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November 7, 2012
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Those were the days

A decade of accelerated growth had enabled Eagle to focus on recreation amenities and the downtown beautification project, but the 2008 budget was more about function. The town's largest capital projects was construction of a new wastewater treatment plant. At $13 million, it was the biggest capital project the town had ever undertaken.

Carrie Benway beat Keith Thompson in the Edwards race for the Eagle County School District Board of Education. In Eagle, Jeanne McQueeney beat Margaret Olle.

Eagle County was reviewing a plan to build a Hole in the Wall Camp on an 85-acre site along the Colorado River Road. The Hole in the Wall Camps were started by actor Paul Newman and they serve kids suffering from serious illnesses.

A mother bear and her two cubs generated five separate calls to the Eagle Police Department in one day.

The vote was too close to call for Eagle County's proposed open space tax. With 387 ballots left to count, the 1.5 mill property tax supporters were trailing by two votes - 5,454 were in favor and 5,456 against. Fifty-nine percent of the county's registered voters cast ballots.

Voters were more decisive, however, about term limits questions. They lifted term limits for the county assessor, clerk, coroner, sheriff, surveyor and treasurer but opted to keep them in place for county commissioners.

Tom Stone was re-elected as an Eagle County Commissioner. Teak Simonton was elected as county clerk and Joe Hoy was elected as sheriff.

Livingston "Wiss" Toomer retired as the brand inspector for the Burns district. He had held the position for 37 years.

More than 5 feet of snow had fallen atop Vail Mountain during a 10-day period and longtime weather watcher Frank Doll said Eagle County was poised to record its snowiest fall ever.

Eagle Valley Television Association volunteers braved the foot-deep snows on Castle Peak over the weekend to do some repair work on the antenna system to improve the Channel 9 reception for over-the-air television signals.

A Denver based company called Fixed Base Operations Inc., that was formed solely to bid on George Gillett's Vail/Beaver Creek Jet Center, emerged as the highest bidder offering $1.5 million in cash for the Eagle County Airport facility.

The newly opened Glenwood Canyon Interstate 70 project was profiled in the New York Times.

A Congressional subcommittee hearing regarding the proposed Homestake II water diversion project was scheduled in Vail. Scheduled attendees included Colorado 3rd Congressional District Rep. Ray Kogovsek and Rep. John Seiberling of Ohio.

Approximately 100 gallons of gasoline were stolen from the Gypsum town tank. In response, the town council voted unanimously to put up a street light at the intersection behind town hall to thwart future thefts.

Eagle Valley Middle School students performed "The Electric Sunshine Man." The musical starred Tim Quealy as Thomas Edison.

Eagle County was reviewing the proposed $10 million budget for 1983. The spending plan included funding for a new criminal justice center.

In Eagle County, Democrat Al Orlosky was elected commissioner and statewide voters rejected a proposal for Colorado to host the 1976 Winter Olympics.

"Eagle's housing shortage problem is due to be alleviated by the construction of 16 three-bedroom homes in the Kaibab Subdivision," the Enterprise reported. Prices for the modular homes were $23,000 to $26,000 depending on the model.

The Eagle Town Board discussed hiring a town manager and installing water meters throughout the community.

The U.S. Forest Service hosted a public hearing to discuss proposed future uses of the Meadow Mountain and Beaver Creek areas.

In an election that has become part of Eagle County lore, write-in candidate for Eagle County Sheriff James Seabry snowed under his Republican and Democratic challengers. Seabry collected 1,353 votes to incumbent Democrat Hank Knuth's 407 and Republican challenger Fred Pierson's 198, despite the fact that voters had to write in his name on their ballots.

In a tight race for Eagle County Commissioner Democrat Jake Lucksinger (974 voters) beat out Republican Edmund Bobson (890 votes).

Clifford Fenno of the Eagle Valley High School Future Farmers of America chapter was selected to represent the state of Colorado at the regional FFA judging meet held during the National Western Livestock Show in Denver.

The EVHS senior class performed the play, "I Remember Mama." Tickets were $1 for reserved seats and 75 cents for general admission.

Democrats Carl Foster and H.A. Nottingham were elected as Eagle County commissioners but county voters liked Ike in the presidential race.

The Dec. 4 Selective Services induction call included Benny Wurtsmith of Burns, Leslie Bertroch of Gypsum, Alvin Cereise of Basalt, and Charles Hays and John Beasley of Gypsum.

The St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society hosted a Turkey Bingo fund-raiser at the Eagle Community House. The American Legion announced a Harvest Festival planned at the McCoy Hall with bingo and a turkey shoot. An electric range, an electric mixer and an electric iron were among the special prizes for the event and, staring at 10 p.m., a dance was planned featuring music by Bullock's Orchestra. Admission to the event was $1.20 per couple.

The race for Eagle County Commissioner was a squeaker, with Democrat Alfred M. Sloss beating Republican LeRoy Borah by a single vote. Sloss collected 806 votes to Borah's 805.

In a landslide victory, William Luby was re-elected as judge of the 5th Judicial District. He collected 1,295 votes to his challenger's 323.

Gas rationing registration was scheduled for early November and all cars had to be registered and excess tires turned in to the government.

Local Boy Scouts were hosting a scrap metal drive. "If you have a pile of scrap, contact either Leo Fessenden or Joe Rule. They have a truck available to pick it up. Help the boys in their efforts. We'll win the war and we'll fund the Boy Scouts!"

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The VailDaily Updated Nov 7, 2012 02:44PM Published Nov 7, 2012 02:36PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.