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Week of March 20, 2008Eagle County officials were considering a plan to rename the local airport. Commissioner Arn Menconi noted that the name "Vail" was more recognizable than the name "Eagle County."Eagle kids Jensen and Porter Rawlings, together with their grandparents, Bob and Patty Dorf, were the special guests of astronaut Garrett Reisman for the March 11 launch of the space shuttle Endeavor. Eagle County Democrat Debbie Marquez was a "super delegate" as the party headed into the 2008 election season. She was originally a supporter of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, but when he dropped out of the race, she transferred her support to Barack Obama.Eagle Valley High School alum Ben Clock released a CD titled "Tick." He described his music as a combination of improvisation, jazz and rock.

Week of March 20, 2003Valley View Hospital in Glenwood and the Vail Valley Medical Center signed an agreement to build a new consolidated medical facility at a 10-acre site at Eagle Ranch.More than 50 local residents turned out in Eagle for a march to protest the proposed U.S. invasion of Iraq. A counter protest in support of the invasion drew about a half-dozen supporters.Gypsum officials handed Eagle County Sheriff's deputy Bob Silva the keys to a 2003 Ford Expedition. The new patrol car was part of the town's contract with the sheriff's office for law enforcement services.A crowd of 80 friends and family members gathered to celebrate Melissa Tresize's 90th birthday. She thoroughly enjoyed her party, as did the many guests. "Everyone was visiting up a storm," she said.

Week of March 18, 1993Eagle County was working with a Denver developer, Corum Real Estate, on the Lake Creek Apartments - a 270-unit employee housing project located at Edwards. Average monthly rents at the complex were estimated to be in the $890 range.Newly elected Eagle County Commissioner James Johnson defended himself from critics as additional details from his past became public.B&B Excavating donated $20,000 toward the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District's project to develop a ballpark complex at the Eagle County Fairgrounds property. Four Eagle Valley High School seniors - Josh Fitzsimmons, Ray Foral, Pate Freeland and Zac Stratton - took first place in the school's Devils Against Drinking and Drugs Talent Contest.

Week of March 17, 1983Upset parents showed up at an Eagle County School Board meeting to protest proposed cuts to the EVHS music program. The Community United Methodist Church in Eagle was torn down to make room for a new building. Mark Hoza, a 105-pound wrestler from Eagle Valley Middle School, pinned his opponent in a match at Minturn. Other EVMS wrestling winners included Mike Schultz, Randy Garcia, Davey Mott, Mike Guseman and Eric Birlew.Gene Trump pulled a 5.5-pound rainbow trout out of Sweetwater Lake.

Week of March 22, 1973EVHS students Barbara Black and Kathy Chandler were finalists for the annual Climax scholarship. Extra heavy traffic was reported along Interstate 70 as sight-seers traveled to the Colorado high country to drive through the newly opened Eisenhower Tunnel. The Colorado Department of Highways announced Loveland Pass would remain open during the remainder of the winter and the coming summer to offset the increased traffic.Mrs. Leona Brett of Edwards, the owner of the oldest continuously operated family ranch in Eagle County, received the Century Farm/Ranch Family Award. Her father-in-law, Joe Brett, was an immigrant from France who began homesteading the property at the base of Lake Creek back in 1883. Starr Doll's tulips were already blooming through the snow.

Week of March 21, 1963A fire in Red Cliff destroyed the Holy Cross Garage and an adjacent home. Both buildings were considered local landmarks. The same night as the fire, two local men, ages 17 and 18, were arrested after breaking into Johnny's Liquor Store and taking large quantities of vodka and whiskey.Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain reported the first day of spring brought in a pleasing temperature of 60 degrees.A group of local ranchers voted to join a consumer's co-op organization, a decision that caused concern among some local business owners.EVHS sophomore Jim Watson was named to the Colorado River Valley Basketball League. Bill Harris was named to the second team and Ron Schuttler and John Fenno received honorable mention.

Week of March 19, 1953Lucile Lieber reported she was already picking pansies from her flower beds. Harry Odgers at the Eagle Pharmacy discovered an old bottle of Dr. Williams Pink Pills for Pale People.The Colorado State Legislature was working on a bond issue bill to finance construction of a highway tunnel under the Continental Divide.In service news, Bob Beaver of Minturn - who had been on furlough visiting his mother, Opal Starr - left to report back for active duty. Joe Dice was promoted to the rank of private first class. George Dickerhoof of the Flying D Ranch in the Gypsum Creek Valley was serving in Korea with the Navy. His brother, Robert Dickerhoof, was at a Navy boot camp in San Diego.

Week of March 19, 1943Mr. and Mrs. Wayne T. Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Ben White, A.B. Koonce and William Stanley represented Eagle County on a 12-county Red Cross Council.Eighteen young women from Eagle were guests at the 87th Infantry Ball at Camp Hale. The girls from Eagle included Marguerite Koonce, Arlene Guire, Jean Hart, Judy Allen, Hester Robertson, Shirley Wilson, Georgia Nimon, Bette Wright, Dorothy Jeanne Whitlock, Virginia Hornig, Barbara Gleason, Dee Moore, Lorraine Norgaard, Lena Terry, Peggy Blakesley, Kathleen O'Rourke, Roberta Stanton and Vieva Squires.Mildred Eichler and Fred Fessenden represented Eagle County at the Colorado Young Citizens League Conference in Denver.

Week of March 17, 1933Banker J.D. Allen was the happiest man in town when federal regulators lifted a nationwide 10-day banking holiday order. The First National Bank of Eagle reported brisk activity with large deposits and no unusually large withdrawals on the first day of business following the order. The Enterprise declared the local bank was "as sound as a dollar."Miner S.A. (Sky) Hammond was seriously injured at the Tip Top Mine located three miles from Red Cliff when he was caught by a delayed dynamite charge.The Eagle High School champion basketball team was honored during a reception hosted by the local chamber of commerce. Government trapper Ira Carpenter killed a 140-pound mountain lion northeast of Eagle near Red Mountain Ranch.

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