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Time Machine

Compiled from the Eagle Valley Enterprise archives
Bertha Miller (McCain) on the left and her sister Grace Miller (Little) donned hats with veils for this early 1900s studio portrait.
Photo courtesy the Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical Society |


Week of Mar.7, 2013

Eagle resident Mary Witt started Competitive Edge Physical Therapy and Fitness from her home in Eagle.

The Gypsum Town Council passed a resolution in support of the Second Amendment.

Thirty out of the 40 speech and debate team members from Eagle Valley High School competed at the state level, with more kids earning first, second and third place honors than ever.

The Eagle Valley High School Foundation hosted its annual Fire & Ice Gala at the Gypsum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse.

For the first time in 27 years, the Town of Eagle was looking for a new town manager to replace Willie Powell. The candidate pool was narrowed down to three finalists.


Week of Mar. 5, 2009

The $25 million Eagle Valley High School remodel was set for completion in September.

On-going staff negotiations resulted in postponed hearings regarding Eagle River Station. Target was the proposed center’s prime retailer.

Eagle hosted it’s first Colorado State Archery Association tournament. Two hundred and nine shooters participated.

Eagle Valley Middle School teacher Tommy Dodge fulfilled a promised he made to students that he would wear a purple Teletubbies suit if they met their fundraising goal for Pennies for Patients.

Enterprise editor Pam Boyd won first place for Best Business Story for her story “Tax Collectors” from the Colorado Press Association.

Local Scott Heicher married January Bacon in Bozeman, Montana.


Week of Mar. 4 , 2004

A divorced mom, Frances Trevizo, and her three sons were the recipients of a duplex unit in Eagle built by Habitat for Humanity. The unit was to be completed in the summer.

The Colorado Mountain College governing board agreed to collect more data before deciding whether to sell or lease the building that housed the Eagle Center (now Red Canyon High School).

Castle Peak Ranch, located five miles north of Eagle, sold for $23 million. The property was the fifth largest real estate deal in Eagle County.

The February snow survey showed an average depth of 29.3 inches on the McKenzie Gulch snow course, located south of Eagle.

Gypsum resident Macee Harris celebrated her third birthday with family and friends.


Week of Mar. 3, 1994

The Eagle County Commissioners were headed to Washington, D.C. to lobby congressmen regarding several local issues.

Local residents were debating the pros and cons of the proposed Adam’s Rib development via some spirited letters to the editor.

A citizen group, angered by the firing of the last school superintendent, was threatening a recall election for school board members.

An El Jebel man, Kevin O’Blennis, announced his candidacy for Eagle County Commissioner. He intended to campaign via horseback.

Andrew Welker, Laura Romagnoli, and Erica Olguin were the “Students of the Month” at Gypsum Elementary School.

Davey Mott, a 1988 EVHS graduate, graduated from the Air Force Academy.


Week of Mar. 8, 1984

The Denver Water Board filed a lawsuit challenging Eagle County’s ability to regulate water projects proposed by home rule cities.

Nine candidates filed petitions for Eagle Town Board: Joey Antonides, Robert Armon, R.D. Cantrell, Bill Cunningham, Don Evans, Lorene Lovell, Tim Quealy, and LaJoye Simonds. Incumbent Mayor Jim Seabry was seeking re-election. In Gypsum, five candidates filed for board seats: Steve Lanyon, David Laurita, Gary Hollandsworth, Martha Jump and Terry Thompson.

The Eagle Valley Devils boys basketball team ended up with the runner-up trophy in the District 8 tournament after losing to Basalt. The Lady Devils were also stopped by a loss at the district level.


Week of Mar. 7, 1974

Eagle Valley High School’s marching color guard, “The Devil’s Brigade,” coach by Carol Warble, was drawing some attention in regional competitions.

