Routt County commissioners approved Phippsburg's first retail liquor license Tuesday.
The Black Dog Inn, formerly known as Teters Towers, can put in a liquor store adjacent to its convenience store.
Before making a decision, commissioners reviewed a petition from residents supporting the store, a petition from residents opposing the license and three letters opposing the store.
Commissioners Dan Ellison and Doug Monger approved the license. County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak is in Denver for her third of four knee surgeries.
Inn owners Michael Smith and Marlene Blom of Hayden said the liquor store would be small, taking up about 230 square feet, and would have a separate entrance from the adjacent convenience store. The two stores and 17 guest rooms would be a part of the inn.
The liquor store would be used mostly by the inn's guests, who may want to pick up something to drink after hunting or hiking in the area, Smith said.
Resident Louis Ebaugh said his family objects to the liquor store, especially because the area does not have its own police force.
"Once you get your foot in the door and once you can see no one objects to it, why, you'll probably be getting a bar," Ebaugh said.
Tom Radebaugh, who will manage the inn, said there would be a "zero tolerance" policy toward underage drinking. He did not think the liquor store would result in negative impacts on the town.
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