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There really is a Butch behind the new Butchs Smokehouse and Sports Bar.And his move to the Roaring Fork Valley a year ago might have gone entirely unnoticed had retirement not gotten the better of him.Butch Lontine owned a Mexican restaurant in Erie, Colo. for 23 years, but sold in 2002 when someone walked in the front door and laid an offer on the table. Less than three years later, Lontine is back at it, as the new owner of the old Marshal Dillons Steakhouse.I was sitting at the bowling alley one night and overheard a conversation, said Lontine Thursday, sitting in the dinning room of his new restaurant. Lontine heard that Dillons was attached to a hotel and decided to stop by the restaurant a few nights to see how it operated.
Robert McCurdy cut a purple ribbon over the disturbed soil where the foundation for his new house will go.Then Robert poured champagne into his wife, Saras glass and toasted her.The McCurdy house was the first to break ground in the new Eagles Point subdivision in Battlement Mesa. Colorado Heritage Realty created the 56-lot subdivision, where custom and area builders can plant homes over 1,600 square feet on quarter-acre lots.
Three noted jazz musicians will have Glenwood Springs swingin at jazz concerts Friday and Wednesday. The Valley Jazz Concert Series presents world-renowned trombonist Dan Barrett and jazz singer Kathy Morrow at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Buffalo Valley Inn. The Walt Smith Quartet comprised of Smith on piano, Walter Hanselmann on guitar, Mark Gray on bass and Maury Allen on drums will accompany the pair. Barrett recently performed in the Sacramento Jazz Festival after returning from a spring trip to Europe. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall with musicians such as Woody Herman, Joe Bushkin and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He was a member of Benny Goodmans last orchestra and has played the role of jazz trombonist in movies including The Cotton Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sleepy Time Gal, Bullets Over Broadway, and Everyone Says I Love You. Morrow, who sang at Walt Smiths annual fall jazz party in Snowmass, has performed in Europe and Asia during her career. A local favorite, she often plays Club Chelsea and Zinos in Vail. Tickets for the Friday performance are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The free Summer of Jazz concert series continues in Glenwood, next week featuring jazz guitarist Doug Wamble at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Two Rivers Park.
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Glenwood’s Sunlight Mountain Resort opens full-time for the season Friday with all three of its lifts providing access to expanded terrain. Oh, and it’s supposed to snow!