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Week of April 10, 2008

Voters in Gypsum re-elected incumbents Tom Edwards and Gary Lebo and selected newcomer Kyle Hall to fill the vacancy created when Chris Estes decided not to run again.

A front-page story featured Tred Barta, star of the Versus channel television show "The Best and Worst of Tred Barta." His television show featured deep sea fishing and longbow hunting adventures.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District offered a curling class at the Eagle Ice Rink. Participants included Jenika Doberstien of Eagle and Sheryl Staten of Gypsum.

Hilary Elise Henry of Eagle was one of 53 high school seniors nationwide selected for the Robertson Scholars Class of 2012 at Duke University.

Week of April 10, 2003

Brad Kohrmann, a volunteer with the Greater Eagle Fire Department, returned to town after spending two weeks in east Texas searching for pieces of the space shuttle Columbia. The shuttle had broken apart during its re-entry flight.

The Eagle Town Board told residents of the Eby Creek Mesa subdivision that the community could not afford approval of their annexation request. Because they were charged out-of-town water rates, Eby Creek residents paid a total of $67,000 for water services from the town. In contrast, if their properties were annexed, the town would net $31,000 in property taxes, less than half the potential loss from the lower in-town water rates the subdivision would receive.

The Eagle Valley High School baseball team was off to a hot start with a 9-0 record. The young pitching corps included Chris Lopez, Steven Evancho, Evarito Para and Sean Bartlett.

Jon Stavney, Jared Biniecki and Jon Kedrowski were the top gunners in the WECMRD men's basketball league.

Week of April 8, 1993

In an effort to whittle down their annual subsidy for the Eagle County Airport, the county commissioners instituted a $3 per passenger facility fee for commercial flights. The commissioners hoped the fee would help offset the $30,000 to $100,000 annual county subsidy for airport operations.

Snow depths at McKenzie Gulch south of Eagle measured 27.3 inches, 118 percent of average. Record snow accumulations and a late spring thaw were causing problems in some Eagle neighborhoods.

Gypsum Town Manager Cletus Burgess resigned to accept another position in Texas.

Thirteen-year-old Chad Eaton had a great game souvenir - a baseball that Rockies outfielder Alex Cole tossed to him during a spring training game in Tucson.

Week of April 7, 1983

The Eagle County Commissioners petitioned the state to conduct an in-depth study of pollution sources along the Eagle River in the Gilman/Red Cliff area.

The U.S. Postal Service was looking for a new post office site in Eagle.

The county was considering spending $468,000 for a temporary, modular jail while the new justice center was under construction.

Eagle Valley High School trackster Tim Vaughn placed second in the 50-yard high hurdles at a meet in Leadville. Sophomore Lenny Roundtree placed second in the 50-yard dash and third in the 160-yard dash.

The Soil Conservation Service reported 22.2 inches of snow at the McKenzie Gulch course south of Eagle.

Week of April 5, 1973

In an effort to be democratic, the Eagle County School Board offered students the chance to submit name suggestions for the new elementary school located at Dowd Junction. The kids overwhelmingly supported the name "Whiskey Creek Primary School" with the name "Cool School" coming in second. The board overruled these choices and selected the name "Meadow Mountain Elementary School."

Barbara Black, daughter of Warren and Virginia Black of Eagle, was awarded the Climax Molybdenum Company Scholarship.

Terry Nunn resigned his seat on the Eagle Town Board and Miguel Encinas was appointed to fill the vacancy.

Colorado Rep. Jim Johnson introduced a bill to establish the Flat Tops Wilderness Area spanning the Routt and White River National Forests. His bill called for wilderness designation for 212,716 acres.

Week of April 11, 1963

Eagle and Gypsum voters were both set to go to the polls to vote on sewer treatment construction bond issues. Both towns were discharging raw, untreated sewage into the Eagle River.

The Colorado Highway Department was taking bids to pave Highway 131 between Wolcott and State Bridge.

Eagle County announced some ambitious new paving plans, including a proposal to blacktop the Colorado River Road to the mouth of Sweetwater Creek, pave Brush Creek Road to the forks and pave Valley Road to the mouth of Gypsum Canyon.

Local businessman Harold Koonce delivered a speech about Eagle County's economy for members of the U.S. Foreign Service Institute.

Week of April 9, 1953

The Eagle County Commissioners scheduled a meeting with Brush Creek Valley ranchers to discuss oiling the roadway through the area.

Rancher Stanley Haracek of Sheephorn Creek reported the birth of a calf with three eyes, two noses and two upper jaws. The Enterprise reported the animal appeared to be healthy.

Meanwhile, Spraule Ranch manager Joe Worely reported that one of the hens at the Brush Creek operation had laid a five-ounce egg. The egg measured eight inches in girth. "Biddy is still alive," the Enterprise reported.

Week of April 8, 1943

Bishop Wilber E. Hammaker of Denver was headed to Eagle for the dedication of the newly remodeled Eagle Community Methodist Church. Church members were busy installing hymnal racks and cleaning the church windows in anticipation of the event. The remodel project cost $8,000

Banker J.D. Allen of Eagle was heading up the Second Loan War Drive. The county's designated fund-raising goal was $96,800.

Gore Creek Rancher D.D. Kellogg and his son, Col. Arlo Kellogg, sold their ranch to the Frank Hass family.

Former Deputy County Clerk Tommy McBreem was serving with the U.S. Army in the Pacific. Thomas Edward Shue of Bond was a new Navy recruit.

The town of Eagle marked its 38th anniversary. Enterprise publisher Adrien Reynolds described Eagle as "a community that promises to keep growing."

Week of April 7, 1933

Suspected bootlegger Walter S. Kennedy burned to death inside his cabin at Deep Creek Canyon. His body was found by two potential customers, who found Kennedy next to a barrel of mash and a crude still inside the cabin. Sheriff Murray Wilson determined that the fire likely started when a very inebriated Kennedy lit a pipe and threw the match near a three gallon jug of gasoline.

Dots Theater opened in Dotsero with a showing of "American Madness" starring Walter Houston. Admission was 15 cents and live music was performed by the Goldolians.


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