Looking Back

Production crews film Giada De Laurentiis for a new Food Network show, “Giada’s Weekend Getaways,” at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village in October 2006.

45 years ago ...

• The Wyoming Public Service Commission gave Lower Valley Power and Light the go-ahead to construct a transmission line along the Gros Ventre River to connect Teton Village with Kelly.

• Due to black bear problems, the Jenny Lake Campground closed early, the third recent campground shutdown in Grand Teton National Park. Phelps Lake and Surprise Lake had temporarily closed earlier in the summer.

• Jackson Hole residents Mike Hoover and Peter Pilafian were in Nepal filming an American party’s ascent of Mount Everest in celebration of America’s bicentennial.

• Danny Keefe, a cook at the Racquet Club, peeled 28 pounds of potatoes in 10 minutes to win the second annual Super Spud contest at the Happy Hound restaurant. Sharon Seaton won the Sweet Potato award by peeling 21 pounds, 14 ounces.

• Candidates for homecoming queen at Jackson Hole High School were Lisa Morgan, Stacy Hill, Karen Bruteig and Betsy Thomas.

• The Jackson Hole Ski Club was working on the Snow King Ski Shelter, building new ski storage space, a waxing area and a repair room. Plans called for creating an area for timing races and holding meetings by enclosing the sundeck with large glass windows facing Snow King Mountain.

30 years ago ...

• The Wilson Fire Department had positions for 33 firefighters, and only 25 were filled. “This is the lowest membership we’ve had in 11 years,” Chief Conan Beesley said.

• Teton County’s sales and use tax receipts from June, July and August rose 21% over the previous summer, and other economic trends indicated the summer tourism season might be stretching into October. “People used to say everything closed down after Labor Day, but that’s just not the case anymore,” said Bob Coapman of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.

• A coalition of riverside landowners and state and county government was rehabilitating an old quarry site near the Snake River and providing a parking lot for people who hiked the dike. The work on the northeast side of the Wilson bridge was taking place on land owned by Emily Stevens and Jerome Beazely.

• State Sen. Bob LaLonde and Rep. Clarene Law were working to change Wyoming law to allow brewpubs. Charlie Otto of Otto Brothers Brewery Co. hoped to open one on the site of his home brewery operation in Wilson.

Conoco Inc. wanted to drill for oil and gas in the Togwotee Pass area and requested permission to place a rig within 3 miles of the summit of Lava Mountain.

15 years ago ...

• Three women gave birth to twins at St. John’s Medical Center, and valley doctors were expecting two more sets in November and an additional two in December.

Giada De Laurentiis filmed a segment of her new Food Network show at the Mangy Moose and visited a bunch of other valley restaurants. She was impressed by Jackson’s “gourmet chic sort of feel,” a change since her last visit eight years earlier. “We used to come to the Mangy Moose and order burgers, fries and steaks because that’s all you’d find in Jackson.”

• The town of Jackson and the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole planned to sell one of the elk antler arches on Town Square at the Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction in May. The proceeds would help Rotary’s efforts to replace the aging arches with newly built ones.

• Greg Collins of Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and Hans Johnstone and Bean Bowers of Exum Mountain Guides pioneered a new route on Mount Moran, completing a nine-pitch climb on the south buttress. They tackled the ascent of South Buttress Prow after Johnstone spied the line on a previous climbing trip.

Calico restaurant celebrated its 40th anniversary.

— 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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