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August 15, 2012
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Those were the days

Adam's Mountain Country Club opened. A full membership deposit was priced at $150,000 and included unlimited golf and full access to the clubhouse, fitness center, spa, guest cottage rental, tennis courts, fly fishing, pool and equestrian facilities.

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers trapped and moved three bears that had become a problem for residents in the Sweetwater area. One of the bears had tugged coolers off the top of a Jeep at Sweetwater Lake and helped himself to a feast. "We could see him at 9 a.m. on the hillside, eating a can of ravioli," said wildlife officer Sonia Marzec.

The Relay for Life event held at Brush Creek Park raised more than $95,000 for cancer research.

The town of Eagle launched construction of its wastewater treatment plant expansion. "This is the most significant project, in terms of cost, that the town has undertaken," said Town Manager Willy Powell. The price tag for the expansion project was $13.5 million.

The town of Eagle scheduled hearings to determine whether to revoke the liquor licenses belonging to the Brush Creek Saloon and to El Tejano Saloon. Liquor license violations had been documented at both bars.

The Eagle Valley Dog Agility Club was formed. Club members and dog enthusiasts Cindy Cohagen and Jennifer Sroggins built an obstacle course along Brush Creek for club members to use.

Eagle County was considering installation of artificial turf on its new athletic fields at Miller Ranch. Spring soccer enthusiasts were lobbying for a more durable playing surface.

At press time, the Republican primary race for Eagle County Assessor was still too close to call. Joyce Mack was challenging incumbent Jody Caruthers for the office. Because there was no Democratic or independent candidates for the post, the primary was the deciding race for the assessor office.

The Eagle County Commissioners were debating whether or not to purchase the terminal building at the regional airport.

Gypsum resident Scott Green was struck by lightning near his residence along Cooley Mesa Road near Gypsum. The Green family had just returned from a rodeo in Hotchkiss and was unloading horses from a trailer when a sudden bolt of energy hit the vehicle. Green's hand was on the trailer at the time. "It was like I was paralyzed - I felt it going out my feet and through my back. Then it threw me about 10 to 15 feet," said Green.

Longtime Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Johnnette Phillips was running for the District 2 Eagle County Commissioner seat.

Overall prices per pound at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Junior Livestock Auction were up 10 percent.

Eagle Town Manager Susan Sanfilippo reported that 160 candidates applied for the Eagle Police Chief job. A committee including Eagle Mayor Jim Seabry, former town board member Danny Williams, Vail Police Chief Russ Motta and Deputy District Attorney Chet Budz narrowed the field down to nine finalists.

The American Enterprise Institute hosted its first World Forum. The event, hosted by former President Gerald Ford, attracted international dignitaries, including former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and former British Prime Minister James Callaghan.

The Climax molybdenum mine near Leadville announced it would suspend operations from Sept. 18 to Nov. 8 and from Dec. 16 to Jan. 3. Additionally, mine officials announced they would be laying off 400 of the approximately 1,500 people employed at the mine.

Citing concerns with existing land uses in the area, the Eagle County Commissioners denied a special use permit for a camper park near Radium.

The Eagle Town Board instituted water restrictions that limited yard irrigation to the hours between 7 and 9 p.m. daily. The water level on Brush Creek was at its lowest since 1934.

Eagle Valley Enterprise editor Dale Strode announced his resignation. Strode noted he had planned to stay at the newspaper until July of 1973 and then return to the University of Missouri. "Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control have dictated a change in those plans. The Selective Service ultimately convinced me to return to the university this fall. It seems my lottery number is low and within the call range of the present draft."

Strode also wrote, "A young lady, Kathy Lell, has been hired to take my place."

The Eagle Valley Television Corp. reminded local residents that annual dues were needed. "We have 410 members and only 185 of them have paid this year." The dues were $1.50 per month or $18 per year.

Stanley's Cash Store in Eagle purchased the Grand Champion Steer at the Eagle County Fair. The animal was raised by Ron Dodo of Avon and the purchase price was 80 cents per pound for a total of $768.

The U.S. Forest Service was developing plans for campgrounds at Zurcher Lake. "With the present program of fish stocking and ground improvements the lake will, in time, be a great year-round recreation area and an asset to the county," reported the Enterprise. Meanwhile the Colorado Game and Fish Commission was set to decide on a new name for the area, which is now known as Sylvan Lake State Park.

Eagle County School District announced that school lunch would cost 20 cents for elementary students and 25 cents for high school students.

Oral polio vaccination clinics were planned at Basalt, Gypsum, McCoy, Eagle, Avon, Gilman and Red Cliff.

"Throughout the month of August, Eagle County has been hit by heavy rains and cloudbursts, causing considerable damage to roads, but little to crops," reported The Enterprise.

Two teenage boys were apprehended in Eagle for attempting to strip a car. The toughs were returned to South Dakota to answer robbery charges.

Norman Olesen, described as "a prominent Eagle businessman and owner of the Diamond J Bar" was listed in critical condition at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Denver following an automobile accident on Loveland Pass.

Arthur C. Royal, 31, of Minturn died from pneumonia, "which developed following his fall down a shaft in the Empire Zinc Mine at Gilman."

The record drive hosted by American Legion Post No. 150 was a resounding success. "Around 3,100 records were contributed by people in surrounding areas," reported the Enterprise. "These records will in all probability provide services in all corners of the earth, wherever there is a Yank."

A U.S. Marine Corps recruiter was scheduled to visit Eagle County. "Do your part to keep America free for free American people. Join the U.S. Marines," the Enterprise urged.

The annual Eagle County 4-H Achievement Day was planned in Eagle. Top winners at the event qualified to go to the Colorado State Fair.

The "Household News" column by Lynne Chambers recommended cheese trays as a way to "help you through sugar rationing."


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