Crested Butte Gets Tough on Drinking

Year residency required to hit the bars? — October 18, 2015

(Sopris Avenue) Locals here could be required to show more than proof of age at the door of their favorite saloon this off-season. They may have to present evidence of at least one year residency as well.

Although the application of this new ordinance may come at the discretion of each establishment, other means of enforcement might be employed, according to the local marshal’s office.

“If we observe borderline behavior on the part of a suspect, we will further investigate the situation,” said one deputy. “We’re not necessarily in favor of the ordinance, but if it is passed by the local voters we will implement it.”

Both police and the originators of the yearresidency concept feel that this move will allow for closer monitoring of alcohol consumption, especially within a group that is questionable to start with.

“Some of these people get totally out of control the first week after they have arrived in town,” said the deputy. “Maybe it’s the altitude. Maybe it’s the new environs. It’s normal, but we don’t feel that long time residents should have to suffer.”

The deputy pointed out that he has seen “about 20 years of these shenanigans, which get old after a while”. He added that he did not think the new law would affect the booming bar business in the town.

Must be resident to go to bars

Big nights like these need to be earned say town fathers and mothers. (Bill Dickerson Photo)

Over in Ridgway the town council has adopted a measure that would require similar credentials be shown before one hurls himself into the often steamy nightlife.

“We feel that new locals should wait a little while before embracing this culture,” said Marlena Quacksalver, a spokesperson for someone’s council. “And besides, considering all the new ordinances that have been adopted here since 1990, what’s one more?”

When asked if this proposed ordinance could apply to the purchase of recreational drugs, the spokesperson appeared shocked.

“Hypothetically,” she posed. “This type of activity is the business of state drug agencies and their jurisdiction takes precedence over our silly ordinances anyway.”

-H.L. Menoken

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