Summit County biz briefs: McDonald’s closes for redo; Gore’s ‘Truth’ sequel screens Friday; Colorado Proud coming to Dillon Aug. 11 |

Summit County biz briefs: McDonald’s closes for redo; Gore’s ‘Truth’ sequel screens Friday; Colorado Proud coming to Dillon Aug. 11

Demolition work is underway at the McDonald’s in Silverthorne off Intestate 70. The fast-food restaurant will remain closed while the old building is demolished and a new one built in its place. The work is expected to take 100 to 120 days.
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Demolition work has begun at Summit County’s only McDonald’s location, and the popular fast-food restaurant at 220 Summit Place, right off Interstate 70, in Silverthorne is expected to remain closed for the next three to four months.

Plans call for crews to bulldoze the McDonald’s that was originally built there in 1979 and rebuild the fast-food restaurant in the same location with a PlayPlace.

Silverthorne Town Council unanimously approved the final site plan in May. At the time, Robert Palmer of Strategic Land Solutions said they hoped to begin work in August and that he expected the restaurant to be closed for about 100 to 120 days while the work is underway.

Sequel to Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth’ coming Friday

Members of the Summit Colorado Interfaith Council, in conjunction with the Climate Reality project, have set a screening of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s new environmental documentary, “Truth to Power,” for 7 p.m. Friday at Skyline Cinema in Dillon.

The film is described as the sequel to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” which was released in 2006 and is widely viewed as the one of most successful documentaries ever made to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change.

Following the film, there will be a short, informal panel discussion featuring speakers from local churches, nonprofits, schools, the science community, small businesses and possibly local ski areas.

So far, panelists Father Felicien Mbala of St. Mary and Our Lady of Peace Catholic parish and the Rev. Charles F. Brumbaugh from St. John Episcopal Church in Breckenridge have both confirmed their attendance, according to organizers. Also, Jess Hoover, programs manager for High Country Conservation Center; Emily Tracy, an instructor at Colorado Mountain College; and David Axelrod, co-founder of Broken Compass Brewing in Breckenridge, are expected to serve as panelists.

Tickets for the screening will be $7 each, and Anderson said walk-ins will also be welcome. However, with almost 60 of the 100 seats already spoken for, people may RSVP by emailing Connie Anderson at

“Just to have this movie here in our community is a big step forward,” she said.

Colorado Proud plans Aug. 11 stop at Dillon market

A program of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Proud, will be stopping by the Dillon Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11, as part of its “Faces and Stories of Colorado’s Agriculture,” a month-long, statewide collaboration featuring conversations with farmers, a tour through Colorado’s agricultural communities, consumer events at farmers markets and festivals and educational outreach.

At the Colorado Proud booth during the Dillon Farmers Market, there will be information about Colorado agriculture, recipe cards including locally grown ingredients and farmer profiles. In addition, they will have opportunities to interact with representatives of Colorado Proud, hear their stories and learn about their agricultural experiences.

Summit County’s largest farmers market is held every Friday in downtown Dillon.

Eli Pace covers the business and nonprofit beats for the Summit Daily News, and he complies a weekly roundup of business-related briefs in and around Summit County. Reach him at

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