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Denver auditor finds serious deficiencies in ethics board, gift reporting

Denver Auditor Timothy O’Brien found in a new report that Denver’s volunteer board that hears ethics complaints and determines if acts violate the city's ethics code suffers from lack of enforcement powers and inability to take complaints anonymously ...
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Aurora police officer fired for ‘severe misconduct’ — but department won’t say what he did

The Aurora Police Department fired one of its officers for “severe misconduct,” but agency leaders won’t say what the officer did ...
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Swift Communications sells Greeley Tribune to leading newspaper operator MediaNews Group

Swift Communications announced it has reached an agreement to sell the Greeley Tribune to MediaNews Group (“MNG”), the owner and operator of one of the largest newspaper businesses in the U.S ...
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Loveland police latest agency to encrypt channels amid legislative push for transparency

The Loveland Police Department quietly encrypted its police scanners in October, following a statewide trend of law enforcement agencies restricting who can listen to their calls for service ...
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Behind closed doors: When it comes to seclusion and restraint, Colorado schools ‘are investigating themselves’

A Chalkbeat investigation found that weak laws and oversight have contributed to wide variations in how Colorado’s 10 largest school districts report restraint and seclusion, making it impossible to get a full picture of an increasingly controversial practice that could harm students ...
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Change to Boulder criminal obstruction definition draws criticism, causes confusion

Boulder activists are concerned a change made Tuesday to a city code defining the crime of obstructing a peace officer will threaten government transparency ...
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Weld County Coroner completes Jonelle Matthews’ autopsy report, release of results is postponed

The Greeley Tribune and CBS Denver have agreed to a postponement of the release of Jonelle Matthews’ autopsy report ...
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New data provides a glimpse into Colorado’s county jails

The data was collected after lawmakers in 2019 passed a bill requiring jails to report quarterly data to the Division of Criminal Justice in order to help them write new policies and better understand Colorado’s jails ...
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Editorial: Is Colorado’s secretary of state dodging transparency?

Recently, the Colorado Springs Gazette and its sister site, Colorado Politics, asked, under the state Open Records Act, for a complete copy of the Colorado secretary of state’s electronic lobbying disclosure database, a searchable compendium of who lobbies for whom in Colorado ...
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Editorial: Hickenlooper vetoed this bad bill for a reason. Now it could come back.

In 2018 Gov. John Hickenlooper wisely vetoed a bill that would have allowed child deaths in Colorado to escape public scrutiny. But lawmakers at the state Capitol are talking about bringing the bad-bill back for another try ...
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