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Construction crews at new Ca├▒on City Starbucks discover hand-dug well

Construction crews working on the new Starbucks had an interesting and historical discovery this week.

A well discovered Wednesday at 1315 Royal Gorge Blvd. is lined with stones throughout and shows excellent workmanship, according to Fremont County Historical Society Chair Carol McNew.
Carol McNew, Daily Record
A well discovered Wednesday at 1315 Royal Gorge Blvd. is lined with stones throughout and shows excellent workmanship, according to Fremont County Historical Society Chair Carol McNew.

Crews working the premises at 1315 Royal Gorge Blvd. discovered a hand-dug well.

Fremont County Historical Society Chair Carol McNew said that the well is 42 feet deep and was dug in the early 1880s as far as the research can show.

“It is lined with stones throughout and shows excellent workmanship,” McNew said.

In the Sept. 14, 1958, issue of the Daily Record, an article on the front page said the former home of Augustus Macon at that location was being razed to make way for a new business by Claude Dowan. The well was dug as part of the Augustus Macon Ranch and served their home, which was addressed at 1315 River St.

Read the full story on canoncitydailyrecord.com.

Avon council approves measure that raises the tobacco purchasing age to 21

The age to purchase tobacco products in town will likely rise to 21 in 2019 after the Town Council approved the idea on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

A man charging an electronic cigarette in the park
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A man charging an electronic cigarette in the park

The first reading of an ordinance to change the town’s municipal code received unanimous approval from the six town council members present at its regular meeting this week. Council member Matt Gennett was absent. The ordinance will also establish a licensing system for tobacco retailers which would give the town more authority in enforcing the new age law.

When a town chooses to license tobacco retailers, that town then forgoes revenues from the state on tobacco sales and also must create a licensing administrator position at the town. In Avon, the licensing administrator is likely to be the town clerk, and the proposed $500 per year licensing fee is expected to cover the cost of administering the licensing program.

The state revenues, however, will not be restored to the town’s budget without the creation of an additional tax on cigarettes.

Over the past five years, the distribution of state income tax money to Avon from tobacco sales ranged from $41,234 to $43,200.

Read the full story on vaildaily.com.

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Aspen rafting firm denies responsibility for death

An Aspen rafting company facing a negligence and fraud lawsuit for the June 2016 death of a Maryland man has filed a counterclaim arguing it cannot be held responsible for the fatality because the victim signed a waiver before entering the boat.

Aspen Whitewater Rafting introduced its counterclaim Aug. 8 in the U.S. District Court of Denver. That’s the venue for widow Allison Parker’s suit against the outfitter, which is accused of misleading the plaintiff and her husband, 58-year-old James Abromitis, about the river’s dangerous conditions at the time.

Abromitis was ejected twice from an Aspen Whitewater Rafting boat in the area of the Roaring Fork River known as Slaughterhouse Falls on June 15, 2016, “resulting with him being flushed downriver to his death,” according to the lawsuit.

[ Related: Death on the River: A Denver Post investigation into the river rafting industry ]

The counterclaim, however, says Aspen Whitewater Rafting cannot be held liable due to a release Abromitis and Parker both signed stating, among other things, that they acknowledged the inherent risks of rafting. The agreement also said “that Class IV and V represent the most difficult and dangerous levels of whitewater and I recognize that the risks associated with whitewater rafting are increased at these levels.”

More on this story at the aspentimes.com.

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