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Looking Back for Jan. 11, 1935

75 years ago — From the Friday, Jan. 11, 1935, edition of The Steamboat Pilot

From the top of a haystack at the Gilleland ranch, a huge bull elk defied Hern and Charles Gilleland and a barking dog last week. The men had driven to the stack with a sled to get a load of hay. Before they had a chance to load up, the big elk came down the hillside toward the stack. The animal paid no attention to the barrage of snowballs that were hurled at him but calmly walked to the stack. The dog barked furiously and followed and elk around and around the stack. The elk, watching for a chance, jumped to the top of the stack and stood his ground, hair bristling and teeth gnashing, a fighting mood not to be taken lightly.

Fearing that further attempts to run off the animal would result in damage to the horses, Mr. Gilleland left the elk on his lofty stand and went to another stack to get his sled load. There was no sight of the animal the next day, and he has not returned.

$18K received for oiling of Rabbit Ears Pass road

The bureau of public roads in Colorado received an allotment of $18,000 for the oiling of Rabbit Ears Pass highway next spring.

The oiling will cover 22 miles of the highway from Muddy Pass over Rabbit Ears Pass to the foot of the hill on the west side, where it will join with the oiling laid by the state highway department last fall.

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The highway over the pass is newly built, the last section having been completed and graveled last summer. The highway has been constructed within the past two years at a cost of nearly $500,000. The work was done by the bureau of public roads with 100 percent government funds.

When the oiling of this section is completed next spring, it will be one of the best pass roads in the state.

Linds to open a new theater soon in Rifle

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lind, popular managers of the Chief Theater, have purchased the former Rifle Club building in Rifle, which they will remodel into a modern motion picture theater. They were in Rifle shortly after Christmas to complete the transaction. M.S. Wheeler accompanied them.

"Our new theater will be given thorough remodeling and furnished throughout with up-to-date equipment. The sound equipment will be the very best RCA high fidelity, the latest on the market," Mr. Lind states. "The seating capacity will be 350. There will be a small stage permitting the presentation of road or local talent productions. Our plan is to show only the latest and best motion pictures as we do in Steamboat Springs."

Mr. Lind expects to have the new theater in Rifle ready for opening by April 1. There is a great deal of work to be done before the building will be transformed into a modern show house.

The new enterprise in Rifle does not mean that Mr. and Mrs. Lind are to leave Steamboat Springs. They will continue to manage the Chief Theater.