Vail Valley businesses pass liquor checks
EAGLE COUNTY — As part of a recent community-wide alcohol compliance check, all liquor establishments in Gypsum, Edwards, and Eagle-Vail passed with 100 percent compliance, with not a single alcohol sale to minors.
The compliance checks in the town of Gypsum and unincorporated Eagle County were conducted by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office used a cooperating individual (18-20 years old) who attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from local businesses. The individuals were required to be honest about their age and present their identification when asked. An underage sale may result in a citation, arrest, or suspension of liquor license.
“This is the first time I can remember us having no violations in the three or four years I’ve run the liquor stings,” mentions Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Detective Aaron Veldheer.
These compliance checks are a continued effort through collaboration with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle River Youth Coalition, who is able to channel funding from the Federal SAMHSA Drug Free Communities grant to local law enforcement.
The following 15 establishments refused to sell alcohol to minors:
• Pier 13 Liquor
• Edwards Liquors
• Edwards Shell
• Bottle and Cork
• Riverwalk Wine and Spirits
• Stop and Save
• Kum and Go
• Mac’s Liquors
• The Liquor Shop
• Hi-Way 6 Store
• Hi-Way 6 Liquors
• Gypsum Creek Grill
• Tu Casa
The Eagle River Youth Coalition is a local nonprofit organization that offers and supports collaborative prevention programs and services, working in partnership with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, as well as various other law enforcement, education, prevention and treatment agencies. The coalition tackles three main areas that affect the development of young people and families including substance abuse prevention, emotional wellness and mental health promotion, and academic achievement. In addition to health and safety initiatives, coalition offers various levels of education and trainings to support the health and well-being of community members. For more information, call 970-949-9250 or visit http://www.eagleyouth.org.