Those were the days |

Those were the days

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Tom Knight and Am Anderson rest their houses en route to Holy Cross City in this 1940 photograph.
Photo courtesy the Eagle County Historical Society and the Eagle Valley Library District |

5 years ago

Week of Nov. 6, 2008

Eagle County voters elected Jon Stavney and Peter Runyon as county commissioners. Voter turnout was extremely high, fueled by the Barrack Obama/John McCain presidential race. The county had a total of 23,855 registered voters and 21,565 turned out for the election.

Gypsum Recreation Center manager Scott Ruff reported that membership numbers were up at the facility. Ruff noted that cardio equipment users, as a combined group, had clocked the equivalent of 40 round trips from New York to Los Angeles.

The cable television show “Monster Quest” came to Eagle to create a segment about Bigfoot evidence in Colorado.

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The latest Eagle River Station hearing before the Eagle Town Board centered on building-height and parking issues. The developers were proposing four-story buildings with architectural features and roof peaks as high as 62 feet. They also presented a plan for 2,499 parking spaces.

10 years ago

Week of Nov. 6, 2003

Voters elected Mary Ann Stavney to the Eagle County School Board and rejected a proposal to extend the life of the current mill levy (slated to drop in 2004) to pay for technology and transportation services.

Gypsum voters approved a measure that lifted term limits for town council and mayor positions. In 2002, town voters rejected a similar proposal.

The Eagle Town Board approved an ordinance giving the town’s police and code enforcement officers the ability to confiscate equipment from willful violators of the community’s open space regulations.

Three rental yurts opened at Sylvan Lake State Park. Each building could sleep up to six people and included propane heaters, tables, chairs, bunk beds, futon couches and solar powered light systems.

Eagle native Rolland Randall turned 97 years old. Randall was born Nov. 6, 1906, at a home in Eagle that was located at the site of the current Interstate 70 interchange ramps.

20 years ago

Week of Nov. 4, 1993

Eagle County’s first-ever mail ballot election drew a 51 percent turnout. Voters approved a bond issue to construct two new elementary schools and one new middle school, and complete various improvements to schools districtwide. However, the voters rejected a proposed mill levy increase to provide operating funds for the new schools.

In the school board contest, voters elected Jerry Sandberg of Gypsum and Steve Miller of Eagle-Vail. Raenette Johnson of Eagle, Don Marks of Vail, Patty Cross of Avon and Dan Leary of Minturn were also elected in uncontested races.

The Eagle County commissioners were eying a second addition to the justice center. The county added a courtroom to the center in 1992, but did not address office space needs for probation and for the district attorney.

Gypsum voters approved two tax issues — one to pay for animal control services and one to build a pedestrian path between the Eagle River and Valley Road. Combined, the two issues raised property taxes an estimated $11 for each $50,000 of valuation. The animal control issue passed with 91 votes in favor and 67 opposed. The path issue passed with 99 votes in favor and 59 opposed.

30 years ago

Week of Nov. 10, 1983

The Eagle Valley High School football team, under the leadership of head coach John Ramunno, advanced to the state quarterfinals. Ray Eberhard made three interceptions, senior Bob Ross posted 15 tackles and linebacker Kyle Eddings had 14 tackles. Sophomore quarterback John Harris was ranked fourth in the state in passing for all Class A 11-man schools.

Eagle County School District proposed a property tax hike to balance its budget.

Amy and Jack Niswanger of Eagle celebrated the birth of their son Jake.

Eagle County hosted an open house at its new modular jail, located in downtown Eagle.

High County Broadcasting President Gloria Jones announced that Eagle’s first radio station would go on the air by spring. The signal proposed covered an area reaching from Vail to Glenwood Springs. The station planned a country format.

About 160 local kids were participating in the Eagle soccer league.

Wilbur Luark of Burns was named outstanding conservationist by the Eagle County Soil Conservation District.

40 years ago

Week of Nov. 8, 1973

Halloween vandals overturned headstones at the Eagle cemetery and punctured tires on a state patrol vehicle and an Eagle Police car. The crimes prompted the Eagle Town Board to consider establishing a town curfew.

Someone with a high-powered rifle fired a shot into the conductor of an electrical transmission line along Cottonwood Pass, leaving some 4,700 households and businesses in the valley without heat or light for three hours.

Some Gypsum neighbors were arguing against a proposed small mobile home park in the Longview subdivision.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of a former Eagle police officer, who was accused of stealing a van.

The Devils football team finished the season with at 56-0 shutout of Basalt. Tom Foral led the Colorado River Valley League in scoring, with Ken McGinnis in the number two position.

Harrison’s Restaurant and Lounge in Eagle had a new owner and a new name: Berniece’s Place.

50 years ago

Week of Nov. 7, 1963

A six-man jury awarded the Burford Land and Livestock Company and Lake Creek ranch Bob Burford $5,000 in damages from the Rio Grande Railroad. Burford lost 50 pregnant ewes during spring shipping when the animals were confined for too long. An additional 84 ewes aborted their lambs in the incident.

Despite a search by 70 men, a hunter from the Front Range who had been missing for 11 days could not be found. The search covered the area around Booth Creek and it was called off after a foot of snow fell in the region.

The Sweetwater Lake Lodge was sold by Mr. and Mrs. Phil King to a group of Denver and Dallas investors.

Jim Williams assumed the position of section foreman with the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Eagle.

The Devils football team finished second in the Colorado River Valley B League.

60 years ago

Week of Nov. 5, 1953

A two-month long strike by miners at the Empire Zinc Mine at Gilman ended when the International Unions of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers reached a new labor agreement with management. A company spokesman said the final negotiations were amicable.

A group of Burns residents met with the county commissioners to request support of a new highway from Burns to Denver via the Colorado River route. The commissioners pledged to lobby for a good road down the Colorado River from State Bridge to Dotsero.

The Charles Eaton family of Brush Creek escaped injury when a lightning bolt struck a power line on the ranch, which ran to the home’s cellar and connected to the rest of the house.

In Minturn, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Williams of the Williams Cafe entertained 110 kids at a Halloween costume party.

A Glenwood Springs veterinarian Dr. Carter T. Jackson, was treating local animals at a once-a-week clinic in the county extension office.

The annual WSCS Christmas bazaar was scheduled at the Eagle Community House.

70 years ago

Week of Nov. 5, 1943

Volunteers were canvassing house to house in the United War Chest Bond Drive.

Soldier Will Bonar wrote to his parents that his unit had arrived in Sicily. He indicated that his chief challenge was not fighting-related but rather finding some blonde women.

Willis Howard Rants of Minturn and Bill Lyles and Bob Quintana of Eagle were the latest wave of draftees from Eagle County.

Undersheriff Eldon Wilson arrested two 16-year-old Denver boys after they stole a car from in front of Stremme’s Store in Gypsum. The theft was conducted in broad daylight.

Seventh-grader Alfred Boore and fourth-grader Carol Boore brought in 100 pounds of scrap iron for the “Victory Scrap Bank.”

80 years ago

Week of Nov. 10, 1933

Twenty Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Colorado closed down for the winter.

A burglar broke into the Eagle Meat Market. Proprietor Dave McCauly reported that the only things missing were a few pairs of gloves.

Maude Bearden, a prominent Squaw Creek resident, died.

County residents, suffering from the economic impacts of the Great Depression, largely waited until the last possible moment to pay their property taxes. That caused a rush at the county courthouse on the final day. The Enterprise reported that 84 percent of the county’s total taxes due were paid.

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