Law would add details to utility bills

Colorado residents soon could get more details about the power they use and how much money they are paying for it under a bill the Colorado Senate is to debate.

Silt paid ex-chief $35,000, agreed to keep investigation secret

Former Silt Police Chief Levy Burris was paid nearly $35,000 upon his retirement in January, which came after he was on paid leave for four months, a separation agreement between the town and Burris shows. The town also agreed in the document to do its best to keep secret from the public the results of an investigation conducted while Burris was on leave.

Pohl: We are not the ‘enemy of the American people’

An adversarial relationship with those in power comes with our jobs. Questioning those granted authority over others on behalf of the greater good is what we do, whether it is an ongoing local police investigation or the president perpetuating factual falsehoods. It’s always been that way. It likely always will.

Open-records bill hearing delayed again

A state Senate committee has once again postponed a hearing on a bill designed to modernize Colorado’s Open Records Act. The Senate Affairs Committee notified Sen. John Kefalas that the chair has taken the bill off of the schedule for Feb. 22. No new date was announced.

Ryan: The free press is not your enemy

We are not your enemy. These are tough times when it comes to how journalists cover the news and more importantly, the assumptions you have about how and why we cover the news. It’s important that you understand at least this much: Whatever we are, we are not your enemy.

Colorado newspaper battle could define what’s ‘fake news’ and what’s not

A Colorado newspaper is fighting claims that it peddles fake news stories. The publisher of Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel is accusing a state lawmaker of defamation and threatening a lawsuit. If filed, legal experts said it would be the first of its kind, potentially setting a legal definition for what is considered fake news and what is not.

Bill aimed at accountability for forfeiture seizures dies in legislature

Police and prosecutors protested a bill that aimed at increasing transparency when officials seize property under forfeiture laws. Supporters of the bipartisan Senate Bill 136 seemed dismayed that law enforcement would so passionately oppose a bill that only aimed at accountability.

Open-records bill gets hearing, Fort Collins council opposes

Sen. John Kefalas’ bill to expand Colorado’s open records law is set to get a hearing after all. Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, chair of the senate’s State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee, pulled the bill hours before it was scheduled for a hearing earlier this month. It’s back on the docket for a Feb. 22 committee hearing.