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While waiting for its whiskey to age, Carbondale’s Marble Distilling Co. gets creative to bring in money

CARBONDALE — There’s a dream-busting chasm in liquor making that has confounded distillers for centuries.

But Connie Baker and Carey Shanks have found a way to bridge that budget-breaking stretch between barreling liquor for several years of aging and finally selling bottles. The couple added luxury rooms above their distillery and tasting room, creating what could be the world’s first inn atop a distillery.

Ten years ago, Colorado’s roads were a “quiet crisis” that couldn’t be ignored. Now the state spends even less.

A decade ago, then-Gov. Bill Ritter assembled a bipartisan commission to study an issue of growing concern to state leaders: transportation.

They called it the “quiet crisis.” Colorado’s roads weren’t yet in terrible shape. But it was clear what was on the horizon: Declining revenues coupled with booming population growth had put the state’s motorists on a collision course with potholes and congestion.


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