Business News in Brief


Mason & Morse welcomes Fralick

Steamboat Springs

Tony Walton, managing broker at Mason & Morse Real Estate, has announced that Medora Fralick has joined the company as a broker associate.

Fralick specializes in the sales and leasing of commercial and industrial real estate.

"Medora knows the commercial market here in Steamboat," Walton said. "She will be able to offer commercial customers unsurpassed market knowledge."

"I am really looking forward to working with the Brokers, customers and clients at Mason & Morse," Fralick said.

Big Tuna's reopens with new owners

Oak Creek

One of Oak Creek's landmark businesses, Big Tuna's restaurant, reopened with new owners this weekend.

Steamboat restaurant veterans Fred and Kathy Matzdorf have partnered with Stagecoach residents John and Michele Barkal to purchase Big Tuna's. The name will remain the same but the menu is being transformed to a barbecue theme -- no surprise since the Matzdorfs are partners in Double Z barbecue on Yampa Street in Steamboat.

The Matzdorfs will continue to be involved with Double Z, however other partners in the Steamboat restaurant will not be involved in Big Tuna's. Big Tuna's, at 107 Moffat Ave. in Oak Creek, will ramp up to its full menu on Monday. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.

Drop in gas prices not apparent locally

Steamboat Springs

Colorado's average retail gas prices for regular, self-serve, unleaded gasoline dropped for the third week in a row to $1.46.3 per gallon. The trend hasn't shown up in Steamboat Springs, where a typical low-end price is $1.58.9 per gallon.

The national average for unleaded gasoline decreased 0.5 cents to $1.48.7 cents per gallon. Nationwide, the average price for gasoline is up 1.0 cent compared to one month ago and is running 8.9 cents more than a year ago. Colorado's average is holding steady from one month ago and is 7.2 cents more than last year at this time.


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