Time Machine

A pair of spelunkers stand at the former entrance to the Fulford Cave in his 1982 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of April 16, 2015

Local author NLB Horton’s books landed on Amazon’s Top 100 List. The novels “When Camels Fly” and “The Brothers’ Keepers” are published by RidgeRoute Press.

After two years of roundabout construction along Eby Creek Road, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched a bridge replacement project along U.S. Highway 6 on the west side of Eagle.

Crime Stoppers was offering cash rewards and anonymity to anyone calling in tips to its hotline.

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Locals were setting to clear out of the area for the upcoming public schools’ spring break. Eagle County Schools had the less-traditional calendar, with a weeklong break in February, and then another weeklong break in April.

The town of Gypsum rolled out its annual Business Grant Program for 2015 with the intention of helping out smaller businesses that chose to operate in the community.

5 years ago

Week of April 14, 2011

The Gypsum Recreation Center was promoting a triathlon. The center’s personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Billy Kuhn, was organizing the event.

The town of Eagle was mulling capital needs and financing for the construction of a new water plant.

The Gypsum Creek Grill started serving lunch and dinner.

Marie Sanders was hired as Gypsum’s special projects coordinator and Andrew Maxey was assuming the duties of parks supervisor.

10 years ago

Week of April 13, 2006

Eagle County staff members were communicating that motorists should expect delays on Cooley Mesa Road due to a runway extension project at the airport.

Air traffic controllers at the Eagle County Airport shifted approaching aircraft a bit to the north once the new Instrument Landing System was installed at the Eagle County Airport.

Eagle County Road and Bridge solicited sealed bids for the 2006 Centerline Marking Project.

Five steel targets, in the shape of circles and squares were discovered missing at the Gypsum Gun Range.

Sheriff Joseph Hoy announced his candidacy for another term in office.

Eagle County was seeking consultation of an assisted living plan to be built in Eagle Ranch.

The town of Eagle’s police chief, Rick Sliger, resigned.

Twelve-year-old freestyle skier Tanner Coulter competed in the half pipe in Vermont.

20 years ago

Week of April 11, 1996

Biologists from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado Department of Health were concerned about the quality of water in the Eagle River downstream from Gore Creek. Oil, sand, and sediment loading from construction were the key issues.

Although autopsy results were not yet in, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was classifying the death of Eagle resident Cynthia Burkey as a homicide. Burkey’s body was found in the Colorado River four months after she disappeared.

The town of Eagle planned a new public works facility in the Eagle Commercial and Industrial Park.

Eagle Valley High School students Lauren Nikolich and Jennah Montag were headed to the Washington Journalism Conference.

30 years ago

Week of April 10, 1986

Gary Hollandsworth was elected mayor of Gypsum.

A ditch-burning effort fanned by unexpected winds caused a 35-acre fire on Brush Creek.

The Burns Post Office moved to a new location. Postmistress Eldora Skiles was pleased with the new facility.

Rev. Bruce Dunsdon of the Eagle Baptist Church led a sunrise service atop a cliff on the Horn Ranch at Wolcott. The site was notable for the large cross on the top of a sandstone outcropping.

Kraige Keltner, player and manager of the Vail Merchants semi-pro baseball team, was hoping his team would make it to the Amateur World Series.

40 years ago

Week of April 15, 1976

Eagle voters were being asked to consider whether to form a tax-supported fire protection district.

The town of Eagle received a $250 grant from the State Bi-Centennial Commission for a Broadway Beautification plan. A citizen’s committee was also soliciting donations from local service groups and businessmen. The basic concept was to convert curb and street space into intersections with brick walkways, landscaping, trash containers and benches.

The red-winged blackbirds returned to McCoy.

50 years ago

Week of April 14, 1966

A group of Vail businessmen were exploring the possibility of building an eight-lane bowling alley in Eagle. Cost of the facility was estimated at $140,000. The investors said they would need a commitment of at least 600 bowlers per week in order for the project to be financially feasible.

Claude Gerard of Gypsum announced his intent to run for county commissioner.

Some 246 youngsters enrolled in 26 4-H clubs in Eagle County.

Four local teens escaped serious injury after the car they were driving hit a rock in Glenwood Canyon and caused the vehicle to plunge into the Colorado River. The driver, Bob (Sam) Johnson, his sister Sally, and passengers John Bowman and Chuck Cole escaped serious injury. The car was totaled.

60 years ago

Week of April 12, 1956

Longtime Red Cliff residents Mickey and Mamie Walsh, operators of the Holy Cross Garage, were leaving town to move to Grand Junction.

Mickey Walsh, a veteran of two World Wars, was prominent in the American Legion.

Mrs. Wally Palmer opened up a new “eatery,” Pearl’s Dairy King, next to the Mobile Gas Station in Eagle.

70 years ago

Week of April 12, 1946

April showers were keeping things moist in the Eagle Valley.

Eagle rancher Chester Mayer flew to California in a C-57 transport. Once, there, he picked up a Jeep and drove it back to Eagle for use on his ranch.

Things were wild in the back rooms of the Eagle and Gypsum post offices. The usual spring shipments of baby chicks had started arriving.

80 years ago

Week of April 10, 1936

Minturn elected a woman mayor — Mrs. Katherine Mack. Around 200 voters turned out for the election.

In Red Cliff, Otto Bergman was elected mayor.

Otis Ping was the new mayor of Eagle. Charles Beyers, Melvin Eaton, T.A. Gleason, Joseph Harris, Alvin Rule, and Harry Watson were elected to the town board.

George Zoellner was re-elected mayor of Gypsum.

Mrs. Catherine Madden was the new Director of Public Welfare for Eagle County.

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