Court postponed, judge to review ACLU report with city


VALLEY — At the request of Alamosa/Monte Vista Municipal Judge Daniel Powell, court dockets this week in Alamosa and for two Tuesdays in Monte Vista have been canceled, with all cases to be continued to a later date.

In response to allegations against Judge Powell released last week in an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) report, the judge will be meeting with the Alamosa city council during a work session this Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. The work session was already scheduled to deal with a grant application, but the council will also meet with Judge Powell, according to Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks.

“He felt the allegations in the ACLU report are serious,” Brooks said. “He wanted city council to have time to review that.”

The Wednesday meeting is a work session, which is public but not open to public comment. If at some point the discussion leads into specific personnel issues, the council could go into executive session.

Brooks said the city officials hope to process as much as possible in a public forum.

“We are taking it seriously,” she said.

The Alamosa Municipal Court dockets for Monday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 11, have been vacated, and all cases will be rescheduled. Please contact the Alamosa Municipal Court at (719) 589-2272 with any questions and/or concerns.

The Monte Vista Municipal Court dockets for Tuesday, October 10, and Tuesday October 17, have been canceled and all cases will be rescheduled at a later date. Please contact the Monte Vista Municipal Court at (719) 852-2692 with any questions.