Looking Back

President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, left, enjoy a float down the Snake River during an August 1996 family vacation to Jackson Hole.

45 years ago ...

• A Jackson police officer shot and killed a suspect fleeing the scene of an early morning break-in at the Virginian Restaurant. Police were searching for a second suspect.

• A series of price increases in recent months, including one Sept. 1, had brought St. John’s Hospital rates to 23.5% above March levels. The hospital hoped to reduce a deficit after the April lifting of a federal wage-price freeze imposed in 1971. During the freeze, hospital suppliers could raise prices however they wanted, but hospital rate hikes were restricted.

• Seattle banking executive Daniel Geittmann was named president of First National Bank of Jackson Hole. He and his wife, Susan, a registered nurse, and their children, Clay, 3, and Sara, 1, were to arrive in Jackson later in the month.

• The Jackson Hole Airport board studied how to pay for a $440,000 terminal expansion. It had $175,000 at the ready. The most likely source for the balance was revenue bonds jointly issued by the board and Teton County or general obligation bonds approved by the electorate and issued by the county.

30 years ago ...

• Angered by critical editorial on his approach to the issue of annexation, Jackson Mayor Sam Clark said he would no longer answer questions from Jackson Hole Guide reporters. “I thought the editorial went a bit too far this time,” he said. “I don’t have anything to say to the Guide now.”

• Representatives for Rafter J residents said they’d do all they could to make it clear to Jackson that they wanted to remain part of unincorporated Teton County ... at least for now. Under state law they had no legal means to block the annexation process.

• A judge cleared the way for the Jackson Hole Ski Corp. to buy two tram cars for $204,000 to replace those installed when the lift opened 20 years earlier. His ruling eased spending restrictions imposed in the cash-for-stock battle between Dutch oil trader John Deuss and Ski Corp. President Paul McCollister.

• A thermal explosion destroyed Porkchop Geyser in Yellowstone National Park’s Norris Geyser Basin, spewing debris up to 220 feet from the geyser’s vent and throwing out one chunk of rock that rangers estimated weighed 2 tons.

• Nineteen-month-old Cody Stock was the youngest person at the Old-Timers Picnic. His great-grandmother, Audrey Bogan, 89, was the oldest.

15 years ago ...

• Construction work didn’t finish in time for the first day of the new Jackson Hole Community School. So the 20 freshmen and 10 teachers in the new $10,000-a-year private school improvised, holding class on the Doug Walker Challenge Course near the school’s Flat Creek Business Center location.

• Three new high-end golf courses were going to come on line in Jackson Hole in addition to two existing ones. The prospect of membership fees as high as $100,000 and scarce public tee times worried Average Joe golfers. “To be quite honest,” said Marc Morningstar, one of Jackson’s top amateur golfers, “the people who live and work here are getting the shaft.”

• Amy Larimer and her parents, Jan and Jack, were among 20 Teton County residents who attended the Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden in New York. Amy Larimer said of Vice President Dick Cheney’s speech, “He is seeing things in shades of gray, which really appeals to me and to people of my generation.”

• Garnet Henderson, 13, was crowned Miss Wyoming National Pre-Teen, earning a place at the National Pre-Teen competition in Orlando, Florida.

• Alta resident Barb Lindquist finished ninth in the women’s triathlon at the Olympic games in Athens, Greece. Though she didn’t medal she enjoyed the whole experience. “I had a blast,” she said. “I didn’t want it to end.”

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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