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SR: UI records fees close-minded

In an editorial Saturday, The Spokesman-Review Editorial Board took the University of Idaho to task for the ha-huge fees it charges for public records requests:

"Want public records from the University of Idaho? Better have a credit card on hand – one with a high limit. “From January to October this year, the university received 57 public records requests; 10 of those resulted in fees that ranged from $64 to nearly $90,000,” according to an article by Caitlin Tompkins and Sarah Steger, journalism students writing for the Murrow News Service. Tom Blanchard, a retired history teacher, wanted to know more about campus murals depicting the hanging of Native Americans. That’ll be $18,078.11, the university replied. John Bradbury, a retired judge, asked for extensive records about a professor. His was billed $89,717.80. He narrowed the request twice, and the bill was reduced to $4,000. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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