Editorial: Open government

From The Durango Herald:  Municipal and county governments and the college have good records in responding to The Durango Herald’s annual request to show that they are operating transparently and are familiar with state law. This year was no different.

Asked to provide emails from two days late in February, nine government executive directors did just that in a timely fashion. Email topics all were work-related, about construction projects in Ignacio by the town manager, weather-related challenges from several, scheduling and reporting, and immunization and public-health surveys by San Juan Basin Health Department’s chief executive officer.

In a couple of cases, emails pertaining to individual personnel were withheld, as is permitted.

Those in charge of Fort Lewis College, the Durango-La Plata County airport, Ignacio, Bayfield, San Juan Basin Health, School District 9-R, the Durango Fire Protection District, the city of Durango and La Plata County were targeted for the media’s annual Sunshine Week exercise.

Five organizations provided the emails for the two days at no charge, which is in the spirit of transparency. Two – Fort Lewis College and Ignacio – figured their costs at about $65. Durango set a charge of about $150 and the airport about $100.

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