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The1988-89 Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Royalty gather for a post-coronation photo. Shown, from left to right, are Queen Lacy Satterfield, Princess Heather Miller and First Attendant Jo Jo Walker.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of July 24, 2013

The community was gearing up for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo. The ShowDown Town in Eagle featured the band Dixie Leadfoot and the Chrome Struts.

The town of Eagle pondered a senior care center options.

In the Gypsum Daze 5K run, the male overall winner was Hunter Burnham and the female overall winner was Melinda Brandt.

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In the Flight Days Horseshoe Tournament, winners were: Class A – Hodge Rodriguez, Class B – Doug Bartlett, Class C – Matt Reynolds-Vasquez.

Mountain Beverage celebrated its fifth anniversary with a special party at its Gypsum headquarters with music, food and fun.


Week of July 23, 2009

Citizens were getting ready to celebrate the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo’s 70th anniversary. The admission fee to get into the fair was $5.

The Eagle Community Market opened featuring eight outdoor vendors selling their wares.

The winners of the Gypsum Daze Parade were: First Place – Garden Center of Gypsum and Landscape Technology Group, Second Place – Gypsum Shooting Sports Park, and Third Place – Trinity Church Stomp Group.

Two-year-old Kenzie Cosper reeled in her first fish at the Gypsum Daze kids fishing derby at the Gypsum Ponds.

In the 13 and under category for the Gypsum Daze 5K, Ethan Pence took first for the boys. Clare Baker crossed the finish line first in the girls contest.


Week of July 22, 2004

A feature story about Eagle Valley High School graduates Jeff Williams and Jeff Ruggeberg graced the cover of the Enterprise. The two had realized their dreams of becoming commercial pilots, and both men were flying for Frontier Airlines.

The Eagle Showdown Town featured the high energy rockin’ blues of Erica Brown.

Local little leaguer Blake Seig threw helped his team win the division title. The 12-year-old pitched a perfect game, striking out all 18 batters he faced.

Country music artist Clay Walker wowed the crowd with an encore at the Gypsum Daze concert.


Week of July 21, 1994

In the wake of the fatal Storm King wildfire in Glenwood Springs, local firefighters were taking a critical look at potential trouble spots. Eagle Fire Chief John Boyd cited Eby Creek Mesa and the Upper Kaibab subdivisions as areas of concern.

New activities planned for the county fair included a salsa contest, barbecue cook-off and pie bake-off.

The Eagle County Open Space Committee prepared to present a draft plan for the county. Tools the group advocated for obtaining open space included a dedicated property tax and use of conservation easements.


Week of July 26, 1984

The Eagle Town Board reviewed proposals for expansion for the town to the east, with the annexation of the 10-acre Eagle Industrial Park, and the 64-acre Nogel Tract.

Eagle County finalized an agreement for development of a 36-unit, senior housing project in the Bull Pasture subdivision in Eagle.

The town of Eagle launched an in-depth study of its water rights portfolio after an engineering report indicated that a proposed reservoir site on Brush Creek was a “poor choice” for a storage facility.

A cloudburst above Gypsum Creek washed out a ridge serving the Lost Lane subdivision. The Vicksburg Lane Bridge was also damaged.

A dozen firemen doused a fire at the Best Western Lodge in Eagle.


Week of July 25, 1974

The Division of Wildlife was investigating the possibility that a spill of toxic chemicals from the New Jersey Zinc Mine at Belden (just below Gilman) caused the deaths of fish as far down the river as Dotsero. Wildlife Conservation Officer Kris Mosher estimated that as many as 10,000 fish may have been affected by the pollution.

Heavy rains triggered mudslides on both the east and west forks of Brush Creek, stranding campers at Yeoman Park for several hours. Slides were also reported along Gypsum Creek, the Colorado River, and Jack Flats at Sweetwater.

Gypsum businessman Fred Collett was named president of the Eagle County School Board.


Week of July 23, 1964

A five-year-old boy was found unharmed after he wandered away from is family’s camp at Walter’s Lake in the Sheephorn country. The boy had spent the night alone.

Sheriff Jim Seabry reported that he had several good leads in the burglary of High’s Western Auto Store and High’s Lounge.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain reported, with some glee, that State Senator Bill Chenowith and his wife were forced to spend the night in their car after driving over a huge pothole on the Trough Road. McCain suggested that Chenowith would be the perfect person to talk to the state about taking over maintenance of the road.


Week of July 22, 1954

The Eagle County Airport had a celebrity visitor. The Marquesa of Villaverde, the only daughter of General Franco, flew into the local facility. She was vacationing in the Glenwood Springs area.

For the second time in four days, mudslides east of Hanging Lake blocked travel in Glenwood Canyon. Heavy rains were the cause.

Two 15-year-old Minturn boys were charged with burglary after Sheriff Murray Wilson found stolen guns and cash that had been taken from the Minturn Gambles store in their possession.


Week of July 21, 1944

The Eagle County Republicans named John Greve as their state senator candidate.

The Independent Lumber Company prepared to order upwards of 30,000 potato sacks to serve local ranchers.


Week of June 27, 1934

The Taylor Act, federal legislation regarding stock grazing on federal lands, was a big headline story in the Enterprise.

Heavy rains broke a drought weather pattern, but also caused flooding at Milk Creek and Alkali Gulch on the Castle Divide. At the mouth of Milk Creek, mud and debris covered 500 feet of railroad track.

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