February 27, 2014
1 YEAR AGO
Week of Feb.28, 2013
Eagle County commissioners approved a 10-year contract to accept ash from a wood-burning biomass plant that was being built in Gypsum.
Eagle Valley High School Senior Andy Armstrong compiled a perfect season with a perfect ending when he won a Colorado State Wrestling Championship in Denver.
Also in Denver, the Eagle Valley Enterprise won the Editorial Sweepstakes Award for Class II weekly newspapers at the Colorado Press Association annual convention.
A local business contacted Eagle Police when an employee received rude and obscene voice messages at work. The calls were made during the early morning hours, before the business was open.
The Eagle Valley High School boys basketball team hosted Erie High School in the first round of district playoffs.
5 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 26, 2009
It was announced that curbside recycling would begin on April 1 in Eagle.
The town of Eagle toughened its water rules. The board unanimously voted to change its long-term voluntary program to a mandatory one.
Eagle Valley Middle School teacher Will Thompson allowed his head to be shaved – and his hair was way past shoulder-length— because students collected $2,000 for the Pennies for Patients program.
Eagle Mayor Ed Woodland was offering a “Lunch with the Mayor” open discussion at the Broadway Café.
10 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 26, 2004
The Eagle County School District was searching for a location for its alternative high school, Red Canyon High School. Officials were meeting to explore either leasing or purchasing the Colorado Mountain College Eagle building for a RCHS site.
A Dotsero woman was held for a mental health evaluation after she threw the family cat into a burning fireplace.
EVHS boys and girls basketball teams advanced in the playoffs. Kyle Green and Ross Herr were named to the all-state ski team and the Devils also sent eight wrestlers to the state tournament and came home with four medals.
Red Hill Elementary School Students of the Month for January were Rafael Macias and Matthew Kottenstette.
Eagle County Schools Superintendent John Brendza jumped in to substitute teach for EVH head basketball coach Phil Cain’s classroom during a substitute teacher shortage at the school.
20 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 24, 1994
A citizen’s group was threatening to recall school board members Dan Corcoran and Don Marks. The targeted officials said the move was related to a decision to fire the previous superintendent.
Downvalley business owners, while voicing support for summer air service to the Eagle County Airport, were more hesitant about a proposal that requested cash donations for the effort.
Three people pulled petitions for the Gypsum Town Council seat.
A group of parents were meeting to discuss the creation of a charter school in Eagle County.
The community was mourning the death of retired U.S. Forest Ranger Don Price.
Eagle volunteer firefighters Jon Asper and Anne Johnson bumped into Colorado Governor Roy Romer while shopping for snacks at the Loaf and Jug. Nobody was sure why the governor was hanging out there.
Plumbers, caught in the idle of a conflict between the state and the county, walked off the job at the Lake Creek affordable housing project.
30 YEARS AGO
Week of Mar. 1, 1984
The Eagle Town Board sent a letter to Congressman Ray Kogovsek urging him to help persuade U.S. Postal Service officials to locate their new, expanded facility in downtown Eagle.
A team known as “Dotsero University” took the championship in the Eagle Co-Rec Volleyball Tournament. Team members were Steve Mann, Tori Ross, Doug and Tia Sterkel, Jeff and Susan Shreeve, Frank Mayfield and Steve Jones.
The Lady Devils starting lineup for the district basketball game included Kim Eaton, Marcie Smith, Colleen Hartle, Raenne Will, and Lanie Bryant.
Enterprise editor Steve Berta was honored as the top weekly newspaper column writer by the Colorado Press Association.
Eagle County Commissioner Dan Williams announced his intent to seek a seat in the Colorado State Legislature.
40 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 28, 1974
U.S. Forest Service officials were voicing concern about a proposal for development of the Arrowhead ski area. Regional Forester Tom Evans and District Forest Ranger Ed Browning urged the county to delay approval of the project until the impacts of Beaver Creek were better understood.
