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Week of Oct. 18, 2007

Former Eagle resident David Kunkel was forced to land his small plane on Interstate 70 after both engines failed. He landed on the westbound lanes between Eagle and Gypsum around 1 p.m. and no cars had to swerve to avoid the aircraft. No injuries resulted from the forced landing.

With the opening of the new Costco store and the expansion at the Eagle County Regional Airport, the town of Gypsum saw a large jump in sales tax revenues. The town had collected $2.9 million through August compared to $1.5 million during all of 2006.

There were three contests in the upcoming Eagle County School Board election. The Eagle district featured a race between Margaret Olle and Jeanne McQueeney. The Edwards district featured a race between Carrie Benway and Keith Thompson. The Avon/Beaver Creek district featured a race between Judd Babcock and Jason Benderly.

The Colorado Rockies were headed to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Week of Oct. 17, 2002

Gypsum announced an ambitious budget for 2003 including planning work for a community recreation center and a remodel of the historic Lundgren barn. The town wanted to remodel the barn into an outdoor theater.

Jim Nimon retired from the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Board of Directors. He had held the post since the 1970s.

New airport security requirements in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks created 59 new federal, year-around jobs at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The government employees were taking over passenger and baggage screening duties that had previously been contracted out to private businesses.

The Eagle Valley High School Football team was undefeated and ranked third in the state. The squad's six linemen were credited with paving the way for the team's productive offense. The linemen, who had played together since middle school, included Trevor Schlegel, Josh Denboske, Phillip Rivera, John Saldana, Matt Herr and Jeff Bair.

Week of Oct. 22, 1992

At Eagle Valley High School, students cast mock ballots for the U.S. Presidential election and Ross Perot won the race. Incumbent George Bush came in second and Bill Clinton came in a distant third.

Brooke Bailey, a seventh-grader at Eagle Valley Middle School, was a member of the Pirates football team. She noted that her only other fall sport option was volleyball, and she didn't like that option. She was also the only girl playing football in the Pirate's middle school league.

Mark Schultz, an EVMS student whose yearlong battle with cancer inspired a surge of community support, passed away.

The U.S. Forest Service honored Bill Johnson of Eagle and Mike Spencer of Glenwood Springs for their work in helping to create the Eagle I-70 Regional Visitor Information Center. USFS officials said the center was a model project for interagency cooperation.

Week of Oct. 21, 1982

With a 7-1 record, the Eagle Valley High School Lady Devils volleyball teams took the Colorado Gore Single A League Championship for the second year in a row. The league win guaranteed the squad a slot at the district tournament.

After years of lobbying the Eagle County Commissioners, residents of the Upper Kaibab neighborhood learned that roads servicing the development were slated for paving.

The Eagle County Justice Center Advisory Committee presented a schematic design for a 55,000-square-foot facility.

Battle Mountain High School Principal Dick Bryant resigned his post effective Jan. 1 to take a job at Clear Creek Secondary School.

Week of Oct. 19, 1972

Eagle resident Marion Cunningham attended the town board meeting to complain that he was billed for water on a metered rate while other areas of town were billed on a quarterly basis. He argued all residents should be billed at the same rate until meters were installed townwide. The town board did not comply with the request and noted that meters would be in place for the entire town by 1973.

New fire hydrants were being installed around Eagle, requiring periodic shutdowns of the town's water system.

The Valley View Hospital Auxiliary was asking for meat donations for the annual Wild Game Community benefit dinner.

The movie "Ben," which featured a title song by Michael Jackson, was the featured presentation at the Eagle Theater.

Week of Oct. 18, 1962

"Old timers will find it hard to grasp what is happening on Gore Pass. The late Charley Vail, for whom Vail Pass was named, could not have dreamed what is now happening up that way. Local residents are watching history in a fast moving manner. We are seeing a whole new, beautiful town materialize before our eyes," wrote Enterprise editor Marilla McCain in her Around Town column.

"Burglars breaking into Carter's Clothing Store in Minturn recently should have been real chagrined when they counted their loot. A cash register valued at around $200 was carried out of the store, but it contained less than 50 cents," the Enterprise reported. After a car chase where speeds hit 110 mph, the thieves were nabbed at a road block in Glenwood Canyon.

"County Commissioner Vince Eichler is hobbling around on crutches this week, nursing an injured foot. The injury occurred when his horse slipped on wet pavement and rolled with the rider," reported the Enterprise.

A group spearheaded by Postmaster Beth Byers was planning a grand opening celebration for the new Post Office in downtown Eagle.

Week of Oct. 16, 1952

Unusually dry conditions were prevalent across the state and especially in the Colorado high country. "A forest and grass fire in the Gore Creek district north of Minturn last week burned over 10 to 15 acres of grass and forest land. Cause of the fire has been attributed to a carelessly tossed cigarette," the Enterprise reported.

Ranger Fred Cook of Minturn reported that a moose had been sighted in the Holy Cross area.

The Colorado Game and Fish Department reported there were 300,000 head of deer in Colorado and 85,000 licensed hunters in the state. "Methinks the department had their statistics turned around - there must be 300,000 head of hunters and a third of them are in Eagle County right now," wrote McCain.

Local rancher Chester Mayer took out a special ad with the following announcement: "The road through the Mayer Ranch will be closed this hunting season. This is necessary as I have the road to maintain myself and the attitude of some of the deer hunters has caused me to make this move."

Week of Oct. 16, 1942

Eagle County residents purchased $29,750 worth of war bonds, nearly double the county quota of $15,750. "The citizens of this county have always responded in a gratifying manner whenever an emergency strikes," reported the Enterprise.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Foster of Sheephorn reported receiving a letter from their son, Walter, who was stationed in Australia. Walter said that he had just enjoyed a visit from his brother, Bill, who was also serving in the Army. "That they should meet in that county and find out that they were both in good health was pleasant news for the Forester family."

Average attendance at Eagle County High was up to 59, twice as many as the previous week. "However this is still only two-thirds of the total high school enrollment. Everyone is expected to be back by next week. The students are returning to school immediately after finishing their harvesting jobs."


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