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The 10 graduating seniors from Eagle High School celebrate their Senior Sneak trek to Redstone on April 29, 1925.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of April 17, 2014

The Eagle County Aviation Association honored Allan Nottingham for his decades of pioneering work for Eagle County aviation.

Crews were digging underground utility trenches and building new retaining walls at the Eby Creek Road/Chambers Avenue intersection as roundabout construction commenced for the summer season.

A pair of juveniles accidently started a highly visible grass fire that burned less than an acre at Brush Creek Park.

The Nottingham Family was honored with the Nimon-Walker Award for helping to preserve local history.

Crews gathered trash along Interstate 70 during the Community Pride Highway Cleanup.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of April 15, 2010

Eagle Valley High School principal Mark Strakbein was named Colorado High School Principal of the Year. Strakbein was celebrating his 15th year with Eagle County Schools.

Eagle Town Board members were debating a proposal for the Wolcott Street project on the west end of town. They agreed to do a site visit before making a decision. Meanwhile, Gypsum Town Council members weren’t quite ready to back the expensive “GreenPort” plan that was being proposed from Dotsero to Minturn.

The runway at the Eagle County Airport was set to be closed to private aircraft for about a week to complete the runway expansion work.

The Gypsum urgent- emergent care center was open for business.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of April 14, 2005

Eagle resident Roza Winslow celebrated her new U.S. citizenship and reminisced about her Central Asian motherland in a feature story in the Enterprise.

Eagle Town Board members discussed the Red Mountain Ranch development.

The 9Health Fair celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Eagle County Schools superintendent John Brendza announced the hiring of two new principals. Cyndy Secrist was to take over the helm at Eagle Valley Elementary, while Heather Eberts was named the new principal at Brush Creek Elementary.

Gypsum Creek Middle School students were working on model homes in Kevin Kottenstette’s shop class.

Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District was gearing up for T-ball and swim lessons. WECMRD pilates classes were also set to return.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of April 13, 1995

City Market officials announced that a new store in Eagle was their top priority.

The Gypsum Town Council, and several private citizens, were lobbying hard for the Eagle Valley Library District to locate its new facility in their town. The town was offering to waive water and sewer fees and building inspection costs. The lobbying effort came after the proposed new library ran into some problems in Eagle.

The town of Eagle adopted a partial moratorium on new development, citing a need to complete an expansion of the town’s sewer system.

The Colorado Department of Public Safety was contemplating moving its dispatch center out of Eagle to a consolidated facility at Craig.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of April 18, 1985

After years of planning, Eagle County was breaking ground on an expanded runway a the Eagle County Airport. The county’s goal was to create an airport capable of handling commercial traffic.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a lawsuit challenging that agency’s approval of the proposed Adam’s Rib ski area. A coalition of environmental organizations had challenged that decision. Adam’s Rib developer Fred Kummer cautioned supporters not to expect immediate construction of his year-round resort.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of April 17, 1975

A proposal for a 159-unit mobile home park near the confluence of Brush Creek and the Eagle River ran into problems when the Eagle Town Board refused to negotiate water rates.

Jim O’Neal was the new head of the Adam’s Rib architectural office. Meanwhile, Adam’s Rib General Manager Norm Montgomery indicated he would be interested in putting a referendum question on the next town election ballot that would allow citizens to vote yea or nay on the project.

The Edwards Teen Center sponsored a dance marathon.

Eagle Valley High School senior Mike Long was the winner of the Climax scholarship.

Sharolyn Longshore and Dave Barton announced their engagement.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of April 15, 1965

A television celebrity was spotted as he passed through Eagle. The Enterprise reported that Art Linkletter stopped for gas at Rule’s Conoco station before driving through to Vail.

County Judge Dick Miller and County Attorney Gene Lorig were honored by the American Red Cross for saving the life of a truck driver. They had pulled the man to safety after his truck plunged into the Arkansas River several months previously.

The U.S. Forest Service instituted a $7 annual fee for admission to various recreations areas including Tigiwon, Fulford Cave, Sweetwater Lake, Deep Lake, and Grizzly Creek.

Ben Wurtsmith’s portrait of a cowboy earned a ribbon in an amateur artist’s competition in Glenwood Springs.

Eagle Valley Telephone President Norv Morgan announced that system improvements would allow two to four party line service in some rural areas, where eight party lines were the norm.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of April 14, 1955

The Sweetwater Lake Lodge, considered a historic landmark, burned to the ground. The Enterprise reported that the historic building had, at various times in the past, been owned by “bankers, artists, a gangsters, and dude wranglers.”

70 YEARS AGO

Week of April 20, 1945

The Eagle High School junior class presented a comedy-mystery play “Drums of Death.”

The highlight of the junior-senior prom at Eagle County High School was the grand march, staged by 26 members of the class, and led by Peggy Mulnix and Morris Reynolds.

After several years of low water the snow pack level on the Upper Colorado was bringing the number up to average.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of April 19, 1935

After considerable lobbying by the Eagle Chamber of Commerce, the Denver and the Rio Grande Railroad agreed to arrange for trains to stop at Dotsero to pick up and discharge passengers. That decision eliminated the need for Denver-bound passengers to go to Bond to board the train.

The train fare between Denver and Dotsero cost $6.74 each way.


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