Visit Estes Park (VEP) CEO Elizabeth Fogarty clarified the Local Marketing District Board of Directors’ recent decision to mark emails private, saying that the new policy would simply not automatically make board emails public.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann has decided not to prosecute the Denver Police Department’s second in command, Deputy Chief Matt Murray, over his handling of an open records request.
A Monument clean air advocate is threatening to sue Colorado Springs officials and representatives of the city’s publicly owned utility claiming they smeared her for discussing concerns about a coal-fired power plant.
We urge Gov. John Hickenlooper not to veto this important bill that also requires law enforcement agencies to disclose their seizure revenue online and document how any of that money was spent. The governor is under considerable pressure to veto this bill from many of the state’s sheriffs, chiefs of police, counties and municipalities.
Eagle Town Manager John Schneiger was placed on “indefinite paid administrative leave” Tuesday by the Eagle Town Board. Town board members declined to elaborate about the purpose for the action, which was announced at the conclusion of a one hour executive session.
It’s not too often we get to write something like this, so it’s a pleasure to do so here. This past legislative session saw the passage of two bills that will help the public more easily access the records our governments produce and keep.
The Denver City Council voiced support for journalism at a time when local outlets have weathered repeated job cuts, partisan attacks and other pressures.
HB 1313, which adds necessary transparency and due process protections to the asset forfeiture practices of Colorado law enforcement, passed out of both chambers by a combined 81-19 vote and is awaiting signature by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The fact that the board took the time to officially make it harder for the public to see this information makes us, again, question their commitment to transparency.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act allows public access to law enforcement records such as police reports, arrest records, forensic analysis, witness statements, etc. The CCJRA is similar to the Colorado Open Records Act, the statute that allows public access to government records, but with one big difference – if law enforcement officials really do not want to release something to the public, they usually do not have to.