Week of July 2, 1993 | VailDaily.com

Week of July 2, 1993

Allen Knox

10 YEARS AGOGordon Brittan was celebrating his 90th birthday and we did a feature story on this man who has a zest for life and whose most notable cause was his work for the hospital but was also a tireless crusader for many things he believed in. We also profiled Jim Cotter in our entertainment section who remembered his first days in Vail in the fall of 1969. There was no movie theater, no art gallery, no concerts, so people would just hang out watching him work and often buy a piece of his jewelry.A few months prior, the planned start of construction of a golf course in Wolcott was two years away. But Fred Green announced he was breaking ground in July on his Eagle Springs Golf Club and had hired Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf as course architects. They were hoping to play the opening round in July 1996. Originally he was going to install a gravel operation on the site to finance the golf course.The Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club handed out over $35,000 in checks to various charities from their recent Rotary Auction and Mike Anderson, chef at Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant was the creator of the chili which picked up the “People’s Choice Award” at the Wild West Chili Cookoff held at 4-Eagle Ranch.In our real estate section, we did a story on the popularity of ranches which were becoming a hot item among many second-home owners in resorts of Colorado. Mike Rettig, Sandy Treat III and Jim Thompson broke ground on the Dakota project at Arrowhead of Vail.20 YEARS AGOWeek of July 1, 1983The Denver Water Board set aside $7.5 million to start land acquisition at a site for a future Western Slope reservoir that would generate a minimum of 30,000 acre-feet of water a year. One of the sites being eyed by both the Western Slope and Front Range interests was a 800 acre piece of land north of Wolcott owned by Chris Jouflas which would house a 350,000 acre-foot reservoir.Vail Associates officials denied that the company was for sale. A recent inquiry to buy VA lock, stock and barrel had been discussed but according to Ben Duke, chairman of the board, there was “no serious possibility” the company would be sold. The inquiry was made by George Gillett, a communications company executive and former partner and business manager of the Miami Dolphins.The veterans of the 10th Mountain Division began a five-day national reunion in Vail to meet old comrades and honor others who died fighting in Italy almost 40 years prior. About 2,000 members and their families were expected at this sixth national reunion since 1945 and the fourth to be held in Vail.A suit to overturn the 1980 annexation of West Vail by the Town of Vail was heard by Fifth Judicial District Judge Richard Hart but no decision was expected soon. The civil suit was filed by Frank Caroselli, a frequent critic of the Vail Town Council, and he cited more than 25 allegations of irregularities in the election procedure including lack of property notification, discrepancies in borders and improper intervention in the election by the town government.James Watt, Secretary of the Interior, defended his record while addressing the convention of the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute here in Vail. He told the group that he would continue his efforts to increase leasing of federal land for coal mining and other mineral development.A 3 cent increase in the state gas tax went into effect in an effort to raise an additional $42.9 million a year for highway improvements.A woman, who admitted she wasn’t a swimmer, disappeared beneath a raft that bounced off a railroad trestle and flipped over. She was wearing a life jacket but the next thing she remembered was laying across a pile of wood debris on a partially submerged island carried there by the swift current.Finally, the Colorado Ski Museum was $8,000 richer thanks to a very successful inaugural “Best of Beaver Creek” home tour.30 YEARS AGOWeek of June 29, 1973Several Vail residents met with the Town Council to air their concern over the Sunburst at Vail project which was scheduled to begin construction soon and located adjacent to the Vail Golf Course. The Forest Service placed a ban on the discharging of any kind of fireworks and District Ranger, Ed Browning, also urged all people to be extremely careful with fires in the forest.Otto Stork purchased The Deli from A&D Enterprises and his goal was to improve the quality of the food and hoped to make it an inexpensive dinner place catering especially to the family as well as continuing to provide a grocery service as a convenience.Ground-breaking ceremonies were held for the new Villa Cortina Condominiums which were developed by Kaiser Morcus. The project would have a total of 25 condominiums ranging in size from one to three bedroom units.Jay Hosburgh, an eight year resident and volunteer fire captain was appointed as full-time assistant fire chief to work with Mike Carlisle who would remain as acting fire chief for the Town of Vail Fire Protection District for an interim period.This year’s SummerVail Workshop would be offering three week courses in ceramics and photography. Susan Brown was picked to teach the photography class.Jaci and Fred Angeloh took over the ownership of the two Gondola Ski Shops and named Carol Cram as the manager of the Lionshead store. Eight new tennis courts at The Grouse Mountain at Eagle-Vail project were scheduled to open in July and would be open to the public complete with shuttle service.The Lodge at Vail was featuring a lunchtime fashion show Monday through Saturday and featuring the latest fashions from such fine outlets as Skandia, Bullock’s, Gorsuch, Ltd., Christy Sports, Squash Blos-som, Knits Unlimited, Vail Jewelers, Ski Skeller and The Covered Bridge Store. Also, the melodrama at The Outback returned for the summer season featuring two alternating productions, “Lost in London” and The Easiest Way.” $3.95 would get you a VVI Burger on a Bun along with a tossed salad or for $5.95 an 8-oz. Strip Loin Steak with baked potato, vegetable, bread and butter and, of course, the price included admission to the show.THANKS FOR CHOOSINGTHE VAIL TRAIL!

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