45 years ago …
• State and federal officials knocked on doors in five states while investigating one of the biggest cases of big game violations in recent Wyoming history. Charges had been filed against three guides from Heart Six Ranch in Moran related to illegal takes of grizzlies, mountain sheep, elk and moose.
• Fearing a penny shortage, Jackson State Bank limited customers to $5 worth a week. The U.S. Treasury Department had said 30 billion pennies were in hiding. Sometimes people just emptied pocket change onto their bureaus and forgot about it. Others hoarded pennies because rising copper prices had sparked rumors the U.S. Mint would start making aluminum 1 cent coins, which meant the copper variety would rise in value.
• The 16th annual Spring Fling, held at Jackson Lake Lodge, raised more than enough money to pay for St. John’s Hospital’s new ambulance.
• The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission went on record as favoring a two-year moratorium on the killing of grizzly bears within the Yellowstone ecosystem except when necessary to protect human life.
30 years ago …
• A White House advance team arrived to prep for a visit by President George H. W. Bush. The White House wouldn’t confirm the visit, but Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Suzanne Young told the Jackson Hole Guide it would happen “unless something came up.” A member of the advance team had asked her to call the paper when he learned of its Tuesday deadline. “We didn’t realize you had weeklies,” the staffer told her.
• After 13 years of operating Stone Drug in Grand Teton Plaza, Jack Stone sold the business to its longtime pharmacist, John Crook.
• In the wake of Administrator Richard “Charlie” Brown’s resignation after one month on the job, the St. John’s Hospital board voted to extend its management contract with Hospital Corporation of America for a year. Pam Maples was serving as acting administrator.
• A thief or thieves hit Teton Aquatics on Gill Street, Shades Cafe on King Street and the Lewis and Clark Whitewater sales office in Crabtree Corner, making away with about $5,000 in cash and merchandise. While at Shades at least one bandit broke into the icebox and fixed a snack.
• The Jackson Police Department received 13 reports of tire slashings over several days. All the vandalism occurred in the east part of town, from Millward on.
15 years ago …
• Doug Coombs of Exum Mountain guides led Salt Lake City client Cameron Romero on a climb up and ski down the Grand Teton. It was the first commercially guided ski tour of the peak. Exum guide Mark Newcomb filmed the descent.
• Near a dumpster on Clark Street an animal control officer found a steak containing Temik, a pesticide that had sickened or killed two dozen dogs in outlying parts of the county and killed foxes, coyotes and possibly two moose and an eagle. The Wyoming Veterinary Lab confirmed that two hot dogs found in East Jackson in April contained Temik.
• The Teton County Planning Commission approved the final development plan for 24 units of affordable and market modular homes for the Sagebrush development near Melody Ranch.
• Jim VanNostrand, who flew with the Army Air Force Corps’ 461st Bomb Group, traveled to Washington, D.C., to witness the dedication of the new monument to veterans of World War II. “I thought, ‘This is for the guys who didn’t come back,’” he said. His trip was sponsored by the American Legion.
• Ana Castro performed with the Mexican Dancers, Danielle Domsky did a gymnastics routine, and Brianna Meager performed a karate routine to “Kung Fu Fighting” for Colter Elementary School’s talent show at Jackson Hole High School.