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Ellis "Bearcat" Bearden pauses by the Bearcat Spring sign located on Bellyache Ridge.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Oct. 8, 2015

Rising construction costs prompted a supplemental fund-raising campaign for the Castle Peak Senior Care facility in Eagle. The effort eyed a $350,000 goal.

According to a town of Eagle survey, residents were happy with their residential trash service but wanted curb side recycling options expanded to include cardboard.

The town of Eagle and the Eagle Chamber hosted an Eagle 20/20 event to share information about community news and happenings.

5 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 2011

Ten volunteers served on the Eagle County Financial Advisory Board, representing expertise in real estate, retail sales, lodging, banking, accounting and construction. The board members helped the county develop its budget policies for the coming year.

The owners of Sweet Leaf Pioneer turned in a petition to call for a special election asking voters if the medical marijuana dispensary should be allowed to stay in operation.

At its 36th annual conference the Special District Association of Colorado honored Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District with a collaboration award in recognition of the district’s efforts to expand recreation options.

10 years ago

Week of Oct. 5, 2006

Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton debuted a new computerized voting machine system and voters were given an opportunity to test drive the devices during demonstrations at local City Market and Safeway stores.

Candidates for Eagle Valley High School homecoming queen were Sarah Hoza, Mackenzie DeGroat and Michelle Parmenter. King candidates were Michael Medsker, Alex Dorothy and Bear Barkman.

The plan for Stratton Flats, which included 518,000 square feet of commercial space and 330 residential units, was presented to the town of Gypsum.

20 years ago

Week of Oct. 3, 1996

A trio of locals — Louise and Bob Walker and Bob Shelton — acted as extras in a Japanese commercial filmed by a cigarette company . The filming location was near the Colorado River in the Burns area. Shelton and Louise Walker portrayed 1940s era train passengers and Bob Walker got a role as a train porter.

The towns of Eagle and Gypsum voiced concerns about the proliferation of gravel pits downvalley.

Gypsum officials were not enthused about a proposal from developer Danny Brose for a 200-unit mobile home park near the airport.

A $2.7 million courthouse renovation topped the Eagle County’s proposed 1997 capital projects list.

Mac Bernhardt and Sage Vernell were crowned EVHS homecoming king and queen. The Devils won the homecoming football game against Cedaredge and Brent Schultz scored a touchdown on his birthday.

30 years ago

Week of Oct. 2, 1986

Eagle County School District asked voters to approve a $1.14 million bond issue.

Lawyer Jim Fahrenholtz was named deputy district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District.

County Judge Andy Gerard and his wife Elizabeth were winners of the first snowfall prediction contest. They accurately predicted the first storm would happened on Sept. 26.

The new Eagle Post Office on Chambers Avenue was nearing completion.

EVHS cross country runner Jud Shoup placed second at the Northwestern League Invitational.

Joe Zupancic shot a six-point elk above Fulford.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 7, 1976

District Court Judge Jerry Seavy ruled that both county sales tax proposals had been defeated by voters in an Aug. 31 election. Confusion about the ballot wording had delayed the vote count.

Review of the sketch plan for the Adam’s Rib Ski area development on Brush Creek was delayed for a year. State officials urged the delay until the U.S. Forest Service could complete its master plan for the Brush Creek area.

Perry Eaton and Lane Duncan were the Devils football players of the week.

50 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 1966

Mort Doll announced his write-in candidacy for Eagle County Clerk.

A ballot measure for the November election proposed abolishing election of a county school superintendent.

The EVHS Devils had a happy homecoming celebration with a football win over Aspen. Don Shively scored two touchdowns and Cathy Skiff of Sweetwater was crowned homecoming queen.

A pheasant hunt proved expensive for a California man. Game warden Walt Woodward charged him with illegally killing a bird and he was fined $35.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 4, 1956

Voters were asked to consider an old age pension ballot issue to provide $100 per month living expenses to retirees.

A new steel bridge over the Colorado River in northwestern Eagle County eliminated two dangerous railroad crossings.

Oscar Anderson shipped his cattle to Denver.

The C.F. Wiltsey ranch on the Piney was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Glen Pharo and Mr. and Mrs. Del Rickstrew.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 4, 1946

Ron Estes was elected student body president at Eagle County High School in Gypsum. Bob Cowden was chosen president of the senior class, Ben Wurtsmith headed the junior class. Clarence Olson was voted in as sophomore class president and Bill Mulnix was freshmen class president.

Eagle County posted 686 names on its World War II Honor Roll to recognize locals who had served with the armed forces during the war.

After Gore Creek rancher Henry Elliott complained that deer were devastating his head lettuce crop, game warden Jack Combs showed up with a spotlight and shot four of the animals. However, a Minturn citizen filed a complaint against Combs, alleging that the use of the spotlight was illegal and that the animals had been killed out of season. A hearing on the matter was scheduled at county court.

First National Bank president J.D. Allen reported that agriculture was still the driving economic force in the Eagle Valley.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 2, 1936

C.F Lloyd’s home, located on Red Mountain Ranch east of Eagle, burned to the ground. The loss was estimated an $52,000. The fire was discovered in an attic while Mrs. Lloyd was entertaining a bridge luncheon. The home was widely considered to be one of the finest residences in the county.

Another fire broke out in the Brooks stack yard near Eagle and destroyed an entire hay crop.

The Enterprise reported a rumor that Colorado State Highway Engineer Charles Vail attempted to take a drive over Cottonwood Pass but had to turn back at the foot of Blue Hill because of poor road conditions. The Enterprise pointed out the state planned to divert traffic over Cottonwood Pass throughout the winter during road construction in Glenwood Canyon.

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