Time Machine

A group of local girls stand at the train station in Gypsum. The information accompanying the photo just identifies the girls as "Ruth, Hele, Stena (or Steva) and Kate."
Photo courtesy the Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Jan. 30, 2014

Many locals were hoping for a Denver Bronco win for Super Bowl XLVIII. The Broncos were set to play the Seattle Seahawks in New Jersey.

The town of Eagle approved its first retail marijuana operation with a special use permit for Sweet Leaf Dispensary.

The Eagle Marketing and Events Advisory Committee proposed a $45,000 budget for upcoming events for the town. The Eagle Town Board gave final approval for the recommendation.

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Gypsum Creek Middle School hosted an Italian dinner/dance for families with live music from “Already Gone.” The event benefited the GCMS educational trip to Washington D.C.

Up with People was searching for host families for their tour stop in Gypsum.


Week of Jan. 28, 2010

A cow elk was spotted wandering around the Brush Creek Valley with a bar stool stuck on her head. She was very active and the stool wasn’t impairing her to any great degree.

The town of Eagle was going back and forth about whether to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the town.

Castle Peak Veterinary Service was offering a 10 percent senior discount for pets 7 years and older for all exams and lab work.

Eagle’s first Nordic Fest was set and included a variety of races, lunch and free instruction at the Eagle Ranch Golf Course. Brush Creek Elementary students participated in the Snowshoe Race for the event.

The Gypsum Recreation Center was collecting healthy recipes for its first ever healthy cookbook.


Week of Jan. 27 2005

Eagle County’s revised comprehensive plan spelled out where development should take place over the next 20 years. According the Colorado State Demographer’s projections, the county population was to grow from 44,990 to nearly 80,000 by 2025.

The Eagle County Commissioners donated $30,000 to the valley’s Habitat for Humanity to support the ongoing “blitz build” house project in Gypsum.

Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood Springs was advertising a 2003 Rav4 with 26k for $19,995.

The EVHS wrestler spotlight featured Mason Ewing – a 140-pound junior for the Devils.

Gina and Stephanie Johnson were named 5th grade “Students of the Month” for Red Hill Elementary.

Gypsum Creek Middle School students were fund-raising for the tsunami relief through Heifer International.


Week of Jan. 26, 1995

After two years of failed negotiations, the Eagle County Commissioners voted to condemn a 32-acre parcel of land on the east edge of the airport owned by George O. Sanders.

The EVHS wrestling squad appeared to be contenders for the state title. Jody Hern had won 20 straight matches, and Rob Jaramillo, Leonard Salaz, Josh Zimmerman, Zac Stratton and Kent Gledhill were among the winners at a wrestling match at Meeker.


Week of Jan. 31, 1985

Eagle Postal Clerk Lucille Riggle was named one of the top U.S. Postal Service Image-Makers for 1985.

The Eagle Town Board reviewed plans for The Terrace subdivision on 88 acres on the south edge of Eagle. The developers were Harold Denton and David Kunkel. Lot prices would be $25,000.

Businesswoman Berniece McKelvey, owner of the popular Bernice’s Place bar and restaurant in Eagle, was turning over management of the business to her son, Ron.

Local 4-H’er Stewart Hobbs caught a calf in the Catch-It-Calf contest at the Stock Show in Denver.


Week of Jan. 30, 1975

Colorado Senator Gary Hart criticized the designation of Beaver Creek as a winter sports area, saying the Forest Service decision ignored conflicting environmental impact statements.

The EVHS Devils’ Brigade Colorado Guard placed first in competitions in Medicine Bow and Casper, WY.

Mr. and Mrs. Ammi Hoyt of Gypsum celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Forest Ranger Don Price retired after 41 years with the Forest Service.


Week of Jan. 28, 1965

The first child to be born in the new town of Vail was Carl Emmett Eaton II, the son of Earl and Penny Eaton. His father, who had grown up in Edwards, was one of the visionaries who first dreamed of a ski development in the area.

Five Minturn brothers, ages five to 15, died when a fire destroyed the family home. The victims were all members of the Salas family. The mother and an 11-year-old sister escaped the burning house.

Ira Bindley and Lynn Peterson were elected to the Eagle Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The chamber was lobbying for a year-round road from Eagle to the Frying Pan Valley via Woods Lake.

Snowpack at McKenzie Gulch south of Eagle was 29 inches.

Pierce’s Place, a Gypsum Café, was cited by Travelmats Corporation of America as one of the outstanding traveler stops in this part of the country.

A large number of parents and students turned out to tour the new Battle Mountain junior-senior high school building in Maloit Park, above Minturn.


Week of Jan. 27, 1955

An Eagle District Court jury found Besalires Martinez of Red Cliff guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Red Cliff tavern owner Perfecto Cruz. There had been a history of bad blood between the two men. District Attorney Harold Grant was seeking the death penalty.

Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain was amused by a radio weather report that identified Eagle as the “nation’s icebox.” She pointed out that because of the dry climate, the air in Eagle at a temperature of 15 degrees below zero is warmer than air back east when the temperature might be 30 degrees above zero.

Despite snow and cold weather, hopeful miners continued to hunt uranium in the county. Claims were filed on Bellyache Mountain, near Dry Lake north of Gypsum, near Fulford, and on Salt Creek.


Week of Jan. 26, 1945

The Eagle High School basketball team beat Minturn 42-7.


Week of Feb. 1, 1935

Harry French, who had grown up in the Sheephorn area of Eagle County, was retiring from the Forest Service after 29 years.

At Catamount Creek in Burns, the home of Mrs. and Mrs. A.P. Rogers burned to the ground after a grease fire that originated from the oven.

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