February 19, 2014
1 YEAR AGO
Week of Feb. 21, 2013
Eagle River Station developers said that they were actively working on the project and were hoping to break ground on the new Interstate 70 interchange in 2014. Voters had approved the project in an early spring election.
The Eagle Town Board has amended the rules so that a senior care facility could be built at a prominent Eagle Ranch site.
The Eagle Valley High School Nordic Ski Team fared well at the state meet at Winter Park. The EVHS boys took third place in both the freestyle and classic events while the girls took fifth in freestyle and sixth in classic.
5 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 19, 2009
Brush Creek Elementary students participated in one of three greenhouse sessions at the campus greenhouse hosted by the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.
Eagle County reported that the population in Gypsum and Eagle grew by 7.6 percent and 11.8 percent respectively.
The Eagle County Airport was gearing for runway construction to extend and maintain the current runway.
The US Forest Service was evaluating a 10-year proposal to remove hazardous trees near roads, trails and recreation sites on the White River National Forest.
Eagle County Community Development was offering citizens the ability to apply for building permits, request permit inspections, and file online.
10 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 19, 2004
Mesa County was seeking to try a man in the 1998 death of a Gypsum girl Coty Vernon. There were a couple of witnesses who claimed the man confessed to killing Ms. Vernon and attorneys were asking the judge to determine if the first-degree murder charge should stand.
Columbine Market in Gypsum celebrated its seventh anniversary by giving away a shopping spree to a lucky raffle winner.
The Bluffs at Eagle offered 67 home sites in Phase II, with prices starting at $79,000.
Eagle County Crimestoppers was hosting a bachelor/bachelorette auction to benefit its program. Bachelors up for bid were 26-year-old Jeff Waltz, 27-year-old Josh Hotchkiss and bachelorette was 32-year-old Lisa Vasquez.
A Gypsum man complained to police that his estranged wife was writing checks on his bank account. One of the checks, for $1,000, caused an overdraft of the man’s account.
Eagle police were summoned to the Eagle Amoco Station for a report of an intoxicated man who refused to leave the store.
20 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 17, 1994
Developer Merv Lapin was proposing to build 51 single-family home sites immediately east of Eagle featuring large, streamside lots.
American Airlines was slated to begin daily summer flights to the Eagle County Airport.
A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 70 at Eagle, spilling large quantities of vanilla and pineapple extract on the road.
Among the locals competing in the Eagle County Literacy program’s first-ever “Spellabration,” a fund-raising spelling bee, was a team called the “Literate Librarians,” consisting of Amy Niswanger, Barb Romersheuser and Phyllis Finlay. Cheri Paller, Laurie Mactavish and Kathleen Forinash were representing the Alpine Bank team; and Pat Norman, Arlene Quenon, and Jean Johnson were spelling for the town of Eagle.
30 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 23, 1984
Eagle County purchased 63 acres of land owned by Clyde and Patricia Thomas adjacent to the county airport. The land would be used for the expansion of the airport. County Social Services Director Mabel Risch suggested that the ranch house could be used for a group foster home.
A group calling itself “People for Eagle” was seeking to boost economic development of the community. Don Welch of Edwards announced his candidacy for the District 2 county commissioner seat.
In a “Community Spotlight” feature, Eagle resident Virginia Rose, 63, talked about her first job working on a truck farm.
Margie Gates won the first prize at the Gypsum Fireman’s Ball — a half a beef. The Enterprise noted that the prize was just what the wife of a cattle rancher really needed.
40 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 21, 1974
Local realtor Dale Argubright proposed creation of a 122-unit trailer park on a 22.3 acre parcel west of Barz Trailer Park in Eagle.
For the second time in four months, Eagle County jail inmate Christian Lawless Harper escaped, after apparently sawing through the window bars with a hacksaw blade.
The Eagle County Planning Commission recommended approval of the 3,413 unit Beaver Creek development.
Adam’s Rib Mountain Planner Lefty MacDonald and General Manager Norm Montgomery were in the process of planning possible ski runs and lift locations for the proposed ski resort.
A truck loaded with canned soft drinks overturned on Highway 6 and 24 at Gypsum. EVHS students helped clean up the estimated 35,500 cans of soft drinks.
Devils’ basketball player Kent Wilson was the high man in a game against the Basalt Longhorns.
The Koonce Company opened a new automotive service center at the intersection of Highway 6 and Second Street in Eagle.
50 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 20, 1964
Four children, ages 10 months to four years, died in a house fire in Minturn. The parents were at work at the time of the accident, and had left the children in the locked house.
The Crater Rebekah Lodge of Gypsum was offering a “Dime-a-Dip” dinner. Participants could get all they wanted to eat by paying a dime for each dip of food.
J.L Mayne, Mike Knupp, Chris Koonce and Benny Quintana were the top scorers when the Eagle Valley “B” basketball team beat Kremmling.
Mrs. Jean Price entertained at a “Tea and Chatter.” Guests included Glenna Chambers Sieracki, Lola Chambers, Dorothy Watson, Vickie Hirz, Ella Bindley, Helen Paulson, Sophie Chanbers, Virinia Bowman, Sharon Paulson, and Anne Tomsic.
60 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 18, 1954
The Enterprise speculated that the ladies of Gypsum were doing a lot of talking. Telephone company records indicated that telephone receivers in Gypsum had been lifted off the hook 45,000 times since September.
Two different ranches in Burns were receiving television signals, the Ernest Halle Ranch on the south slope of King Mountain and the Luark Ranch north of Burns. The rest of the county was still awaiting a signal.
Yarmony Post 195 of the American Legion purchased the McCoy Garage from John Humiston for use as a Legion Hut.
The Eagle County School District was studying a couple of re-organization plans. One plan called for a single high school in the valley; while another plan called for two high schools, one in the upper valley and one in the lower valley.
70 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 18, 1944
Residents of the county were warned to be on the lookout for two German prisoners of war who had escaped from Camp Hale.
Sheriff Murray Wilson and a special railroad investigator were seeking the return of a bell taken from a derailed train engine at Eagle.
The community was mourning the death of Gypsum pioneer Ed Slaughter, described as “one of the most colorful characters who ever lived in the county.” He was considered the ‘boss’ of the Eagle County Democratic Party; and for many years was always the first person to cast his ballot in the Gypsum precinct.
Ronald Estes and Mildred Eichler were crowned king and queen of the Eagle County High School.
80 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb 23, 1934
Alfred Hendrickson was awarded a two-year contract for supervision of the county farm, replacing Johnny Anderson. The facility, located in Gypsum, offered shelter and care for aging residents of the county.
The platform of the district court in Eagle was extended to make more space for lawyers and officers of the court. County officials also announced that they had collected enough money to install seats in the courtroom.