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Those were the days

Week of Sept. 20, 2007

ECO Trails' new Eagle-to-Gypsum bike path opened. The trail was accessed via Violet Lane in Eagle and continued to the Cooley Mesa Road intersection in Gypsum.

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the new Seniors on Broadway project. The 14-unit addition to the Golden Eagle Apartments was slated for completion in April.

John and Charity Batson were the new owners/operators of the Eagle Pharmacy. The couple purchased the pharmacy operation at the Nearly Everything Store from longtime owner Al Hoza.

The Juan Pablo car - a chili pepper-themed vehicle built by CHC Mountain Structures - took first place in the Eagle Valley Homebuilders Association Outlaw Derby. The event features soapbox derby style cars racing through The Highlands neighborhood in Eagle Ranch.

Week of Sept. 19, 2002

In response to a reader question about the wooden cross atop the red cliffs west of Wolcott, the Enterprise offered a story about the local lore surrounding the site and the nearby abandoned quarry. Jeane Dice, who grew up on the property when it was owned by her father, Leonard Horn, said red sandstone from the site was used to build the famed Brown Palace Hotel in Denver.

A foursome from Eagle Valley High School, including Dylan Barkman, James Ewing, Kyle Lottman and Skyler Hootman, traveled to the regional golf tournament in Steamboat Springs.

Longtime local Lucille Riggle passed away. Riggle worked as a nurse at the Gilman hospital for a number of years and was also a familiar face from her years of working at the Eagle Post Office.

A homicide trial in Eagle was delayed when the star witness for the defense showed up drunk.

Week of Sept. 24, 1992

Newly hired Eagle County School District Superintendent John Lange announced plans to launch a broad public service/information campaign regarding school operations.

Eagle County Commissioner candidates Rod Slifer and James Johnson Jr. planned a series of three campaign debates.

Castle Lodge No. 122 AF/AM planned to lay cornerstones at Eagle Valley High School and Gypsum Elementary School.

The EVHS football team beat Meeker, 27-7, and was in a four-way tie for first place in the High Country League.

Week of Sept. 23, 1982

The town of Eagle's proposed budget for 1983 was $1.3 million - an increase of 44 percent over the 1982 spending plan. The budget increase reflected a 40 percent increase in water fees.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management appealed to Eagle County officials to create zoning regulations that would prohibit "squatters" from living on public lands for extended periods of time.

Voters in Gypsum overwhelmingly approved a home rule charter. The final vote was 116 in favor and 17 opposed.

Fred Kummer, president of HBE Corporation, took out a full-page ad to thank residents of Eagle County in the wake of the county's sketch plan approval for the Adam's Rib Recreation Area.

Week of Sept. 21, 1972

The Eagle Town Board discussed a report from Eldorado Engineering Co. regarding problems with the community's water system. A proposed fix carried a $25,479 price tag.

The American Legion Post 195 held its annual barbecue and raffle at the Lake View Bar and Cafe. Recording artist Chris Roberts performed and Bertha Collett of Gypsum won the first prize - a $340 saddle.

Eagle Valley Junior Senior High School placed a classified ad seeking "Tennis balls and old golf clubs" for the physical education program.

A proclamation from President Richard Nixon and Colorado Gov. John Love declared Sept. 23 was national Hunting and Fishing Day.

Week of Sept. 20, 1962

Eagle Valley High school was celebrating Homecoming week. The Devils were set to face Roaring Fork High School for the Homecoming football game.

Wayne Schuyler of Eagle participated in a Brahma bull riding event at the Carl Tibbs Rodeo while it was on tour in Japan. "Many a young man, upon receiving orders to Japan, is filled with excitement as to the adventure ahead. But riding vicious Brahma bulls in Tokyo - this is too much for even the wildest imagination to comprehend," reported the Enterprise.

Bob Shelton was elected chairman of the Eagle Citizens Council for Public Schools. Vice chair was Alice Koonce and the secretary was Bonita Eaton.

Specials at Stanley's Cash Store included a pound of Butternut Coffee for 60 cents.

Week of Sept. 18, 1952

A 4-year old McCoy boy, Danny Wilkins, died in a fire that destroyed his "box car bedroom." The Enterprise noted the child's uncle, Vern Seaman, and his cousin, Terry Seaman, both sustained burns in their heroic attempts to save him.

Eagle was set to host a Truth for Youth meeting as part of the Independent Baptist Church's young people's program. The event was expected to bring in 150 youth from Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. A free fried chicken dinner was promised to all who attended the morning services.

Koonce Chervrolet announced that all car prices had been reduced. Additionally the Eagle dealership listed a group of "O.K. used cars" and a group for "good value cars."

Week of Sept. 18, 1942

A map of the state detailed the war bond sales quotas for all Colorado counties. Eagle County's quota was $15,750. That compared to only $4,800 in Summit County and $4,400 in Pitkin County. However, Lake County had the biggest quota in the area at $31,500.

John Greeve, owner of the Western Theaters in Eagle and Minturn, was doing his part for the bond drive. Greeve announced every person who purchased a war bond would receive two free tickets to the movie "Mr. V."

The Enterprise reported that Riley Brown, 21, formerly of Minturn was the first Eagle County fatality in the World War. "Mr. Brown had enlisted in the U.S. Navy prior to the outbreak of the war and met his death in the dirty attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941."

To meet a statewide shortage of teachers because of the war, Colorado was issuing emergency teaching certificates.


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