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Time Machine: 80 years ago, the US Navy needed sharp-eyed men to operate a new ‘secret weapon’

A military Jeep parades through Camp Hale in this World War II photo.
Eagle County Historical Society/Eagle Valley Library District

New technology could ‘locate the position of enemy aircraft and ships at great distances’

Cutline: This billboard was displayed at Camp Hale in Eagle County during World War II

5 years ago

Week of April 6, 2017

At Gypusm, 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirits has opened a new tasting room and distillery.

The Town of Gypsum hosted an open house to discuss recreational trail planning along the US Bureau of Land Management property located between the community and the nearby town of Eagle.

Clearwater Ventures and Eagle Valley Clean Energy have submitted a bill for $186,000 to the City of Gypsum for costs associated with a condemnation action that was overturned by the Eagle County District Court.

10 years ago

Week of April 6, 2012

Yuri Kostick was elected Mayor of Eagle and Anne McKibbin, Brandi Resa and Joe Knable were elected to seats on the Eagle Town Board of Directors.

In Gypsum, voters elected Gary Lebo, Tom Edwards and Beric Christianson to the city council.

The City of Gypsum announced Thompson Square as the main performer for the 2012 Gypsum Daze concert.

The Colorado Department of Transportation was nearing completion of the new USHighway 6 bridge located one mile east of Eagle.

20 years ago

Week of April 4, 2002

Only 35 people voted in Eagle’s municipal election. There were no contested races and John Stavney, Steven Richards and Paul Witt were elected.

Brad and Dominique Jones and Becky Puhl were the first residents to purchase townhouses under the Local Housing Program at Eagle Ranch. The program planned to build another 33 restricted-act units in the development.

The Eagle Valley High School baseball team bombarded the Summit County team 22-2. Senior Michael Bernhardt hit two triples in the match.

30 years ago

Week of April 9, 1992

In a very tight race, Eagle voters elected a new mayor. Bill Cunningham garnered 95 votes to Ken Long’s 89 votes and Mike Dolan’s 80 votes in the race. Larry McKinzie, Glen Ewing, Roxie Deane and Rick Dunford were elected to city council.

With Cunningham’s election, Eagle Mayor Jim Seabry handed over the gavel after serving for 12 years. Seabry was a seasoned county politician. During the 1960s, Seabry won one of the area’s most famous races, beating two other candidates for Eagle County sheriff, even though he ran a write-in campaign.

In Gypsum, brothers Richard and Robert Mayne were both elected to the town council.

Justine Lanae Sheehy made her arrival in dramatic fashion. She was born about 100 yards on the side of the West Vail I-70 exit during a severe spring snowstorm.

40 years ago

Week of April 8, 1982

Bill Erickson, Paul Haynes and Kathy Heicher were elected to the Eagle Town Board of Directors. Gypsum voters overwhelmingly approved a Home Rule Charter question and elected Purley Bertroch, Dick Morris, Tom Secrest and Steven Lanyon.

Ed Haug has resigned as principal of Eagle Valley Middle School. He had worked at the school for two years.

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners has announced plans for a seniors’ housing complex in Eagle.

Colorado Business Magazine reported that First Bank of Eagle County was ranked sixth in the state for return on commercial bank equity. The magazine also noted that the bank was ranked 132nd in total deposits, totaling around $22 million. The bank declared a return on investment of 36.6%.

50 years ago

Week of April 7, 1972

Eagle voters elected Charles Miller as mayor and Ralph Boynton, Pat Carlow, Terry Nunn and Ned Oyler to city council

“Once again, the possibility of a swimming pool at Eagle will be explored. This time the Eagle Lions Club is taking over,” the Enterprise reported.

The HW Lewis store announced its “everyday low prices,” including 59 cents for a half-gallon of milk, 39 cents for a six-pack of soda and 65 cents for a pound of ground beef.

60 years ago

Week of April 5, 1962

Eagle voters elected Cecil Cole, ND Morgan, Walt Swanson, Bob Shelton, John Beasley and Wayne Randall to city council. John Hirz ran unopposed in the mayoral race.

Eagle Valley High School’s Loren Chambers and McCoy High School’s Mike Spitelli were named to the Colorado River B League Basketball All-Star Team.

Koonce Chevrolet Sales Team Member Bob Shelton has been named to the Legion of Leaders Honor Club, Chevy’s highest business honor.

Films shown at the Eagle Theater were “The Comancheros” starring John Wayne and “A Town Without Pity” starring Kirk Douglas.

70 years ago

Week of April 3, 1952

The Holy Cross Electric Association hoped to restore service to the air traffic light at the top of Castle Peak. The beacon had been without power since heavy snowfall and high winds on January 1.

American Legion Post 150 and its Auxiliary Unit hosted the annual Western Slope Convention with units from Fruita, Grand Junction, Palisade, Mesa County, Colbran, Grand Valley, Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt, Aspen and Bond participating

Members of the Brush Creek Home Demonstration Club staged the play “Henry’s Mail Order Wife”.

“Encouraged by the resounding success of last Friday’s performance of ‘Quiz Me Again’, seniors at Eagle County High School plan to perform the play again at Glenwood,” the Enterprise reported.

80 years ago

Week of April 3, 1942

“All available information indicates that the $5 million US Army encampment will be established at Pando, six miles east of Red Cliff, Eagle County. begin,” the Enterprise reported. “It is envisioned that this camp will not only be skiing, but also training in mountaineering and all other phases of mountain warfare and mountain maneuvers.”

In national news, the U.S. Navy announced that it needed 5,000 sharp-eyed men between the ages of 17 and 50 with knowledge of radio to operate a new kind of “secret weapon” that could locate the position of enemy aircraft and ships at great distances.