Minors and Alcohol

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Boulder and Fort Collins may have a problem with liquor stores selling to minors.

State records show more than a sixth of Colorado liquor stores disciplined for selling to minors in 2002 and 2003 were located in those cities.

The records were reviewed by the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.

Boulder and Fort Collins also are home to the University of Colorado and Colorado State University -- Colorado's largest colleges.

The cities together have 219-thousand people, less than five percent of the state's population. But both were in the top five cities in Colorado in the total number of establishments that were cited.

Businesses in the two college towns were sanctioned 62 times for
"sales to minors'' in those two years.

The examination of liquor violations comes after the deaths of two teens at fraternity houses in Fort Collins and Boulder.

Samantha Spady was a 19-year-old sophomore at Colorado State. She died September fifth in the Sigma Pi house.

The cause of last week's death of 18-year-old Colorado freshman Gordie Bailey at the Chi Psi house hasn't been determined. But a classmate who called 9-1-1 told a dispatcher Bailey --quote-- "drank way too much.''