Looking Back

One-year-old Lucy Nystrom keeps herself occupied as voters mark their ballots during the 1996 general election.

45 years ago …

• The Old Timers Dance brought 275 Jackson residents to the Virginian Convention Center. John Ryan presented a slide show, and then people danced to the music of Clifton May’s band.

• H.L. Jensen, running for state representative, was the lone Democrat to win a race in Teton County. Republicans were victorious in all the county contests, including those for commissioner, coroner and sheriff. In other election results, Teton County voters approved the 1% optional sales tax.

Firemen prepared to train on a new $90,000 truck. The extension ladder and hose could reach more than 50 feet above the truck, allowing firemen to reach blazes in taller buildings like condos and commercial complexes.

• The Jackson Hole Guide spotlighted a new business, Skinny Skis, Jackson’s first Nordic specialty shop. Owen Anderson and Jeff Crabtree, who served as assistant coach of the high school cross-country ski team, opened it in the former Ann’s Too location.

• Jackson Police Chief Richard Hays blamed recent burglaries on a gang of professional thieves operating in several western states. Over the summer the gang stole $21,000 in Indian jewelry from Jackson Trading Post and $80,000 in Indian jewelry from Jensen Galleries. More recently, burglars cracked a safe at Lumley’s Drug and made off with $4,000.

30 years ago …

• Some Realtors began using the term ”bedroom community” to describe Teton Valley, Idaho. With working-class homebuyers from Jackson looking on the west side of the Tetons, low-end real estate sales jumped 50 percent in a year.

• Pam Maples, controller at St. John’s Hospital since 1986, accepted the position of CEO after serving as active administrator for a year.

• Maples was named the Business and Professional Women’s club’s Outstanding Woman of the year. Runners-up were Rhonda Bailey, owner of Jackson Hole Bootlegger; Sally Johnson, loan officer at Teton Mortgage; and Rosemary McIntosh, special assistant to attorney Gerry Spence.

• The Bridger-Teton National Forest plan arrived in Jackson more than 14 years after Congress mandated that all national forests undertake coordinated reviews of their resources.

• The Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning said the Bridger-Teton “blew it” with the oil and gas portions of its new forest plan. “Only 6% of nonwilderness land were made off-limits to oil and gas leasing,” said the Alliance’s Scott Garland. He called that figure “ridiculously low.”

• With 20 inches of packed snow at the base and 25 inches at the top, Grand Targhee was looking at opening in a few days.

John Ford Clymer, renowned Jackson Hole artist, died in Bellevue, Washington, at the age of 82.

15 years ago …

• After years of missteps a pair of swans raised and fledged three cygnets on Swan Lake, south of Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. It was a bright spot in a year that saw a decline in swan nest sites in the Yellowstone region.

• Parks and Rec approved the design for a new 10-acre Wayne May Park in East Jackson that included open space, an irrigation pond and a community garden but no off-leash dog area.

Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church was considering opening a school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students and eventually expanding that into a full-fledged elementary school.

• Cathy Toolson was sworn in as Teton County assessor. Toolson, a 20-year employee in the assessor’s office, replaced Suzanne Olmstead, who had completed two years of her four-year elected term.

Skinny Skis celebrated its 30th birthday.

• The Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village planned to host a benefit for the Teton County Library Foundation. The theme was “Open the Season, Open a Book.” In addition to Four Seasons “fare and libations” it was to have music by Phil Round and the Snake River Band.

— 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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