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Time Machine

The Gypsum Hotel, formerly the Skiff Hotel, is shown as it looked after a fire in 1912. The Enterprise reported it was "the most disastrous fire in the history of Gypsum or Eagle County."
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Feb. 26, 2015

Residents from the McDonald Street townhomes protested the plan for a 15,000 square foot Village Market grocery store, planned along Sylvan Lake Road right behind the commercial buildings along Capitol Street.

A group called Citizens to Save Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs called for an advisory vote regarding the planned bridge replacement project spanning Interstate 70 and the Colorado River. The Glenwood Springs City Council did not agree and continued its support for the Colorado Department of Transportation plan to replace the 61-year-old bridge with a new wider, realigned structure.

Jim Morgan, general manager of Colorado Mountain News Media, was named Newspaper Person of the Year by the Colorado Press Association.

5 years ago

Week of Feb. 24, 2011

In a split vote, the Eagle Town Board voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries and gave the existing Sweet Leaf Pioneer operation until Nov. 1 to close its doors. Owner Dave Manzanares vowed to bring the issue to the voters.

High winds blew down a large pine tree at the Grand Avenue Grill and owner Chris Ryan was advised to also remove a second old pine from in front of the Eagle eatery.

Mike and Anne Luark were named conservationists of the year, in recognition of their environmental ranching practices, by the Eagle County Soil Conservation District.

10 years ago

Week of Feb. 23, 2006

The towns of Eagle and Gypsum were gearing up for their municipal elections. There were three open seats on the Eagle Town Board. In Gypsum, voters would select a mayor and three town council members.

For the third time in four years, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, with support from the Wild Turkey Federation, transported wild turkeys to the Eagle Valley. Volunteers released 31 birds north of Eagle.

Eagle Valley High School wrestler Chris Harvey won his division at the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament.

EVHS students Ashley Rohweder, Kelsey Elwood and Bekah Stough were headed to a Future Business Leaders of America competition in Denver.

20 years ago

Week of Feb. 22, 1996

A train derailment on Tennessee Pass killed two railroad employees and spilled sulfuric acid down the mountainside, prompting the closure of Highway 24.

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials were trapping big horn sheep along Toner Creek in the Fryingpan Valley. The animals were equipped with tags and collars and medicated to prevent lungworm disease.

Officials from the town of Gypsum and Eagle County discussed annexation of the airport property.

Colo. Gov. Roy Romer was spotted shopping at the Loaf ‘N Jug in Eagle.

EVHS finished third at the Colorado State Wrestling Championship. Ezra Velez and Jody Hern were runners-up in their weight classes and Robert Cuevas placed fifth.

30 years ago

Week of Feb. 20, 1986

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office staff moved into their new digs at the Eagle County Justice Center.

Eagle County officials traveled to Seattle to discuss plans for expansion of the airport with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Colorado Division of Wildlife officials trapped and tagged elk in the Arrowhead Golf Course and Dowd Junction areas. The animals were fitted with radio collars so their migration patterns could be monitored.

Bond-McCoy columnist Vern Seaman reported the presence of a large white bird was the source of much speculation in the community. Some residents thought the bird was an albino crow, a raven, an Arctic owl or a turkey. One woman theorized that it was the ghost of an Indian chief.

40 years ago

Week of Feb. 26, 1976

Colo. Gov. Richard Lamm announced that the state was withdrawing its objections to the Beaver Creek Ski Area development.

Vail Associates was working with Colorado Mountain College on the development of a training program for resort workers.

Don Bolen was elected president of the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The county commissions approved a permit for exploratory gas and oil drilling in the Burns area, on a part of the Benton Ranch.

Bruce Bair, Jeff Bair and Terry Davis were the EVHS basketball players of the week.

50 years ago

Week of Feb. 24, 1966

Gene (Junior) Slaughter was appointed to serve on the U.S. Bureau of Land Management advisory board.

A 16-year-old Glenwood Springs youth was in the hospital following an accidental shooting at Dotsero. A gun accidently discharged as the boy was placing it in his Jeep.

The Eagle County Cattlemen gathered historic photos of ranch operations to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Colorado Cattlemen.

A coin-operated laundromat was slated to open in the Rule Electric Building at the corner of Second Street and Broadway in Eagle.

George and Betty Smith of Eagle announced the birth of their third daughter, Marcie.

60 years ago

Week of Feb. 23, 1956

Enterprise editor and publisher Marilla McCain was a bit miffed after attending the Colorado Press Association Convention in Denver. At one point a woman from the East Slope was introduced as the only “lady publisher” in the state. After fuming a bit, McCain decided that the statement was true. “I ain’t no lady, no-how,” she wrote.

Two feet of snow was piled on the ground in Eagle and the storms kept coming.

Carl Foster of Copper Spur was headed out for Navy training in San Diego.

An impressive ceremony held at the Eagle School gym marked the formation of Colorado’s newest Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. The Berger-Russel Post opened with 48 members. The post name recognized two local men —Tom Russel and Bob Berger — who both lost their lives in the Korean War.

70 years ago

Week of Feb. 22, 1948

Bob Collet returned to Wolcott after serving with a railroad battalion in Frankfurt, Germany.

Sgt. Ed Nesthouse of Minturn was serving with the Army in Fanin, Texas.

J. Churchill Owens of Denver sold his big cattle ranch along Sweetwater Creek and the Colorado River to James Stephens and Loren Martin. The ranch was one of the biggest in the vicinity, running several hundred head of cattle and boasting the best cow range permits on Sweetwater.

The Fred Dice Ranch on Bush Creek was sold to Marshal Barry, a railroad engineer.

80 years ago

Week of Feb. 21, 1936

The community was mourning the deaths of local businessmen John Forest and L.C. Sharp. Forest, a former miner, operated the Forest Hotel and a shoe and harness repair shop in Eagle. Sharp, who had married Minnie Carlow, ran a pool hall in Eagle.

Eagle County was the state’s leading producer of lead, silver and copper in 1935.

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