News, August 15th

REDFERN SENTENCED

SHE ASKED FOR FORGIVENESS FOR BRINGING SHAME TO HER
FAMILY AND NOW MUST FACE A LONG AND CHALLENGING
ROAD TO RECOVERY. FORMER BASALT HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER
LAUREN REDFERN WHO WAS ARRESTED BACK IN FEBRUARY
FOR HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AN UNDERAGE
MALE STUDENT APPEARED IN EAGLE COUNTY DISTRICT
COURT YESTERDAY FOR VIOLATING HER BOND CONDITIONS
ON THE ORIGINAL CHARGES. THE BASALT HIGH SCHOOL
ALUM AND ALL CONFERENCE BASKETBALL PLAYER WAS OUT
ON BOND AFTER HAVING THE CHARGES DROPPED TO CONTRIBUTING
TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR. REDFERN WAS CITED LAST JUNE
BY AN OFFICER WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT LAKE POWELL
FOR FIRING A SHOTGUN AND DRINKING. REDFERN WAS ORDERED
YESTERDAY TO UNDERGO INTENSE THERAPY FOR SEX OFFENDERS
AND FOUR YEARS PROBATION. HER SIX MONTH JAIL SENTENCE
WAS REDUCED TO 30 DAYS AND MAY AVOID JAIL ALTOGETHER WITH
TIME SERVED. REDFERN WAS WARNED BY THE JUDGE THAT HER
NEXT RUN-IN WITH THE LAW WILL MEAN PRISON TIME.

LOVA TRAIL PLUGGING ALONG

CONSTRUCTION OF THE SOUTH CANYON TRAIL HAS HIT A
MINOR FUNDING ROADBLOCK. ORGANIZER LARRY DRAGON
SAYS THE PLAN TO COMPLETE PHASE TWO OF THE TRAIL
FROM WEST GLENWOOD TO THE SOUTH CANYON BRIDGE
HAS BEEN PUT OFF FOR NOW BECAUSE GREAT OUTDOORS
COLORADO DENIED THE REQUEST FOR A 1 AND A HALF
MILLION DOLLAR GRANT. HE SAYS IT’S JUST A TEMPORARY
SETBACK. GARFIELD COUNTY HAS CONTRIBUTED ALMOST 65 PERCENT
OF THE FUNDS FOR THE SOUTH CANYON TRAIL. DRAGON
SAYS THE TOTAL COST OF PHASE TWO IS 4.4 MILLION DOLLARS.
HE SAYS THE CITY OF GLENWOOD SPRINGS HAS KICKED IN
200 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THIS YEAR AND ANOTHER
200 GRAND FOR NEXT YEAR.

Avon–Avon real estate agent and marketing consultant Tisha Casida is running for congress. Casida has officially been added to the ballot as an independent candidate for Colorado’s 3rd district. She’ll face the two leading candidates, Democrat Sal Pace and incumbent Republican Scott Tipton in a debate at Club 20 in Grand Junction September 8th.

DURANGO – Some bears are deadly run-ins with humans as scarce supplies of acorns and chokecherries have forced them to go farther to find food. One homeowner shot and killed a bear that broke into his house in Pagosa Springs early Monday. Officials say another bear was killed early Monday by a vehicle north of Durango.

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