Time Machine: 40 years ago, a hint of Homestake II patronage based on shoes

5 years ago

June 3, 2017

A Denver-based developer has detailed its $70 million plan to build a 200-room hotel on the Folsom property next to the Ascent Building on Highway 6 in Avon, near the entrance to Beaver Creek.

Developer Branko Mocevic said his company originally planned to build the project in 2008, but the economic downturn derailed that plan.

Mocevic said a lot of excavation would be involved in the plan, which is expected to be completed by 2021.

10 years ago

May 31, 2012

Vail Resorts (NYSE:MTN) stock received a boost after investment bank Stifel Nicolaus raised its rating on the stock to “buy” after two months of steady decline for MTN.

“With Vail shares down 12% over the past two months (vs. the S&P down 5%), we believe this has created an attractive entry point as we head into the season. 2012-13 ski season,” said a Vail Resorts stock analyst. Stifel Nicolaus wrote.

On May 31, 2012, MTN closed at $43.47, down from a previous close of $41.49 before the rating upgrade.

20 years ago

June 4, 2002

A new management plan for the White River National Forest has been released by the US Forest Service, detailing how the area will be managed in the future.

US Representative Scott McInnis (R-CO) claimed victory in his objections to the draft proposal’s limitations on ski area extensions, with the final plan allowing for extensions.

Beaver Creek saw the addition of McCoy Park to the boundary of the ski area, “opening the door for its development as a beginner and intermediate ski terrain”, the Vail Daily reported on June 5, 2002.

Wilderness Workshop criticized the Forest Service for caving in to pressure from the ski industry and “industry-backed politicians.”

A glimpse of McCoy Park in Beaver Creek on its first day open to skiers in 2022. A 2002 management plan for the White River National Forest was the first step in a long process to install chair lifts in McCoy Park.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

30 years ago

June 5, 1992

William Lobdell, editor of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot, warned readers to avoid Vail, especially in May. Lobdell said the city’s malls look like Disneyland sets. “The makeup of the town is about two-thirds condos, one-third T-shirt shops. Without skiing, which stopped on April 15, Vail would have no reason to exist,” Lobdell wrote.

Week of May 31 to June 6, 1992

A human skeleton thought to be up to 4,800 years old has been excavated from the Bureau of Land Management property in Eagle County near State Bridge. The skeleton had been discovered years earlier and had been dug up for study by anthropologists at Colorado State University. The Middle Park Times reported that a representative of the Colorado Indian Commission attended the exhumation of the skeleton and blessed the site and the excavators.

40 years ago

June 4, 1982

About 400 people gathered in the Minturn Middle School gymnasium for a public meeting with the U.S. Forest Service regarding the Homestake II water diversion project.

“Most of those gathered spoke out against Aurora and Colorado Springs’ plan to divert 20,783 acre-feet of waterways in the Holy Cross Wilderness,” the Vail Trail reported.

Moderator Vic Weyers, coordinator of Glenwood’s US Forest Service project, was accused of being in favor of the project on the basis that he wore patent leather shoes at the meeting.

The Forest Service tape recorder malfunctioned during the meeting and was unable to record public comments, but a White River National Forest representative said a number of people were taking notes and that most of the comments had been recorded.

US Forest Service’s Vic Weyers (center, standing) was accused of supporting the Homestake II water diversion project based on his shoe choice during a meeting in the Minturn Middle School gymnasium on 4 June 1982.
Vail Daily Archive

50 years ago

June 2, 1972

The City of Vail announced that sales tax collections for the first quarter of 1972 had increased significantly from 1971.

During the first quarter of 1971 (January to March), sales tax collected on all sales was $168,334. During the same three-month period in 1972, a total of $214,791 was collected.

Vail Associates also reported an increase in tax revenue from lifting operations, with March 1972 up 29% from March 1971.

60 years ago

June 2, 1962

Two escapees from Golden Boys’ School stole a car and drove to Eagle County.

Once in Eagle, they abandoned their stolen car near the Catholic Church and stole another car from Lloyd Greves’ home at 5th and Broadway in Eagle while Greves was working at the Eagle Theater.

The boys were arrested and imprisoned two days later in Grand Junction.

70 years ago

June 3, 1952

The King Mt. Reservoir Dam near McCoy failed, discharging 600 acre feet of water into the town of McCoy.

“The dam burst around 9 p.m., and its rushing waters carried cabins, livestock and poultry on its rush up the Colorado River,” Eagle Valley Enterprise reported.

The flood destroyed a dormitory and several cabins and bridges in McCoy. No deaths have been reported.

80 years ago

Week of May 31 to June 6, 1942

Eagle County worked to organize a civil defense initiative following a packed meeting in the Eagle County courtroom in which the state fire instructor spoke about the importance for local communities to organize against aerial invasion.

Local defense was emphasized because “through Eagle County runs one of the four transcontinental railroads, which is certainly a vital point for national defense”, reported the Eagle Valley Enterprise on June 5, 1942 .

Eagle Mayor Charles G. Byers called a subsequent meeting at which he appointed men to take charge of various departments of the Civil Defense Corps.

120 years ago

June 1, 1902

A train traveling on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad through Eagle County struck a rock on a section of track about 4 miles east of Shoshone and plunged into the Colorado River (then known as the of Grand).

Don F. Williams, of Gunnison, was killed in the wreckage.

Eagle County businessman JW Riley was a passenger on the train and enlisted the aid of local rancher Frank Allen, who kept a small boat at his nearby ranch, to rescue river people, including the train driver.

The locomotive was completely submerged in the river and two cars were partially submerged, the Eagle County Blade reported.

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