The disregard that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell showed for Colorado's open meetings laws last week in barring reporters from an event in Craig, Colo., is astonishing.
Jewell was in Colorado to encourage collaboration between conservationists, landowners and government in protecting the greater sage grouse.
She toured a ranch with Gov. John Hickenlooper and others, an event reporters could attend.
When the entourage moved to an American Legion hall for a meeting — which had been advertised as an open-to-the-public workshop of the Moffatt County Commission — reporters were kept out.
Jewell's spokesman said the meeting “was closed (to) press to allow for an open and frank discussion,” according to The Daily Sentinel.
Such actions are indefensible and have the side effect of raising suspicions about the feds' intent. Colorado law was simply ignored.