Week of September 10, 1993
10 YEARS AGOEagle County voters would be facing a long list of proposals in the fall to either increase taxes or spend taxes previously approved. In our cover story we were asking the question could they pass? From schools to buses to a convention center, voters would be deciding the fate of more projects than perhaps ever before in the county’s history. Most, but not all, would call for tax increases, and by far, the Eagle County School District had the most substantial package in front of the voters with three separate questions that would collectively raise up to $7.8 million annually, paying for three or even more new schools and upgrading others.Vail Associ-ates purchased 500 acre-feet of water from the mothballed Climax Molyb-denum Com-pany and plan-ned to use it for snowmaking at Vail and Beaver Creek. The price tag on the new Town of Vail police building was estimated to be about $213,500 more than allocated for the project. The council agreed to finance $140,000 of the increase through interest earned on the bond funds and then would loan the police department the remaining $73,500 interest free, to be repaid within five years.For the sixth year in a row, Ski Magazine ranked Vail the No. 1 resort in North America. Beaver Creek was ranked 10th and was the first time it had made the magazine’s top ten list. Construction continued on the upper terminal of The Pride, a new high-speed quad lift on Vail Mountain with its lower terminal located in the Lionshead area.Volunteers fished out 5,000 rubber ducks that made their way down Gore Creek and marked the largest turn-out of ducks competing for prizes. The winning duck belonged to Peggy Bair.Greg Kelley, co-director of Vail Paragliding, was headed to Aspen to compete in the U.S. National Paragliding Championships. He wasn’t exactly on his home turf, but he knew the area well because he had earned his wings through the Aspen Paragliding School. The Country Club of the Rockies held their annual club championships and they went to George Gillett and Liz Davis along with couples champions, Ann and Bob Haney.The River Ridge development in Gypsum was offering single-family houses selling for a base price of $99,900 and for that price, you got four levels of living space counting an unfinished loft and large sublevel and a view of the Eagle River and the Sawatch Range. At the time, land sales were brisk in the western end of the valley.20 YEARS AGOWeek of September 9, 1983The hotly contested Oldenburg sculpture got the “green light” from the Vail Town Council, but the approval was only an “okay” for a private group headed by Fitzhugh Scott and Chuck Rosenquist to take over the responsibility for the $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant and to go ahead with raising the necessary money and construction plans. The proposed sculpture was for a 60-foot metal fishing pole connected by a cable to a tin can (about the size of a 50 gallon drum) in the middle of Gore Creek planned for Lions-head. Meanwhile, thanks to the coverage of the project in The Vail Trail the whole thing had gained Vail some free national publicity.In our weekly Streetbeat column, we asked the question of “What steps should be taken against the Soviet Union for shooting down the North Korean passenger plane?”The budding pine beetle epidemic in Eagle County apparently had run its course on Cross Creek and in the Minturn area according to Forest Service officials, but they predicted a few more “Tigiwons.” Tigiwon Road area, a mile south of Minturn, was hard hit by the invading beetles that created large brown blotches of dying trees on the mountain.Longtime sheep and cattle rancher, Perry Olsen, agreed to sell approximately 10,000 acres of prime grazing land north of Wolcott near the talked about reservoir site.Don Thomas, a Vail Mountain Rescue Group member, was killed in a 200-ft. fall while climbing Mt. Powell alone.Work began on the Eagle County modular jail located behind the county courthouse. The facility would accommodate about 20 prisoners.The Eagle Valley Devils beat the Battle Mountain Huskies under the new head coach, Steve Moran in the opening football game of the season and the loss extended the Huskies winless streak to 23 consecutive games. It was the Colo-rado’s longest losing string. Rob LeVine captured the championship at the Vail Golf Club with Rich Hall winning the First Flight. Potato Patch Tennis Club pro Toni Novack and her husband, Mike, were named the coaches for the Jacksonville University tennis teams.30 YEARS AGOWeek of September 7, 1973Mayor John Dobson announced that Leavell-Manor Vail had withdrawn its motion to have the Antholz condemnation proceedings dismissed which cleared the way for the condemnation case hearing on December 10, 1973. The fate of the 37-some-acres would be decided by a board of three “commissioners” chosen by the judge. The Antholz property figured as a major part of the newly completed Vail Master Plan. Three million dollars’ worth of municipal bonds would be sold to purchase the property for municipal uses if the Vail voters agreed and the price set by the court was right.It was also time for the “Big Tube Race” on Gore Creek. Contestants would be meeting at Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive and at the sound of a shotgun, would run to Gore Creek, enter at a specified point with their tube, continue down stream to Lionshead, exit at the skier bridge and then dash to the finish line near the gondola stairway. What was in it for the winner – a Shakespeare fishing rod and reel. Oh…those were the good ol’ days!We introduced “Fang” to our wonderful readership. “Fang” was a duck owned by none other than Tom “T.S.” Simon and would be seen following his master everywhere he went. “T.S.” rescued the duck from a coin tossing booth at Frontier Days in Cheyenne for a mere $1.30. Unfortu-nately, “Fang” met his untimely demise during recess while attending “country day school” in Wolcott at the hands of a dog named “Rags.”Members of the Ski Club Vail Junior Racing Program were pictured mulching the three new trails in the Northeast Bowl awaiting skiers for their season ski passes. They were required to work four full eight-hour days of work for the pass.Tom Gauntlett and Allen Knox won low gross and low net divisions respectively in the annual Vail Golf Club Championships.Bob Lazier placed third in the heat and sixth in the feature races of a Super V race held at the Pocono International Speedway in Pennsylvania and was quickly earning a reputation as the best small bore car driver in America. His next race would be the L&M Formula 5000 at the Kent International Speedway in Seattle and would be driving a Lola T330. Another Vail racer receiving recognition was Eddie Miller who was racing in the Formula A series.Here’s a sample of some of the lots for sale at the time in the 11th Filing. Lot 3 along Gore Creek, $18,000; Lot 4, $15,000; Lot 8, 1/2 acre zoned duplex, $15,500 and Lot 10, east of the Vail golf course and along stream, $13,500. Of course there were some great Vail Racquet Club one bedroom apartments for sale which included memberships between $24,950 to $29,450.