Sip 'n Stroll to open in Missoula

[Great Falls Tribune – February 25, 2017 – The Edge (pg A4)]

In the category of “most Missoula thing ever” comes this latest entry, from a recent Missoulian story. The lucky hipsters of the town with a brewery on every corner are anticipating the arrival at the Southgate Mall of a “sip ‘n’ stroll” specialty grocery store.

The chain, which focuses on natural, organic and locally grown products, lets you grab a $2 pint of local beer or $3 glass of wine to “enhance the shopping experience.”

This is a trend we can totally get behind. Finally a way to liven up the dreaded grocery shopping trip. Heck, this might even turn a chore into the new happy hour.

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Project Sticker Shock targets underage drinking in Hanover County


HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) announced Wednesday morning their participation in Project Sticker Shock program.

HCSO will be participating in the project on February 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sticker Shock is a youth-led prevention program designed to support existing and encourages new community activism, cooperative efforts, and community capacity building to combat underage drinking and its related programs — specifically, adults providing alcohol to minors.

Project Sticker Shock seeks to reach those persons 21 years of age or older who might illegally purchase alcohol and provide it to minors.

Youth will visit participating retailers accompanied by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Ashland Police Department, and members from Hanover County Community Services.

“They will place prevention stickers on multi-packs of beer, wine coolers, and other alcohol products that might appeal to underage drinkers,” HCSO press release said.

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Mankato bar showcased for fighting underage drinking

[Washington Times]

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) - An age-old headache for bar owners and police - minors trying to fake their way into drinking establishments - is becoming more and more complicated by new technology and online counterfeit ID makers from around the globe.

But state and local law enforcement agencies, pointing to Rounders Bar and Grill in downtown Mankato, told the Mankato Free Press ( ) that underage drinkers can still be stopped if bouncers and servers are diligent.

 The evidence of that sat on the bar of the downtown Mankato business - a half-dozen confiscated passports and hundreds upon hundreds of driver’s licenses and other identification cards taken from would-be patrons of Rounders in the past year or so.

“These are IDs that are altered, faked or just hand-offs,” said Ryan Tucker, general manager of Rounders.

While the hand-offs - when someone age 21 or older shares their ID with an underage friend - are the most common, manufactured IDs frequently show up and are increasingly sophisticated. And they can be ordered on the web, often from overseas sources.

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Emoji Signs Sends Message to Stop Underage Drinking


SOUTH OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) A tailgating message hopes to stop underage drinking in Weber County. South Ogden Police Chief Darin Parke says, underage drinking can begin as early as 6th grade. Weber County is sending a message to kids to be alcohol free, not through words but through emojis.

Susanna Burt is a mother of 4 and says these emojis on the back of city and county trucks will resonate with teens. "we are combating all these things such as alcohol advertising on billboards and on TV. This is one more way of reminding parents, like myself, to get involved and talk to my kids and to have the city and county support me as a parent makes me feel valued."

You'll be able to see at least 2 dozen newly minted city and county trucks with these messages. The initiative is a private and public partnership with Weber County, Bonneville Communities That Care and Utah's Parents Empowered.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Record Number of Fake ID Seizures and Underage Drinking Arrests

[New York Governor]

Governor Cuomo Announces Record Number of Fake... 

DMV Investigators Seize 862 Fraudulent Licenses and Arrest 818 Under Operation Prevent Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that underage drinking sweeps conducted by DMV investigators in 2016 resulted in the seizure of 862 fraudulent licenses and the arrest of 818 individuals for underage drinking, both single year records. Through the year-round Operation Prevent initiative, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants and concert venues across New York. The previous record of 751 seized ID documents and 758 arrests was set in 2015.

"Underage drinking and fake IDs are not only illegal, but often lead to bad decisions that could have life-altering consequences," Governor Cuomo said. "These enforcement efforts protect young New Yorkers, help prevent unnecessary tragedies, while increasing safety on our roads and our communities." 

During Operation Prevent sweeps, DMV investigators work with state and local law enforcement agencies to check identification documents. Individuals under the age of 21 using fake IDs or false documents with the intent to purchase alcohol can be arrested and have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days or up to one year. A breakdown of arrests and fake IDs seized in 2016 can be found online here.

DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, “Our investigators performed a record number of arrests and license seizures in 2016, and in the process kept New York’s roads safer. No matter the season or time of year, DMV is hard at work on our ‘Operation Prevent’ initiative, which has proven to be a very effective tool in deterring high risk behaviors. I thank Governor Cuomo and our partners at the state and local levels for their continued support of our efforts to prevent underage drinking.” 

Today’s announcement supports the Governor’s focus on deterring underage drinking and preventing the purchase of false identification documents. On August 26, 2015 the Governor warned returning college students about the dangers of purchasing fake IDs over the Internet. On June 15, 2016 a crackdown at summer concerts was announced to deter underage drinking, and on August 23 the Governor announced a coordinated interagency effort to combat underage drinking on college campuses. 

Operation Prevent investigations are funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to deter underage drinking and keep New York’s roadways safe. DMV also conducts operations at summer concerts, and at the request of bar owners, law enforcement, and the State Liquor Authority in larger cities and college towns.

In addition, the SLA continues to aggressively enforce underage drinking laws and provide education and training to our licensees. In 2016, the SLA issued 1,051 penalties to licensed retailers for underage sales. As part of Governor Cuomo’s coordinated effort to combat underage drinking, the SLA hosted eight day-long free compliance trainings for restaurant, bar owners and their staff across the state, with over 500 business owners and more than 750 employees receiving Alcohol Training and Awareness certification since September. 

SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley said, “Preventing the sale of alcohol to minors remains a top priority for the State Liquor Authority. Under Governor Cuomo, state agencies including DMV, OASAS and the State Police have coordinated our efforts to crack down on illegal sales and prevent young New Yorkers from purchasing and abusing alcohol.” 

New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "The State Police will continue to work with our partners to discourage, detect and apprehend underage drinkers. The use of alcohol by minors all too often leads to needless, preventable tragedies, and it will not be tolerated. I want to applaud all of our partners for their efforts to make the Operation Prevent Initiative a success.”

OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez said, “One of the best ways to continue address underage and binge drinking, and the preventable resulting tragedies, is to focus on education and prevention. Taking an active role in prevention of underage substance use - working with parents, schools, law enforcement, community partners and providers - is an essential part of the solution. Our Talk2Prevent website,, has useful tools to help adults talk with young people about the potential risks and dangers of underage and binge drinking and drug use.”

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