Groups also allege ski resort developer McCombs used undue influence

By: Matt Hildner, The Pueblo Chieftain
January 20, 2016

ALAMOSA — A coalition of environmental groups battling the proposed Village at Wolf Creek have released a string of emails showing U.S. Forest Service officials tried to shield documents from the public.

The groups, who secured the records through an ongoing lawsuit in U.S. District Court, also allege they show that village developer Red McCombs exerted undue influence over the agency’s decision to approve a land exchange in May.

“Government transparency is the cornerstone of democracy,” said Dan Olson, executive director of the Durango-based San Juan Citizens Alliance. “Without it we have no power over the government that supposedly acts on our behalf.”

To date, the coalition has secured more than 69,000 pages of documents from the agency but they highlighted one in particular regarding the agency’s attempts to avoid the Freedom of Information Act.

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