Beginning in 2006, when Valley Courier reporter Ruth Heide was denied copies of the minutes from Center Town Board meetings, Saguache County and municipal officials operating within the county have consistently balked at producing documents deemed public under the Colorado Open Records Act.
Records either have been denied or their delivery has been delayed past the usual three business days specified by law. By settling the Colorado Open Meetings Law complaint filed by Valley Publishing last fall, Saguache County Commissioners avoided the release of tapes and/or notes of all executive sessions relating to the incident in question, which counties are required to record per state statute.
Since the Nov. 2 election, Saguache County Clerk Melinda Myers also has consistently refused to release documents as requested — not only by this reporter, but by several other individuals. Among these requests were the ballots, which Myers now is refusing to deliver to Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
This even though Myers’ invited the SOS to come look at the ballots during the Feb. 27 election forum.
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