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In second sweep, most refuse minor alcohol sales


   Eight of 10 licensed businesses in Jefferson County refused to sell alcoholic beverages to a minor during recent multi-agency compliance testing, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
   The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Jefferson County Prevention Task Force, and OLCC conducted the compliance sweep Sept. 6 as part of a countywide program to curtail underage drinking. During an Aug. 23 check in Jefferson County, eight of 10 liquor businesses in Madras sold to the minor volunteer.
   During a test, minor volunteers age 18 to 20 try to buy alcohol from licensees or their employees to determine if they are properly checking identification and obeying state law prohibiting alcohol sales to anyone under 21.
   The two licensees that sold were: Culver -- The Store, 501 First St.; Madras -- Busy Bee Market, 481 S.W. First St. Servers and bartenders or licensees whose employees provide alcohol to the minor or fail to verify their age, are subject to administrative sanctions including fines or license suspensions. Store clerks who sell are cited into court and face at least a $350 fine.
   These licensees refused to sell during the test: Culver -- The Culver Market, 411 First St.; Cove Palisades Restaurant & Marina, 5700 S.W. Marine Dr.; Madras -- La Favorita Tienda Mexicana, 47 S.E. Fifth St.; Tiger Mart, 1210 S.W. Highway 97; Bi-Mart, 1575 S.W. Highway 97; Brad's Bait & Tackle, 408 Culver Highway; Metolius -- Metolius Market, 3777 S.W. Culver Highway; The New Market, 643 Jefferson St.
   During the test, the minor volunteers are supervised by OLCC inspectors or other law officers, carry their own legal ID and are advised not to disguise their age or encourage the sale of alcohol. The agency plans to test the ID-checking practices of about 1,500 licensees this year.
   The OLCC offers training to store clerks, service permit holders and others on ID checking, identifying false identification and laws regarding minors and alcohol.