County eyes steep tobacco tax, raising purchase age to 21

EAGLE — On Sunday, Eagle County’s survey regarding tobacco use closes. On Monday, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners will review those results. On Tuesday, the commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss a November ballot issue seeking voter approval to substantially increase sales taxes on cigarettes and tobacco and nicotine products. On Tuesday at 10 a.m. the commissioners will discuss two resolutions. The first resolution would raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco products to 21 and establish a licensing program to regulate the sales of cigarettes, tobacco products and nicotine products. The second resolution would refer a question to Eagle County voters asking for approval to increase taxes on cigarettes and tobacco and nicotine products. The new sales tax would be $4 per pack for cigarettes and 40% on other tobacco and nicotine products. The hearing is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Eagle County Building in Eagle and there will be time provided for public comment. Both resolutions are available for review at http://www.eaglecounty.us/Commissioners/Commissioner_Meetings/Agendas. Within Eagle County, the towns of Avon and Basalt have alread...

CNY’s 1911 / Beak & Skiff joins canned cocktail trend

1911 Established, the alcoholic beverage division of Beak & Skiff Orchards, is joining the canned cocktail trend with Honeycrisp and Strawberry Lemonade. (Photo by Jessica Montgomery) LAFAYETTE, NY — They started with apples in 1911, moved into sweet cider in the 1970s, then made a big jump into alcoholic beverages at the start of the 21st Century. Now Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards, through its 1911 Established beverage brand, is launching its version of canned cocktails. That’s one of the fast-growing trends in the alcohol business. 1911′s Honeycrisp Cocktail and Strawberry Lemonade Cocktail make their debut Saturday, June 1, during a launch party / concert from 5 to 8 p.m. at its Apple Hill Campus, 2708 Lords Hill Road (Route 80) in LaFayette. The concert features the Mere Mortals. Tickets are $10 and include a can of the new cocktails or a non-alcoholic drink for those under 21. Buy tickets. Both canned cocktails will be distributed statewide starting next week, said company president Eddie Brennan. Both drinks start with a base of vodka distilled at the 1911 distillery on Route 20. They are 8 percent alcohol and come in 355-mililiter cans. – The Honeycrisp...