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Darrell Barnes models his Navy uniform. Barnes was employed by New Jersey Zinc at Gilman following his graduated from college. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served as a radioman for 32 months and then returned to New Jersey Zinc, where eventually became chief accountant at the Gilman office.
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagel Valley Library District |


Week of Sept. 5, 2013

The Haymeadow development team submitted its planned unit development (PUD) plan and preliminary subdivision plan for the community’s first phase.

Crews were working to finish the concrete road base on the western side of Eby Creek Road in preparation for a planned lane shift.

After a number of incidents highlighted by a dog attack on an 84-year-old woman, members of the Eagle Town Board discussed animal control efforts.

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Grand County asked Eagle County to chip in $340,000 to build a whitewater park at the Pumphouse boat ramp on the Colorado River below Gore Canyon.


Week of Sept. 10, 2009

Eagle and Gypsum were among many towns discussing whether or not to allow medical marijuana dispensaries. The two communities took opposite approaches with Eagle voting yes and Gypsum voting no.

Eagle firemen were gearing up to celebrate their 23rd annual barbecue and barn dance.

Eagle County commissioners unanimously approved a new contract for jail inmate health services. The county was set to spend $246,000 for an outside company to run the medical services at the county jail.

Ron Hagen and Ray (Bubby) Conway of Gypsum returned from a hunting trek in Holman, Canada. Their hunt was successful with each man bagging a musk ox.


Week of Sept. 9, 2004

The town of Eagle’s community survey revealed that the town’s population had doubled between 1990 and 2000, and that 48 percent of the households were families with school-age children.

Participants in the Eagle River Fantasy Football 10-team league — with members from all over Eagle County – were gearing up for their seventh annual draft.

Vail Christian High School prepared to break ground on its new riverside campus.


Week of Sept. 8, 1994

Opening day enrollment at downvalley schools exceeded projections.

The Denver-based Raptor Education Foundation proposed a theme park-like center in Eagle County that would be called “Eagle World.”

The Eagle County commissioners agreed to place an open space tax question on the November ballot, saying they would not fund open space acquisitions out of the general fund.

The Eagle Cemetery District and the town of Eagle were working on a revised plan for a new bike and pedestrian path that would go alongside, rather than through, the cemetery.


Week of Sept. 13, 1984

Incumbent Eagle County Commissioner Keith Troxel narrowly won a primary race against challenger Victor Cisneros.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District announced that construction issues had delayed the opening of the new Eagle pool until the next spring.

A wagon train rolled through Eagle County on a trip from Meteetse, WY to Carbondale. A Wyoming rancher was seeking to recapture the romance of driving 20 horses along that route. The cowboys, horses, and wagons traveled over Cottonwood Pass.

The Crooked Creek Pass road was closed for at least two weeks after a breached dam created unsafe conditions.


Week of Sept. 12, 1974

Lightning was the cause of several area wildfires, including a 1,480-acre blaze north of Dotsero and an 830-acre fire at Berry Creek, north of Edwards. Five, 25-man firefighting crews were flown in from Boise, ID to help out.

The Eagle County School Board launched a $9.9 million bond campaign.

The U.S. Army sent in explosives experts from Fort Carson to help dispose of 62 sticks of old dynamite found in a storage shed in Gypsum.

In Devils football, Ray Conway scored the only touchdown in the season opener against the Carbondale Rams.


Week of Sept. 10, 1964

First National Bank of Eagle County President Lynn Peterson announced a major remodel for the downtown facility.

The town of Eagle was hosting a regional meeting of the Colorado Municipal League. The featured topic was road maintenance and construction.

The new members of the Eagle Library Board were Mrs. Joe Chambers, Mrs. Harold Burr, Mrs. Don Knupp, Mrs. Louis Nesthouse, and Mrs. Richard Miller. The Gypsum Library Board consisted of Alice Hazzard, Mayme Price, and Mattie Randall.


Week of Sept. 9, 1954

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain defended the town’s economic health, noting that Eagle boasted eight filling stations, a hotel, four cafes, two grocery stores, a leather shop, three general merchandise stores, two electric shops, two doctors, a home laundry shop, two liquor stores, a plumbing shop, a park, a farm implement store, lawyers, lodges, civic clubs, a bank, a lumber yard, two pool halls, a tin shop, a drug store, a barber shop, a gas company, a theater, and a mortuary.

Walter Palmer took over the Cowden filling station and motel from Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Cowden.


Week of Sept. 8, 1944

Freeman Thatcher of Sweetwater, who was with the Naval escort that participated in the famed Doolittle raid on Japan, was home for a 30-day furlough. His brother, Wallace, was serving in the Marshall Islands.

Eagle County High School in Gypsum reported a new enrollment record with 93 students signed up for classes. Eagle Schools reported an enrollment of 115 students.

During two days of hunting “sage chickens,” most local hunters were able to reach their bag limits of three birds.


Week of Sept. 14, 1934

The Enterprise reported that 59 teachers were employed by the Eagle County Schools, with an average salary of $88.16 per month. The six schools in the county were located in Red Cliff, Minturn, Eagle, Gypsum, Basalt and McCoy.

A Sept. 9 rain was followed by a hard frost that wrecked gardens in Gypsum. Several inches of snow fell in the high country.

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