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The Quinlan childeren — Mary, Dustin, Florence and Walter — poise along the Eagle River at Wolcott in this 1918 photo.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Jan. 8, 2009

Gypsum couple Joel and Robyn Hanson were excitedly awaiting five additions to their family – Karina, Araceli, Dany, Yen and Zuleick. The newest members of the Hanson family were siblings who the couple met, and decided to adopt, while volunteering at an orphanage in Peru.

Eagle County Government was exploring the possibility of creating a new county “brand” that would help to unify the county’s various departments and at the same time project an image of where the county is heading.

Two Eagle residents and one Edwards man were arrested on felony drug charges after four pounds of marijuana were seized after a sale to undercover detectives from the Eagle County Drug Task Force.

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The newly-formed Eagle Valley Nordic Council, with a little help from some key players, set some cross country ski tracks on the Eagle Ranch golf course.


Week of Jan. 8, 2004

Eagle Postmaster Sam McKibbon announced that residents would no longer be allowed to tape funeral notices on the post office doors. “Actually it is a post office policy that nothing be taped to the doors or windows. It’s not like people that are posting these things are doing it neatly,” said McKibbon.

Alpine Lumber, a Denver-based firm, purchased the Summit Lumber operation from Eagle owner Max Quenon. The sale involved both the Eagle store and a store in Buena Vista.

Tony Mitzelfelt, a 1996 EVHS graduate, was at work on the “Shrek” sequel. He was employed by PDI, a computer animation firm owned by DreamWorks.

Eagle teen Hilary Henry was a contestant in the Colorado “Make It Yourself with Wool” contest.

A two-day snowstorm dumped 20 inches of white stuff in Eagle and Gypsum.


Week of Jan. 6, 1994

A proposed public-for-private land swap in the valley involving Magnus Lindholm’s Piney Land Trust was raising citizen concerns.

City Market officials indicated they were looking at store sites in Eagle.

Local teacher Nancy Hill of Mountain Tots Pre-School was featured in a photograph with former President Gerald Ford, who was handing out grant checks to local non-profits.

Gypsum 4-H’ers Sam Serna and Suess Gallegos were headed to the National Western Stock Show with their steers.

A photograph of first-time home buyers Pam, John, and toddler Emily Boyd was featured in an Alpine Bank ad.


Week of Jan. 12, 1984

A 21-year-old Dotsero man, Edward A. Dorow, was sentenced to eight years in prison in the beating death of his 2-year-old son.

Keith Troxel was appointed chairman of the Eagle County Board of Commissioners.

A break in the weather allowed repair crews to work on the radio signal equipment atop Castle Peak, north of Eagle.

Eagle Valley wrestlers Nathan Bryant and Kyle Eddings made it to the championship rounds of an invitation tournament in Montrose. Notably, EVHS was a Class A school competing against teams from Class AA and AAA institutions.

In basketball, Jeff Myers led the Devils in a 58-51 win over Battle Mountain, with 19 points and 12 assists.

A funding gap and higher-than anticipated construction costs were creating problems for the Eagle Methodist Church project. Much of the work was being done by volunteers including Vic Lindersmith, Dean Wilmore, Bob Clock, and Everett Case.

A large local crowd turned out for a reception honoring newlyweds Rayl and Bob Zimmerman.


Week of Jan. 10, 1974

Three days of unrelenting snow fall brought complaints from Eagle and Gypsum residents who thought the towns could do a better job on snow removal. Some 18 inches of snow had fallen since Jan. 4.

The Eagle County School Board was seeking public input regarding a proposal to change school hours concurrently with the Daylight Savings change. The district was also looking at a program to give students high school credits for classes taken at Colorado Mountain College.

Cooks Juanita Eaton, Nina Nolan, and Katherine Day helped prepare a fund-raising spaghetti dinner for the Eagle Valley Athletic Club. The club intended to buy a weight machine for Eagle Valley High School.

EVHS football player Dave Mosher was named to the All-State first team, along with running back Tom Foral and linebacker Dave Schiessl. Benny Rivera was named to the second team; and linebacker Scot Morgan received honorable mention.

Only two other EVHS players, Joe Robidoux and Larry Bagley, had been named for All-State honors in the history of the school.

The Devils wrestling team defeated the Battle Mountain Huskies 52-9.

The Marlin Rice Trio was the featured band at Berniece’s Place.


Week of Jan. 9, 1964

The Pendleton Woolen Mills was planning to use a photo of sheep grazing on Brush Creek at the Mosher Ranch as part of their advertising campaign.

The town of Eagle hired an engineer to help plan long-term improvements to the town’s water system.

A Burns man, Joe Tuttle, en route to South Dakota, was mugged in Denver and robbed of $120 and his fleece-lined boots. The victim said he was attacked by strangers who had offered him a ride.

Min Sharp Thomas, 77, a resident of the Eagle area since the early 1930s, died in Glenwood following a several-week illness. She and her husband had operated a lunch counter and pool hall in downtown Eagle.

The Colorado State Library System was lending books to the Eagle and Gypsum public libraries.

Twenty-three Boy Scouts from Glenwood enjoyed a winter camping trip at Zurcher’s Lake (Sylvan Lake). Conservation Officer Walt Woodward taught the group the art of ice fishing.


Week of Jan 7, 1954

The body of a Burns man, Andrew McCall, a former foreman of the Benton Land and Livestock Company, was found in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, LA. The cause of death was not determined. The victim’s locked car was six miles distant from the location of the body.

Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain had some thoughts on the upcoming year: “A new year – and a new session of Congress, nationally and state levels. More laws to be quarreled over more hassles over taxes, this and that. We always did say there were too many laws – so now we oughtta pass a law to prohibit making any more laws,” she suggested.

Ben Wurtsmith, on furlough from Camp Stoneman, CA, was visiting his family in Burns.

A large crowd turned out for the Twelfth Night bonfire and ice skating contest in Eagle.

The Enterprise reported that very little snow had fallen to date during the winter.


Week of Jan 7, 1944

The B.H. Bush family of Edwards reported that 33 men in their family were in the armed forces, serving the United States.

A group of Burns ranchers petitioned the Eagle County commissioners to commence building a much talked about section of highway from Dotsero to the mouth of Sweetwater Canyon. The hold-up was blamed on Garfield County, which was responsible for a portion of the work.

A pattern of very pleasant winter weather broke when local thermometers registered 20 below zero.


Week of Jan. 12, 1934

The local re-employment committee established a grievance board to hear complaints about the various CWA projects in the county. Meanwhile, officials from the CWA were announcing two new jobs – a public health nurse for pre-school aged children and a worker to complete painting and varnishing of the Eagle School gym.

Potatoes from the Brush Creek and Gypsum Creek valley were selling quickly, with 24 railroad cars shipping out in a six-day period. Potato prices had increased up to 85 or 90 cents per hundred for common soil spuds and 1.10 for red soils.

In a moment of apparent boredom, the boys at the Silver Eagle Barber Shop did some calculating about cigar smoking habits of Harve Dice. They ultimately decided that Mr. Dice consumed about 219,000 cigars during his 60 years of smoking; and has spent about $20,000 on tobacco.

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