‘Cokeville Miracle’ to feature speaker Friday night

Those watching “The Cokeville Miracle” at the Hyart Theatre on Friday night will be in for a treat with the appearance of Ron Hartley, a deputy sheriff who responded to the 1986 hostage situation and subsequent bombing at the Cokeville Elementary School while four of his six children were inside the school.

Cokeville Miracle
Cokeville Miracle

“The Cokeville Miracle” tells the true story of the takeover of Cokeville Elementary School on May 16, 1986, by David and Doris Young. The Youngs held 136 students and 18 adults hostage, threatening them with guns and a gasoline bomb. Two hours later the bomb exploded, but somehow the teachers and students were spared, though 79 were taken to area hospitals. Later, the children started reporting that they were protected by people dressed in white who told them what to do. And four of the bomb’s five blasting caps failed to go off.

Hartley will speak to moviegoers following the showing of the film Friday night at around 8:50 p.m., Theatre Manager Wendy Roth said. He will present some remarks, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Roth said those not attending the movie may come for the Hartley presentation for an entry fee of $1. Doors will open at 8:50 p.m.

“The Cokeville Miracle” will play Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and again on Monday night at 7. Hartley will speak only on Friday night, however.

Hartley is coming to Lovell after being invited by Tom and Suzie Newman, who have known the Hartley family for years in
Star Valley.

By David Peck