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April 24, 2013
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Those were the days

Four friends and co-workers from the Vail Public Works Department - Donna Arnold, John Gallegos, Dave Ortiz and Leonard Sandoval - returned to the valley after a successful assent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

The Eagle County Commissioners were waffling on the proposal to rename the Eagle County Regional Airport. Commissioner Arn Menconi favored renaming the facility Vail International Airport, but other residents were adamantly opposed to any renaming effort.

Ali Gulick and Hunter Blevins were crowned Eagle Valley High School Prom Queen and King. Eric Kline and Molly Smith were the attendants.

John Bronn was the recipient of the Eagle County Historical Society's Nimon-Walker Award.

The town of Eagle launched its search for a new police chief. Tom Dalessandri was hired as a consultant to help conduct the search.

Former Eagle County Library Director Roberta Depp was honored with the 2003 Nimon-Walker Award, recognizing her efforts in preserving Eagle County history.

Charlie Hoehn and Erin Sterkel, self proclaimed Cotton Ranch "course rats," anchored the EVHS girls golf team.

Travis Hansbarger and Katie Lovell were crowned EVHS Prom King and Queen.

The team from Jerry's Master Janitorial won the Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District Men's A league Basketball title. Team members included Lorenzo Sandoval, Jerry Smith, Johnny Sandoval, Matt Jones, Matt Turner, Treavor Theelke, Matt Royer, Mike Smith and Dave Smith.

Students in Dave Scott's video class at EVHS produced the school's first-ever video yearbooks.

The Gypsum Town Council annexed a 50-acre parcel owned by Dr. Michael Hoffman near the Eagle County Airport.

The Eagle County Commissioners approved plans for a gravel mining operation and private golf course development at Wolcott.

EVHS pitcher Mike Reynolds hurled a no-hitter against Roaring Fork. Tracksters Alan Bigelow, Jimmy Drinkard, Joe Roybal and Thad Gates placed third in the 4X100 meter relay, just .29 seconds off the school record.

Eagle Ranch applied for a zone change for 413 acres located adjacent to the town of Eagle. Ranch owners wanted approval to develop 10-acre parcels in the area. Planner Terrill Knight was working on the proposal.

Colorado Mountain College launched a law enforcement state certification program.

Eagle County purchased a 10.4-acre site at the Eagle Commercial Park to develop a jail. The purchase price was $433,199.

Berniece's Place bartender Jon Jon Asper raised $2,884 in the MS Society's "World's Ugliest Bartender Contest."

Reversing an earlier decision, the Gypsum Town Council voted to reject a federal grant for a new water system. The majority of the board members felt the current town system was adequate. Mayor Evan Mayne termed the action "old fogey-ism."

Marvin Hornbaker was advertising for employees for a new restaurant in Eagle.

Edwards residents were exploring mosquito control options with the help of Eagle County Sanitarian Erik Edeen.

Local Colorado State Patrolman Tack Prendergast was instrumental in the recovery of a stolen car. Prendergast first noticed the suspect vehicle while covering a car accent, then tracked it down to a unit at the Kay-Lee Cabins in Gypsum. The driver was found asleep inside one of the cabins, with the keys to the stolen car in his possession.

The new Colorado State Highway Department building in Eagle was nearing completion. The building was located between Harrison's Restaurant and the Glen Chambers residence.

Eagle resident Mick Randall was getting some attention for his homemade fishing hooks. He called the devices the "Eagle Claw" and they were specifically designed to pull in big fish. Rumor had it a wholesale manufacturer was interested in mass producing the huge, gaudy hooks.

Dean Ewing, president of the Castle Peak Izaak Walton League, announced that the new trap range two miles west of Gypsum was complete and ready for members' use.

Local auctioneer Tom Pearch was headed to Montrose to help with the sale of equipment from two abandoned narrow-gauge railroads.

Ben Wurtsmith, after a furlough at Burns, returned to Army duty at Fort Sill, Okla. Other local men stationed at Fort Sill included Gypsum residents Leslie Bertroch, Ed Dougherty and Andy Gerard.

A fire at the Art Sutton Ranch on the Colorado River destroyed all of the ranch buildings and threatened the Sutton home.

Soldiers from Camp Hale were scheduled to come to the Eagle Theater to entertain locals with music and singing.

Mrs. Louise Nesthouse, county chair of the War Fund Committee, was credited with raising $6,123 toward the national effort. That amount was more than 300 percent higher than the county's quota.

Sgt. Robert Riggle of Gilman was training with a bombardier group out of Waterboro, S.C. Lt. Fred Robinson of Gilman was serving on an island near Hawaii and his brother, Sgt. Franklin Robinson, was serving somewhere in the tropics.

George Carlow of Eagle purchased the Calvick Cafe.

A fire of uncertain origin destroyed the Dotsero theater and dance hall. Owners Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gordon reported an estimated loss of $5,000. The Gordons had opened their building the previous fall when Dotsero experienced a construction boom related to the Dotsero railroad cuttoff project. Dances, boxing bouts and shows were organized at the building weekly for crews at the construction camp.

William Kiley was building a new gas filling and service station at the Buchhoz corner lots on Second and Broadway in Eagle.

Citing the costs of national dues during hard times, the local chapter of the Izaak Walton League disbanded. Area sportsmen decided to form a local rod and gun club. H.K. Brooks, Adrien Reynolds and William Meehan were among the effort's organizers.

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