Those were the days
5 years ago
Week of May 15, 2008
Six weeks after a marketing consultant suggested changing the name of the Eagle County Regional Airport, the county commissioners nixed the idea. Commissioners Peter Runyon and Sara Fisher voiced their support for the existing name, but Commissioner Arn Menconi favored changing the facility’s name to Vail International Airport.
Members of the Eagle Town Board were discussing wildlife impacts and employee housing issues related to the proposed Eagle River Station development.
Jade Ohde of Gypsum was featured as the Colorado Rockies fan of the month. Her photo appeared in the baseball club magazine.
Eagle Valley High School girls golf team member Jeanette Baker was headed to the state tournament after shooting a 98 at regionals.
EVHS baseball team members Hunter Blevins and Nick Whitehead were named to the All-Conference team. Teammates Paul Suther, Jack Barbella and Willie Williamson received honorable mention awards.
10 years ago
Week of May 15, 2003
Members of the Gypsum Town Council wanted to preserve the historic Lundgren home. The town offered the house to prospective buyers for the bargain price of $1 but there was one caveat. The structure had to be moved from its historic spot because the town planned to build an indoor recreation center at the locale.
Longtime Eagle locals Ralph and Janice Starr attended the Kentucky Derby as the guests of Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day. Ralph Starr was Day’s wrestling coach when he attended Eagle Valley High School.
The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District sponsored a naming contest for the frog slide at the soon-to-open Eagle Pool.
Chase Erickson was the grand-prize winner at a county-sponsored student art show. Annie Vogel and Laura Sandoval tied for second-place honors.
20 years ago
Week of May 13, 1993
Gypsum residents petitioned the town council members to reconsider the decision to drop the community’s animal control contract with Eagle County.
Charlyn Canada was named director of the Eagle Valley Library District.
Colorado Mountain College’s Class of ‘93 graduates included Pat Norman, Kristina Cooper, Jeane Mitzelfelt, Martye McGinnis and Janet Shipka.
The final snow survey of the year reported 11.3 inches at McKenzie Gulch along west Brush Creek. That figure was 226 percent above average. The Eagle River was rising at a rate of one foot per day.
Locals John Hazzard and Rick Dunford were featured in a story about model train enthusiasts.
EVHS track team members Jennifer Cantrell, Thad Gates, Alan Bigelow, Josh Rau and Matt Moore were among the top finishers at the state meet.
30 years ago
Week of May 12, 1983
EVHS trackster Carl Eaton shattered the Colorado Gore League district record with a 154-foot, 6-inch throw.
A 10 percent shortfall in revenues had the Eagle Town Board in serious budget-cutting mode.
Dave and Barbara Griffin were the new operators of Valley Feed and Supply, an Eagle co-op.
Rock slides in Eagle Valley cause serious damages to homes of Booth Falls Court.
High winds ignited a test fire set by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in the Second Gulch area south of Eagle. The fire burned out of control for four hours.
40 years ago
Week of May 17, 1973
The Eagle Town Board debated whether or not to include a moratorium clause in newly written town ordinances. Board members were concerned about water hookups for new developments and the need to complete work on a town zoning code.
Joetta Randall was home from Loretto Heights College for a visit with her parents, Wayne and JoAnn.
It was branding season at the L&H Ranch at McCoy.
The Eagle Cafe and Bar advertised a half-slab of barbecued pork ribs for $3.50.
Minturn residents were surprised when the California Zephyr stopped in their town. A flood in Denver forced the train to reroute over Tennessee Pass instead of its regular route at the Dotsero cutoff.
A loose piece of track derailed a Denver and Rio Grande train at Belden.
50 years ago
Week of May 16, 1963
The Enterprise featured a photograph of a jar of water from an Eagle faucet. The water was cloudy and contained a fish. Editor Marilla McCain used the photo to argue her case for a filtration system for the town’s water supply.
The Eagle Lions Club held a banquet to honor EVHS athletes Larry Bagley, Jack Bindley, Tom Buniger, Everett Case, Joe Caywood, Don Davis, Kevin Doll, John Fenno, Neal Hargrave, Cliff Fenno, Bill Harris, Tom Harris, Bill Johnson, Steve Johnson, Hal Koonce, Dick Mayne, John Salazar, Ron Schutter, Bill Simmons, Gene Slaughter, Keith Thomas, Steve Tomsic, Jim Watson, Dan Williams, Jim Graves, Mike Simonds, Larry Prendergast, Mike Knupp, Leroy Rice, Ben Quinton and Phillip Hirz.
Robyn Rogers of Eagle, a sailor serving on the destroyer USS Frank Knox, was taking part in the recovery of astronaut Gordon Cooper’s Mercury capsule.
60 years ago
Week of May 14, 1953
The Enterprise described Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce effort to move the Upper Colorado Basketball Tournament from Gypsum to Glenwood as “bad business, poorly timed and exceedingly short-sighted.”
District Attorney Harold Grant and Eagle County Sheriff Murray Wilson were cracking down on fighting and brawling. The law enforcement duo urged county court officials to sentence offenders to jail in addition to levying fines against them. Their actions came in response to several cases of domestic violence and public fist fights.
Sheriff Wilson confiscated two slot machines from a store two miles east of State Bridge. Store owner George Morrison was charged with maintaining an illegal gambling operation.
In service news, Marine Sgt. Williams Bradford of Gypsum was promoted to section leader in Korea, in charge of six planes. Navy man Harold Long was home on leave from a submarine based at Pearl Harbor.
70 years ago
Week of May 14, 1943
Home preparedness generated big headlines in the wake of concerns about possible enemy bombings in the continental United States.
The Eagle County High School Class of 1943 was preparing for graduation. Class members were Kenneth Ashcraft, George Frye, Jack Hill, Delbert Kellogg, Russell Kellogg, Leonard Lundgren, Jack Oleson, George Yost, Betty Jo Yost, Serena Staup, Jessie Schlegel, Norma Lee Robidoux and Jo Ann Phillips.
Lorraine Mosher of Gypsum completed basic WAAC training in Newark, N.J.
Mac Macdonnel, who was leaving for the Navy, was honored at a party at the John Van Horn Ranch on Brush Creek. Guests Vieva and Elisabeth Squires, Ethel Mary Macdonnel, Georgia Nimon, Bette Wright, Judith Allen, Shirley Wilson, Dan Rule, Bud Eaton, Bill Lyells, Wayne Randall, Darrell Barnes and Wayne Nimon went on a treasure hunt and played Monte Carlo whist, a card game.
80 years ago
Week of May 12, 1933
The economics of the Great Depression prompted the Colorado Legislature to give county commissioners the power to cut unpaid personal tax amounts.
A sensational new potato variety — the Katahdin — was being tested at the Avon high altitude branch of the college experimental station. The tubers were reportedly doing well.
A minstrel show drew a crowd at the Woodmen of the World Hall in Eagle. The performance featured local comedians singing and dancing. Performers included Morton White, Judge Hume White, W.S. Brown, H,K. Brooks, Dorris Johnson, Ben White, Melvin Eaton, J.D. Allen and W.H. Luby.
Federal government officials were working with O.W. Randall to establish a reforestation camp south of Minturn. Pay for the 30 young men needed to work at the site was $30 per month.