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Week of Feb. 7, 2013

The EGE Air Alliance got the support it needed from the town of Vail to get closer to its fund-raising goal to subsidize a nonstop Houston flight for the summer. The alliance was trying to raise $626,000 by Feb. 15 in order to secure the flight from one of Vail’s top summer markets.

Mountain lion sightings in the area prompted wildlife managers from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife to issue some safety reminders.

The estimated cost for a large expansion at the Eagle River Center had doubled as the firm tasked with presenting a conceptual site plan presented its findings to the Eagle County commissioners.

The Eagle Valley High School boys’ varsity basketball team beat its rival, the Battle Mountain Huskies.

Eagle Valley Middle School and Gypsum Creek Middle School won Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Awards, and Brush Creek Elementary earned the John Irwin Award for academic growth.


Week of Feb. 5, 2009

The blueprint for the Eagle Area Community Plan – a citizen-driven land use master plan – was presented. The final draft was set for debate before the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission.

Brush Creek Elementary was experiencing traffic problems with drop-offs and pickups. The town of Eagle moved a police officer to the intersection of Eagle Ranch Road and Sylvan Lake Road to act as a crossing guard, and the school was working on some changes as well.

A “soup kitchen” style dinner was being offered at the Eagle River Presbyterian Church every Monday evening and the meal was drawing 30-40 people each week.

Gypsum resident Tina Clarke won a drawing at the Eagle Pharmacy for a flat screen television.

AutoZone, located between Eagle and Gypsum near Costco, opened its doors.

Eagle resident Hilary Henry earned a place on the Dean’s List at Trinity College of Duke University for the fall 2008 semester.


Week of Feb. 5, 2004

A formal dedication ceremony opened the new $2.25 million, 115-foot high air traffic control tower at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The new facility was built to guide both commercial and private airplanes, with county officials noting that during the ski season, the county facility was the second-busiest airport in the state.

Local government leaders were discussing the need for assisted living and nursing home facilities in Eagle County.

The Eagle Valley High School nordic ski team was gearing up for the state meet. Jill Ewing, Katie Wick, Haley Didier, James Ewing, Kyle Simonet, Alex Gamble, Nate Hoza and Wes Minett had all qualified for the state competition. Jill Ewing was coming off a win in the combined classic/freestyle race at Eldora the previous week.

The first snowpack survey for the year showed numbers were up near Eagle and slightly down near Vail. At the McKinzie Gulch snow course, located on West Brush Creek, the average snow depth was 27.3 inches, 127 percent of the 30-year average.


Week of Feb. 3, 1994

Eagle police were ticketing motorists who persisted in blasting through town at speeds of up to 75 mph. Most were visitors to the county coming in via the Eagle County Airport.

The Enterprise featured a photo of nationally famous relationship advisor Dr. Ruth Westheimer reading the local newspaper. She was in Cordillera for a book signing.

The birth of Hayley Rae Beard marked the fifth generation of women for the Sansosti family. Newborn Hayley posed for a picture with mom Debby Beard, grandmother Roxie Deane, great-grandmother Lena Yost and great-great-grandmother Frances Sansosti.


Week of Feb. 9, 1984

A steering committee was formed to study economic development issues in Eagle. Members were Skip Richter, John West, Martha Wolfe, Susan Vaughn, Bill Dempsey, Rayl Zimmerman, Glen Lowe, Nancy Powell, Jack D’Orio, Dave Mott, Steve Isom, Mike Simonds, Rick Parker, Bill Erickson, and Gerald Rose.

Vandals shot a hole in a voltage regulator along Cottonwood Pass, cutting off electricity to Gypsum for two hours.

An Enterprise feature story profiled long-time resident Lucille Lieber, who helped institute the Eagle County Council on Aging.

Eagle pioneer Fanny Gamble died at the age of 79.

Colleen Hartle hit seven field goals and five three throws in a Devils basketball game against Hayden. Strong play by Jeff Myers and Rich Rodriguez brought the boy’s basketball out of a mid-season slump.


Week of Feb. 7, 1974

The Eagle County Planning Commission rejected a request by numerous citizens for some “interim” zoning that would slow down development while the county worked on permanent zoning regulations. Local developers protested that such a move would completely stop construction in the valley.

