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Week of April 17, 2008

The Eagle River Station commercial/residential project proposed on the east end of Eagle submitted a revised plan. The new proposal featured building heights reduced from five stories to three stories and a 77,500 square-foot reduction in the amount of commercial space in the development.

The Eagle Public Library was eying a 9,000 square-foot addition, providing it could work out finances for construction.

Matthew Grewe's car placed first in Boy Scout Pack 229's pinewood derby competition.

Week of April 17, 2003

Stephen Rodriquez, owner of El Tejano Club in Eagle, appealed his conviction on three municipal alcohol offense charges. The appeal required a taped transcript of all testimony given at the town trial, but there was a problem, because the recording equipment at Eagle Town Hall had failed. The town was examining the tapes to see if the information could be recovered.

Longtime resident and local fishing guide Joe Macy was the featured speaker at an Eagle Public Library program. Macy shared the story of his adventures on the Two Yurts River in far eastern Russia, an 800-mile peninsula attached to Siberia.

The Eagle Valley High School track team dominated at the West Grand Meet in Kremmling. The first-place boys team scored almost 50 points higher than the nearest competition. Standout performances came from Brad Gamble, Alex Gamble, Jake Brock, Everet Minett, Lyle Lottman, Clay Griffith and Dan Lewis. The EVHS girls placed second at the meet.

The EVHS girls soccer team was ranked sixth in the state in Class 3A. They posted a win over Aspen behind great play by Samantha Phillips, Brooke Baughfman, Audrey Powell and Stephanie Morris.

Week of April 15, 1993

The manager of the Loaf-N Jug convenience store on Fairgrounds Road in Eagle was on a coffee break when an unmanned 1973 Ford pickup rolled through the business's front window. No one was hurt in the incident.

The Greater Eagle Fire Department started construction on a 2,200 square-foot addition that included separated truck bays.

Eagle Scout Donald Mayne completed his community project: a barbecue pit at the Gypsum Church of Latter Day Saints.

Sotera Perez was starring as Linus in the Eagle Valley High School production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."

EVHS baseball players Nick Luchycky, Kory Kempton and Mike Reynolds all hit home runs in a weekend tournament at Glenwood Springs.

Week of April 14, 1983

For the first time, a signal for a public radio station was transmitted from a tower on Castle Peak.

Prisoner Charles Eric Hendke, 19, escaped from the Eagle County Jail after he overpowered a lone jailer during a midnight cell block check. His cell had reportedly been left unlocked earlier in the day. Headke was apprehended in Avon six hours later, after he made a taunting call to searching sheriff's deputies, using a two-way radio he had stolen when he escaped.

EVHS track team member Sandy Mott won the 100-meter and 300-meter low hurdles at the Basalt meet.

Benny and Janet Rivera and baby daughter Autumn moved into the Robichaud house at Sweetwater.

Week of April 19, 1973

Chuck Shafer was chosen to be Eagle first town manager. Shafer was the owner of a camera and photo shop in Vail, and he had a college degree in business management.

The Eagle Town Board was contemplating purchase of the city block that contained the old Eagle High School building, located across Broadway from the Eagle County Courthouse, for future municipal use. There was concern that the asking price - $272,000 - was too high.

Burns rancher John Benton, president of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, discussed rising beef prices.

EVHS senior Kathy Chandler was awarded a prestigious Boettcher scholarship.

Week of April 18, 1963

High winds and unusually dry weather prompted Sheriff Jim Seabry to warn residents to use extra care with outdoor fires.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain lauded the newly formed Eagle Valley Jaycees for their first project. They built a backstop at the ball diamond in Gypsum. The field had lights for night games and McCain said project was "a progressive move."

The Jaycees also planned to erect two lighted billboards - one at Dotsero and one east of Eagle with the message, "Welcome to the best hunting, fishing and skiing in Colorado."

Gypsum Town Marshall Bob Orr caught three teenage boys from the Front Ranch siphoning gasoline from a town truck. When Orr approached the trio, the boys took off on a chase that lasted for two hours. They were eventually captured when they showed up at the Glen Schmidt ranch, asking to use the telephone.

Week of April 16, 1953

Cpl. Larry Russell of Eagle was one of nine Colorado Marines participating in special A-bomb maneuvers at Camp Desert, Nev.

Albert Gates was elected president of the Burns Stockmen. Orris Albertson was chosen as vice president and Frank Gates was secretary.

Frank Emmerling announced the re-opening of the Diamond J dining room, after a month of kitchen remodels.

Harline Nicols submitted the winning name for Castle Peak Dairy's homemade ice cream: Castle Treat.

Week of April 16 1943

Soldier Duane Larson wrote in a letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Larson, that he was stationed "somewhere" in Africa. Lt. William Thatcher of Eagle County was enrolled in the Army Air Force pre-fight school.

The Gypsum Town Council posted a notice asking residents to plant Victory Gardens in vacant lots around the town. The town board also requested that citizens refrain from allowing poultry and livestock to roam freely through the community.

Twenty-two students at the Eagle County High School received perfect attendance awards.

Week of April 14, 1933

A minstrel show and grand ball benefiting the Eagle Baseball Club was planned at the Woodmen of the World Hall.

Sheriff Murray Wilson arrested a man and a woman who were accused of stealing gas from the Otis Ping station pumps. The same couple was suspected of involvement in the theft of more than 700 gallons of gas from a railroad construction camp near McCoy.

Following a big snow storm, robins and red-winged blackbirds swarmed into Eagle by the hundreds. Five inches of snow fell in Eagle and 12 inches were reported at the power plant in Gypsum canyon.


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