Cactus Jack’s to get a makeover

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The interior of Cactus Jack’s Saloon will get a makeover as it is rebuilt after floodwaters damaged the building on Sept. 13.

Gary and Megan Mitchell, owners of the landmark at Highway 74/73, have been talking with an architect, and they plan to move the bar and expand the bathrooms.

“It’s time we arranged it differently,” Gary said. “We might as well make it more conducive to how busy we have gotten over the years.”

Once the architect draws up plans, the Mitchells plan to get the appropriate permits and get rolling on the renovations.

The Mitchells are focusing on the interior while they discuss with the county what is the best way to remove the debris that used to be the deck along Bear Creek.

Gary is talking with contractors and supervising work from home after breaking his leg on Sept. 24 while helping to pull out damaged flooring. He broke his tibial plateau, which is the bone that holds up the kneecap, and he will need two surgeries to pin it in place. The good news, he said, is his kneecap is fine.

In other developments:

• Da Kind Soup’s fund-raiser for downtown businesses damaged in the flood raised $2,300. The money was split among Cactus Jack’s Saloon, JP Total, Twigs children’s consignment shop and Mountain Gypsy.

• JP Total’s farmers market on the east end of downtown is open while the business is under repair, and it will have its annual Halloween pumpkin patch at the end of October.

• The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration have set up disaster recovery centers, one in the Evergreen Fire/Rescue Administration Building in Bergen Park and one in the Clear Creek School District office, 320 Highway 103 in Idaho Springs. They are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week to help those affected by the flooding.


• Brian Schubert, a member of Evergreen Pathfinders, is offering his 24-horsepower tractor free of charge for flood cleanup. For more information, contact Schubert at 303-489-7122 or b.schubert@novaenginc.com.


• The SBA has a grant program for businesses, homeowners and renters. Those who sustained damage during the flood can file for a low-interest loan. Businesses can apply for up to $2 million at an interest rate as low as 4 percent to cover damage and loss of revenue.

Renters can borrow up to $40,000 and homeowners can borrow up to $200,000 at an interest rate as low as 1.937 percent.

There’s also money for homeowners to do flood mitigation on their property such as raising a home’s foundation.

William Koontz, an SBA spokesman, said those affected by the flood should sign up with FEMA first, then speak with SBA specialists about additional aid.