A look back on decades past in Vail Valley
1 year ago
Week of Aug. 18, 2016
Eagle’s newly hired fire chief, Kurt Vogel, was arrested and charged with stealing more than $120,000 at his former job with the City of Sterling.
5 years ago
Week of Aug. 16, 2012
The Colorado City and County Management Association presented its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell. In presenting the award, the organization noted that Powell’s 28-year tenure in Eagle made him the longest-serving town manager in the state.
The Two Bridge River Access, one of three open space properties located along the Colorado River acquired by Eagle County, was open for use. The site is located four miles downstream from State Bridge.
10 years ago
Week of Aug. 16, 2007
Colorado Division of Wildlife officers trapped and moved three problem bears from the Sweetwater area. One of the bears had tugged coolers off the top of a Jeep at Sweetwater Lake and helped himself to a feast. “We spotted him at 9 a.m., on the hillside, eating ravioli,” said wildlife officer Sonia Marzec.
20 years ago
Week of Aug. 15, 1997
In a scheduling fluke, both Colorado senators visited Eagle on the same day. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Camps was on the campaign trail, seeing re-election after his dramatic 1995 decision to change his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Sen. Wayne Allard hosted a town hall meeting in Eagle.
The Owens kids — Travis, Randi and Danni — claimed a sweep in the intermediate swine showmanship contest at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo.
30 years ago
Week of Aug. 20, 1987
A wildfire charred 650 acres northwest of Eagle. The fire’s origin was traced back to a campfire started by a pair of Denver bowhunters.
Bob Kohrmann, a captain with the Eagle River Fire Protection District, was seriously burned in a car explosion near Avon. Crews had responded to an accident at the Avon interchange and Kohrmann was at the fire tanker, parked roughly 30 feet from the car, when its gas tank exploded.
40 years ago
Week of Aug. 18, 1977
Members of the Eagle County Airport Authority were considering an alternate location for the facility after a delegation of area residents lobbied for construction of a new airport in the Edwards area.
The Colorado Passenger Tramway Safety Board scheduled public hearings to examine the cause of the fatal gondola accident in Vail that occurred in March of 1977. At least 15 witnesses were expected to testify.
Cindy DeGraw earned grand champion honors for her steer at the Eagle County Fair. Marvin Hornbaker of Reuben’s Restaurant in Eagle purchased the animal at the junior livestock show.
50 years ago
Week of Aug. 17, 1967
The Eagle County Fair Junior Livestock Sale netted $13,000. Lois Bianco showed the grand champion steer, and Jeb Burford raised the grand champion lamb. (For comparison, the 2017 Junior Livestock Sale netted a record amount — $294,700.)
The opening day enrollment for Eagle County School District was 1,493 students.
A group of local 4-H’ers were headed to Camp Tobin at the Colorado State Fair. The group included Karen Walker, Judy Cowen, Ruby Rivera, Connie Eaton, Ron Arbany and Everitt Warren.
60 years ago
Week of Aug. 15, 1957
Contrary to reports published in a Denver newspaper, the Empire Zinc Mine at Gilman was not closing. However, company representatives said the mine was “tightening its belt” in the face of a price crisis in the lead-zinc industry.
A fire sparked by lighting destroyed 1,500 bales of hay on the Glassier Ranch west of Basalt
There was a population explosion in Eagle — Mike Knupp’s dog Blitz delivered eight puppies.
70 years ago
Week of Aug. 15, 1947
A cloudburst over Hardscrabble Mountain, coupled with a hail storm, did some serious damage to crops in the Brush Creek and Gypsum Creek valleys. Floods washed away soil from potato plants and hail flattened hay fields. Many residents in Eagle and Gypsum also reported flooded basements and cellars.
Property owners on the east side of Broadway protested the town’s plan to install curbs and gutters on the street. They claimed the project had not been properly engineered.
Pvt. Fred Fessenden, a former athletic standout at Eagle High School, had checked into an Army hospital for knee surgery.
80 years ago
Week of Aug. 20, 1937 A $10,000 addition was planned at Eagle County High School in Gypsum.
More than 1,000 local farmers and ranchers, along with their wives, attended the Farmers Day event at the Colorado State College Experimental Station in Avon. Test crops were on display and attendees were treated to a beef barbecue lunch.
The Koonce Chevrolet Company delivered a new hay stacker and bull racks to the Cyrus Dice Ranch located along Brush Creek.
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