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Time Machine

Esther Batey models her nursing uniform before heading to work in Grand Junction in this 1919 photograph.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Libary District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of June 4, 2015

Eagle recorded a double-digit sales tax increase during the first five months of 2015.

Eagle Baptist Church celebrated its 40th anniversary.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced it was accepting comments regarding Colorado River commercial permits

5 years ago

Week of June 2, 2011

Local residents reacted to the revised Eagle River Station plan and town officials shared their plan to complete review of the plan in a 10-month period, prior to the next municipal election.

Eagle Valley High School Mark Strakbein announced he was leaving his post at the conclusion of the school year.

Eagle County and town of Eagle officials signed the final papers for purchase of the Seago property, located immediately west of town. The parcel was slated to become open space and included the confluence of Brush Creek and the Eagle River.

Marlene Johnson, deputy Eagle Town Clerk for 23 years, retired.

10 years ago

Week of June 1, 2006

Eagle County pondered creation of a white water park along the Eagle River at the fairgrounds property. The idea came forward because an irrigation ditch to the river adjacent to the fairgrounds needed improvements and county engineers hatched a plan to both increase water flow to the ditch and create the park.

Vandalism issues at the Gypsum Skate Park had town officials concerned. Obscene graffiti at the site was a particular problem. “It’s really embarrassing for kids to be playing outside to be exposed to that filth. It is a horrible and poor reflection on the community,” said town manager Jeff Shroll.

Volunteers from the local Rocky Mountain 4-H Club helped plant trees and shrubs around the town of Eagle’s open space parcels.

The Eagle Flight Days Committee announced the theme for the 2006 celebration: Medieval Eagle — Flight Days and Knights.

20 years ago

Week of May 30, 1996

Opponents of the proposal Adam’s Rib development celebrated a victory, of sorts, when the Eagle County District Court ruled that the county commissioners had acted improperly in repeatedly extending the project’s 1982 sketch plan approval.

District Court Judge Bill Jones ruled against the Vail-Beaver Creek Jet Center’s attempt to stop the county from building a second terminal at the Eagle County Airport. However, Judge Jones also chastised the county for meeting with the chosen contractor for the project before sealed bids for the work were opened.

A group of second graders formed the “Help Club” to do good deeds at school and around town.

The EVHS baseball field was officially christened as “Pete Nolan Field” in honor of the school’s long time athletic director.

Mike Pietrack became the first EVHS Devils to be named All State in three sports — baseball, football and basketball.

Tony Mitzelfelt was the valedictorian and Rachel Overlease was the salutatorian for the EVHS Class of ‘96.

30 years ago

Week of May 29, 1986

The towns of Eagle and Gypsum were clashing over who would provide water service to the Eagle County Airport.

Watering restrictions were instituted in Gypsum.

Street drainage projects were the top capital priority for the town of Eagle.

The Lions Club Carnival was held at Eagle Valley Middle School.

EVHS contemplated adding skiing to its competitive athletics program and the school’s drama department presented “The Wiz” as its spring musical.

Adam’s Rib officials assured the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce that their plans for the ski development were proceeding. Local Adam’s Rib manager Bob Young urged chamber members to envision a future where Vassar Meadows would be crowded with skiers who arrived at the site via a high-speed monorail.

40 years ago

Week of June 2, 1976

Citing safety concerns, Eagle County was fighting an effort by Rocky Mountain Airways to establish a terminal at the Avon landing strip.

Mary Hoza of Eagle was appointed to the Glenwood Canyon Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The committee was formed to offer input into the design of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.

Liz Chandler was the valedictorian and Cindy Satterfield was the salutatorian for the EVHS Class of ‘76.

50 years ago

Week of June 2, 1966

Locals lobbied the U.S. Forest Service for improvements to the road south of Eagle that connected the Fryingpan area to Ruedi Reservoir.

The graduating class at EVHS numbered 19 students.

Jesse Caywood of Gypsum was fighting in Vietnam.

Seven local piano students received awards at the district solo contest.

60 years ago

Week of May 31, 1956

The opening day baseball game for league play in Eagle was a benefit for Gene Schultz, a 14-year-old Dotsero boy who was in a coma after being thrown from his horse.

The Enterprise reported that the Front Range communities of Colorado Springs and Aurora had made claims on the water at Homestead Creek.

Mrs. Orris Albertson of Burns was elected secretary of the Colorado Cowbelles.

Pearl’s Dairy King in Eagle offered a burger and a chocolate malt for 49 cents.

70 years ago

Week of May 31, 1946

Eagle County purchased 154 acres on Cooley Mesa for airport development. The CAA was kicking in money to assist with the airport development.

Eagle High School students Muriel Winters and Doug Kroener received perfect attendance awards.

Cramp’s Cash Store in downtown Eagle was undergoing a remodel.

Jack Bindley was putting in the new stairs at the Dice Building downtown.

Cold weather was causing problems for Brush Creek and Gypsum Creek ranchers because the lack of snowmelt meant lower stream flows and less water for irrigation.

The Claude Stewart family of Sweetwater lost its home to a fire. An incubator explosion caused the blaze.

80 years ago

Week of May 29, 1936

The Eagle Garden Club issued a stern warning to people who had been plucking flowers without permission. The club said offenders would be prosecuted.

Red Amberson, who had worked as a switchman for the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in Minturn since 1881, died at the Glenwood Springs hospital. He was known for passing along the gossip of the “switch shanty.”

Five students participated in the commencement ceremony from the Upper Gypsum School.

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