45 years ago ...
• Jeffery Brown, born Jan. 3, was Teton County’s first baby of 1977. His parents, Vickie and Reynold Brown, lived in Big Piney.
• Snow King opened for the winter season, with grass sticking through the snow in some spots. “Conditions are not all that shabby,” Recreation Manager Jim Davison said. “At least we’re skiing.”
• The Jackson Hole Ski Area was running chairs one and two on its lower slopes. Due to the abbreviated operations the resort charged $5 a day for adults and let kids 12 and younger ski for free. Paul McCollister and Bruce Nurse were heading out to Rendezvous and Apres Vous to see if a weekend opening would be possible. They planned to do their inspection on old skis, McCollister joked.
• Members of the St. John’s Hospital Board and medical staff gave a lukewarm reception to a proposal to build a private nursing home on hospital land, questioning the need for the facility and the desirability of leasing hospital land to a privately run nursing home. A group of residents pushing for the project said an individual from the Midwest with solid nursing home experience proposed a 40-bed facility that would charge $16 a day for long-term stays and pay the hospital $8,000 a year in rent.
30 years ago ...
• Luke Scott May came into the world at 1:17 a.m. Jan. 5, making him Teton County’s first newborn of 1992. The son of Annie and Curtis May, of Jackson, was the sixth generation of the Mays in Jackson Hole.
• Jackson’s Erich Wilbrecht and Nancy Bell-Johnstone were named to the 1992 United States Olympic Biathlon Team.
• Dave Cameron, the top cop in Moscow, Idaho, was hired to replace Dick Hays as chief of the Jackson Police Department. More than 170 people from around the country applied for the job.
• The Jackson Town Council struck down a proposal to build a 300-seat giant-screen IMAX theater downtown, saying the 20,000-square-foot building would create parking problems and wouldn’t fit the Town Square character.
• Bridger-Teton National Forest officials were prepared to allow Chevron U.S.A. Inc. to drill for oil and gas in the Willow Creek drainage south of Jackson, provided the company used a helicopter to assemble its drill rig.
• St. John’s Hospital was weighing whether to ban smoking on the grounds except for designated areas. Smoking inside the hospital building had recently been prohibited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation and Health Care Organizations.
15 years ago ...
• The title of St. John’s Medical Center’s New Year’s baby went to Cael Espenscheid, who arrived at 4:13 p.m. Jan. 1. His parents were Big Piney residents Gudrid and Chad Espenscheid. The last time a Teton County couple brought in the first baby was in 2000.
• With the Aerial Tram out of commission and less snow than the previous Christmas-New Year’s season, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort saw a decline in daily ticket sales.
• A cutting-edge crash reconstruction had played a crucial role in the state’s evidence against a teenage snowboarder who hit and killed skier Heather Donohue at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in February 2005, according to the News&Guide. John and Jeremy Daily of Jackson Hole Scientific Investigation used probability-based data analysis, called the Monte Carlo method, and classic physics equations. Daily said it was the first time someone had used that method for that type of crash.
• After releasing a state investigation into local government officials, Teton County Prosecuting Attorney Steve Weichman said he would not press charges against county employees or commissioners for allegations of inappropriate spending of taxpayer money. Weichman said the state Division of Criminal Investigation found no crimes were committed, and the matter was closed for him.
— Compiled by Jennifer Dorsey