Week of June 18, 1993
10 YEARS AGOMinturn officials expressed an interest in working with Vail Associates and the Southern Pacific Railroad in developing another portal to the mountain. Preliminary plans called for a lift from Minturn that would follow Game Creek to Eagle’s Nest, but major hurdles would still be required in-cluding environmental im-pacts and financial studies. VA bought land in the area near the landmark Lions Head rock in Minturn and the area VA would take under its wing bordered along Taylor Street to the east and along the Eagle River to the west. According to Minturn council member, Cass Mason, VA was going into a 10-year plan with the Forest Service and she felt the project would have a major impact on their infrastructure if they didn’t start planning now.The Vail Town Council overwhelming disapproved of a proposal to ask voters to fund a county-wide transportation system with increased sales taxes. The council’s reaction to the proposed .5 percent increase served as the first setback for the controversial plan. And, according to a story we did, Vail sales tax revenue gains remained meager but was leading other state resorts in gross or total sales. Through March, sales tax revenues were up 2.6 percent from the previous year, but gross sales were up 11.2 percent.Town of Avon officials put in a bid on a three-acre lot that they wanted as a future building site. If their bid was successful, they were considering the use of the property for a recreation center and a hotel and conference center.Jack Varga was taking his idea of putting a lid over a portion of I-70 in Vail to the county commissioners. He was proposing burying the highway as it runs through Vail that would result in easing the impact of the highway while at the same time creating about 65 acres of usable land on top of the highway which could be sold to help finance the project.The annual Ride the Rockies would make a stop in Vail and among the 2,000 riders representing Vail included Mary Bischof, Laura Blow-ers, Norman Branca, Kent Briggs, Lisa DeKoster, Annetta Dixon, Nathan Goldberg, Leslie Grotters, Scott Kempers, Anna and Art Kleimer, John Nilsson, Mark Orr, Duane and Scott Piper, Bob and Trent Ruder, Erik Schmidt, Vinnie Skarajun-sky, Patricia Teik and Bob Warner.Jay Morrish was in town going over a topographical map with Fred Green for the planned 18-hole golf course at Wolcott. He was teamed with Tom Weiskopf on the design. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the Las Vistas project at Singletree which would feature 48 townhouse units.The 3rd Annual Wild West Chili Cookoff, sponsored by the Vail Valley Arts Council, was being held at the 4-Eagle Ranch and this year would feature more than a dozen local restaurants vying for top prize. The defending champion was Shrine Mountain Inn. Pro-ceeds from the event would go to the arts council scholarship fund and art programs in local schools.20 YEARS AGOWeek of June 17, 1983Approximately 150 people gathered to hear the board of directors of the Vail Resort Association endorse tax funding to pay for Vail marketing advertising and they also unveiled ideas about what kind of taxes should be considered and how much taxation was needed.Some work would be done on the Ford Amphitheater but not much. After almost two years of no progress, some changes were expected soon. The group behind the fundraising and construction of the theater had arranged to have several Vail Institute events at the amphitheater site to show the public the advantages of the location and then it was hoped, it would spur contributions to the construction fund. The expected cost of the project was about $3 million and sat on public land which would be given to the Town of Vail when the project was completed.Artists began arriving for the 13th Annual SummerVail Workshop sponsored, as always, by Colorado Mountain College. More than 50 instructors would be introducing students to the breadth and subtlety of professional art.Calgary Flames coach, Bob Johnson, was in town with his fifth annual hockey camp and we sat down and did an in-depth interview with him on his views about his camps, the state of hockey today and the NHL.Part-time resident, Les Fowler, won the Eagle-Vail Amateur tournament by a six stroke margin over runner-up, John Purcell. Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack, Jr., were in town to tour and check out the progress of the new Arrow-head golf course that they had designed.Rick Frisch was named the Vail Institute’s new director and they released their summer program which would include “Pippin,” a concert by the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra and a performance by dancer, Paul Noel Fiorino. The Women’s Resource Center was preparing for their upcoming style show and brunch at the Westin Hotel under the direction of Lynn Fritzlen and Sharon Hammer.A three bedroom furnished penthouse unit at Vail 21 was on the market for $345,000, a one bedroom completely furnished unit at Sandstone 70 was listed at $86,000 and a half-duplex in Eagle-Vail with three bedrooms and three baths, a one car garage and 1,940 sq. ft. was selling for $199,500.Meanwhile, the Town of Eagle was getting ready for its annual installment of Eagle Flight Days and showing at the Cascade Theatre was Superman III.30 YEARS AGOWeek of June 15, 1973The new 24,800 sq. ft. Safeway Store was set to open on June 17 with Jim Eliopulos named the new store manager along with his assistant, Bob Davis. Robert Ekler was the meat manager, Don Zeigler was the produce manager and non-foods manager was Drucella Clausen.Shuttle bus service from Vail Village to Lionshead and the golf course would resume and run continuously from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the efforts of the Town of Vail and Vail Associates. According to The Skipper’s editorial, by the end of 1973, there would be approximately 9,000 rentable beds between the bottom of Vail Pass to Dowd Junction. There were also 33 restaurants in the Vail area and the possibility of 6 or 7 more by the next ski season.The Vail Glo Lodge opened and was owned and operated by Craig Holzfaster and we profiled Dick Elias who was the general manager of Manor Vail, was president of the Vail Resort Association and president of the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club. A group of 22 journalists from the People’s Republic of China were greeted in Vail by Jim Bartlett of Vail Associates and Mayor John Dobson while on their six week tour of the United States and Canada.The Bully III was sponsoring its 2nd Annual Tubing Race but it had to be postponed for a couple of weeks due to high runoff waters.Tayvel Environmental Land Company was now offering luxury two, three and four bedroom condominiums ready for fall occupancy in a hidden area protected from the sight and sounds of I-70 called The Valley at Vail. The development would also offer three swimming pools and six tennis courts.THANKS FOR CHOOSINGTHE VAIL TRAIL!