Though the former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts director is being accused of misdemeanor theft tied to a police investigation of the organization, neither the police chief nor the district attorney are providing details about the accusations.
The Grand Junction Regional Airport’s internal case file on its investigation into fraud allegations that sparked a federal probe will remain a closed book. Airport board members noted that the airport rejected a request by two tenants to see the file now that the case is over.
Colorado officials claimed for weeks that details around the state’s bid for Amazon’s new North American headquarters needed to stay secret to give the metro area the best chance of attracting the e-commerce giant. But the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. announced it’s changed its mind and wants the public to see how creative and innovative Colorado is in its bid for Amazon.
Boulder voters rejected Question 2P, the third and final municipalization measure, which asked to extend the City Council’s privilege to meet in closed session.
Custer County voters recalled two of the county’s three commissioners and voted for their replacements. The recall was forced by the Take Back Custer County Recall Committee, which accused the commissioners of violating their oath of office to uphold the Colorado Constitution by holding “closed door, executive sessions and/or secret meetings wherein county issues were discussed and policy decisions made, which were not accessible to the public.”
School boards members, city council members, county commissioners, statehouse representatives and senators, and members of Congress are expected to be accessible to constituents and be prepared to hear them out. But there are times — and the number seems to be growing in Fort Collins and Larimer County — when elected representatives refuse to take comments from the public unless the circumstances are just right.
Group members wrote that their concerns include an alleged misuse of town funds, wrongful termination of former Town Clerk Kimberly Greer, violation of the Colorado Sunshine Law and, they said, an overall lack of transparency from the town government.
Democratic lawmakers from Boulder County are questioning how public a public meeting really is if an oil-and-gas company controls who can speak. They further called out Crestone Peak Resources for “bullying” the public at an Oct. 18 meeting.
The group cites a conflict of interest for two Broomfield council members, potential open meetings violations, issues with record-retention on council member’s private email accounts and phones, and they allege an open records request violation.
My interest in the Oct. 17th meeting has nothing to do with the merits of the pipeline project. Rather, I’m struck by the way the commission handled the public comment period at which about two dozen members of the public had signed up to speak.