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Ranchers load bagos of woll at the depton in EAgle. Horse teams drag the skids. Information written on the back of this 1920s photograph says "Loading part of a $20,600 wool shipment."
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society. |


Week of July 4, 2013

Local residents got first-hand information about the Eby Creek Road project. A public open house presented information about the Interstate 70 exit roundabouts slated for construction in 2013.

After a fire officials’ telephone pow-wow, Eagle’s July 4 fireworks show was set to happen. It began at approximately 9:30 p.m. Eagle cops issued a stern warning to individuals wanting to set off incendiaries.

The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the cause of a small plane crash at Eagle County Regional Airport. Both California men aboard were injured in the wreck.

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The Gypsum Town Council voted to approve a contract to bring Up With People to town for a concert at Eagle Valley High School on Valentine’s weekend.


Week of July 2, 2009

Eagle and Gypsum officials were mulling over an opportunity to take over responsibility for Highway 6, which would give the towns $11.76 million over 20 years to cover the cost of maintaining that stretch of highway between the towns.

Eagle was making a bid for funding through the federal Recovery and Reinvestment stimulus program.

Carl and Joetta Gray announced the engagement of their daughter, Kelly Gray, to Cody Martin. The couple was planning an August wedding.

Eagle’s Taco Bell was offering a combo special that included a Burrito Supreme, Taco Supreme and a large drink for $4.99.


Week of July 1, 2004

The Enterprise published a story about how the town of Eagle was turned upside down for 12 months due to Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant being charged with sexual assault in Eagle County. In the days after the news hit, Eagle stood in the glare of the national media spotlight, with news agencies from all over the country and world, descending on this small town.

Local martial arts school James Lee’s Karate in Eagle, turned out its first black belt. Gypsum resident David Mills successfully passed his black belt test in Louisiana.

Gypsum resident Angela Conway was chosen as a student ambassador for Adams State College in Alamosa, and she helped new freshmen at the school get geared up for college.


Week of June 30, 1994

Developer Tim Garton announced that he had a purchase contract on the Cotton Ranch property south of Gypsum. Preliminary plans called for 500 homes and either a public golf course, a recreation center, or both.

The Eagle County Commissioners backed away from a deal to purchase a building in the Eagle Commercial Park to house the district attorney and probation departments. Instead, county officials said they would construct a new building immediately east of the Justice Center.

Patrick Vasquez, Scott Peters, and Shirkie Evans opened up a tortilla factory — Senor Patricio’s. The business was located along Eagle Park Drive in Eagle. The factory was churning out about 27,000 tortillas per day.


Week of July 5, 1984

Susie Vaughn was named Eagle County Community Development director. Deputy District Attorney Terry Ruckreigle was appointed district court judge for the 5th Judicial District.

Local 4-H’er Jenny Walck was raising a lamb, Gurti, for the Eagle County Fair competition.

Debra and Ron Ast opened a video arcade in downtown Eagle.

Chuck Bryant beat Bill Squires in the Flight Days Horseshoe Tournament championship game. The Blackfoot Inn team won the Flight Days blooperball tournament. Team members were Ron and Diane Zatarain, Dan and Daren Underwood, Doug and Tia Sterkel, Steve Mann, Tori and Trish Ross, Jean Vesque, and Kent and Gina Wilson.


Week of July 4, 1974

A developer was proposing a 159-unit mobile home park west of Griffin’s Trailer Park in Eagle. The Eagle Town Board had doubts about water service to the proposed project.

The town of Gypsum was letting a new water system project out for bid.

Local history buffs met to discuss the formation of an Eagle County Historical Society.

Eagle Town Secretary Robyn Eichler earned $170 for the town’s swimming pool fund by agreeing to wear a bathing suit and ride in the Flight Days Parade on the hood of a new town trash truck.

The Eagle Volunteer Fire Department’s parade entry was a humorous plea for better fire equipment. Jack Johnson “towed” the aging fire engine down the street with his riding lawnmower.


Week of July 2, 1964

Eagle planned to celebrate Independence Day with the synchronized ringing of church bells and school bells. The community also ponied up $100 for a community fireworks display at town park.

A 15-year-old Basalt boy was charged with murder in the shooting death of his 13-year-old brother.

The Forest Service sprayed 940 acres of sagebrush on Gypsum Creek and in the Metheney Park area with 24-D in order to eradicate sagebrush and weeds and to create better stands of usable forage grasses.


Week of July 1, 1954

Local miner Bill Klecker envisioned a unique way to beat the heat while mining atop Horse Mountain south of Eagle. Klecker proposed installation of a small fan — powered by atomic energy generated by pieces of uranium ore placed in his shoes — inside his blue jeans.

Judge William H. Luby sentenced three Oklahoma men to prison for the attempted armed robbery of a filling station on Gore Creek.

The popular movie, “From Here to Eternity” was slated to play at the Eagle and Minturn theaters.

The Diamond J Restaurant was offering an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of roast suckling pig for $1.50.


Week of July 6, 1944

Hundreds of people turned out for the Gypsum’s Independence Day celebration, which featured a parade, picnic lunch and patriotic speech.

The Rio Grande Railroad bailed out the financially struggling county by paying $23,627 in delinquent taxes.

The county spent $217 fighting fire on Red Hill west of Gypsum.

Darrell Barnes, seaman first class, was attending a navy gunnery school at Jacksonville, FL.

Harold Koonce was somewhere in the Pacific, with the Navy. He had been promoted to lieutenant.


Week of June 30, 1934

An all-night dance was planned at Wolcott to mark the July 4 holiday. The event was scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. with a special supper at 1 a.m. The festivities were slated to conclude at 6 a.m. The Purple and Gold Orchestra and the three Bertay Sisters, were hired as entertainment for the event.

The Eagles baseball team traveled to Oak Creek “driving through mud and rain and then playing in the rain.” The trip was worth the trouble though, with the local team winning by a score of 19 to 3.

The Eagle River Valley Post No. 150 of the American Legion planned a full day of festivities for July 4 in Gypsum including races, “talking moving pictures” shown at the Odd Fellows Hall, a boxing match and a concert at the County Farm grove.

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