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Week of Feb. 14, 2013

Eagle County 4-H Volunteers were pleased to announce the return of the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed 4-H Benefit, which was to be held at the Eagle River Center.

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls were looking for new volunteers and skaters to learn the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.

A joint meeting of the Eagle Town Board and the Gypsum Town Council touched on issues both communities share.

The valley’s first school-based health care clinic opened at Avon Elementary School. Doctors Plus Kids Care was designed to provide affordable health care to Eagle County students.


Week of Feb. 12, 2009

The new Brush Creek Saloon was set to open its doors. Brush Creek Building owner Wendy Saks had looked into renovating the old location, but it was just too old to salvage. The original building was the Woodman Hall, built in 1898. A McIlveen family mural was salvaged from the old Brush Creek Saloon and displayed in the new establishment.

The United States Census Bureau was searching for several temporary workers in the area.

Local law enforcement offices identified a mysterious white powder that was mailed in an envelope to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office as Jello-brand instant vanilla pudding.

The town of Eagle was conducting research to launch a new curbside recycling program.


Week of Feb. 12, 2004

A leak in a refrigerant line at the Eagle Ice Rink temporarily closed the facility. Automatic sensors at the rink detected a leak of anhydrous ammonia from a compressor, prompting a 911 hazardous materials response. No one was injured.

Cotton Ranch developers Tim and Mara Garton sold a 142-acre upper mesa area to the Santa Fe, N.M. firm that was guiding the county-sponsored affordable housing project at Miller Ranch in Edwards. The $6.9 million sale was brokered by Eagle County Commissioner Tom Stone.

Eagle residents Anita Ortiz and Karen Gallagher were honored at the Sportswomen of Colorado banquet in Denver. Ortiz was singled out for her excellence in mountain running and Gallagher was honored for her tennis accomplishments.

Lifelong Eagle area resident Wayne Randall died. Before his death Randall penned a short autobiography in which he noted “I loved the mountains and hunting and fishing. I spent all the time I could walking and riding in the mountains.”


Week of Feb. 10, 1994

District Attorney Pete Michaelson was looking into allegations that developers of the Adam’s Rib project compromised a member of the Eagle County Planning Commission by offering him work with the project.

The Gypsum Town Council approved an annexation petition for the Cotton Ranch residential and golf course development.

Margie Gates announced her intent to retire as county nursing director. She had worked as a county nurse for 30 years.

Ten members of the Eagle Valley High School ski team were headed to state competition: Jamie Wilson, Merilee Cosgrove, Nicole Thompson, Judie Helbron, Judd Shaeffer, Shawn Jones, Tug Birk, Griffy Wright, Phil Cantrel, and Rhett Rucker.

A proposal to name the commercial park near the Eagle County Airport “Vail Gateway” was raising the hackles of some downvalley locals. They were lobbying for a more local name.


Week of Feb. 16, 1984

The Eagle Town Board was seeking Congressional assistance in their quest to keep the post office located on the south side of Highway 6.

The town of Gypsum was in the process of taking over sanitation operations from the local sewer district.

An Eagle-based radio station, KGMJ, was scheduled to start operation in the spring. Corporate officials were George and Gloria Jones and Janet Hesseltine.

Eagle County’s Home Rule Study Committee voted 9-5 against the adoption of home rule by the county.

Ken Long and Ray Tencza organized the “Snowball Challenge” winter softball game in Eagle. Players used skis and ice skates in the game.

Five EVHS wrestlers were headed to the state tournament: Rick Bumgardner, Matt Qualls, Mike Osterfoss, Nathan Bryant, and Kyle Eddings.

Eagle resident James Miller placed sixth in the Mountain Man Triathlon.


Week of Feb. 14, 1974

The Eagle County School Board was working with the county planning commission on a policy that would require developers to donate land or cash for school purposes.

Eagle County was exploring options for a dog control program.

A film production crew turned up at the Eagle County Airport to film a scene for a feature-length movie titled “The Ultimate Thrill.” The film, starring Britt Eklund, was described as an action-adventure which incorporated a “psychological melodrama”

Colorado Division of Wildlife officers Dave Hoart and Bill Heicher reported that five-mile stretch of deer fence along I-70 east of Eagle had reduced road kill by 75 percent.

Mary Walker hosted a surprise 17th birthday party for her daughter Gracie Ehlert.


Week of Feb. 13, 1964

The valley was inundated with new snow. The Enterprise reported a foot of new snow in Vail; and several inches in the lower valley.

Celebrity visitors to the new ski town of Vail included James Arness, the star of the popular television series “Gunsmoke.”

EVHS students Kathy Schmidt of Gypsum and Cliff Fenno of Eagle received superior ratings in the Colorado River League oratory meet.

More than 200 people turned out for a Boy Scout Week chili supper, forcing the organizers to buy additional chili from a local restaurant. Organizers of the event were Don Price, Charles Caulkins, John August and Maurice Keen. Scouts Richard Deane, Larry Bagley, Chris and Hal Koonce and Mike Knupp helped serve the food.

The Colorado State Library System announced that it would initiate new public libraries and strengthen present service in Eagle County, including library demonstrations in Basalt and Vail.


Week of Feb. 11, 1954

For the second election cycle in a row, a lack of interest prompted the town of Eagle to cancel the town’s election. Instead, the existing officers, would remain in place: Mayor D.E. Johnson; and board members Joe Rule, C.J. DeGraw, Don Knupp, Fred Colby, Lloyd Greve, and Harold Koonce.

Snow survey results from the Fiddler Gulch snow course at the head of the Eagle River were the lowest in five years with 32 inches of snow.

A Denver Post photo feature focused on the California Zephyr “luxury” train traveling the Dotsero Cut-off.

In service news, Jim Ping returned from Korea for a visit with this family. Cpl. Larry Beyers of Eagle was headed home after a stay in Japan.

Meleta Wilson and Tom Pearch were appointed exclusive representatives for the United Farm Agency.


Week of Feb. 11, 1944

Staff Sergeant Raymond (Shorty) Reynolds, an armored gunner for the Army, was awarded an oak leaf cluster for his service in the South Pacific. Reynolds had been a valued employee at Red Mountain Ranch in Eagle.

George N. Yost, son of Dotsero Postmaster Frances Yost, was called into service as an aviation cadet. He was headed to Kuster Field in Biloxi, Miss.

Sgt. Clair Bertroch of Gypsum was stationed on the Island of Corsica.

The Squaw Creek School raised $1,050 worth of stamps and bonds at a bingo and auction party.

The Eagle Grade School basketball team posted a 36-2 win over Gypsum. Team members were Ivan Blakesley, Wayne Cowden, Larry Byers, Neil Fessenden, John Luby, Nickie Palese, Bobby Randall, Jimmy Rule, and Willard Wilson. Eldon Wilson was the coach.


Week of Feb. 16, 1934

A boxing match between Matt Daley of Gypsum and Bull Yingling of Rifle ended in a decision for Daley after 10 rounds. The real audience pleaser, however, was a match between Charles Chadin of Sweetwater and Bearcat Bearden of Squaw Creek. The judges declared their fight a draw.

The student body of Eagle County High School turned out to see an “Our Gang” comedy picture show at the school.

The community was mourning the death of William Perry Mayer, a local rancher and pioneer of the county. At his request, he was buried in the Mayer plot at the edge of the Eagle Cemetery.

The Eagle School orchestra was performing at the Eagle County oration contest. The band was to play “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “In Cloud Land,” featuring Darrell Barnes in a saxophone solo.

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