Those were the Days
5 years ago
Week of May 1, 2008
Eagle County’s plan to re-develop the truckers’ parking area at the county fairgrounds caught truckers and Eagle officials by surprise. County officials announced plans to build a park at the site, removing both the truck parking and the recycling collection bins housed in the area.
There were three candidates for the two openings on the Gypsum Fire Protection District Board of Directors — Amy Moreno, Pete Nolan and Rocco E. LaGuardia.
John Bronn of Eagle was honored with the Eagle County Historical Society’s Nimon-Walker Award.
Katie Drucker, a native of Scarsdale, N.Y., and a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin, joined the Eagle Valley Enterprise staff.
10 years ago
Week of May 1, 2003
Officials from Colorado Mountain College decided to resurrect the school’s paramedic training program at the Eagle campus.
Eagle County District Court issued an injunction to stop work on the new lighted baseball/softball field complex in Gypsum. Neighboring property owners Tom and Chris LaVenture were fighting the ballpark development, citing the lighting and noise complaints.
Eagle Valley High School’s girls soccer team played for its first league title and a bye into the state tournament. The team lost, 3-1, to Basalt in a tight contest.
Eagle County Deputy Sheriff John Fletcher Clark , who was gunned down in the line of duty back in 1961, and Cruz Carabajal, a Gypsum firefighter who sustained a fatal aneurysm in 1993, were among the four valley emergency service workers honored during a memorial service at the Vail Interfaith Chapel.
20 years ago
Week of April 29, 1993
The Gypsum Planning Commission recommended approval of a 150-acre parcel owned by Dick Mayne after he trimmed the number of units from more than 400 homes to 25 homes.
Reacting to concerns from neighbors, the Eagle Town Board placed a 10 p.m. limit on lights at the Town Park ballfield.
A gas leak was blamed for a blaze that destroyed a home on Fourth and Broadway in Eagle, owned by Donna and Mark Arnold.
EVHS’s Pete Nolan was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
Devil Nathan O’Neill hit a grand slam in the baseball team’s win over Hotchkiss. Nick Luchycky and Amber Mellnick were crowned EVHS prom king and queen.
30 years ago
Week of April 28, 1983
Gypsum voters overwhelmingly approved the formation of a fire protection district. Developer Purley Bertroch donated the land along Second Street for construction of a fire station.
EVHS tracksters took first place in their home meets. Sandi Mott placed first in the 100-meter low hurdles and 330 meter low hurdles. Marcie Smith placed first in discuss. Wendi Ross placed first in the long jump and Lauri Mott placed first in high jump. Other first-place awards went to Carl Eaton in discus and shot put and Blake Faulkner in hurdles.
Owners of the 46-acre Nobel tract, located between the Eagle River and U.S. Highway 6 east of the Eagle Interstate 70 spur road, presented an annexation request.
A Dotsero man, Edward Dorrow, charged in the beating death of his 2-year-old son, was found to be insane by a Colorado State Hospital physician.
40 years ago
Week of May 3, 1973
McCoy resident Clark Ewing and Vail resident Virginia Crowley were the victors in a lively Eagle County School Board election.
Eagle County Sanitarian Erick Edeen delivered a water pollution control report for the Department of Health, concluding that the county was low on funding but high on the pollution list.
The town of Eagle enlisted held from the Eagle Volunteer First Department to wash down local streets.
Among the local 4-H students attending a state conference were Robin Albert, Kristi Albertson, Alvin Brown, Elizabeth Chandler, Patsy Critelli, Nancy Gates, Dave Griffin and Anna Marie Hoza.
50 years ago
Week of May 2, 1963
The Colorado Game and Fish Department was contemplating improvements at the recently acquired Sylvan Lake property. Game warden Walt Woodward advocated using the lodge building, originally constructed by Otto Zurcher, for community meetings.
The cities of Aurora and Colorado Springs were floating bonds to finance a 225-foot earth and rock dam to raise the capacity of Homestake Reservoir. Water from Homestake was diverted to Colorado’s Front Range.
60 years ago
Week of April 30, 1953
Several days of 79-degree temperatures in the valley were followed by rain, snow and 40-degree highs.
Eagle residents were surprised when a flock of 30 Franklin gulls swooped down to feed for a few hours at the Mayer Ranch on the south edge of town.
Wesley Schlegel and Mary Mason of McCoy obtained a marriage license in Garfield County.
The movie “Lost in Alaska,” starring Abbot and Costello, was showing at the Eagle Theater.
70 years ago
Week of April 30, 1943
Ranchers John Fry and Charles Doll sold the former Sam Doll ranch in the Gypsum Valley to a syndicate consisting of J.D. Allen, and Hollis K. Brooks of the First National Bank of Eagle County, county assessor Herman A Stein and Massachusetts resident Alex Allen. (The property eventually became the Albertson Ranch, the site of the Brightwater development).
An AWOL soldier from Camp Hale known as Blackie the Boxer attempted to start a fire in the bunk bed of his cell at the Eagle County Jail, where he had been detained on a disorderly conduct charge. A passing Eagle resident noticed the fire and sounded the alarm. The town fire department put of the blaze and Blackie was transferred to another cell. However, he was not done causing trouble. Blackie slammed his fist into the wall and broke his hand, at which point a fed-up County Sheriff Murray Wilson shipped him back to Camp Hale.
George Carlow and Mrs. L.C. Sharp announced they would be opening a new cafe a the Calvick’s location in downtown Eagle.
80 years ago
Week of April 28, 1933
Dr. O.W. Randall received word that the federal government’s reforestation camps would be stationed in Eagle County, somewhere in the Tigiwon area, for the summer months. About 200 men were slated to work for six months, clearing out dead timber and eradicating poisonous weeds.
The Legion smoker in Gypsum drew several hundred spectators. Winners of the three knockout bouts were Max Daley, Harold Mulnix and Matt Daley.
However the best fight of the event was a match between Willis Bearden, known as the Squaw Creek Tiger, and S. Cohen, “the Avon Indian.” Bearden won the decision.