Silverthorne warns five businesses for violating town’s liquor code |

Silverthorne warns five businesses for violating town’s liquor code

Jane Reuter

SILVERTHORNE – The Silverthorne council is sending warning letters to five Silverthorne businesses for violating the town’s liquor code. Employees at Bamboo Garden, 7-Eleven, Acorn, Texaco and the Old Dillon Inn reportedly failed a June 20 compliance check by selling alcohol to a 19-year-old man.

The checks were part of a countywide alcohol sting. Five of 12 Silverthorne businesses sold alcohol to the minor, as did several other liquor license holders throughout the county.

“This was frankly the worst that we’ve done,” said Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson. “We need to do some work.”

In addition receiving to the warning letters, the employees who sold the alcohol all were cited to appear in Silverthorne municipal court.

The reason for the failures is multifaceted, the chief said

“Several of these individuals cited are foreign nationals,” Patterson said. “We also see a fair amount of turnover. It’s a constant process we’re going through with these businesses.”

The letters will warn business owners that their liquor licenses could be jeopardized if the violations continue. Patterson said police officers will follow up with the five businesses and remind them of their obligations under the town liquor code and Silverthorne’s Training for Intervention Procedures.

“We were definitely disappointed the last go-around,” said police spokeswoman Verna Pottle. “The (previous) time they did this sting we had none.”

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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