Week of May 28, 1993
10 YEARS AGOIt was time to let the good times roll as the International Whitewater Series was set to take place the upcoming weekend on the Eagle River. Kayakers were busy testing out the high runoff waters in Minturn where the races would be held.Vail Associates announced its largest capital expenditures for the upcoming ski season since 1985. They would invest $14 million in both Vail and Beaver Creek and highlights included the Pride Express, a 5,500 foot long high-speed quad, that would provide access to 120 acres of Lionshead terrain and a new mountain top 10-acre beginner area. Also, a 290-seat expansion of Beaver Creek’s Spruce Saddle restaurant and the addition of 75 acres of intermediate terrain at Beaver Creek.It was graduation time with Vail Mountain School graduating 13 seniors, 82 at Battle Mountain High School and 71 receiving their diplomas at Eagle Valley High School.Merrill Hastings was jubilant when the BLM announced it now had title to 4,200 acres of previously private-owned land on King Mountain near McCoy. According to Hast-ings, this action by the BLM represented a breakthrough in public lands administration. The land wouldn’t be wilderness but neither would it be open to anyone who has a four-wheel drive pickup.Pope John Paul II may never set foot in Eagle County when he planned to visit Denver in August, but local officials were gearing up to handle the throngs of Cath-olics who may want a glimpse of the Mount of the Holy Cross. But then again…who knows. Maybe he would elect to visit here.With a flip of the coin, Judy Yoder became Avon’s newest council member and replaced longtime council member and former Mayor Jerry Davis who had resigned earlier in the month because of residency restrictions.A long-time Vail Village nightspot, Cyrano’s, closed its doors after 17 years because of a lack of a long-term lease. The building owner was seeking a a tenant willing to invest in the redevelopment of the structure. Redevelopment plans for the building included the possibility of a whole new building.The Vail Community Theatre was holding their final rehearsals for the upcoming presentation of “Barefoot in the Park” and we also featured photos from the grand opening of the Black Mountain Guest Ranch near McCoy.20 YEARS AGOWeek of May 27, 1983Tons of mud, boulders and a grove of aspen trees slid onto I-70 in Dowd Junction slightly damaging a passing vehicle, blocking the highway and leaving a gaping hole in the mountainside. Over the past week and a half, Vail had been hit with five days of steady snow which culminated with a major storm that dumped 22″ inches of wet snow at the Vail Nature Center and estimated to have deposited 45 inches on top of Vail Mountain. Because of this, Vail Associates reopened Vail Mountain to a second ski season through June 5.Meanwhile, Bill Andrews and Pete Burnett of the Town of Vail were warning property owners to prepare for the expected high run-off and issuing special warning to property owners who had streams, drainage ditches and culverts crossing their property.We ran an interview with Claes Oldenburg and he explained how he got the idea for the proposed 60-foot giant fishing pole near Lionshead, what he saw in it and why he liked it. If the town wanted the sculpture, it would have to pay an additional $180,000 for a total cost of $190,000. To fabricate the pole it would cost $110,000, to deliver and install it another $20,000 and then $10,000 to pay Oldenburg’s fee of $50,000. To date, private contributors who liked the proposal had pledged more than $50,000 toward its purchase.Based on available numbers, Eagle County ranked high in property thefts, burglaries and drug arrests compared to the three neighboring ski resort counties surveyed which included Routt, Pitkin and Summit.The U.S. Ski Team announced its lineup for the 1984 ski season and it included 4 Vail skiers. Cindy Nelson would be entering her 13th and final World Cup season and would be joined with Mike Brown, John Buxman and Karen Lancaster on the men’s and women’s B teams. Vail Golf Club director Steve Satterstrom survived a four-way sudden-death playoff at The Broadmoor West course to advance to the June 6 regional qualifier for the U.S. Open at Columbine Country Club in Denver.Auditions were held for the upcoming Vail Institute presentation of “Pippin” under the watchful eyes of Kelli Murphy and Dano Beal.30 YEARS AGOWeek of May 25, 1973In his weekly editorial, The Skipper urged everyone to forget the “BUTS” and get off our “BUTTS” and begin preserving and developing Eagle County, the whole County, logically and effectively. The County Planner, Mike Blair was also seeking plenty of input on the Master Plan from the residents of the entire valley.Vail Associates announced that Gondola 1 and Chair 4 would begin operation for the summer on June 9 and it would continue through Labor Day weekend. The Sugarplum Tree opened its doors in the Lodge Promenade and was offering a selection of confections from chocolates to hard candies. The store was the creation of Sharon Himsl with help from her parents, Virginia and Marion Johnson and of course, her husband Duke.The top winners in the 7th Annual Ski/Golf Tournament were Todd Carlstrom, Andy Mill and Moose Barrows. In the women’s division, it was Lauraine Samuelson and Analiese Freeman. The top women’s team included Mary Lou Flater, Dorotha Spoon-er, Lynn Lawton and Laur-aine Samuelson with Cathy Douglas, Doris Bailey, Nancy Kindel and Maggie Finch taking second. In the men’s team competition, it was Andy Mill, Bob Holt, Mark Barlau and Brent Mohr taking first with the team of King Bare, Stan Harwood, William Smith and Ross Davis finishing second.Here were the summer rates for the Vail Golf Club – $9 for 18 holes and $6 for 9 holes. The 18-hole cart fee was $9 also.A new Bighorn home with four bedrooms, two baths plus a one bedroom, one bath apartment on a spacious one-half acre lot was going for $76,400. Also A luxurious two bedroom, three bath apartment at The Talisman was listed for $102,000. The Roost was also offering comfortable accommodations starting at $6 per person a day with weekly rates available.During the off season, a night on the town for dinner would probably find someone at Bobby Mac, The Bully III, Fulton Ironworks, The Harvest Table, Holly Vail, The Lodge at Vail, Toph’s Downstairs or The Red Lion Inn.THANKS FOR CHOOSING THE VAIL TRAIL!