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Those were the days

Week of May 31, 2007

Work was scheduled to begin on a massive remodeling project at Eagle Valley High School. A 25-member design advisory group was working with the school architect to identify the priority projects for the $14 million project.

Vail Integrative Medical Group opened a downvalley center at the Eagle Ranch Fitness Center.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office K-9 team - deputy Kyle Hall and his police dog, Fantom - won top honors at a regional United States Police Canine Association certification event in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Ted and Nettie May Reynolds of Gypsum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Week of May 30, 2002

Jay Miller was valedictorian and Chris Gamble was salutatorian for the EVHS Class of 2002.

Longtime Eagle County Planning Commissioner member Arlene Quenon was recognized for her volunteer efforts with the group. She stepped down from the advisory group after severing for more than 10 years.

Nicole Wells, a sixth-grader at Eagle Valley Middle School, was headed off to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with a delegation of 40 other students participating in a People to People exchange.

Eagle County School District signed an exclusive deal with Pepsi. The deal gave the cola company exclusive rights to put its machines and products in local school and provided extra revenues for the buildings. However, school officials said the deal would not be intrusive. "We will not have Pepsi machines inside the front doors of the elementary schools on the first day this fall," said district finance director Karen Strakbein.

Week of June 4, 1992

The Vail Valley Consolidated Water District paid up $123,600 in water tap fees to the town of Gypsum, guaranteeing that water service would continue at the Eagle County Airport.

One week before a community referendum regarding the project, about 60 residents packed an Eagle Town Board meeting to ask questions and get information about the community's proposed municipal golf course.

Janet Rivera was selected to fill a vacancy on the Eagle County School Board

Four local 4-H students took best of breed honors at the Kremmling Rabbit Expo. The top honors went to Wade Bailey for his Dutch rabbit, Sarah Linden for her Chinchillas, Jennah Montag for her Satin Book and Michelle Poeckes for her Mini-Lops.

Week of June 3, 1982

Two Eagle County men were presumed to have drowned when the canoe they were piloting was found floating about a mile downstream from a launch site on the Eagle River. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office and the Vail Mountain Rescue Group launched a weeklong search for the men.

Officials from the U.S. Forest Service anticipated a large turnout for its public hearing concerning the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Homestake II water diversion project.

Craig Hubbell and Sally Conway topped the field among men and woman at the Vail Mud Run.

Century 21 Real Estate advertised "The best of two eras: Perfectly restored large Victorian home in Eagle's Bull Pasture." The home was originally located along Brush Creek and had been relocated to the subdivision. The asking price was $149,000.

Week of June 1, 1972

The search was continuing for a 15-year-old youth from Gilman who was reported missing in the Red Cliff area. "In the late afternoon, the young man was playing soccer with other friends around Turkey Creek. The soccer ball apparently rolled into the creek and the boy went to retrieve the ball." When he failed to return, a search was launched.

Beth Byers, longtime Eagle Postmaster, retired. She was "temporarily" replaced by Pat Norman of Eagle.

The Eagle Town Board announced a special meeting to consider institution of a dog leash law in town.

"The McCain Medical Memorial Fund was swelled close to the $1,000 mark with receipt of donations from across the state and from Texas and Arizona," the Enterprise reported. The fund, established in the memory of Enterprise publisher Marilla McCain, benefited the Eagle Medical Center and was specifically earmarked for purchase of an X-ray machine.

Week of May 31, 1962

"Married women in some parts of the country may be quitting their homes in droves to take jobs in industry, but such is not the case in Eagle County," the Enterprise reported. The percentage of "working wives" in Eagle County was 25 percent, well below the national average of 33 percent. That translated into a total of 354 women in the local labor force out of a total countywide female population, ages 14 and older, of 1,418.

Republican William Stephens of Sweetwater announced his candidacy for the Colorado House of Representatives.

The Colorado State Highway Department announced it would spend $250,000 in 1962 to stabilize and pave Highway 131 north of Wolcott to Toponas.

Eddie Weber of the Glenwood Music Center announced he was expanding music lesson offerings to Eagle. His specialties were guitar, accordion and ukulele.

Week of May 29, 1952

The deadline was fast approaching to nominate contestants in the Burns Rodeo Queen competition.

The Western Pacific Blood Procurement Car was slated to visit Eagle between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. June 12. A donor recruitment effort was under way.

Felix Strubi of Burns was elected president of the Eagle County 4-H Council. Myra Hall of Edwards was tabbed as vice president and Lucille Stephens of Sweetwater was elected secretary.

A Flag Day Dance was planned at the Eagle County High School gym. The school band booster club was hosting the event.

Week of May 29, 1942

A special Eagle County Defense Council meeting was scheduled. The council included mayors from all five municipalities in the county along with local law enforcement and fire department volunteers. Its aim was to provide a solid home front defense as America entered the world war. "As matters stand to date, should such a thing as a blackout occur here, there would be a mad state of confusion, in place of orderly obedience to the rules the public will be expected to observe," the Enterprise noted.

The new sugar rationing rules were announced. For every 400 quarts of fruit canned at home, a family was entitled to 100 pounds of sugar.

A Denver Post Office substation opened at Pando to service the "Army ski troop camp" under construction.

In national news, Brig. Gen. James Doolittle received a Congressional Medal of Honor for his leadership of a bombing raid over mainland Japan.


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