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Week of Jan. 17, 2008

Town staff members issued a report to the Eagle Town Board predicting that the community's roads and water and wastewater treatment facilities were nearing capacity.

The town of Eagle hired independent consultant Arne Ray to examine financial details proposed as part of the Eagle River Station deal.

Eagle Valley Middle School seventh-grader Sarah Melin won the school's Geography Bee by correctly answering, "Name the independent country located entirely within the city of Rome? (It's the Vatican.)

Mountain Living Furniture and Design broke ground on a new showroom located at the Airport Gateway subdivision.

Week of Jan. 16, 2003

Controversy simmered at the Eagle County Commissioners appointment hearing. Commissioners Michael Gallagher and Tom Stone named themselves chairman and vice chairman of the board, effectively cutting fellow commissioner Arn Menconi out of his turn for the chairmanship rotation. Rumor of such an impending act had been circulated for months.

The Eagle County Planning Commission recommended denial of Fred Kummer's latest plan for a golf course and residential development in the Frost Creek and Salt Creek area.

Eagle teens Thomas Carlin and Rudy Olin returned home from Thailand where they attended the World Boy Scout Jamboree.

Week of Jan. 14, 1993

Locked gates on Eby Creek Road prompted some property owners to seek a court ruling regarding whether the route was public or private.

Gypsum Town Board members complained that the county was not communicating about its long-term airport expansion plans.

Longtime resident Harold Koonce wrote about the time, during the late 1940s, when Eagle had a short ski run on the hillside east of town. The ski run was accessed by a rope tow powered by a converted Model A chassis and engine.

Local Realtor Ann Bormolini was headed to Washington, D.C., to coordinate a transition team for newly named Transportation Secretary Federico Pena.

Eagle Valley High school wrestlers Zac Stratton, Brian Collett, Dustin Hobbs, Leonard Salaz and Jody Hern won gold medals at their home town tournament.

Week of Jan. 13, 1983

The first meeting of the new Eagle County Board of Commissioners got off to a testy start. Over the objection of Commissioner Danny Williams, Commissioners Keith Troxel and Dave Mott voted to reopen the study of a new, 50-bed jail site adjacent to the county courthouse, reversing a decision made by the previous board.

The Eagle Town Board voted to continue its administrative appeal of the Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement for the Adam's Rib Ski Area.

Tony Van Campen was named agricultural student of the month at Northeastern Junior College.

Bond/McCoy columnist Vern Seaman reported sighting an albino deer near the Slater turnout.

Week of Jan. 19, 1973

Eagle County hired its first ever planning director - Mike Blair. He was instructed to write new county subdivision rules. County officials also announced they planned to hire a building inspector later in the year.

For the first time in seven years, there were enough interested candidates to prompt an Eagle Town Board election. The hot topic was proposed improvements to the town's water system, which would result in increased water rates.

Three railroad cars derailed on the west end of the Minturn railroad yard. Their cargo was described as unspecified "concentrate."

Gypsum correspondent Mary Daughtery reported there was no truth to the rumor that someone was stealing fence posts in the community. "No, they are just covered up with snow," she reported.

Week of Jan. 17, 1963

"Old Man Winter slapped the valley with a mighty cold hand," the Enterprise reported. Temperatures in Eagle plummeted from "dandelion-growing weather" prior to Christmas to a low of -51F on Jan. 12. Some local families were grappling with frozen water pipes and fuel lines while others opted to keep warm by moving to the local motel. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain was miffed that the town failed to get a mention from television weatherman Bowman for being the coldest spot in the nation.

Dennie Eaton and Bob McIlveen were elected to the Eagle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The chamber commended the county commissioners for graveling a 3,000-foot taxiway at the Eagle County Airport.

An architect was urging the Eagle County School District to consider building schools using a circular design. He argued that such a plan would eliminate wasteful corridors and require less maintenance time and expense.

Week of Jan. 15, 1953

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain took State Rep. John Vanderhoof to task for his suggestion that a tunnel be built under Loveland Pass, with all traffic routed from Dillon to Kremmling.

McCain liked the tunnel idea, but suggested that a less expensive route would be to channel traffic via State Bridge to Wolcott, where the road could connect with U.S. Highway 6.

Tom Taylor of the 7-Up Ranch on Brush Creek was preparing to attend the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower in Washington, D.C. Taylor was tapped to serve as groom for the famous Shriners palomino horses.

George Decker of Burns was named Youth of the Week by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association.

Week of Jan. 13, 1943

"A very regrettable incident took place in Eagle last Saturday evening when Sgt. Alton Lee Simmons, 36, a soldier stationed at Camp Hale, assaulted Town Marshal Fred Cowden and beat him up unmercifully," the Enterprise reported. Simmons' family was living at Eagle's Montgomery Hotel and the assault happened when Cowden visited to talk about reports he had received that the soldier's sons had been illegally shooting BB guns in town. The newspaper account noted that Simmons and his wife were engaged in a violent argument when the undersheriff arrived. The soldier was placed in custody at the county jail.

Judge William Luby of Eagle was elected chairman of the Western Colorado Boy Scouts District.

A front-page appeal from Wayne T. Jones stated, "Our fighting men in the Solomons are in desperate need of your hunting knives .... If I know you people as I believe I do, you will get your knives to me and I will see that they are put into the hands of men who know how to use them."

Week of Jan. 13, 1933

Eagle County experienced its biggest administration change since 1920 with swearing-in ceremonies for new officers. The newly elected county officials included Treasurer Harry N. Dickenson, Assessor Nicholas Buchholz, School Superintendent Georgia Heyer Clark, Surveyor Carl L. Dismant and Commissioners Harry Nottingham and George Watson.

The commissioners' first action was to revise the method for distributing "poor and unemployment relief." Each incorporated town was asked to set up a committee to review and make recommendations for citizen requests for money.

Specials at the E.E. Glenn Store in Eagle included a 25-pound bag of sugar of $1.45.


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