Looking Back

Defensive coordinator Bill Wiley carries a bucket with a pair of burning Kemmerer sweaters.

45 years ago ... ...

• A man charged in 1974 with two counts of rape was awarded $5,590.08 in damages at the conclusion of his false arrest suit against the town of Jackson after a jury found there had been no probable cause for his arrest.

• Teton County began a series of swine flu immunization clinics as part of a statewide program. Gov. Ed Herschler kicked off the program by getting his own shot.

• A busy week for yard sales included the annual rummage sale at the American Legion hall to raise money for the Auxiliary. At the Browse ‘N Buy sale, everything at the shop cost 15 cents. There was also a yard sale with live music at the Blue Lion.

Bob Jones III, president of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, was coming to town to be the featured speaker at the Memorial Baptist Church. Bob Jones University was the largest independent fundamental Christian school in the world, with an enrollment of more than 5,000 students.

• Dan Abrams’ Outdoors column in the Jackson Hole News spotlighted Jim Case, who got his antelope with one shot through the chest cavity. It was the second antelope he had taken using the black powder muzzleloader he had built himself. The first was a one-shot kill, too. Interest in building, shooting and hunting with muzzleloading arms had reached “epidemic proportions” in America, Abrams wrote.

30 years ago ... ...

• Stacey Griggs and Collin Vaughn were crowned homecoming queen and king at Jackson Hole High School.

• Maintenance crews began a once-in-25-years checkup of the largest parts of the Jackson Hole Aerial Tram.

• Grizzly researchers reported a significant new food source heavily used by thebears in the alpine zone of mountains in and around Yellowstone National Park: army cutworm moths. The researchers said their findings showed the alpine environment was vital to the bears.

• An attorney for two men who claimed police had used excessive force during their arrests sought a grand jury investigation into possible criminal misconduct at the Jackson Police Department.

• To diversify the local economy, Teton County commissioners and Jackson town councilors voted to have consultant Lane Kendig develop new standards in the Comprehensive Plan that would make it easier for non-tourism-related businesses to come to the valley. Not everyone agreed with the idea. “I think we have an engine that is already overheating,” County Commissioner Sandy Shuptrine said.

• The town of Jackson and the Wyoming Highway Department installed 42 Western-looking streetlights along town roads from Highway 89 on the north end of town to Jackson Street.

15 years ago ... ...

• After 40 years of shuttling skiers and sightseers to the summit of Rendezvous Mountain, the Aerial Tram was retired from public service. At 5:15 p.m. on the final day, a car packed with invited guests made the final trip to the summit. Resort co-founder Alex Morley, too ill to attend, wrote a letter: “It’s wonderful the Kemmerer family is going to replace the tram.”

• Teton County’s newest law enforcement was a young golden retriever named Duce, the partner of Deputy John LeBrec.

• The Jackson Town Council approved plans for a four-story parking garage at Simpson and Millward.

• After three school shootings rocked the nation over the previous week, School Teton County School District Superintendent Pam Shea met with town, county and national park law enforcement officials to discuss a response plan for local schools.

• Friends of Pathways Executive Director David Vandenberg lobbied state legislators to change an old law forbidding cyclists to ride on the road if there was an adjacent bike path. “We’ve got a lot of folks using pathways, and it may not always be appropriate for a fast-moving cyclist to be weaving through people,” he said.

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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