% average increase proposed by Lower Valley Power and Light discouraged people from conserving electricity. The pricing of 6 cents for the first 100 kilowatts, 5 cents for the second 100 kilowatts and a bit over a penny for all additional kilowatts meant the more electricity used, the lower the cost per kilowatt.

• Bureau of Reclamation officials denied that Jackson Lake Dam was unsafe and said maintenance work on the dam’s outlet system had been planned for several years. Questions about the dam had come up a week earlier when the panel investigating the failure of Teton Dam in Idaho said Jackson Dam was one of 13 in the nation that should undergo extensive study.

• The Jackson Food Market offered a free loaf of Eddy’s Cabin Style Bread for every $20 purchase.

• The Pink Garter Restaurant scaled back. “Due to lack of snow and skiers, our dinners will be served Friday and Saturday evenings only from 5:30 to 10 p.m. until further notice.”

30 years ago ...

• An avalanche in Grand Teton National Park swept a skier an estimated 2,000 vertical feet down Albright Peak. He managed to grab a tree and later attributed his survival to the fact that one of his skis was pulled off and he was able to remove the other.

• School Superintendent Tom Nelson planned to draft a district policy for dealing with controversial subjects in the classroom after criticism that a graphic anti-abortion film shown in a health classroom didn’t fairly represent both sides of the issue. The film was brought to a 10th grade classroom by the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

• Jackson’s Jim Curran was elected to the eight-member men’s Olympic team for Nordic skiing.

• For fear of impropriety, Teton County commissioners turned down free ski passes offered by the Jackson Hole Ski Corporation. “In the past most but not all of the elected officials in Teton County have availed themselves of our small token of appreciation,” the Ski Corp president wrote in a letter to Commissioner Steve Thomas. But Thomas said he wanted to avoid “even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

• After the closure of the Bear Claw in Teton Village, business boomed at the Sojourner Pub thanks to cheap draft beers, shot specials, Foosball, a pool table and a ‘Mug Club’ reincarnated from the Bear Claw.

15 years ago ...

• Jackson Hole Airport deployed a new 650-horsepower snowblower that could clear more snow in less time than the old one. In addition to that $460,000 piece of equipment, the airport had a new bulldozer.

• New Teton County Commissioner Ben Ellis asked the county and town of Jackson to join to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public buildings and vehicles. He said “mundane” types of energy savings like replacing light bulbs and window stripping could save the most money and make the biggest impact.

• St. John’s Medical Center was exploring the use of hospitalists to supervise the care of admitted patients as an alternative to relying on on-call private physicians.

• In preparation for closing Broadway Toys & Togs, owners Jean and Andy Schwartz were selling the 20-year-old East Broadway store’s inventory at 30% off.

• With a fresh remodel and new management, the Log Cabin Saloon was trying to revive its image as a Jackson Hole hot spot. “We were starting to get a crowd we didn’t want,” owner Barry Remington said of what was happening before the changes.

– Compiled by Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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