Victor Tarango stands before the Craig City Council on Tuesday night during a public hearing to discuss the approval of his application for liquor and retail gaming licenses for a proposed night club in Craig. The application was unanimously denied because Tarango failed to declare two 2011 criminal convictions — one for illegally transporting horses infected with Equine Piroplasmosis and another for disorderly conduct, according to a background investigation conducted by Craig Police Department Commander Bill Leonard.

Photo by Joe Moylan

Victor Tarango stands before the Craig City Council on Tuesday night during a public hearing to discuss the approval of his application for liquor and retail gaming licenses for a proposed night club in Craig. The application was unanimously denied because Tarango failed to declare two 2011 criminal convictions — one for illegally transporting horses infected with Equine Piroplasmosis and another for disorderly conduct, according to a background investigation conducted by Craig Police Department Commander Bill Leonard.

Council again denies proposed nightclub owner

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Craig City Council reacts to Victor Tarango

Craig City Council members react to more dishonesty in their unanimous denial of Victor Tarango’s application for liquor and retail gaming licenses.

Craig City Council members react to more dishonesty in their unanimous denial of Victor Tarango’s application for liquor and retail gaming licenses.

In other action ...

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 6-0, May 8 meeting minutes

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of a tavern liquor license for Mathers Bar, Inc. at 420 Yampa Ave.

• Heard a presentation of the Citizen’s Academic Scholarship Awards to Justin Willems and Joe Henderschott.

• Discussed NIMS training for elected officials with Tom Soos, Moffat County Emergency manager.

• Awarded, 6-0, a $60,203.25 bid to Anson Excavating & Pipe, Inc. for Third and Tucker streets curb and gutter project.

• Heard an April 2012 financial report

• Heard water and wastewater annual and monthly reports

— Council member Gene Bilodeau was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

More than 20 residents attended Tuesday’s Craig City Council meeting to participate in a public hearing on a proposed night club in Craig.

The audience was split between those in support of Steamboat Springs resident Victor Tarango and those against Tarango’s Night Club, which was slated to be located at 535 Green St.

Tarango appeared before the council in late March seeking approval for tavern liquor and retail gaming licenses, but was denied because of false information contained in his application.

Most notably, Tarango failed to declare that between 2000 and 2010 his driver’s license had been suspended on four different occasions — once in 2000 for a driving while ability impaired conviction and three times for failure to pay child support.

Despite the dishonesty, council members invited Tarango to reapply, which prompted Craig residents Jen Kenney and, Randy and Cindy Looper to begin a petition signing campaign against Tarango’s.

The Loopers planned to present those signatures to the council Tuesday night, but as it turned out they weren’t necessary.

Bill Leonard, Craig Police Department commander, was invited by Craig Mayor Terry Carwile to begin the public hearing.

Leonard was tasked with conducting a background investigation of Tarango following the submission of his most recent application in late March, which yielded the discovery of two more criminal convictions.

In 2011, Tarango illegally transported and housed several horses infected with Equine Piroplasmosis, according to Moffat County Court documents.

He was later found to be in violation of Colorado Brand laws and regulations, and was convicted that same year on two counts of illegally importing livestock.

Tarango was also cited with disorderly conduct in 2011, Leonard said. Neither one of the 2011 convictions were declared on Tarango’s most recent application filed in late March.

When asked why, Tarango had little to say. “I put the same stuff that you asked for in the other application,” Tarango said. “Believe me, I thought I put everything in there.”

Council members had given Tarango the benefit of the doubt the first time around, but each of them highlighted his dishonesty in their unanimous decision to deny his second application.

“I honestly don’t need to hear from everyone else (in the audience),” council member Jennifer Riley said. “This is two times that you have failed to fill out this application correctly and I have no problem denying this application.”

Additionally, in accordance with state law, Tarango may not file for another liquor or retail gaming license in Craig for two years.

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Comments

onewhocares 1 year, 11 months ago

First of all, I'm against all the nightclubs to begin with because I don't see one positive thing about any of them, except to encourage alcoholism & wasting money that could go for much healthier activities.

With that said, isn't there another nightclub owner who recently made the paper for failing to pay approx $11,000 in taxes and was also charged with hit & run?

Is this about Tarango's dishonesty or about the other night club owner's not wanting competition? Just wondering.

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

Generally, nightclubs major contributions to the community will be, designated meeting place for the criminal element in the community, higher delinquent child care payments, battered and abused adults and their neglected kids, central location for the distribution, consumption of drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. Containing these activities in one central location helps law enforcement maintain crime with lower overhead… drunk criminals are easier to catch. Every community needs a nightclub to help control crime.

