“Saved Pay”: Get a demotion, but keep your higher salary

April 22nd, 2012 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports, Updates No Responses

by Todd Shepherd
It’s natural to assume when a state employee gets a promotion, there’s a raise that goes along with it; greater responsibilities usually correspond with greater rewards. However, when a state employee is demoted or moved to a job with less responsibilities, a statutory rule also allows the worker to keep their previous [...]

Examining 911 emergency telephone authorities

April 19th, 2012 by investigates Categories: Reports, Updates No Responses

The tragedy of the Lower North Fork fire has sent many TV stations and papers scrambling to review call logs and tapes from the Jefferson County Emergency Telephone Authority (which also serves Broomfield County).
However, 911 emergency telephone authorities (ETAs) have never received much scrutiny, especially where financials are concerned. Also, ETA’s work on the [...]

Editorial: Hickenlooper “All-in” on Pinnacol; PERA reformer?

April 17th, 2012 by investigates Categories: Reports No Responses

By Todd Shepherd
Unlike previous Colorado governors, John Hickenlooper hasn’t offered any legislation or policy theme (think Ritter and green energy) as being the signature effort or achievement of his administration. Even his “signature” policy effort thus far is called, somewhat ironically, “To Be Determined.” There’s seemingly little that he has put his full [...]

Dept. of Energy releases Abound Solar loan documents

April 9th, 2012 by investigates Categories: Reports No Responses

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Department of Energy (DOE) has released numerous documents relating to the $400-million in DOE guaranteed loans to Abound Solar.
Previous reports said the DOE and Abound were declining to release the documents because of “proprietary reasons.”  However, many redactions have still been made to the documents [...]

Dept of Revenue shuts down Kit Carson CDL testing center – 126 truckers retested

March 7th, 2012 by investigates Categories: Reports No Responses

A covert audit of a third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing facility found so many faults, 126 truck drivers had to be retested in order to keep their CDL driving privileges. The testing facility, located in Kit Carson County, has been forced to close.
An email between officials in the state Department of Revenue (DOR) [...]

“Occupy Denver”: Who are the 20 arrested?

November 17th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Reports, Updates No Responses

Independence Investigates has obtained all of the criminal background records for the 20 individuals arrested in he past weekend during ‘Occupy Denver’ protests. Four of the individuals have significant criminal backgrounds. Eleven of the twenty have no criminal record at all, excepting any arrest for their activities regarding ‘Occupy Denver.’
Michael Corey Donahue has [...]

BOARD CANDIDATE’S LARGEST DONOR IS BROTHER OF SUPERINTENDENT

October 25th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Reports, Updates No Responses

On October 13, during a forum for the Jefferson County School Board elections, candidates were asked who their backers were and who their top funders were.
Candidate Leslie Dahlkemper said her funding came from a variety of sources, and gave no other specifics other than to mention her daughter made a $6 contribution. However, according [...]

CDOT exploring tax on electric vehicles, raising gas tax

September 11th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Reports, Updates No Responses

by Todd Shepherd
Emails obtained by “Independence Investigates” show that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is conducting significant research on raising department revenues through at least two new potential transit taxes.
One item being researched: raising the state gas tax starting in 2014.
The next item examines how to wring more revenue from electric and alternative fuel [...]

TWELVE DAYCARE PROVIDERS REMOVED FROM STATE PROGRAM AFTER INVESTIGATION

July 28th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Reports, Updates No Responses

Twelve former daycare providers under the “Colorado Child Care Assistance
Program” (CCCAP) have been removed from the program after an internal
investigation by the Department of Human Services showed registered sex
offenders living at the same location of some CCCAP providers. The internal
investigation was launched after a report from Independence Investigates
showed potential address matches between CCCAP providers and [...]

Databases show sex offenders registered at state-subsidized child care facilities

February 4th, 2011 by investigates Categories: Featured, Reports, Updates No Responses

Convicted sex offenders are registering addresses with the state, which, in some cases, are identical to locations for state-subsidized child care providers, database research by Independence Investigates shows.  Whether the offender is actually under the same roof as a child-care facility has not been determined as of this publication because Independence Investigates perceived the potential for [...]