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Time Machine

Members of the Eagle High School basketball squad line up for their official photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Sept. 18, 2014

The town of Eagle launched a planning effort to study the Eagle River corridor through the community.

The Enterprise chronicled the story of Octavio Mendoza. In 2012, Mendoza was driving home from work when he was involved in an accident along U.S. Highway 6. He was critically injured and spent the next two months in a coma. Doctors told him he had broken his neck and it was unlikely he would ever walk again. Through shear grit, Mendoza proved them wrong and as part of his rehabilitation efforts, local residents routinely spotted him riding his three-wheel bike around town.

Eagle Ranch residents reported a black bear was hanging out in a wooded area next to the golf course.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 16, 2010

After neighbors in the same building complained about odor emanating from the business, the Eagle Town Board nixed a cultivation facility request for the Sweet Leaf Pioneer.

The CPA who completed the town of Gypsum’s 2009 audit reported the community had done a good job of cutting expenses in response to economic pressure from the Great Recession. “Overall, financially I’d say the town is weathering the storm and doing well,” said Jerry Hayes.

Gypsum Town Clerk Danette Schlegel graduated from the Colorado Institute of Municipal Clerks.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 15, 2005

Former resident Ben Kunkel published his first novel, titled “Indecision.” The book received widespread acclaim and the New York Times Sunday Book Review featured a write up about it. Additionally, Scott Simon of National Public Radio conducted an interview of Kunkel.

A 22-year-old Eagle man and his brother were found guilty of violating the town of Eagle seasonal open space closure. The pair were out antler hunting and they were each fined $50 for their illegal actions.

An event titled “The Grand Old Gypsum Opry” was presented at the Lundgren Theater. Performers included Bluegrace Mountain Band, Mountain Harmony, Too Young to Know, Auntie Em and the Twisters, Joel and Friends, the Curry’s 4 Left Feet, High Country Four and New Shoes.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 14, 1995

The town of Gypsum reviewed plans for a new town hall.

Renown photographer John Fielder offered public comment in opposition to the proposed Adam’s Rib Golf Course project during an Eagle County commissioners hearing.

Adam’s Rib supporters and opponents were also weighing in on the Eagle Area Community Plan.

Eagle Valley High School quarterback Mike Pietrack hit Mac Bernhardt with two touchdown passes in the final quarter to give the Devils a win over Cedaredge.

With just two minutes left against against arch-rival Vail Mountain School, Devils soccer player Josh Wujek hit a 23-yard free kick into the goal for the win.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 12, 1985

The Eagle County district and county court operations relocated to the new justice center building in Eagle.

The Sweetwater Women’s Club planned a Harvest Moon Dinner.

The first snow of the season dusted New York Mountain.

In EVHS volleyball, Lavina Betts blocked some key shots to help the Lady Devils in a win over Aspen.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 18, 1975

Eagle Town Board member Hal Koonce submitted his resignation. He was headed off to law school.

Citizen complaints about roaming dogs had the Eagle Town Board considering a contract with Eagle County for animal control services.

The self-proclaimed Mayor of Fulford, Harvey Ickes, was a little upset when someone gave the honorary title “Mayor of Fulford” to U.S. President Gerald R. Ford. The president wrote a letter to Ickes formally declining the title. “Lately it seems that whenever I assume a new office, I am put in the position of having to defend my right to hold it. I think I am going to have my hands full handling my current job,” wrote Ford.

A marriage license was issued to David Barton of Edwards and Sharolyn Longshore of Eagle.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 16, 1965

A 12-man jury ruled that Johnny Woodard was not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Leon Dickey. Denver attorney Peter Cosgriff successfully argued that Woodard was acting in fear and self-defense when he fired the fatal shot with a revolver in an argument that happened in Fulford.

Candidates for EVHS Homecoming Queen were Susan Rimert, Sherilyn Larsen, Roxie Yost and Carol Ann Davenport.

Harry and Frank Satterfield purchased the Paul Orgish Ranch near McCoy.

Local kids headed off to Colorado State University included Alexis Bertroch, JoAnn Norman, Mike Knupp, Bill Johnson, Pat Carlow, Rich Deane, Jack Schmidt, Bill and John Fenno, Phyllis Bindley, Ron Dodo and Everitt Case.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 22, 1955

A state legislative committee targeted Eagle County for a study of school reorganization. The intent was to establish some regulations that would provide for consistent school board and administration organization across the state.

Joe Chambers was the successful bidder for a sawmill operation along West Brush Creek, in an area where Sylvan Lake State Park is now located.

At Eagle County High School Jeri McCain, Carol Harris and LaVeta Cooper were elected as cheerleaders.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 21, 1945

A California man, Ralph Saffels started work on a dam at his property located at the foot of Crooked Creek pass, 20 miles south of Eagle. He intended to build a small lake, a lodge and 15 cabins on the property. Eventually, Saffels hoped to add a ski tow and make the property a four-season resort.

The Enterprise reported erratic temperatures during the month of September — from a high of 89 on Sept. 8 to a low of 23 of Sept. 17.

Jack Hill arrived in Eagle for a 30-day furlough. He had been fighting in Germany.

Herman Schultz was also home for a visit. He brought along his purple heart medal, earned when he was wounded in the battle of Luzon.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 20, 1935

Local farmers were keeping their eyes on new federal legislation regarding potato crops.

The Independent Lumber Company purchased the Dickenson-Allison Lumber and Hardware Company in Eagle.