Time Machine

This Peter Runyon photograph shows Vail Village in its 1980s glory.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Jan. 2, 2014

Gypsum residents Pete and Shirley Nolan were celebrated as the first honorees for the Eagle Valley High School Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, the duo received a standing ovation.

The Cotton Ranch Metro District refinanced bonds for its third time since 1998.

Nicky’s Quickies opened up shop in Eagle, and was offering both dine in and take out service.

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The Eagle Public Library hosted a Downton Abbey premiere party that featured Downton games, refreshments, and group discussion.

WECMRD hosted a skateboarding clinic at the Field House Mini Ramp for kids ages 3 to 5 years.


Week of Dec. 31, 2009

Eagle voters were set to head to the polls on Jan. 5 to decide the fate of Eagle River Station — the proposed commercial/residential project located on the east end of town.

A Cotton Ranch dog was killed by a mountain lion outside. “Bubba” was a 150-pound Great Pyrenees dog.

The Gypsum Ice Rink, located on the youth baseball field on Second Street, was free for skaters. Skaters reported that the ice was in perfect condition.

Gypsum officials moved forward with their purchase of the Cotton Ranch Golf Club, along with an additional six-acre tract – the Bindley property. The golf club went into foreclosure earlier in the year.

Winners of Gypsum’s annual Holiday Lights Competition were Joe and Cheryl Stone, with the Kirkland Family winning the Clark Grizzwold Award.


Week of Dec. 30, 2004

Although the reintroduction of wolves into wilderness areas looked to be decades away, a task force was already addressing issues such as how to pay ranchers for lost livestock.

Red Mountain Ranch development, a mix of residential and enough commercial space to accommodate a big box store, was proposed for Eagle’s eastern boundary, between Highway 6 and Interstate 70.

Eagle’s 2004 Christmas Light Contest, sponsored by the Eagle Valley of Commerce and Beveridge Real Estate, announced its winners. First place went to Richard and Diana Hutchinson, second place was a tie with D.L. Beasley and Dennis Gibbons winning. Third place was also a tie with Scott and Dorinda Gifford and Ron and Debby Beard being recognized.

Devils wrestler Gabriel Velasquez was spotlighted as the Eagle Valley High School wrestler of the week.

Uptown Boutique, a new clothing store in Eagle, offered trendy, stylish clothes for women.

Eagle County flu shot guidelines were relaxed as initial reports kept too many people from getting the shot. The Eagle Valley Medical Center offered extended hours to make it easier for people to get their shots.


Week of Dec. 29, 1994

The Eagle-Gypsum Wallboard plant in Gypsum was running at capacity with more than 130 employees.

The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association named the Eagle County Rodeo Arena the “most improved” arena in the United States. County employees Bill Baker and Tom Ehrenberg were recognized for their work at the arena.

The long-dormant Gypsum Meadows subdivision was revived.

The U.S. Forest Service proposed large controlled burns at Coffin Mountain, south of Eagle, and east of State Bridge, in the High Gulch area.


Week of Jan. 3, 1985

Outgoing county commissioners Keith Troxel and Danny Williams recounted some of their accomplishments over the past eight years, including expansion of the county airport, the start of a senior-citizen housing program, and the adoption of a one-percent county sales tax.

Eagle County sought federal funding for a section of bike path between Avon and Eagle-Vail.

After a public hearing that went on for hours, Eagle County approved a development on Squaw Creek that called for 140 units and cross-country ski paths (the development later became Cordillera).

Wolcott was for sale for $325,000. John and Patti Latchaw, owners of the convenience store, liquor store, post office, and seven-room hotel were ready to sell out.

The Gypsum Town Board contemplated hiring a town manager.


Week of Jan 2, 1975

Two Texas teenagers, en route to a skiing vacation, were treated for exhaustion and frost bite after they became stranded while taking a “shortcut” along Cottonwood Pass. They missed a turn on Gypsum Creek, and spent two days wandering around LEDE Reservoir. The low temperature on December 27 was -17.

When a county jail prisoner left the shower running in the county jail, located on the third floor of the county courthouse, the ceiling in the clerk and recorder’s office below collapsed.


Week of Dec. 31, 1964

A rock slide northwest of Bond shut down Highway 131 for several hours.

The valley had been hit by several days of rain, snow, and cold wind. Snow drifts 15-feet deep were reported on Castle Peak.

Margie Gates of Burns was appointed assistant county public health nurse.

A 20-year-old Denver man was charged in the summer burglary of the local Western Auto store. The young man was implicated when he pawned a stolen rifle in Denver.



Week of Dec. 30, 1954

Eagle experienced a blast of winter, with temperatures as low as -28 degrees.

A fire in the wall of the furnace room damaged the home of Dr. and Mrs. L.D. Simmons in Eagle.

The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad announced its intent to spend $7 million on new equipment and rail improvements.


Week of Dec. 29, 1944

The Eagle grade school boy’s basketball team beat Leadville.

In high school basketball, the Eagle High School Cowboys also beat Leadville, with Wayne Randall scoring 22 points.


Week of Jan 4, 1935

Derby Mesa pioneer Clark L. Gates died unexpectedly while feeding cattle at his ranch.

Near Sheephorn, a gun duel resulted in the death of a local rancher, Jeff Davis. The gun fight was the culmination of a long-running battle with a neighbor.

The federal government spent a total of $21,780 with Eagle County ranchers in a program that called for the purchase of drought-ravaged cattle.

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