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October 24, 2012
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Those were the days

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the Eagle-to-Gypsum ECO Trail. The 2.7-mile bike/pedestrian path located north of U.S. Highway 6 ran from Violet Lane in Eagle to the Cooley Mesa Road intersection.A heavy wet snow played havoc with leaf-laden trees around town. One of the hardest hit areas was Eagle Town Park, where two statuesque Siberian elm trees were deemed so unstable they had to be cut down.Construction was completed on the spray play area at Freedom Park in Edwards, but the county noted the water feature wouldn't be turned on until spring.Jessica Horst, a 2006 graduate of Eagle Valley High School, was set to compete in the Miss Colorado and Miss Colorado Teen USA competition in Loveland.

Eagle County Judge Terri Diem stepped down after eight years on the bench. During her tenure, Judge Diem's docket numbered upwards of 56,000 cases, including high-profile trials such as the Nathan Hall skiing manslaughter case.Eagle Lions Club members were preparing for the annual spaghetti dinner. A special recipient of the fund-raiser was Heidi Norton, a longtime local who had undergone brain surgery in her battle against cancer.The 2003 Vail Undressed calendar featured several Eagle residents, including Greg Baldwin, Julie Hunter, Celine Krueger, Wendy Griffin, Paul Witt and Kate Carey.

A Gypsum man was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver for possession of 100 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. The federal charges resulted from geography — the man's business, where he was allegedly selling the drugs, was located within 1,000 feet of Eagle Valley High School.The town of Gypsum was eying a $1.5 million budget for 1993.After 15 years of service, John Coffey retired as the Flight Service Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Eagle County Airport. “This isn't the sleepy little airport it once was. It never will be again,” said Coffey.The EVHS Devils closed out their season with a 33-18 win over Steamboat. The team dedicated the game to Mark Shultz, a local boy who had lost his battle against cancer the previous week. Many of the players had written “Mark” on the tape around their wrists before heading out on the field.

Controversy surrounding a recall election targeting Eagle Town Board members Pat Carlow, Bonita Eaton and Margo Lorig had the town in an uproar. Voters were set to decide the issue on Nov. 2.The town of Eagle and Adam's Rib Recreation Area parent company HBE Corp. agreed to negotiate a water service deal that involved the prepayment of water tap fees so the town could address critically needed water system work.A community dinner and auction to benefit Eagle Community United Methodist Church raised $168,000. The money was earmarked for the congregation's building fund. EVHS volleyball players Marcie Smith, Kindra Hudspeth, Sandy Mott, Kim Eaton and Rhonda Beagley received Colorado Gore All-League honors.

As the November election approached, the hottest issue in Colorado was Amendment No. 8, which asked voters whether the state should host the 1976 Winter Olympics.Republican Dan Koprinikar was running unopposed in the District 1 Eagle County Commissioner race but District 2 featured a race between Republican Arthur Anderson and Democrat Al Orlosky.First Lutheran Church in Gypsum honored the Lutheran Ladies, a group of local women who cared for the historic church building for nearly 30 years while the congregation was without a pastor. The Ladies included Lydia Hirz, Gussie Baker, Edith Davenport, Mayme Price, Anna Bobson, Ruth Fraizier, Clara Bernstein and Elma Anderson.EVHS chalked up two football wins over the weekend. The Devils beat Walden Friday night, 28-0, and Plateau Valley, 7-0, Saturday night.

County officials reported that 4,140 residents received Type 1 Sabin Oral polio vaccine in September and 3,492 took the Type II vaccine in October.The town of Eagle announced there would be no water service the upcoming Thursday while a new line was hooked to the main line.Eagle County Republicans invited the local Democrats and independents to join them for a free dance to mark the conclusion of the election season. The event was planned at the American Legion Hall.Specials at Stanley's Cash Store included three pounds of Red Delicious Apples for 25 cents and three 12-ounce jars of peanut butter for $1.

“A notice that the Glenwood Clinic Hospital will close Nov. 1 is a blow to Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties,” reported The Enterprise. The hospital association said that the operation was economically unfeasible, but that local doctors would continue practicing in their respective offices.Harve Hunt, agent at the Wolcott D&RG railway station for 29 years, transferred to the Eagle depot.The Eagle County Republicans hosted a free movie showing of “Clash by Night” at the Minturn Theater.The Eagle Chapter of Rainbow Girls were collecting deer hides for their annual fund-raiser.

R.E. Belding announced his plans to close Ralph's Store located at Second Street and Broadway in downtown Eagle. “It is with no small degree of regret, we can assure you that we take this step,” read the front-page announcement.Truck owners in Eagle County were informed they would need a Certification of War Necessity after Nov. 15 to operate their vehicles. All commercial motor vehicles nationwide were required to comply with the order. “This order directly affects the amount of gas the farmer will be allowed to have, the obtaining of tires and the purchase of a new truck, where necessary,” reported the Enterprise.A.B. Koonce was re-elected president of the Eagle County Chapter of the American Red Cross. “It appears that the pupils of our schools who were out digging potatoes for our local ranchers are deserving of congratulations. Many of their employers remarked that the students' work has been better than they expected and in several instances the crop has been saved by them,” reported the Enterprise.

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