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Time Machine

The Bayer children —Mary Frances, Garth and Ralph — poise for a 1933 studio photograph. They were the children of Howard and Ethel Bayer of Minturn.
Phot courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Aug. 20, 2015

The Eagle Mushroom and Wild Food Festival welcomed Eugenia Bons, author of “Mycophia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms” as a guest speaker.

The Eagle Valley Community Fund Auction and Rummage Sale marked its 51st anniversary and long-time organizers Vi and Byron Brown announced it would be their final year at the helm of the annual event.

A high speed chase along Interstate 70 ended with an arrest at gunpoint at the Eagle exit. Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy Jake Best clocked driver Edward Tarpey at 100 mph and dispatchers noted Best that Tarpey was a homicide suspect.

Stoneyard Distillery opened at Dotsero.

5 years ago

Week of Aug. 18, 2011

A derby weekend — of the demolition and roller variety — was planned in Eagle.

The Porchlight Players performed the musical “Into the Woods” on the Centennial Stage at Eagle Town Park and at Gypsum’s Lundgren Theater.

Art Davenport of Gypsum celebrated his 90th birthday.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office announced the acquisition of a drug disposal drop box. The box offered residents a safe way to dispose of narcotics, prescription and non-prescription medication and the service was offered free of charge during regular business hours at the Eagle County Justice Center.

10 years ago

Week of Aug. 17, 2006

This historic Ping Hotel property, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 6 and Capitol Street in Eagle, was listed for sale. The asking price was $2.1 million for the 9.5 city lots. The abandoned hotel at the site hadn’t seen a paying guest since the 1940s, but the 120-year-old structure was a well-known community fixture.

The Eagle Town Board annexed a 100-acre parcel located on the eastern boundary of the community. While the tract was zoned “resource” the property was earmarked for commercial development.

The Eagle County commissioners accepted more than $400,000 in federal grants and rural development funds for upgrades at the Golden Eagle Senior Center.

20 years ago

Week of Aug. 15, 1996

Incumbent James Johnson emerged as the winner of the Democratic primary for the District 1 county commissioner seat. He was set to face Republican Steve Miller in November.

Complaints from the Eagle Town Board prompted the owners of the local Burger King to promise to turn down the lights surrounding the building.

The local rumor mill reported that a Sam’s Club discount store was moving into the Airport Gateway development. Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll said there had been no such application at the town.

Eagle resident Jack Johnson was showing off his 9-foot tall sunflowers.

30 years ago

Week of Aug. 14, 1986

Shari Scruby was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Eagle Town Board.

Following the primary election, Democrat Bud Gates was picked to face Republican Russ Motta in the Eagle County commissioner race.

The entire Hoza family turned out for a ground-breaking for a 6,000-square-foot addition to the Eagle Pharmacy.

A group of northern Eagle County residents pressed the county commissioners for road improvements along the Colorado River Road from McCoy to Dotsero, including the Derby Loop and Sweetwater Creek.

40 years ago

Week of Aug. 19, 1976

Susie Obermeyer caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-It contest at the Eagle County Fair. Nancy Gates was the grand champion at the dress revue.

The Eagle Town Board approved a Broadway beautification project consisting of landscaping at the Broadway/Highway 6 intersection.

The Colorado River Conservation District was studying the possible creation of a reservoir at Yeoman Park.

George Rasmussen was appointed head football coach at Eagle Valley High School. John Bowman and Steve Drosdek were the assistant coaches. Returning seniors included Danny Eaton, Trent Eichler and Perry Eaton.

50 years ago

Week of Aug. 18, 1966

The community mourned the death of Harry A. Nottingham, an Avon rancher and former county commissioner.

School was about ready to start and H.W. Deane was the returning principal at the Eagle Valley Junior-Senior High School.

The town of Eagle awarded a franchise to Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Company to provide local service.

Red Cliff 4-H’er Sandra Albert picked up blue ribbons for her knitting and cooking projects.

Eagle Elementary teacher Velma Larsen returned from Hawaii, where she had spent the summer taking classes.

60 years ago

Week of Aug. 16, 1956

Heavy rains washed out a section of railroad track along the Colorado River and took out the Posen Creek bridge near Burns.

The Eagle County Fair expanded from a one-day event to two full days, with competition at both the livestock shed at the Fairgrounds and at the Eagle school.

Bill Heiner took over management of Erickson’s Conoco station in Gypsum.

The Eagle Lions Club hosted its annual picnic at Eagle Town Park. The event raised money for the club-sponsored visit from Santa Claus during the holiday season.

A busload of Iowa cattlemen toured a number of local ranches to learn about high country operations. Mr. and Mrs. Jim Stephens hosted a barbecue for the visitors.

70 years ago

Week of Aug. 19, 1946

Four people were arrested at the Gore Creek sawmill after they stole household items from a moving van that stalled on Vail Pass. Sheriff Murray Wilson uncovered some of the missing items at the sawmill camp.

The spread-out nature of ranches in Eagle County resulted in many people having a difficult time making it to Sunday church services. Local residents were mulling solutions to this problem including proposals for a traveling preacher or a local religious radio program.

80 years ago

Week of Aug. 14, 1936

Despite several days of rainy weather, the annual Mount of the Holy Cross pilgrimage attracted a good-sized crowd of locals and visitors. Many of the participants lobbied for a road that would allow them to drive near the famed landmark.

Eagle County, along with the rest of the state, was expecting a record potato crop.

Some 800 ranchers turned out for the Farmers Day event at the Avon Experimental Farm. A program about commercial production of high altitude sugar beets drew lots of interest.