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Those were the days

Week of Dec. 20, 2007

Eagle Valley High School students were busy spreading Christmas cheer with members of the National Honor Society traveling to Denver to help at a soup kitchen, LULAC members assisting with the Eagle Masons toy drive and the entire student body contributing to a canned food drive.

Rusty and Laurie Bossow's home on Strohm Circle was the winner of the Gypsum Holiday Lighting contest. The Bossows won a $100 cash award.

Frank Doll, life-long Eagle County resident and longtime weather historian, died. He was 86.

The Gypsum Town Council rejected a liquor license application from Hugo Parra to open a nightclub in the Airport Gateway area.

Week of Dec. 19, 2002

After 20 years in office, newly enacted term limits forced Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson out of office. Noting that retirement wasn't really his style, Johnson promised to reappear in the public eye.

A proposal to place lights at the new ball fields in Gypsum struck out with the facility's neighbors. Tom and Chris LaVenture had purchased their residence before the town's acquisition of the adjacent parcel for development of a recreation site. The LaVentures were concerned that glare from the proposed lights and after-dark play would disturb their peaceful home life.

The gazebo at the Golden Eagle Senior Center took first place in the Eagle holiday lighting contest.

Week of Dec. 24, 1992

Representatives from the towns of Minturn and Gypsum appealed to the Eagle County Commissioners to reduce the subsidy charged for animal control services. The county planned to bill $8,000 annually to both towns for animal control contracts but the municipal representatives argued a bill of around $3,600 to $3,900 would be more appropriate.

Randy and Diane Gunn of 13403 Colorado River Road won first place in the western Eagle County holiday lighting contest.

Eagle County Attorney Kevin Lindahl resigned to open a private law practice in Eagle.

Alex Gamble of Eagle offered the following request in his letter to Santa: "My favorite food is pizza and my favorite sport is football. I hope you have a good time delivering presents. Why do you live in the South Pole? I want a nut cracker that cracks nuts."

Week of Dec. 23, 1982

The eight cyanide tablets reported missing from the Battle Mountain High School chemistry lab were accounted for. After hearing the story on a morning television show, a BMHS senior told his chemistry teacher he had used the tablets in an experiment the previous year.

Local law enforcement agencies participating in a statewide drug crackdown netted nearly two pounds of cocaine and 27 pounds of marijuana.

Local resident Nancy Mercer received a rather bizarre Christmas present - she learned that her brother was alive. In August, Mercer had received notification from Wyoming officials that her brother had been killed and unrecognizably burned in an auto accident. However, he had actually reported his car stolen but Wyoming law enforcement agencies did not receive that information when the accident occurred. Mercer was understandably shaken when she received a collect call from her brother, but was happily surprised when she recognized his voice.

Week of Dec. 21, 1972

The Eagle Town Board published a front-page notice to announce that the Eagle Community House would be manned between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to issue dog licenses. License fees were $5 per year for male or spayed female dogs and $10 per year for unspayed females.

The U.S. Forest Service presented its detailed study of the "Meadow Mountain-Beaver Creek area."

The annual Santa Claus visit hosted by the Eagle Lion's Club was planned Dec. 23. Santa was slated to arrive at the Eagle airport at 11 a.m. and a free matinee showing of the Disney movie, "The Legend of a Boy and an Eagle," was planned at the Eagle Theater.

The Federal International de Ski, faced with lack of snow at Jackson Hole and Sun Valley, directed all team training to a "Holiday Classic" race at Vail.

Week of Dec. 20, 1962

"Two popular lower Eagle Valley young men narrowly escaped losing their lives in the Colorado River early Sunday morning," the Enterprise reported. "Jim Randall of Eagle and Freddie Davenport swam their way to safety in a pre-dawn car accident in Glenwood Canyon near Hanging Lake."

The Eagle County School Board decided to bring an $850,000 bond issue proposal to the voters in February. The proposed property tax increase was earmarked for a high school in the Wolcott area and a junior/senior high school in the Gypsum area.

After months of mild, warm and dry weather, snow finally hit the area just in time for Christmas.

The Eagle Lions Club annual Santa Claus Party was planned Dec. 22. Santa was slated to arrive by airplane at 11 a.m. and the free movie at the Eagle Theater was planned at 1:30 p.m.

Week of Dec. 25, 1952

The Eagle County Cattlemen's Association elected Leonard Horn of Wolcott as president, Jim Stephens as vice president and Dan Rule as secretary.

Local residents were preparing for two "gala holiday events." The Eagle River Valley Post 150 American Legion planned a dance Dec. 27 and the Eagle High School Alumni's annual Homecoming New Year's Eve party was planned at the Eagle gym on Dec. 31.

Billie Moody hosted the December meeting of the Eagle Progressive Homemakers Club. "An interesting project lesson on seafood dishes was given by Johnnie Greve."

The Stanley Cash Grocery announced it would close at noon on Dec. 26 to complete its annual inventory report.

Week of Dec. 18, 1942

Air warders from a seven-state region declared the Dec. 14 blackout event a success. "In the town of Eagle, the community area was totally blacked out within two minutes after the warning signal was sounded," the Enterprise reported. "Much of the success of the county's response to the call for a blackout was due to the efforts of Eldon Wilson and Leo Fessenden, who have made trips to every corner of the county within the past three weeks, attempting to organize completely every locality."

President Franklin Roosevelt announced that no further student enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserves would be accepted.

The Eagle Valley Lions Club planned Santa Claus's appearance. "The jolly old Saint, so well beloved by all of the children, will have a sack of nuts and fruit for every boy and girl that he can reach."

As a special Christmas gift to the community, the Eagle Theater announced a special showing of Irving Berlin's "Holiday Inn," starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

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