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Week of Nov. 15, 2007

A front-page feature detailed the story of Jim "Mad Dog" Sherbondy. In November 1937, 17-year-old Sherbondy shot and killed Eagle County Undersheriff Oscar Meyer during a traffic stop on Tennessee Pass and fled the scene. A massive manhunt followed before his arrest and Sherbondy was convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison on Dec. 24, his 17th birthday. Sherbondy's name was in the headlines again in 1948 when he and 12 inmates escaped from the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canyon City. Sherbondy eventually surrendered to authorities after holding a farm family hostage, reportedly when one of the hostages - a 7-year-old boy - developed appendicitis. Sherbondy's death again brought him fame. After he walked away from a prison work program, he was shot and killed during a gun battle in front of the Denver Post building in Denver in 1969.

Officials from Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation agreed to partner with the town of Eagle to develop traffic solutions for the congestion problems along Eby Creek Road.

The Eagle County Commissioners voted to contribute $2.1 million from the open space fund toward the purchase of a conservation easement at the Gates Ranch.

The Dusty Boot celebrated ground-breaking ceremonies at a new Eagle Ranch location.

Week of Nov. 14, 2002

Colorado Mountain College began work on a new 35,000-square-foot building in Edwards. Construction of the new CMC Vail/Eagle Valley Campus building meant an uncertain future for the Eagle CMC center.

Construction began at Two Rivers Village in Dotsero. Prices started at $173,500 at the 433-unit project.

The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles announced it was closing its Avon office effective Jan. 1.

Judy and Bob Clock opened the Hitching Post Bed and Breakfast at their historic home in Eagle.

Three local youths brought home trophies from the Monster Match - a multi-state wrestling tournament that drew 1,700 participants. James Montes and Chris Harvey both won their respective age/weight classes, while James Harvey placed second in his.

Week of Nov. 19, 1992

Newly elected Eagle County Commissioner James Johnson of Vail, admitted he had been arrested three times for cocaine possession in the 1980s. Johnson said he had been addicted to the drug, but that he had been clean since 1984.

The newly approved Amendment 1 regulations (which were later named TABOR rules) placed spending and revenue limits on governments and promised to cloud Eagle's efforts to develop a public golf course at Eagle Ranch.

Shelby Esposito took first place, Allison Toomer took third and Courtney Schlegel took fourth at the U.S. Gymnastics Federation Level 5 sectionals held in Englewood.

Eagle County School District hired Dr. Mel Preusser from Douglas County School District as assistant superintendent.

Week of Nov. 18, 1982

Saddle bronc rider Marty Forster, 20, of McCoy, won the Mountain States Circuit Finals in Cheyenne. It was his first year as a professional on the PRCA circuit.

Mary Bell of Eagle was honored as the Eagle County Outstanding Senior Citizen of 1982.

The town of Avon announced it would operate its own three-bus system for the 1983-84 ski season. The town planned to purchase two 25-passenger buses at a cost of $40,000 each and the Avon Center and the Christie Lodge agreed to donate money to purchase and operate the third bus.

Regular Sunday worship services were slated to begin at First Lutheran Church in Gypsum. "The Gypsum Lutheran church is one of the most historic on the Western Slope and it just seems a shame that, with the population growth in the lower Eagle Valley, it has not been regularly used for the past several years," said The Rev. Don Simonton of Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran in Vail.

Week of Nov. 16, 1972

Richard L. Peterson, president of Vail Associates Inc., issued a statement saying that the decision by Colorado voters to reject hosting the 1976 Winter Olympics would not effect the company's proposed development of the Beaver Creek ski area. The new ski area had been designated as the site for the '76 Olympics alpine events.

The Vail Police Department was investigating the theft of eight pounds of strychnine mixture from a local exterminator. While the mixture was described as relatively harmless for humans, Police Chief Mike Miceli noted it was not marked. "It was in two four-pound bags and a person would not know what it was by looking," he said.

The Enterprise published the Eagle County Delinquent Tax List for 1971. The entire list covered two pages.

Specials at Stanley's Cash Grocery included a two and one-half pound can of pumpkin for 25 cents.

Week of Nov. 15, 1962

Newly re-elected Garfield County Commissioner Freeman James and his wife died in a auto accident near Silver Plume. Icy road conditions were cited as the reason for the accident.

The man arrested for the Sept. 1 burglary at the Anderson Independent Lumber Store in Eagle failed to appear for his trial. The suspect was out on a $15,000 bond.

The potato improvement specialist from Colorado State University was set to meet with members of the Eagle County Potato Growers Association to discuss the importance of good seed and strategies for marketing.

The Colorado Highway Department announced plans to pave Highway 131 between McCoy and Bond. Cost of the job was estimated at $158,400.

Week of Nov. 20, 1952

"Eagle became an important link in a nationwide network of air navigation through the installation of an 'omnirange' 35 miles northeast of Eagle, near state Highway 11 outside of Kremling," the Enterprise reported. The new structure, located on top of Youst Mountain, housed radio transmission equipment that sent out high frequency signals in all directions to assist pilot navigation.

The Dismant Drug Store in Red Cliff was robbed. According to Sheriff W.M. Wilson, the thieves made off with $400 in cash and $3,000 worth of postal savings certificates.

Edna Swanson of Gypsum and Monnie Terry of Eagle were initiated into the local Order of Rainbow for Girls.

"Pat and Mike," starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, was the feature presentation at the Eagle Theater.

Week of Nov. 13, 1942

"Gunner William Collett, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Collett of Wolcott, has reached his parents by mail, which brings the information that he is in the midst of the battle in Guadalcannal," the Enterprise reported. "Six months had passed since the Colletts last heard from their 18-year-old Marine son, who enlisted shortly after Pearl Harbor."

Eagle County residents gathered 229.81 pounds of scrap metal per capita for the war effort. The accomplishment netted a special "Salvage for Victory" pennant to be flown from the county courthouse flag pole.

The official election results were certified by Eagle County Clerk Mae Cox and election officials E.E. Lea and Gus Meyer. The official count showed Alfred Sloss won his county commissioner race by a single vote.

The J.E Isenhard Fur Company of Denver advertised it would play highest market prices for muskrats, coyotes and all western furs. "With many trappers in service or war work, this will be a big year for those who can follow trap lines," the company stated.


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