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A mud wagon prepares to starts it run from Wolcott to Steamboat Springs. The wagn was a more robust vehicle than a coach, for use in difficult road conditions.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Oct. 31, 2013

This week marked a break in the hunting schedule with the first two open seasons being completed. Big game hunting was continuing to be big business in Eagle and in the state.



ECO Transit was gearing up to begin its new service for November. Service times were reworked to become more reliable and competitive with private vehicles.

The Eagle County commissioners tabled their decision on land use regulations that would allow retail marijuana businesses to open in a relatively narrow range of areas in Eagle-Vail, Edwards, Dotsero, and El Jebel. Additionally, cultivation facilities were being considered for rural zones if the new regulations were passed.



Locals were mourning the loss of popular resident Kyle Hall, who was just 49 years old.

Eagle County was bracing for a flood of paperwork, anticipating that a drastically higher number of people would be applying for Medicaid since the Affordable Care Act went into effect at the first of the month.



5 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 29, 2009

A feature story about the Vail Mountain Rescue Group reported that the group averaged between 70 to 80 missions a year in Eagle County. Flight for Life did about 2,000 emergency evacuations each year in the state of Colorado.

Eagle residents reported that they had received a telephone survey regarding Eagle River Station, yet no one was claiming responsibility for launching the study. In fact, a number of entities vehemently denied having anything to do with it.

Eagle Valley High School became one of the 1,650 schools to offer a ProStart Program, the national two-year career-building program for students interested in culinary arts and restaurant and food-service management.

It was a standing room only crowd at the Eagle Town Board meeting as Eagle River Station proponents and opponents made their final appeals to council members.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 28, 2004

Eagle County Schools were continuing to tweak the second language program, searching for more effective ways to teach non-English-speaking students.

Due to the many changes in the valley after the Eagle Town Board approved the concept plan for the Red Mountain Ranch project, the Eagle Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying the project that would bring big box commercial development to Eagle.

The Golden Eagle Senior Citizen Apartments were looking forward to some upgrades, thanks to a federal grant from the USDA Rural Development Housing Authority. The complex received $27,183.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 27, 1994

After exploring potential sites for a year, the Eagle County Ambulance District announced plans to build a new facility just north of the Eagle, Interstate 70 interchange.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District (WECMRD), asked voters to allow it to keep its mill levy stable for future projects.

Local residents were grumbling about the sudden appearance of dozens of “no trespassing” signs along Highway 131, keeping people away from property owned by Magnus Lindholm.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 1, 1984

A record 7,000 county voters were expected to turn out for the general election.

Eagle County Sheriff A.J. Johnson was seeking an increase in staffing now that the new jail was coming on line.

Local seamstress Chris Lundholm was teaching senior citizens the art of quilting.

Colorado Mountain College’s governing board declared a “fiscal emergency” and was considering laying off staff.

Katie Jarnot played the role of aging detective Miss Marple in the EVHS production of “The Butler Did It.”

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 31, 1974

The owners of the McSweeney Ranch, located between McCoy and Toponas, reported that hunters had shot and left for dead two yearling calves and a mother cow.

The Eagle County commissioners approved a $2 million budget for 1975. The commissioners approved a 170-unit addition to the Edwards mobile home park.

Eagle resident John Seipel was cruising town in an energy-saving mode of transportation: a horse and buggy.

Elementary school students in Eagle County were enjoying a unique “outdoor education” experience at Anderson Camps at Sweetwater.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 29, 1964

The second fire in a week broke out in the Derby area. This fire was in Middle Derby near Mud Lake. Sixty men were already at work on the 60-acre blaze, and an additional 75 Navajo firefighters were expected to arrive by bus.

Eagle businessman Harold Koonce was featured in Colorado Business magazine.

There was a burglar problem in Gypsum and Eagle. Standard Oil reported the theft of a typewriter and adding machine; and Independent Lumber reported the loss of a gun and some cash.

Wildlife conservation officer Walt Woodward was investigation the slaughter of six elk (four cows and two calves) that were left to spoil.

Rich McCain bagged four mallards with one shot.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 28, 1954

Several Eagle residents reported seeing two small, round, unidentified flying objects hovering over the north boundary of town. The “flying saucers” followed an erratic course for about 15 minutes, then sped off at a high rate of speed.

The murder trial of Bill Wellington was headed to the Colorado Supreme Court. Wellington had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of his brother-in-law, Benny Klatt. At issue was whether Wellington had to be tried on the insanity plea prior to the murder trial.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Oct. 27, 1944

Eagle County’s War Chest Drive was lagging behind the stated goal. Five communities had raised only about a third of the $3,000 requested.

The money would be used to send food and clothing to liberated Italy.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 2, 1934

Eagle County ranchers and stockmen were gathering for a Farmer’s Institute program in Eagle, aimed at devising strategies for dealing with decreasing incomes and the need for more credit.


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