Government Tracker: Minturn approves liquor licenses, receives trails update |

Government Tracker: Minturn approves liquor licenses, receives trails update

Board: Minturn Town Council, Aug. 17 evening meeting.

Present: Terry Armistead, Harvey Craig, Sage Pierson, John Widerman, Earle Bidez and Mayor Matt Scherr. Sidney Harrington had an excused absence.

Issue: The Bunkhouse application for a liquor license.

Who they talked to: Ryan Richards, co-owner and manager of The Bunkhouse.

What they talked about: Continuing discussions from the Aug. 3 meeting, where neighbors of The Bunkhouse voiced concerns, Richards ensured the council that his business can responsibly fulfill the duties of the tavern license. Richards said he met with the neighbors and had a “successful meeting.” Pierson said she thinks there are already enough places nearby with liquor licenses. One of the conditions of the liquor license is that a certified server must be on duty when serving alcohol.

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How they voted: 5-1 in favor, with Pierson voting against.

What’s next: The Bunkhouse will begin selling alcohol to its guests.

Issue: Vail Symposium application for a liquor license.

Who they talked to: Ashley Cawthorn-Pearce, of the Vail Symposium.

What they talked about: The Vail Symposium is requesting a liquor license for its free film series returning to Little Beach Park on Aug. 20 and taking place the following two Saturdays. The Vail Symposium is expecting at least 250 attendees. There will be Crazy Mountain beer available for $2, speaker dinners and scavenger hunts through Minturn.

How they voted: 6-0 in favor.

What’s next: The first film is “Chasing Niagara” on Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8:30 p.m.

Issue: Trails update.

Who they talked to: Bill Hoblitzell, of the Vail Valley Mountain Bike Association and Vail Valley Trail Connection.

What they talked about: Hoblitzell presented the council with a trails update, including the Vail Epic Promise Day on Sept. 17, when 300 Vail Resorts volunteers will be working on trails in Minturn. There will also be work done to Cougar Ridge on Oct. 1-2 and Game Creek Trail, which is the Minturn Mile trail.

What’s next: To sign up to work on Cougar Ridge Oct. 1-2, visit To learn more about trailwork being done, visit or

Issue: Boneyard update.

Who they talked to: Former council member George Brodin.

What they talked about: Brodin, who is leading the charge for upgrading the Boneyard in Minturn, said the fence area has been cleared and is awaiting a utilities inspection. He said the fence will take two days to install and he’s working on a proposal to get a site plan. “Things are moving along,” he said.

What’s next: Brodin is working with other businesses and organizations to upgrade the Boneyard due to the town’s limited resources.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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