Week of December 3, 1993
10 YEARS AGOShe called him “Uncle Andy.” To the rest of the world, he was the prime minister of Greece and when Andreas Papandreou was elected, it wasn’t exactly local news, except to one local – Miranda Diener of Wild-ridge. We interviewed this beautiful woman who had seen the good, the bad and the ugly and could talk about it in eight languages. She called Vail “the best thing in her life” after moving here in 1990 from Los An-geles with her two children.During a special meeting, the Eagle County School District Board put an end to rumors that superintendent John Lange would be leaving his post. Lange had signed a three-year contract in May of 1992. The announcement came after many closed to the public board sessions and rumors that the board and other district members were dissatisfied with his performance since he became superintendent.Tom Talbot and his 4-year-old yellow Labrador re-triever, Corky, were on their way to Texas to test the dog’s skills against a field of more than 90 dogs from Canada and the United States in a “Grand Hunt” competition. The dog was a champion United Kennel Club Hunter Retriever.Seventeen new snowcats were added to VA’s fleet which would enable more skiers of varied ability levels to enjoy more terrain.We did a story on Clark Ewing who was a man of many talents and loves but at the forefront was his mastery of painting. When he wasn’t wielding a paintbrush, he was managing his ranch outside McCoy.One of the highlights of the 18th Annual Vail Mountain School Holiday Dinner Party and Auction was the an-nouncement that Headmaster Peter Abuisi was selected as the recipient of the Wertheim Foundation’s annual “Vail Valley Citizen of the Year” award. The school also received a grant in the amount of $50,000 from this organization. Making the presentation was Dr. Herb Wertheim.Perennial Vail Hill Climb champ, Matt Carpenter, was invited to participate in Tibet’s first marathon and he won it. His time for the race above 14,000 feet was three hours, five minutes and 40 seconds. Nine of the twenty five distance runners couldn’t finish the race.Preston Semel and his family opened Mountain Bagels and offered Vail a bit of New York with 16 different types of bagels.20 YEARS AGOWeek of December 2, 1983Winter storms that dumped up to two feet of snow on Colorado ski resorts proved to be a blessing for some and a disaster for others. Destination resorts like Vail found a lot of willing refugees who preferred an extra night in the mountains to a crowded stay at Denver’s Stapleton Airport. And other ski resorts that relied more heavily on Front Range skiers saw business drop sharply. Many also criticized the Colorado State Patrol road reports that to some sounded like something Jules Verne wrote – “like it was the end of the world in the mountains.”Former Vail town clerk, Colleen Kline, found herself being sworn in instead of doing the swearing in along with three other successful candidates – Kent Rose, Paul Johnston and Hermann Staufer. They also selected Rod Slifer as the mayor for his fourth two-year term.The Colorado Department of Highways installed the first sets of traffic signals here in the valley. They were located at Avon’s two busiest intersections – Avon Road and Highway 6 and Avon Road and Beaver Creek Boulevard. Because of traffic congestion at the Vail fourway stop, the Vail Police Department was asking locals to try and avoid that intersection as much as possible.The effectiveness of cloud seeding was still being debated but a Colorado State University researcher and ski resort companies stated that it did work. Their estimation of its effectiveness ranged from 10 to 20 percent of extra snow when cloud seeding techniques are used.Former Avon Mayor Al Alpi addressed the current council and told them he wanted buses at which time, Mayor Alan Nottingham directed the council to make a report on the matter for the next meeting. Residents on the north side of I-70 were pressing the need for bus service.Plans for a 185-room Vail Village Inn were approved by the Vail Planning Commission despite a recommendation that the project should be delayed. Also, a proposal for a restaurant in East Vail at the Getty service station site was turned down.The Eagle County Airport received $900,000 from the Federal Aviation Administra-tion to help pay for its proposed new runway, but construction of it was still a long way off. The new runway would be 100 feet wide and 7,000 feet long compared to the existing runway which was 60 feet wide and 5,000 feet long.The addition of Larkspur Bowl in Beaver Creek made it one of the state’s largest ski areas and added 110 new acres of lift terrain available to the public. According to Mike Larson, Beaver Creek mountain planner, the snowfall was working out better than they had expected and skiers received an earlier than expected treat having this open before Christ-mas. The Eagle Valley Devils quest for a state football championship ended after being downed by the Silver State Baptist Patriots, 14-10.The 2nd Annual Crystal Ball was scheduled for the weekend and expected to be another complete sell out with proceeds going to the U.S. Olympic Ski Team and the World Cup races here in Vail.30 YEARS AGOWeek of November 30, 1973Although the opening of the mountain was a bit closer at the last minute than any in the past six years, once again Vail was able to open and operate on Thanksgiving Day thanks to a storm from Mother Nature. Therefore, Pete Seibert, Chairman of the Board of Vail Associates issued a letter of thanks to everyone at his company for pulling things together on very short notice in order that they might open on Thanksgiving Day. He continued to say that the mountain had been packed whenever snow conditions permitted, but the unexpected snowstorm the night before Thanksgiving meant that all VA personnel affected were alerted by midnight and were standing by. As the snow continued to fall throughout the night, the snowcats were manned and went into action at 4 a.m. and calls were made to lodges, ski shop owners, etc., to alert them that the mountain would be open at 8:30 a.m. These local steps, plus telephone calls to all regional and national news sources at 6 a.m. served to alert the skiing public near and far that Vail had started its 12th season.The 3rd Annual Vail Clinic-Hospital Benefit was scheduled for New Year’s Eve and party go’ers would have their choice of having cocktails at any of the four sponsor homes and then followed by dinner at The Outback along with entertainment. The sponsor homes included Gordon Brittan, Cortlandt Hill, Dave Gorsuch and John Dobson.Daphne Slevin opened The Children’s Corner in the lower level of the Slifer Building and named Laurie Shires as the shop manager. Finally, the Top of the Slope held its grand opening and we featured a picture of a happy group celebrating the event. They included Gail Riegler, Ron McFar-land, John Rucio, Jack Goehl along with co-managers Tom Korchowsky and Phyllis Riley.The BMHS Huskies basketball team was preparing for another season with such standouts as Ramon Mon-toya, Dave McBee, Mike Garcia and Tom Padilla and wrestling coaches, Jay Belt and Rob Schumacher, were helping John Duran, Billy Jaramillo, Lyndon Cass, Mike Henry, Teddy Vigil and Johnny Trujillo improve their skills.THINK SNOW!
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