NEWS: Wednesday March 24, 2010

Mar 24th @ 7:52 am in News by Scott Staley

Confusion surrounds the soon-to-be vacant Delta School District Superintendent seat…or is it not vacant…? While Superintendent Mike McMillan announced he was going to retire in July and without any vote, he wrote to the school board that former Delta County School District Assistant Superintendent Ed Longfield would be his replacement (Longfield is current Superintendent in Manitou Springs). Longfield, however, declined the job, citing personal reasons, and plans to stay in Manitou Springs. It appears that McMillan will continue his position until a replacement can be found.
Source: Mountain Valley News
Source: Delta County Independent
(Posted 7:52a)

Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus bill, the San Juan Bio-energy Plant in Dove Creek can pay for the renewable energy component of their facility.  The Watch writes that San Juan Bio-energy processes locally grown sunflower, safflower, and canola for food-grade oils as well as animal feeds. It’s believed the $296,977 will help the company maintain jobs and create more renewable energy opportunities.
Source: The Watch (Posted 7:51a)

The trial in a Grand Junction double-murder has been pushed back. Jerry Nemnich is accused of killing Linda Benson and her five-year-old daughter in 1975. According to KREX, yesterday, Nemnich’s defense asked to reschedule his trial, which was originally slated to start next month. Mesa County’s District Attorney says testing from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation revealed new evidence that strengthens the prosecution’s case. The defense now needs more time to build their case. Nemnich’s trial is now scheduled to start August 25th. He is being held at the Mesa County Jail on a $3 million bond.
Source: KREX (Posted 7:50a)

Coloradans can take a breather, but there could be more trouble around the bend if action isn’t taken soon. That’s the gist of a new analysis released Tuesday of the state’s most recent revenue projections. Terry Scanlon of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute put together the analysis. He says the state probably can get through the rest of the fiscal year without making further budget cuts, and he predicts the next two years will continue to be tough.  Scanlon says the recession has hit Colorado hard, and part of the problem is that state lawmakers don’t have the authority to come up with revenue solutions and are forced to balance the budget solely through cutting programs. The state revenue forecast released last Friday predicted General Fund shortfalls for the next few years as falling revenues fail to keep up with increased demand for services.
Source: Colorado News Connection   (Posted 7:49a)