A hotly contested race for the mayor’s seat was shaping up in Eagle. Candidates included incumbent Bill Miller, and challengers Pat Carlow, Terry Nunn, and Lew Sturm. Candidates for town board included Marilyn Brookhart, Bud Eaton, Hal Koonce, Ron Ryan and Fred Swanson.

In Gypsum, residents William and Mattie Randall celebrated their 68th anniversary. Junior Slaughter celebrated his birthday at a dinner party hosted by Mary Alice Greenman.

EVHS basketball player Kent Wilson was named to the All-League team.

A 23-year-old Eagle man was charged with disturbing the peace and drunkenness after he mistook the town police car for a taxi during the wee hours of the morning.

Eagle resident Pat Carlow successfully contested charges that he allowed his Labrador retriever, Tar Baby, to run at large. Carlow persuaded the municipal court judge that the dog catcher couldn’t distinguish his pet from several other black labs in town.

Chuck Shafter and Maggie Strakusek were the undefeated champions of an unofficial sleigh-riding competition up Brush Creek.


Week of Mar. 5, 1964

The Eagle Valley Chorus was presenting the folk opera, “The Lowland Sea,” directed by Bill Arbogast.

A Red Cliff landmark, the Frank Burbank home, burned to the ground in the third disastrous fire in the town in as many months. Firefighting efforts were hampered by a frozen fire hydrant.

There was also a fire in the Bond community. One of the basement rooms in the Rio Grande Hotel burned. The hotel crew, roundhouse employees and railroad section men were able to keep the fire confined to a single room.

The Western Auto store in Eagle announced the opening of a catalog order center.

Red Cliff reported some 20 below zero weather.

Bonita Eaton was the leader of the citizen group studying school curriculum.


Week of Mar. 4, 1954

A front-page story in the Enterprise questioned the need for trans-mountain water diversions.

In a “Salute to Young Citizens,” Eagle County honored the 140 local youths enrolled in 4-H Clubs locally. In total, the county had 16 active 4-H clubs; including six agricultural clubs and ten home economic clubs. Four of the clubs, the Sweetwater Thimble and Skillet, the Eagle Progressive Homemakers, Eagle Buz Biz Busy Bees and the Eagle Six Snappy Seamstresses, boasted 100 percent completion of projects.

The Castle Peak Izzak Walton League organized the third annual “Sucker Catch,” an affair designed to clean the Eagle River of “trash” fish.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce basketball team placed second in the Western Slope District Tournament.


Week of Mar. 3, 1944

The Eagle High School basketball team brought home championship honors. Players were Joe Morris, Wayne Nimon, William Luby, Robert Childers, Wayne Randall, Larry Rue, Lynn Randall, Jack Gamble, Fred Fessenden, Robert Berger, William Whittaker, Walter Lieber, and Loyd Winters. The coach was N.E. Buchholz.

The Eagle Garden Club hosted a bird house building contest.

Sailor Melvin Norgaard, serving in the South Pacific, wrote a letter saying he had run into some local men including Sammy Carter, Bill Bush, and Jack Clark. Corporal Max Barz of Minturn was fighting with the Air Corps in New Guinea. Sgt. Ray Reynolds, a gunner on a bomber, was due home for a visit from the South Pacific.


Week of Mar. 9, 1934

One hundred “comfortable opera chairs” had been ordered for the courtroom of the new courthouse. Cost of the chairs was $5.64 each.

Gene K. Luby was named county attorney.

Mabel Oleson of Gypsum was one of 88 honor students at the University of Colorado. She was studying romance languages.

A visiting county nurse, Mrs. Martin, warned local citizens of the dangers of infected tonsils, bad teeth, and poor diet, which she said could cause St. Vitus dance, rheumatism, leakage of the heart, and “stupidity in class work.”

Brush Creek ranchers complained that eggs priced at 12 and a half cents per dozen weren’t paying for the chicken feed. The ranchers also felt they were getting underpaid for their quality potatoes. “Don’t give your spuds away. Let’s hang on. As long as there is life, there is hope,” advised one local columnist.

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