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September 27, 2012
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Those were the days

The long-pending racial discrimination court case against the town of Eagle was slated for trial before a federal judge in early 2008. The case dated back to a 2002 incident in which the town revoked the liquor license for the El Tejano Bar and Nightclub.

Former Eagle Postmaster Samuel McGibbon pleaded guilty to felony theft and was ordered to pay back $6,630 he stole from the Eagle Post Office.

The Eagle County Aviation Association and author Jennifer L. Taylor published "The story of the Eagle County Airport: How love of aviation formed the airport." The hardback book sold for $21.75.

ElectroBrand Fence Inc. began construction of wildlife fencing along Interstate 70 from Eagle to Dowd Junction. The $1.79 million project was scheduled for completion by the end of 2008.

At least 18 cats had disappeared from the Eagle River Estates subdivision in Gypsum. Residents suspected that natural predators such as foxes, coyotes or perhaps even mountain lions or bobcats, were the culprits.

A special fund-raiser by a local Girl Scout troop earned national recognition. Eagle Girl Scout Troop No. 292 led by Ann Olin and Cynthia Sibley earned an award in the Colgate "Youth for America." The local scouts made and sold Christmas ornaments, and all proceeds were donated to help pay medical expenses for a fellow scout who was battling AIDS.

The EVHS girls softball team clinched the league title in a doubleheader sweep of Gunnison. Game standouts included Jessica Jagger, Kayla Phillips, Whitney Beasley and Sara LyBarger.

Candidates for EVHS Homecoming royalty included Laura Sandoval, Paul Bajza, Luke McNeil, Derek Fawcett, Alison Colby, Eli Woosley, Lauren McNeil, Audrey Powell and Maricio Lagos.

Officials from Eagle County and the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District were continuing efforts to develop a softball/soccer complex at the county fairgrounds.

The EVHS football team bested Olathe, 27-12, and the team's league record was 2-0.

Eagle County School District postponed action on a policy designed to thwart gang activity from gaining a foothold in local schools.

Debby and Ron Beard reported seeing a bear rummaging through the trash outside their home on Wall Street.

A crowd of 30 people attended the town of Eagle budget hearing to protest the spending plan. The proposal included a 40 percent increase in water rates. Town manger Susan Sanfilippo said that shortfalls in the town's water fund necessitated the rate increase.

"Soccer has become a popular sport for 6- to 11-year-olds in the Eagle area thanks to the efforts of Lazlo Frohs who started the Eagle Soccer Club," the Enterprise reported. There were 80 local kids participating in the program.

The League of Women Voters in Glenwood Springs planned to host a debate between incumbent Colo. Gov. Richard Lamm and his Republican challenger John Fuhr.

Vail Associates Inc., the operator of both Vail and Beaver Creek ski areas, announced screening had begun for the 800 positions needed for the upcoming season. Full-time employment for food service jobs stared at $4.55 per hour and other mountain positions started at $4.90 per hour.

The Colorado State Department of Highways announced the formal opening of 8 1/2 miles of Interstate 70 between Eagle and Wolcott was scheduled for Oct. 5. The towns of Eagle and Vail and the Eagle Lions Club and the Vail Rotary Club were sponsoring a special event to mark the occasion.

"Willard Wilson, the man who is always there, was unanimously elected president of the Eagle Valley Athletics Club. Wilson's right-hand man is Mike Knupp, the club's vice-president," reported the Enterprise.

A group of Battle Mountain High School students were among 460 high school and yearbook editors and advisors who participated in the University of Colorado High School Publications Conference. The BMHS group included Gilbert Gonzales, Ted Vigil, Roxie Sifers, Kathleen Benham, Becky Thorpe and Robert Trezise.

Engineers were completing preliminary work on the Homestake water diversion project. The $45 million project was funded by the cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs and included a tunnel beneath the Continental Divide to divert water from the Western Slope to the Front Range.

The Upper Colorado River Television Association announced there was barely enough cash on hand to operate the community TV service for another month. "The operators of the service warn that all members are to bring their dues up to date or there will be NO television for anyone," reported the Enterprise.

The Eagle Pharmacy advertised a 16-piece set of Wagon Wheel Pattern dishes from Frankoma Pottery on sale for $16. A complete 45-piece serving set for eight cost $40. (It turns out that would have been a good investment. A single plate of the Wagon Wheel pattern is listed at $17.99 this week on eBay.)

Eagle and Gypsum churches, along with the local schools, were observing Religious Education week. A special communitywide service was planned in honor of the publication of the new Revised Standard Version of the Bible. The new translation publication coincided with the 500th anniversary of the first printing of the Guttenburg Bible.

"Gypsum and Eagle friends of Leo Zoellner were delighted to learn this week that he is recovering from an attack of polio that paralyzed him from the waist down two months ago. Despite the severity of the attack, he is now able to walk with the aid of crutches," reported the Enterprise.

First National Bank of Eagle County promoted the simplicity of check writing to handle personal financial matters. "A checking account makes it unnecessary to carry large sums of money on your person."

The Eagle County Commissioners announced they were imposing a 35 mph speed limit to conserve tires, for the war effort.

"A very poor amateur forger is using the Al Johnson and Leek Construction Company at Pando as means for easy money. Last week the construction company at Pando made a complaint to the sheriff's office that someone has made checks with the company's name printed on them and were using them." A former Pando employee was arrested for passing the bogus checks.

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The VailDaily Updated Sep 27, 2012 12:36PM Published Sep 27, 2012 12:26PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.