Those were the Days
5 years ago
Week of May 22, 2008
Eagle County and the U.S. Forest Service launched negotiations for a complex land deal that would transfer ownership of the federal agency’s property in downtown Eagle.
The Freedom Park Spray Park opened in Edwards to the acclaim of local kids. A computer controlled the random settings for the 23 water sprays at the park.
The Eagle Valley High School 400-meter relay team — Shaylynn Nielson, Emily Kingston, Sierra Pickslay-Zamora and Ashley Rohweder — battled a barrage of injuries to record their best time ever in a seventh-place finish at the Colorado State Track Meet.
Students from Alpine Academy of Dance performed “Aladdin” at the Vilar Center at Beaver Creek.
10 years ago
Week of May 22, 2003
Alpine Bank celebrated its 20th anniversary in Eagle by donating $10,000 toward the town’s indoor ice rink project.
Gypsum Creek Middle School teacher Ben Klieber was named as the Eagle County Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year.
For the third straight year, EVHS senior Kim Smith won the 800-meter event at the Colorado 3A state meet. Smith planned to run cross country at Northwest Community College in the fall.
The EVHS girls golf team earned second-place honors at the state tournament. Senior Eric Sterkel shot a career-best 76 at the West Wood Golf Course in Arvada, placing fifth overall and elevating the team to its best-ever state finish.
20 years ago
Week of May 10, 1993
Western Eagle County Ambulance District, which was operating out of a modular building at the Eagle County Airport, was making plans for a permanent building to be located in Eagle.
Local bowlers Mary Coe, Pam Bergstresser Rayle Zimmerman, Anna Gerard, Cathy Rysavy, Jody Cox, Cathy Noha and Kathy Lewensten were on their way to the Colorado Women’s Bowling Tournament in Greeley.
A proposal to place a bike path through the Sunset View Cemetery in Eagle was raising the ire of Enterprise readers, who were voicing their objection in a series of letters to the editor.
Despite runs by Nick Luchycky, Dane Cousins and Mike Reynolds, the EVHS Devils baseball team lost to the Platte Valley Broncos at the regional tournament.
30 years ago
Week of May 19, 1983
EVHS senior Carl Eaton was best in the state in the discus event at the Colorado State Track Meet.
Basalt and El Jebel residents were talking about the possibility of annexing into Pitkin County.
Eagle County sales tax revenues were up by 18 percent compared to the previous year.
Craig and Lisa Wallace were the new owners of the Gypsum Creek Texaco.
The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District was seeking some financial support from Eagle County School District to build the proposed $1 million swimming pool and racquetball facility at the Eagle Valley Middle School property.
40 years ago
Week of May 24, 1973
County planner Mike Blair asked for a moratorium of new development applications, saying his one-man department simply could not keep up with demand. Members of the Eagle County Planning Commission rejected his request, but did recommend the county adopt the Uniform Building Code.
The Colorado Department of Highways opened new rest areas at Wolcott and Edwards.
The Eagle County School Board accepted a $1.5 million bid to construct a new middle school at Eagle.
The entire town turned out for Eagle’s annual spring-cleaning day. Local volunteer firemen washed the streets, and school kids picked up trash. The volunteer firefighters included Chief Jack Johnson, Bob Shelton, Jack Merchant, Sam Yantzer, Ross Chamber, Ira Bindley, Alvin Rule, John O’Leary, Pat Carlow, Willard Wilson, Hugh Reicher, Ned Oyler and Bob Myers.
Ensign Steve Koonce received his Naval commission. He has recently made his first solo flight in a T-34 “Mentor “ training plane.
Kathy Albertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Albertson of Gypsum, was awarded the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Company Good Citizen Scholarship.
50 years ago
Week of May 23, 1963
Three sections of State Land Board property that previously had been leased to stockmen for 26 cents per acre, were sold for an average price of $122 per acre. The buyers were Wolcott sheepmen J. Perry Oleson, George Jouflas and E.W. Erickson.
Eagle County resident Bob Mayne was seriously injured when he was struck in the head by a boom while working on a rig in Vail. He suffered a fractured skill and internal injuries.
Elmer Norgaard was named American Legion Post 150 Commander. Other officers included Ralph Boucher, George Paul, Ronald Estes, John Beasley, Fred Collett, D.E. Johnson and William Bradford.
60 years ago
Week of May 21, 1953
Western Slope business leaders met with Colo. Gov. Dan Thron to lobby for construction of a tunnel under Loveland Pass.
The Castle Peak Chapter of the Izaac Walton League hosted “Huck Finn, Becky Thatcher Day” to encourage local kids to fish. Contest rules restricted participants to use willow poles and they had to bait their own hooks and land their own fish unaided. The contest was held at Gould’s Lake outside of Gypsum.
A Rural Electrification Association project in northern Eagle County was nearly complete with lines as far a McCoy and Bond and poles installed along the Colorado River to the Orgish Ranch, west of McCoy.
The Eagle Home Demonstration Club met at the Mary Ann Morgan residence. The afternoon’s entertainment featured Janice Carlow performing the hula.
MacDonald Knight of Red Cliff was the winner of a Fulbright Scholarship. He had just completed his master thesis titled “Early Days on the Eagle.” His work documented the social and economic development of all the settlements from the top of Tennessee Pass to Dotsero.
70 years ago
Week of May 21, 1943
The seven patriotic students at Squaw Creek School, all pupils of Mildred J. Sundquist, sold $2,000 worth of war bonds and collected more than three tons of scrap metal for the war effort.
McCoy resident Bill Booco, 22, had a close call when lightning struck his horse while he was herding sheep on the range near his home. The young man was knocked unconscious and his hat was burned to cinders. The metal zipper on his jacket melted. When he regained consciousness, Booco walked home and he was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
A heavy frost and low temperature of 26 degrees killed many of the tender spring plants around the valley.
The draft board tapped local brothers Earl and Frank Eaton of Squaw Creek along with Claude Williams of Minturn.
80 years ago
Week of May 19, 1933
County Judge Albert Ethel died at his home after a six-month illness.
In Eagle, the Woodsmen of the World Hall was packed to the doors for a boxing bout that pitted Avon lightweight Bobby Redwood against Peter Perrero. Redwood was called “the fastest boxer on the Western Slope.”
The boxing match was followed by a dance with music by the Gondolian Orchestra.
Eagle High School graduates were Mabel High, Mary Rice, Beatrice Bindley, Winifred Brooks, Thomas High and Harold Koonce.
“Dreamland” at Wolcott was planned. The event promised a dance featuring J. Hill Peyton and the Original Players of the Purple and Gold. Admission was $1 with an additional 25 cent dinner option.
Elmer Jack Bindley was elected president of the Eagle Valley Sportsmen’s Club.