Week of July 23, 1993
10 YEARS AGOPaula Palmateer was living the good life in the Vail Valley, then she met Louis Jones, a former drug addict who had contracted the AIDS virus. The work they did together in Harlem had attracted national attention.After weeks of meetings and the loss of half of the 1993 construction season, cleanup of the Eagle Mine was finally getting underway again. Representatives from the EPA, the Colorado Department of Health and Paramount, Inc., the company responsible for the cleanup, came to terms and outlined the extent of work to be completed on the cleanup of the Superfund site near Minturn.If Vail’s four-way stop signs had heads spinning, just wait until the next idea from the Vail Town Council. They listened intently to a proposal to replace the four-way stops at the main and West Vail interchanges with modern roundabouts or small traffic circles. Leif Ourston, a traffic and transportation engineer from Santa Barbara claimed that replacing existing stop signs with the roundabouts would increase traffic flow through the intersections while reducing accidents. They were also reconsidering the cemetery in West Vail’s Donovan Park and decided that the issue should be passed on to the voters who would decide the issue in November.Vail Associates officials were meeting with Beaver Creek property owners, merchants and the lodging community to gather opinions on how to revise the 14-year-old master plan for the resort. The proposed revisions would not increase the size of the resort, rather, nine areas that existed either as open space or for resort services would be converted to residential or commercial use.They were still putting down the sod at the new Hale Irwin designed golf course at Cordillera. Although considerably more expensive than growing grass, the sod would allow them to open the course at least one season earlier.Alfalfa’s Markets of Boulder signed a lease to open an upscale natural foods store in the space occupied by The Village Market in the Crossroads Shopping Center.Peter Nero was the guest conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra with a program entitled the “Best of Broadway” during the Bravo! Colorado Music Festival.A record crowd turned out at Garton’s Saloon for the 3rd Annual Western Hoedown which benefitted the public and private libraries of Eagle County. More than $25,000 was raised from the event with the funds earmarked to purchase computer software for periodical resource sharing between all county libraries. We featured a photo page of some of those in attendance.20 YEARS AGOWeek of July 22, 1983Vail Police Chief, Russ Motta, returned from a five-week honeymoon with his new wife, Sandy Bieyer, and then turned in his resignation to Town Manager Richard Cap-lan. He cited that he thought it was time for change after 4-1/2 years and more than ten years on the force.The Vail Resort Association approved the by-law change from one to three representatives from the lodging community. Also, several Vail restaurant owners and managers were considering starting a restaurant association separate from the existing Vail Resort Association restaurant group.Supporters of a name change for Avon were now saying any effort to put the controversial proposal on the ballot probably wouldn’t be made until the town’s general election in May 1984. The most recent sign was the Upper Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce’s decision to drop an idea to formally debate the name change to Beaver Creek at its July luncheon.Sculptor Claes Oldenburg was scheduled to be at the August 23 town council meeting to present and explain his proposal for a 60-foot-tall abstract sculpture of a fishing pole that was being considered for Lionshead. The proposal had caused a great deal of public comment and a lively town meeting was sure to be guaranteed.Rev. Hal Holman, president of the Avon Religious Foun-dation, stated that Avon needed a church similar to the interfaith church in Vail that would weld the community together and a steeple or spire would give it a focal point. But the cost of the land would be one of the major hurdles.Peregrine Properties, Ltd., expected to start construction of the second largest project in Avon within 30 to 60 days which should quiet some of the complaints about the two foundation holes that had been dug some time ago.Former President Gerald Ford celebrated his 70th birthday with friends at a private party at the Vail Golf Course. The Vail Business and Profes-sional Women’s Club awarded scholarships to Cynthia Gurule and Elena Tafoya.Jimmy Connors and Mats Wilander, two of the top five players in the world, would be facing off against Steve Denton and Roscoe Tanner in the feature matches of the Vail-Beaver Creek Tennis Classic. J.P. Sunderland and Dan Pattok captured the Singletree gross club championships and the net winners were Carl Ballinger and Dan Tallon.The Storybook Ball Foundation exceeded its goal at its first fundraiser by raising $11,000 according to Susan Milhoan and Mari Haas-Rubin, co-chairwomen. The proceeds would benefit the non-profit day care centers in the area.30 YEARS AGOWeek of July 20, 1973Concerned parents’ groups from Vail, Minturn, Avon, Red Cliff and Gilman consolidated their efforts to form the new educationally-oriented parent group, Friends of the Schools. The new organization would serve mainly as a volunteer group which would work through committees to help the elementary, middle and senior high schools of the area. Volunteer committees included library, busing, food service, aids for teachers, health education and publicity. Barbara Loken and Jerry Whitaker were the people to call to volunteer for different committees.The grand opening ceremonies were held for the new Bank of Vail building located next to the Vail Interfaith Chapel. At the same time, the Colorado State Banking Board approved the application of The Bank of Vail to open an office in Lionshead according to Mike Loken, bank president. Bruce and Lynn Hartman took over ownership of the Clock Tower Inn from its previous and original owner, John Kaemmer.The Holly Vail Golf Tourna-ment raised $3,104 for the Vail Valley Medical Center towards purchase of another ambulance. Mark Rivard won the low gross honors and also walked away with a weekend trip to Las Vegas for his efforts.We did a story on Nevin Nelson and her design studio which catered to both the residential and commercial markets. Nevin started the business one year earlier and was assisted by Audrey Coggeshall.Saralu Diller was named the new director of the Vail Institute’s Summer Stock Theater replacing Tony Ashley who had recently resigned and immediately took over directional duties for the upcoming final two productions – Butterflies Are Free and The Odd Couple.A two bedroom, two bath unit at Sandstone on creekside was listed unfurnished at $29,500 and a large two bedroom, two bath unit with a lock-off bedroom at Breakaway West was on the market for $37,500. A well-furnished two bedroom, two bath apartment with brick fireplace, large balcony and vaulted ceilings in the Lazier Arcade Building was selling for $53,200.THANKS FOR CHOOSINGTHE VAIL TRAIL!
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