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Time Machine

The Dotsero gas station sits in isolation before houses sprouted up in the downvalley area.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of July 31, 2014

Volunteers were preparing for the annual Crawlin’ to a Cure fund-raiser.

The Eagle County Alert system issued both fire and food warnings during the period of a single week.

A mud slide on Interstate 70 near Wolcott closed both westbound lanes for several hours.

Ewing Trucking and Construction was just one of six Colorado companies honored for its outstanding safety record during National Safety Month. Colo. Gov. John Hickenlooper presented the award to Bart and Mary Kate Ewing.

A Relay for Life event was planned at Eagle Valley High School.

5 years ago

Week of July 29, 2010

The town of Eagle hosted a 100th birthday party for Eagle Town Park during the final ShowDown Town concert of the season.

The popular Hanging Lake Trail was slated to re-open by mid August. The trail had been closed for several weeks while crews completed a new boardwalk, seating structure and retaining walls.

The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo was under way.

10 years ago

Week of July 28, 2005

A weekend cloudburst provided welcome relief for many valley residents after 12 consecutive days of 90-degree temperatures left lawns parched. However, the rain also unleashed mud slides along Sweetwater Creek, resulting in a muddy quagmire for several property owners.

Eagle County commissioners Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon wanted to bounce fellow commissioner Tom Stone from his seat as the county’s representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation Board. Menconi and Runyon voice opinions that Stone’s personal stance on water issues was not in step with the county’s overall vision.

Eagle Mayor Jon Stavney and former mayors Roxie Deane, Bob Shelton, K. Don Thompson, Pat Carlow and Bill Cunningham led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” at the community potluck celebrating Eagle’s centennial.

John Harrington, who played right wing on the 1980 U.S Olympic hockey squad — famed as the “Miracle on Ice” team — was one of the featured coaches at the Detroit Red Wing Alumni Hockey Camp at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink.

20 years ago

Week of July 28, 1995

Habitat for Humanity began construction on its first home in Eagle County, on a lot in Gypsum.

Gypsum’s change to metered water caused problems for some homeowners who were billed between $400 and $800 during the first month. Town officials suggested the problem could be leaks in lines or mis-read meters. Mayor Mike Suriano promised to help resolve the issue.

A raven was causing some turmoil in Eagle. The bird frightened dogs and small children when it landed on the Bull Pasture bike path. The raven proved to be a pet of the Warren boys — Chad, Ches and Chance — who maintained the big bird was actually very friendly.

Little League pitcher Steve Bruni threw a no-hitter that led to a district tournament win for the local all-stars 11-12 year old boys team.

30 years ago

Week of July 25, 1985

Developers of the 307-unit Terrace subdivision applied for annexation to the town of Eagle.

Dr. Todd Shainholtz was the new dentist in town.

A couple of Denver Broncos football players got into trouble for illegal deer hunting in the McCoy area.

The Eagle Valley Little League All-Stars played in a Grand Junction tournament.

40 years ago

Week of July 31, 1975

The Eagle Ranch company presented a plan for development of land surrounding Eagle. Tentative plans called for a 105-acre industrial park near the county airport, a 386-unit mobile home park on the east side of the industria park and a housing development in the Brush Creek Valley. The housing plan included a golf course and a reservoir.

The Eagle Valley Telephones softball team lost to a Grand Junction squad, despite some strong pitching by Dave Schiessl.

The Eagle County commissioners and officials from the U.S. Forest Service discussed possible renovations at Camp Hale.

50 years ago

Week of July 19, 1965

John Woodard, 65, of Gypsum pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Ora Leon Dickey. The shooting happened in Fulford.

Sheriff Jim Seabry was having problems with people discharging firearms within the boundaries of local towns. There were some reports that domestic animals were being used for target practice.

The Colorado Visitors Bureau listed Eagle as a destination for people who wanted to see “a typical western town.”

The Eagle Pharmacy completed its move to a new building located at the corner of Third and Broadway.

Entertainment at the Eagle Pioneers annual meeting included Kip Gates singing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” accompanied by Carol Davenport on the piano.

The Three Rivers Library added bookmobile service to Eagle.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 4, 1955

A representative of the Kuner Packing Company visited Eagle to talk with Mayor D.E. Johnson about the possibility of establishing a canning factory in town. The company was interested in packaging high altitude peas, which were considered superior to peas grown at lower altitudes. Plentiful available water and the proximity of the Denver and Rio Grange Railroad line were factors favorable to the Eagle plan. However, the company wanted commitments from local growers to designate some 4,000 acres to pea production.

Eagle County Extension Agent Sam Kuntz announced that the Junior Livestock Fair would be expanded to a two-day event.

Mrs. Nettie Eaton of Eagle was crowned queen at the Eagle County Pioneers Association meeting.

Two men were charged with assault with a deadly weapon in a shooting that took place in Fulford. John Woodard, the victim, was recovering from bullet wounds in the face and chest.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 3, 1945

PFC John Stremme, son of Mr. and Mrs. Art Stremme of Gypsum, was back in service after recovering from wounds received in Okinawa.

Patricia Meehan, a member of the Waves, was home to visit her parents. She was stationed in Kingsville, Tex.

Citing labor and food shortages, Min Sharpe closed the Calvick Cafe in Eagle. She indicated an interest in re-opening the cafe once her son, George Carlow, returned from the Navy to help run the business.

A group of local businessmen lobbied for improvements to the Eagle Air Field. The group believed there would be a post-war demand for air freight and travel services.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 2, 1935

Stockmen and farmers were anxious to visit the State Farm at Avon to see the latest technology in growing high altitude vegetables, fruits and field crops. The special session included tips for growing seed potatoes and commercial lettuce.

The Mount Harris Browns, a team of African-American baseball players, were schedules to play the local team in Eagle.

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