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A group of Boy Scouts and their leaders gather for a photo in Eagle.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Oct. 9 2014

A special Bridge Jam event was planned to celebrate the opening of Eagle’s new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70.

Eagle area residents reported a surge in black bear sightings.

Scott Turnipseed and Chris Cook were the recipients of the first-ever Eagle Community Impact Award.

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5 years ago

Week of Oct. 7, 2010

Eagle and Pitkin and Gunnison counties had successfully teamed up to win a $5 million Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant through the U.S. Department of Energy. As a result the three governments launched a three-year program to educate citizens and promote energy efficiency programs.

Colorado State Patrol troopers helped apprehend a murder suspect from Illinois. Troopers pulled over the man after learning from Illinois law enforcement personnel that they had traced the suspect’s cell phone signal to Eagle County. I-70 was closed for about 15 minutes so the high risk traffic stop could be made.

Long-time Eagle County rancher Livingstone “Wiss” Toomer passed away.

10 years ago

Week of Oct. 6, 2005

Builders in Eagle County were coping with a cement shortage. Cement shipments to the valley had been cut in half for more than a month and because of the shortage, rationing had begun. Officials with B&B Excavating reported the company had a nine-page wish list from people waiting for concrete to complete projects.

Citing concerns over growth patterns that favored high-end development while work force housing construction was lagging, the Eagle County commissioners approved a nine-month moratorium on new subdivisions.

Lakotah Doig and crowned queen and Wes Minnett was crowned king at the Eagle Valley High School Homecoming game. The Devils thrashed Battle Mountain, 54-12.

20 years ago

Week of Oct. 5, 1995

The Eagle County School District spent $670,000 on a 75-acre parcel of land south of Gypsum. School officials said the property was needed for future school construction.

Fifty people applied for the new county administrator position.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Denver unveiled ambitious plans for a project at Squaw Creek that would include a church, school, day care center and employee housing.

Paying up on a bet with EVHS football player Jody Hern, Devils assistant coach Mike Gass shaved his head after the team beat Steamboat.

30 years ago

Week of Oct. 3, 1985

Eagle Telecommunications, the privately-owned telephone company that served downvalley customers, was sold to Pacific Telecommunications.

Leslie Dietz and Mike Rodriquez were crowned EVHS Homecoming queen and king. Royal Stracener and Devon Underwood were the attendants.

At the Homecoming football game, Ron Fowler hauled in three passes for 46 yards.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 9, 1975

Bob Brown, an investigator for Eagle County Social Services, was appointed to a vacancy on the Eagle Town Board.

The Eagle Town Board voted to increase the town manager salary from $11,000 to $13,000 annually.

The regulation valves for Gypsum’s new water system were clogged with mud forcing the town to revert back to its old system.

Some 70 local women attended a Get Acquainted Tea hosted by the Eagle Dandylions Club.

In Devils football, Don Foral was the defensive player of the week and Trent Eichler was honored as the offensive player of the week. For Lady Devils volleyball, Donna Gennett and Tia Ross were honored.

50 years ago

Week of Oct. 7, 1965

The education and social activities addition to the Gypsum Methodist Church was formally dedicated. The Women’s Society of Christian Service was instrumental in raising money for the project.

A campaign was under way to create a five-county junior college taxing district. The effort would eventually create Colorado Mountain College.

Wolcott rancher Leonard Horn took a cattle shipment to Denver.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 13, 1955

Heart Lake, the 335-acre reservoir built by Colorado Game and Fish located on the Flat Tops, was expected to become a popular fishery.

Big game hunters flooded into Eagle, taking up virtually all of the parking spaces around town as they prepared to take off for the high country on opening day.

A writer from Colorado Wonderland magazine was in town to gather information for an article about the Eagle community.

Palmer’s Mobile gas station sold 21,028 gallon of gas during a grand opening celebration. More than 155 sets of water glasses were given away to customers.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 12, 1945

A young hunter was killed in an accident in Eagle County. The 16-year-old Englewood boy died of wounds sustained when he was shot while he was sitting on a log in the Fryingpan drainage.

Bobby Randall reported a narrow escape while he was hunting in the Bellyache area. He said some trigger-happy hunters fired four shots at him, despite the fact that he was waving his arms and yelling.

Local sportsmen dispensed some of their own law enforcement when they stopped a hunter from illegally shooting a big horn sheep in the East Brush Creek area.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 11, 1935

The first man housed in the new Eagle County jail was taken to prison after he was found guilty of stabbing another man during a robbery attempt in Red Cliff.

Local potatoes growers planned to feed surplus potatoes to livestock rather than marketing them at a loss.

Highlights at the Amateur Hour talent show in Red Cliff included Ralph Moore’s Mae West impersonation.

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