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

Sixteen-year-old Blanche Gay poises for a 1915 studio photograph.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society

1 year ago

Week of Sept. 8, 2016

Someone shooting off a pellet gun seriously injured an osprey hawk. The bird was found in the Brooks Lane area of Gypsum.

Mountain Mobile Vet hosted a grand opening celebration to unveil its newly remodeled downtown Eagle clinic.

The town of Gypsum announced plans to tear down the Turgeonville cabins. The five-cabin enclave was located along U.S. Highway 6 past the railroad overpass.

5 years ago

Week of Sept. 3, 2007

Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs celebrated the grand opening of the $26 million Calaway Young Cancer Center.

“The Great American Hot Rod” was the theme for the third annual Vail Automotive Classic. The three-day event included the Wheels and Wings car and airplane show at the Eagle County Regional Airport and the Vail Village Car Show.

Ariel Brown, an employee at Yeti’s Grind, was the winner of a brand new mountain bike during the Eagle Marketing and Events Committee Re-Discover Eagle event.

10 years ago

Week of Sept. 7, 2007

After 41 years in charge, Al Hoza retired his pharmacist duties at the Eagle Pharmacy. Hoza earned his pharmacy degree in 1951 and after stints in Craig and Colorado Springs, he and his wife, Mary, purchased the Eagle Pharmacy in 1965.

A feature story detailed local veterinarian Dr. Sheila Fizpatrick’s dental care for horses. She said better equine dental care meant better equine performance.

Locals Sara Gregg, Cathy Casper, Kathy Heicher and Jack Niswanger spotted a mountain lion crossing the road while they were driving down East Brush Creek.

20 years ago

Week of Sept. 4, 1997

The man who ran over Eagle Police officer Ron Sommerhause during a 1994 confrontation was again in trouble with the law. Jonathan Geyer lead police on a five-hour chase through Snowmass Village. Geyer had been sentenced to six years in prison in the Eagle case, but his good behavior had earned him an early release.

After months of deliberation, the Eagle County School Board decided to place a $54.9 million bond issue on the fall ballot. The district’s plans for the bond included new elementary schools in Eagle and Gypsum and a new middle school in Gypsum.

More than 140 Eagle Valley Middle School students rafted the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon as part of the Eagle River Adopt-A-Watershed program.

The Eagle Valley football team opened the season with a tough 14-13 loss to Battle Mountain.

30 years ago

Week of Sept. 10, 1987

The town of Eagle faced a $31,000 general fund budget deficit and was looking at several options including raising water rates, freezing salaries and dipping into the budget reserve fund.

Eagle County School District reported an opening day enrollment of 2,255 students.

The Eagle County Library announced plans to index several county newspapers including the Fulford Signal, the Holy Cross Trail and the Camp Hale Ski-gette.

Vail Associates President Mike Shannon announced daily lift ticket prices for the upcoming season would be $31. Aspen Ski Company announced a $35 daily lift ticket price.

40 years ago

Week of Sept. 8, 1977

The Avon and Eagle-Vail metropolitan districts filed a lawsuit in Eagle County District Court seeking damages and an injunction to halt the pollution from the Eagle River from the Eagle Mine in Gilman.

Representatives from Bonanza Airlines met with the Eagle County commissioners to discuss offering daily round-trip flights to Las Vegas from the Eagle County Airport.

The EVHS Devils were set to start the football season with Doug Sterkel at quarterback. Over at Battle Mountain High School, Larry Arguello was starting at quarterback.

50 years ago

Week of Sept. 7, 1967

A total of 1,492 students were enrolled in local schools. There were 329 students and Eagle Valley Elementary School and 273 students at Eagle Valley Junior/Senior High School.

Forty players turned out to play football for EVHS. The team was coached by Ralph Starr.

The valley’s first natural gas meter was installed at the George Harris home in Gypsum.

Susan Luark won a grand champion ribbon for the dress she entered in the county fair and she was scheduled to compete at the Colorado State Fair.

60 years ago

Week of Sept. 5, 1957

Local cattlemen met with officials from the U.S. Forest Service to discuss improvements to stock carrying capacity on nearby public lands.

Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Montgomery sold a parcel of their ranch and several ranch buildings, located west of Eagle, to Mr. and Mrs. Steenbock.

Eagle businessman A.B. Koonce traveled to Montrose to attend a Western Slope water meeting.

70 years ago

Week of Sept. 5, 1947

Sheriff Murray Wilson investigated a neighborhood quarrel in the Squaw Creek area that resulted in three men being hospitalized with bullet wounds. A rabbit hunt reportedly started the argument, which related to trespassing allegations.

A woman fishing on the Colorado at Orestod, near Bond, thought she had hooked a big fish. However, what she actually hooked was the body of a Pueblo man who had apparently fallen in the rive and drowned several days earlier.

In social news, Mrs. Georgia Nimon married James Filter in a Denver ceremony.

Charles Hemberger came down from Fulford where he had spent the summer rebuilding the main road.

80 years ago

Week of Sept. 10, 1937

Three Gilman miners were sentenced to serve one to three years each in the state penitentiary after they killed and butchered a ewe sheep that belonged to Homestake flock master Bert Blodgett. The sentence was considered lenient.

Minturn boxer Hershey Wilson beat Mickey Martin of Denver in a smoker organized by promoter Hank Elliott.

Forty-one students enrolled in Eagle High School for the first day of school.

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