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July 3, 2012
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Those were the days

Scientists Mark Losleben and Connie Woodhouse of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder were examining tree rings in the Eagle area to learn more about historic drought conditions in the region.

The stretch of Church Street located between Third and Second streets, arguably the worst street in Eagle, was getting a major makeover. Retaining walls, sidewalks and a wider roadway were all part of the work.

The Eagle Police Department added two, four-door Jeep Wranglers to its vehicle fleet. "We were looking for a functional, presentable vehicle ... It's important that we need to be able to get where we need to go," said Police Chief Rodger McLaughlin.

SHeDAISY, Darryl Worley and Jaime O'Neal were the headliners for the upcoming Gypsum Daze concert.

Kathleen Denson, a 44-year-old downvalley ranch owner, was facing second-degree murder charges for fatally shooting her ex-boyfriend, Gerald Cody Boyd. Eagle County Judge Terri Diem set a $5 million bond in the case.

Brush Creek resident Arlene Quenon, a fan of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, had the opportunity to sing "Puff the Magic Dragon" with one of the group members at the National Service Corps convention in Salt Lake City. One evening the convention entertainment featured Peter Yarrow, who invited everyone who knew the words to the song to join him. Quenon, together with about 150 audience members, rushed the stage.

The MIPs team took first place in the Flight Days blooperball contest. Team members included Mark Lovell, Katie Lovell, Brett Heicher, Erin Dailey, Mike McDonough, J.T. Taylor, Brett Baughfman, Mindy Shreeve, Chris Gamble, Cody Doig, Tony Powell, Cassie Johnson and Audrey Powell.

Anita Ortiz placed first in the Flight Days Run for the Future 10K with a time of 40:12. Patrick Meehan took first place in the men's 10K with a time of 43:17.

The family of George "Bud" Gates and Margie Gates hosted a 50th wedding anniversary party for the couple at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs.

Fred Kummer, developer of the proposed Adam's Rib Recreation area, presented a project update to the Eagle County Commissioners. Kummer noted Adam's Rib was entering its 22nd year of planning and said his company - HBE Corp. - had invested $23 million in the plan. "I present myself to you today to make sure you didn't think we had dried up and blown away," said Kummer.

Eagle County was contemplating purchase of the Vail-Beaver Creek Jet Center terminal at the county airport.

Construction began on a Stop 'N Save convenience store and gas station in Gypsum.

An annexation petition and zoning plan for the Eagle Ranch development was submitted to the town of Eagle. The plan called for 550 homes, a municipal golf course and an equestrian center.

After a heated meeting with the Citizen's Criminal Justice Center Advisory Committee members, the Eagle County Commissioners voted to increase the number of beds in the proposed new county jail from 34 to 50, with expansion options that would increase build-out jail capacity to 80 beds.

Eagle volunteer firefighters bested their Gypsum counterparts during a friendly competition held at town park.

The Eagle County Title team - including members David Lorig, Tom Foral, Don Foral, Buck Martinez, Bill Cowden and Dewain Burton - took first-place honors in Eagle's Not So Great Race. The race featured running, horseback riding, rafting and biking legs, and the winning team took home a case of champagne as a prize.

The Beasley's Super Foods women's softball team had a 7-0 record. They were followed by Spooky's with a 6-1 record and Kuttin' Korner and Triple H, who both had 4-3 records.

The Eagle Town Board enacted a dog leash law and approved new downtown parking regulations that featured a two-hour time limit for vehicles parked on Broadway.

A new X-ray unit was installed at the Eagle Medical Clinic. The machine was funded by contributions to the Marilla McCain Memorial Fund. McCain was the longtime editor and publisher of the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

A $2.4 million bond issue vote proposed by Eagle County School District was set to go to the voters on July 11. The election called for continuation of a construction program, that included finishing the new Eagle Valley Elementary and Dowd Junction Primary schools. The bond also provided money for construction of a new high school at Dowd Junction and improvements to Eagle Valley Junior-Senior High School in Gypsum.

Anna Marie Hoza of Eagle won third place in the national "It's a Zig-Zag World" sewing contest. She won $100 for her bright green polyester knit jumpsuit that featured a side zipper and zig-zag stitching decorating the front of the garment.

The Eagle Flight Days Queen contest was planned at the Eagle County Fairgrounds, a warm-up to the community celebration. The entertainment for the two-day event included a Square Dance at town park with a picnic supper catered by High's Steak House, a baseball contest, the Little Britches Rodeo and a parade down Broadway. The Flight Days dance was planned at the Eagle School gym.

"Fourteen Boy Scouts from Colorado Springs, members of that council's Sea Scouts and their three adult advisors, learned the hard way that the Eagle River is not to be fooled with when it is running high," the Enterprise reported. Various Scout watercrafts were capsized or smashed into the river banks and four Scouts were reported missing. The four were eventually found marooned on a river island.

Eagle Valley Telephone Company received a $182,000 loan from the Rural Electrification Administration. The money was earmarked for new lines to service the Burns and Wolcott areas.

"Lover Come Back" starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day was the featured movie at the Eagle Theater.

"Continued hot weather and no rainfall in the high and the lower reaches of Eagle County is resulting in an increasing fire hazard and a menace to valuable grazing land and timber," the Enterprise reported. Two fires, ignited by lightning, had been reported near Red Cliff.

Castle Peak Dairy in Eagle expanded its service routes to the McCoy, Sweetwater and Copper Spur areas. The company had a new Chevrolet delivery truck, purchased through Koonce Chevrolet in Eagle.

"The fish are running and not all the tales of big ones are fairy tales," reported the Enterprise. "One of the Carter brothers of Edwards snagged a 73⁄4-pound trout from the Eagle River."

In the first of three fishing contests sponsored by the Izaak Walton League, Castle Peak chapter of Gypsum and Eagle, Alan Orlosky of Gypsum won first place - a casting rod - for hauling in a 3-pound, 10-ounce rainbow. Vince Eicher of Bush Creek won second for a 3-pound, 3-ounce rainbow.

"Notice is hereby given that those desiring sugar for canning purposes shall make application for certificates to the registrars on July 6 and 7," the Enterprise reported. There were 12 official registration offices in the county including the Eagle Community Hall, the Gypsum Ladies Aid Building and the Brett residence in Edwards.

Eagle County's largest group of draftees was set to leave the areas on July 8. There were 35 men in the group. "This quota very nearly exhausted the county's list of Class A1 men," the Enterprise reported.

One of the most disastrous fires in Lake County history destroyed the county courthouse and several commercial buildings located along the 500 block of Harrison Avenue. The cause of the fire was under investigation, but a Leadville resident reported seeing some young boys burning trash in the area.

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