Those were the days
5 years ago
Week of Oct. 16, 2008
Actor Paul Newman passed away but he left a yet-to-be realized legacy in Eagle County — the Roundup River Ranch camp located north of Dotsero. The camp was the latest Hole in the Wall camp, facilities designed specifically for children suffering from chronic and life threatening illnesses. The camps are supported through the sale of Newman’s Own products.
Work started on a series of improvements to Eby Creek Road. The improvements were planned to improve traffic flow and were designed as interim fixes until the town and the Colorado Department of Transportation could find funding for long-term solutions. In the long-term, the entities envisioned construction of five roundabouts along the roadway.
A pair of teenage boys were facing felony charges after they were caught spray-painting graffiti on a fence near the Highway 6 roundabout in Eagle. They teens admitted they were also responsible for the vandalism found along Sawatch Road, at Alpine Lumber, along the railroad bridge over Eby Creek Road and at various utility boxes. The total cost of their vandalism was $700, which pushed their actions to the felony level.
The grand opening of Mountain Beverage in Gypsum prompted a visit from Pete Coors.
The Eagle Pool and Ice Rink celebrated its fifth anniversary.
10 years ago
Week of Oct. 16, 2003
Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll marked his 10th anniversary with the town. Shroll began work in Gypsum when he was 24 years old. He recalled his first week on the job, when he was invited to a town party. One of the town employees asked him “So, is your dad the new town manager?”
Former Eagle County commissioner candidate Steve Morris questioned the legality of the Bair Ranch conservation easement purchase. The county commissioners had approved a $2 million deal to purchase the easement to prevent future development of the scenic 4,300-acre parcel located at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon. Morris questioned several aspects of the plan, including the use of county general fund money for the easement. While county voters approved an open space tax in 2002, revenues from the tax weren’t slated to come in until 2004.
Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish purchased the home at the corner of Capitol and Third. The church planned an eduction center at the residence, formerly owned by longtime locals Ralph and Janice Starr.
Vieva and Claude DeGraw hosted a 91st birthday party for Garnet Ping.
20 years ago
Week of Oct. 15, 1993
Eagle County’s budget for 1994 included $325,000 for renovations at the old county courthouse and the addition of 22 new full-time employees.
Jessica Catto asked the county to down zone her 8,200-acre parcel north of Eagle.
Gypsum citizens petitioned the town council to slow down traffic on Valley Road.
The developers of Eby Creek Mesa reported that 34 lots were sold in one month’s time.
Eagle was getting ready to celebrate Oktoberfest with a party at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.
Rowdy Hobbs led the Devils defense with one sack and 11 tackles, but despite that effort, Eagle Valley High School lost to Roaring Fork.
Josh Wujek, Jared Reynolds, Jeremy Yeik and Joe Terry led the Devils soccer team to victory over Whiteman.
Wayne Carley, Teddi Osburn and Bob Slagle were among the locals hired for bit parts in the Patrick Swayze movie “Tall Tale.” The movie was filming in the local area.
30 years ago
Week of Oct. 20, 1983
The Barn Savers Committee, a sub group of the Eagle County Historical Society, was collecting money to move an old dairy barn to Chambers Park. The group wanted to use the barn to build a local history museum.
Scott Green and Roxanne Buniger were crowned as EVHS Homecoming King and Queen. The Devils triumphed in a rain-drenched game against Soroco. The Devils were undefeated for the season with strong play by Green, John Harris, Nathan Bryant, Bob Ross, Curt Metternick, Chris Fedrizzi and Ray Eberhard.
The EVHS volleyball team split their weekend games. The team’s core, coached by Susan Scott, included Kim Eaton, Marcie Smith, Laurie Mott and Kelli Faulkner.
40 years ago
Week of Oct. 1973
Dry conditions and neglectful hunters were blamed for two fires in the county. Some 640 acres burned at the J. Perry Olsen ranch at Wolcott and a half-acre burned along Sheep Creek near Sweetwater.
The Eagle Town Board agreed to hire a second policeman on the advice of town manager Chuck Shafer. Shafer warned the board that one man simply could not do the job, citing a number of bar fights and juvenile disturbances in the community.
Dave Schiessl led the Devils’ offense to a 26-0 victory over West Grand. Leading rushers were Tom Foral and Kenny McGinnis.
50 years ago
Week of Oct. 17, 1963
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Anderson of Sweetwater hosted a “fox hunt” with a twist. Because there were more gophers than foxes living at Sweetwater, the quarry was actually a human carrying a bushy tail. The hunters had to track down and corner the “fox,” who was actually Jim Stephens.
Marge Chandler of Eagle had an Easter lily blooming in her yard.
The Enterprise reported that big game hunters were arriving in converted school buses, hearses and Cadillacs, as well as pulling trailers with horses, jeeps or “tote goats.” Brush Creek rancher Bud Eaton came upon a hunting camp east of Gypsum where there were two dressed out animals – one was a deer, one was mutton.
Gilman miners were back at work after a several-day layoff caused by a fire on the 14th level.
The town of Red Cliff was installing a water filtration system on Turkey Creek for its domestic water supply.
Devils football player Hal Koonce scored two touchdowns in a game against Basalt.
60 years ago
Week of Oct. 15, 1953
The Garfield Hospital Association accepted a 5-acre tract in south Glenwood as the site for a new 35-bed hospital to serve Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties.
Frances Stanley was installed as Worthy Matron of the Eagle Chapter of the Eastern Star. Other officers included M.H. Morgan, Ida Dickenson, Dorothy Rule, Velma Larsen, Eve Luby, Mildred Cook, LaVerne Hahn, Ella Frances Bindley, Roberta Combs, Lola Chambers and Anabel Kuntz.
The striking Mine and Mill Workers Union turned down a back-to-work offer from the Empire Zinc Company in Gilman. Some of the local mining families were leaving the county to find work.
Jack Phillips returned home from Ladd Air Force Base in Alaska.
70 years ago
Week of Oct. 15, 1943
Local drivers were hit with a gas ration cut from four to three gallons per coupon.
The two sons of Gypsum resident Jane Walcher were serving overseas. Sgt. Robert D. Walcher was in India while his brother, Sgt. Earnest S. Walcher, was fighting in the Solomons.
Aviation student Jack Oleson was beginning his training as a cadet at Syracuse University.
An Arvada hunter was killed when a companion mistook him for an elk. The party had been hunting on the Will Schlutter ranch along Brush Creek.
80 years ago
Week of Oct. 20, 1933
Successful local deer hunters included Ralph Meyer, Gus Meyer, W.M. Wilson, W.S. Brown, Eldon Wilson, Herman Stein, Harry Lewis, Forrest Cave, Orville Cave, Ira Carpenter, Fred Rule, Alvin Rule and Joe Rule.
Successful elk hunters included J.D. Allen, H.K. Brooks, Dorris Johnson and Andrew Christiansen.
Game wardens Downey and Buchholz nabbed eight violators who illegally killed deer and grouse.
Eagle student Phyllis Barnes won top honors for her vocal solo “Robin Return” at the county music contest.
The potato crop harvest was under way along Brush Creek and Eby Creek. The estimated yield was 150 to 300 sacks per acre. The potato inspector declared Billy Tucker’s Russett Burbanks were the best potatoes he had seen in years.
The Eagle School reported that 10 students received straight A’s on their report cards.
The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council program adds 1% to purchases to fund preservation and conservation.