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Time Machine

Rio Grande engine 5771 passes under the Pine Stree Bridge at Red Cliff in a 1984 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Oct. 23, 2014

A front-page story detailed the financial challenges the Gypsum Fire District faced in the wake of dropping property tax revenues and failed ballot initiatives to increase its budget.

The town of Eagle enacted new rules to govern operation of its yard waste facility. The new regulations prohibited commercial operators or non-residents from using the service.

The latest edition of Colorado’s Official Map to Scenery and Adventure featured a photo of bicyclists riding the Pipeline Trail near Wolverton Springs.

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5 years ago

Week of Oct. 21, 2010

The Habitat Home Outlet in Gypsum planned to relocate to a new location along Chambers Road in Eagle.

The developers of the proposed Eagle River Station project said they would launch interviews and focus meetings to retool the project. Eagle voters rejected the Eagle River Station plan in January 2010.

Local painter and 1981 Eagle Valley High School graduate Scott Shearwood completed a large mural on the wall at the new EVHS gym. His work featured the Hot Stuff mascot.

Construction began on the new Gypsum Library.

10 years ago

Week of Oct. 20, 2005

The town of Eagle and the Eagle Centennial Committee hosted a harvest festival at the Brush Creek Park. The event theme was “Mountains, Music and Memories.” John Boyd won first prize in the event bake off for his apple pie baked in a Dutch oven.

Robinson Brick Company opened a location in Gypsum.

The EVHS girls softball team took first place in the Western Slope 4A division.

Long-time Eagle resident Margaret Carlow passed away at age 87.

20 years ago

Week of Oct. 19, 1995

Long-time Eagle dentist Jerry Fedrizzi retired after 30 years in practice. His retirement plans included hiking the entire Colorado Trail.

The EVHS football team took the league title after stopping Olathe. Brian Richardson caught a touchdown pass, ran an interception back for a touchdown and intercepted another pass at the goal line to kill an Olathe scoring attempt.

Jamie Becker led the EVHS volleyball team to a victory over Basalt with five solo blocks, one assisted block and five kills.

30 years ago

Week of Oct. 17, 1985

Gypsum pilot James Reynolds and his three passengers were killed when his plane crashed in eastern Garfield County.

Dr. Julie Hunter joined Dr. William Nusz at the Castle Peak Veterinary Clinic.

The Lady Devils volleyball team won the Northwest League Championship title. Lavina Betts led the charge in a win against Roaring Fork with eight kills.

In football, Travis Bryant recovered a fumble in Roaring Fork’s end zone for a touchdown, but the Devils ultimately lost the game.

40 years ago

Week of Oct. 23, 1975

Fire danger remained high as crews continued mop-up operations on the Red Dirt fire.

Dog control issues were the hot topic at the Eagle Town Board meeting. The town was attempting to handle its own dog control issues by hiring an employee who worked half-time in the maintenance department and half time on animal control.

District court Judge Jerry Seavy granted a petition for formation of the Greater Eagle Fire District. The purpose of the new special district was to create a tax funding source for fire protection services.

Third grade teacher Melissa Trezise of Eagle Valley Elementary School was named “Teacher of the Year.”

The proposed Adam’s Rib development was the topic of a public meeting in Eagle. Adam’s Rib General Manager Norm Montgomery detailed the plan for a four-season resort.

50 years ago

Week of Oct. 21, 1965

The Enterprise reported the likely development of a 6,700 square foot reservoir at Yeoman Park on East Brush Creek. The project was promoted locally as a way to solve any future water storage problems in Eagle.

A new newspaper debuted in the valley. Publisher George Knox said the Vail Trail would serve the new ski community.

The old Wolcott School was offered for sale at a public auction.

At least five big game hunters were injured in a series of automobile accidents in the woods.

The Eagle County Extension Homemaker clubs hosted a hobby show.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 20, 1955

Local fire danger was high, with four fires burning in the White River National Forest. Eighteen men from the Fleming Lumber Company and 20 soldiers from Camp Hale were helping to fight a fire on the Piney.

An opening day hunting season accident left a Colorado Springs man with a wounded hand. The hunter said his guns accidentally discharged when he was putting a tarp on his truck

Low water conditions were reported around the valley. Enterprise editor Marilla McCain said the water was so low in the Brush and Gypsum creeks that “an infant could crawl across the stream and not get his tummy wet.”

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 19, 1945

Joseph Skiles of Burns was honorably discharged from the Army.

Also home from the service were Jim Nimon and Duane Larsen of Eagle. For a special welcome home reception, Larson donned his uniform, but he soon changed out of it and into civilian clothes, saying he was looking forward to returning to farm life at home.

In local high school football news, Eagle County High beat Minturn High by a score of 32-7.

80 years ago

Week of Oct. 18, 1935

Favorable September weather resulted in bumper potato, barley and wheat crops.

A proposed winter camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps at Brush Creek was canceled after months of planning. The federal government had slashed its CCC program by 200,000 men.

The Colorado State Highway Department planned to eliminate the railroad crossings at the Christensen Ranch and at Brush Creek.

County Assessor Ray Angle reported Eagle County’s taxable properties list tallied $7.5 million.

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