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May 16, 2012
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Those were the days

Eagle Postmaster Sam McGibbon was arrested on charges of felony theft for allegedly paying his wife $35,000 for landscaping and snow removal services at the Eagle Post Office that she never performed.

The Western Eagle County Ambulance District broke ground for a new station located in Gypsum.

The Alpine Academy of Dance Arts presented "Peter Pan." Molly Crocker and Kelsey Elwood shared the title role.

Forty-four students from James Lee's School of Champions in Eagle traveled to the United States Karate Alliance National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. The group brought home 48 first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishes and 13 championship titles.

Eagle Valley High School graduate Corey Strickler sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch at a Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field.

Western Colorado was experiencing extreme drought conditions. According to the Eagle County Soil Conservation Service, moisture was so low it was almost undetectable.

Eagle Valley Elementary School art teacher Cindy Groff nabbed a bunch of toilets that were removed from the school during a remodeling project and turned them into a whimsical flock of geese located at the school's south lawn. Sue Coppens' Art II students from EVHS fashioned the geese heads and Jim Lammers, husband of fifth grade teacher Monica Lammers, assisted with the installation.

A Massachusetts family's car was stolen in Eagle a few months previously, and they were handed a bill for $2,400 to get it back. The family had loaned the 1993 Accura to friends for a cross country trip. When the friends stopped for a night in Eagle, the car was stolen. The vehicle eventually turned up in a Denver area impound lot. It had been abandoned at Denver International Airport, collected several tickets and was eventually towed and impounded with fines and fees applied. The Eagle Police were helping the family defray the charges.

Gypsum threatened to shut down water service to the Eagle County Airport. The town said that since it had started servicing the facility in December, none of the participants who had signed the water service agreement had made good on their promises. The Vail Valley Jet Center owed $132,000 for tap fees and the county owed $17,000.

EVHS seniors Amy Mayhew and Benjamin Clock each received $4,000 Hornblower scholarships through the Vail Valley Foundation.

The town of Avon planned a Memorial Day event titled Bob-fest in honor of its bridge named Bob.

Eagle Valley Elementary School students performed the musical "Alice in Wonderland" under the direction of Larry Kleiber.

The Eagle United Methodist Church announced plans to build a new structure in Eagle.

The Eagle Town Board pondered development options for the Bull Pasture Park. The alternatives included a softball field, a tennis court, a soccer field or a swimming pool.

With a purchase of 73.65 acres on the facility's south side, the Eagle County Airport Commission announced the airport had the land necessary for a 7,000-foot runway expansion that would accommodate larger aircraft.

Eagle County was considering site alternatives for a new justice center facility.

As a senior prank, Battle Mountain High School students moved 150 tables, 500 chairs and all the library shelves and approximately 900 books to the BMHS roof. "Battle Mount teachers, while not condoning the prank, did offer some off-handed compliments to the way it was executed," the Enterprise reported. "The prank was pulled off in good taste, without any vandalism or destruction of school property."

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce elected five new board members - Loren Chambers, Cappy Connors, Charles Lepper, Mary Swift and John Oleson. John T O'Leary was the chamber president and Mike Sillion was secretary.

Bob and Frances Thompson of Eagle purchased the Gypsum Store and Food Locker.

To celebrate its grand opening, the Lake View Bar in Bond announced Wayne Snowden and his orchestra from Grand Junction would be performing for a dance on May 20.

The Gypsum Livestock Club elected Bill Sixkiller as president and Lewis Strume as vice president.

"A Fistful of Dollars" was the featured movie at the Eagle Theater.

Forty-six students were slated to graduate from Eagle County schools. The EVHS senior class numbered 24 students and the BMHS Class of '62 numbered 22 students. McCoy High School had two graduates.

Eli Archuletta was found not guilty in the fatal shooting of Frank Vigil on Feb. 4.

The Home Demonstration Clubs of Eagle County sponsored a "Fun Night" benefit to help pay for a new building at the county fairgrounds. "The 4-H building was ordered last year, with the intent of having it in use for the 1961 kids fair. The materials didn't arrive in time to be in use last August, but it is here now, it will be used and it must be paid for," the Enterprise reported.

A square dance competition was planned at the Eagle School. Four couples from the event would be selected to represent Eagle County at a 4-H Conference in Fort Collins.

Eagle County's six high schools had 50 graduates for the Class of '52. Eagle High School had the largest graduating class with 10 students. There were nine graduates each at Minturn High School, Red Cliff Union High School, Eagle County High School and Basalt High School. McCoy Union High School's class numbered four students.

Graveside services were planned for Bruce Beck, who was killed in action in Korea on Sept. 23. Beck was buried in Red Cliff.

M.H. Morgan was elected president of the Eagle Lions Club. C.H. McLain was elected first vice president.

Eddie Huges and Eldora Branson of the McCoy School were selected by the Yarmony Post of the American Legion of Bond to represent the community at the Boys State and Girls State events.

"The Avengers" was the featured movie at the Eagle Theater. However, this film did not include Iron Man, the Hulk or Captain America. It starred John Carroll and Adele Mara.

Twelve students graduated from Eagle High School and nine earned diplomas from Red Cliff Union High School.

A 21-year-old California man was arrested by county officials for auto theft and draft evasion. The man was driving a stolen Chevy pickup when he was apprehended in Minturn. When asked to produce his draft card, he admitted he didn't have one. The FBI was called in to investigate.

Mrs. T.D. Harris of McCoy was awarded a Four Star Emblem of Honor in recognition of the military service of her four sons. "A mother contributing so handsomely to the defense of her country is truly deserving of an award of this kind and recognition, not only in her own community but by the nation as a whole. Eagle County is truly proud of Mrs. Harris and her four fine, patriotic sons."

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The VailDaily Updated May 16, 2012 01:16PM Published May 16, 2012 01:10PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.