Week of November 5, 1993
10 YEARS AGO Vail Mountain was slated to open on November 6, one week earlier than its scheduled opening. The recent cold weather had allowed them to make snow virtually every night for the past two weeks according to Chris Ryman, senior vice president of mountain operations. The previous year, Vail opened with excellent snow after big storms in late October and early November pounded the area. Beaver Creek was still slated to open on November 20.The real estate ads were enticing talking about property backing up to or surrounded by BLM or National Forest land. But with public-private land trades being proposed with seemingly increased frequency, could buyers assume that those adjacent public lands would always remain open and undeveloped. That was the subject of our cover story.Our Streetbeat question asked five locals what they though about the new Eagle County mail-in ballot system. All five responded favorably to it.Vail Associates’ contention that its proposed Super Bowl expansion would not add a significant number of new skiers would likely be contested over the next few months. Forest Service officials were expecting to receive a letter that would trigger public review of the expansion plans. The key issues would likely be habitat for lynx which was considered a threatened species and the off-site impact.The VVMC hired a firm to seek public input on local health care and Warren Garbe stepped down as the general manager of the Upper Eagle Valley Consolidated Sanitation District. Dennis Gelvin was appointed as the interim general manager.An open house was held at the new Denver branch of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic which was located in the Swedish Healthwork building in Southeast Denver. Some of those pictured included Dr. Richard Steadman, Dr. Richard Hawkins, Dr. Theodore Schlegel, Dr. Martin Boublik and Lyon Steadman.Zehren and Associates won the 1993 W.O.O.D. award for the Pinehurst development. But the firm had also won awards for Trapper’s Cabin, SaddleRidge and Two Elk Restaurant. The final touches were put on the two bridges up to the new Mountain Star development at a price tag of nearly $1.2 million. Con-struction of several homes was expected to begin in the spring.A number of locals were busy rehearsing for the upcoming “Fresh Fruit” talent show that would be held at Garton’s on November 11 and 12.20 YEARS AGOWeek of November 4, 1983Avon and Eagle County officials made a last minute request to the Vail Town Council to earmark $15,000 for the LIFT bus service in 1984 as they prepared to pass a $12.9 million budget. The council slashed the LIFT’s request in half to $7,500. Residents were also seeking funding for the Lionshead improvement project; matching funds for the improvements at the intersection of Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive and for the Vail Institute.Vail Town Manager, Rich Caplan, confirmed that he had applied for a manager’s job in the San Francisco area earlier in the year, but also stated that he was not pursuing anything else at this time. He said he was invited to apply for the job by a friend who was elected to the town council of the unnamed town. During his 4-1/2 years tenure, Caplan had maintained a low profile and for the most part had avoided controversy.Officials said that the fire that did more than $350,000 in damage to a house on the Vail Golf Course was the work of an arsonist. It was obvious that someone splashed some sort of flammable liquid in the kitchen and dining room before lighting the fire from the outside. The house was owned by Mike Leprino of Golden. The loss from the fire was the biggest ever for an arson fire to date and the biggest fire in town since 1977.Officials and real estate developers from Eagle-Vail to Edwards met to try and whip up support for a down-valley marketing effort – something they said had been neglected by the Vail Resort Association.An open house was planned for Eagle County’s new modular jail which was located behind the county courthouse on Broadway in Eagle. The new facility had 20 beds and would serve until December of 1984 when the county’s new $4.5 million Justice Center would be completed. Despite protests from local homeowners, the Colorado Department of Highways was going ahead with plans to install an electronic sign board on I-70.Despite a loss in the final game of the regular season, coach John Ramunno and his Eagle Valley Devils were headed to the playoffs after a 7-1 record. They would be squaring off against Hotchkiss in the first round. They would be depending on a balanced attack and not just the running of Bob Ross who finished the season second in the state for overall rushing with 1,542 yards and an 8.2 average. He also was second in scoring with 24 touchdowns and 144 points.Ski Club Vail reported the best ski swap in the club’s history and also hosted its annual Halloween Party at Shadow’s.30 YEARS AGOWeek of November 2, 1973The Vail Clinic Fund Raising Drive got off to a hearty send off with a generous $5,000 contribution from Jack Fritzlen of CMI, Inc. which he presented Gordon Brittan. Six incumbents and eight new candidates announced their intentions to seek the open council seats. Those seeking reelection included John Dobson, John Donovan, Joseph Langmaid, Josef Staufer, Tom Steinberg and Gerry White. The others were Dudley Abbot, Bill Bishop, Rob Buterbaugh, Dick Elias, Sheika Gram-shammer, Kathy Klug, Roger LaCroix and Merv Lapin. The election was set for November 20 and would be the first one under the new Home Rule Charter. Com-pensation at the time was $150 per month for council members and $350 per month for the mayor position.In a surprise move by the Town of Vail, officials terminated the franchise agreement with Community Television Investments, Inc. (CTI) operators of Vail Cable Television and would be sending bids for a new franchise to representatives of the cable television industry throughout the nation.We featured a wedding picture of Jessie Elliott who married David Edeen on October 6 at the Vail Interfaith Chapel and Jean and Chuck Hickox took over ownership of the Crossroads Liquor Store from Irene and Hemmie Westbye.A frequent question asked by new people in the area since the merger between the Friends of the Schools of Vail and Communities Concerned for Education of Minturn, Avon, and Red Cliff was “who and what” are the Friends of the Schools. Gail Crowder tried to answer the question in a story entitled the “ABC’s of Friends of the Schools.”Bob Lazier prevailed and took top honors in a Super Vee raced which was a co-feature to the Los Angeles Grand Prix in Riverside, California. His average speed of 103.322 mph set a new Riverside Formula Super Vee record.On the entertainment scene, Fred Worthington was strumming the guitar nightly at Pepi’s Bar and serving up some great dinners were such notable restaurants as Purcell’s, Ichiban, Lancelot, Alfie Packer’s, The Ore House, The Lodge at Vail, Bully III, Alain’s and Fulton Ironworks.Finally, Sigi Kraus and Markus Gatter of The Red Lion competed in and won the Denver Culinary Art Show.THINK SNOW!
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