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The Western Union boys — identified as Erivn, Al, Bill and Jim — enjoy some watermelon at the Gypsum station.
Photos courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of March 20, 2014

Skijoring took place over the weekend in Minturn, with some of the participants also competing professionally.

Long-time local band Airborn played their last gig at the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed in Eagle. The band played consistently for three decades and released three albums.

Eagle Valley High School drama students performed “Shrek the Musical.” Jet Quealy played Shrek, Jessica Long played Fiona, and Matt Genelin played the Donkey.

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The town of Eagle was gearing up to decide the fate of long-debated Haymeadow development.

Gypsum launched its 2014 business grant program.

The Eagle Diner sign was uprooted as crews launched the 2014 construction season at Eby Creek Road.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of March 18, 2010

Local doctor George Platt, 75, was featured in the Enterprise. Platt was still skiing around 100 days per year.

The First Bank Checkers ­— a local women’s hockey team — was gearing up for a weekend tournament. Ottalie Carlin, 62, was the team’s goalie.

Locals mourned the loss of longtime residents Jack Phillips, Randy Campbell and Mary Cowden.

Eagle resident Diane Dike was interviewed for Discovery Health’s “Mystery Diagnosis.” Dike was coping with a rare blood disease, Cryoglobulineamia.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of March 17, 2005

The towns of Eagle and Gypsum discussed revenue sharing with a potential big-box store developer.

The ECO Trails received a $200,000 grant from the Colorado State Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help pay for the Avon-to-Dowd Junction Phase I Trail project.

Parents and volunteers were busy sewing costumes for cast members performing in the EVHS production of “Beauty and the Beast.” The school was also hosting a fund-raising breakfast with the stars of the musical.

Local high school student Jill Ewing competed at the Junior Olympic races at Lake Tahoe ski resort in the Nordic skiing competition.

The EVHS spring sports season was gearing up with girls golf, girls soccer, boys and girls track and baseball.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of March 15, 1995

The Colorado Division of Wildlife released 10 bighorn sheep on Deep Creek. The transplant was an effort to reintroduce the animals to the Flat Tops.

The Gypsum Town Council approved the 450-unit Cotton Ranch development.

Eagle Valley Library District officials put their plans for a new library in Eagle on hold after the town’s planning commission questioned the size of the building proposed for the existing library’s site. There was some talk of building the facility in Gypsum instead.

EVHS student Cody O’Neil’s athletic and scholastic achievements earned him a nomination for the “Interscholastic Star” program.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of March 14, 1985

The EVHS boys basketball team won the state championship. Team members were Rich Rodriguez, Chris Fedrizzi, James Canaday, Mark Shields, Les Ware, John Harris, Jeremy Fordham, Jeff Hudspeth, Dave Rude, Jeff Fedrizzi, Kelly Vigil and Matt Heller. Coaches were Dave Scott and Danny Reynolds.

EVHS senior Chris Jarnot received his Eagle Scout rank. Another senior, Cindy Jones, was awarded a scholarship to the University of Denver.

Ed Oyler was named director of retail service for Collett Enterprises.

The town of Red Cliff was in the process of installing a siren that would sound a warning when mudslides occurred. A year earlier, a massive mudslide had choked off the town’s main access road.

Eagle Valley Middle School eighth grader Anna Key won the district spelling meet by correctly spelling “cathedral.” She was headed to the state spelling bee.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of March 20, 1975

Former Colo. Gov. John Vanderhoof delivered a pep talk at the Eagle Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting, telling the group members they needed to do more than just organize the annual Flight Days celebration. “If you don’t work collectively, federal and state politicians will make your decisions for you,” he warned.

President Gerald R. Ford, a frequent visitor to the area, made an off-hand comment that he would like to have a job as justice of the peace in Eagle County. That prompted a group of land speculators, who had just purchased a large number of lots in Fulford, to present him with a photograph of the historic mining camp, and to bestow him with the title of “Honorary Justice of the Peace and Mayor of Fulford.” That deal was not sitting well with Harvey Ickes, the sole year-around resident of the one-time mining camp, who was the self-proclaimed mayor of Fulford.

Six people feared lost in Fulford Cave were discovered unharmed.

The Eagle Valley Telephone Company was making plans to build a warehouse in the Mountain Modular subdivision (Eagle Commercial Park on Chambers).

50 YEARS AGO

Week of March 18, 1965

A train derailment near the Moffatt Tunnel prompted the delay and detour of several trains normally serving the Eagle Valley. Mail service was disrupted.

Wolcott cattle rancher Leonard Horn was named to the National Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management.

Gore Creek sheep rancher Pete Katsos died after a lengthy illness.

A Denver and Rio Grande Western train hit and killed 14 head of cattle belonging to Joe Albertson. The cattle were being moved from Gypsum to the home ranch on Derby Mesa when the accident occurred. The train crew reported that the impact caused the engine to raise, then settle back onto the tracks.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of March 17, 1955

The Enterprise reported the closing of two rural post offices in the county: Copper Spur and Troutville.

The Colorado Game and Fish Department reported that 7,805 deer were killed by hunters in Eagle County in 1954. Those numbers ranked the county second in the state (Rio Blanco County was first). The agency also reported that 126 elk were killed in the county and 17 bears.

A Denver businessman, speaking before the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, reported that a highway tunnel at Loveland was the most feasible of all routes for improved access from the Denver area to the West Slope.

Eight timber companies operating in Eagle County cut 3.2 million board feet of timer in 1954, according to the Forest Service.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of March 23, 1945

Boy Scout leader Eldon Wilson took 11 boys on a ski trip into Woods Lake for a three-day outing. The boys packed in a total of 200 pounds of equipment and food.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of March 22, 1935

Local potato growers supported a lobbying effort for an amendment to the Agriculture Adjustment Act that would make potatoes a commodity.

The National Re-Employment office opened a branch office in Eagle, in the basement of the county courthouse.


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