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Business Briefs: New marijuana retailer to open in Summit County

Altitude Organic Cannabis will host its official grand opening this Saturday.
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Altitude Organic Cannabis, a Colorado-Springs based chain, will host a grand opening for their new Dillon store on Saturday, April 16. The company, which has been operating for six years, opened its fifth store in Dillon. While the other four Colorado Springs locations are dedicated to medical marijuana, the new location is licensed for recreational cannabis.

The grand opening will be open to the public, ages 21 and up, between noon and 5 p.m. on Saturday at Altitude Organic’s new store on Little Beaver Trail.

“It seemed to be a natural fit,” owner Aaron Bluse said. “Once that building became available, it all merged together pretty seamlessly.”

Summit real estate company welcomes new broker, office manager

Cornerstone Real Estate Company, LLC in Keystone and Breckenridge recently welcomed two new brokers to its team, Derek Gamburg and Scott Starmann, as well a new office manager, Eileen Schmidt.

Gamburg has been a resident of Summit County for almost 20 years. He obtained his real estate license in 2004 and enjoys backcountry skiing, fly fishing, white water rafting and archery in his spare time.

Starmann has lived in Summit County since 1998 and has an extensive background in housing and development. He has 12 years’ experience building log and timber frame homes throughout Summit and Park counties.

Eileen joins Cornerstone with eight years’ experience in real estate office management, in addition to a paralegal background.

Vista Subura donates to animal shelter

Vista Silverthorne Subaru presented a check for $4,161 to the Summit County Animal Shelter through the support of Subaru’s Share the Love event. As part of the event, Subaru donated $250 per car sold, letting the customers who bought a new vehicle for the month of December choose where they wanted the money to go.

The shelter, which hosts an annual average of 640 animals, said the donation will help provide more medical treatment for the animals, making them ready for adoption.

“We truly appreciate (Subaru’s) support in helping adoptable pets get the medical treatment they need before being adopted into their permanent homes,” Summit County Animal Shelter director Lesley Hall wrote.

Vista Silverthorne’s customers could choose from Meals on Wheels, Make a Wish Foundation, National Parks Foundation and a selected 2015 hometown charity, the Summit County Animal Shelter. Statewide, Subaru raised more than $500,000 for different charities around Colorado.

Charity and taxes

Checkoff Colorado allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return. This year, eighteen nonprofit organizations, including Roundup River Ranch, are eligible for taxpayer contributions and are included on Colorado’s 104 individual income tax form.

Roundup River Ranch provides children with serious illnesses, ages 17 and under, an old-fashioned, pure fun camp experience where they are not defined by their illness or by the things they haven’t tried before. At camp programs held throughout the year, children from the Rocky Mountains and their families discover the healing power of friendship and shared experiences as they build confidence through trying new activities. With full medical, physical and emotional support from health-care professionals, staff and volunteers, campers and their families have the piece of mind to relax and experience the joys of childhood. And best of all, no camper or their family ever pays a penny.

In 2008, Roundup River Ranch went before the Colorado State legislature to be considered to be part of the Checkoff Colorado program. A select group of organizations participate each year and beginning with the 2014 tax return, Roundup River Ranch became one of them. The funds represent a diverse range of causes that provide critical programs and services to communities throughout Colorado. Last year, taxpayers helped raise $45,000 for Roundup River Ranch through this effort; this year, the goal is to reach $60,000.

To donate, just enter the amount you wish to contribute to Checkoff Colorado when filing your taxes. For additional information on the program and how you can contribute to Roundup River Ranch, visit

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