By: JOE STRUPP
road kill ?
Officials in a small Colorado town who withheld advertising from the local weekly newspaper because they didn’t like its criticism of municipal government policies agreed to pay more than $200,000 in damages to the paper under a settlement reached in the middle of trial, according to Reuters.
Town leaders in Frisco, Colo. agreed June 9 to the settlement, which requires them to pay the Ten Miles Times $210,000 and resume running ads for town events. Publisher Miles Porter IV says he lost about $3,500 annually because of the lack of government advertising, which stopped eight years ago after he criticized town actions in his columns.
Among the criticisms Porter made in his 7,000-circulation paper was a slam at the mounting in town hall of a bear that had been killed on a highway. He began to refer to the town hall as the “National Road Kill Museum.”
During the trial, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch told city officials that they lacked a good defense, saying the city needed “a robust press.”