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February 6, 2013
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Those were the days

Eagle officials were grappling with how to solve the community's worsening traffic problems. A comprehensive traffic study gave failing grades at several intersections during peak travel hours. Eby Creek Road was cited as the top concern.

Eagle County Schools hosted community focus groups as it launched the search for a new superintendent.

Temperatures dipped down to -15 on Jan. 31 in Eagle.

Two skijoring events were planned - one at 4Eagle Ranch and another at the VanCampen property east of Eagle. The Eagle event was a fund-raiser for Little Britches Rodeo.

Locals were complaining about traffic congestion at the Eagle Post Office. Town Engineer Vern Brock proposed adding mail drop-boxes on Broadway, along Market Street and at Eagle Ranch to help alleviate the problem.

Local snow depths were reported at 76 percent of the 30-year average. At the McKenzie Gulch snow course south of Eagle, the snow depth was 16.3 inches.

Eagle resident Mike Rix won the shooting title at the 2002 Creedmore World Championships in Raton, N.M. Rix specialized in long-range Creedmore shooting - a somewhat obscure, but growing sport.

Eagle County was exploring the possibility of building a recreation center in the Berry Creek area.

Robert E. "Dave" Tinsley was sentenced to 12 years in prison after a skirmish at a construction site south of Eagle. During the incident, Tinsley shot fellow worker Tyler Faulkner in the knee.

The Soil Conservation Service reported an average snow depth of 26.7 inches on the McKenzie snow course.

George Smith reported sighting a trumpeter swan on the Colorado River, halfway between Deep Creek and Dotsero.

Local athletes Joan Harned, Julie Hunter and Janet Ewing were preparing to compete as a team at Avon's Mountain Man Winter Triathlon.

Two inmates at the Eagle County Jail filed a $250,000 lawsuit against the county, citing below-standard conditions at the jail. The facility was located on the third floor of the downtown Eagle County Courthouse. Concurrently with the lawsuit, Jail Administrator Terry Hause resigned, saying he was tired of attempting to administer a facility that was inadequate.

The Soil Conservation Service reported a low snow year, with an average depth of 14.9 inches at the McKenzie Gulch snow course.

A planning consultant advised Eagle County against creation of a countywide transit system, saying the population disparity between the upper and lower valleys made mass transit impractical.

Eagle Ranch manager Mike Walch reported that cattle from the operation took top honors in the Sales breed competition at the National Western Stock Show.

Eagle County Undersheriff Tom Davis reported the recovery of approximately 100 pounds of marijuana from a car accident along Interstate 70.

The newly created Eagle Town Manager job drew 64 applications.

Gypsum librarian Mary Dougherty reported the facility had collected $17.92 in fines during 1972. That was the library's sole source of income for book collection.

Lester Jeremiah was named to the position of Eagle County Extension Agent. Beverly Kunkel was elected president of the Women's Society of Christian Service.

Harold Koonce was elected president of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce. Bob Shelton, Dick Miller and Jack Phillips were re-elected to the offices of vice president, secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Colorado Game and Fish Department Director Harry Woodward said plans to develop Yeoman Park vicinity water resources for recreation purposes was under consideration.

In overtime play, Eagle Valley High School's Gene Slaughter scored a basket and Loren Chambers hit two free throws to chalk up a victory over Battle Mountain High School.

The snow depth at the McKenzie Gulch course was 17 inches.

Eagle County stockman J. Perry Olsen was named Top Hand at a ceremony held during the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

Memorial services were scheduled for Tom Russell, Eagle's first Korean War victim.

A new John Deere tractor was on display at the Eagle Implement Company Store. The business offered a free lunch for local farmers and ranchers and a free showing of "Paradise with Buster" starring Buster Keaton, at the Eagle Theater.

A small airplane made a forced landing at Mayer Ranch, just south of Eagle. The pilot and his passenger were both uninjured. They were forced to land because a 55 mph headwind caused them to run out of fuel on their flight from Denver to Grand Junction.

Local soldier Lloyd Greve made a quick phone call to his father, John, during a troop train stop in Bond. The train was en route to Chicago.

In other service news, Squaw Creek resident Howard Bardsley was stationed with the Army Signal Corps at an undisclosed location and his brother, Harry David Bardsley, was fighting aboard a naval craft.

Ruth Martin and Myrtie Stephens presented a program titled "Good Grooming" at the Sweetwater Home Demonstration Club meeting.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Elliott from Gore Creek were furnishing three trucks of milk per day to the troops at Camp Hale.

Eagle County's new courthouse, designed by architect C. Francis Pillsbury, was completed. County employees were preparing for the move into the new building. County officials had been setting money aside for a new courthouse ever since the county seat moved to Eagle from Red Cliff in 1921.

Fifty citizens turned out to oppose a plan to consolidate all local schools in to a single school district.

Local residents were upset that many of the jobs on the Dotsero Cutoff project were going to an out-of-state contractor.

Louis "Diamond Jack" Alteri, a resident of the Sweetwater area, left the state in order to avoid serving a prison sentence for attempted murder. Alteri was convicted of attempting to shoot and kill a salesman at a Glenwood Springs hotel. Alteri, widely identified as a gangster, presumably headed to his former stomping grounds in Chicago.

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