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December 12, 2012
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Those were the days

A front-page feature story about local Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers reported that City Market in Eagle was the second-highest donation generating location in the valley. First place was Wal-Mart in Avon.

Eagle Police were looking for a vandal who was determinedly messing with the "Happy Holiday" lights at the Eagle Ranch roundabout. The lights had been damaged twice, to the tune of $200.

The Nearly Everything Store debuted a new Santa sign stitched together by owner Annie Colby out of 25 yards of fade-resistant red awning fabric.

One of the most talked-about decorations at Eagle's annual Christmas on Broadway celebration was a big lighted ball dangling from the Mountain Steel and Welding crane parked at the construction site for the new Brush Creek Saloon building.

Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar tapped Eagle County District Attorney Mike Goodbee as the state's deputy attorney general for criminal justice. The new job meant a move to Denver for the Goodbee family.

The Eagle County Commissioners were squabbling over who would serve as the group's chairman for 2003. Tradition dictated the chairmanship rotate each year. Commissioner Arn Menconi called for a public discussion of the issue, reportedly because he had heard rumors that fellow commissioners Tom Stone and Michael Gallagher planned to bypass his turn as chairman.

The U.S. Forest Service was discussing consolidation of its Eagle and Minturn offices.

ESPN, the all-sports cable network, was on hand to film the wedding of Eagle native Tiffani Burton to pro rodeo cowboy Will Lowe. The couple wed at Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The ceremony was sandwiched in between Lowe's bareback riding rounds at the National Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association finals.

The Eagle County Commissioners named Sara Fisher as Eagle County Clerk and Recorder. The appointment came after longtime Clerk Johnnette Phillips was elected Eagle County Commissioner.

Willie the cat, a popular resident of Castle Peak Veterinary, was found wandering inside the new Eagle County Building. Willie had been missing for a couple of weeks so the people at the vet clinic were glad to have him home.

Former President Gerald Ford presided over Christmas tree lighting events held at Vail Village and Lionshead.

The Eagle Valley High School wrestling team took first place at the Battle Mountain Tournament.

Seven or eight lethal potassium cyanide tables were missing from the BMHS chemistry lab. Teacher Jim Heriot notified the Eagle County Sheriff's Office about the missing tablets, prompting a statewide alert.

The shutdown of the Climax molybdenum mine and Exxon's Garfield County oil shale operation meant major cutbacks for Colorado Mountain College. CMC was considering summer shutdowns of its Vail and Eagle campuses as one way to trim dollars from the budget.

The Gypsum Sanitation District printed a public notice that announced sewer service rates were increasing to $24 per quarter for in-district customers and $36 per quarter for out-of-district customers.

Eagle County officials successfully negotiated a lease-purchase deal for the Richardson home in Eagle. The county library was slated to move into the house, located at the corner of Sixth and Capitol in Eagle.

EVHS football players Dave Schiessl, Randy Estes, Benny Rivera, Ron Ostrander and Ken McGinnis were honored during the Booster Club banquet.

A cold snap hit the area and a temperature of -24 was recorded at the Eagle County Airport on Dec. 11. Heavy snowfall also hit the area, with a depth of 17 inches reported on Dec. 12.

The EVHS boys basketball team clobbered West Grand 78-29 for the first win of the season.

Robert Shelton of Mick's 66 Service in Eagle received a Community Service Award from Phillips Petroleum Company in honor of his participation in civic and community affairs.

A front-page headline declared "Vail Gondola Operating." The Enterprise noted "The state's newest village is fast nearing completion with formal opening of some of Vail Village's shops scheduled in the immediate future."

An accident involving two oil tank cars resulted in a large spill into the Eagle River west of Minturn. Officials with the Colorado Game and Fish Department said the accident killed a wide swath of fish. "It is their opinion that there are no fish left between Wilmore Lake and Minturn," reported the Enterprise.

The McCoy Wildcats took first place in the Eagle County boys basketball tournament. "LeRoy Kirby, Mike Spitellie, Jim Bratton, Don Matlock and Ron Groblebe proved to be the backbone of Coach Ivan Ansley's crew," reported the Enterprise.

The annual Eagle Lions Club Santa Claus Party at the Eagle County Airport was planned Dec. 22 with "candy and gifts for all county kids."

The Eagle ski tow planned to open for the season on Dec. 21. "The tow, sponsored by the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, is located on Bruce Creek, and will be in operation every Sunday throughout the season. So far no definite arrangements have been worked out for keeping the ski shack and lunch counter open."

Marge Gates graduated from the Presbyterian Hospital, University of Denver School of Nursing. "Mrs. Gates plans to work at Meeker while her husband, Bud Gates, of Burns, is serving in the U.S. Army in England," the Enterprise reported.

A local congregation voiced extreme opposition to the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible copyrighted by the National Council of Churches, calling the translation "a deliberate attack on our Historic Christian faith."

"The four Harris boys from McCoy, who have received previous mentions, are brought to the attention of this community again this week," the Enterprise reported. "Each boy is sending as much of his paycheck as he can spare to be invested in war bonds. These four young men, with others like them, will win this war one way or another."

The public relations office at Camp Hale issued a warning to civilians that there would be daily firings on the artillery range from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Eagle County was awarded a third-place pennant in recognition for its scrap metal collection efforts.

The women of the Eagle Community Methodist Church planned a $1 per plate turkey dinner. "In spite of gas rationing, a full house is expected."

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