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Those were the days

Week of Jan. 3, 2008

Eagle County Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Forinash retired after serving 16 years.

Chris and Susan Spiegel of Gypsum welcomed triplets Cayden Scott, Billy CJ and Shelby Sky, born on Christmas Eve.

A Grinch stole Christmas for a Dotsero family. While members were out shopping in Glenwood Springs, a thief broke into their home and made off with all of the family's wrapped presents as well as their DVD player, their collection of approximately 400 DVDs, a Playstation and a Wii game system. Neighbors reported seeing a car cruising through the area during the time frame when the theft occurred.

Week of Jan. 2, 2003

Construction work began on the 200-unit Bluffs subdivision in Eagle. Initial construction was focused on the road linking the development to the Eby Creek roundabout.

The Eagle Police Department and the Colorado Division of Wildlife responded to several reports of people harassing wildlife on the Eagle Ranch Golf Course. Three elk had been killed in the area - one was hit by a car, one panicked and impaled itself on a fire hydrant and one was fatally injured when it became entangled in ropes used to protect the golf greens.

Prosecutor Mark Hurlbert was tapped to replace Fifth Judicial District Attorney Mike Goodbee, who was going to work for Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar.

Week of Jan. 7, 1993

Eagle County hired consultant Alan Richman of Aspen to spearhead development of a new master plan.

Eagle Valley Middle School was one of five Colorado schools nominated for the prestigious national Blue Ribbon Award.

Eagle County Commissioners Don Welch, Dick Gustafson and Bud Gates joined officials from the Colorado Division of Wildlife for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new "Fishing is Fun" bridge in Eagle. The pedestrian bridge linked the town with the county fairgrounds property.

Temperatures dipped down to -30 degrees on Jan. 4.

Week of Jan. 6, 1983

After a public hearing where a BLM site located north east of Eagle was selected for the new Eagle County Criminal Justice Center, Commissioner Keith Troxel said he would actively work to reverse that decision and locate the building in a less-expensive location. He said he would begin his efforts when Commissioner-elect David Mott took office Jan. 11.

After eight years of service, Eagle County Commissioner Dale Grant prepared to leave office.

Jockey Pat Day compiled 399 wins during 1982, making him the top rider of the year. Day was raised in Eagle County.

Eagle veterinarian Dr. Daniel Jones reported that two dogs had died from apparent 1080 poisoning. Compound 1080 was a poison used in the county's gopher extermination program.

Week of Jan. 4, 1973

The Eagle Town Board approved a multi-family zoning request for the Kaibab development, clearing the way for an apartment unit complex to be built in the area.

The Eagle Lions Club was organizing the annual 12th Night celebration at Eagle Town Park.

A special sledding area was established on Fourth Street, as it ran east from Capitol. Howard Street was barricaded at its intersection with Fourth to ensure safety. The Eagle Town Board was discussing the need for an ordinance prohibiting the used of snowmobiles on public roads within the town limits.

New dog control rules went into effect in Eagle. The new rules required owners to purchase a license and to keep their dogs under "human control."

Week of Jan. 3, 1963

Despite a fire the previous week that nearly destroyed the American Legion Hall in Gypsum, the organization was back in business. IOOF lodge members in Gypsum offered the Legion use of their building, and donated $25 toward the Legion's building fund.

Claude Gerard, Ormand Hurt and Tom Taylor attended a weed control workshop in Delta.

Recounting the previous year's growth, the Enterprise noted that the town of Eagle started 1963 with a new Post Office located in the 300 block of Broadway, a new mortuary on the corner of Broadway and Sixth, new crew quarters for the U.S. Forest Service, a new exhibit hall at the county fairgrounds and a new Colorado State Highway/Highway Patrol building on Grand Ave.

Week of Jan. 1, 1953

In her "Around Town" column, Enterprise editor Marilla McCain suggested that the Colorado State Legislature resolve to follow through on creating a tunnel under Loveland Pass. McCain also lamented the institution of a bighorn sheep hunting season. She noted that what once was a large herd of "woolies" in the Brush Creek Valley had dwindled to just eight head.

For 23 nights in a row, Eagle experienced sub-zero temperatures.

Local soldier Sonny Morgan, via a letter to his parents, reported that he was stationed two miles behind the fighting lines in Korea. Soldier Jim Ping was home visiting his mother, Lucille, before shipping out to the Far East.

Herman Stein of Eagle escaped injury when the county truck he was driving hit an icy spot near State Bridge and rolled three times.

Week of Jan. 1, 1943

The Enterprise extended Happy New Year wishes to local boys in the service, including William Aerts, Sgt. Richard Crann, John Paddock, Clyde Dean, Pvt. Lloyd A. Greve, Sam and Frank Lopez, Signal Third Class Joe Brett and William Collins Jr.

The students at the Colorado River School collected more than seven tons of scrap metal. They planned to use the money earned on playground equipment.

Phyllis Barnes, a student at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction, was spending her vacation in Eagle with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy T. Barnes.

Week of Dec. 30, 1933

Fifth Judicial District Judge Francis E. Bouck held his last session in Eagle County. Bouck was appointed to the State Supreme Court.

Businessman A.B. Koonce took over the Pharo and Dickerson Garage in Eagle.

Charles Hemberger and George Spangler of Cooley Mesa Ranch were showing off their blue ribbons earned for their seed potatoes at the Colorado Seed Show.

Miss Iola Baer was the bride of Henry Knuth in a Glenwood Springs wedding.

The Minturn community was mourning the death of Dr. Noah Dymenberg, who was killed when he accidentally stepped in front of a locomotive.


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