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Time Machine: A look at decades past in the Vail Valley

Compiled by Pam Boyd

1 year ago

Week of July 27, 2017

The Eagle Ranch Golf Club was operating an apiary — a bee hive colony. “The bees are pretty good a taking care of themselves, as long as you provide them a good environment to live in,” said golf course employee Derek Rose.

Dirt work had started at the new Eagle Valley Elementary School site in Eagle. Soil conditions were a concern for the building, but crews were able to dig down 60 to 80 feet to hit bedrock.

5 years ago

Week of July 25, 2013

Mike Coulson’s 1940 Dodge Truck took Best of Show honors at the Gypsum Daze Car Show.

Dixie Leadfoot & the Chrome Struts performed for ShowDown Town in Eagle.

10 years ago

Week of July 24, 2008

During a heated discussion with the Eagle County commissioners, local equestrians protested a plan to open up the Eagle River Center to other uses during the winter months. Area horse riders argued that the facility was their only indoor practice option.

A moose was spotted roaming around the upper forks along Brush Creek.

20 years ago

Week of July 23, 1998

Developers of the proposed Two Rivers Village at Dotsero said employee housing for local businesses would fill as much as 80 percent of the 405 units.

The town of Eagle committed $500,000 toward the purchase of East and West Brush Creek for a state park.

Eagle was experiencing temperatures about 10 degrees above average — in the 93 degree range.

Strong pitching by Emily Lybarger and Chelsea Lindow helped the local U11-12 softball girls win the district championship.

30 years ago

Week of July 28, 1988

Eagle County School District Superintendent Dr. Charles Schwahn announced his plan to retire at the conclusion of the 1988-89 school year. Schwahn began his stint as superintendent in 1981.

U.S. Forest Service officials approved a proposal to operate commercial jet boats on the Colorado and Eagle rivers.

Eagle Valley Enterprise columnist Hope Hewetson wrote a piece titled “Why a mule is preferable to a husband.” Her reasons included mules come when they are called, you always know where your mule is, mules eat what is put in front of them and mules never tell you you’re fat.

40 years ago

Week of July 27, 1978

The Colorado Highway Commission approved a $1 million preliminary engineering study for extending Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon.

The Concerned Citizen of Eagle opposed the U.S. Forest Service designation of Adam Mountain as a potential winter sports site.

Terrill Knight was appointed director of the Eagle County Planning Department. Knight had worked as assistant county planning director since 1976.

Mike Ortiz, a Northwestern League All-Conference player was selected to compete in an All State basketball game planned at Denver’s McNichols Arena.

50 years ago

Week of July 25, 1968

The Eagle County Cowbelles, the women’s group associated with the local cattlemen’s association, planed a notice in the newspaper asking the public to respect privately owned land. The Enterprise countered that there were several landowners within town who wanted cattlemen to respect their property rights, a concern as cows were herded to summer pastures and they trampled lawns and gardens along their route.

60 years ago

Week of July 24, 1958

Lt. Verne E. Albertson, of Burns, began training in a basic navigator course at Harlingen Air Force Base in Texas. He was slated to receive his silver wings upon graduation.

The Eagle County commissioners agreed to contribute $300 toward the cost of the county fair.

Eldon Wilson and Harry Odgers were recruiting helpers to relocate the television reception equipment on Castle Peak.

The day of the 2-cent stamp ended. Much to the dismay of Eagle Valley Enterprise editor Marilla McCain, the cost of a regular stamp increased to 4 cents.

70 years ago

Week of July 23, 1948

Eagle County Republicans selected Hans Larsen as their candidate for the District 2 commissioner seat. Ralph Manual was the party’s District 1 commissioner candidate.

On the Democratic side, Harry Nottingham and Charles Shaw were set to face off in a primary election for the District 1 commissioner candidacy. Carl Forster was the Democrats’ District 2 candidate.

The Eagle baseball team walloped the Steamboat Springs squad by a score of 25-3.

Despite a quick response, a fire caused considerable damage to the Austin Offerson home in Minturn.

80 years ago

Week of July 22, 1938

Roy Stout, son of Colorado River Road rancher Fred Stout, discovered the dead body of an unidentified man laying alongside the railroad tracks along the Dotsero cutoff. Coroner Hugh Young ruled that the man suffered a skull fracture and theorized he could have fallen off a passing train or been thrown from a train by “other hobos riding the train and had his head bashed in before he fell or was thrown.” Mike Montoya, the welterweight champion of New Mexico was slated to fight Max Daley at a smoker in Minturn.

The Eagle Chamber of Commerce meeting featured a discussion of rebuilding the state highway between Wolcott and Kremmling. The Senior Campfire Girls from Eagle performed the evening’s entertainment by singing “America the Beautiful” and “Oh Wohelo.”

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