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(Information was gleaned from copies of the Wet Mountain Tribune, all from the last week in April.)

100 Years Ago – 1913

A trail shipment of ore from the Iowa and Plateau copper properties south of town was sent to Pueblo yesterday. There were about fourteen tons in the lot. The ore is an oxide and shows native copper and copper glance scattered all through it. The body of ore in the mine is sufficiently large to make a big mine if only the average grade of the ore will yield sufficient values to stand the shipment and smelter charges. H.W. Hendershot sent a few tons of ore from the Rappahammock Mine at Rosita along with this shipment.

County Assessor C.J. Mercier began the work of assessing the taxpayers of the county on Monday. If he assesses at full cash value we don’t envy Chester his job this year.

 It is now learned that the money apportioned by the highway commission recently will not be at the rate of four or five dollars to one, but dollar for dollar. So for the $3,600 apportioned to Custer County, the county will have to put up an equal amount. That is rather heavy in small counties like Custer and we don’t know just what view of the matter our commissioners will take. However, if they decide to put up that amount we’re with them. We are not here to forestall any movement that makes for improvement and progress.

The removal of the Westcliffe Mercantile Co.’s building has created a hiatus in that part of town. If you don’t know what that means ask Reggie Cusack. He’s responsible for the term.

Coroner E.W. Eddy went to Greenwood yesterday morning on being apprised that Mrs. David Green, about 65 years old, had been found dead in bed. She had resided there about ten years with her son.

50 Years Ago – 1963

The Colorado Department of Highways has approved 29 additional construction projects covering 112 miles of road work and amounting to an estimated $20.2 million. Included in the projects is the grading, structures and asphalt paving on about three miles of Colorado 96 from Wetmore west to cost $250,000.

The Custer County Cowbelles and Cattlemen will hold another joint meeting on April 27 with a covered dish dinner at the Grange Hall at Hillside. The joint meeting was discussed during Thursday’s monthly meeting of the Cowbells held at the home of Mrs. Myrtle Vahldick with Mrs. Velma Vickerman assisting. Other members present were Mrs. Jean Rusk, Mrs. Ruby Geroux, Mrs. Bessie Coleman, Mrs. Ruby Hall, Mrs. Charlotte Benson, Mrs. Margaret Frank, Mrs. Edith Vickerman, Mrs. Willa Buzzi, Mrs. Nellie Camper, Mrs. Delores Koch, Mrs. Myrtle Cody and Mrs. Evelyn Hanssen, with Mrs. Milla Lou Vickerman as a guest.

A/3c Jim Frank has finished his technical training in missile maintenance at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill., and is now stationed at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. Jimmy received training in the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which promises to be the most effective and economical ICBM in the nation’s arsenal.

25 Years Ago – 1988

Officials with the U.S. Small Business Administration are urging calm in light of its announcement Tuesday that it is “systematically” shutting down the Conquistador Ski Area. Dan David, a consulting financial expert with the SBA, said a buyer will be actively pursued, though he declined to speculate on Conquistador’s future as a ski area. Several employees have been dismissed. Though the SBA has not released financial data, the Tribune has learned that the ski area apparently suffered a loss of about a half million dollars in the current’87-’88 ski season on revenues of about $800,000. Among those remaining on the payroll is Ray Azar, president of the Westcliffe Land Corp. which operates Conquistador for the SBA which owns the resort’s assets.

Voters will go to the polls on May 3 to decide whether a special taxing district – the West Custer County Hospital District -- should be established to operate the community clinic in Westcliffe. A proposed property tax of 2.4 mills would generate approximately $75,000 annually. Also on the ballot will be the names of 14 candidates seeking five newly created director positions if voters approve the establishment of the special district. Those candidates are John Koch, Keith Hood, Jeannie Pearl, Ben Kettle, Martha Lankford, Lawrence Entz, Ed Gant, Ken Battershill, Marion Elwell, Kenna Lawson, Don Bishop, Mel Boone, Mary Ann Moon and Art Nordyke.

10 Years Ago – 2003

Members of the Custer County Stockgrowers Association elected officers during the group’s annual meeting last weekend. The new officers are president Mike Shields, vice-president Don Kaufman, secretary-treasurer Sheron Berry, directors Ken Coleman and Sara Kettle. Randy Rusk is the outgoing president.

Craig Walker, president of Walker and Associates of Denver which owns Colorado Mountain Bank here, has purchased the 132-acre St. Andrews at Westcliffe golf course north of town. The nine-hole course was developed by John Manson in 1988, and more recently was owned by Dave Peters. Public records show the property sold for approximately $550,000.


5 Years Ago – 2008

For the third time in about a month, another director has stepped down from the Round Mountain Water and Sanitation District. Board chairman Gary Henrich resigned late last week.

Dick Wadhams, chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, will be the featured speaker at the annual Lincoln Day dinner here on Sunday, hosted by the county Republican Central Committee.

The Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club’s medical supply lending facility is up and running. Available to local residents free of charge are walkers, wheelchairs, hospital beds and similar equipment.

Bishop Arthur Tafoya of Pueblo led services last Sunday at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church here. The Bishop celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation for local young people Amy Schultz, Nathaniel Ley, Hannah Dunlap, Sam Wray, and for ten others from St. Benedict’s parish in Florence.

1 Year Ago – 2012

The U.S. Forest Service has announced that recreational use on trails in the Sangre de Cristo mountains will be negatively impacted for months, and perhaps years, as a result of damage caused by last November’s severe windstorm which leveled thousands of trees and blocked many popular hiking trails and roads leading into the range. District Ranger Paul Crespin of Canon City said the Nov. 12 windstorm was one of the most “significant” natural disasters he’s ever witnessed on Forest Service lands. Trees were damaged or destroyed along a 100 mile stretch of the Sangres, roughly from Salida south to Medano Pass.

The West Custer County Library in Westcliffe has a new director and assistant. Amy Moulton has been hired as director to replace Marty Frick who is retiring after 13 years. And Summer Greenwood is the new assistant director, replacing Claudia Cole who’s stepping down after eight years on the job.

The Custer County High School choir received a first place trophy in its division during competition last weekend at the Colorado Springs Cavalcade of Music.