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Week of Jan. 10, 2008

The Eagle County Commissioners gave conceptual approval to plans for a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. The camp was proposed eight miles up the Colorado River Road north of Dotsero and the operation was affiliated with the Hole in the Wall Camps, a nonprofit organization launched by actor Paul Newman.

Eagle officials were considering a consolidated Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission/Eagle Town Board public hearing process for the proposed Eagle River Station commercial/residential plan.

The Eagle Town Board slated a public hearing to consider setting up an Urban Renewal Authority - a mechanism planned as part of the Eagle River Station financing package.

Week of Jan. 9, 2003

After 24 years as Eagle County Coroner, Donna Barnes stepped down from the elected office. Barnes planned to serve as a deputy coroner to newly elected office holder Kara Bettis, in addition to continuing her nursing job at Vail Valley Medical Center.

Eagle County Assistant Administrator George Roussos left to take a new job in Hernando, Fla.

Vail Valley Medical Center's first baby of 2003 was Cooper Russell Treu. Cooper was born at 4:01 p.m. on Jan. 1 to proud parents Janine and Bryan Treu of Eagle. (Bryan is the current Eagle County Attorney.)

Longtime local Harold Koonce passed away. For 86 years, he was a vital member of the community, serving on many boards. For 30 years, the Koonce family operated a Chevrolet dealership in Eagle.

Week of Jan. 7, 1993

Eagle County planned a series of "visioning hearings" as the first step in revising the county's master plan.

Eagle resident Johnny Robertson submitted a historical recollection to the Enterprise. He recalled the time in 1936 when the Bull Pasture and Brush Creek Terrace subdivisions, as well as the Forest Service pasture and yard were all part of the Mayer Ranch.

Gypsum resident Ron Ryan presented a special program at the Eagle Library - a slide show featuring his exploration of caves in Guatemala.

In the Burns area, Rod, Jackie, Wes and Mary Schlegel hosted a New Year's Day sledding party. The Wahlers brought along their "widowmaker" sled.

Week of Jan. 6, 1983

The Eagle County Commissioners sent a letter to the Colorado Health Department voicing concerns about the mineral-tainted water emanating from the Eagle Mine at Gilman.

Enterprise correspondent Vern Seaman's "Eyeball News" column reported that there was some talk about changing the name of the Eagle Valley to "Rich Valley."

Vail "pioneer" Bob Parker shared some memories of the resort's early days. He noted back in the early 1960s, the town's nightlife was limited. Ice skating and broom hockey on local beaver ponds were the major forms of entertainment off the slopes.

Week of Jan. 11, 1973

County records showed the Kummer Development Corp. of Saint Louis, Mo., had purchased 1,795 acres of the J. Homer Jackson Ranch on Brush Creek. A spokesman for the corporation said development of a ski resort at the site was a possibility. U.S. Forest Ranger Don Price said a recreation development had been proposed on USFS land on Adam Mountain.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife was trapping and tagging deer in the Eagle to Edwards area as part of a wildlife migration study.

Colorado State Patrol Dispatcher Rolland Randall received a certificate of appreciation signed by Colo. Gov. John Love in honor of his 22 years of service.

Week of Jan. 10, 1963

District Court Judge William H. Luby presided at the swearing in ceremony for the newly elected Eagle County officials, including Sheriff Jim Seabry, Commissioner Jake Lucksinger, Clerk Tom McBreen, Assessor Clair Bertroch, Treasurer Vigil Williams, Surveyor Harold Rowbatham and School Superintendent Connie Morgan.

A Gypsum landmark - the Julius P. Oleson Store on the corner of First and Eagle streets - was torn down to make way for a new municipal building. Writer Alice Hazzard reported that at one time the store was an outfitting post for all outlying country between Burns and Sweetwater as well as the Gypsum community. Wagon trains once stopped there to pick up provisions for families and livestock.

Winners at the Eagle 12th Night skating contest included Jolyn Carter, Biff Long, Joe Clark, Sheryl Oleson, Sue Greve, Pam McCain and Tom Harris.

Week of Jan. 8, 1953

Tragedy struck the Cottonwood Creek area south of Gypsum when a fire claimed the lives of rancher Noble Stevenson, his wife and their two young grandchildren. Telephone linemen discovered the remains of the Stevenson cabin and the bodies of the victims. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Outstanding 4-H work earned Jo Anne Buchholz and Jack Whittaker trips to the National Western Stock Show.

About 100 adults and children gathered at a skating pond west of town for the first community 12th Night celebration. The event included ice skating and a Christmas tree bonfire. Organizer Dr. L.W. Simmons said he hoped the tradition would continue.

Week of Jan. 8, 1943

Local soldier Wyon L. Bonar sent a letter to the Enterprise from North Africa explaining how to take a "field bath" in the combat zone. "They are taken by crawling into your helmet linings with a canteen full of water and then you just have to do your best!"

For the first time in history, the First Bank of Eagle County passed the $1 million mark in business volume.

Soldier Bill Forester, son of Sheephorn ranchers Mr. and Mrs. Carl Forester, received three medals for bravery on the Southern Pacific front. He received the medals from General Douglas McArthur.

Week of Jan. 6, 1933

"The entire nation was shocked and saddened Thursday when the news was flashed over the wires that former President Calvin Coolidge had died at noon that day," a front-page Enterprise story reported.

Jail fixtures had arrived for the new county courthouse/jail in downtown Eagle. "Extreme cold water before the heating plant had been hooked up has caused some trouble with the finishing of the cement floors and the contractor is having to replace nearly all of the surfaces on the first and second floors of the building. However, this work will be completed rapidly and it is confidently stated that the new building will be ready for occupancy by the first of February," reported the Enterprise.

New Year's specials at the E.E. Glenn and Company Store in Eagle included three tall cans of milk for 20 cents and 8 pounds of lard for 75 cents.


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