Those were the days
5 years ago
Week of May 8, 2008
The Coors Distribution Company announced plans to build a 33,896 square-foot distribution center south of the Eagle County Regional Airport. The company expected to employ 40 people at the $3.5 million facility, which was slated to open in August.
Ground-breaking ceremonies were held at the Stratton Flats project in Gypsum. The development offered 226 “affordable housing units” with condominiums in the $180,000 to $240,000 range and family homes priced between $345,000 and $450,000.
Four Eagle Valley HighSchool students — Ashley Atencio, Alex Woods, Paige Genelin and Jaime Proctor — each won $1,000 in the Own Your C video contest. The contest featured five categories: Addiction, Big Tobacco, Cosmetic Effects of Tobacco, Health Effects of Tobacco and Social Impacts of Tobacco. The kids from EVHS took top prizes in four of those five categories.
Longtime Eagle County resident Merrill Hastings passed away. A member of the famed 10th Mountain Division during World War II, Hastings was “an organizational force in the ski industry” and the publisher of several magazines, including “Rocky Mountain Skiing” and “Colorado Rocky Mountain West.”
10 years ago
Week of May 8, 2003
Alpine Bank in Eagle celebrated its 20th anniversary with an Old West theme party.
EVHS golfer Charlie Hoen scored an 83 and placed second at the Western Slope 4A Regional Tournament. Her stellar play earned her a berth at the state tournament.
Janna Brownlee and Ashley Padget were selected by the American Legion Post 150 as the EVHS representatives to Colorado Columbine Girls State.
Eagle Valley Middle School media specialist Barb Romersheuser hosted a special pre-sale event for the upcoming release of the latest Harry Potter book. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” was slated for a summer release and Romersheuser was selling vouchers so avid readers could pick up copies of the book once it was released.
20 years ago
Week of May 6, 1993
Gypsum resident Edward Cody was sentenced to five years in federal prison on drug and firearms charges.
Bob and Kim Nock opened Eagle River Anglers fishing shop in a small building, which was the former Eagle Chamber of Commerce information center, located at the Eagle Interstate 70 Interchange.
EVHS baseball player Brian McHugh hit a three-run homer over the fence in a game against Glenwood Springs.
EVHS tracksters Jamie Becker, Danelle Rivera, Jaime Wilson and Merilee Cosgrove posted a new school record in the 3200 meter relay.
Ken Jordan found two red fox squirrels raiding his bird feeder. The animals were not indigenous to the area.
30 years ago
Week of May 5, 1983
Phyllis Finlay, Al Abrams and Mike Salazar were the winners of the Eagle County School Board election.
Attorneys Gene Lorig of Eagle and Frank Dubofski of Boulder filed a lawsuit on behalf of two of their clients in the Eagle County jail, claiming the prisoners’ rights were violated by conditions at the aging facility.
The Eagle Town Board and Adam’s Rib developer Fred Kummer reached a pre-paid water tap agreement to help finance construction of the town’s badly needed water plant expansion. Kummer paid up front for 440 water taps, both at the Mill Park area and for his properties located along Brush Creek.
A feature story spotlighted Brush Creek Saloon owner Rayl Levy discussing some of the establishment’s colorful characters.
40 years ago
Week of May 10, 1973
After three Gypsum Town Council members made an angry exit from a meeting, the remaining board members reversed a previous decision and agreed to accept a federal grant and loan for a new municipal water system. The action came at the end of two hours of heated citizen comment.
Gilman resident James Brown, 60, was charged in the shooting death of his wife, Ophelia Brown, 52. He was a geology engineer and she was a local teacher. The couple had been arguing prior to the shooting.
The Eagle Cafe opened under the management of Don and Daleen Pease.
50 years ago
Week of May 9, 1963
George and Margaret Carlow were headed off for a week’s vacation in Denmark. George, a liquor salesman, won the all expenses-paid trip as a reward for his sales of Danish brewed Tuborg beer.
New school board members were James Brown of Gilman, Walter Foster of Sheephorn and Lloyd Eichler of Brush Creek.
Eagle was experiencing abnormally low water pressure problems. The town had not yet acquired the necessary easements to get its new water tank located along Brush Creek hooked up to the distribution system. Residents were asked to turn off all water when the fire alarm sounded.
The Fred Rule & Sons Ranch along Brush Creek sold to Myron Stutterheim of Long Island. The Rules, who had ranched on Brush Creek for 30 years, were moving to town.
60 years ago
Week of May 7, 1953
Juvenile Court Judge Phillip Gilliam was the chosen graduations speaker for Eagle County High School. Denver Post publisher Palmer Hoyt was doing double duty as the chosen speaker for both Eagle High School and Battle Mountain High School.
A special afternoon tea was held to honor the girls of the EHS Class of ‘53 — Beverly Matney, Neeoma Matthews, Alma Buckley, Betty Sansosti, Beverly Byers, Pat McCain, Pat Randall, Beverly Osbourne, Mary Ann Smith, Jo Ann Buchholz and JoAnn Whittaker.
70 years ago
Week of May 7, 1943
Eagle County Public Health Nurse Rhoda Yoder, along with social workers Frances Stanley, Dolly Webb and Francis Cramp, conducted eye clinics for local school children.
In news of local soldiers, the Enterprise reported that Cpl. David Foster of Sheephorn was stationed in New Guinea. He had recently been decorated by Gen. Douglas McArthur with a Distinction in Action medal.
Pfc. Harry Caywood was convalescing at a hospital in Russia and his brother Stanley was stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. Sgt. Clair Bertroch was in North Africa and Pvt. Purley Bertroch was at boot camp in Texas.
District Judge Williams Luby administered the oath of citizenship to 58 Camp Hale soldiers including Norwegian Torger Dahl Tokle, a world class ski jumper. Another famous athlete in the group was Swiss champion slalom skier Walter Prager.
An unusual speaker was scheduled for a talk at the Eagle Theater. Pfc. Malcolm Douglas, trainer with the dog detachment at Camp Hale and his Alaskan Malamute “Lucky,” was set to speak about his experiences as an assistant meteorologist and dogsled driver for an expedition to the Antarctica.
The death of Addision Hocket , one of the original Eagle County pioneers, was reported. He had homesteaded along the mouth of Brush Creek in an area known as Hockett Gulch.
80 years ago
Week of May 5, 1933
While making a social call in the area, Sheriff Murray Wilson and Undersherrif Eldon Wilson uncovered a well-equipped bootlegger’s operation a mile west of Gypsum.
After the law officers found a five-gallon keg and several smaller battles of whiskey, Cal M.McNeil was charged with dealing in contraband liquor and fined $100. He was also sentenced to 30 days in the county jail.
Forest Ranger W.S. Brown of Eagle announced that 30 local men would be employed for a reforestation project at Camp Tigiwon during the summer. The government would pay the men $1 per day, along with providing board and lodging. Additionally, the government agree to provide clothing and medical care for the workers.
For the second year in a row, teachers in Eagle County received a 10 percent pay cut.