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Pages of the Past: Winter is coming

From the archives of the Roaring Fork Valley Journal

Dec. 1, 1977

The Journal looked back on winters of yore. Jake Lucksinger took readers all the way back to 1899, when deep snow played havoc will the Colorado Midland Railroad. “The Santa Fe Jull” — a monstrous steam powered auger — eventually bored its way through giant drifts on Hagerman Pass, freeing crews that had been snowbound up the Frying Pan with their trains for 17 days. Also of note was the winter of 1935 which, recalled H.O. Davis, dumped at least 27 feet of snow on the family cabin near Berthoud Pass, burying it up to the chimney.

In other news… The Roaring Fork Rams defeated Sheridan to advance to the state championship football final.


Dec. 3, 1987

Al Darien’s “mix and match treasure trove of firewood” was christened the perennial Carbondale champion woodpile by Editor Pat Noel. It had begun in August, “when most others were laboring under the delusion that summer might last forever.” With usual consumption around 15 cords and more than twice that already stacked, he was pretty sure that his wife wouldn’t have to worry about being cold this year. “Some people like the look of a nice green grass lawn,” Darien said. “Me… I like a big stack of firewood.”

In other news… The Marble Metro District board was considering resurrecting a bond issue previously approved as part of the defunct Marble Ski Area.


Dec. 4, 1997

White River National Forest was working on an environmental impact statement for Basalt Mountain following public comment period a on proposed timber sale. With six million board feet on the table, the Forest Service had to weigh local opinion with the bigger ecological picture. Cutting was touted as a way to encourage tree diversity, but had not taken place on the mountain. Times were changing, with a well maintained road to the top, elk populations booming and Missouri Heights homes pushing up against the base.

In other news… Local Ray Hannisian was making a name for himself as one of the world’s first commercial 3D videographers.


Dec. 6, 2007

Five suspects were arrested and more were anticipated in a series of at least 38 burglaries around the Valley. They were charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, conspiracy, trespass and criminal mischief, among other transgressions stretching back to the previous year. Carbondale businesses hit included Independence Run and Hike, Smiling Moose Deli, Sounds Easy Video and Dos Gringos Burritos.

In other news… Carbondale Blacksmith Franz Froelicher was commissioned for a massive project at the Lion’s Head in Vail.