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January 30, 2013
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The Eagle Town Board and the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission launched a joint review process for the proposed Eagle River Station commercial/residential plan.

Both political parties were anticipating big numbers for precinct caucuses slated Feb. 5. On the Democratic side, the primary battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton was fueling interest.

A skijoring contest was planned at 4Eagle Ranch north of Wolcott. Local 4-H clubs were sponsoring a raffle and silent auction during the event.

The Domino's Pizza delivery chain announced plans to open a franchise in Eagle.

A spell of warm weather prematurely closed the outdoor ice rinks in Eagle and Gypsum. Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District staff was forced to cancel many hockey games and practices, but was able to move some events to Vail. Bill Johnson, one of the volunteer Zamboni Brothers who maintained the ice in Eagle, noted the surface was more suitable for fishing than for skating.

A dozen wildlife experts and volunteers rounded up a herd of big horn sheep in the Fryingpan Valley. At the conclusion of the activity, 13 animals were fitted with radio collars so the Colorado Division of Wildlife could trace the animals' migration. District Wildlife Manager Bill Andree noted the sheep seemed to be steadily moving to the north and east, regularly showing up in the Gypsum Creek and Red Table areas.

The City Market grocery store chain purchased property behind the Loaf 'N Jug store in Eagle. The company spokesman said City Market was seriously considering bringing a new supermarket to the community.

Developer Fred Green proposed an 18-hole, private golf course on the 200-acre, former Koprivnikar Ranch at Wolcott.

Burns resident Kendra Scott was marketing an instructional video she had filmed, showing how to braid leather, horse hair and rawhide.

Rick Mitzelfelt took nine Boy Scouts on a camping trip to Yeoman Park.

Eagle County's unemployment rate was 8.4 percent, higher than the state average of 5 percent.

A 21-year-old Dotsero man was charged with second degree felony child abuse and second degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old son.

Kim Bauman was successful in the Catch-It Calf competition at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver.

Jeff Myers led the Eagle Valley High School boys basketball team in scoring with 19 points in a win against Soroco. On the girls team, Kim Eaton tallied 41 points in two winning games against Soroco and Grand Valley.

Local cowboy Marty Forster of McCoy took third place in Steamboat Springs' annual "Cowboy Slalom," a ski event tied to the National Western Stock Show.

Assembly of the first of 16 pre-fabricated, "instant" houses was completed in Eagle's Kaibab Park subdivision. The two- or three-bedroom homes cost between $20,000 and $26,000.

Chet Shelton and Bob Howland of the Soil Conservation Service and John Almont of the U.S. Forest Service reported that snowpack in the Gypsum and Brush Creek valleys was about 26 inches deep and the water content was 122 percent of average.

Winnifred Julich sold her Diamond J. Restaurant, a popular eatery located three miles east of Eagle on U.S. Highway 6, to Charles Gershbach and Associates of Vail. The Diamond J complex, which included a restaurant, bar, liquor store, filling station and motel, was built in 1947 by Wayne and Ruth Jones. At one time, the restaurant was famed for its plate-size steaks.

Eagle Mayor John Hirz was urging town residents to support formation of a sewer district. The town was in violation of state regulations regarding discharges to "water courses."

An aerial search was conducted in the Radium/Sheephorn area for a downed plane carrying four Denver residents.

In McCoy, Marvin Layman got up three times during the coldest night of the year so he could be sure that his car would start and he could drive his daughters - Judy and Jeanne - to the McCoy Union Sunday School. Layman wanted to make sure he didn't jeopardize the girls' perfect attendance record.

Don Price and Charles Calkins of the U.S. Forest Service and Ross McLaughlin of the Soil Conservation Service reported that the McKenzie Gulch snow course readings averaged 11.4 inches, down 17 inches from the previous year.

EVHS basketball players Gene Slaughter and Tom Harris led the scoring in a 53-35 victory over Roaring Fork.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain recommended a cure for the many local residents who were suffering from a nasty influenza virus: a bottle of good spirits. "To be frank, we reached the stage where it was difficult to discern wherefrom we had developed such a red nose - whether it was from the virus or from the remedy," she wrote.

Local ranchers Jim Stephens, Orris Albertson, Albert Gates, Danny Rule and Leonard Horn represented the Eagle County Cattlemen's Association at some Colorado Legislature hearings.

George Steel, district manager of the State Game and Fish Department, was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Castle Peak Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.

Locals were warned to stay out of the area west of Homestake Creek on Tennessee Pass because Camp Hale troops were using the area as an artillery firing range.

The community was mourning the death of 85-year-old George Simeon "Doc" Yost. Yost was a pioneer who helped settle the area around Dotsero.

Elizabeth Squire, Vieva Squire, Bette Wright and Dee Moore were named editors of the Eagle High School yearbook.

Jane Elizabeth Dice reported that students from the Brush Creek School had collected one ton of scrap metal for the war effort, earning $8.88. The plan was to split the cash among all of the students.

An overheated stove started a fire at the Minturn Country Club building, but the dance floor escaped damage.

Colo. Gov. Edwin C. Johnson appointed Eagle attorney Hume S. White as judge for the Fifth Judicial District. His salary was $4,000 a year.

The Eagle River Valley American Legion Post 150 was planning a smoker at the Legion Hall. The main event scheduled was a three-round bout between Bert Daley and Dale Thompson. Other planned action included a fight pitting Harold Mulzie against Ellis "Bearcat" Bearden.

Jiggs Towndrow, Ralph Schuttler, Marvin Borah and Max Daley were slated to compete in wrestling matches during the Legion smoker.

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