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Time Machine

Crews work to stabilize the historic Rock Creek Stage Stop. The 2003 project was completed by John Dobell Construction, Bill Irvine Construction, Jan Kaminski-Mountain Architectural Design Group and Historic Routt County volunteers.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Dec. 5, 2013

Local Bobbi Bade received an award of gratitude from the Eagle County’s Child, Family and Adult Services for her work coordinating a group of Golden Eagle seniors who have made 1,000 quilts for Eagle children.

Eagle residents were gearing up for Christmas on Broadway. The celebration was spotlighting small-town character with a nighttime parade, strolling carolers and homemade chicken noodle soup. Santa Claus was also rumored to plan an appearance.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 3, 2009

Development in west Eagle – the chunk of neighborhood bounded by Fifth Street, Highway 6, and the south boundary of the town of Eagle – was targeted by town officials for revitalization. Although the town was leading the effort, it was Eagle County’s acquisition of the land-locked five-acre U.S. Forest Service horse pasture in west Eagle that kicked the process into gear.

Eagle County was working to acquire the Forest Service ranger house and office property in Eagle. The site was to be redeveloped as office space and employee housing.

Voters had less than a month to decide the fate of the Eagle River Station project.

Calvary Christian Fellowship Church was set to open its new location in Gypsum, across from Costco.

New reporter Derek Franz, 27, began work for the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s office was presenting a free substance abuse prevention workshop for area parents of teenagers.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 2, 2004

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle and Lake Counties embarked on a “blitz build” project in the Buckhorn Valley subdivision in Gypsum.

A website was developed to provide information regarding planning and design for a new interchange on Interstate 70 to serve the Eagle County Airport.

A coalition of local governments formed to advocate for local transportation interests concerning the I-70 Central Mountain Corridor. The local governments forming the coalition stretched from Idaho Springs to east Glenwood Springs.

Eagle Valley High School welcomed new head coaches Jamie Mayne, for girls basketball, Pat Gabriel for boys basketball, and Ron Beard for wrestling.

Josh Farmer, Lyn Morgan, and Charlie Ridgway were among the former servicemen who gathered for a ceremony marking the 229th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 1, 1994

At the request of developer Fred Kummer, the county abruptly canceled a scheduled hearing regarding the Adam’s Rib ski area development. The county planning staff had recommended numerous changes to the plan, and the county planning commission had recommended denial.

Meanwhile, District Forest Ranger Bill Wood announced a public meeting regarding the proposed status of the Adam’s Rib Ski Area. The Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers had raised questions about impacts to wetlands, water quality, and to fish and wildlife.

Town of Gypsum officials, estimating the town was at least five years away from being able to afford a police department, donated $2,500 to the Eagle County Crimestoppers program, in an effort to help fight local crime.

The Colorado Highway Department announced plans for a $3 million face lift for a stretch of Interstate 70 between Gypsum and Eagle.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 6, 1984

In Gypsum, a special election was scheduled to let voters decide if the town should take over the local sanitation district.

Beekeeper Gerald Rose was the subject of a feature story in the Enterprise.

Brad Jones, Ezra Harris, and Brett Davies were the winners of the Eagle County Soil Conservation District poster contest.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 5, 1974

The Eagle Town Board initiated the formation of a local fire protection district.

The Eagle County commissioners approved a resolution calling for the immediate construction of a four-lane highway through Glenwood Canyon.

Benci Baros and the Midnight Cowboys were the featured Saturday night band at the Copper Eagle Bar and Restaurant in downtown Eagle.

Eagle Elementary students staged a play titled “The Sausage on the End of the Nose.” The cast included Lynda Mayne, Tami Bair, Kathy Ping, Jason Vaughn, Kris Greenman, Desi Kochera, Steven Gay, Robert Burk, Shawn Day, Jeffie Slaughter, Shelly Eaton, and Lyndon Garcia.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 3, 1964

Burns rancher T.H. Benton protested what he called the “Berlin Wall” in Eagle County. The “wall” consisted of narrow bridges across the Colorado River at Three Island and State Bridge. Neither was wide enough to serve stockmen’s needs or modern vehicles.

A Denver hunter’s car and trailer ended up in the Colorado River near Dotsero when he attempted to turn the vehicle around on “Inspiration Point.” The hunter was able to jump to safety as the vehicle rolled backwards.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 2, 1954

Red Cliff tavern owner Perfecto Cruz was killed when an armed patron entered the bar and shot him. The two men had been having trouble for about a year.

A snowstorm blanketed the valley with 16 inches of snow, with temperatures hovering at zero.

The Colorado State Patrol installed an auxiliary power plant at the Eagle County Courthouse. The plant would ensure that radio transmissions could occur during power outages.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 1, 1944

A district court jury awarded Gypsum Creek rancher Sigurd Bobson $1,830 in a land condemnation lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by a landowner named McNulty, who wanted to create a reservoir to hold irrigation water on land belonging primarily to Bobson.

A Red Cliff man suffered a broken arm and a broken leg when thrown from a box car he was working on at the Empire Zinc Company.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 7, 1934

A construction crew cutting a tunnel into the mountain at Independence Pass uncovered a rich vein of silver ore.

Sportsmen urged the state to consider a new law that would limit the total fisherman’s catch to 20 fish rather than 20 pounds of fish.

A measles epidemic forced the cancellation of the one-act play contest in Gypsum.




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