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Members of the Eagle High School Clas of 1925 gather for a photgraind at their 25th class reunion.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Nov. 21, 2013

Eagle artist Tim O’Brien was featured in the Enterprise for his work with the Hygiene Champion Cottonwood. The tree was one of the oldest and largest in the country when it died and various craftsmen were asked to submit projects for wood harvested from the tree. O’Brien’s projects were selected for display at the Longmont Museum and Culture Center.

The Town of Gypsum budgeted for a big-spending year from multi-year savings reserves. The town’s savings were earmarked to expand LEDE Reservoir.

The Eagle County commissioners approved retail marijuana in a 2-1 vote, which allowed retail marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas.

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced its goal to eventually place an advanced guide-way system for the Interstate 70 corridor between Denver and Eagle County Regional Airport.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 19, 2009

The annulal Holiday Fair was gearing up to take place and was set to include an Art Bar. The Art Bar planned a smorgasbord of recyclable materials for creative artwork. A Gingerbread House contest was also planned.

Brush Creek Elementary parents initiated a “Green Your Routine” program that encouraged students to bike and walk to school. In addition to teaching the students about their environment, the goal was to also eliminate a dangerous pick-up/drop-off situation at the school.

An HU-25 Falcon jet from the U.S. Coast Guard slid off the runway at the Eagle County Airport. The accident resulted in the airport’s only runway being closed for several hours while a Coast Guard team traveled to the area to inspect the scene.

The Red Ribbon Project sponsored free HIV tests at various locations around the valley.

For the second year in a row, top contestants from the Mountain States Rodeo Circuit voted the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo “Rodeo of the Year” in its size class. The circuit hosted more than 50 rodeos in Colorado and Wyoming.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 18, 2004

Businesses on Broadway in Eagle were hoping to benefit from the town of Eagle’s investment in the Central Business District. The Town approved around $5 million for the revitalization of the area.

Eagle County was pursuing a “livestock pavilion” at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The plans were for a 24,000-square-foot structure. The decision to proceed with the pavilion came just days after the county authorized the burning of the old red 4-H barn at the fairgrounds as a fire department exercise.

Eagle Ranch Wine and Spirits opened in Eagle Ranch.

The Bluffs at Eagle were offering single family home sites in Phase II starting at $84,000. The first phase had sold out.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 17, 1994

The Forest Service hired John Borton to serve as the agency’s coordinator for the proposed Adam’s Rib ski area development. Meanwhile, Adam’s Rib developer Fred Kummer paid a surprise visit to a meeting of the Concerned Citizens of Eagle County, a citizen group opposing the project.

Eagle County officials were taking another look at their budget after voters turned down a “de-Brucing” ballot question.

The Eagle County commissioners approved the development of a new medical clinic at Edwards.

A history story in the Enterprise, written by Iola Knuth, featured one of the county’s pioneers: cowgirl Maud Stewart.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 22, 1984

Eagle County’s delinquent tax auction featured a total of 731 property parcels.

Eagle Mayor Jim Seabry issued a proclamation urging residents to shop locally for the holiday season.

A faulty coal furnace filled several county offices in the McDonald Building in Eagle with smoke, prompting a call to the fire department.

Rocky Mountain Casting, based in Eagle, announced that a contract with a Texas company would triple its annual revenues. The company’s expertise was using steel molds and molten steel to create screws, brackets, and braces.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 21, 1974

The Eagle Town Board contemplated formation of a fire protection district, to create a tax revenue source the service. The town board also appointed a citizen task force to review complaints about its police department.

Eighteen property owners in west Eagle presented a petition to the town seeking annexation. Inclusion into the town would facilitate much-needed sewer improvements in the area.

Edwards rancher Bruce Eaton reported that thieves were ripping the barn wood off of some of this ranch buildings.

The school district introduced a bi-lingual, bi-cultural education program for kindergartners.

Robyn Eichler and Tom Foral announced their engagement.

Eagle Valley Telephone Company President Norv Morgan was appointed to the Club 20 Board of Directors.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 19, 1964

A snowstorm was blamed for the deaths of 20 head of cattle, killed when a tractor-trailer truck overturned east of Vail. The storm dumped about six inches of snow in Gypsum, and a foot of snow at the Kenneth Gerard ranch.

A number of Brush Creek ranchers met with the Eagle Town Board to discuss the installation of a pipeline between the town’s water intake and storage tank. The ranchers generally agreed to allow the contractors on the land, but opposed granting a permanent easement. Each rancher was granted a tap off the town’s water system.

Citizens were invited to an open house at the new junior-senior high school building in Gypsum.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 18, 1954

The Atomic Power Uranium Corporation of Denver leased 1,800 acres of land on Horse Mountain, southeast of Eagle. The property contained the junction of two major geological faults, one a known source of uranium, according to the Enterprise.

Eagle was seeing a boom in the motel business. Jim Green’s “Sleepy U” motel was ready to open, a new motel was planned at the Montgomery property, and 10 motel units were under construction at the Harrison’s site.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 17, 1944

The Modern Homemakers Club of Brush Creek invited other local organization to join them in pursuing construction of a public swimming pool in Eagle.

The American Legion Post was collecting books, razor blades, and combs to be sent to hospitalized G.I.s.

Eagle County High School beat Eagle High 20-0 in an Armistice Day football match, the last game of the season.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Nov. 23, 1934

A crowd of 145 people from Red Cliff to Gypsum, turned out for the formation of the County Chamber of Commerce. The highlight of the meeting was a turkey dinner at the Masonic Hall in Eagle.


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