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The description for this photo simply reads "What a mug." The photo is part of the Schlegel Family Collection.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Jan. 15, 2015

The local snowpack was 114 percent of normal according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service. That was good news heading into the upcoming 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek.

The town of Gypsum was mulling new regulations that would fine people who dumped inappropriate items such as furniture and appliances at the town’s recycling center.

Eagle Town Clerk Sarah Braucht resigned to accept a job as camp administrative assistant at Roundup River Ranch.

5 years ago

Week of Jan. 13, 2011

Eagle Valley High School principal Mark Strakbein announced his plan to resign at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year. Strakbein had served at EVHS for eight years and began his career with the local school district in 1994 as a physical education teacher and coach at Battle Mountain High School. He went on to serve as principal at BMHS for four years and then established Red Canyon High School and worked as the alternative school’s principal for four years.

The town of Gypsum was preparing for its yearlong centennial celebration.

The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, the Gypsum Fire Protection District and the Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department received a$136,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency grant for new 800 MHZ portable and mobile radios.

10 years ago

Week of Jan. 12, 2006

The Eagle Town Board designated an open field located northwest of the Eagle Ranch Golf Club as the community’s first dog park.

The Eagle County commissioners approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places, places of employment and other common areas located in unincorporated Eagle County.

The EVHS wrestling team hosted the Devils Invitational and grapplers Chris Harvey, Mason Ewing and Louis Romersheuser all earned first-place finishes.

20 years ago

Week of Jan. 14, 1996

Colorado State Parks began a $2 million upgrade at Sylvan Lake, including improved camp sites and the construction of guest cabins and caretaker buildings.

Eagle County purchased six buses as the first expenditure of its new transportation tax.

Heavy snow and avalanches closed Vail Pass for a night, forcing about 60 stranded motorists to bed down at Eagle Valley Middle School.

The Catholic Archdiocese was at work on a financing package to build the Holy Cross Village affordable housing project in Gypsum.

30 years ago

Week of Jan. 9, 1986

The Eagle County Republican Party Vacancy Committee received 14 applications for the county commissioner seat left vacant by the resignation of Dave Mott. The candidates were Larry Benway, Michael Dolan, Claude Gerard, Pamela Heller, Tom Hunt, Eugene Lorig, Jack Loughran, Lorene Lovell, Robert McMillan, Russ Motta, Don Price, Dieter Sander and Rayle Zimmerman.

Don Welch was named chairman of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners.

The integrated curriculum at Eagle Valley Elementary earned the school a national excellence award.

Bond/McCoy correspondent Vern Seaman reported lots of flashing red lights at night on Red Dirt Divide. He speculated that the lights belonged to flying saucers.

40 years ago

Week of Jan. 15, 1976

A survey by a Denver-based consulting firm showed Eagle citizens had mixed attitudes toward the proposed Adam’s Rib ski area development.

A bomb threat and extortion attempt closed EVHS for a day. Undersheriff Dale Williams and county deputies were unable to find an actual bomb at the school.

A midnight vandal with a chainsaw felled the Christmas tree at the intersection of Broadway and Third streets in downtown Eagle.

George Gerard was the EVHS basketball player of the week. Phillips Rivera was the wrestler of the week.

50 years ago

Week of Jan. 13, 1966

Some 214 students in the Eagle School District were signed up for the new learn-to-ski program offered by Vail Associates.

The newly approved local junior college finally had a name — Colorado Mountain College.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicted higher than usual spring run-off.

60 years ago

Week of Jan. 12, 1956

The Gypsum town basketball team was slated to play the Harlem Chicks in an exhibition game. Over in Eagle, the town team was scheduled to play an exhibition game against the Iowa Ghosts.

The murder charge against Minturn man Jimmy Benevidez was withdrawn. He was instead charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Alex Cisneros.

Colo. Gov. Edwin Johnson announced it was unlikely that the state legislature would move forward with plans for a travel tunnel under the Continental Divide.

70 years ago

Week of Jan. 11, 1946

Miss Starr Conway and Mr. Morton Doll were married in a ceremony held in Eagle.

Solider Loyal Cowden was stationed in Korea and reported that the Christmas temperature was -18.

The Civil Aeronautics Commission formally thanked the Eagle County commissioners for their cooperation in construction of a VHF range station nearly Eagle.

Eagle County Sheriff Murray Wilson reported no major crimes had occurred in Eagle County during the previous year.

In Gypsum, solider Junior Slaughter surprised his family by returning home, unannounced, after serving two years with the Army overseas.

80 years ago

Week of Jan. 10, 1936

One of the Gypsum Valley’s pioneers — Frank L. (Cottonwood) Doll, passed away after a long illness.

The ladies of the Weslyan Society of Gypsum served a dinner featuring a bowl of chilli and a cup of coffee for 25 cents.

Harry Nottingham was elected chairman of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners.


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