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September 5, 2012
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After 41 years at the helm, Al Hoza retired from his pharmacist duties at the Eagle Pharmacy. Hoza earned his pharmacy degree in 1951 and after stints in Craig and Colorado Springs, he and his wife, Mary, purchased the Eagle Pharmacy in 1965.

A feature story detailed local veterinarian Dr. Sheila Fizpatrick's dental care for horses. She said the better equine dental care meant better equine performance.

Locals Sara Gregg, Cathy Casper, Kathy Heicher and Jack Niswanger spotted a mountain lion crossing the road while they were driving down East Brush Creek.

The Pentagon tentatively cut funding for the National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site at the Eagle County Regional Airport. Local politicians were teaming with Guard officials to lobby for restored funding, noting that more than 2,200 pilots had trained at the site during the operation's 15-year history.

Saint Mary's Preschool in Eagle celebrated its 10th birthday. The preschool was launched by moms Pam Serba, Cindy Legace and Kathy Lewis.

As drought conditions in Colorado worsened, ECO Transit cut back bus-washing to once per week. Transit officials figured the move represented an 85 percent cut in ECO's water consumption.

The alpacas at Sleepy Hollow Ranch on Brush Creek were the subject of a front-page feature. The animals, owned by husband and wife Mike and Trynis Bradley and Trynis' sister, Tawlys Tonso, were at home on a 90-acre parcel once owned by the women's grandfather, valley pioneer J. Homer Jackson.

A proposal for a 1.65 percent lodging tax for valleywide marketing efforts died when members of the Vail Town Council overwhelmingly refused to support the measure. The bed tax was set to go on the November ballot but with the action in Vail, the proposal was withdrawn.

Eagle County and Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District were closing in on a deal to develop two softball fields and a soccer field at the county fairgrounds complex near Eagle.

The Eagle Valley High School football team launched its season with a disappointing loss in Steamboat. The Devils fell, 27-0, on a soggy field.

A feature story detailed the efforts of Bill Hargleroad to build an earthship home near Sweetwater. Hargleroad estimated he would use 1,000 discarded car tires to build his 1,500-square-foot home.

The Eagle Town Board announced the hiring of Dan Kneale, 33, as the new police chief. Kneale had 11 years of law enforcement experience in Michigan.

Sixty top golfers, including Jack Nicklaus, Craig Stadler, Hale Irwin and Johnny Miller, and celebrities, including Bob Hope, Dinah Shore and Clint Eastwood, were expected to participate in the sixth Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Golf Classic in Vail.

The Eagle Valley High School Devils beat the Nederland Panthers, 27-8, in their football season opener.

Eagle County Commissioner Dale Grant and his wife, Aloha, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Planning and development issues regarding U.S. Forest Service lands and the 1976 Winter Olympics were the top agenda items for the upcoming White River National Forest Advisory Council meeting.

The Eagle Town Board was examining its water rights portfolio in the wake of the dry summer. The town held three rights to Brush Creek water, but all three were junior rights. "The situation is simply that the town does not have water," said Mayor Bill Miller. "We are trying to work with the ranchers and we are trying to clarify the water rights. Water is getting more critical every year."

In Gypsum, 219 rural families and businesses on the southern end of town learned they would be served by a new water system slated for construction with federal funds - a $350,000 loan and a $175,000 grant from the Farmers Home Administration.

Eagle County 4-H'ers Elizabeth Chandler, Tammy Smith, Deena Starr, Nancy Gates, Val Smith, Barbara Black, Linda Hoza, Lori Hoza, Teresa Griffin and Lisa Elias all earned blue ribbons at the Colorado State Fair.

"A safe in the Anderson Independent Lumber Store was literally cracked wide open and $250 taken from it in an early morning burglary," reported the Enterprise. "Mrs. Eldon Wilson was awakened in her apartment across Broadway from the AI store. She heard a dull, rhythmic pounding and after a time woke Mr. Wilson." The Wilsons reported the crime and when law officers responded a gunfight ensued and one of the two suspects was captured.

Eagle County Superintendent of Schools Art Watson reported that opening day school enrollment was 1,183 students - an increase of 86 students.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain's Around Town column reported "No longer is the fishing lake on West Brush identified as Zurcher's Lake. Henceforth it will be called Sylvan Lake. Sylvan was one of 12 names suggested by Eagle area persons in renaming the body of water." The name was submitted by Mrs. Min Thomas of Eagle.

Specials at Stanley's Cash Store included a pork liver for 29 cents a pound.

The combined efforts of local 4-H and Future Farmers of America members produced 175 exhibits for the Eagle County Junior Fair held in Gypsum. "By showing 68 head of livestock, the FFA and the 4-H boys and girls made it the biggest Eagle County livestock show in recent years and the quality of the livestock showed improvement," the Enterprise reported.

The Colorado State Patrol was setting up road blocks to check vehicle safety. During a two-hour period, the checkpoint at Minturn stopped 188 cars and issued four tickets for improper lighting and 20 warnings for various infringements.

Gayle Reed was directing the Eagle Valley Players production of "Flying High," a three-act comedy. Eagle Mayor D.E. Johnson got into the spirit of the play and signed a proclamation stating, "I hereby proclaim Saturday, Sept. 5, as Fly High Hats Day and officially request that all adult males shall wear women's hats when appearing on the streets of Eagle."

"The Eagle County road crew, under Les Randall, is just completing one of the best pieces of road work done in the county for several years - rebuilding the highway from State Bridge," reported the Enterprise.

As part of the war effort, a nationwide scrap drive was launched and a local committee was asking residents to turn in any scrap iron, zinc, rubber, copper, brass, aluminum and lead.

"Information has been received at the Grand Junction Navy recruiting station that will be good news to many young men about to enter service. It is that through cooperation of Selective Services headquarters and the U.S. Navy bureau of personnel, a man may enlist in the Navy right up to the very minute of his actual induction."

A dance with music by the Victory Revellers was planned at Joyland Hall in Edwards. Admission was $1.

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The VailDaily Updated Sep 5, 2012 01:09PM Published Sep 5, 2012 01:04PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.