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

Compiled by Pam Boyd
Eagle Valley Enterprise
Buster Beck, left, and Bob Warren survey Water Street in Red Cliff from horseback.
Photo courtesy Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society |

1 year ago

Week of July 28, 2016

In a 5-1 vote, members of the Gypsum Town Council approved an ordinance to “acquire or condemn” a 69-acre parcel of property belonging to Clearwater Ventures LLC, the entity that owns the land where the Eagle Valley Clean Energy biomass plant is located. Town officials said the action was aimed at nudging along a purchase process for the land. Clearwater maintained it was the beginning of an eminent domain taking.

Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton traveled to Eagle to debate Colorado Care — an income tax proposal to fund health care in the state — that was on the November ballot.

Former Eagle resident Eugene Lorig died at his home in Paonia. He was 89.

5 years ago

Week of July 26, 2012

The Eagle County commissioners signed a deal to purchase a 5-acre site at the intersection of Sylvan Lake Road and Capitol Street for development as a senior care facility.

A small wildfire north of Eagle sparked a spirit of local kinship for victims of Colorado’s devastating High Park and Waldo Canyon fires. A Colorado Wildfire Relief Super Sale was planned at Eagle Town Hall with proceeds going to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The Eagle Valley Devils American Legion Baseball team took third place at the regional competition in Palisade and earned a berth at the state tournament in Breckenridge.

10 years ago

Week of July 27, 2007

Judy Clock, of Eagle, traveled to Washington D.C. as a Colorado district representative to lobby Congress for cancer research funding.

Eagle Valley High School graduate Chris Harvey took the top prize at BattleQuest 5 — a mixed martial arts contest held in Eagle.

The disco group Boogie Machine was the featured band at Eagle’s ShowDown Town concert.

20 years ago

Week of July 24, 1997

Three Eagle Valley Little League teams advanced to the Colorado state tournament. The boys junior all-stars played in the state championship game, but lost to Grand Mesa. The 9- and 10-year-old girls softball all stars advanced to the semi finals before they lost to a team from Grand Mesa. The senior girls squad was eliminated by Denver West.

Chelsey Lewis, of Eagle, was named to the United States National Honor Roll.

Mike Spaniola was named publisher of the Eagle Valley Enterprise.

30 years ago

Week of July 30, 1987

The Eagle Town Board nixed a proposal to build a softball field at the Bull Pasture Park. The $45,700 price tag associated with the project was deemed too steep.

F. Scott Elkins, a Gypsum pastor, was arrested on theft charges. Elkins allegedly stole thousands from Eagle Computer Systems, where he was employed as a part-time bookkeeper.

The Rev. Don Simonton, of Vail, participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Beaver Creek Interfaith Chapel.

Herman Newquist, 78, was one of the participants in the annual Mount of the Holy Cross Pilgrimage. Newquist had also participated in the 1929 pilgrimage hike.

40 years ago

Week of July 28, 1977

The days of lenient dog control in Eagle County were numbered. The Eagle County commissioners unanimously approved a strict dog control ordinance that instituted a total leash law and set stiff fines for violators.

Tanya Troxel, 5, won a bike at the Eagle Valley Arts Council Chautauqua event.

A number of celebrities including Bob Hope and Clint Eastwood were spotted at the Eagle County Airport. The rich and famous were in town to participate in the inaugural Jerry Ford Invitational Golf Tournament.

The EVHS cheerleaders brought home a spirit stick award from the 15th annual cheerleader clinic at Northwestern Junior College in Rangely.

50 years ago

Week of July 27, 1967

Judge John R. Smith resigned from his county judge position in Minturn. The Fifth Judicial District Nomination Commission planned interviews in Vail to fill the seat. The commission members were William F. Stevens, Jack Johnson and Harold Koonce.

A speeding car driven by a local man careened into a telephone pole on the north side of Eagle and disrupted service throughout the valley.

Local 4-H’er Connie Eaton of Gertie’s Cooking Club took grand champion honors at the county fair with her demonstration titled “Saladventure.” Jean Clark and Susan Chandler earned reserve champion honors with their “Say Cheese” demonstration.

60 years ago

Week of July 25, 1957

There was a crisis with local television service. Heavy winter snows damaged the signal repeaters on Castle Peak. The TV Association needed money to get the system fixed and association leader Harry Odgers asked residents to contribute a few dollars to the cause.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Monahan, of Bond, were the new operators of State Bridge Lodge.

For the first time in 36 years, a Catholic Mass was celebrated at Bond. Father Joseph Leberer, pastor of the Mount Holy Cross Missions, said the Mass at the old Bond schoolhouse.

70 years ago

Week of July 25, 1947

Three men lost their lives in Bond. A Los Angeles man died after he lost his balance while standing on the draw bars between two moving freight railroad cars. Two Navajo men, workers at the Dotsero Cutoff, drowned while swimming in a strong current in the Colorado River.

The Enterprise declared local gardener Walt Leiber to be the “Strawberry King.” He had already picked 22 quarts of delicious berries from his same garden patch.

The local rodeo committee — Leonard Horn, Mort Doll, Bill Schrumm and Rolly Owens — announced plans for a rodeo competition at the Diamond J Ranch east of Eagle.

Members of the local waltz club traveled to a special dance event at Elitch Gardens in Denver.

Three men prospecting in the Gold Dust basin area near Fulford were struck by lightning and badly burned.

80 years ago

Week of July 30, 1937

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Lewis and Bob Selby spotted a mother bear with two cubs while driving over Berthoud Pass. The two men climbed a tree to capture one of the cubs, which they placed in the truck of the car and transported to the Denver Zoo.

The upcoming Farmers Day event in Avon planned special programs for local women.

A specialist from Colorado State College planned a presentation on parent education and child development.