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November 17, 2016
1 year ago
Week of Nov. 19, 2015
Gypsum biomass plant remained idle amid accusations of conspiracy, fraud and shoddy construction between the operators and the contractor who build the facility. The plant had been shut down since a Dec. 13, 2014 conveyor belt fire.
Members of the Eagle Town Board suspended manager Jon Stavney after a closed door session at town hall. The board issued a terse statement saying members would not comment on the issue but sources involved categorically stated that Stavney was not accused or suspected of illegal activity or wrongdoing.
The town of Gypsum projected modest sales tax growth for its 2016 budget. The biggest capital project planned for the year ahead was replacement of the irrigation system at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course. The project was expected to cost $1.8 million.
5 years ago
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The Eagle County Air Alliance appealed to various municipalities throughout Eagle County for funding to provide airline subsidies for flights to the county airport. Group president Kent Myers said the group had targeted five markets — Houston, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco and Washington D.C. for direct air service to the facility.
Bonfire Brewing planned a first anniversary celebration at its Second Street pub in Eagle.
During Red Ribbon Week, Eagle Valley High School students Lacy Wilmore and Matt Vaughan baked more than 650 cookies to feed the entire student body.
10 years ago
Week of Nov. 16, 2006
A front-page story profiled Tim and Linda Barca's jewelry business. The Barcas fashioned pieces featuring apatite, a semi-precious stone they mined from a mountain 15 miles southeast of Eagle.
After a two-hour discussion, members of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend denial of the Eagle River Station proposal. The commission members offered no comment or explanation for the decision.
Members of the First Lutheran Church in Gypsum planned a Thanksgiving prayer walk.
20 years ago
Week of Nov. 14, 1996
A contractor accidentally punched a hole in both the water and sewer lines at a Gypsum Estates construction site, causing an estimated one million gallons of drinking water to soak into the surrounding ground.
The Gypsum Town Council continued its opposition to the proposed Carol Ann Gravel Pit east of town.
One year after Eagle resident Cynthia Ann Burkey disappeared, her murder remained unsolved.
Gypsum Elementary students Jacque Laman and Brianna Ehlert made their debut as television news anchors on Super 6 News, a special program for kids broadcast on Denver's PBS Channel 6.
EVHS volleyball players Becky Overlease and Corey Strickler were named to the All League team.
30 years ago
Week of Nov. 13, 1986
In the wake of a failed ballot question, the Eagle County School Board cut activity buses but agreed to keep both the McCoy and Red Cliff schools open.
Eagle County launched a $150,000 office space needs study.
The Eagle County commissioners rejected a request to involve county government in providing over-the-air television service.
Some 200 people turned out for a fund-raiser to benefit Bob Guseman, a local resident who had seriously injured his leg in an accident.
40 years ago
Week of Nov. 18, 1976
The school district planned to ask voters for a tax increase in a December election. Without extra funding, the school district told voters either Red Sandstone Elementary or Meadow Mountain Elementary could not open in September. By leaving one of the schools closed, the district figured it could save $90,000.
The case of the missing letters was solved. Someone had stolen 42 alphabet letters used for the sign outside of the Eagle Pharmacy. The letters were recovered after an informant told the sheriff's office the letters could be found in an abandoned building.
New pledges to the local chapter of Sigma Beta Phi sorority included Pam Buchanan, Linda Shively, Robyn White, Mary Merkling and Jane Williams.
50 years ago
Week of Nov. 17, 1966
A lack of snow was throwing doubt on whether or not the valley's two ski facilities — Vail Mountain and Meadow Mountain — would open for the Thanksgiving weekend.
A new run at Vail was named "Avanti."
The Camp Hale site, taken over by the federal government in 1940, was turned over to the U.S. Forest Service. Several locals had lobbied for recreational use of the land. The USFS planned to tear down remaining buildings, which were in poor shape, and develop picnic and campsite areas.
Burns ranchers shipped out 12 cars of cattle.
60 years ago
Week of Nov. 15, 1956
Eagle County High School's undefeated Pirates were set to play Norwood for the Western Slope football championship. There was some injury concerns with players John Daughterty and Jack Shroeder, but Pirates coach Steve Romeo predicted his team would do well in the playoff.
The RGM Bowling Association opened up its season at the Empire Zinc Co. clubhouse in Gilman. There were five men's teams from Gilman, one from Pando and two from Minturn.
Eagle High School planned a production of "Mamma's Getting Married" starring Susan Koonce as the bride-to-be.
70 years ago
Week of Nov., 15, 1946
Frank Doll represented the new American Legion Post at a Veterans Day observance at Eagle County High School.
Two local vets — Bernard Anderson and Roger Olesen — opened a Mobile gas station in Gypsum.
Local Methodists were collecting clothing for the destitute people of Europe.
Local cattlemen experienced some really bad luck. A truckload of calves belonging to L.E. Nolan of Gypsum was sideswiped by another truck while transporting cattle to the Silt stockyards. Nineteen calves were crippled in the accident. Another 12 head of cattle were killed near the stockyard when they escaped out an open gate and onto the railroad tracks.
80 years ago
Week of Nov. 13, 1936
In an effort to discourage cattle rustling, the Colorado State Patrol required all trucks carrying meat and livestock to pass through check stations.
Eagle County High School recorded its largest enrollment ever — 71 students.
Eagle High School hosted a carnival fund-raiser and students were selling subscriptions to the Saturday Evening Post and the Ladies Home Journal.
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