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Time Machine

The MInturn High School Band, in full regalia, line up for a early 1940s photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Feb. 6, 2014

Eagle County School District students enjoyed a very rare snow day. It had been 20 years since the district called off school due to the white stuff.

Eagle Town Board members approved the town’s first retail marijuana operation, Sweet Leaf Pioneer.

The Eagle Habitat for Humanity Restore was closed after heavy snow collapsed part of the roof.

Local Hannah Litt donated more than $1,400 to local charities from the first year of her business making jewelry. Her business plan gave 75 percent of her profits to local charities, and she stuck to that plan.

South Dakota philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated $1 million to Roundup River Ranch, bringing his total support to $8 million. Roundup River Ranch is a local camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.


Week of Feb. 4, 2010

A town of Eagle planning workshop drew comments from nearly 100 local residents interested in the town’s main western entry. The West Eagle neighborhood featured a mix of retail, residential and even industrial uses that had developed over a period of decades before the town had zoning regulations. Being one of the most traveled corridors in the community, residents and council members were discussing future land use for the area.

Tom Boni was named as Eagle’s new planner.

The Eagle Valley High School Speech and Debate team recorded a hugely successful showing at the Colorado State Speech Meet. A total of 16 students competed in seven categories, and 13 students earned awards.


Week of Feb. 3 2005

A rapid rate of population growth and slower growth in sales tax revenues had Eagle officials questioning how to pay for needed infrastructure.

Bill Gray was hired as Eagle’s new lead planner, taking over for Larry McKinzie.

A winery development was proposed at Wolcott, and the project included a vineyard, banquet hall, lodge and commercial space. The county planning commission was taking its first look at the project.

The EVHS boys basketball team lost to rival, Battle Mountain High School, and the girls lost to Steamboat Springs. The wrestling team wrapped up their regular season and were looking to take eight or nine guys to the state tourney.

Jason Duetsch of Michigan was named the new Colorado Division of Wildlife’s District Wildlife Manager for the Eagle North District.


Week of Feb. 2, 1995

An upset crowd at Kickers Saloon in Eagle reportedly chased away an Eagle policeman after he used pepper spray on about 20 customers. The cops were responding to reports of a couple of bar fights.

Eagle County School District was seeking public input on construction priorities. The key question was whether money should be funneled toward a full-size gymnasium or a 600-seat auditorium serving Eagle Valley Elementary and Eagle Valley Middle School.

The town of Eagle was reviewing plans for a new library.


Week of Feb. 7, 1985

Gypsum’s Dave Vroman was credited with saving the life of county employee Glen Kettle. Kettle was pinned in a county truck when he got caught by an auger used to spread sand on roads.

The Farmer’s Home Administration agreed to fund 36 units of senior citizen housing at Eagle.

Local restaurateurs Larry and Chris Fortune opened up a new business: Fortune’s Bakery, supplying wholesale bread to local restaurants.

Eagle resident Jeff Nowak finished 6th in the Mountain Man Triathlon.

The Devils wrestling team finished second in their league.


Week of Feb. 6, 1975

Eagle County opened its first animal shelter at Dowd Junction. Impoundment fees ranged from $2 for the first offense to $17 for the fourth offense.

Eagle Police Chief Bill Heyer resigned.

The Eagle Town Board initiated the formation of the Greater Eagle Fire District.

The average snow depth at McKenzie Gulch, south of Eagle, was 15.9 inches.


Week of Feb. 4, 1965

A 33-year-old man was killed by a snow slide while working on the Homestake water diversion project near Red Cliff.

EVHS student Connie Greve was named to All-state band.

Enterprise editor Marilla McCain was fed up with new government programs. “For Pete’s sake!” she wrote, “first it was the New Deal, then the New Frontier, and now the Great Society. Has anyone given thought to just plain, old-fashioned government?”

The national forests and grasslands of the Rocky Mountain Region were celebrating their 60th birthday.

The old Railroad Coach, a D&RGW train car which the railroad had converted into a school building at Bond during the construction of the Dotsero cut-off in the 1930s, was razed.


Week of Feb. 3, 1955

Charley Forster killed a 7-foot long mountain lion near Copper Spur. The lion had killed 18 head of sheep and one goat belonging to McCoy rancher Slats Virden. Government trapper Jim Day had been called in from Gypsum; but Forster killed the lion before Day and his dogs arrived. The lion weighted 160 pounds. Forster brought the frozen and very stiff dead lion to the Enterprise office to be photographed.

Eagle County erected a building for machine storage on the southwest edge of Eagle, near garage and shops building.


Week of Feb. 2, 1945

Sgt. Howard P. Ault of McCoy was reported missing in action – he was fighting with the famous Rainbow Division.

An 18-year-old Eagle girl, who disappeared after attending a movie at the local theater, was found in the Denver County jail. There was no explanation about how she got there.


Week of Feb. 8, 1935

The Enterprise re-printed a several decades old report from a geologist who indicated large bodies of gold, silver, and copper ore existed on New York Mountain. He recommended drilling a tunnel from West Lake Creek to the southwest.

Woodrow Brown, a reporter for Eagle High School, reported that the basketball team won a game in the last 10 seconds following a fast break by Clark Hillard.

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