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Denver’s open records database went dark for days, unannounced, and just reappeared

Millions of publicly available data points about Denver’s government disappeared after the website that hosted them went dark. The city’s open data catalog reappeared, apparently after Arvada’s government renewed the domain name ...
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Records needed in Cortez embezzlement case are lost

The city of Cortez has been digging into a recent embezzlement case, but a 2016 software switch makes it hard to determine how long the fraud was happening ...
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Judge makes preliminary findings that Archuleta commissioners made decisions behind closed doors

A court order makes a preliminary finding that the Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners made policy decisions during executive session earlier this year that should have been in made in public ...
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Perry: More Aurora police propaganda in officer-involved deaths points to slip-ups or cover-ups

Rather than answer questions from the media, this is the second time police have created propaganda videos. The intent is clear. Police create these in an effort to spin a story to their advantage in cases where the public was wounded or killed ...
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Review of Clements’ murder investigation kept under wraps

Records show that former Gov. John Hickenlooper pushed state corrections officials to hire a retired FBI agent to review the 2013 murder of Colorado Corrections chief Tom Clements and state policies. The Gazette reports that the retired agent was paid nearly $40,000 and submitted his findings to the state in August 2018, but his report has never been shared with the public ...
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When is body camera video released of police shootings in Colorado? It depends where you live.

Some states have developed policies for the release of body-worn camera video but in Colorado, authorities have considerable discretion in deciding when and how much video to release ...
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Ridgway council calls special meeting after newspaper raises Sunshine Law issues

The special meeting was scheduled after the Plaindealer raised concerns over whether the meeting the council held was properly noticed, according to state open meetings laws, and whether the decision made by councilors was made in accordance with state law ...
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Colorado Supreme Court: Entire state agencies aren’t ‘public bodies’ under the open meetings law

The Colorado Supreme Court released a batch of decisions about the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and among them decided an entire agency can’t be a “state public body” according to Colorado’s Open Meetings Law ...
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Legality of Berthoud trustee email in question

A recent email sent out by a Berthoud trustee apparently violated Colorado Open Meetings Law by discussing public business prior to a scheduled board meeting ...
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Editorial: Don’t undermine Aurora public meetings by hiding — arrest illegal disrupters

For weeks, city council meetings have been disrupted by activists who show up en masse, verbally abuse city lawmakers and especially Mayor Bob LeGare. They hijack the meetings with profanity, vulgarities, chanting and a wide range of bullying tactics ...
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