Those were the days |

Those were the days

This 1976 photograph fo rthe Hans Olsen ranch in the Gypsum Creek Valley was the cover shot for the rural America Bi-Centennial calendar.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of June 20, 2013

Local fire officials were assessing the downvalley fire danger and were offering the community wildfire advice.

First-quarter sales tax gains were recorded in Eagle for the second year straight, with Market Street continuing to be the biggest economic driver for Eagle, contributing 40 percent of the town’s total sales tax revenues.

The town of Gypsum was pursuing a contract for the Up With People organization, and was soliciting more sponsors to come forward.

A week after the formal announcement that the Eagle Farmer’s Market was canceled for the summer, a group stepped forward to save the event.

A retirement party was slated for Eagle Town Manager Willy Powell and Eagle Town Clerk/Treasurer Marilene Miller.

Alpine Bank celebrated 30 years in Eagle.


Week of June 18, 2009

Eagle resident Mylissa Eckdahl’s final act of kindness saved the lives of three Colorado residents through organ donations.

Lee Harding opened a new dance studio, along with theater camps in Eagle – the Cardio Dance Studio.

U.S. Highway 6 construction began between Wolcott and Squaw Creek Road. The project consisted of shoulder widening, milling and paving overlay.

In an effort to protect the town’s water supply, as well as the health and quality of Brush Creek, the town of Eagle instituted a mandatory outdoor watering schedule.

Eagle resident Lisa Ponder was selected as Eagle County’s new Director of Human Resources.

Gypsum Daze concert tickets went on sale. The concert headliner was the Charlie Daniels Band.


Week of June 17, 2004

Forty-year local Roger Brown wrote “A Requiem for the West,” a collection of stories, essays, and photographs.

The Eagle County Planning Commission sent Habitat for Humanity back to the drawing board with its plan for seven housing units in Eagle’s Bluffs subdivision.

The Minturn Country Club was advertising a 99 cent kids menu.

The Bluffs at Eagle was offering single-family home sites in Phase II starting at $79,000.

Local women Wendy Lyall, Heather Sappenfield, Kerry White and Linda Guerrette were set to compete in the 23rd annual Insight Race Across America.

Local 4-H kids who turned out for the fishing derby at the Gypsum Ponds included Ronnie Ladenburger, Cody Van Campen, Kraig Noel, Kayle Van Campen, Vickie Olson, Shelby Massie, Courtney Van Campen, Johnny Walsh, Lane Massie, Sierra Rivera, Jose Rivera and Emily Massie


Week of June 16, 1994

Landscapers at Cordillera were shocked when their digging turned up a wooden crate hand-lettered with the words: here lies Clem, our first-born. Sheriff’s investigators were called to the scene. Clem proved to be a dog.

The Gypsum Town Council was raising the ire of some residents with an ordinance that would severely restrict keeping of large animals, including cattle, horses, and pigs, within town boundaries. The town was also preparing to annex Cotton Ranch.

The town of Eagle was preparing to build sidewalks along Chambers Avenue.

Shirkie Evans opened a new restaurant in Eagle.


Week of June 21, 1984

Eagle County reached an agreement with a Tennessee developer to build a 36-unit senior citizen housing project in the Bull Pasture subdivision in Eagle.

High run-off caused enough flood damage to promote Eagle County to seek federal disaster designation.

The last six employees at the Eagle Mine in Gilman were laid off; and rumor had it that one of the miners hadn’t been paid since late April.

A survey conducted by the People for Eagle civic group indicated that residents of the western Eagle Valley spent slightly more for goods and services out of town than they spent in town.


Week of June 20, 1974

Local radio appeared to be coming to the valley. Two competing corporations seeking to establish a local radio station agreed to combine forces into a single application before the Federal Communications Commission.

The Eagle Town Board approved a resolution abolishing the town library, and dedicating its contents to the county library, located in the old Eagle Valley Elementary building.

Tom Pearch was the auctioneer when Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Rule sold the Rule Motel, located on Broadway in Eagle.

A report from a patron at Pierce’s Café in Gypsum suggesting that fugitive newspaper heiress Patty Hearst had just left the premises initiated a 20-mile chase by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and an FBI agent from Glenwood Springs. It turned out to be another woman.


Week of June 18, 1964

Highlights of the upcoming Flight Days celebration included a “hootnanny” following the parade, and a sing-along with musical groups from Eagle and Garfield counties.

Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain made it clear she did not like seeing cinder blocks shipped in from Denver for the new school construction. “It is our understanding that the cinder blocks manufactured at Dotsero are high quality,” she wrote.


Week of June 17, 1954

Frankie Emmerling’s locally famous mules Diamond Jack and Diamond Lil, were donated to a Fairplay man who was touring the country by mule.

The Burns Rodeo attracted a record crowd.

Mr. and Mrs. Julius P. Oleson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.


Week of June 16, 1944

The Enterprise printed a letter written by local soldier Jimmy Skiff, describing his life in Italy.

Local citizens were entertained by a radio-show like program, including interviews and music, at a bond rally in Eagle.

The Cub Scouts of Eagle and Gypsum staged a circus.


Week of June 22, 1934

An immense crowd of more than 4,000 people turned out in Bond for the dedication of the Dotsero Cut-off, a new railroad route. Special trains from Denver, Salt Lake City and Grand Junction brought thousands of people to the scene.

Gypsum was planning a big Fourth of July celebration that would include a band concert in the grove at the county farm.

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