Watchdog group seeks open government

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Members of a newly formed government watchdog group say they're looking forward to pushing for release of public information around Wyoming.

The Wyoming Coalition for Open Government includes the Wyoming Press Association as well as many individual newspapers and other groups. The coalition held a press conference Thursday to introduce itself at the Wyoming state Capitol.

The group announced a "First Amendment Hero" award for Casper lawyer Michael Krampner. He was recognized for advising media on how to gain release of public information.

The group also announced a "Black Hole" award for Cheyenne's Building Department Board of Appeals. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle newspaper has sued the board claiming it violated public meeting laws when it allegedly deliberated behind closed doors about whether to allow demolition of six old houses in a city historic
district.