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Time Machine: A look back at past decades in the Vail Valley

A group of Eagle girls celebrate a Brownie Scout party in this 1949 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of June 2, 2016

The town of Eagle signed the deal to purchase the Abrams Creek Open Space parcel. The 172-acre site cost $735,000. The town, Eagle County Open Space and the Eagle Ranch Wildlife Fund teamed up to buy the land.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said mountain lion sightings were on the rise locally. “We do have a booming population,” said CPW manager Perry Will.

Disc golf was growing in popularity valleywide, but the Hole in the Sky course remained the only 18-hole public course in Eagle County.

5 years ago

Week of May 31, 2012

Eighth graders from Gypsum Creek Middle School, Homestake Peak Middle School and the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy participated in a Civil War re-enactment staged at Maloit Park.

The town of Eagle announced plans to purchase the former Swallow Oil site at the northern end of Broadway Street. The purchase price was $150,000 and the town said the deal would improve scenic views, resolve problematic driveway issues and allow for highway widening efforts.

Brush Creek Elementary School fifth-graders participated in the annual bialthon event. Karlina Feduschak was the top girl finisher and Jackson Kelley was the top boy finisher.

10 years ago

Week of May 31, 2007

Work was slated to begin on a massive renovation at EVHS. A 25-member design advisory group was working with the project architect to identify the priorities for the $14 million project.

Vail Integrative Medical Group opened a branch at the Eagle Ranch Fitness Center.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team — Kyle Hall and his dog Fantom — won top honors at a regional United States Police Canine Association certification event in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Ted and Nettie May Reynolds of Gypsum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

20 years ago

Week of May 29, 1997

Eagle was preparing for a busy construction season with several large projects slated including a new wastewater treatment plant, the Eagle Market Center, Comfort Inn, Taco Bell, Federal Express and WestStar Bank.

Michelle Poeckes and Joy Manning were selected as the Eagle Valley High School delegates to Colorado Columbine Girls State.

Roger, Mike and Gordon Brown of Summit Films, Inc. were honored with a national sports Emmy award for their camera work on the Outdoor Life Network’s “Adventure Quest” series.

30 years ago

Week of June 4, 1987

DeeAnn Rivera was valedictorian and Ben Bradford was salutatorian for the EVHS Class of ’87.

The Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsored a downtown Eagle Flea Market.

Five Eagle County High School students made the Colorado All-State list. The honorees included Tyler Wood (basketball), Shelly Nottingham (volleyball) and Ted Archibeque (wrestling) from Battle Mountain High School and Travis Bryant (wrestling) and LaVina Betts (volleyball) of EVHS.

The Eagle County School District Board of Education decided to keep the McCoy School open for the 1987-88 school year. The school program was cut back, however, to elementary grades only because there were only three students in grades 5-8 slated to attend the next fall.

40 years ago

Week of June 2, 1977

The Gypsum Town Council added its voice to a chorus of local governments advocating an Eagle/Aspen forest area plan that would not include development of the proposed Adam’s Rib Ski area.

Gusty winds fueled a forest fire on Bellyache Mountain. The blaze was started by a lightning strike but crews from the Eagle Fire Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were able to contain it and limit the destruction to 10 acres. Fire officials urged extreme care with outdoor burning, noting that the fire was the fourth blaze to occur in the Eagle area in less than one month.

50 years ago

Week of June 1, 1967

Lake Creek rancher Roger Pilgrim’s ad for a buckskin mare for sale caught the attention of the Denver Post. Pilgrim’s ad described the mare as “Good for anyone. Can be used for anything and do it good. A mare this good might be just what the Great Society has been looking for.” The Great Society was President Lyndon Johnson’s social program. As for the ad, the horse sold quickly.

An unnamed Eagle businessman was outraged when burglars broke into his shop and stole his collection of Playboy girlie pictures off of the wall.

60 years ago

Week of May 30, 1957

Undersheriff Eldon Wilson reported that a raccoon carcass was found on Highway 6 near the airport. That was big news because raccoons weren’t indigenous to the area. Before Enterprise reporter could get out to the highway with a camera, someone had stopped and severed the animal’s tale. “They probably wanted a Davey Crockett on the radiator of a jalopy,” reported the newspaper.

Burglars stole $2,000 worth of guns and fishing equipment from Hank Knuth’s sporting goods store in Gypsum.

Kathryn Owen, a grandmother who had quit school to get married and raise a family, was a member of the Red Cliff Union High School Class of ‘57.

Former Eagle County sheep rancher Peter Jouflas died in Grand Junction following a prolonged illness. He had immigrated to the local area from Greece when he was a young man.

70 years ago

Week of May 30, 1947

High water in the Eagle River washed out a bridge and irrigation pipe at the Andy Christensen place west of Eagle.

Local 4-H’ers headed to a livestock judging contest in Grand Junction.

Several hours after being released from the country jail after serving time for drunken driving, a New Castle man was back behind bars. The Enterprise reported he celebrated his freedom by downing a number of drinks and then he got back behind the wheel of his car and ran into another motorist in the Wolcott area.

Minturn was having a problem with “gypsies.” The visitors were reportedly stealing chickens.

Jack Johnson pitched a winning baseball game in Eagle. The local team faced Phippsburg.

80 years ago

Week of May 28 1937

Mickey Walsh of Red Cliff hosted a surprise birthday party for his father — 89-year-old Mike Walsh. The party was held at the Ed Slaughter home on Cooley Mesa. The two men were lifelong friends.

“Cub” Baer caught a native trout from Sweetwater Creek that weighed in at more than 6 pounds.

A new era in local transportation was initiated when Rio Grande Motorways established bus service over Loveland Pass.

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