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Week of June 4, 1993

Allen Knox

10 YEARS AGOThe Vail Town Council would be debating in the upcoming weeks whether to extend the ban on smoking which currently existed only in municipal buildings such as the library and town hall to include private businesses where the public normally would go such as stores, bars and restaurants.Vail Associates was expected to formally submit expansion plans for the Two Elk Creek area later in the month. Included in the proposal would be details of how the ski company wanted to develop the Super, Pete’s and Commando Bowls on the south side of Two Elk Creek.Vail Associates purchased the troubled Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek and hoped to bring back the luster to this hotel. The 60-room hotel had been through a bankruptcy and a foreclosure sale. It was estimated that the deal was worth $4.75 million. Some Beaver Creek lodge owners objected to the deal as they didn’t want the resort company to compete in the local hospitality industry.The new Mountain Star project had sold $19.5 million in land and work on the roads and installation of utilities had begun and construction of homes were expected to begin in the fall.Hale Irwin toured his new course at Cordillera as crews made final preparations for sodding the course. Cordillera officials estimated the sodding would cost $560,000 but would assure quality course conditions for opening day in the spring of 1994. Also, former Houston Oiler standout, Earl Campbell was in town and played some golf with another Oiler great, Dan Pastorini, who operated a restaurant in Beaver Creek at the time.Bobfest II was held in Avon and coordinator for the event, Tom Britz, said he was bowled over by the number of media inquiries the event had generated. The event took its name from Bob the Bridge which was built two years earlier and spanned the Eagle River in Avon and included a Bobball and a Bob-B-Cue.In our entertainment section, we did a profile on ballet dancer and instructor, Anne Powell, who had brought eight years of instruction to the Vail Valley. She began teaching ballet at CMC but five years later opened her own dance studio, Vail Valley Academy of Dance. Finally, the contents of the Alfie Packer’s restaurant in Lionshead were seized by Town of Vail officials for unpaid sales taxes.20 YEARS AGOWeek of June 3, 1983Sinkholes are certainly not new to this area. Back in 1983, a wet spring and soggy ground continued to make problems in Vail. Ac-cording to Pete Burnett of the Town of Vail, there was sliding everyplace but mostly in Intermountain and in the Highland Meadows and Vail Village West subdivisions. A house in Intermoun-tain was evacuated, a steep section on Snowberry Drive was being undermined by sliding earth and a portion of Sequoia Drive collapsed from run-off and possibly from a water line broken by earth movement. The road had been closed since March of 1982 because of a mudslide that destroyed an uncompleted house and left the road hanging on the edge of a sharp drop. A flash flood watch in Eagle County was also issued.The Vail Resort Association was proposing to include down-valley businesses in a new marketing effort designed to promote the “Vail Valley” rather than just Vail. With the extra funds coming from potential new members and from a proposed tax, the board felt it could spend more than $1 million for advertising and marketing rather than the $400,000 already budgeted.The new Vail Public Library opened on June 1 with expanded hours, expanded staff and a beautiful new facility.You wouldn’t expect to find a manufacturing company deep in the heart of ski country, but the previous September, Federal Signal Corporation, purchased the valley’s only manufacturing company, CMI, from Marty Fritzlen. They then increased the size of the staff from 20 to 47 with plans to more than double the number of employees within two years. The company was making radar guns, intoxilyzers and radometers.Harry Frampton of Vail Associates promoted John Horan-Kates to president of the Vail Associates Foundation and Charlie Maas assumed the responsibilities for all resort marketing functions.30 YEARS AGOWeek of June 1, 1973If you were in need of a piece of farm machinery or equipment, then the place to be was the auction on June 2 at the H.A. Nottingham and sons ranch just north of I-70 at Avon. The ranch had been sold and a large variety of items, both new and old, would be on the auction block. The Vail Center of Performing Arts was holding auditions for their summer season of plays and musicals including The Bad Seed, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Butterflies Are Free, Stratford on Avon, The Odd Couple and The Fantasticks.Eagle County School District board members, Ted Poliac, Virginia Crowley, Leonard Hammock and Clark Ewing attended a seminar in Denver which was primarily geared toward assisting newly elected board members in getting acquainted with the system. Jim Eliopulos was named the manager of the new Safeway supermarket that was due to open soon in Vail.Jan and Vas Vassar recently purchased Vail Hardware and Pharmacy from Ted Poliac and renamed it “Bazar Inter-nacianal.” They had completely remodeled the space and added a new outdoor department with hunting and fishing equipment, camping and hiking gear and also added a new camera section. In Lionshead, John Simon opened the doors to his new business, The Fly Line.The second year cooking group of the Vail Moun-taineers 4-H Club gave a party for the Red Cliff Day Care Center. The group included Pam Greene, Sue Elisha, Nicki Poliac, Barbara and Catherine Moser, Fawn Pulis, Martha Jones and Kim Nottingham.Well-known teaching golf teaching professional, Harry Pressler, joined the staff at the Vail Golf Club. Some of his pupils had included Mickey Wright, Patty Berg, Betsy Rawls, Jane Blalock, Carol Mann and Dave Hill.Vail Ski School instructors and supervisors who attended the first P.S.I.A. National Academy included Jens Husted, Stephen Still, Mike Beaudet, Gordon Adgett, Brad Lichtenheld, Ken Jern, Doug Morrison, Don Welch, Erich Windisch, Peter Sher-owski, Bob Dorf, Horst Abra-ham and Mike Tennant.Finally, George Burens was hosting a gigantic picnic/outing to show off his new development near Wolcott called Bellyache Ridge. The new subdivision contained 240 acres purchased from the Jouflas Ranches with 80 acres, one third of the total area, set aside permanently as green belt area. The 2-acre-plus single-family sites featured lots of trees and spectacular viewsTHANKS FOR CHOOSING THE VAIL TRAIL!


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