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This 1950s photo from the Riggle Family Collection shows a close up view of the tram at the Belden area near Gilman.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Sept. 10, 2015

The kids-only fishing hole opened at Eagle Ranch and the facility was a huge hit with local youngsters.

Gypsum resident Josie Archuleta hoped to gather 7,500 pairs of shoes as a fund-raiser for Impact Ministries.

Colonel David R. Mott, son of Dave and Sue Mott of Wolcott, retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving more than 23 years. Mott was a graduate of Eagle Valley High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

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The town of Eagle reported an 11 percent increase in sales tax revenue during the first six months of 2015 compared to 2014 figures.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 6, 2011

Eagle’s sales tax receipts were flat for the first six months of 2011 when compared to 2010. While that wasn’t bright news, at least it wasn’t as bleak as the town’s three-year trend of dropping revenue.

The 25th annual Eagle Firemen’s Barbecue and Barn Dance was planned at the station on Third Street.

A special ceremony was planned at Freedom Park in Edwards to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 7, 2006

Retired pharmacist Bobby Hart published “Bob-O’s Turn,” his memoir about growing up in Avon and Dotsero during the Great Depression.

Developer Ric Newman petitioned the town of Eagle to annex the 660-acre Haymeadow site located in the Brush Creek Valley. Newman proposed a residential development at the parcel.

Heather and Blacksmith was the featured band for the upcoming Eagle Firemen’s Barbecue and Barn Dance.

Corey Schmidt made an appeal to local residents for help in finding his missing hawk. The bird, named Sundance, had been missing since a hunting outing along Hardscrabble Road.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 5, 1996

The Eagle County commissioners asked voters to consider a tax increase to generate $4.3 million for an emergency radio system.

The Eagle Valley Humane Society lobbied the county commissioners for a new animal shelter. The group’s preferred location was near the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Former Eagle Police officer Ron Sommerhause was awarded a Purple Heart medal in recognition of the serious injuries he sustained while on duly two years previously.

Norbert Boes and Julian Romero were the champions at the World Horseshoe Tournament in Gillette, Wyo.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 4, 1986

A group of local residents, led by Tony Tafel, lobbied for an affordable, public golf course downvalley. The group sought green fees in the $15 range.

Local Forest Service employees Laurie Healey, Keith Conaway and Larry Clock were helping fight fires in Oregon.

In EVHS volleyball, Lavina Betts led the way for four match wins at a Moffat County tournament. Betts had a perfect serving percentage including five aces and eight kills. Kim Hudspeth also served 100 percent. Debby Deane had a 100 percent setting match against Steamboat.

In football, Rick Bumgardner scored both Devils touchdowns in a game against Moffat County.

The Beasley’s Super Foods women’s team took first place in the Grand Junction Love Bug tournament.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 9, 1976

Ballot language questions continued to muddle the vote count for the county’s sales tax election.

A sheriff’s deputy and the Red Cliff town marshal were both injured when responding to a fight in the town.

The Eagle Town Board agreed to fund a full-time recreation director throughout the winter. The board also established a $150 per parking space fee for new Central Business District businesses that could not meet their parking requirements.

Lori Hoza won a championship ribbon for her sewing project at the Colorado State Fair. Eddie Havener’s photo project won reserve champion honors.

Red Cliff hosted a weekend fiesta event.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 8, 1966

The Eagle Town Board approved a franchise agreement to bring natural gas service to town.

The Eagle County commissioners agreed to proceed with improvements to the badly disintegrated runway at the airport. The commissioners had initially considered doing an overlay, but decided to correct the underlying problems first.

The Colorado Highway Department called for bids to complete Highway 131 between State Bridge and Wolcott.

Organizers for the Eagle County Fair reported the event was an overall success, however it did generate a net loss of $164.

Thelma Ding sold the Edwards Store to C.W. Astin.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 6, 1956

Besalires Martinez, 44, of Red Cliff was slated to go to the gas chamber on Sept. 7 for the 1955 slaying of Perfecto Cruz, a Red Cliff tavern owner. Martinez was hoping for a last minute reprieve from Colorado’s governor.

For the first time in 34 years, Sheriff’s Murray Wilson’s name was not going to be on the Eagle County ballot for the fall general election. Wilson first ran for office in 1922 and then ran for re-election every two years after that. Wilson had decided to retire.

Frank Walker was the new school superintendent and science teacher at the Eagle School.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 6, 1946

Paul Andre remodeled Eagle’s old blacksmith building, erected during the horse and buggy days, into a furniture store.

A parolee from the state penitentiary attacked a brakeman on the Rio Grande railroad after being put off the train at Bond. The brakeman was treated for cuts to his hand. The parolee was in custody at the Eagle County Jail.

A total of six polio cases, all affecting small children, had been reported in Eagle County.

Two young ladies from Eagle — Eveyln Jean Rule and Irene Ping — rode their bicycles to Glenwood Springs. They made the trip in 3 hours and 25 minutes.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 4, 1936

Colo. Gov. Ed Johnson called off a planned trip to Eagle after he was summoned to meet with President Franklin Roosevelt in Cheyenne, Wyo.

The Eagle Public School opened for the year with an expanded curriculum featuring home economics and manual training. New hardwood floors had been laid in the grade school part of the building.

Eagle County High School in Gypsum reported its largest enrollment ever — 63 students.

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