Ed Woodland was elected Eagle Mayor over Arn Menconi. Yuri Kostick, Roxie Deane and Kraige Kinney were elected to the Eagle Town Board. The election had generated a great deal of interest and a slate of eight candidates for the three board seats.Western Eagle County Ambulance District opened its new facility in Gypsum, located at 785 Red Table Drive.The Eagle Pharmacy and Nearly Everything Store completed a large remodel that included moving the pharmacy operation to a different part of the store and expanding the business's popular sporting goods department.Longtime local Republican activist Henri Stone got a chance to meet U.S. presidential candidate Senator John McCain during a fund-raising visit in Denver.
The Eagle Methodist Church ladies put their noodle-making skills into action for the benefit of local resident Everett Case. Case, a self-employed carpenter, suffered severe head trauma when he fell from a ladder. The purpose of the benefit was to help with Case's medical bills.Longtime Eagle resident and pilot Jim Politt and his three passengers - Antonio "Gapo" Rodriquez, Efrain "Tordo" Rodriquez and Serafin "Boli" Rodriquez - died in a small plane accident north of Mount Garfield in Mesa County. Politt, an experienced pilot, had made the trip hundreds of times. He was on a pleasure outing with the three cousins, who were working on his home.Eagle County native Thelma Wilson, 96, passed away. She was raised in Gypsum and graduated from Eagle County High School in 1924.
A 10-cubic yard rock fell from the north side of Glenwood Canyon and crashed into the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 near the Grizzly Creek exit. No vehicles were damaged.Longtime Eagle Fire Department volunteer Bill Jones retired. Fellow firefighters honored him with a plaque engraved with the words of advice Jones unfailingly offered fellow emergency workers when on a call: "$#*&%$*it, Be Calm!"Jack Ingstad of Edwards was named public information officer for Eagle County. Harry Silver of Colorado Mountain College's Eagle campus was transferred to the CMC Rifle campus.
At the request of Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson, the county commissioners approved a reorganization of the sheriff's office and added four corrections officers.Eagle Valley Enterprise readers sounded off about the value of community gossip columns by contributing letters to the editor. Residents of the Bull Pasture neighborhood were battling a proposal from the town of Eagle to develop a softball field in the subdivision's open space area.Citing concerns about location and traffic, the Eagle County Commissioners turned down a gravel pit proposed at the intersection of the Colorado River Road and Coffee Pot Road.
Eagle Mayor Bill Miller weighed in on the importance of having a swimming pool in the community. He named Fred Swanson, John O'Leary, John Bowman and Mike Encinas to a special pool committee to study the issue. Developers of the Kaibab subdivision offered to donate $50 per lot toward the pool construction effort.Eight candidates were vying for seats on the Eagle County School Board - Theodore Poliac Clark Ewing, Robert Havener, Harold Lippoldt, David Mott, Fred Collett, Virginia Crowley and Carl Dietz.Gypsum officials were upset when an unknown person left a dead horse at the town dump. Another hot topic in town was whether or not to install water meters in Gypsum.
Raging water on Egeria Creek caused considerable damage to the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks at Toponas. Ice jams were blamed for the washouts of two large fills and one bridge between Steamboat and Craig.Junior high students Joan Bennett and Sharon Eaton prepared their outstanding projects for the Eagle County Science Fair. Bennett completed a project detailing a human cell. Eaton's project was titled "Home Remedies, Then and Now."Bill Stephens was enjoying his spring break from Colorado State University. He brought a guest, Annaliese Burger, to go skiing at Vail.
Gypsum's newly appointed town marshal drew the ire of some locals with his "stern and rigid" traffic regulations. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain was particularly miffed about his ruling prohibiting wrong direction parking in residential areas. McCain called the requirement "un-neighborly."Local Navy man Lt. Bob Berger honored his hometown by making a couple of passes over the community in a jet he was piloting. The passes happened on a Saturday morning and he was headed out for an assignment in the Mediterranean.Eva Zavala of Gypsum won the annual Eagle County Spelling Bee.Boynton Auto Parks and Service installed Eagle's first-ever ice machine. The machine was capable of producing 5,000 cubes of ice per day.
Eagle residents organized the community's first-ever Cub Scouts pack. Gypsum residents were organizing their first Boy Scout pack. Eagle County raised $1,800 for the American Red Cross, overshooting the stated quota by more than $500.In service news, the Enterprise reported that brothers Robert, Russell and Sam Carter were serving on various fronts. Tom Baker of McCoy was posthumously awarded a purple heart. He was killed while serving with General Douglas MacArthur's troops in the South Pacific.Plans were under way for the marketing and planting of Eagle's pea crop. Plans called for about 500 acres of peas to be planted along Gypsum Creek, Brush Creek and the upper Eagle River valleys.
The Legion Hall at Gypsum was packed to capacity for a boxing smoker. The main event was a bout between Bert Dailey - The Gypsum Canon - and Dale Thompson of Sweetwater. Dailey was the winner. Ellis "Bearcat" Bearden edged out his opponent, Harold Mulnix.A vein of gold found near Basalt was generating headlines.Mildred Eaton, a student at the Lower Brush Creek School, was the champion at the county spelling bee. George Elliott of Red Cliff placed first in the county oratorical contest and Junior Slaughter of the Upper Gypsum School won honors for his penmanship.