A letter-to-the editor criticizing the gossip columns in the Enterprise was drawing a strong response from residents who wanted the columns to stay.

“We choose to live in this community and raise our children here because of its simplicity and quiet, less-complicated lifestyle. It irritates me to have people come in and try to impose their urban ways on our rural, but happy life here,” wrote Eagle resident Laurene Knupp.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management shut down the town of Gypsum’s dump, saying it was not being run to current standards.

Carolyn Longshore was installed as worthy advisor of the local Rainbow Girls chapter. Her twin sister, Sharolyn was the associate advisor.

EVHS cheerleaders Nancy Gates and Alexis Johnson were tapped for all-league honors.

Perfecto Rivera was the only Devils champion in the district wrestling tournament in Walden. Runners-up included Eddie Oyler, Bob Toomer, Tom Foral, Mark Long, Mike Luark and Tim Shankel.


Week of Feb. 6, 1964

Eagle resident Cecil Cole was credited with averting some burglaries. Cole called the sheriff after he noticed a suspicious vehicle driving through town in the wee hours of the morning. Sheriff Jim Seabry followed up, and discovered the occupants of the car were listed in Utah records as known burglars. Local police escorted the suspected burglars to the Utah border.

A special train moved through Bond carrying several large shipments of equipment for the new Colorado Ute Electric power plant at Hayden.

EVHS basketball player Buck Johnson had his best night of the season, scoring 19 points against the Plateau Valley Cowboys and earning “defensive player of the week” honors.

Edwards resident Hubert Peterson escaped serious injury when he struck a deer near Grand Valley while on a mail truck run, and crashed into a large semi-truck.


Week of Feb. 4, 1954

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain wrote a column lamenting the growing problem of underage drinking in “the village” (Eagle). The dining room of the Diamond J Restaurant east of Eagle was filled to capacity by a gathering of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The lower valley was experiencing “fishing weather” with highs in the low 50s and only a scant amount of snow. Pvt. George Macdonnell arrived in Eagle on a 10-day furlough from Ft. Ord, California.

Bob Trezise, organist for the Eagle Methodist Church, helped with dedication of a new organ by playing several special selections.

The Citizens’ Party of Eagle was holding a convention for the purpose of nominating a mayor and six trustees for the town board. Grace Cowden was the secretary for the organization.


Week of Feb. 4, 1944

Public Health Nurse Rhoda Yoder reported some alarming figures: out of 827 school children who underwent dental examinations by Dr. O.W. Randall or Dr. Downs, only 53 needed no work. The other children had an average of seven cavities each.

Minturn pioneer Edward J. Ruder died at his home in Minturn. Word was received that Billy Belmire, the star football player of the Eagle County High School class of 1938, was killed in a Florida plane crash while serving with the Navy.

Harold Smith, son of Foster Smith of Eagle, was home on a short furlough from the Army.

Locals who bought war bonds were invited to attend the movie “Mrs. Miniver” at the Eagle Theatre, free of charge.

In girl’s basketball, the Eagle team defeated Gypsum 32-20.

Sgt. and Mrs. Shirley Jodrie skied into the 7W Guest Ranch at Sweetwater. Sgt. Jodrie was a ski instructor at Camp Hale.

Joe Chockie reported two feet of recent snowfall at Sweetwater.


Week of Feb 9, 1934

Eagle Mayor A.B. Koonce was talking with Public Works Administration about possible federal funding for a local airplane landing field. A site five miles west of town on the Hemberger Spangler and Hans Oleson ranches was the preferred location.

Plane markers directing pilots to the field would be placed on the roof of the courthouse in Eagle and on the county high school building in Gypsum.

The Enterprise reported that for the first time in 21 years, locals were finding it impossible to locate ice of sufficient thickness and quality to harvest and store for summer use. Christensen’s pond, the popular ice-gathering place in recent years, had not formed the required 11-inch thick ice.

The Legion Auxiliary in Gypsum held a “pep” meeting featuring a chicken and noodle dinner, an inspirational speech, and a dance. Mrs. Georgia Heyer Clark played the piano accordion for the dance; and Alvin Webb was at the piano.

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