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Marcella Ann Walsh Roberts poses in her U.S. Air Force uniform. She was the daughter of Mickey and Mamie Walsh and Marcella spent her childhood in Red Cliff.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Sept. 26, 2013

Contrary to what was expected, Eagle County passed an ordinance that temporarily banned retail marijuana businesses until January. The county had initially planned to begin accepting applications for those businesses in October.

Due to only three Eagle Town board members being in attendance at the meeting, several agenda items were pushed back a month because of public hearing advertising rules.

A trio of kittens, who were spending their days at the Kuttin’ Korner in Eagle, were looking for new homes.

A proposal for a solar farm on five acres east of Eagle along Interstate 70 was set to come before Eagle County commissioners within the next two months. Arion Energy of Boulder was leasing the parcel from Red Mountain Land with the hopes to start building the array by the end of December.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 24, 2009

Eagle Valley High School students returned to their classrooms after an extended summer break scheduled specifically to accommodate the comprehensive school remodel. The renovation included a new entryway, gymnasium, student commons, technology wing and new turf field. Principal Mark Strakbein kicked it all off with an all-school pep rally the first day of school.

Eagle County officials were warning residents that bears were feeding heavily in the area. They were urging residents to avoid leaving any wildlife attractants, and anyone encountering an aggressive bear was advised to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The Golden Eagle Community Center hosted a dance for the 55-plus crowd. Music was provided by Airborne with a costume contest and dance lessons.

Eagle’s latest public improvement, a new wastewater treatment plant, was featured in the Enterprise. The town spent a total of $13.7 million on the project, which was required by the state of Colorado because of the community’s population increase.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 23, 2004

Eagle Town leaders and citizens were on the same page in recognizing the need for improved “way finding” signs to direct visitors to business districts and public facilities, but arguments arose on the question of whether individual neighborhoods should have identifying signs.

The town of Gypsum was seeking requests for proposals for a ‘design build’ landscape at the roundabout in Gypsum.

Eagle Valley Middle School 8th graders participated in a special field trip to Sylvan Lake Park. Kids integrated school work with life skills, with a lot of the trip being about responsibility.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 22, 1994

Adam’s Rib Developer Fred Kummer said that his company’s recent purchase of Denver’s Radisson Hotel would open new doors for his proposed ski resort project south of Eagle.

A legal challenge by Front Range tax crusader Douglas Bruce was holding up the Eagle County School District’s ability to issue bonds that had been approved by voters.

The Gypsum Town Council gave initial approval to the Saddle Ridge residential project east of the airport.

EVHS students in Dave Scott’s class were producing their own, bi-weekly television show, “EVTV.”

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 25, 1984

After nearly 20 years of service, Pat Norman retired from her position as Eagle Postmistress.

Eagle Ranch owner Olive Goldman and Ranch Manager Mike Walck were expecting up to 350 cattle buyers at an auction of registered cattle.

Eagle County Democrats were hosting a fund-raising “roast” honoring Eagle mayor and former county sheriff Jim Seabry.

Rev. John Dold was the new priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson was asking the county commissioners to nearly double his staff for the next year.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 26, 1974

The Eagle Town Board balked at a suggestion from Town Manager Chuck Shafer that water rates be nearly tripled. Shafer argued that the water system should be financially self-supporting.

The organizers of the Eagle Valley Community Rummage Sale were dispersing the $14,000 they had raised to local non-profits.

The Eagle County commissioners paid $50,000 for a new steel bridge at Wolcott. The bridge was built in Hayden, then trucked to Wolcott over a two-day period.

EVHS “Devil’s Brigade” marching band performed in Vail in a special appearance before Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof

Property owners in the Upper Kaibab subdivision were objecting to a proposal that their neighborhood be annexed to the town.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 1, 1964

Gypsum’s fire siren was moved to the new Town Hall.

When the Eagle County Cowbelles hosted a regional meeting of their peers, Annalies Stephens provided the entertainment. She yodeled some Swiss songs.

Both the Eagle County Republicans and the Eagle County Democrats were hosting political rallies. Among the honored guests were Congressional candidate Ed Lamm for the Republicans, and his opponent, incumbent Congressman Wayne Aspenall.

Lena Yost posted the high individual score in regular play for the Eagle Diamond J bowling team.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 30, 1954

Radium residents Henry Hinton and Walt Forster were feeling proud of the antelope they bagged near Maybell.

Local residents were keeping the phones ringing late at night in a debate over which city had the highest population New York or London. The question was ultimately solved with the use of a reference book from the library, and a phone call to the Commerce Clearing House in Chicago. New York was bigger.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 29, 1944

A forest fire was threatening the Castle Peak country. Some 1,500 acres of pastureland burned before firefighters were able to get control of the blaze. The fire had burned through the former Gamble Ranch and the George Watson ranch on Upper Milk Creek.

Experts declared the local pea crop the best ever, and carloads were being shipped from Eagle to Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburg.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Sept. 28, 1934

Drought conditions in Eagle County were severe enough to prompt the federal government to hire a drought feed loan officer.


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