Week of September 17, 1993
10 YEARS AGOThe Town of Vail made some headway on its plans to redevelop the Vail Commons area in West Vail. The plan, developed jointly with Safeway Inc., included a new 55,300 sq. ft. Safeway store and from 100 to 136 employee housing units. The 110,000 sq. ft. residential area would also include a small pool and clubhouse.The Avon council members unanimously approved two land deals. They agreed to purchase a vacant .65-acre parcel in the Benchmark subdivision for $260,000 from Buck Creek Association. They also ap-proved the purchase of 15 acres of land east of City Market at the site of the former STOLPORT for a garage and maintenance facility for town fleet vehicles. The $1.5 million purchase involved the town annexing 1,700 acres of surrounding land for possible residential development by EDM Limited Liability Com-pany who sold them the land.U.S. ski resorts posted a record 54 million skier visits during the 1992-93 ski season according to the National Ski Areas Association. Skier visits in the Rocky Mountain region in-creased by 5.2 percent compared to the previous season. The survey cited exceptional snow conditions as the primary impetus behind the record-setting numbers.VA trail crews had been hard at it cutting, burning and clearing trails all summer long at Beaver Creek and when the mountain opened for the ski season, skiers would be greeted with 75 acres of new terrain. Among them would be the 35-acre Harrier Trail which was part of the mountain’s original master plan.Overall season winners in the Bud Light-VBX Mountain Challenge Series were Dan McNeill, Mia Stockdale, Rob Steinke, Amy MacLean, Dale Mabley, Tim Jordan and Nicholas Peterson. The overall team winner was Cascade Sports.The Vail Mountain School was getting set for their annual home tour the upcoming weekend and would feature six residences including the penthouse of Beth and Rod Slifer.The Village Market closed its doors after 25 years in the Crossroads Shopping Center to make way for the new Alfalfa’s store which was set to open in November.20 YEARS AGOWeek of September 16, 1983FINALLY! The BMHS Huskies, under the direction of new head coach, Steve Moran, beat Soroco by the score 18-14 and thus snapped their 23 game losing streak which was Colorado’s longest losing streak. The jubilant Huskies were finally able to jump for joy for the first time in 2-1/2 years especially the six seniors, Scott Lamb, Matt Story, Sasha Moritz, Rusty Buick, Wade Lichliter and Andy Howe.The old mining town of Gilman and its patented mining claims were sold to a Canon City businessman for an undisclosed sum and ended more than a year of rumors about the pending sale. Neither the buyer, Glenn Miller or New Jersey Zinc officials would confirm or deny the report. Gulf and Western Industries, which owned New Jersey Zinc, curtailed silver mining operations in 1978 after the price of silver dropped and continued operations on a month-to-month basis until December of 1981 when all operations shut down.Vail Associates suffered a setback when plans for its new $8 million Golden Peak facility were tabled by the Town of Vail Planning and Environ-mental Commission. Although the commission appeared to favor the project, strong opposition by an ad hoc neighborhood group convinced the commission to wait until negotiations between VA and the group continued.John Naisbitt, economist and author of the bestseller “Megatrends” and Denver native, Marilyn Fergu-son, author of “The Aquarian Conspiracy” would be the keynote speakers at the upcoming 13th Annual Vail Symposium.Growing pains in Eagle County had gone beyond the ski slopes, subdivisions and highways and could now be seen in the county’s air space as well. Work was continuing on the new $12.5 million runway which was set for completion by 1987 and at the time was the highest-priced construction project in the county’s history. The new strip would be 7,000 feet long and 100 feet wide and able to handle large aircraft landings and takeoffs.The newly installed neighborhood mailboxes by the U.S. Post Office may need a return address. Al-ready 112 of the cluster units had been installed with plans for 231 more units, but the Design Review Board thought that they didn’t fit into the general architecture of the town so they nixed them. Vail’s Postmaster, Ernie Chavez, said he would appeal the decision to the town council and had stated that he would paint them a different color but after consulting with the manufacturers, that cost would be too prohibitive.PGA tour pro Tom Weis-kopf and Jay Moorish were in town to suggest some refinements to the Singletree Golf Club layout. Don Orrell and Nick Geankoplis were the VGA gross and net scoring leaders respectively but Byron Brown was named the Player of the Year. Meanwhile, Mark Fowler won the annual Vail Fall Invitational golf tournament.30 YEARS AGOWeek of September 14, 1973When Vail post office box holders checked their mail, they would find a special election information sheet dealing with the upcoming $8 million Vail bond issue election. The ballot would propose three issues providing for (1) the construction of a transportation center to be located on the present municipal parking lot, (2) the purchase of a 37 acre tract of land commonly known as the Antholz property to be used for cultural and recreational amenities and (3) an additional one cent sales tax increase to be earmarked for capital improvement projects provided for in the new Vail Master Plan.An estimated $7,000 was raised in the “Get On The Wagon For Water” benefit the previous week. Approximately 800 people showed up for the huge picnic and the monies raised would be used by the Colorado Rivers Council to oppose the Denver Water Board issue coming before Denver voters on November 6. They were asking Denver voters to approve a measure which would divert water from the Eagle/Piney area.Walter Kirch and Jay Utter formally opened their tennis courts at the Vail Racquet Club with more than 225 guests attending the affair.During the awards banquet at the Vail Golf Club, Frannie Crawford was declared the club champion and Nancy Kindel the low net champion. Maggie Finch won the match-play championship with Vi and Byron Brown winning the couples championship.Sue Rychel and Jim Colburn joined Choate and Turner Realty and among some of their listings were some Bighorn lots with stream frontage starting at $12,500 and a two bedroom, two bath Bighorn furnished apartment for $26,200.A night on the town might find you dining at Toph’s Downstairs featuring their homemade cannelloni along with Greek spaghetti and their lamb specialties. Or head on over to Vail’s hardest to find restaurant, Fulton Ironworks and enjoy their nightly specials for $6.75 per person which included French rolls, unlimited wine, fruit and cheese bowl. Of course, other popular establishments were La Pinata, Purcell’s, The Ore House, Bobby Mac’s, The Bully III, Red Lion Inn, Lancelot, Alain’s, Gasthof Gramshammer, The Lodge at Vail, Clock Tower Inn, St. Moritz and The Left Bank.
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