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July 25, 2012
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Those were the days

Week of July 27, 2007

The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo was under way. The event featured a full week of entertainment and rodeo action.

Judy Clock of Eagle traveled to Washington, D.C., as a Colorado district representative to lobby Congress for cancer research funding. The local Relay for Life event was planned at the Brush Creek Pavilion.

Eagle Valley High School graduate Chris Harvey took the top prize at BattleQuest 5 - a mixed martial arts contest held in Eagle.

The disco group Boogie Machine was the featured band at Eagle's ShowDown Town concert series.

Week of July 25, 2002

Work was progressing at the new Capitol Theater at Eagle Ranch. Owner Steve Lindstrom predicted a late summer/early fall grand opening.

Carl Howard swatted his way through 26 peppers to win the Gypsum Daze Jalepeno Eating Contest. Jake Dutmer took first place in the kids division.

Jerry Mayne's 1936 Pontiac Coupe and his 1951 Ford pickup took first-place honors in the vehicle division for the Gypsum Daze parade.

Sylvan Lake State Park was transformed into a full service Girl Scout camp for a few weeks through the efforts of a local troop and dollars from the local United Way. Leaders Ann Olin and Mary Rogers created the program, and more than 100 girls from throughout Western Colorado participated.

Week of July 30, 1992

Elsie Roth was appointed to a vacancy on the Gypsum Town Council. She took over for John Gonzales, who had relocated to the Denver area.

A con artist struck Eagle and made off with $400 from Jackie's Olde West Restaurant. His scam involved confusing a cashier at the business with a request to exchange large denomination bills for smaller denomination bills. He played the same con at the Vail Apothecary earlier that day.

Laurene Knupp of Eagle, who had been honored as the 1996 Eagle Valley Citizen of the Year, was treated to a Flat Tops trip courtesy of the Eagle Ranger District office of the White River National Forest.

A contingent of 70 Eagle area residents trekked down to Arapaho Park for Pat Day. A graduate of Eagle Valley High School, Day was a celebrated jockey and he rode in two races at Arapahoe Park during the celebration.

Week of July 29, 1982

The Eagle Town Board voted 4-6 to oppose the U.S. Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Adam's Rib Recreation Area, arguing that the study did not adequately address off-site impacts.

Billie Jo Spears was scheduled to perform in concert at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

"What promises to be one of the largest hotels in Vail, the Westin at Cascade Village, is currently under construction and slated to open during the upcoming ski season," the Enterprise reported.

The Spooky's team from Eagle took first place in the Manor Vail Invitational Softball Tournament. The tournament's Most Valuable Player trophy went to Spooky's shortstop "Mouse" Mickley.

Week of July 27, 1972

A front page notice informed Eagle residents that town water would be shut off Aug. 2 for the installation of a new water line on Seventh Street. The shut-off was anticipated to last several hours.

The Coors Brewing Company announced a comprehensive recycling program. The program paid a half cent for all aluminum or non-aluminum cans as well as glass bottles. All Coors distribution centers in the state were collection sites.

The public notice of Eagle County School District's 1972 first six months spending showed expenditures totaling nearly $1.6 million.

Specials at Stanley's Cash Grocery included three pounds of Hills Brothers coffee for $2.39

Week of July 26, 1962

Eagle County 4-H girls swept the district Home Economics Demonstration championships held in Glenwood Springs. Jean Eichler and Dana Rule were the team demonstration champions and also the champion bread makers. Phyllis Bindley was the individual demonstration champion and Carol Davenport had the best individual bread demonstration.

William F. Stevens of Sweetwater was the Republican candidate for state representative of the five-county Western Slope district.

Four days before she was scheduled to appear in county court for a sanity hearing, a Missouri Heights woman shot and killed her husband and then committed suicide. The deceased were James McNulty, 67, and Thelma McNulty, 57. The couple has been married for 36 years.

Specials at the H.W. Lewis Store included one pound of Folger's coffee for 69 cents.

Week of July 24, 1952

State Bridge Lodge manager Bob Anderson reported that he found the skull of an adult human while fishing the river just south of the lodge. Anderson found the partially buried skull about eight feet from the water's edge. Eagle County Sheriff W.M. Wilson was working to identify the remains, determined to be a woman who had died eight to 10 years previously.

Ray Kunz of Eagle was testing an electric beetle control process. The process reportedly caused beetle larvae to stop feeding when applied to tree bark.

Olive Clodfelter, the night shift operator for the local telephone company, received a call from Dave Garroway from NBC Broadcasting. Garroway asked her about the local weather and Clodfelter's reply was broadcast nationwide. For the record, the low in Eagle was 47 degrees, but daytime temperatures were very warm.

Week of July 24, 1942

A war bonds auction was planned in Eagle with items donated from locals. "Five pretty girls from all over the county will be at the auction selling Victory Stamp Corsages ... buy one from your favorite girl," the Enterprise reported. The corsage corps included Shirley Sanders of Red Cliff, Doris Whitmore of Minturn, Norma Lee Robidioux of Gypsum, Frances Maloit of Gilman and Judy Allen of Eagle.

The Lake-Eagle County Health Unit reported that 291 people were vaccinated against typhoid during clinics held in Red Cliff and Minturn.

Eagle County volunteers continued their work on a local defense council. "Don't wait for another Pearl Harbor to take an active interest in organizing down to the smallest duty of each town and rural community," the Enterprise advised. Each area was challenged to develop its own air raid drills, police and bomb squads, fire and rescue auxiliaries, emergency medical and nurses aide units and public works and emergency utilities units. "Eternal vigilance is the price of victory!"

The weekly advertisement at Stanley's Cash Store announced "Food will win the war!" Store specials included Del Monte Ketchup for 14 cents per bottle and laundry bleach for 15 cents per quart.

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