Those were the days
5 years ago
Week of Oct. 9, 2008
In a feature titled “Wall to Wall,” residents of Wall Street in Eagle related stories about how the national recession was affecting their lives. Resident Bruce Hasbrouck was concerned if his daughter’s college fund would hold up and small business owners Nichole Magistro and Zach Lock were worried about what the national economy would be for their operations.
Like families from across the nation, the town of Eagle was cutting back its spending. The town’s 2009 budget called for a 4 percent increase in revenues, as opposed to the 6 to 7 percent increases the town had recorded for several years.
New security measures were instituted at the Eagle County Justice Center that included requiring visitors to pass through a metal detector and have their bags scanned through an X-ray machine.
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At the Eagle Valley High School Homecoming game, Whitney Van Voorst was crowned queen and Zak Thrall was crowned king. The Devils racked up a big 44-12 win over Moffat County.
10 years ago
Week of Oct. 9, 2003
Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell marked his 20th anniversary on the job. When Powell took over the town manager position Ronald Reagan was president and Eagle’s population was 1,100 residents.
Luis Landeros was crowned king and Brenda Torres was crowned queen at the EVHS homecoming game. The Devils beat Basalt, 49-14. The action started early when Jerad Schlegel returned the opening kick off 89 yards for a touchdown.
Orris G. Albertson, a longtime Burns rancher, died. Albertson was born in 1908 at the family ranch house on Derby Mesa and married a girl who grew up on the neighboring ranch, Bertha A. Gates.
20 years ago
Week of Oct. 7, 1993
Eagle County residents were debating the pros and cons of a proposed half-cent transportation sales tax.
Two hunters from Golden blamed “Lucifer” when they received tickets for shooting grouse without a license. The pair said the devil scared up the birds in front of them.
Jason Struve, Courtney Schlegel, Katie Evancho and Randi Owens were the Gypsum Elementary School Students of the Month.
Candidates for the Eagle County School Board included Terry Quinn, Raenette Johnson, Steve Miller, Jerry Sandberg, Jim Owens, Art Abplanalp, Dan Leary, Patty Cross and Don Marks.
Brush Creek residents Charlie and Carol Wick hosted a harvest festival at their home for 80 members of First Lutheran Church in Gypsum.
Brian Richardson played his best football game of the year for the Devils, completing five of seven passes for 108 yards in a game against Hotchkiss.
30 years ago
Week of Oct. 13, 1983
The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District voters authorized the sale of $475,000 in bond for construction of an outdoor pool and two handball courts.
The Eagle Town Board and the developers of the proposed Adam’s Rib Recreation Area entered into an agreement calling for the company to purchase 440 residential water taps for its golf course and Mill Park subdivision projects. The deal involved an advance payment of $523,000 and the dedication of 22.5 acres of land for a water treatment plant site.
Although the town board was lobbying to keep the U.S. Post Office on the south side of U.S. Highway 6, postal officials said they preferred a site located at the Eagle Commercial Park.
Garnet Ping celebrated her 71st birthday.
Bond/McCoy correspondent Vern Seaman reported there was a “cat-nabber” who was possibly a witch, running amuck in McCoy.
Junior defensive back Richie Rodriquez pulled two passes out of the air when the Devils beat North Park, 18-0. Receiver Nathan Bryant contributed 11 tackles.
Heidi Walden of Gypsum was a homecoming royalty candidate at Ottawa University in Kansas.
The Eagle ambulance crew solicited for new volunteers.
Eagle Police Chief Dan Kneale urged the town board to adopt a criminal code.
40 years ago
Week of Oct. 11, 1973
A team of scuba divers recovered the body of a 20-year-old Arvada man who drowned in Sweetwater Lake when the canoe he was riding in capsized.
Eagle County School District considered hiring a professional consultant to help plan for future building needs.
A ballot question concerning the Eagle-Piney water diversion project was pitting Western Slope water users against Front Range water users.
Colorado Mountain College considered expanding its services in Eagle County by adding centers in Vail and Eagle, and expanding the center in Minturn. Randy Milhoun was in charge of the Minturn CMC center.
Clair Bertroch and Don Price were elected to the Eagle Sanitation District Board in an election that drew only 26 voters.
Eagle Valley High School students Arlene Gerard, Janet Collett and Sharry Bair gave a report to the American Legion Auxiliary about their trip to Girls State.
Despite some good passing by quarterback Ken McGinnis, the EVHS Devils lost their league opener to Roaring Fork.
The pilot and seven passengers walked away from the crash of a Piper 300 Cherokee VI plane on Gypsum Creek.
Gilman resident James Brown pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of his wife, Ophelia.
50 years ago
Week of Oct. 10, 1963
A Denver-based worker was killed when the bulldozer he was operating rolled down and embankment at Pando.
Game warden Walt Woodward caught three prominent Glenwood Springs men with double their limit of grouse on Castle Peak. That venture cost the trio $75 each. “They could have had pheasant under glass at the Waldorf Astoria for that price,” wrote Eagle Valley Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain.
The Enterprise marked its 65th birthday.
Marine Private Rex L. Bindley completed basic training at San Diego.
Despite an ankle injury, EVHS football player Larry Bagley scored three times in a game against Battle Mountain. Bill Johnson added another touchdown and middle linebacker Richie Deane led the defensive unit.
A geology professor from the University of Colorado brought his class to McCoy for a weekend field trip.
Tony Pales, section foreman for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad at Eagle, was retiring after many years of service.
60 years ago
Week of Oct. 24, 1953
Sheriff W.M. Wilson received a complaint from the state attorney general suggesting that gambling at cards was flourishing in Eagle. Wilson rebutted that charge.
Fire danger prompted the state to postpone the opening of big game hunting season for a week.
Eagle gardener Hobb Cavin grew a beet with a circumference of 18 inches and a weight of about two pounds. Davis indicated “soil vitamins” where the secret to his growing success.
Diamond J Restaurant owner Frankie Emmerling was quite surprised when Wolcott rancher Leonard Horn presented him with an unusual present — a live goat — during a 125-guest party.
Squaw Creek rancher R.J. Bearden died at the Gilman hospital, just two weeks following his wife’s death.
Local business leaders and elected officials were among a group of 75 residents invited to tour the Climax Molybdenum Company mine.
Eagle High School football player Jim Ross broke loose for some spectacular running and two touchdowns in a game against Collbran.
70 years ago
Week of Oct. 8, 1943
Misses Judy Allen and Shirley Wilson were chosen to represent Eagle as “Camp Hale Harvest Festival Princesses.” The young ladies were chosen by votes cast at the Eagle Theater.
Hunters were warned to be wary about their ammunition. Several thousand rounds of 30.06 ammunition loaded with tracer bullets had found their way into civilian hands. The bullets were highly incendiary.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post was collecting money to purchase cigarettes for soldiers through the “Smokes for Yanks” program.
Myrtie Stephens’ jelly took first prize in a Home Demonstration Club canning contest.
80 years ago
Week of Oct. 13, 1933
J.M. Dismant of Red Cliff was named as head of the National Recovery Act Compliance Board for Eagle County. The function of the board was to put the president’s plans into action.
Work started on a Federal Aid highway project that included a gravel surfacing job and work on three steel bridges, two across the Eagle River and one across Castle Creek, east of Eagle.
Scores of cars were spotted in town for the hunting season. More than 150 hunting licenses had been purchased at the W.H. Cramp and H.D. Hudson stores in Eagle.
Citizens were conducting pre-season patrols of East and West Brush Creek in an effort to prevent poaching.