Time Machine: A look back at past decades in the Vail Valley
1 year ago
Week of July 21, 2016
The town of Gypsum approved a proposal from Holy Cross Energy to build a 28-unit solar array on company-owned property south of the Eagle County Regional Airport.
A U13 team from Japan competed at the PBR West Championships youth baseball tournament held in Eagle.
Days of warm, dry and windy conditions prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for virtually all of western Colorado.
5 years ago
Week of July 19, 2012
The green bridge located east of Eagle had been replaced with a new structure, but a new sign at the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center commemorated the structure.
Mike Turner, of Gypsum, was the overall men’s winner and Riley Mehan, of Eagle, was the overall women’s winner in the Gypsum Dirty Dozen 5K obstacle race.
Marley Hammer, daughter of Steve and Melinda Hammer, of Burns, was named to the Colorado State High School Rodeo team. Marley’s specialty was pole bending.
10 years ago
Week of July 17, 2007
The town of Eagle announced plans to update the 1996 Eagle Area Community Plan.
The Porchlight Players community theater group planned a performance titled “Broadway Lights” for the Gypsum Daze celebration.
Margaret Booth, a longtime resident of Eagle, passed away. Local citizens fondly remembered how she carried the Olympic torch through town on its journey to Salt Lake City for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
20 years ago
Week of July 17, 1997
Gov. Roy Romer named Gypsum resident Tom Harned to the Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners.
Luke Gray won the Best All Around Cowboy Award at the Moffat County Little Britches Rodeo, topping a field of 60 competitors from all across the western United States. To win the honor, 14-year-old Gray placed in roping, flags, goat tying, daily ribbon roping, breakaway calf roping and flag racing.
The local senior girls softball team, coached by Kathy Rogers and Ron Zatarain, was headed to the state tournament.
McDonald Knight and Leonard Hammock, authors of the popular local history book “Early Days on the Eagle” traveled to town for a book signing. Hammock was the former Eagle County Schools superintendent and Knight’s master thesis work about Eagle County mining was the genesis of the book.
30 years ago
Week of July 23, 1987
A Grand Junction woman was arrested after she tried to smuggle marijuana to her husband, who was an inmate at the Eagle County Jail.
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors took the first place trophy at the Beaver Creek Tennis Classic. Former President Gerald R. Ford and his wife Betty were among the many spectators at the match.
Country music star Willie Nelson performed a benefit concert at the new Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. The concert raised money to help pay off the remaining $200,000 owed on Vail’s outdoor arts center.
The Eagle County Fair introduced a new competition — the Creative Cooks Contest. Competitors were slated to come up with an original main dish or entree salad recipe.
40 years ago
Week of July 21, 1977
The Eagle Town Board hosted a work session with Eagle Ranch Company representatives to hammer out details for an annexation and development deal.
A performance of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” was the highlight of the Eagle Chautauqua event.
Betty Smith gathered $180 worth of groceries, while George McCollum gathered up foodstuffs valued at $204 during a one-minute free shopping spree sponsored by Beasley’s Super Foods. The shopping sprees were the grand prizes in a raffle that benefited Eagle Valley High School.
The Red Cliff Union High School alumni group honored Alan Albert for his dedication to the school and the community.
50 years ago
Week of July 20, 1967
Donald Seibert, area manager of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Eagle Resource Area and Scoutmaster of the Eagle Boy Scout Troop, was selected as a guide for the 1967 World Jamboree. Seibert was one of only five BLM employees in the nation chosen for the event, planned in Idaho.
Two Denver fishermen learned an important lesson about dallying around the mouth of a gully during a rainstorm. “The unidentified men, sitting in their car parked along the Colorado River, were washed river-ward by a wall of water and debris. The car lodged against two cottonwood trees, saving the men from a watery grave,” the Enterprise reported.
The Vail Parents group was overwhelmed by the success of its rummage sale. The event raised $5,450.
60 years ago
Week of July 18, 1957
Nick Strubi received the Rural Electric Association Future Farmers of America college scholarship.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brock, owners of the Edwards Store, sold the business to Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ding of Denver. The Brocks planned to move to Eagle.
The Methodist church in Eagle purchased three city lots just west of the church building and announced plans to build a new parsonage.
Local 4-H kids were gearing up for the county fair. “A tractor driving contest, introduced in the fair activity program two years ago, has proven to be a popular contest among the younger and older boys, but so far this has been one field where girls haven’t entered yet,” the Enterprise reported.
The Serv-U-Shop in Eagle announced its summer sale by noting “for as little as 25 cents you can buy a useful, wearable item.”
70 years ago
Week of July 18, 1947
“Do you have a young fawn as a pet? A young bird? Turn them loose — You are breaking a state game and fish commission ruling and are liable for a heavy fine,” reported the Enterprise.
Members of the Gypsum Lutheran Church published a notice respectfully asking community parents to keep their children from playing on the church lawn.
The Eagle High School alumni planned a party at the Jones Dance Hall four miles east of town with music by the Stardusts.
The word was out that the handsome new local state patrolman, Roland Yarberry, was recently married. “Does he know that a wedding ring is like a tourniquet — it stops circulation.”
80 years ago
Week of July 23, 1937
State highway officials promised to oil the road through Eagle. The state planned to complete the job by September.
The Eagle Chamber of Commerce celebrated a father/daughter banquet. More than 60 people attended the event.
A new high school was planned at Climax. The price tag on the planned building was expected to be $85,000 and Climax was predicted to become the state’s most modern mining town.
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