Basalt–Lauren Redfern officially stepped down from her position as a P.E. teacher and girl’s varsity basketball coach at Basalt High School. Redfern, who is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old male student at the school turned in her resignation letter to the school board this week. She’s currently out on bail.

Silt–The B-L-M is seeking public comments on the plans to increase oil shale and tar sands exploration and development. Several public meetings will be held in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The first one is scheduled for Monday, March 12th at the B-L-M field office in Silt.

Steamboat Springs–The twin engine plane that crashed during a snowstorm last Sunday afternoon near Steamboat Springs didn’t have it’s landing gear down according to reports from the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash that killed two people and injured four, is still being investigated.

Denver–State lawmakers from the Western Slope and other distant places far removed from the capitol building will be getting a pay raise. Governor John Hickenlooper says giving rural lawmakers a 33 dollar per diem raise is the right thing to do despite the political backlash.