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Spuddy’s liquor license in jeopardy

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28th, 2013

A punishment is coming down on Spuddy's Cantina for liquor violations. Courier photo by Lauren Krizansky

Courier editor

ALAMOSA — Spuddy’s Cantina may lose its liquor license.

After a three-hour show cause hearing Monday night, the Alamosa city council in a 4-3 vote determined the State Avenue bar had violated liquor regulations and its punishment would be decided during the council’s September 4 meeting. The consequences could be suspension or revocation of Spuddy’s taven liquor license.

Alamosa Police Department Operations Commander Duane Oakes recommended the council consider revoking the bar’s liquor license “because of the constant consistent problems we have at that establishment.”

Evidence and testimony Monday evening focused on liquor license violations and police calls at Spuddy’s since the current owners had taken over the bar a few years ago, with the most recent and serious incident occurring April 1 when a patron ended up at the hospital alleging one of the bar owners and her daughter had beaten her up. That criminal case is still pending.

Some members of the city council wanted to make the decision on what to do with Spuddy’s license immediately instead of waiting until next week’s council meeting. Voting against the motion Monday night were Councilmen Josef Lucero, Leland Romero and Rusty Johnson. Voting for it were Councilors Marcia Tuggle, who made the motion, Charles Griego, Greg Gillaspie and Mayor Kathy Rogers.

For the complete article see the 08-28-2013 issue.

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