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A old-time studio portrait shows Mary and Alma Kemp. This photo is from the Larsen/Trezise/Gerard collection.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Jan. 8, 2016

The Hoza family concluded nearly 50 years of ownership of the Nearly Everything Store in downtown Eagle. Annie Colby was just 12 years old the first time she saw the Eagle Pharmacy, when her parents Al and Mary Hoza purchased the business.



A creosote-clogged chimney sparked a house fire in Eagle. No one was injured in the blaze and the owner reported that the home’s wood stove and flue had not been professionally cleaned in more than three years.

Gypsum was named as one of the top Colorado “towns with a twist.”



5 years ago

Week of Jan. 6, 2011

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America contemplated opening and operating a training facility at the former Kemp Building at the Eagle Commercial Park.



A Eagle man’s Facebook friends helped police arrest an alleged serial burglar. The man was suspected in as many as five December burglaries in Eagle. He was the chief suspect in robberies at the Eagle Pharmacy and several private residences where he stole items including jewelry, watches, prescription medication and electronics.

The Eagle County Regional Airport was hopping over the holiday season with celebrity sightings of actor Robert DeNiro and infamous former Olympic figure skater Tanya Harding.

10 years ago

Week of Jan. 5, 2006

Eagle Valley High School sophomore softball player Emily LyBarger was named to the Colorado all-state squad by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post.

The year had hardly started but Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton and Eagle County Treasurer Karen Sheaffer both announced their intensions to seek re-election in November.

Local residents prepared to celebrate the 53rd annual Twelfth Night event in Eagle. The local Lions Club was in charge of preparations.

20 years ago

Week of Jan. 4, 1996

After the Eagle County commissioners turned down the Adam’s Rib golf course project, developer Fred Kummer attempted to withdraw the project from the county process before the formal resolution of denial could be passed. County officials told him it was too late for that action.

The battle between Eagle County and the Vail/Beaver Creek Jet Center continued. The county announced its intention to build a $9 million commercial terminal at the airport. Shortly afterward the jet center issued a news release stating it had signed up Delta and Northwest airlines to be served out of the private terminal.

Local developer Carl Dietz started construction on the Pinon Valley townhome project at Eagle’s The Terrace subdivision.

30 years ago

Week of Jan. 2, 1986

The costs associated with the clean up of pollution at the Gilman mine was estimated to hit the $128 million mark, according to Eagle County Environmental Health Officer Erik Edeen.

A break in a water line at Eagle left some Brush Creek residents without water over the Christmas holiday.

Following the resignation of Eagle County Commissioner David Mott, nine people applied for appointment to the seat. The Eagle County Republican Vacancy Committee announced it would make the choice, but would not release the names of the applicants.

EVHS volleyball player Buffy Stephens was named all-state honorable mention.

40 years ago

Week of Jan. 8, 1976

Eagle attorney Hugh Warder was appointed as the Fifth Judicial District Court judge to replace retiring judge Charles Casey.

Eagle Planning Commission members Rich Deane, Ray Aman, Don Webb and Hunter Antonides presented the town’s new master plan to the public.

The Colorado Division of Highways officially terminated the designation of U.S. Highway 24 at Dowd Junction, where it turned up Battle Mountain. For years, the highway through the valley had been known as U.S. 6 and 24, all the way to Grand Junction.

After spending seven years in Longmont, attorney Gene Lorig and his family returned to Eagle. Lorig reopened his private law practice.

50 years ago

Week of Jan. 6, 1966

A pack of running dogs in Eagle killed a colt at the Montgomery Ranch on the southwest edge of town. The ranch owner announced his intention to shoot any dogs found roaming on his property.

Four college students from Holy Cross College in Massachusetts successfully climbed to the summit of the Mount of the Holy Cross. That was quite a challenge in winter conditions. The students trudged through hip-deep snow for two days just to reach the base of the mountain.

Ross Chambers of Eagle and Leonard Horn of Wolcott headed to Denver to participate in a panel discussion of soil and water conservation issues.

The New Year came in with a cold wave. Temperatures reached as low as -16. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain reminded readers that on Jan. 12, 1963, the temperatures in town dipped down to -51.

60 years ago

Week of Jan. 5, 1956

Mink rancher Otto Zurcher lost a building and some expensive equipment in a fire at his ranch, where Sylvan Lake State Park is now located. The destroyed buildings held equipment for freezing and processing jack rabbit meat for the mink. Zurcher had developed a lake on his property and was in the process of building some guest cabins at the site.

The Enterprise announced that unseasonably warm weather reduced the Twelfth Nigh celebration to a bonfire and refreshments.

Public Health Nurse Marguerite Knott offered free polio vaccinations for children between with ages of 1 to 14 years.

George Macdonnel of the Eagles scored 20 points to lead the local basketball team to a victory over the Rifle Falls squad.

70 years ago

Week of Jan. 4, 1946

The Eagle Cemetery District was formed and was slated to begin property tax collections in 1947.

Dan Rule, who had been serving with the Army occupation in Munich, Germany, was home on furlough.

Bernard Ginther, who served with an Army tank unit, was also home for a visit.

Employee housing was in short supply around Eagle because of the demand created by the local civil aeronautics and telephone improvements projects.

80 years ago

Week of Jan. 3, 1936

The community mourned the death of Julie Stremme, who had lived in the valley since 1887. She and her husband operated a general store in Gypsum for many years. During World War II, Julia was a “Gold Star” mother. Her son Will served as a radio operator during the war and died in 1918.

Local businessman A. Davis took out an ad advising local farmers to bring in their harnesses for repair and oiling before the spring rush.

The snow in Joe Goode Park was reported to be knee deep to a horse.


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