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A local farmer loads up his potato harvest. The crop was a mainstay of Eagle County agriculture in its earlier days.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle Count Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Aug. 14, 2014

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited Red Cliff as part of a statewide “Infrastructure Colorado: Plains, Trains, Automobiles and More” tour.

Members of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance visited Eagle and gave the community’s trail system a rave review.

Demolition Derby action planned a return to the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

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5 years ago

Week of Aug. 12, 2010

The Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale — dubbed “The mother of all rummage sales — was back for its 46th year.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses recertified Eagle Ranch Golf Club as a cooperative sanctuary. The local course was one of 773 course in the world to receive the honor.

The Gypsum Chamber planned a grand opening celebration for the new Kum & Go store located along U.S. Highway 6.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 11, 2005

A front page story detailed Eagle resident Fred Bapp’s effort to run a marathon in all 50 states. Bapp estimated it would take nine years to achieve his goal.

Brian Treu was named Eagle County Attorney.

Taylor Hammer, 11, earned $9,600 for his Grand Champion Steer at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo Junior Livestock Sale. JLD Construction and Caribou Mountain Development teamed up to purchase the animal.

Former British Open champion Tom Weiskopf was selected as the architect for the Adam’s Rib Country Club golf course.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 10, 1995

The Adam’s Rib golf plan was presented to the Eagle Town Board. The Eagle County Planning Commission had already recommended denial of the plan.

Three new developments were approved by the Gypsum Town Council — Red Table Commercial Park, the revival of the Gypsum Meadows subdivision and Cotton Ranch.

Eagle County School District sent out a desperate plea for more school bus drivers. The district only had two-thirds of the drivers it needed to operate its normal schedule.

Attendance numbers for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo remained strong despite the cancellation of some equestrian events due to unfounded reports of an equine virus.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 8, 1985

The Eagle County Nursing Service was unable to obtain proper liability insurance and was forced to close for three weeks.

The Eagle Library was one of 10 libraries statewide that received grants to develop reading and discussion groups.

Scott Chovenac was named sports editor of the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

Diane Mathis, a 1981 graduate of Eagle Valley High School, returned to her alma mater to coach the volleyball team.

Leonard Horn, a prominent Eagle County rancher, died at age 76.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 14, 1975

The Eagle County School board heard complaints from numerous Vail residents about the decision to move the Vail kindergarten program to Minturn.

President Gerald R. Ford was in the county for a working vacation. He spent the early part of his week playing golf, swimming and signing bills.

Mechanical problems at the Gypsum water plant resulted in water bill savings for residents. “We can’t charge citizens for the new service if it isn’t working,” said Mayor Evan Mayne.

Pat Luark of Burns attended the National Institute of Cooperative Education meeting at Michigan State University.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 12, 1965

Petitions to bring a junior college district to the area were being circulated. Willis Bowman and Harold Koonce were organizing the local effort.

The location of Interstate 70 from Dowd Junction to Wolcott was the discussion topic for a Colorado Highway Department meeting in Eagle.

Walter Forest was elected to replace Edmund Bobson as vice president of the Eagle County School Board.

The Eagle County Fair and Rodeo was coming up and the schedule included a Friday night 4-H dance at the Eagle gym.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 18, 1955

The former owner of the Enterprise, George Haubrich, was in town to visit his sister. Haubrich published the newspaper in the early 1900s.

The 1955 4-H Junior Fair was called the best to date by County Agent Sam Kuntz.

Harve Skiff, 69, of Gypsum died in Glenwood after an accident at his farm. Skiff was working in the field when a haystacker fell on him.

The Gypsum Square Dance Club hosted one of its popular dances.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 17, 1945

The Enterprise front page headline read “World Again Happy in Peace.” The paper reported Japan had “knuckled under” and sent representatives to Manila to discuss terms with General MacArthur.

Del Curran of Red Cliff was injured in action at Okinawa. His parents were informed that their son “ deserved the thanks of every American for the important part he is playing in the war.”

A community meeting was planned in Eagle to discuss how to assist veterans dealing with their post-war problems. A county Veterans Advisory Council was set up for the effort.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 16, 1935

The potato yield for the state was looking strong. According to the United State Crop Report, yields for corn, hay and oats were all in the surplus range.

Sweetwater Lake solicited fishermen to the “most pleasant resort, where the fish always bite.” A day tour for a group of three cost $8.50.

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