Mar 31st @ 5:15 pm in News by Scott Staley

Palisade town leaders say layoffs for town employees are a very real possibility if their financial situation does not improve. NBC 11 News explains that Town administrator says sales tax revenues continue to drop, down 24% from last year.  If that continues the town may have no choice but declare some layoffs.  Palisade is facing a possible budget shortfall of $250 thousand this year.  At this time however, they are planning to continue with a number of capital projects.
Source: NBC 11 News (Posted 5:08p by Jim Kapp)

A woman accused of stealing a dog that was allegedly killed by her brother on Colorado National Monument pleaded not guilty this afternoon. The Daily Sentinel says that Melissa Lockhart entered her plea in Delta County Combined Courts this afternoon.  Earlier this week her brother Steve Romero pleaded guilty in the dragging death of Buddy the dog on Dec. 30th.  According to her arrest affidavit, Lockhart told her brother to get rid of the dog after it attacked a family cat.  She is being charged separately by federal authorities with allegedly misleading investigators in that case.  Lockhart is scheduled for a jury trial on Aug. 16.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 5:10p by Jim Kapp)

Some of the state’s more downtrodden economies are getting a boost from the stimulus act and the Telluride Foundation. The Daily Planet has learned for example, in the west end of San Miguel, Dolores, and Montezuma counties, 27 community groups were awarded $306 thousand yesterday in hopes of creating jobs and stimulating the economy.  As of now, Dolores County has one of the highest jobless rates at 18%…..
Source: Daily Planet (Posted 5:11p by Jim Kapp)