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Time Machine

Nine members or the mine rescue team for the New Jersey Zinc Co., attired in their head lamps and breather apparatuses, stand outside the main shaft house in Gilman.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Oct. 2, 2014

Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited hosted Hopperfest, an all-day event which included a fishing tournament at a family-friendly celebration at Eagle Town Park.

Traffic flow along Eby Creek Road in Eagle switched to a roundabout formation. It was a milestone in the massive construction project.

Yogafest returned to Brush Creek Park in Eagle.

The Eagle Valley High School Devils pummeled the Summit Tigers for the Homecoming football game. The final score was 41-7.

Gabby Jeffers was crowned queen and Jet Quealy was crowned king during the EVHS half-time festivities.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 30, 2010

The Eagle Town Board approved an application from Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties to operate its ReStore at a site on Chambers Avenue.

A group of four local men launched a remodel of the building at 215 Broadway in Eagle. Ed Woodland, Jackson Loundsberry, and Justin and Jacob Roach announced their plan to operate the Eagle Valley Business Center at the location. For more than 30 years, the building at 215 Broadway was the Adam’s Rib headquarters.

The Porchlight Players hosted auditions for its December production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 29, 2005

Eagle County Schools officials reported a bumper crop of students enrolled in local schools. Red Hill Elementary saw the largest downvalley jump in kindergarten enrollment with 71 new students — 24 more than expected.

Eagle County officials pledged resources and assistance to Gulfport, Miss. — a tourism-based community ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Members of the Florida Panthers National Hockey League team were in town for three preseason practices at the Eagle Ice Rink.

Matt Heelan and Kira Burner reigned as king and queen at the Vail Christian High School homecoming celebration.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 28, 1995

The State Land Board’s decision to sell off a school section near McCoy for development as 35-acre parcels generated some public outcry.

The Eagle County Planning Commission questioned the timing of a proposal by Adam’s Rib for development of its ranch property immediately southeast of Eagle.

In EVHS football, Greg Burton blocked a field goal attempt by Roaring Fork, setting the pace for a 35-7 Devils win.

Marvin Gray was featured in a national advertising campaign promoting the quality of the ski trails at Vail and Beaver Creek. Gray had worked grooming trails for 22 years.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 26, 1985

Work began on sidewalks from downtown Eagle to the school property on Third Street.

There was a lot of blasting going on in western Eagle County. The seismic testing was an effort to locate possible sources of oil and gas.

There was a celebrity mishap, of sorts, at the Eagle County Airport. A private jet carrying professional golfer Jack Nicklaus slid off the runway. The accident forced actor Clint Eastwood’s jet, which was preparing to land, to abort that plan and ultimately Eastwood’s plane was diverted to Grand Junction.

The Environmental Protection Agency debated granting Superfund cleanup status to the Eagle Mine at Gilman.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 2, 1975

A fourth cattle mutilation incident was reported in Eagle County. Rancher Chuck Albertson found the mutilated carcass in the Castle Peak area.

The EVHS dairy judging team earned an excellent rating at a competition in Grand Junction. Team members included Kent Greenman, Tom Qualls and Debbie Ward.

Halfback Jeff Blair was the EVHS football player of the week.

The Colorado Mountain College drama workshop presented the musical “Camelot.”

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 30, 1965

The $72 million Homestake water division tunnel in Eagle County was completed. The tunnel project planned to channel 37,000 acre feet of water annually from the Western Slope to Colorado Springs and Aurora.

Gulf+Western Industries bought a controlling interest in the New Jersey Zinc Mine at Gilman.

The EVHS chorus presented the musical “Oklahoma!” Connie Greve played Laurey and Chris Koonce played Curly. Sally Johnson was Ado Annie and Steve Koonce was Will Parker.

Vigil Williams resigned as Eagle County Treasurer. Williams planned to move to Missouri.

John Oleson bagged a bighorn sheep in Glenwood Canyon and then went out the next week and brought down an antelope in the San Louis Valley.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 1955

Charges were dismissed against two men accused of shooting lumber camp employee John Woodward in the face and chest in an incident at Fulford. Witnesses testified that Woodward was the aggressor. They said he had stormed into a cabin waving two guns and the accused men acted in self defense.

Woodward survived the shooting, but 10 years later he was charged as the aggressor in a fatal shooting, which also happened at Fulford. A jury acquitted him of that charge.

Customers were given a free set of drinking glasses with the purchase of 10 gallons of gas at the new Mobile gas station in Eagle.

A fire burning along the railroad tracks at Burins was whipped by wind and burned a 120-acre pasture and 1,000 bales of hay belonging to Albert Skiles.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 5, 1945

Two Eagle County men were released from Japanese prisoner of war camps. Leonard Ambrose was captured when the Navy ship he was serving on — the USS Humphrey — was sunk. Gilbert Adams, who had worked as a ranch hand locally, was released after serving several months. He has been captured on Corregidor.

Joseph Carter was serving on the USS Mississippi, which triumphantly sailed into Tokyo Bay.

Eldon Wilson purchased the Meehan building in Eagle with plans to open a radio and appliance store.

Eagle High School was dismissed for “potato vacation.” Students helped local farmers harvest the crop, due to a labor shortage. However, the kids learned they would have to make up their missed school time during a shortened Christmas break.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 4, 1935

Boxing promoter Hank Elliott of Gore Creek organized a match featuring Jim Quick and Ellis “Bearcat” Bearden.

Several Eagle High School girls enjoyed a hamburger fry at the forks of Brush Creek.

The Eagle Valley Sportsmen’s Association agreed to hire several extra game wardens to patrol the valley and prevent early season poaching.