Printed on: January 17, 2013
100 years ago
Tensions escalated this week in 1913 over a border dispute along the Idaho-Wyoming line west of Jackson, Wyo. Idaho residents in the area said Wyoming officials had established a game preserve that extended six miles into Idaho territory, which was also where some of the best hunting in the area could be found. A group of Idaho hunters in the contested area were arrested by Wyoming authorities and ordered to pay a fine of $200 or go to jail. Soon afterward, a single Wyoming game warden attempted to arrest another group of Idaho hunters, but they drew their guns first, disarmed the warden and sent him on his way. Both sides threatened that they would shoot on sight if there was another altercation.
Meanwhile, near Roberts, William Thomas Clayton Lewis killed a mountain lion after a fierce battle in which he was badly scratched. It was supposed that the cat -- described as one of the largest ever killed in the region -- had been driven from its mountain haunts by the extreme cold.
75 years ago
Members of the Bonneville Sportsmen's Association adopted plans this week in 1938 to beautify the area between the Snake River and the forebay of the municipal power plant below the Broadway Bridge. The group planned to hire a horticulturist to landscape the area -- now known as Sportsmen's Park.
50 years ago
Temperatures in Idaho Falls bottomed out at 33 degrees below zero this week in 1963, just 5 degrees shy of the then-all-time record of 38 below in February 1938. However, the biting cold wasn't enough to keep youths away from the city's ice skating rinks, where officials were receiving a rash of complaints of older youths picking on smaller children -- pushing them around, hiding their jackets and shoes and generally abusing them. There were also reports of damage to the rinks from teenagers driving motor scooters and cars on them.
At the Civic Auditorium, flooding from a broken water pipe led to damage estimated to be "several thousands of dollars."
25 years ago
A team of snow sculptors from eastern Idaho took first place this week in 1988 in the United States Snow Sculpturing Contest in Milwaukee. The Idaho team -- made up of Marilyn Hansen and Allen Haroldsen of Idaho Falls and team captain Michelle Havens of Shelley -- beat out 40 other teams from throughout the U.S. with its snow sculpture of a dragon and a horse intertwined in battle. The trio had won the Idaho Snow Sculpturing Championship the previous February for the right to represent the state. With their national title, the three earned the right to represent the U.S. in the Olympic International Snow Sculpturing Competition in Calgary, Alberta, from Feb. 9 through 12.