NEWS, MAY 23RD

Glenwood Springs–The Garfield County Sheriff’s office is being accused by the American Civil Liberties Union of inadvertently reporting domestic violence victims to federal immigration authorities. Sheriff Lou Vallario calls the accusations “slanderous.”

Basalt–Former Basalt High School teacher Lauren Redfern will not face sexual assault charges stemming from her intimate relationship with a former 17 year old male student. That’s according to a plea agreement currently being considered by an Eagle County District Judge.

Silt–The Silt office of the Bureau of Land Management says a fire ban will go into effect tomorrow. BLM spokesman David Boyd says conditions on public lands are as dry as they’ve been in many years. Several restrictions will be in place during the ban including no campfires unless they’re in an approved grates on developed campgrounds and no smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building and no explosives.

DENVER (AP) – The wife of a skier killed in an avalanche at the
Winter Park ski resort is suing Intrawest, the ski area’s operator.
The Grand County coroner said 28-year-old Christopher Norris of
Evergreen died of asphyxiation after he was caught in a small
avalanche at the resort in January. Resort officials say his body was found in a wooded area on Mary Jane Mountain after he failed to meet up with his companions. An attorney for the family says the ski resort is responsible
for making sure its runs are safe. Intrawest declined to comment.

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