45 years ago ...
• In the hotly contested mayoral primary, write-in candidates Ralph Gill and Lester May, the incumbent, topped the field. Town Councilor Norm Mellor received the most votes in the competition for two council seats. He was to be joined in the general election by Vera Cheney, Jerry Winn and Paul Bruun.
• Governors from 10 Western states and one territory were arriving for the Western Governor’s Conference in Teton Village. Vice presidential candidates Walter Mondale and Robert Dole were rumored to be coming, and presidential candidate Jimmy Carter’s campaign staff had made reservations at the Village. The only gubernatorial presidential candidate from the West, Jerry Brown, had not indicated whether he would attend.
• The second annual Super Seniors Tennis Tournament at the Jackson Hole Racquet Club drew more than 50 competitors from four states. The competition was for veteran players over the age of 35.
• The Mangy Moose Saloon hosted the Jackson Hole Wrist Wrestling Championships. Forty-four people competed in front of an overflow crowd.
• Seventy-four people attended the Old Timers Picnic at String Lake. Vesta Linn, who came to Jackson Hole in 1896, had the honor of being the earliest arrival. Also there was Jim Budge, who’d arrived in 1899, and Nellie Reed, who’d come in 1900.
30 years ago ...
• The Fall Arts Festival poster featured Sari Staggs’ painting “Night Dancer.”
• Gov. Mike Sullivan presented Reginald and Gladys Laubin with a plaque and a Wyoming flag in appreciation of their efforts to preserve the old Indian and pioneer ways of life. The Laubins were internationally known for their portrayals of Native American dances.
• The Hollywood All Stars, a group of Los Angeles celebrities, won the team title at the Jackson Hole One Fly.
• The new owners of the so-called Crabtree Corner dominated by Teton Mountaineering said they had no specific plans yet for the prime downtown commercial property at Broadway and King. “We’re keeping all our options open, said Bland Hoke Jr., who with his wife, Elizabeth, owned a third interest. Alan J. Hirschfield and Allan R. Tessler each owned the other one-third interests.
• Extending Jackson-area local phone services to include Moran would cost Jackson residents 70 cents extra a month, according to a U.S. West study. At the time a long-distance call from Jackson cost $1.03 for five minutes and $1.93 for 10 minutes during business hours. “If we do away with long-distance revenue, then local service rates will have to rise,” a state Public Service Commission official said.
15 years ago ...
• A record crowd of 2,800 walkers and runners turned out for Old Bill’s Fun Run.
• Peter Moyer, using a San Juan Worm, won the Jackson Hole One Fly.
• Law enforcement officers were investigating an alleged child prostitution operation in Jackson.
• Residents who owned land near property on Highway 390 that was being purchased by the Teton County Housing Authority complained about the deal to county leaders.
• The Off Broadway Grill announced its “last curtain call” for Sept. 23. The restaurant, opened in 1986, was closing to make way for a redevelopment of the property.
• Outgoing St. John’s Medical Center CEO Ron Ommen cited improved finances, revamped peer review and an expanded facility as three of his top accomplishments but wished he could have brought surgical services in the valley under one roof. He was to be paid his salary of $255,800 per year through the end of his contract on March 1 even though interim CEO James Scheussler would be onboard.
— Jennifer Dorsey