Time Machine: 20 years ago, a missing 2-year-old boy is found after an intense search

A big storm in May rocked the High Country and wreaked havoc on Vail Pass five years ago.
Chris Dillmann Archive / Vail Daily

5 years ago

A late May storm dropped feet of wet snow in Eagle County, with more falls at higher elevations, the Vail Daily reported.

The storm that started Wednesday evening May 17 left the city of Vail on crash alert until mid-afternoon Thursday. Lots of hard-to-plow snow also closed Vail Pass for most of Thursday morning.

Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Tracy Trulove said plow crews were operating at full power along the Interstate 70 mountain corridor, but several factors combined to make travel difficult — including under-tired vehicles, with many local residents and state drivers already having their snow tires removed for the year.

10 years ago

Week of May 10, 2012

City market officials responded to a local rumor that the grocery chain was considering exiting Eagle. The representative said the supermarket had no plans to leave the community and was in fact interested in expanding its existing store.

The fourth annual Eagle Get Out Expo was scheduled to return next weekend with mountain bike races, a community benefit ride and other activities.

As voters prepared to vote on the latest Eagle River station project, Eagle Town board members launched a review of the traffic impacts associated with the proposed residential proposal in Haymeadow.

20 years ago

Week of May 9, 2002

After an intense two-hour search through the gypsum, Holy Cross Energy meter reader Lori Martin found a 2-year-old boy who had disappeared from this house. The Gypsum Fire Department, Western Eagle County Ambulance District, and Colorado National Guard High Altitude Aviation Training Site were all involved in the search, along with personnel from the Gypsum Town Hall and other community volunteers.

Voters approved a property tax increase for the Western Eagle County Metropolitan District. The factory tax increase was to generate an additional $3 million over four years to pay for recreation facilities at Eagle And Gypsum.

The Rotary Club of Vail/Eagle Valley was organizing a “School Chests for Afghanistan” project. Rotarians hoped to send 400 chests full of school supplies to the nation.

30 years ago

Week of May 14, 1992

Three candidates applied for the Eagle County School Board vacancy created by the resignation of Lissa Mackintosh. The candidates were Gary Patrick, Jim Owens and Janet Rivera.

Two Eagle Valley High School students have issued an apology for inserting profane dialogue into the school production of “A Perfect Murder.” The pair said they made the additions because they thought the play dragged on opening night. “What he ended up doing was irritating and offending the whole community. Nobody knew they were going to do that. It surprised everyone,” said Ivan Kershner, director of the ‘Eagle Valley High School.

Sweetwater’s Myrnellis and Gene Trump celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

40 years ago

Week of May 13, 1982

Republican Mary Walker has announced her candidacy for Eagle County Treasurer. She had been employed in the county treasurer’s office for six years.

The Eagle Town board negotiated a pay rate of $75 an hour with newly hired town attorney Ed Sands.

The results of the Metropolitan District of Avon election changed when council members voted to count 11 absentee ballots that had not previously been included. With all 11 ballots, Michael S. Blair beat Steve Erickson by one vote for a district council seat.

50 years ago

Week of May 11, 1972

“Eagle County is a rapidly growing region that will become one of Colorado’s premier centers for recreational development,” predicted Richard Wellington at the opening of the RW Land Surveying Company in downtown Eagle.

Dean Walker has joined the Eagle County ASC committee. He was elected to this position in December 1971.

Eagle’s Jake Norton was named Seller of the Week by Holsum Bread.

Miami Dolphins defensive backfielders Dick Anderson and Jack Scott purchased the Colorado River Ranch property once owned by Duke Schultz.

Week of May 10, 1962

Eagle County Treasurer Forrest Cave announced he would not run again. Cave planned to retire after nearly 40 years of public service. He was first appointed county treasurer in 1937 and has held that position continuously ever since.

Laurene Knupp, a teacher at Eagle Elementary School, was initiated into the Alpha Epsilon chamber at Delta Kappa Gamma.

A high temperature of 81 degrees was recorded in Eagle on May 10. The day also saw the lowest temperature of the week – 29 degrees.

Promotions at Stanley’s Cash Store included a pound of Mayfair potato chips for 39 cents.

70 years ago

Week of May 8, 1952

Eagle’s Denny Eaton purchased nine Eagle Town lots from HK Brooks. Brooks had purchased lots from Eagle County during the winter of 1951. The lots were the former site of the county’s garage and maintenance sites. “Eaton has announced plans to develop the property,” the Enterprise reported.

CE Kennedy, owner of the Eagle Valley Harness and Shoe Shop, has announced that he is building an addition to his business. The store was located on Broadway with plans for a two-story addition.

80 years ago

Week of May 8, 1942

Eagle’s newly elected mayor and council called their first meeting. Mayor Chas Byers began proceedings with the board, electing GG Rice as acting mayor. Ed Long was reappointed Town Marshal and Superintendent of Waterworks and GG Roberts was reappointed Treasurer. George White was appointed town clerk.

The US Forest Service held a meeting to appoint fire rangers for specific districts in Eagle County. Forty-five local men agreed to help with the effort.

“Eagle County has been known since its inception as a metal producing county and last week we began to realize what that phrase really entailed,” the Enterprise reported. “To date, 175 tons of scrap metal have been collected and sold by county residents – enough metal to keep the Pueblo Steel Mill running at full capacity.”

The Will to Win USO campaign was scheduled to begin on May 11. “We cannot win this war by machines alone. It takes the will of a spirited fighting army to get the job done. Boredom and monotony for our armed forces are dangerous enemies… We owe each of the 4 million men we have in uniform the services, which cost only 66 cents a month, which the USO will provide.

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