Legal notices a weapon in Colorado’s local news battles

Ark Valley Voice: We reported a few months ago that in neighboring Custer County, a newspaper war has erupted between the historically-local news organization known as the Wet Mountain Tribune, and the highly partisan Sangre de Cristo Sentinel newspaper. When county leaders pulled their county’s legal notices from the Wet Mountain Tribune it responded this week, suing county leaders over their stated reasons for the decision.

Legal notices are the small-print legal announcements that local, state, and federal governments are required to publish to ensure that the public has been informed of government action.  To be clear, legal notices are usually not the most scintillating content in a newspaper. In fact, most people go right past them and they take up valuable print space on paper.

Municipal and county entities are required to issue public notifications of their actions as legal notices, reflecting our democratic commitment to transparent government.

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