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Cyrus Dice, right, and an unidentified man on horseback along Brush Creek. Dice ranched in the area for many years, moving to Eagle when he retired.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Jan. 1, 2009

Local law enforcement agencies announced six arrests related to a rash of thefts from cars throughout the county, with several of those thefts occurring in the Eagle movie theater parking lot.

Two delivered packages containing Christmas presents went missing from a Gypsum residence the week prior to Christmas.

The central goal stated in the Eagle Area Community plan was “Eagle will be the most livable community in Eagle County by enhancing the town’s unique identity, its economic vitality, and its sense of community.” The plan itself was a 114-page document that included several maps that outlined the land use issues.

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Watatch Gun, LLC was hosting a gun show in Grand Junction where people could buy, sell and trade guns.


Week of Jan. 1, 2004

Rolland Randall, 97, a life-long Eagle resident, passed away on Christmas night. Randall was born in a house where the Interstate 70 interchange now is located. He was known for his smile, quick wit and knowledge of the community.

Deputies responded to a Gypsum residence after receiving a complaint that a man was being harassed by a group of juveniles. When deputies arrived, the man claimed that children dressed in expensive camouflage outfits with the cartoon faces on the head and rear end were shining laser pointers and lights into his house. The reporting party also voiced the opinion that the children were working for Satan.

A Crimestoppers tip, prompted by an advertisement that ran in the Eagle Valley Enterprise, led to the arrest of a fugitive on the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office “most wanted” list. The Avon man was arrested for failure to show up to court, obstructing a peace officer, and issuing of bad checks.


Week of Dec. 30, 1994

After 66 years of doing business on Eagle’s main street, the Carlow family sold their family business, Eagle Liquors. The building had also housed Sharp’s Pool Hall and Lunch Counter.

Gypsum resident Dan Rotherham decorated the roof of his home with Christmas lights shaped into a giant, red “N”, honoring his favorite football team: Nebraska.

Two snowmobilers from Florida were found cold, but safe, after they got lost and spent the night in the backcountry on Hornsilver Creek, near Red Cliff.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin Hollandsworth designed and set up a Christmas lighting display for his family’s home that won first prize in the Gypsum holiday lights contest. Terri Thissen’s “Plant Lady” business won first in the commercial competition.


Week of Jan. 5, 1984

The Forest Service and Fred Kummer’s development organization, HBE, signed a special use permit to allow ski terrain use for 2,300 acres of White River National Forest land along Brush Creek. However, the environment impact statement for the project was facing a legal challenge from the Sierra Club, the Colorado Wildlife Federation, and a local group called the Concerned Citizens of Eagle County.

Eagle County was in the process of gutting the old jail on the third floor of the courthouse building and turning it into office space. Meanwhile, prisoners were being housed in a temporary modular jail building.

The Eagle Town Board was working out a water agreement for growth east of town that anticipated the annexation of the Stern and Horn ranches, now owned by the Red Mountain Partnership.

The Eagle County planning staff was recommending denial of a proposal for a 662 unit timeshare recreational vehicle park on the 420 acre Waterform Ranch north of Wolcott. The planners cited environmental impact concerns.

The husband and wife team of Arnie and Joanna Gilbert opened up a business in Eagle that manufactured high-fashion women’s exercise clothing. The business was located in the Eagle Commercial Park.


Week of Jan. 3, 1974

The town of Gypsum was looking for a new dump location. The lease had expired for a tract of BLM land used for that purpose for 30 years. County officials were concerned that if a new dump site was not designated, people would dump their trash in the gullies along Cottonwood Pass Road.

Developers of the proposed Adam Mountain ski area filed an application for permission to use Forest Service land for ski terrain.

A former Eagle policeman was arrested in Lake County on a charge of automobile theft. The suspect was accused of borrowing a car from a local bartender, then failing to return it.

Eagle County approved its first dog control ordinance.


Week of Jan. 2, 1964

Winners of the holiday lighting contest in Eagle were the homes of Harold Koonce, Harve Hunt, and Willard Wilson.

The Harlem Stars, a basketball team from Las Vegas, was scheduled to play again against the Eagle town basketball team consisting of John Fenno, Herb Eaton, Junior Swanson, Charles Haggard, George Smith, Tom Banta, Ron Schuttler, Lou Fenno, Loren Chambers, and player/coach Bob Shelton.

About 50 people turned out for the Sweetwater Home Demonstration Club’s neighborhood Christmas dinner.

Brush Creek rancher Homer Jackson was the master-of-ceremonies at the Eagle County Cowbelles’ annual banquet at Harrison’s Restaurant in Eagle. Billy Martin of Sweetwater and Lynn Dodo of Avon provided the musical entertainment.


Week of Dec. 31, 1954

Three members of a Gilman family were dead and one in critical condition following a tragic Christmas Eve murder-suicide. A man shot and seriously injured his wife; then killed his stepson, stepdaughter, and himself.

Two Eagle boys, ages 11 and 13, set fire to a hay bale on the Cole Black ranch just east of town in order to keep warm while attempting to photograph deer. By the time help arrived, some 600 bales of hay had been smoke damaged; and two local fathers were out $300 to pay for the damage.

The pilot of a light plane made an emergency landing at the Eagle airfield when he experienced problems with altitude gain. The pilot, who was from Kansas, couldn’t figure out where he was until he saw the words “AIRPORT” and an arrow pointed toward the airstrip, painted on a roof of the Koonce Garage in Eagle.


Week of Dec. 31, 1944

In the news of local servicemen, the Enterprise reported that Pfc. Collett of Wolcott, who enlisted in the Marines in 1941 and hadn’t been home since that time, had survived the battle of the Solomons. Howard Lee Bardsley Jr. of Squaw Creek was serving with the army in the Pacific; as were sailors Sam Carter and Melvin Norgaard of Lake Creek. George A. Carlow had graduated from the naval air gunner school at Purcell, Okla.

Zella Heiner and Jack Hill were married in a unique ceremony in Gypsum. The preacher, confined to bed by illness, read the couple’s vows from his bed, while the bride and groom and their immediate families stood nearby. The marriage was the culmination of a childhood romance.


Week of Jan. 5, 1934

George W. Watson was elected chairman of the board of county commissioners. Jacob Stein was appointed constable in the Gypsum juvenile court. John McGuire of Eagle was named as certifying officer for the county CWA.

The American Legion in Gypsum was hosting a benefit dance to raise money to buy an artificial leg for John Cowden. Tickets could be obtained from Wayne T. Jones, Lucille Leib, Art Stemme, Robert McHath, Robert Phillips, Elmer Lundgren and Lyle H. Kurtz.

Miss Myrtie Hockett became the bride of James Stephens of Sweetwater in a ceremony at the bride’s home. She wore an ivory velvet gown and a matching turban. The bride had been a teacher at Dotsero for the past year.

Two Gilman men were charged with killing Costilla County Sheriff Adolph Rodriguez. The shooting occurred in a pool hall in the San Luis Valley. The men were being chased by the sheriff because they were the suspects in the robbery of a truck driver.

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