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June 20, 2012
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The Boots on Broadway public art exhibit was installed along Broadway. The display featured 12, 6-foot tall cowboy boots decorated by local artists.

Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District officials reported that the new Gypsum Recreation Center had shattered usage projections. WECMRD hoped to sell 2,500 memberships during the first six months of operation, but reported that 2,866 memberships had actually been purchased. Additionally the facility sold 904 punch cards and 6,160 daily admissions.

The theme for Flight Days was pirate inspired: "Yo ho ho and a barrel of fun." Eagle Valley High School teacher Jen Wright was the Flight Days parade marshal.

Chris Cisneros of Gypsum won a mountain bike and helmet in a drawing hosted by Columbine Market.

Area residents reacted with surprise and mixed emotions to the revised White River National Forest plan. The plan called for wilderness designation for about 50,000 acres on Red Table Mountain.

The town of Eagle was looking at correcting some awkward street connections to Highway 6. The improvements were tied to the timing of the Interstate 70 airport interchange.

Construction was slated to start on the new Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

Eagle County was under a fire ban.

Little League pitcher Hunter Blevins, 12, struck out 18 hitters in two innings during a game played in Eagle.

Local master swimmers Billy Griffith and Paul and Lauren Smith brought back 22 medals from the U.S. Masters Swimming competition.

Vigil Newquist, 86, hiked up to Lost Lake (in the Gypsum Creek Valley) with Corky Fitzsimmons to do some fishing.

A sparse but vocal enclave of landowners along the Colorado River Road nixed the idea of creating a "Scenic Byway" in the area.

One month before westbound traffic was slated to be channeled through, Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce members toured the newly finished I-70 Glenwood Canyon tunnel. The grand opening for both of the 4,000-foot-long Glenwood Canyon tunnels was slated Oct. 14.

A Florida woman's condition was listed as critical but stable after she was hit by lightning during a horseback ride north of Vail.

Eagle Postmaster David Rivera was grand marshal of the Eagle Flight Days parade.

Pam Townsend was selected as the 1984 Eagle Flight Days queen.

Members of the Eagle Lions Club planted three new spruce trees at Eagle Town Park. The trees ranged in height from three to six feet tall.

Dr. Robert Barnard, who lived in Eagle from 1946 to 1951, was murdered in his home near Santa Fe. He had visited his old friend Mick Randall about a week prior to his death.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was expected to announce its decision regarding a fill permit that would be required prior to the start of construction of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.

Former Eagle County jailer Bobby Williams was sentenced to four years probation and agreed to make restitution for charges of felony theft and felony embezzlement of public property after he confessed to taking $2,700 in bond money.

After a special request from the Eagle Volunteer Fire Department, the Eagle Town Board approved an expenditure not to exceed $800 to purchase 200 feet of 2 1/2 inch fire hose. "The board members agreed the expense of the fire hose would seem cheap compared to the cost of a fire in Eagle," reported the Enterprise. In that vein, the board also voted to purchase five new fire hydrants and to repair other hydrants around town as soon as possible.

Eagle Flight Days was planned during the upcoming weekend and in addition to the traditional Little Britches Rodeo, a traveling carnival was set to visit town for the event.

The Eagle County School Board authorized site preparation work for a new high school at Dowd Junction.

The Flight Days special at Stanley's Cash Grocery was watermelons for 98 cents each.

"The steel structure for the roof and walls of a new exhibit building on the Eagle County Fairgrounds are up and it appears the building will be completed before long," the Enterprise reported. Ross Chambers, J.D. Allen, Art and Harold Koonce, the Eagle County Commissioners, the 4-H Council, the Eagle 4-H Stockmen, the Gypsum 4-H Stockmen, Eagle County Home Demonstration Clubs, Sweetwater 4-H Club, Bonita's 4-H Bakers and the Blue Banner 4-H Club were all recognized for their volunteer efforts to build the new structure.

The Eagle County 4-H square dance team won the blue ribbon at the state conference in Fort Collins. The team placed first among 32 competitors and members included Dana Rule, Jean Seabry, Jean Eichler, Diann Bagley, Larry Bagley, Tom Rule and Hal and Chris Koonce.

Public Service Company of Colorado announced plans to build a new high power electric transmission line from Carbondale to Malta. The route included a section in the Cottonwood Pass and Brush Creek Pass areas. "There will be approximately 40 miles of the high voltage line extending through Eagle County" the Enterprise reported.

The Eagle American Legion baseball team beat Minturn, 25-4.

The Enterprise reported the response was "more than satisfactory" when the Blood for Freedom Train stopped in the Eagle and Minturn communities. There were 103 donors in Eagle and 102 in Minturn.

A crowd of nearly 2,000 people attended the Burns Rodeo. There were more than 100 contestants in the 11 rodeo events.

A formal dedication ceremony was planned for the newly remodeled sanctuary at the Gypsum Methodist Church.

The Oscar Peterson Trio, a nationally renowned jazz group, was slated to appear at the Red Onion in Aspen. The Enterprise described the event as "big doin's."

"President Roosevelt is asking that every man, woman and child, from now until June 30, hunt through every possible space for scrap rubber, old rubber toys, bathing caps, baby buggy tires, rubber balls, innertubes that are being repaired, rubber padding - anything from the tiniest scrap to the largest," the Enterprise reported.

In other war-related news, car owners who planned to join the armed forces were reminded to make provisions for the transfer of their vehicle titles prior to leaving home. The rules for sugar rationing were released and the American Legion launched a phonographic record drive "for the pleasure of the armed forces."

The County High Swingsters were booked to play the local American Legion 4th of July dance in Gypsum. Admission was 90 cents and half of the proceeds were pledged for the purchase of war bonds.

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