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Becky Plummer 1 year, 11 months ago

onewhocares-- the unmentioned nightclub owners were also there last night because their liquor license was up for renewal, and it was granted unanimiously without ONE WORD spoken by either owner, imagine that!! Just sayin!!

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Marilynn Hill 1 year, 11 months ago

@ Metoo, there generally is no discussion on the renewals unless there is cause for denial shown.

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jwow12 1 year, 11 months ago

I was all for this night club opening the trial runs that he had were great, but Victor should have better prepared himself for this he should have had someone billigual fill out the paperwork and explain everything properly. Since he doesn't speak english very well he should have had an interpreter. All of that would have helped a little. Sadly he wasn't well prepared.

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

As a mater of fact, most scofflaws don’t bother to have someone bilingual there to help them brush up on Colorado Brand laws and regulations or when engaging in disorderly conduct… these things are covered when a person like Victor takes classes in preparation for his US citizen tests.

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jwow12 1 year, 11 months ago

Yea maybe, but i am an interpreter and I help spanish speaking people everyday, even people with their citizenships need me to explain things to them when they are confused or don't understand something.

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jwow12 1 year, 11 months ago

Just sayin...he shouldn't have though that was a big mistake. That part was clear on the application but he needed to better explain himself.

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

City Council may have been more concerned with the indiscretions this man may have committed and just did not get caught or convicted of. Just the “not so little” omissions were bad enough, there is a set pattern of deviant behavior that is blamed on ignorance of the law because he can not read or write English. Ignorance of the law is not a valid defense.

JUST SAYN..

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WrestlinRockies 1 year, 11 months ago

Come on....let's just say it already!!!!!

Craig is filled to the brim with a bunch of Honked Up Rednecks that hate us some non-white'ies.

Here is some advice Victor....call up the ACLU...they will pack a lunch and feed it to the city council too!

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

White, non-White, not the issue…literacy, the lack of and deceit are the issue.

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Becky Plummer 1 year, 11 months ago

Wrestlin Rockies--Well put indeed !! And JusticeorTruth thank you for the information. jwow12 sadly I agree with you also.

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craignative 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a very unfortunate circumstance that was inevitably going to happen. This is not about race. This is not about the location (necessarily). This is not about whether or not Craig needs another night club. This is about integrity and honesty. It appears as though this guy can not be honest, period!!! Not only did he not accurately fill out the application the first time, he was given a second opportunity to make this right a second time. So, no one can tell me he didn't know about all the publicity surrounding why he was denied the first time. He had more than enough time to figure this out. Whether he needed an interpreter or not, someone who is serious about starting a business and given a second chance at it should not have made the second mistake. However, I hope this sheds some light to everyone that being dishonest gets you no where. No matter who you are, eventually it's going to catch up with you. I applaud the city council for giving someone a second chance. This guy doesn't even deserve a third chance in 2 years, regardless. Honesty and integrity means everything!!

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

Craignative, My sentiments exactly, this nightclub fiasco was never about ethicality, it is about honesty and lack of a good business plan. Who tries to start a business if they don’t bother to read or understand the fine print. This was blatant deception.

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native_craig_guy 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow!!! I can't believe that someone tried to pull the race card on this issue!!! We are all "Honked up Rednecks"!!! That is just about as racially charged of a statement that I can think of. I am not a racist, but I am tired of illegals flooding our country and our community and taking up our resources. It is not a race issue, it is an illegal immigrant issue. If Tarrango is constantly violating the laws of the United States, he does not deserve to be here, let alone have a night club!! Good Job City Council!!

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Jason Phillips 1 year, 11 months ago

I wanted to give Tarango the benefit of the doubt a few weeks ago... But he is clearly incompetent at best and dishonest at worst, so I will no longer defend him.

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WrestlinRockies 1 year, 11 months ago

native_craig_guy

you are indeed one of the honkies I reference!!!!!!

http://www.craigdailypress.com/news/2012/apr/23/pastors-mother-shot-killed-outside-colo-church/#c109677 --Yep that innocent women sure deserved your insensitive remarks.

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GreyStone 1 year, 11 months ago

Some of us live by the law of our new homeland, learn the new language and respect others, and don’t bring up the race card when things don’t turn out the way we expect.

Some of us brown people have honor.

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jaxx 1 year, 11 months ago

Im suprised that anyone would claim that the denial of this liquor license is racially motivated. Mr. Tarango appears to have painted himself into a corner and gave the city council no choice but to deny his application. No racially motivated conspiracy theory here. "Honked up rednecks"? If thats true ( and I don't believe it is) the redneck masses weren't needed in this case. Mr. Tarango was his own worst enemy. "Honked up rednecks"........ thats funny.

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