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Time Machine: 50 years ago, Vail filmmaker Roger Brown spoke out against trans-mountainous water diversions

A cartoon from the June 23, 1972 edition of the Vail Trail newspaper.
Vail Daily Archive

5 years ago

June 22, 2017

Cheer! Vail celebrated its 30th birthday. Composer Edgar Meyer heard Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields perform his work in front of a crowd for the first time on opening night, which was also streamed on Facebook in another first for Bravo ! Vail.

June 26, 2017



Trout Unlimited announced that the Abrams Creek Restoration Project in Gypsum has received $190,500 in grants. The project created a pipeline to the Buckhorn Valley neighborhood of Gypsum to let more flows into Abrams Creek to benefit the creek’s native cutthroat trout population.

10 years ago

June 21, 2012



The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management launched a full structure protection mission, with air support, in the Wildridge neighborhood after concerned residents reported a sighting of smoke in the air north of the community.

“The report turned out to be nothing, but these kinds of responses are needed as the state faces record-breaking drought conditions, forests full of pine beetle-killed trees and other dead fuels. and dry and to wildfires already burning around the state,” the Vail Daily reported.

20 years ago

June 22, 2002



Part-time resident of Beaver Creek, Steve Fossett was clocked at 78 mph in a hot air balloon over the South Pacific, about a quarter of his way to becoming the first person to solo fly around the world in a balloon.

30 years ago

June 26, 1992

Vail expressed fear of losing its bid to host the 1999 Alpine Skiing World Championships due to corruption.

“George Gillett calls it ‘vote inducements,’ while others less politely call it bribes,” the Vail Trail reported. “But whatever its name, the vote brokering policy among delegates to the FIS congress in Budapest, Hungary earlier this month has Vail delegates worried.”

The fact that Gillett, which owned Vail Mountain before filing for bankruptcy in 1991, was part of Vail’s delegation to Budapest sent a message to FIS, Vail Valley Foundation President John Garnsey said.

“It sent a message that the old team was still intact and these guys were serious,” Garnsey told the Vail Trail.

40 years ago

June 23, 1982

A single-engine plane, belonging to a Phoenix dentist who allegedly flew to Vail to speak at a dental conference, landed illegally at the Avon STOLport.

Because a previous incident at the Avon runway involved a plane suddenly taking off and fleeing the scene when it was supposed to taxi to a nearby truck to be moved, the Phoenix dentist’s plane was chained for that the county was consulting with the Federal Aviation Administration regarding penalties for illegal landing.

The Avon Stolport was clearly marked as prohibited on the airman’s cutaway charts and it was not an emergency landing, said Rocky Mountain Airways district manager Timothy Mooney, who had the exclusive use of the track.

50 years ago

June 23, 1972

Colorado filmmaker Roger Brown urged “Denver residents who are friends of Vail” to vote no on a Denver Water Board bond measure to allow more trans-mountain diversions from the West Rim to the Front Range .

Brown warned of hijackings occurring in proposed wilderness areas for Eagles Nest and Holy Cross if the bail measure were passed.

The column was accompanied by an editorial cartoon titled “The Western Slurp” which depicted a city octopus using a tube to drink water from the mountains.

60 years ago

Week of June 21, 1962

HR 2206, a bill authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to build the Fry Pan Rehabilitation Project in Arkansas, was on the minds of many in Eagle County due to its recent stint in representatives room.

The bill would later be signed into law by President Kennedy in Colorado.

“With the passing of the Pan-Arkansas Frying Diversion Bill, one should think that Eagle County and Eagle should immediately look to the future,” Eagle Valley Enterprise said.

A district judge dismissed the action to form the Eagle Water Conservancy district, based on petitions from attorneys that were allegedly made following the House of Representatives’ passage of HR 2206.

70 years ago

June 26, 1952

The Eagle Valley Enterprise published an article about the possibility of a tunnel through the mountains, creating a “super highway” that would be a “substitute for Loveland Pass”.

The story foreshadowed the coming battle between the defenders of the Highway 40 route for the super highway and the defenders of the Highway 6 route that the highway would eventually take.

“The Loveland Tunnel is a much better proposal than Boulder’s brainstorm for a tunnel across the divide to Tabernash,” Enterprise wrote.

80 years ago

June 18, 1942

Local resident and mine worker Harry Palmer was killed and two others seriously injured when a series of explosives detonated prematurely at the Empire Zinc mine in Gilman.

“Palmer was directly in front of the first explosion and undoubtedly took the full force of it, being killed instantly,” reported the Eagle Valley Enterprise, calling the incident one of the most horrific tragedies in the world. history of the Gilman mine.