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

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Wolcott — as it appeared in September of 1947.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle count Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Nov. 3, 2016

Castle Peak Senior Care in Eagle celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community open house.

The Gypsum Shooting Sports Park received a $114,100 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife to pay for realignment of its rifle and pistol ranges and for erosion control in existing areas. This grant news came on top of a $332,433 award from the Colorado Division of Local Affairs in 2015 to pay for construction of a new clubhouse at the site.

The town of Gypsum changed its rules regarding chickens. The town agreed to allow up to six hens in residential areas.

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5 years ago

Week of Nov. 1, 2012

The town of Gypsum extended its rebate agreement with Costco. Gypsum agreed to rebate 15 percent of the sales tax collected at the store for five years.

The Gypsum Fire District sent out ballots seeking voter approval of a 2 mill increase.

Elway’s Steakhouse in Vail hosted a fundraiser for a group of students from Eagle Valley High School’s ProStart program.

Dr. Steve Oakson in Gypsum offered a Halloween candy buy back program. He offered to pay $1 per pound to kids who brought in their holiday treats and then sent the candy to U.S. troops through Operation Gratitude.

10 years ago

Week of Nov. 1, 2007

The Eagle Valley Medical Center, which included doctors’ offices from both Vail Valley Medical Center and Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, celebrated its grand opening. Roxie Deane and Dr. Jack Eck did the honors at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office deputies thwarted the abduction of The Back Bowl’s life-size chef figure. A group of men from Avon had snatched the chef, initially claiming they had taken it from a friend’s house. But then the deputy explained that there are two kinds of theft — spontaneous and planned — and the men admitted to spontaneously snatching the statue.

Mike, Angie and Harrison Steven were among the fans at Coors Field to watch the Colorado Rockies take on the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.

20 years ago

Week of Oct. 30, 1997

The EVHS football team won the Western Slope League title, beating Roaring Fork, 19-12, in a game played through a blizzard. Senior running back Simon DeHerrera scored from two yards out with 40 seconds left on the clock.

Three members of the EVHS boys soccer team received All League honors — Troy Cunningham, Ryan Dee and Jesse Braatz.

Three EVHS student journalists were recognized by the Colorado High School Press Association. Lauren Nikolich took first place in editorial writing, David Mayne took first place for news photography and third place for sports photography. Joshua Heermans was honored for movie reviews.

30 years ago

Week of Nov. 5, 1987

The national past time returned to Gypsum. After a six year absence, a baseball program was reinstated at EVHS. The school board also agreed to begin a soccer program at Battle Mountain High School after a number of school parents lobbied heavily for the sport.

The Western Eagle County Metropolitan Recreation District filed a lawsuit over faulty work done at the Eagle Pool. The facility, located next to Eagle Valley Middle School, was closed for most of the summer while repairs were made.

The EVHS Knowledge Bowl team won the competition hosted by the school. Fifteen teams competed and the EVHS squad, consisting of members Mike Acosta, Scot Ast, Fred Luchycky and De Ann Ziegler, took the top prize.

40 years ago

Week of Nov. 3, 1977

The Eagle Valley Devils snapped a 34-game losing streak when they shut out the Rifle Bears 7-0. Football coach George Rasmussen said “It was really something to see four years of frustration ended.”

Eagle dentists Jerry Fedrizzi and Don Almeida presented a water fluoridation proposal to the Eagle Town Board. Some residents argued against the plan saying the inclusion of fluoride was an infringement of personal rights.

Vail Associates announced the daily lift ticket price for the upcoming season — $14. Season passes were available for $325.

50 years ago

Week of Nov. 2, 1967

Eagle County Undersheriff Ray Rey found a 25-year-old hunter from Denver who had been lost in the Piney country for two days. The man was found walking in a canyon about a half mile from his camp. He told Rey that he spent one night in an old, deserted cabin, tearing up the floorboards and burning them for heat.

Dennis Ding of Gypsum was honored with a special Youth Opportunity Service Award and presented with $100 for his work with the Federal Aviation Administration on the county airport.

60 years ago

Week of Oct. 31, 1957

Wild bullets from a hunter forced Burns rancher Ben Wurtsmith to run for cover in a gully. The errant hunter was relentless. Wurtsmith was out riding on Sunnyside when the first bullet nearly took his hat off. He raised his arms and shouted, but the hunter kept firing. Wurtsmith miraculously escaped injury and the culprit was never located.

Max Barz resigned as District Court Clerk and probation officer to take a new job with Investors Diversified Services.

A 43-year-old Minturn man, Fred Berquist, was killed in a hunting accident near Wolcott. He was killed by an errant bullet when his hunting partner fired at a rabbit.

The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tore down the roundhouse at Bond. The structure was built in 1934 when the Dotsero Cutoff tracks were laid. But the roundhouse was used only by steam locomotives and locals took the demolition as a sign that diesel locomotives were here to stay.

70 years ago

Week of Oct. 31, 1947

A hunter from Leadville was killed near the Koprivinikar ranch at Wolcott when a bullet fired by another hunting party hit him in the neck. At a coroner’s inquest, a jury ruled that the death was the result of careless, rather than malicious, action.

Trigger-happy hunters making “sound shots” were blamed for wounding two Denver men who were hunting in the Brush Creek area. The Enterprise suggested that such careless people shouldn’t be allowed loose in the mountains armed with guns.

80 years ago

Week of Nov. 5, 1937

In what was described as “one of the most dastardly and cowardly crimes in the history of the county” Eagle County Undersheriff Oscar Meyer was shot and killed by 17-year-old James Sherbondy. The confrontation took place along Tennessee Pass when Meyer stopped a vehicle driven by the boy’s mother as they attempted to flee the area.

Sherbondy remained at large for three weeks and was eventually arrested in Nebraska. He was convicted of murder and sent to Canyon City on Christmas Eve 1937. It was his 18th birthday.

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