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Time Machine

News compiled from the Eagle Valley Enterprise archives
This photo from the Barbara Pearch collection whos a passenger and a dog in the back seat, but asks "Who's driving?"
Photo courtesy Eagle County Historical Society and Eagle Valley Library District |

5 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 15, 2009

After two years of work, the citizen’s advisory group charged with updating the Eagle Area Community Plan delivered a draft plan to the Eagle Town Board and the Eagle County commissioners.



Long-time local Susie Kincade was launching a new venture called The Chrysalis Project, which was a six-month program for young women in eighth through 12th grades, who wanted to find their power as emerging women.

Local Girl Scouts were hitting the streets for their annual cookie sale.



Eagle County hosted a swearing-in ceremony for new commissioners Peter Runyon and Jon Stavney.

10 YEARS AGO



Week of Jan. 15, 2004

For the second year in a row, Eagle County commissioners Tom Stone and Michael Gallagher bypassed fellow commissioner Arn Menconi when filling the board chairman position. Traditionally, the board chairmanship rotated between the three members, but when Menconi’s turn came around in 2003 and 2004, the other two commissioners banded together to appoint each other instead.

The town of Gypsum didn’t have a recreation center yet, but members of the town council voted to purchase $75,000 worth of gymnastics equipment from the defunct Upward Athletics business. Town Manager Jeff Shroll said the top quality equipment was being offered at bargain basement prices. The town was working on construction of the rec center and planned a gymnastics space in the facility.

20 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan 13, 1994

Some uncertainty in federal funding was putting plans for an air traffic control tower at the Eagle County Airport on hold.

The Enterprise reported on a strange incident in which a man suffered complications after he was punched in the eye as an innocent bystander at an Eagle bar fight. The victim didn’t realize how seriously injured he was until he got home. Then when he blew his nose, his left eye popped out of its socket. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Eagle County reported a record 924 building permits in 1993.

EVHS basketball player Brian Richardson led the team with 14 points in an 84-48 victory over Aspen. Jennifer Bloomfield was the high EVHS scorer in the girl’s game.

McCoy rancher Marty Forster placed first in the bronc riding at the Mountain State Circuit Finals.

30 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 19, 1984

Thirteen local women staged a march in front of the courthouse, protesting the sentence given to a Dotsero man who beat his two-year-old son to death. They felt the eight-year sentence was too lenient. Officials from the court, sheriff’s, and district attorney’s office said they struck a plea bargain because a jury would likely have found the man insane, resulting in a lesser punishment.

The Eagle Town Board agreed to delay hiring a new manager until after the new council was seated in April.

In EVHS basketball, Kim Eaton led the Lady Devils with 18 points in a game against Hayden. Also scoring were Marcie Smith, Lanie Bryant, Cindy Jones, Kelly Faulkner, Leslie Dietz, Wendy Profitt, Raenne Will and Kim Bauman.

Several citizens reported seeing a large meteor fall to earth on the night of Jan. 16, somewhere between Eagle and Steamboat Springs.

Unusually heavy snows prompted the Colorado Division of Wildlife to initiate a deer and elk feeding program to combat possible heavy winter kill. The animals were to be fed specially formulated pellets.

40 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 17, 1974

A group of about 10 Eagle residents, led by George Larsen, petitioned the town to allow snowmobile travel on town streets.

The Eagle County Planning Commission defended its decision to recommend approval of the Benchmark, and Snow Lion developments, despite protests from the towns of Minturn and Red Cliff and residents in the Avon community.

The White River National Forest released a draft environmental statement recommending the designation of the Beaver Creek area for a winter sports site.

A report of a fire smoldering in the new buildings at Eagle Valley High School brought out the men and women of the Gypsum Fire Department in 24 below zero temperatures. The blaze proved to be an overturned salamander, a device used to warm sand piles, that had sparked and caught covering material on fire. The blaze was easily contained.

50 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 16, 1964

Enterprise Editor Marilla McCain wrote a column voicing regret over a name change for “Zurcher’s Lake” on West Brush Creek, a one-time mink ranching operation. After the state Fish and Game Department acquired the property, the lake was re-named “Sylvan Lake”.

Two local kids, Kathy Schmidt and Ronald Stremme, earned mention on the popular Bill Barker radio show on KOA. Both had submitted winning entries for a contest that challenged listeners to pose interesting questions.

The “hot hand” of Hal Koonce helped the Devils’ basketball team achieve a victory over Plateau Valley.

60 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan 14, 1954

Eagle was experiencing an abnormally mild winter.

Eighteen Eagle and Gypsum women were honored for their work in making dressings, pillow cases, and bed jackets for cancer patients.

The Colorado Department of Highways declared that the Straight Creek route was the most feasible for a highway tunnel under the Continental Divide. The tunnel would replace the present route over the top of Loveland Pass.

70 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan 14, 1944

Outside help from Camp Hale and Minturn helped put out a fire that destroyed the Carlson residence. Firefighters worked in below zero temperatures, and put out the fires in the theater building three times, saving the structure.

A Rio Grande Railroad engineer Denny Cornwell, was killed when the troop train he was driving jumped a sharp curve between the water tank and the section house at Eagle and overturned.

80 YEARS AGO

Week of Jan. 19, 1934

A Burns Hole rancher was fined $100 for poaching after he illegally shot a doe for camp meat. The animal dropped at the feet of two forest rangers who were witnesses to the killing.

A capacity crowd at the Legion Hall in Gypsum raised $247 to purchase an artificial leg for John Cowden.


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