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Week of 02-02-11 - Vecinos - English

By Joe Contreras


A little coffee with that beer?

Next time youĺre in downtown Pueblo stop by at the Shamrock Brewing Co. for a unique kind of beer. Or should I say coffee? Or should I say both at the same time in the same beverage?

ItĹs called ôThird Street Stoutö and itĺs the culmination of two small businesses coming together with a creative idea. The beer is brewed with organic Bolivian coffee beans from Solar Roast a nearby coffee shop and malted barley from Alamosa. The beer brewed onsite is allowed to ferment before mesh bags of ground coffee are introduced and allowed to sit for three days. The result is a coffee, oops, beer with a subtle chocolate smokiness without the bitterness. The beer is only available in house at the Shamrock Brewing Pub and Restaurant at 108 W. 3rd St. They will however, let you take a large container, ôgrowlerö home with you.


Beer fight! Over taxes

Speaking of beer, the Anheuser-Busch brewery of Fort Collins is in a major dispute with Larimer County officials over just how much property tax is owed. The assessorĺs office claims the value of the business is $91 million and has been so for years, but InBev, the Belgium based company, which purchased the business in 2008, says its value is $20 million. The difference could cost Larimer County millions of dollars.

If the State Board of Assessments rules in favor of InBev/Anheuser-Busch, the county would owe almost $6 million in tax abatements and the companyĺs tax bill will be cut to $500,000 per year, down from $2.3 million it had been collecting annually. The brewery covers over a thousand acres and has an annual payroll of around $42 million per year.

So if you are looking for a cold one or maybe a job or just a nice place to live this is the place for you. Fort Collins is just 57 miles north of Denver and has been named Money magazineĺs best place to live three of the last five years.


Had it with you!

Citing a lack of confidence with its current power provider Trinidad city leaders are joining forces with neighboring Raton, N.M. in looking for another power source. Trinidad City Manager, Edward Rubio, told the Pueblo Chieftain that he no longer has confidence in the practices at the Lamar Power Plant saying he has not been kept informed of serious problems at the plant. Last year the city of Raton reached a legal settlement to end its ties to the plant in two years. Aside from Lamar the plant also serves La Junta, Las Animas, Holly and Springfield.

Located in the far southern part of the state Trinidadĺs population is more than 50 percent Hispanic.


Whatĺs that noise?

Students at Coal Ridge High School in Glenwood Springs may soon be wondering what all that rumbling beneath their feet is all about. Well itĺs drilling, right underneath the school. The western Colorado school district of Garfield has agreed to open the land under the high school to possible natural gas-drilling. Apparently companies can drill horizontally or at angles to reach the gas without disturbing the surface, never mind about disturbing the students.

Glenwood Springs is about 170 miles west of Denver along I-70. It is best known for its famous mineral hot springs and scenic beauty, but there are many other offerings including: Glenwood Downtown Market, Tuesdayĺs June through September; Summer of Jazz, June and July; Strawberry Days Festival, mid-June; Fall Arts Festival, late September; Historic Ghost Walk, late October; and the Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race, early December.

So get on down there sometime, just ignore those rumblings beneath your feet.





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