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By Pilar Owens



August 24, 2018

by Pilar Owens, TALON

“We don’t know why we’re having to do another hearing,” said Tammy Kauvaka. She and James Kuzma own Aztec Theater and Center for Music and Arts, Inc. This past July 24th they attended a public hearing at the city commission meeting in Aztec. At the hearing, the commissioners gave Kauvaka and Kuzma a waiver. With the waiver, Kauvaka and Kuzma can sell alcohol at Aztec Theater although they are within 300 feet of two churches. By going through the process of getting a waiver, the theater owners are following state law. Kauvaka and Kuzma decided to get the waiver in advance of applying for a liquor license, so that when they received their license, they would already be in full compliance with state law.

At the upcoming August 28th city commission meeting, Kauvaka and Kuzma will attend another hearing, for the same reason: they wish to sell alcohol at the theater, which is still within 300 feet of two churches. Both the theater owners and the city thought that the July hearing was enough, but the state requires another one now that the theater owners have applied for a liquor license. Despite frustration and confusion, Kauvaka and Kuzma are following the law.

Kauvaka shared their plans for the theater, “We will be opening the Lost Parrot which will be a full service bar,” and will serve Caribbean cuisine. She also said, “We’ll be doing live music and events in the theater.”


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