Week of February 11, 1994
10 YEARS AGOIn our editorial space, we thanked people like Pepi Gramsham-mer, Merv Lapin, John Dakin, John Horan-Kates, John Garnsey, Pete Seibert the Vail Town Council and the others who were campaigning to bring the World Alpine Ski Cham-pionships back to Vail in 1999. Al-though it wasn’t the $5 billion economic stimulus of the Olympic games which had been awarded to Atlanta for 1996, the ski event did pump up our local economy 16 percent when they were held here in 1989.With Val-entine’s Day approaching, we did a feature on Step-hanie and Wolfgang Uberbacher who originally met in New Zealand in 1978 but fell in love after fate had brought them together in Vail. Then in September of 1986, the couple tied the knot.In the category of largest percent sales increase for 1993 in the Vail Valley, the winner was Beaver Creek. Kent Myers, president of Beaver Creek Resort, stated that the area was becoming of age as merchants noted more than ever before, that residents and guests were remaining there to dine, shop and recreate and choosing not to go to Vail or Avon as frequently as in prior years.Chad Fleischer was entering his second season with the U.S. Ski Team and had just earned the right to ski in the Olympics. He would be representing the United States in both the super giant slalom and the combined downhill and slalom events.The holiday fundraiser by the Vail Board of Realtors collected at least 80 toys for “Toys for Tots,” 212 pounds of canned goods were donated to The Food Resource Center and more than $22,000 was raised for the family of Karen MacKellar.Cordillera enjoyed a banner sales year in 1993 according to Gerry Engle, president. Real estate sales revenue at the mountain top community totaled nearly $26 million. Properties sold included 76 home sites, three townhomes, one resale home and two single-family residences.The 9th Annual Chocolate Lovers Charity Classic was scheduled for February 11 at The Westin and once again would benefit Echo Ranch, a home that provided foster care for troubled teens in Eagle and surrounding counties. They were hoping to surpass the $65,000 raised the year before. Of course, highlights of the event would be the celebrity pie eating contest and munching on all those delicious chocolate treats.20 YEARS AGOWeek of February 10, 1984Developers of the $30 million Vail Village Inn project gave up after the Vail Town Council voted it down 6-1. Council members cited a number of unresolved problems with the controversial project, a 182-room hotel planned at Vail’s four-way intersection.Bill James became the acting town manager for Avon on January 31 when Dick Blodgett was fired for not following the directions of the town council. As former assistant town manager and director of finance, he saw a bright future for Avon but his first job was to patch up a police department that had just gone through an internal investigation resulting in the dismissal of several patrolmen. He would also have to deal with the long range questions of improving Avon’s public image.Computerized traffic signals at Vail’s four way could reduce the waiting time at peak periods, but the Vail Town Council was facing a much bigger problem. The Highway Department officials said they had no money available for the project and that would mean that instead of paying $62,500, it would cost up to $250,000 for the three sets of signals including widening some traffic lanes.Aspenite John Dozier covered the 31-mile Mountain Man Winter Triathlon course in an astonishing 4 hours, 43 minutes to win the grueling event. Jan Reynolds was the only woman to complete the three stage race that included cross country skiing, snowshoeing and speed skating.Three new members of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame would be officially inducted on March 14. They were Skeeter Werner Walker, Arthur Kidder and Ed Couch.Months after the U.S. Postal Ser-vice began installing its cluster boxes around Vail for home delivery, only about 40 percent of the boxes were being used.With Val-entine’s Day right around the corner, we sat down and interviewed six longtime local couples. They included Ann and Jim Charles, Cissy and John Dob-son, Diana and Dave Pratt, June and Don Simonton, Barbara and Bob Parker and Wendy and Dick Gustafson.30 YEARS AGOWeek of February 8, 1974A proposal for temporary county building regulations, described by some as a moratorium on construction, was torn up and suggested for use as scrap paper by members of an audience that swelled to more than 200 in Eagle. The basic provisions of the proposal were to prohibit, for a per-iod not to exceed six months, construction of buildings to be used for business, industrial or commercial purposes except where there was only one building on an area of at least 35 acres. This was prompted by County Planner Mike Blair at the request of the Eagle County Planning Commis-sion.Annexation of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad land by the Town of Minturn had hit a snag which involved water rights. Mike Loken was promoted to the position of executive vice president of The Bank of Vail. Other bank promotions included Ann Holland, Maggie Chalmers and Tom Charnecki.Ski Club Vail and Copper Mountain Ski Club were named to co-host the 27th North American Junior Alpine Ski Championships here in Vail on March 12-16. Nine Ski Club Vail racers participated in the famous Roch Cup downhill and slalom races. This is one of the oldest races held in the United States and also features skiers from Canada, Switzerland and Japan. Placing 13th in a field of over 90 men was Jamie Temple. Kirk Reinecke, one of the youngest men in Can Am, skied very well and was developing into a strong three-event skier. Local Colorado University racer and former member of Ski Club Vail, Erik Steinberg placed seventh in the downhill to give the RMD its best finish.Some of the hot shots in the weekly employee races were Lee Hensley, Laurie Logan, Bob Kendall, Jeff Houston, Bill Wilto, Eric Saulitis, Mark Archer, Cindy Dziekan and Mike Mann. The deadline was quickly approaching for the 4th Annual Great Race which featured 30 teams competing on an inner tube wearing ski boots down Golden Peak, then a tricycle race to The Tivoli where two more team members were waiting to push or pull a passenger to Seibert Circle for a beer, then back to the Valhalla for a swim.The Vail Mountain School took top honors in a tri-school race between Aspen Country Day School and Buckingham Academy in Steamboat Springs. Some of the top skiers for VMS were John Buxman, Brent Seibert, Lael Fray, John Oliver, Philip Murphy, Jay Livran and Wendy and Shelley Zeboray.The featured restaurant of the week was The Spaghetti Parlour located at the Vail Village Inn and managed by Jim Slevin with John Dilley serving as bar manager. They were featuring family spaghetti dinners priced from $2.50 to $3.45 or a steak dinner for $5.50.THANKS FORCHOOSING THE TRAIL!