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Howard Fridley posied in front of the Red Cliff bridge in a 1940s photograph.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Nov. 7, 2013

The Porchlight Players presented the murder-mystery comedy “Drop-Dead!”



The town of Eagle approved retail marijuana, but wanted to see hefty taxes applied to such sales.

Voters in Gypsum rejected the Gypsum Fire District mill levy. The proposal for a six-year, 3.5 mill levy increase failed by 96 votes.



The White River National Forest reminded forest users that wheeled motorized travel as shown on the forest Motor Vehicle Use Map was still in place in most areas across the forest through Nov. 22. The Vail Pass area switched to winter use, “over the snow” vehicles on Nov. 15.

Eagle County was mulling a tight capital budget for 2014.

Independence Pass was closed for the winter.



5 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 5, 2009

Classes offered at the Art Center in Gypsum included music, graphic design on computers, sewing and knitting, baking and cake decorating and jewelry making.

Members of the recently formed One Eagle organization approached the Eagle Town Board to discuss the ins and outs of marketing Eagle with the goal of getting more visitors to the town.

In a split vote, the Eagle Town Board decided to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the community, with many regulations in place.

The Gypsum Animal Hospital offered dental cleaning and polishing for just $150.

Initial doses of H1N1 vaccine for priority groups arrived in Eagle County.

Sixth graders from Minturn Middle School spent a day visiting the Eagle County Historical Museum.

Precy Matheson of Eagle received her certificate of citizenship during a ceremony in Denver.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 4, 2004

An agreement struck by the town of Eagle and Eagle Ranch, when the development came through the review process in the late 1990s, prompted a three-year improvement project to restore the integrity of the Brush Creek stream system.

Student-athletes of the week for Eagle Valley High School were Carol Dumolt for dance team, Katie Ferguson for cheerleading, Mariah Scott for volleyball, and Jacob Rivera for football.

Area kids of all ages hit the polls, with and without their parents, to support Kids Voting U.S.A. The program was offered at polling places countywide, offering kids of virtually every age the chance to vote.

Two men survived a plane crash in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area with only bruises, cuts, and burns. Mechanical problems prompted the crash landing.

A handful of Eagle volunteers donated their Saturday to spruce up the Brush Creek Playground by staining, painting, and fixing other odds and ends.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 3, 1994

The Eagle Valley Library District announced that the architectural firm of Snowden Hopkins had been hired to design the new 16,000 square foot Eagle Library.

Eagle’s first fast food was initiated when a development permit was granted for the Subway shop at the Eagle Amoco station.

The Eagle County commissioners backed off from consideration of condemning property on a prominent ridge at Wolcott, saying they were satisfied with the owner’s promise to mitigate visual impacts.

The county was in the process of reviewing a $32 million budge for 1995.

Colorado Gov. Roy Romer appointed local lawyer Terri Sue Diem to the county court judgeship.

Eagle County voters were asked to approved a new property tax dedicated to open space preservation.

EVHS teacher Susan Scott was honored as the Colorado Health Educator of the Year.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 8, 1984

Challenger Dick Gustafson won the District 1 Eagle County commissioner seat by a narrow margin, defeating eight-year incumbent Keith Troxel. Don Welch defeated George Rosenberg in the District 2 race. Former County Commissioner Danny Williams was elected to the Colorado State Legislature.

Local banker Ross Bolt was the focus of the “community spotlight” feature in the Enterprise. He discussed his work with the Eagle County Historical Society.

The Devils cross country team placed fourth in the state.

Colorado Mountain College Director Lynn Olson was leaving to take a new job in Florida.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 7, 1974

Democrat Dale Grant of Basalt was the winner of the District 3 county commissioner race. Eagle County sheriff Jim Seabry, a Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Bob Brown to win a fourth term of office. County treasurer Hubert Peterson was re-elected to office.

Eagle County Court Judge Andy Gerard fined an out-of-state hunter $2,400 for killing and leaving three elk on the west side of Cottonwood Pass.

A slowdown in the timber industry prompted the Kaibab Mill in Eagle to lay off 40-45 employees. The sawmill normally employed 125 people, and ran two-nine hour working shifts. The mill had also made some environmental changes: instead of burning wood chips, the bark scraps were being recycled as a garden product.

Wildlife Conservation Officer Bill Heicher resolved a dispute between two hunters who both claimed to have shot the same four point buck on Gypsum Creek. Heicher told the men that the only way to take care of the problem was to split the buck down the middle, including the antlers. The hunters had a change of heart and decided to flip a coin to decide ownership of the buck.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 5, 1964

Eagle residents Gene Lorig and Richard Miller were credited with saving a man’s life after they came upon a truck accident while en route to Canon City. The men were west of Granite when they saw that a tractor-trailer had plunged into the Arkansas River. They rescued the badly injured driver.

A 14-year-old Burns girl, Christy Skiles, became a hero after leading a party into the rough mountain country of Cabin Creek basin, to bring out the body of a hunter who had died of a heart attack.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 4, 1954

A janitor at the Eagle County jail foiled an escape attempt by four teenage inmates. When the young men tried to jump him, the janitor used a hot cigar butt to put a stop to the rebellion.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 3, 1944

The U.S. Grazing Service announced that the total cost of a wildfire which broke out in the “Hell’s Hole” area northeast of Eagle was $16,000.

The fire had been started by lightning, and was put out by local volunteers, soldiers from Camp Hale and U.S. Forest Service employees.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 9, 1934

By a vote of 40 to 17, an assembly of Eagle County stockmen decided against inclusion of the public domain in Eagle County within the Forest Service domain. The cattlemen were seeking home rule under the Taylor Grazing Act.

A letter to the editor urged parents to “take the dance situation in Eagle in hand.”

“Why should our daughters be subjected to the indecencies of drunk or drinking individuals? Why should our sons have liquor forced upon them or be forced into a drunken brawl with a drunken man? As a decent citizen of Eagle, assert your right and demand that this situation be cleaned up,” the writer urged.


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