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Representatives from RED Development laid out the specifics for the planned Eagle River Station project in Eagle. The proposal called for 649,000 square feet of commercial space including one large anchor tenant and 431 residential units.

Term-limited Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi announced he would run for Eagle Mayor during the Eagle municipal election.

Longtime Eagle County resident Virgil Newquist passed away at age 94. Friends remembered his remarkable self-sufficiency. Newquist lived in a small home that he heated with a wood stove. His water came from a spring and his electric power came from solar panels. Newquist didn't have television, preferring to spend his time reading or working on his memoirs. His only regular monthly bill was for telephone service.

Andrew, one member of Ed Oyler's large English Shire team, inspired a special feature. Andrew was dejected after his sister, Fergie, who he had never been separated from for his entire 14-year lifetime, died. When Oyler took Andrew to a Rifle farm so he could be around other English Shire horses, he met Nathan Jaffry, a 6-year-old boy who was battling cancer. The boy and the horse bonded and both began to heal - inspiring the tale titled "An Equine Valentine."

The Enterprise profiled several local lovebirds including longtime residents Mildred and Wiss Toomer. The Toomers met in their native state of Virginia and spent the first three years of married life there. But in 1954, Wiss accepted a job at the Benton Ranch in Burns. Life at the cow camp was an adjustment for Mildred but the Toomers made their home on the ranch and raised their three sons in that beautiful corner of Eagle County.

Steve Russell was hired as the director of the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District. He was chosen from a field of more than 200 applicants.

The Eagle Valley Turkey Federation and the Colorado Division of Wildlife transplanted a small group of 19 turkeys to the Cottonwood Pass area southwest of Gypsum.

A standing-room-only crowd convinced members of the Gypsum Planning Commission to turn down a proposal for 459 lots on a 150-acre parcel, owned by Dick Mayne, located south of town. Density, traffic and water were the key issues.

The Gypsum Town Council decided not to contract with the county for animal control services,

Margy Mayne of Gypsum placed second in the Mountain Man Winter Triathlon women's division. The "Girls from Eagle" team of Julie Hunter, Janet Ewing and Joan Harned, placed 15th.

George Hudspeth and Jim Skoronsky were the Colorado State Doubles Champions following a horseshoe tournament in Miliken.

The Denver Post named Eagle Valley High School punter Mike Reynolds to the All State team.

A 33-year-old Eagle man created havoc at the Eagle County Courthouse when he came in with a high-powered rifle and threatened to "blast the town up" if his friend, who had been arrested for DUI, was not released from the county jail. The man then headed out the door toward the jail, located across the street. Eventually Eagle Police Chief Dan Kneale found the man walking along U.S. Highway 6 near Berniece's Place and persuaded him to surrender. He was charged with felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and disorderly conduct.

Reacting to stiff opposition from the Eagle Town Board, the Eagle County Commissioners dropped plans to build a new jail downtown and began exploring sites at the Eagle Commercial Park.

EVHS wrestlers Ron Abbey, Steve Osterfoss, Victor Satterfield, Ray Bumgardner, Vance Haug and Mike Eaton were the top-seeded competitors going into the district tournament.

Gypsum citizens and the town council were debating whether to accept a federal grant for water system improvements. Some citizens felt the improvements were unnecessary, but Eagle County officials said samples from the town's system showed contamination.

Webelo Scouts Jerry Thompson, Tim Satterfield Steven Settles, Rusty Bumgardner, Dannie Kinnett, Tim Cazier and Darek Reikert, accompanied by leaders Dick Cazier and Larry Ferguson, toured the National Guard Armory at Grand Junction.

The Second Annual Snowmobile Races held on the Moser property on Brush Creek drew a crowd of local enthusiasts.

Local voters rejected a $50,000 school bond issue to finance construction of a high school at Wolcott and an elementary and a junior high school in Eagle. The high school location was cited as the reason for the election's failure.

Army personnel at Camp Hale were testing a new arsenal of cold weather weapons, primarily of the small-arms automatic variety. The Enterprise assured readers that no nuclear weapons were being tested.

Denny Eaton was elected president of the Eagle Chamber of Commerce. Bob McIlveen was chosen as vice president.

The Associated Press reported that the creation of Reudi Reservoir, as part of the Fyingpan-Arkansas water diversion project, would create a 1,000-acre lake and 100 miles of shoreline.

Rancher Glen Schmidt traded his ranch at Roggen for the former Hans Oleson place at Gypsum.

Koonce Chevrolet marked its 30th anniversary with a remodel. The business, located at Second Street and Broadway in downtown Eagle, had sold more than 3,000 cars during its three decades of operation.

Officials from the California Chamber of Commerce flew all the way to Eagle to sample a Colorado Trout dinner at the Diamond J Restaurant. Diamond J owner Frank Emmerling prepared the meal and locals Joe and Helen Allen, and Howard and Marilla McCain joined the visitors.

In service news, the Enterprise reported that three local young men - Alfred E. Boore, Bill Porter and Allan Nottingham - were stationed at Fort Riley, Kan., for basic training.

The Izaak Walton League advocated year-round fishing along the Eagle and Colorado rivers.

The Chambers Brothers Dairy installed a pasteurizing station capable of handling up to 3,000 quarts of milk per day. The improvements were prompted by a promise from Camp Hale authorities to purchase the Grade-A milk.

Local boys Clarence Victor Dump, Donald Reser and Henry Fox were inducted into the army.

Local block leaders were soliciting donations of card tables, playing cards, magazines, books, games and ashtrays for the troops stationed at Camp Hale.

A prisoner in the Red Cliff jail, while under the influence of alcohol, escaped after setting fire to the building. He was found a short time later near the train depot and transferred to the county jail in Eagle.

A three-round bout between Ellis Beardon "The Squaw Creek Tiger" and Harold Mulnix was the fan favorite at a smoker sponsored by the American Legion in Gypsum. "The two boys fought hammer and tongs from gong to gong. No decisions were given by the referee, but the ringside verdict on this bout was that it was a draw," reported the Enterprise.

During the break in the boxing, the crowd was entertained by tap dancers Evalyn Buchholz and Kathleen Simpson. After the smoker, Georgia Clark's orchestra provided music for a dance.


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