The Delta County Courthouse was closed late Friday, Oct. 22, for training designed to test the emergency notification system at the courthouse. Training was conducted by the Delta County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of Delta Police Department, and was designed to test the emergency notification system's "ready opps" and the countywide all page system.
Delta County Undersheriff Mark Taylor said the exercise also tested each department's response to an emergency notification. "In this case a message was sent utilizing the ready opps that an active shooter was in the courthouse," Taylor said. "Approximately 2 minutes later another message utilizing the internal all page system was sent also notifying employees that an active shooter was in the courthouse."
The Delta Police Department helped the sheriff's office complete a walkthrough of the building checking doors and looking for proper response to the notification by employees.
"I am extremely happy the way everyone involved responded and took this exercise/training serious," Taylor said. "This is the base training that we can build on and eventually leading up to a full exercise in the future."
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.