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Those were the days

Bill Schumm ice fishes at Deep Lake in a1940s photo taken by Mort Doll.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Jan. 9, 2015

Due to confusion with the passage of Amendment 64, Vail Resorts posted a sign at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead informing skiers that marijuana could not be used in public places or on federal lands.

An Eagle County woman died and five others were hospitalized from the flu. The mother of three children was in good health before she was stricken with the virus.

Twenty-five local residents gathered at the Eagle Public Library to view the previous season’s Downton Abbey finale in preparation for the new season. Scones and tea were served.

Beaver Creek gallery owner Rick Rolater handed over a Mongolian Tyrannosaurus Bataar skull to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It was returned to Mongolia in keeping with a new U.S. policy to assist China and Mongolia recover fossils smuggled from those countries into the U.S.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and its partner, Eagle County Open Space, finalized the purchase of 137 acres of prime agricultural land in the Emma area.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 7, 2010

Eagle voters rejected the proposed Eagle River Station development in a record turnout. The proposal was defeated by 84 votes.

Gypsum Animal Hospital offered vaccination packages for $150, which included office visits and three series of vaccinations.

Red Canyon Dance Academy opened its doors. Owner Lee Harding was offering jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap at the dance studio.

The U.S. Forest Service urged residents to be aware of falling, dead trees and other hazards during the winter season.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 6, 2005

The Eagle County commissioners approved the contract for $140,785 worth of architectural services for the 24,000-square foot, steel-construction, multi-use event center to be constructed at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The commissioners also voted to set their own parallel organization for land trusts.

Mac’s Liquor was advertized an 18-pack of Coors Light for $12.99. Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs advertised a 2000 Toyota Rav4 for $13,495.

Curves for Women opened in Eagle. The fitness center was offering half-hour workouts for local women.

Eagle resident Nelson Gould was inducted into the Taylor University Hall of Fame. The Eagle Valley High School principal was a football star at the college.

Senior citizens enjoyed a New Year’s party at the Golden Eagle Center.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 5, 1995

Princess Diana flew into the Eagle County Airport for a ski vacation in Vail. She dodged photographers on her flight out of the county by flying commercial, rather than on a private jet.

Eagle County smashed previous building permit records in 1994 with 624 permits issued.

Eagle Mayor Bill Cunningham presented outgoing Planning and Zoning commission Chairman Ken Long with a plaque honoring his 10 years of service.

A 43-year-old Commerce City man was in trouble with county judge Teri Diem after leaving the courthouse with his file, which he was supposed to be taken to the clerk’s office. A bench warrant was issued for this arrest.

The Forest Service and Colorado Division of Wildlife hosted a “scoping session” in Minturn to discuss the possible return of bighorn sheep to the Holy Cross Wilderness, southwest of Vail.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 10, 1985

Don Welch and Dick Gustafson were sworn in as the new Eagle County commissioners. County appointments included Brad Jones as county manager, Beth Wittier as county attorney, Terry Lowell as administrative service director, Mabel Risch as social services director, and Susie Vaughn as community development director.

Eagle Recreation director Ray Tencza was featured in a sports story.

The Eagle Valley High School boys’ basketball team defeated the Battle Mountain Huskies in their home opener.

In wrestling, the Devil grapplers placed fifth in a tournament at Cedaredge.

EVHS choir student Anna Dyck was named to te all state choir.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan 9, 1975

The developers of the proposed Adam’s Rib Ski Area purchased the former Wilson TV and Appliance store building in downtown Eagle for use as office space. Eldon and Thlma Wilson were retiring after 30 years in the electric business.

Eagle County Commission Chairman Al Orlosky, Planning Commission Chairman Rod Slifer, and Planning Director Mike Blair sent a any angry letter to the State Land Use Commission protesting the state’s stance regarding the proposed Beaver Creek Ski Area development. The local officials accused the state of trying to take control of local land use decisions.

Joetta Randall and Carl Gray were married in a ceremony in Vinta, Okla.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 7, 1965

Newly elected county commissioners Dan Koprinikar and A.E. “Slim” Marks took their oaths of office at the county courthouse.

Richard Miller was sworn in as county judge, marking the end of the justice-of-the-peace courts.

Warm weather turned the Eagle skating rink into a pond for the 12th Night celebration.

British royalty visited Vail: Lord and Lady Harleck and their children were on a skiing vacation. Lord Harlect was the British ambassador.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 6, 1955

Eagle County was declared the state’s top producer of silver, copper, and zinc in 1954.

Jack Roach was the new court clerk for the Fifth Judicial District, taking a job previously held by Leo Fessenden. He would start work just in time for the murder trial of Edwards resident Bill Wellington, accused for the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law, Benny Klatt.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 5, 1945

In service news, Owen Simonds of the First Calvary Division on Leyton wrote his mother, Mrs. Morton White of Sweetwater, “Don’t believe all that baloney about these islands being something glamorous,” he advised.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan 11, 1935

A crew of veterinarians was headed to Eagle County to test the local cattle for tuberculosis.

A coroner’s jury decided that the shooting death of Archie M. Davis at his home near Radium was a justified homicide. That decision freed the accused, N.A. Bredinger. The jury ruled that Bredinger acted in self-defense.

Annual reports indicated that Eagle County led the state in silver and copper production in 1934.