Week of August 27, 1993
10 YEARS AGOVail Symposium 23 was about to convene and was centered on the question – “How Healthy Are We?” Begun in 1984, the Peregrine Building in Avon had never been occupied and was about 80 percent complete. Numerous deals to finish the project had fallen through but now, the Gart family was setting its sights on the purchase of the building. The deal involved Vail Associates leasing retail space for the consolidation of its administrative offices.Although market re-search results showed a new conference center wouldn’t solve Vail’s seasonality problem, proponents were interpreting the overall results as good. The survey of 1,500 meeting planners nationwide showed the conference side of the proposed Vail Valley Perfor-mance and Conference Center could be used as much as 347 times a year and filling beds in area hotels in the early fall.The 17th Annual Jerry Ford Invitational Golf Tournament was now history and it found Donnie Hammond, Jim Thorpe and Jay Delsing tied at the top with 10-under par scores. Earlier in the tournament, Yogi Berra defeated Dr. Julius Irving in the Celebrity Shootout. The winning team was comprised of Larry Hauserman, Jim Webb, John Madden and Michael Ward and headed up by pro, Mark Lye. The Vail Golf Club crowned Don Orrell and Claudia Ruoff as champions.Some things in life separate the men from the boys and the women from the girls – the Gore Canyon Race was one of them. The narrow, steep-walled canyon just west of Kremmling that creates a five-mile stretch of treacherous, turbulent whitewater gives even the most experienced rafter and kayaker pause. There’s Gore Falls with its 12-foot drop into churning water strewn with huge boulders and according to many, the first time you see it from above, you wonder where the bathroom is. Vail’s Timberline Tours had the largest representation from anywhere in the state and they placed third, fourth, sixth and seventh in the raft group.In our real estate section, we did a story about the American dream – Vail style. Where once Vail had maybe 300 full-time residents, the valley now had thousands of residents who wanted the life of Wally and Cleaver as well as skiing the back bowls, and droves of them were now buying single family homes. Homestead was trying to meet that demand by adding more single-family sites as was the new Eagle Terrace subdivision which planned for 208 single-family home sites. Of course, single-family home sites were also on the market at Mountain Star. Finally in real estate news, Don Chaplin was voted in as the president-elect of the Vail Board of Realtors.The Lodge at Vail was set to host its 7th Annual Gastro-nomic Affair which featured the talents of their executive chef, Jim Cohen, and guest chefs, Robert Del Grande and Kevin Graham.20 YEARS AGOWeek of August 26, 1983No decision was made at the Vail Town Coun-cil meeting about the Claes Oldenburg sculpture proposed for Lionshead, but it did receive strong support at the meeting. More than 100 people showed up and the great majority of those who spoke were in support of the 60-foot metal fishing pole. Speaking in favor of it were Mayor Rod Slifer, Harry Framp-ton, Randy Mil-hoan, Chuck Rosenquist, Tom and Flo Steinberg, Tom Trevel, Al Knoblock, Chuck White-house, Ghiqui Hoffman and Rosie Wilt. Speaking out against it were Frank Caroselli, Al Weiss and Jan Strauch.Former President Gerald Ford was welcoming other dignitaries to another World Forum. The other heads of government included former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, former French President Valery Giscard dEstaing, former Australian Prime Minister J. Malcom Fraser and former Prime Minister of Great Britain James Callaghan.The fledgling Mountain Man Triathalon received a big boost when the Avon Town Council pledged $5,000 for the second annual running of the event. They also approved the transfer of Rocky Mountain Cable TV to its new owner, Heritage Cablevision. We also ran an obituary on Al Orlowsky who was well known in Eagle County public life since moving here 25 years before.The collection of books on real estate and property management at the Vail Public Library more than doubled thanks to the donation by the Vail Board of Realtors. Glen Gallegos, long time principal at Minturn Middle School, became acting principal at the school the previous fall when Dave Cook resigned. The backlash made his transition a lot harder and he was now asking parents to get involved with their children’s education.Gail Strauch and Don Rindfleisch outlasted ten other couples and the defending champs, Doris Bailey and Byron Williamson, to win the 1983 Vail Mixed Derby Day crown. Lauraine Skolasinski and her partner, Todd Novak, came in second place. In the junior golf division, Doug Abel, Larry Randall, Sam Halpert and Nils Satterstrom walked away with the titles and in the women’s division, Lauraine Skolasinski and Ann Mardis won gross and net honors.The BMHS Huskies opened their football practice under new head coach, Steve Moran, and would be trying to halt a losing streak that had produced nothing but goose eggs in the win column for the past two seasons.Finally, more than $27,000 was raised through the 19th Annual Eagle Valley Com-munity Fund Auction and Rummage Sale.30 YEARS AGOWeek of August 24, 1973The second floor of the Vail Valley Medical Center would be the scene of the annual Auction/ Rummage Sale which would get underway on August 25. Organizers were also busy planning the 2nd Annual Kitchen Tour to benefit the Vail Mountain School which was formerly known as the Vail Country Day School.The fun day picnic sponsored by the Eagle Valley Community Fund had now taken on a more meaningful purpose and a new name. Now called “Get On the Wagon For Water,” it’s mission was to raise funds to defeat the Denver Water Board’s latest bond election measure which would take water from the Eagle-Piney basin.Thanks to Jim Slevin of the Vail Institute, Casino Vail, even with the accompaniment of the sounds from the ice machine, was transformed into an evening of beautiful music from a string quartet and a woodwind quintet. Charlyn Costello replaced Annette Milliron as the new head of the Vail Public Library.Summer improvements on the mountain were coming to an end and the new Chair 10 towers were awaiting the cable which would serve three beautiful runs in the Northeast Bowl in the winter. Also, Homer Morgan of the Vail Ski Patrol, would be settling in at Homer’s Hilton which was almost ready for occupancy and would then become Vail’s first “man of the mountaintop.”The boat owned by Randy Guerriero and Will Miller took two firsts and two seconds in the Handicap A class in the Dillon Open Regatta on Lake Dillon. It was skippered by Guerriero and Geoff Drake.