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Time Machine: 30 years ago, the developers of Adam’s Rib were unhappy with a newspaper article

The Adam’s Rib property made news this week, in both 2002 and 1992. In a Rocky Mountain News article 30 years ago, the project was described as having “almost lost credibility.”
Vail Daily Archive

5 years ago

Week of February 23, 2017

George Roberts, the new owner of a 170-acre parcel just south and east of Eagle County Regional Airport, floated several development ideas during a discussion with city council members of Gypsum. His ideas included an upscale RV park and a restricted-act neighborhood for people 55 and older.

The Town of Eagle held a town hall meeting for citizens to provide feedback on the community’s proposed Eagle River Park.



Eagle Valley High School’s Noah Hermosillo won the Class 3A state wrestling title in the 138-pound division.

10 years ago

Week of February 23, 2012



Eagle County was the first of 40 entities to sign the historic Colorado River Cooperative Agreement. The document addressed many water issues, from the Continental Divide to the Utah border.

Construction crews mobilized to the high-altitude aviation training site at Eagle County Regional Airport.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has moved from its old office west of Glenwood to its new state-of-the-art facility located off Canon Creek Interstate 70.

20 years ago

Week of February 21, 2002

The City of Eagle and Adam’s Rib promoter Fred Kummer were set to reach an out-of-court settlement in their ongoing litigation. The terms of the settlement called for the city to supply water to 60 homes and 30 caretaker units in the Kummer’s Frost Creek development and an additional 135 homes in the ranch property closer to town.

About 400 people turned out for a spaghetti dinner to benefit the proposed indoor skating rink at Eagle.

Coaches of the Eagle Valley High School Nordic Ski Team, Glen Ewing and Diane Argo, brought the team to Salt Lake City to watch the Olympic competition.

30 years ago

Week of February 27, 1992

Developers of the proposed Adam’s Rib Recreation Area objected to comments published in the Rocky Mountain News regarding the project. In an article about the proposed Lake Catamount ski area, the News noted that the planned resort would likely be the last ski area in Colorado to open in the 20th century. About Adam’s Rib, the newspaper reports: “Despite the reassurances of the promoters, the project has been on the drawing board for so long that it has lost almost all credibility.

A group of Eagle residents have strongly criticized a plan to operate a food vendor wagon at the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center.

Eagle Valley High’s wrestling team came from behind to win the 3A State Wrestling Title. Five Matmen Devils State Tournament medalists.

40 years ago

Week of February 25, 1982

Eagle Valley High School’s wrestling team racked up 116 points in the state tournament, steaming up the competition to win the state title. Ron Abby at 98 pounds, Victor Satterfield at 126 pounds and heavyweight Gordon Brown took state championship honors. Devils coach John Ramunno was named Class A Wrestling Coach of the Year.

Eagle’s Paul Kunkel won first place in the 50+ category of the Beaver Creek Telemarking Spectacular competition.

50 years ago

Week of February 24, 1972

A petition was circulating urging Eagle County commissioners to make immediate improvements to the county airport. The petition cited the need for a longer runway to accommodate larger aircraft.

A proposal by President Richard Nixon to create the 87,755 acre Eagles Nest Wilderness Areas has been forwarded to Congress. The proposed wilderness area was located in the Arapaho and White River National Forests.

Mike Simonds of the Ski Swap Shop announced a one-day sale at Eagle. He planned to set up the sale at Sharp’s Pool Hall and sell skis for as low as $7.50 a pair and boots from $5 a pair.

The Eagle Valley High School rodeo team began training for the season. The team planned to compete in 12 rodeos in 1972.

60 years ago

Week of February 22, 1962

Zurcher’s Lake, located at the west fork of Brush Creek south of Eagle, was at the center of a US tax lien dispute. The US government lien was over $80,000. At one point, the Colorado State Game and Fish Department attempted to obtain the property. Past owners of the lake included Anthony Snede and Otto Zurcher, who operated a mink farm on the property. “The lake is one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the region and is ideal for resort development,” the Enterprise reported. Zurcher Lake would later be renamed Sylvan Lake.

Residents of Burns have weighed in on the issue of the condition of the county’s roads. “You who live in cities don’t realize how lucky you are,” notes the community’s letter to the editor.

70 years ago

Week of February 21, 1952

The Loveland Tunnel Association held its first meeting in Glenwood Springs. The group’s mission was to rekindle interest in the proposal to build a tunnel under the Continental Divide.

Eagle County schools were wrapping up the basketball season with a tournament in Gypsum. A competition for primary schools was planned to kick off the event.

Meanwhile, the high school teams of Gypsum and McCoy were battling for fourth place honors at the Upper Colorado League Tournament. Minturn’s team faced Carbondale for the championship title.

The Wolcott Willing Workers Club raised $25 in a bake sale and members voted to donate $2 each to local heart, cancer and Red Cross fundraisers.

80 years ago

Week of February 20, 1942

A total of 443 Eagle County men have completed their military registration with the local Selective Services Board. Registration was compulsory nationwide for all men between the ages of 20 and 44.

The Eagle County High School Pirates outscored the Eagle High School Eagles, 42-13, in a home basketball game. “Eagle gave the Pirates a much better game than the score would indicate,” the Enterprise reported.

The Eagle County Chapter of the American Red Cross raised more than $2,100 for the War Relief Fund.

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