Time Machine: 80 years ago, the army considered Pando as a possible site for the training camp of ski soldiers

Troops of the 10th Mountain Division train at Camp Hale during World War II. When they returned home from the fighting, these soldiers are credited with creating the modern American ski industry, including the development of Vail.
Vail Daily Archive

5 years ago

Week of March 9, 2017

In a 3-3 split vote, Gypsum City Council rejected a proposal to build a 473-unit apartment complex in the Stratton Flats neighborhood. Edwards’ Polar Star Development planned to revamp the plan and bring it back for reconsideration.

A resident of the Willowstone neighborhood in Gypsum recorded mountain lions on his backyard game camera, prompting city officials to issue a warning about the animals’ presence in residential areas.

The Gypsum Creek Golf Course has opened, marking its 20th season of operation.

10 years ago

Week of March 8, 2012

Eagle’s April mayoral election was to feature races for mayor and city council seats. Incumbent Mayor Ed Woodland was facing a challenge from Yuri Kostick and there were eight candidates for the three council seats.

The race for Gypsum City Council drew seven candidates for four vacant seats. Prospects included starters Tom Edwards, Gary Lebo and Kyle Hall. Newcomers included Beric Christiansen, Jim Kinser, Stanley McElderry and Ross Graves.

For the first time ever, a Boeing 767 landed at Eagle County Regional Airport. The commercial flight was a charter from Washington DC

20 years ago

Week of March 7, 2002

Local teachers have expressed concerns about the Eagle County School District’s plan to institute a pay-for-performance plan in the fall. The district had selected the teacher promotion program, developed by the Milken Family Foundation, to respond to the pay-for-performance proposal voters passed in a 2006 ballot.

Gypsum resident Randy Ward won a year-long supply of dog food in the Purina Dog Show Incredible Dog Challenge.

Well done! The Vail Valley Music Festival donated $1,000 worth of percussion instruments to the Gypsum Elementary School Music Program.

The Eagle Valley High School boys’ basketball team qualified for the Sweet 16 state competition after beating a scrappy team from University High School.

30 years ago

Week of March 12, 1992

Enough candidates have surfaced to guarantee municipal elections in Eagle and Gypsum. In Eagle, there was a three-way race for mayor with Bill Cunningham, Ken Long and Mike Dolan.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission has considered a new regulation that would ban feeding deer, elk and most other big game. The proposed new rule specifically stated that “no person shall place, deposit, distribute or scatter salt, mineral grains, hay or other food in such a manner as to intentionally constitute a lure, attraction or inducement to the large game”.

40 years ago

Week of March 11, 1982

Eldon Bindley and Richard Turgeon were the candidates for mayor of Gypsum in the spring elections.

The Eagle Valley High School women’s basketball team lost the district championship game to West Grand by a score of 61-50.

Cloud seeding operations aimed at increasing snowfall in Vail and Beaver Creek have resumed. The program stopped in December when the US Soil Conservation Service report showed adequate snowpack in the area.

50 years ago

Week of March 9, 1972

“Winter’s wildest storm cut short the efforts of 20 veterans of the 10th Mountain Division to ski tour from Camp Hale to Vail, but the former ski soldiers proved, beyond a doubt, that they still had the robust morale and physical condition of any group of skiers who are half their age,” reports the Enterprise.

There were five candidates for the three open seats on the Eagle Town board, but the only candidate for mayor was CW Miller.

Recently released data from the 1970 census showed that there were 3,257 housing units in Eagle County and of these, 1,961 households reported having at least one television.

The Eagle Brownies troupe announced that they would be sponsoring a spring fashion show to raise money for members to take swimming lessons. The show was scheduled at the Eagle Community House.

60 years ago

Week of March 9, 1962

“Eight U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Game and Fish Department employees escaped possible death when a snowcat they were driving was buried under a snow avalanche in Flat Tops country,” the Enterprise reported. The machine remained upright when the avalanche hit, but it took the eight men three hours to free it.

Edwards’ Leo Hargrave purchased the 300-acre CC Black Ranch east of Eagle. The purchase included the livestock and grazing permit for the operation.

“Lady Luck smiled the wrong way and Carbondale smiled back and Eagle Valley Junior High dropped their fantastic offer for a perfect season,” the Enterprise reported. The Pirates boys’ basketball team took second place in the district tournament with a season-high 14 wins and one loss.

70 years ago

Week of March 6, 1952

The Eagle Playhouse community theater troupe has scheduled an Irish minstrel performance in the school gymnasium.

Colorado Game Warden Jack Combs investigated the killing of more than 35 deer heads in the Gypsum area. A pack of marauding dogs was suspected in the murders.

Eagle’s Jimmy Waton was having a lousy winter. “Our deepest condolences to a city boy this week, who suffered from a case of measles, and he was truly miserable at it, only for the insult to add to the injury. When the last bump subsided, a jawbone popped out with mumps.

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners has appointed Dr. LW Simmonds as Deputy County Health Officer. The measure was taken in an effort to curb the spread of scarlet fever in the lower Aigle Valley.

80 years ago

Week of March 5, 1942


The Eagle Park military camp in Pando is once again in preparation. Whether it is primarily intended for winter camp to train soldiers in ski combat or other use is not announced,” The Enterprise reported.

Home nursing classes, sponsored by the local American Red Cross, were planned at Eagle. “Other classes will begin across the county as soon as road and weather conditions permit.”