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts participating in the annual Blue and Gold banquet included Ron Abbey, John Bisenius, Tim Vaughn, Blake Faulkner, Everett Ferguson, Glenn Ehlert, Steven Settles, Darek Reichert, Keven Reichert, Fred Betts, Roger Hart, Billy Mathews, Greg Hatcher, Shane Watson and Raymond Bumgardner.
The town of Eagle’s basketball team remained undefeated after beating the Vail Police Department 75-71.
The U.S. Soil Conservation Service reported 30 inches of snow at McKenzie Gulch.
A letter to the editor urged the county commissioners to take a stand against the “urbanization” of the county.
EVHS basketball player Tom Lambert came off the bench to score 19 points against Carbondale.
50 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 27, 1964
State legislator W.F. Stevens hosted a bridge party for some local ladies at his new “cottage” in Vail. Among those attending the gathering were Mrs. Art Watson, Mrs. J.D. Allen, Mrs. Charles McLain, Mrs. J.P. Oleson, Mrs. O.W. Randall, Mrs. Lloyd Greve, Mrs. Gene Lorig and Mrs. Robert McIlveen. Some of the ladies had played bridge together since 1927.
A win over Aspen put the EVHS Devils in second place in the Colorado River League. Among top scorers were Watson, Johnson, and Koonce (no first names were reported).
Governor John Love was the guest speaker at the Eagle County Republican’s Lincoln Day dinner.
The Colorado Game and Fish Department purchased the 2,149-acre Lucksinger Ranch at Basalt.
The Eagle Pharmacy was offering stereos and hi-fi records.
60 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 24, 1954
A car rally was expected to pass through Eagle on the weekend. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain was vowing to “shake the dust off” her shoes and get out to see the MGs, Jaguars, Porshes, Allards, Singers, Hillmans, Simcas, Fiats, Mercedes Benz, and Volkswagons pass through.
Mrs. Robert Berger, the widow of a Navy pilot killed when his plane’s landing gear failed as he approached a carrier, was presented with his posthumous medal of honor.
State Engineer Mark Watrous advised the legislature that more study was needed before a traffic tunnel could be drilled under the Continental Divide.
Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Montgomery were building a 24-cottage unit motel on the southwest edge of town at the former Mullen Ranch.
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association recognized Eagle County Assessor Clair Bertroch for his efforts as he obtained a 20 percent reduction in livestock evaluation.
70 YEARS AGO
Week of Feb. 25, 1944
Pando residents Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Blakesley received word that their son Sgt. Emory Blakesley, was nicked by some shrapnel, but escaped serious injury while fighting in the Pacific. Stanley A. Calhoun of Gypsum received his aerial gunner’s wings and a promotion at the Army’s airfield in Texas.
Two Eagle County boys, Lyle Penfold and Ed Wilmouth, both of Minturn, were being held in German prisoner of war camps.
Seven seniors from Eagle High School got up in the wee hours of the morning for a “Senior Sneak Day” to Grand Junction. The group consisted of Peggy Blakesley, Joe Morris, Bob Nelson, Georgia Nimon, Shirley Randall, Ella Smith, and Shirley Wilson.
A Red Cliff man was in jail after shooting a Camp Hale soldier in the leg during a bar fight.
Six young women were initiated into the Rainbow Girls society. Charlotte Ashcraft, Peggy Mulnix, Margaret Beasley, Audrey Ann Woods, Emogene Sixkiller and Lena Sansosti.
80 YEARS AGO
Week of Mar. 2, 1934
Laurene Grant, a junior at Eagle High School, received the first place medal in an oration contest. Her topic was “The Effects of the National Recovery Act in Eagle County.”
The Eagle Garden Club declared the petunia to be the official flower for Eagle. The group intended to encourage the planting of the flower in every local garden and in public places such as filling stations and along streets.
Two new breeds of seed potato, the Katahdin and the dark red Peachblow, were being developed at Avon Station.