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August 29, 2012
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Those were the days

With residents annoyed by the relentless din of construction noise, the Eagle Town Board approved a new noise ordinance. The rules restricted construction hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Outside construction work was prohibited on Sundays.

Downtown merchants in Eagle planned a fall festival called Potatopalooza. The event reflected back to the community's history as a top potato producer.

Heidi's Brooklyn Deli was the first tenant to ink a deal at the new Caddis Corner commercial project located near Costco.

The Florida Panthers National Hockey League squad participated in a training camp held at Dodson Ice Arena in Vail.

The Eagle Town Board refused to renew the liquor license of El Tejano Nightclub. During a special hearing, an 18-year-old woman testified she had been a patron at the bar five times and that she had been served alcohol on all five occasion. Additionally, the woman said during one visit, she got up on the bar and performed a striptease for tips.

The Brush Creek Saloon's liquor license was also an issue. Allegations against the saloon involved over-service of customers and numerous disturbances at the establishment.

A local kindergartner had a longer-than-usual nap when she fell asleep on a school bus and was overlooked by the driver. The child nodded off on her bus ride home from Gypsum Elementary. The driver did not see her after making the last stop of the day. The child's family mounted a search when she didn't arrive home and a deputy found her inside the parked bus in Eagle. The driver was placed on administrative leave.

A newly formed group - Eagle Valley Citizens for Open Space - was working with the county commissioners on a ballot question to seek voter approval for a 1.5 mill levy to fund open space purchases.

Brian Luark and his horse Boomer, were the first Eagle County contestants in 20 years to win a blue ribbon at the Colorado State Fair. The team earned the honors in the 13-year-olds Western reining division.

A front-page story titled "Where the buffalo roam" detailed operations at the C Bar C Ranch in McCoy. Gala and Terry Ivie operated the buffalo ranch.

The Eagle County Commissioners voted to place a 1.65 bed tax proposal on the November ballot. Proceeds from the tax would be earmarked for marketing efforts.

Eagle County and the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District were discussing development of a ballfield complex at the county fairgrounds property.

Eagle Police responded to a report of a verbal altercation at the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center and while speaking with the couple involved, the officers noticed a grocery bag packed with what appeared to be marijuana inside their vehicle. After receiving permission to search the car, the officers found 50 pounds of marijuana inside and they arrested the couple. Officers also found various I.D.s for the pair, from California, South Carolina and Virginia.

After Eagle resident Ned Oyler lost four horses to a mysterious disease, he contacted Eagle County Extension Agent Jack D'Orio to look into the problem. After weeks of study involving researchers from Colorado State University, D'Orio reported back that he was 90 percent certain the horses had consumed a poisonous weed called Hound's Tongue.

A group called The Future of Eagle filed recall petitions against Eagle Town Board members Pat Carlow, Bonita Eaton and Margo Lorig.

Robert Adams was the newly hired principal at Eagle Valley High School.

The EVHS football team lost its starting quarterback during a pre-season scrimmage in Meeker. Senior Blake Faulkner broke his ankle and he was slated to be out for eight weeks.

Eagle County Judge Roland "Andy" Gerard was honored on the 15th anniversary of being appointed to the bench. Gerard, who was not an attorney, had heard more than 28,000 cases as county judge.

Sam Yantzer, Eagle Volunteer Fire Department chief, noted the operation needed a new truck. "The current Eagle fire truck was purchased new in 1937. The people around here think it is a parade truck, to be used for the Flight Days celebration. But we have to use this truck as an emergency vehicle to answer fire calls," said Yantzer.

Nancy Gates of Burns, George Mussell of Carbondale and Tom Toomer of Burns were the winners of the 4-H Catch-It calf competition.

Iris Choate of Eagle escaped injury when her car was hit by a train west of Gypsum. The accident happened when the woman crossed the train tracks located on private property. While the driver was just shaken up, her car was demolished.

Specials at the H.W. Lewis Store included three bags of Keebler cookies for $1.

Diann Kay Bagley of Brush Creek won the title of Miss Little Britches Rodeo at a competition in Littleton. She was awarded a saddle valued at $250, presented by Burt Chevrolet of Englewood.

"To completely eradicate polio from this county, it is absolutely necessary for 100 percent oral vaccination - this means that no one in the country is too young or too old to take part in the Sabin Oral Vaccine Clinic," the Enterprise reported. Clinics were planned in Eagle, Gypsum, Red Cliff, Minturn, Gilman, McCoy and Basalt.

Shirley Nolan and Donna Eichler won a blue ribbons for foods at the Colorado State Fair.

Colorado Gov. Bill McNichols planned five stops in Eagle County on Sept. 7 during a campaign swing through the Western Slope.

"Its back to school for the kids of Eagle County next Tuesday morning and early estimates point up a heavy enrollment throughout the county," the Enterprise reported.

The J. Perry Oleson Ranch, located 15 miles north of Wolcott, was selected to represent the Eagle County Stockgrowers in the Colorado Livestock Range Championship. "Running both cattle and sheep on approximately 35,000 acres ... Mr. Oleson has been doing an outstanding job in livestock production and range conservation," reported the Enterprise.

A record crowd turned out for the Junior County Fair in Gypsum. The event replaced the annual 4-H exhibit day and members of the local Future Farmers of America joined 4-H club members to exhibit their farm projects.

Eagle County Sheriff W.M. Wilson was called to offer testimony before a federal grand jury in Denver. Wilson was questioned about a recent statewide crime survey and he was one of 63 county sheriffs to testify.

The school term was slated to begin Aug. 31. "In our present day, the teaching profession has been hard hit by the war demands. Many men have been called to the Army and others have felt that they would best serve in some wartime occupation," the Enterprise reported. "This means that our schools must necessarily receive some effect from the present state of affairs and this effect will be felt in our athletic program."

Tommy McBreen of Minturn wrote a lengthy letter detailing his experiences with the U.S. Army at Camp Robinson. "Army life hasn't hurt me any. In fact it has agreed with me in every way so far except for the heat. It gets warm here during the day and remains that way all night." McBreen was assigned to a medical training battalion.

Eagle County 4-H'ers Freddie Harmand, Billy Whitaker, Danny Rule, Larry Rule, Earnest Wiltse, Joyce Bush and Norma Lee Robidoux attended the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.


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