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Time Machine

The staff at the Dotsero Mercantile gather for a photo at the store's front counter in this 1920s era photo.
Photos courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Feb. 20, 2014

Eagle-Vail’s Mikaela Shiffrin was in Sochi gearing up for the Olympics.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that avalanches are one of the risks skiers face when skiing at Colorado mountain resorts. In a 2-1 decision, the court ruled that the state’s Skier Safety Act grants ski area operators immunity from inherent danger of the sport.

Avon was chosen to host the Ride the Rockies Tour stage. The bike tour was to bring 2,000 plus to the valley.

The Eagle Valley High School Nordic team celebrated their third place overall finish at the Colorado High School Ski Meet.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted public meetings to gather comment about the state’s big-game hunting season structure.


Week of Feb. 18, 2010

Eagle and Gypsum were getting set for early April elections.

The Gypsum Urgent/Emergent Care facility was delayed inSW opening. It was set to operate 365 days a year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Eagle County commissioners unanimously approved a series of tax refunds for the Brightwater subdivision that essentially dropped the project’s assessed value by about one-third. The refunds for taxes paid in 2007 and 2008 added up to about $1 million.

A disc golf tournament was set to benefit multiple sclerosis.

Local kids got to experiment with firefighting rescue equipment during the Free Family Fun Fair.

Eagle Valley High School senior Annika Sandberg was crowned Miss Colorado High School.


Week of Feb. 17, 2005

The county livestock pavilion discussion turned testy at an Eagle County commissioners meeting. Supporters argued the facility would serve as a multi-use events center, as well as a county fair exhibit hall. Opponents were worried about the cost and the purpose of the building, as well as the necessary infrastructure and operating costs.

In their first year as a 4A school, the EVHS wrestlers took seventh at the state tournament as a team.

Hayden Taylor Cuevas was born to parents Robert and Becky Cuevas of Gypsum. Three-year-old big sister Kaylee Grace was super excited.


Week of Feb. 16, 1995

The Eagle Town Board was talking about a development moratorium. The trustees cited 318 available single-family lots; and $100,000 worth of ongoing studies including the Brush Creek master plan and water and sewer planning.

George Roussos was the new Eagle County engineer.

The U.S. Forest Service was hosting a public input session on the proposed Adam’s Rib development.

Many locals spent the weekend shoveling out from a Sunday snowstorm that dumped about an inch of snow per hour. Eagle and Gypsum were reporting accumulations of up to 12 inches; and county snowplow crews worked 10-15 hour shifts.


Week of Feb. 21, 1985

The town of Eagle and Eagle County agreed that the best way to alleviate traffic on Capital Street would be a new access through the Bull Pasture subdivision.

For the first time in many years, the town of Eagle had a budget for capital improvements. Town leaders were seeking input on how to spend $150,000 per year over the next five years.

Melissa Trezise was offering a quilting class. Her students were Bee Cram, Pat Norman, Ursula Bemis, Billie Cline, Marie Sinclair and Helen Dennison.


Week of Feb. 20, 1975

At an annual meeting of the Eagle County Cattlemen, several local ranchers talked of the benefits of selling out to developers. Burns rancher Wes Schlegel had another viewpoint. “I’m not going to give up yet. Somebody has to furnish the beef,” he said.

A naked man was charged with indecent exposure after he was found wandering the hallways and lobby of the Doubletree Inn motel (now the Best Western) in Eagle. The man said he accidentally got locked out of his room while sleepwalking.


Week of Feb. 18, 1965

A 15-year-old Basalt boy was on trial in Eagle District Court for the shooting death of his younger brother.

The team manager for the Bond Zephyrs basketball team Bill Hensley, 34, died of a heart attack during a game against Eagle.

Ernie Velez, 15, was recovering from a gunshot wound suffered when he and some friends were posing for photographs with a rifle that accidently discharged.

Local teachers Eleanor McLaughlin and Laurene Knupp gave a report on the Common Market at a meeting of the Delta Kappa Gamma teacher’s sorority.

Local ranchers butchered nine hogs in a gathering at the Koprinikar Ranch at Wolcott.


Week of Feb. 17, 1955

Eagle Mayor D.E. Johnson issued a proclamation calling for citizens to volunteer as “Aqualantes” – the water version of vigilantes. The purpose of the group was to fight the Colorado River storage project.

With low snow density, predictions indicated that the Eagle River would be very low in the coming summer.

The McCoy Garage, owned by the Yarmony Mountain Legion Post and rented by Joe Tolliver, burned to the ground. The fire was caused by an overheated stove.


Week of Feb. 16, 1945

Soldier Clarence Sounders of Minturn was reported missing in action in Belgium.

Lt. Charles Schlegel of Minturn was one of the five pilots credited with sinking a Japanese Katori-class cruiser off the coast of French Indochina. The pilots were working from an aircraft carrier. Lt. Schlegel reported fierce anti-aircraft fire.

Mickey Walsh of Red Cliff, a Master Sergeant with the Army in Italy, received a presidential citation.

Cpl. Ira Bindley, after service with the Army Air Force in Newfoundland, was stationed at a hospital in Maine, where he was working as a barber.

The Holy Cross Forest was a thing of the past. The forest was adsorbed into the White River National Forest headquartered in Glenwood Springs.


Week of Feb. 22, 1935

The Census Bureau reported that 62 babies had been born in Eagle County the previous year.

Rio Grande Railroad officials were considering stopping passenger train No. 6, over the James Peak route to Dotsero.

All citizens were invited to an Eagle Chamber of Commerce meeting to discuss general adjudication of water rights out of the Eagle River.

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