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

Ellis Berden poses with his horse as cattle graze in the background.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of Nov. 10, 2016

The town of Gypsum and Eagle County Open Space announced they were partnering up to develop a motocross park in the Dry Lake area north of town.

The Gypsum Costco marked the 10th anniversary of its opening.

According to the most recent NAI Mountain Commercial report, Vail had little to no commercial space available. The commercial space in Vail Village, Lionshead Village and West Vail was 98.5 percent occupied.

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5 years ago

Week of Nov. 8, 2012

Incumbent Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney was re-elected to his District 2 seat and newcomer Jill Ryan won the District 1 race over Jeff Layman and Dale Nelson.

Beavers were causing problems for the town of Eagle at Eagle Ranch. The animals had chewed up trees around the development’s storm ponds and built dams impacting the hydraulic system between the ponds.

The Colorado Department of Transportation hosted a presentation detailing the Advanced Guideway System high speed train proposed along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

The Eagle Valley High School football team earned a berth in the Colorado State 3A tournament. The Devils were set to face the No. 3 seed, Frederick.

10 years ago

Week of Nov. 8, 2007

Eagle County was reviewing a plan to build a Hole in the Wall Camp on an 85-acre site along the Colorado River Road. The camps were started by actor Paul Newman to serve children suffering from serious illnesses.

A decade of accelerated growth had enabled Eagle to focus on recreation amenities and the downtown beautification program, but the town’s 2008 budget was more about function. The town’s largest capital project ever was under consideration — a $13 million new wastewater treatment plant.

In a single day, a mother bear and her two cubs generated five separate calls to the Eagle Police Department.

20 years ago

Week of Nov. 6, 1997

Voters narrowly rejected a $54.9 million bond issue for Eagle County Schools and elected newcomers over incumbents in two of three school board races. Challengers Nancy Reid and Wendy Becker beat out Don Marks and Shawn Borris.

A proposed new I-70 interchange at the Eagle County Airport was the hot topic during a meeting between the county commissioners and representatives from the Colorado Department of Transportation. State officials said the project would only happen if the federal government stepped up with funding.

Barb Dabner, of Gypsum, won a $100 shopping spree at Columbine Market.

30 years ago

Week of Nov. 12, 1987

Enrollment at Eagle Valley Elementary School was 555 students, while Red Sandstone Elementary had 483 students. Those numbers prompted school district officials to begin consideration of an $11 million bond issue to build new schools in Gypsum and Edwards.

Former U.S. Ski Team member Cindy Nelson was appointed director of skiing for Vail Associates.

Bob Dennison, of Eagle, won a set of snow tires by correctly guessing the date and time of the valley’s first snow storm.

The EVHS drama department presented “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

40 years ago

Week of Nov. 10, 1977

Berniece McKelvey, owner of Berniece’s Place in Eagle, filed a $22,000 lawsuit against patrons. She claimed she suffered a broken nose, black eyes, cuts, scraps and bruises when two men assaulted her at her business.

A burning cross was lit at the rear entrance of the McDonald Building in Eagle. No one stepped forward to claim responsibility.

The EVHS volleyball team easily defeated Gunnison and secured a berth for the state 2A tournament.

A three-bedroom apartment in Eagle rented for $225 per month while at efficiency apartment in Gypsum rented for $130 per month.

50 years ago

Week of Nov. 9, 1967

A 15-year-old Red Cliff youth, David Libonati, was killed in a hunting accident. He was hunting by himself when the accident occurred.

The Colorado Supreme Court reversed a first degree murder conviction against a 17-year-old Basalt youth accused of killing his younger brother. The supreme court said jurors in the original district court trial should have had the opportunity to consider a voluntary manslaughter verdict in the case.

A special drawing was planned for 300 elk permits for the Burns area.

60 years ago

Week of Nov. 7, 1957

Popular television and radio personality Tennessee Ernie Ford made an appearance in Bond. Ford was actually a passenger on a train en route to Utah, but locals enjoyed catching a glimpse of the star.

Some Halloween pranksters took their antics too far. Two youths were facing charges after damaging a boat and other property in the McCoy area. Additionally, five expensive windows were broken at a Minturn Church and the $300 Pierce’s Cafe sign in Gypsum was smashed.

On Nov. 5, Eagle reported the state’s high temperature — 51 degrees.

70 years ago

Week of Nov. 7, 1947

Prominent Gypsum Rancher Frank Doll Sr. was killed when his car ran off of Vail Pass. Doll was navigating icy roads to return home after a Kansas pheasant hunt.

A cemetery association, with a 1.5 mill levy, was formed in Minturn. Eagle had formed a similar association the previous year.

Lundgren’s Orchestra was the planned entertainment for an Armistice Day dance at the Legion Hall in Gypsum.

80 years ago

Week of Nov. 12, 1937

Despite a nasty snow storm, 600 people traveled to Red Cliff for the funeral of law officer Oscar Meyer. Meyer had been shot and killed by 17-year-old James Sherbondy when he attempted to arrest the youth.

Meanwhile, Sherbondy was still at large. He completed disappeared after the Nov. 2 shooting on Tennessee Pass and area law enforcement officers said they were short on clues about his whereabouts.

The Eagle County High School football team was set to meet Meeker on Armistice Day for the league championship game.

Bulls offered for sale by Eagle area rancher Lloyd Randall brought in an average price of $98.

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