Those were the days
5 years ago
Week of July 31, 2008
Members of the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denial of the Eagle River Station proposal. The commission members said the proposal did not comply with specifics of the Eagle Area Community Plan, citing the sections governing visual impact, building height and perimeter buffering.
The Eagle County Commissioners learned the 35,000 square-foot expansion planned for the Justice Center would cost $24 million — $4 million more than originally budgeted.
Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton announced that she had changed her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. “This is strictly a personal decision. Party affiliation is not a factor in my job as clerk and recorder,” she said.
Battle Mountain High School graduate Luis Canela planned a return to the valley as the announcer of a charro performance planned as part of the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo festivities.
Jack Oleson shared the story of how he had painstakingly restored an 1825 Conestoga wagon. Oleson had purchased the wagon back in the early 1960s from the Holland House in Golden, a popular Western-themed restaurant and hotel in Golden.
10 years ago
Week of July 31, 2003
Like a group of military strategists dealing with an invading army, local government and court officials were working out a logistical plan to handle the Koby Bryant court case. The onslaught of national media had grid locked the streets around the Eagle County Justice Center and impeded regular county and district court business.
A sudden and intense rainstorm caused moderate damage around Eagle. Nearly two inches of rain fell in less than 30 minutes, flooding some neighborhoods around town.
Life-long Burns rancher Ben Wurtsmith was named Outstanding Conservationist of the Year by the Eagle County Conservation District.
Mariah Dermody, 6, was the youngest rider competing in the barrel racing event at the Beaver Creek rodeo. The diminutive racer was a crowd favorite.
20 years ago
Week of July 29, 1993
Nicky, a narcotics dog working with Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputy Kyle Hall, took all the honors at a national police K-9 field trial.
The town of Eagle approved a water service agreement that cleared the way for development of the Eby Creek Mesa subdivision.
A decision by the Adam’s Rib operation to trap and remove a population of beavers from Vassar Meadow on East Brush Creek sparked a protest from the Eagle County Humane Society.
Coaches Kevin and Nathan O’Neil’s Little League All Stars placed first in the district tournament. The players included Tyson Bobson, Mac Bernhardt, Zach DeHerrerra, Todd Royal, Brandon Gray, David Hatton, Phillip Hindman, Cody O’Neill, Nick O’Neill, Brian Richardson, Nicky Stewart, Greg Thompson and Ezra Velez.
Ken Morrell returned from the World Horseshoe Competition in Spearfish, S.D. with a championship trophy and a nice cash prize.
Marty Forster of McCoy was riding at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.
30 years ago
Week of Aug. 4, 1983
The Eagle Town Board launched legal action against a Minneapolis based company that was supposed to be building a new municipal water system. Work stopped abruptly when the company declared bankruptcy.
Noting that the Wolcott landfill had only about two years of capacity remaining, Eagle County officials started exploring expansion options.
Dempsey’s softball team was headed to an invitational tournament in Chicago. Team members were Mike Evancho, John Evancho, Steve Evancho, Steve Evancho Sr., Carl Merkling, Wayne Cash, Mouse Mickley, Steve Wydvale, Joe Bisant, Ron Zatarin, Vern Ullerick and John Kirschner. The team coach was Bill Erickson.
A proposal for a 60-foot tall, modern sculpture of a fishing pole with a bucket on the end was generating lots of public comment in Vail. Total cost of the Claes Oldenburg work was more than $200,000
Joe Venneman, investigator for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, reopened the 10-year-old “Cinder Sam” case. The unusual 1973 case involved the body of an unknown victim, clothed in a red robe, discovered by rock hunters near the Dotsero crater. The human remains were being held at the pathology lab facility at the Montrose Memorial Hospital. Despite extensive investigation, detectives were not able to identify the victim or the cause of the death.
40 years ago
Week of Aug. 2, 1973
For the first time, Eagle County adopted a building code.
In Gypsum, voters were slated to make a once-and-for-all decision about controversial water system improvements. The specific question was whether or not to accept a federal grant for a new water treatment plant.
In Eagle, the Mountain Modular Manufacturing plant began operation. The business, located in the Eagle Commercial Park, specialized in pre-cast concrete building panels and ready-mix concrete. Clint Brookhart was the general manager.
Eagle dentist Dr. Jerry Fedrizzi volunteered to do three weeks of dental work in Honduras. His work was limited to extractions and he anticipated pulling between 2,000 to 3,00 teeth during that time.
Patty Riggle accepted a position as a nurse at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
50 years ago
Week of Aug. 1, 1963
Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain predicted that July of 1963 would go down in history as one of the hottest and driest months ever recorded in the valley.
Fierce gusts of wind took out a large plate glass window at Mick’s 66 Station in Eagle and shattered a large window at the Lewis Store downtown.
Forest Ranger Don Price and Fire Warden Walt Foster bought a lightning-spark fire at Sheephorn under control.
Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Flight Days Little Britches Rodeo and to enjoy a barbecue in the new exhibit building at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The covered rodeo grandstands were also a hit.
Jack Rochford took first in calf roping and Diann Bagley took first in the cloverleaf barrel race at the rodeo.
Mr. and Mrs. Dennie Eaton were building a new brick structure in downtown Eagle for the popular Serv-U-Shop dry goods store,
Work also started on a new town hall for Gypsum, located at the corner of First and Eagle streets. The site had formerly been occupied by the Oleson Store. The Bertroch Brothers were the contractors for the building.
60 years ago
Week of July 30, 1953
The Castle Peak Chapter of the Izaak Walton League was hosting its annual fish fry and covered dish supper at Yeoman Park.
Eagle County was allowed 10 bighorn sheep hunting licenses in the state’s first open season on sheep in 68 years. The permits were issued for the Gore Range.
An arbitration board settled four claims by Eagle County stockmen against the state for damage to their hay by deer during the winter of 1951-52. Benton Land and Livestock and ranchers Orris G. and Joe Albertson of Burns and Hilliard Miller of Eagle collected money.
A federal mediator was brought in to settle a wage dispute between the Empire Zinc Company and union workers at the Gilman mine.
70 years ago
Week of July 30, 1943
Soldier Warren Black, stationed in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps, wrote home that he had mastered the art of climbing coconut palm trees while barefoot.
The American Legion Auxiliary was appealing to residents for donations of bed lamps. The lamps were intended for soldiers at Camp Hale.
Brush Creek Valley residents gathered at the John Clark home for a fish fry in honor of Mac MacDonnel’s visit home from the Navy and in celebration of Bob McIlveen’s birthday.
Mrs. John Lewis, Mrs. H.K. Brooks and Mrs. William J. Meehan encountered a bear on the road near Bear Gulch on Brush Creek.
80 years ago
Week of Aug. 4, 1933
Colo. Gov. Ed Johnson paid a visit to the Farmer’s Day celebration in Avon. He toured the Colorado Agricultural Experimental Station. Visitors to the Avon mountain farm were invited to come and view the latest developments in growing potatoes, pod peas, head lettuce, sweet corn, strawberries, raspberries, currants, gooseberries and blackberries.
The Colorado Highway Department funded two projects in Eagle County. The first was a gravel surfacing from the cement bridge east of Eagle all the way through town and the second involved surfacing the underpass beneath the Rio Grande Railroad bridge at Gypsum.
A new settlement named Carlsburg had sprung up near the mouth of Derby Creek, serving workers at the Dotsero cutoff.
A cloudburst struck Dotsero and streams flooded around the area, blocking the state highway with rock and mud several feet deep.