Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

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Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

Retail-dependent economy already struggling after weak winter
DeAnne Gallegos rings up Scott and Heidi Pankow at her shop, the Chocolate Dog, in Silverton on Sunday. The Pankows live in Ouray, but they went to Silverton to spend some money to help the struggling businesses affected by the 416 Fire.

Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

DeAnne Gallegos rings up Scott and Heidi Pankow at her shop, the Chocolate Dog, in Silverton on Sunday. The Pankows live in Ouray, but they went to Silverton to spend some money to help the struggling businesses affected by the 416 Fire.

Silverton shop owners feel economic squeeze from 416 Fire

Linda Dailey, a Silverton native, said the loss of one month of the summer season because of the 416 Fire is devastating for shop owners, who depend on strong summers to carry them the entire year.

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