Time Machine: A look back at past decades in the Vail Valley
1 year ago
Week of June 16, 2016
The GoPro Mountain Games came to Eagle by debuting an enduro mountain bike race.
Lydia Loupe of Eagle Valley High School, qualified for the National High School Speech and Debate Finals in Salt Lake City.
George “Bud” Gates, former Eagle County commissioner and a member of one of the county’s pioneer ranching families, passed away. His memorial service was planned at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
5 years ago
Week of June 14, 2012
Eagle’s new website — http://www.eagleoutside.com — was scheduled to go live. “I don’t think you will find a better recreation site anywhere. In fact, if anybody in this room can, I will buy them a case of beer,” said Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell.
A three-acre fire along Brooks Lane in Eagle was under investigation. The fire started at a shed located approximately 100 yards from multiple mobile homes and the spread to a nearby wildland area adjacent to the Eagle River.
The Eagle County commissioners were slated to adopt medical marijuana business licensing regulations for unincorporated areas of the county.
10 years ago
Week of June 14, 2007
With membership dwindling, the Gypsum Methodist Church was looking at alternatives for the congregation. Discussion included renting out the church building to another entity.
Eagle County celebrated a ground-breaking for a new baggage handling facility at the county airport.
An eight-page insert in the Enterprise detailed Eagle’s new Broadway Street design standards.
Ruth Lenz and Mary Lou Croisant were honored as Eagle County Senior Citizens of the Year. Both were cited for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the local seniors program.
20 years ago
Week of June 12, 1997
The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce objected to Eagle’s new sign code, which eliminated pole signs and put stricter limits on the size of sign faces.
The need for a second access was holding up HBE Development’s proposal for a housing project located at The Bluffs property in Eagle.
Students at EVHS raised several thousand “catchable” cutthroat trout the Bio Building program. The fish were sent to Avon to stock Nottingham Lake.
Martha Ketelle was the new supervisor of the White River National Forest.
The Eagle River was running high enough to make it a chancy proposition to navigate rafts under bridges.
John Wujeck was the valedictorian of the EVHS Class of 1997. Desiree Lovato was the salutatorian.
30 years ago
Week of June 14, 1987
Helicopter pilots from the Colorado Army National Guard High Altitude Training Site at the Eagle County Airport took local newspaper reporters through a series of maneuvers to demonstrate the facility’s curriculum.
Locals lobbied EVHS to reinstate boys baseball as a spring sport. The school dropped baseball in 1975, one year after the Devils captured the state title in the Class A division.
Arson was cited as the cause of a fire that gutted Ruby’s, a popular Eagle-Vail restaurant.
A man from Topanas found the balloon that Shawn Colby launched during the Eagle County Library’s summer reading kick-off event.
40 years ago
Week of June 16, 1977
The town of Gypsum banned all outside watering until further notice. A malfunction in the community’s water system cut back the town’s water processing capability and caused storage levels to drop dangerously low.
Eagle Town Board member Rich Deane was the first violator of the town’s water restrictions. He inadvertently violated the ordinance when he hosed off a relative’s patio. A neighbor advised Deane that he was breaking the town rules and in a moment of remorse, Deane turned himself in. He received a $20 fine.
An All Western Open Horse Show was held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The Bowleggers 4-H Club sponsored the event and winners included Ray and Rusty Bumgardner, Scott Shearwood, Laurie Mosher, Jody Fenno and JoJo and LuLu Walker.
50 years ago
Week of June 15, 1967
Noting that the amount of money in circulation was an important indication of economic health, the Enterprise reported a new government study showed high cash circulation in the Eagle area.
Three local television signals were knocked out when lightning hit Derby Mesa. George Collett, speaking for the TV association, reported $1,000 in new parts would be needed to make repairs.
New officers were installed at American Legion Post 150 in Gypsum including Commander Fred Collett, First Vice Commander John Beasley and Second Vice Commander Jack Phillips.
The Nimble Thimbles 4-H Club met at the home of Mrs. Penasa. Sheryl Norman gave a sewing box demonstration.
60 years ago
Week of June 13, 1957
Garnet Ping, who was in charge of compiling Eagle River flow measurements for the U.S. Department of Commerce, said the river had reached peak flood stage.
Parishioners from the Eagle and Gypsum Methodist churches voted to build a new parsonage in Eagle. Location and financing particulars were still up in the air, but the church anticipated spending $12,000 on the home.
The real estate transfer report showed a home in Minturn sold for $2,000.
70 years ago
Week of June 13, 1947
Two people “miraculously” escaped death when their pickup truck rolled down a steep embankment near Zurcher (Sylvan) Lake. The accident was caused when the driver’s dog, who was sitting on his lap, spotted a ground squirrel. The dog lunged, but the vehicle window was closed and the animal bounced back into the steering wheel.
Preliminary work was under way for improvements to Broadway. Phase I included tearing out old gutters on the north end of the street.
Home style cooking — including seafood, chicken, chops and steaks — was touted at Hanging Lake Park. Saddle horses were available for rent to trek up to Hanging Lake.
80 years ago
Week of June 18, 1937
O.W. Randall, organizer of the annual Mount of the Holy Cross Pilgrimage, advised attendees to bring tents, bedding, food, stout shoes, warm clothing and rain coats. He also urged participants to ride saddles horses for the climb up Notch Mountain.
The Eagle Chamber of Commerce planned a father/son night.
Specials at Camp’s Cash Store included a one pound can of coffee for 29 cents, four packages of Jell-O (with complimentary sherbet glasses) for 25 cents and ditch shovels for $1.50.
Watching YouTube videos of cats playing piano is fun and all, but at some point during the frigid winters, we all need to leave our houses.