Craig Press invites public to let Sun Shine In |

Craig Press invites public to let Sun Shine In

CRAIG — The Craig Press invites the community to “Let The Sun Shine,” a workshop about government transparency, which will offer the opportunity to learn about Colorado’s Sunshine Laws and the Colorado Open Records Act.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct 1, in Colorado Northwestern Community College’s library.

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Executive Director Jeff Roberts and local expert Corrie Ponikvar will be lead the workshop and answer questions on the subject.

The Colorado Sunshine Laws are rules and standards governing how public meetings should be conducted. The law was passed in 1972 and modified in 1996. The law states all meetings with two or members of any public body where public business is to be discussed must allow the public to attend.

The workshop will also discuss the Colorado Open Records Act, or CORA, which was passed in 1969 to allow the public to access public records. Public records include any records created and kept by government entities, and such records are subject to CORA.

Roberts will provide examples demonstrating how the laws have been applied, offer advice to avoid pitfalls, and answer questions.

Ponikvar will speak about why government transparency is important and provide examples of best practices for well functioning boards.

Elected officials, members appointed to public boards, and interested citizens are encouraged to attend. The workshop is free, but RSVPs to will be appreciated.

The event is being sponsored by Candlewood Suites, CNCC, and the Craig Press.