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Time Machine

This photo from the Angela Beck collection shows what the road to Red Cliff looked like prior to 1941.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Sept. 24, 2015

Famed golfer Tom Weiskopf, who designed the Adam’s Rib County Club course, returned to see the changes at the rechristened Frost Creek Mountain Club.

The new $3.9 million traffic bridge west of Eagle along U.S. Highway 6 was slated to open by early October.

John Comer completed the restoration of the historic Brooks-Dixson water wheel located at his Water Wheel Ranch. It was the third time high water along the Colorado River had damaged the structure.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 22, 2001

Photographer Steve Taylor took top prize in the People’s Choice competition included as part of the Pink Colorado Exhibit. Taylor received two American Airlines tickets as the winner.

The Colorado Army National Guard broke ground on a new state-of-the-art aviation facility at the Eagle County Regional Airport. The facility was planned as the new home for the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site.

The Colorado Department of Transportation began rebuilding the Glenwood Canyon bike path. High water from the Colorado River destroyed the path during May and June of 2001.

The Eagle Valley High School Devils were set to face the Steamboat Springs Sailers in the Friday night Homecoming game.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 21, 2006

After a nearly 15-year hiatus, logging operations reopened in several drainages located south of Eagle Ranch. Most notably, the Beecher Gulch Timber Sale opened 60 acres to logging and an anticipated 500,000 board feet was slated to be harvested from the area.

The town of Eagle opened Broadway from Fifth Street to U.S. Highway 6 after two summers of construction. An official reopening celebration was planned with music by Jazzoompah.

Vail Valley Cares handed out $196,000 to 29 local non-profit groups. The money was generated from sales at the two Thrifty Shop stores in the valley.

A new chip and seal treatment on the Colorado River Road generated some local ire. The work left an uneven surface for road bicyclists.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 19, 1996

Eagle County officials scrambled to ensure the Colorado Army National Guard had the land it needed for future expansion of the High Altitude Training Site at the county airport.

The Eagle Police were holding on to a balloon that had been found near Castle Drive. It was filled with a white powder that tested positive as heroin. The police chief wasn’t expecting anyone to come forward to claim the balloon.

Optometrist Dr. Anne Pence opened her practice at the Eagle Medical Clinic.

Todd Foral scored the only touchdown in a Devils football loss to Olathe.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 18, 1986

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office identified the body found in a shallow grave south of the airport as Steven Bowers, a Gypsum resident who had been missing. The death was ruled a homicide, but no suspects had been identified.

Peter Kostes was the new editor of the Eagle Valley Enterprise. He took over for departing editor Joe Reid.

Jerry Jones was the new president of Beaver Creek Resort.

Frank Doll was elected president of the Eagle County Historical Society. Pam Storey was tabbed as secretary and Rex Mayne took over as treasurer.

Sweetwater residents were abuzz about a bull moose sighting in Elaine Baxter’s pasture.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 23, 1976

Eagle Mayor K. Don Thompson cast the deciding vote to approve development of 190 acres of the Eagle Ranch property located south of town.

Eagle Fire District voters overwhelmingly approved a tax increase to fund equipment purchases. District chairman Bob Shelton said the money would also be used to remodel the firehouse located on Fourth Street. The fire district also was considering purchase of property for a new fire station.

The Eagle County Planning Commission approved a proposal by Gypsum Creek Rancher Dick Mayne for 100 lots on a 143-acre parcel south of town.

In a game against Steamboat, Devils linebacker Bruce Bair picked up a punt return fumble and scampered 60 yards for the team’s only touchdown.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 22, 1966

The Gulf Oil Company was drilling northeast of Gypsum, searching for potash on the Deane Ranch.

United States Senator Peter Dominick planned to attend a Republican political rally in Eagle. Congressman Wayne Aspenall was slated to attend a Democratic lunch at Harrison’s Restaurant the same weekend.

A new parcel post service was announced for the Eagle Post Office. Postmistress Beth Byers said the new service would serve a nine-state area.

A number of local kids participated in the final Little Britches Rodeo of the season. Competitors included Jennie, Dewain and Eileen Burton of Gypsum; Monty and Donny Kirby and Jack and Junior Laman of McCoy; David Peterson of Edwards; and Ned Sixkiller and Jack Rochford of Eagle.

Amon Murray of Gilman had to walk 25 miles for help after he was stranded by a flash food while he was staking mining claims in Joe Canyon along the Green River in Utah.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 20, 1956

The Army tested helicopters assigned to Camp Hale in a weeklong war maneuvers training. The helicopters were being used to move troops and supplies and to evacuate “casualties.”

Burns rancher Orris Albertson headed up a citizen committee to oppose reorganization of the Colorado Legislature. Committee members included Howard McCain and A.B. Koonce.

Harold “Mick” Randall installed 3,500 feet of new sewer line in Eagle to serve a recently annexed neighborhood on the west side of town.

A group of McCoy residents were honored for their volunteer efforts to watch for enemy aircraft.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 20, 1946

The local polio epidemic prompted some churches to shut down services.

The newly formed Tuxis Club voiced support for a youth center in the valley.

The U.S. Forest Service began construction on a four-mile road along Hat Creek. The road provided access to timber sale areas. The USFS expected to harvest 36 million board feet from the area.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 18, 1936

Tennis was gaining popularity around the valley. A double court had been built in the yard near the courthouse in Eagle and the Minturn Rod and Gun Club developed a court on the recreational property near Cross Creek.

George Eggers was the new manager of the Gypsum Canyon power plant.

Charles Hemberger of Gypsum was the new chairman of the Eagle County Republicans. Mickey Walsh of Red Cliff was selected as the local Democrats chairman.

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