Week of March 19, 1993
10 YEARS AGOIn our opinion space, we were encouraging the town council to review the evening parking fee. People would spend $40 for a lift ticket and then whine about the $8 parking fee at the same time. People would spend $50 for dinner and then leave an $8 tip – or may-be not because of a $5 parking fee. The proposed elimination of the evening parking fee was rejected by the town council the year prior and with some legitimate reasoning, Park-ing officials estimated that restaurants would have to sell an additional 25,000 meals to re-coup in sales tax revenues the parking fees that would be lost.A new study showed that the area from Eagle-Vail to Squaw Creek could potentially have twice as many homes as now exist. And if that happens, the mid-valley would have twice as much development as Vail, which was 90 percent built out, ac-cording to the analysis.President Fords’ lead Secret Service agent, Larry Buendorf, re-tired. He was the one who seized the gun held by Squeaky Fromme back in 1976 and the county commissioners would have the final say on the proposed Wolcott gravel pit.Beaver Creek was set to host the U.S. Disabled Championships and our local athletes were expected to do well among the 175 skiers from around the world. The Vail contingent accounted for 11 of the 21 medals earlier in the month at the pre-Paralympic exhibition and included Chris Waddell, Sarah Will, Rik Heid, Jim Lagerstrom, Greg Mannino and Adrienne Rivera. Meanwhile, Vail was hosting the USSA National Snow-boarding Championships the upcoming weekend featuring more than 500 riders from around the world. Ski Club Vail’s snowboard program alone filled 25 spots on the roster.Rob Steinke and Gaye Lyden got engaged in December then they participated in the Mountain Man Winter Triathlon and the previous weekend, the two won the men’s and women’s citizen races of the Copper Mountain Snowman Triathlon. Heidi Holzfaster, a member of the junior swim club, the Vail Swimming Blue Dolphins, became the valley’s first swimmer to participate in the acquatic version of the Junior Olym-pics.The architectural design for Mountain Star’s Ranch Central was released by the developers, East-West Partners and Wright and Company. Ranch Central would stand at the entrance to this exclusive mountain community and would house both a caretaker’s unit and activities center for the community residents.20 YEARS AGOWeek of March 18, 1983After months of overcoming obstacles in planning, organization and politicking, the Lionshead Improvement Plan met its final obstacle. Mem-bers of the Vail Town Council decided unanimously not to go ahead with the $2.55 million plan this year. The decision came after the council received a report on the town’s January sales tax revenue and it was the second bad one in two months.Also, Town Manager Richard Caplan wasn’t showing the public the drawing of an abstract sculpture by Claes Oldenburg. The sculpture had been described as a “giant fishing pole” that would hang over Gore Creek in Lionshead but the issue promised to become, excuse the term, a can of worms.After eight years on the job, Jon Eberle, the Town of Vail’s transportation director and Jay Hosburgh, the first paid firefighter and the present chief of the Eagle-Vail Fire Depart-ment, both announced their respective resignations.The Colorado Rockies would now received daily passenger service as Amtrak planned to take over the Den-ver and Rio Grande Western Zephyr line that ran from Denver to Salt Lake City.America’s Tamara Mc-Kinney and Cindy Nelson were the fastest racers through every timing point on Vail Mountain and blew away all their European competitors en route to sweeping the top two places in the American Ski Classic giant slalom. The win left McKinney in a position to become the first American woman to win the overall World Cup title. In the Jerry Ford Celebrity Cup, Susie Corrock-Husted led her team to victory which included Lee Guittar, Hans Oberlohr, Jeff Grout and Bruce Falken-burg.Seventeen Ski Club Vail racers qualified for Junior II Olympics. They included Shelly McGill, Julie and John Tsamasfyros, John Levine, Sid Blandford, Jamie Wasmeier, Brad Young, Skip Fox, Cait Boyd, Misha Moritz, Rhett Covington, Alex Larese, Kaia Borgen, Sacha Gros, Christian Williams, Joey Hanlon and Frank Walker.In 1963, 19 men became the first Ameri-cans to climb Mount Everest and Dick Pownall was one of them. Now retired and living in Vail, he and his wife, Mary, planned to return to Mount Everest in the fall as group leaders of a 20th Anniversary 25-day trek through Nepal to the base camp.Some selected listings on three bedroom units included a Vail East duplex for $260,000, an Eagle-Vail duplex for $165,000, a Spruce Creek unit for $220,000 and a Vail Trails Chalet in Vail Village for $595,000.30 YEARS AGOWeek of March 16, 1973Vail Associates reported a 22% increase in operating revenues for the month of Feb-ruary over the previous year. At a meeting of the Eagle County School Board, they voted to establish a new district, thus creating a vacancy on the school board, itself. The district originally encompassing lands from Bighorn to Dowd Junction were divided into two parts with the new dividing line falling between the Gulf and Conoco services stations on Vail Road. President of the school board, Ted Poliac, would represent the area from Vail Road east to Bighorn.It was not often that one would meet up with a ski school family. More unusual was to find a Peace Corps family. But Judy and Jerry Sibley, instructors in the Vail Ski School were such a couple. The Sibleys were the first to serve in the Peace Corps as a family taking their two young daughters, Kristena and Gret-chen, with them to Bolivia and then to Columbia, South America.Have you wondered what was facing the Vail Town Council at that time. Well on the agenda for the next meeting was an ordinance regarding unauthorized parking on private property, an ordinance regarding the accumulation of refuse, consideration of an ordinance creating a recreation fund, consideration of an ordinance authorizing the initiation of condemnation proceedings for the acquisition of certain property within the Town of Vail and consideration of a resolution scheduling an election for the issuance of municipal bonds for the transportation center and acquisition of certain property within the Town of Vail.Among the ticket sellers for Vail Assoc-iates were Ruth Gates, Debbie Davenport and Nora Duraso. Some of those working the lifts at that time were Ray-mond Clark, Joe Coats and Eldon Bindley.Among the top skiers in the ABC Downhill were Julie Young, Sara Hoyt, Linda Ghent, Jennifer Schrader, Kathy Lott and Kirk Reinecke.KEEP THINKING SNOW!