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December 5, 2012
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Eagle released the results from its recently completed community survey. According to the survey, the average Eagle resident had resided in town for five years or less and the most important issues were improving traffic circulation and creating additional recreation trails.

Eagle County received a $60,000 rebate check from the Colorado Department of Revenue's alternative fuel program for its recently purchased 20-car fleet of Toyota Prius cars.

Police arrested an 18-year-old employee from a local hotel after the reported theft of 16 laptop computers from the facility. The computers had been used for a training session and placed in a locked closet and the young man was one of the few people who had a key.

The Eagle County Republican Women hosted a Christmas Home Tour of Eagle residences.

Arlene Quenon was named Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. Eagle Ranch was named Business of the Year.

The Eagle Fire Department began a 4,000 square-foot addition. The remodel included a training room, weight room, laundry facility and office space and was estimated to cost $500,000.

Larry Brooks was named Avon Town Manager. Brooks was a longtime Avon employee who had most recently served as assistant town manger.

The Enterprise editorialized about "snipers" in town. While an actual shooter was terrorizing Washington, D.C., the local snipers were drug dealers who sold to Eagle's youth. As one local noted, "There's somebody out there who is just as dangerous as those snipers. Young kids are getting hurt."

John Beasley, owner of Beasley's Food Town in Eagle, was honored as the 1992 Eagle Valley Citizen of the Year during the annual Celebrity Citizen Extravaganza.

The Eagle County Commissioners approved the $22.6 million 1993 budget with a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Dick Gustafson cast the dissenting vote. Gustafson said his "no" vote was in response to some of the departments that had not yet adopted the new Eagle County Handbook.

Gypsum received an annexation petition for 52.6 acres located southeast of the Eagle County Regional Airport. Dick Gilbert filed the petition on behalf of property owner Dr. Michael Hoffman.

The Gypsum Meadows project was up for sale. The 25-acre housing development was started in 1990 and about a dozen homes had been completed and sold.

"In response to site 'proposals coming out of the walls,' the Eagle County Commissioners scheduled a public meeting to decide once and for all where the new criminal justice center will be located," the Enterprise reported.

With 25 ballots in favor and only five opposed, residents of the Lower Kaibab neighborhood in Eagle voted to join the Eagle Sanitation District.

By a 2-1 vote, the Eagle County Commissioners approved an $11.4 million budget for 1983. The item of contention that prompted Commissioner Keith Troxel to cast a vote against the spending plan was a $24,000 allocation to the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments. Troxel favored earmarking the money for the NWCCOG, but fellow commissioners Danny Williams and Dale Grant disagreed and placed the $24,000 under the "professional services" line item to be used at the county's discretion. "Thus, when Commissioner-elect Dave Mott is sworn into office, in Grant's place in January, the money can be funneled to the NWCCOG if the majority of the board so desires," reported the Enterprise.

Financial consultant Stan Bernstein advised members of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Board of Directors that the $650,000 bond issue passed by voters for construction of a recreation center would not cover costs associated with the project.

Developers of the Kaibab neighborhood in Eagle proposed building multi-family units in an area where a mobile home court was located. Some neighbors of the area commented they were not pleased to see two- or three-story apartment buildings in an area that had been previously designated for single family homes.

An automatic counter installed at the Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon registered 160,000 visitors during the 1972 summer season - an average of 120 people per day.

A Minturn man contracted botulism after eating some home-canned green peppers and the story was reported by Denver television stations and the Rocky Mountain News.

Specials at Stanley's Cash Grocery in Eagle included a four-pack roll of Charmin toilet paper for 39 cents and a 24-ounce bottle of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup for 69 cents.

The town boards in both Eagle and Gypsum were in the process of organizing sewer districts in the respective communities. "Engineers and bond company representatives have gone over to the two towns and met with the respective town boards. Following organization, bond issues for sewage disposal systems will be presented to the people for a vote," the Enterprise reported.

The Eagle Lions Club announced plans for a New Year's Eve Dance. The club had hired an orchestra to play at the event. The dance previously had been sponsored by graduates of Eagle High School.

Fred Collett was elected president of the Gypsum Committee for Better Schools. Lloyd Mayne was elected vice-president and Lynda Ewing was elected secretary-treasurer.

The featured movie at the Eagle Theater was "The Hustler," starring Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. In Minturn, the feature was "State Fair," starring Pat Boone and Bobby Darien.

"The Burns community will have a gala opening of its new gathering place Saturday, Dec. 20, when the women of the home demonstration club - responsible for building the hall, will have their pre-Christmas bazaar, holiday party and dance," the Enterprise reported. "The women, seeing a need for a general meeting place in their rural community, took upon themselves the giant task of raising funds as a club project. While not yet reaching their ultimate goal, they have been successful in seeing completion of a large cement basement, 60-feet by 35-feet, which will serve quite adequately as a general meeting pace for the community for the present."

Plans for the annual Eagle High School New Year's Eve Homecoming Party were announced. The evening was set to begin at the Diamond J for a smorgasbord dinner followed by a public dance at the school gym.

Continental Railways announced a number of special Christmas fairs. A ticket from Eagle to Dallas was $19.35. From Eagle to Memphis the fare was $24.10.

A front-page notice offered Eagle County residents instructions for the planned Dec. 14 Seventh Region blackout. The exercise was planned between 9 and 9:20 p.m. for all residents and businesses in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Colorado. Motorists on the road at the time of the blackout were instructed to pull over, turn off their motors and wait until the all-clear signal was given.

The Modern Homemaker Club planned a gift exchange as part of the December meeting. Club members were asked to bring a 10-cent gift to the party.

The featured movie at the Eagle Theater was "Tarzan's New York Adventure," starring Maureen O'Sullivan and Johnny Weissmuller.


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