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Time Machine

This 1920s photograph shows Eagle's traditional Christmas tree, placed in the iddel of Broadway at the intersection with Second Street.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 YEAR AGO

Week of Dec. 26, 2013

Locals George and Vonda Sisneros, along with their four kids, sold everything they owed and moved to Guatemala to be missionaries.

The Colorado Cheesesteak Company, located at the Sinclair service station building in Eagle, opened its doors for business.

The Eagle Valley High School boys basketball team won a close game in Gypsum against rival Battle Mountain High School. The score was 46-45 at the final buzzer.

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 24, 2009

Eagle resident Mary Witt organized gift boxes for service men and women who were serving in Iraq, including her younger sister, Ann.

The Eagle River Station debate heated up with rallies, robo-calls and news releases.

The town of Eagle agreed to give seed money in the amount of around $15,000 to the One Eagle business/citizen organization to create a local, comprehensive marketing plan to increase business in the town.

Local George Roberts signed a conservation easement with the Eagle Valley Land Trust to preserve his 18-acre tract north of the Terrace subdivision in Eagle as open space.

The U.S. Census Bureau was seeking Eagle County citizens to apply as temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 census.

10 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 23, 2004

Former Denver Bronco Reggie Rivers, turned motivational speaker and writer, addressed EVHS students. His main message was helping students realize the difference between goals and desires. Before that, Rivers addressed the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Jason Garner, the man who was with Gypsum resident Coty Vernon when she disappeared in February of 1998, was convicted of first-degree murder by a Grand Junction jury. Prosecutors persuaded the jury that 27-year-old Garner stabbed Vernon in a drug-fueled rage six years prior to the trial.

Adagio Beauty Salon opened its doors on Broadway in Eagle.

Enthusiastic singers of the local children’s chorale entertained the crowd at the Eagle Library during the Christmas open house celebration. The standing-room only crowd heard Christmas stories, holiday songs, and visited with Santa.

Jimmy Benavides was named EVHS Wrestler of the Week.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 22, 1994

Eagle-based Metcalf Archeological consultants surveyed the site of a presumed prehistoric burial near Burns. The site was discovered by hunters, who found a human skull in the area.

Citing safety concerns, Gypsum officials and the Colorado Department of Transportation closed the Trail Gulch Bridge to vehicle traffic. Pedestrian use was still allowed.

A pair of snowmobilers led Eagle police officers on a wild chase in the wee hours of the morning. The snowmobilers were riding, illegally, on school district property. They were eventually caught and ticketed.

The Zamboni Brothers brought the “Down-valley Zamboni” – an old pickup truck with a 300-gallon water tank and a spray bar gravity drip system – out of mothballs for the season. The volunteers were maintaining the ice rink at the Eagle Park.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 27, 1984

Two employees announced plans to leave the Eagle County Community Development staff. Planner Tom Boni was headed to New York to pursue a master’s degree in urban design; and Rick Pylman was headed to the town of Vail’s planning department.

Eagle resident Bob Shelton was featured in a “Community Spotlight” story. Shelton told of the many different jobs he had during his time in Eagle County, including running heavy equipment at Gold Park (above Red Cliff), State Highway Patrol dispatcher, owning and operating the Castle Peak Dairy, and as a car salesman for Koonce Chevrolet.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 26, 1974

The proposed Beaver Creek ski area was delayed by Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm, who was calling for a one year moratorium on winter sports permits. The governor cited concerns from a variety of agencies, regarding potential impacts. The Division on Wildlife was particularly concerned about the impacts of the development on migrating elk. The Eagle County commissioners were opposed the moratorium.

President Gerald Ford and his wife, Betty, arrived in Vail for a working Christmas holiday. The Fords flew into Grand Junction on Air Force One, then were transported by helicopter to a small private airfield in Avon. The Ford kids arrived via private plane at the Eagle County Airport.

Eagle County Sheriff Jim Seabry announced that a state grant would enable him to hire an extra deputy and a night jailer.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 24, 1964

The First National Bank in Eagle was hosting a holiday open house. Bank President Lynn Peterson invited all local residents to come in and take a look around the newly remodeled facility. The bank was located on Broadway in a building built by the Dice Brothers in 1904 (where the north end of the Wells Fargo Bank is now located). The remodel included a new vault, and replacement of the old brick exterior with stone and glass.

The Census Bureau reported that Eagle County’s 46 retail establishments had $3.2 million in sales in 1963.

The Eagle Valley Telephone Company received a $415,000 federal loan for improvements including 113 miles of new phone lines and some specialized equipment.

Eagle Cub Scouts received their Bear badges in a special ceremony. The honorees included Ralph Costa, Jerry Olesen, Gary Cole, Stan Knupp, Biff Long, Rocky Lunk and Duane Kinnett.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 23, 1954

The Eagle Lions Club and students at Eagle High School wrapped gifts for patients at Colorado General Hospital. Mrs. Frances Stanley of the Eagle County Welfare Department coordinated the effort.

Eagle Chamber of Commerce President A.B. Koonce, upset by reports to the contrary in Denver newspapers, declared that the Western Slope still wanted to see a traffic tunnel through the Continental Divide. The local Chamber had recently joined the newly formed Club 20, a West Slope lobbying group, which was urging improvements to a number of mountain roads.

The State Highway Department designated $20,000 for grading and surfacing of State Highway 131 between Wolcott and State Bridge. The 14-mile strip was nearly impassable during stormy weather.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 22, 1944

Local basketball fans were looking forward to a game between the Brigham Young University team and the Navy Hospital team from Glenwood Springs. The game would be played in Eagle.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Dec. 28, 1934

The Rio Blanco county commissioners paid a visit to the new Eagle County Courthouse, and liked what they saw. They were hoping to build a similar structure, at a similar cost ($60,000).