Six interested in Orchard City board

By Hank Lohmeyer


The mayoral contest in Orchard City for this year's municipal election has incumbent trustee Ken Volgamore going up against former trustee Jan Gage.

Gage is a former trustee who also served as mayor pro-tem. She is retired from a career in the corporate world where she was in sales and management. She has also served on the board of the Orchard City Irrigation District.

Volgamore is a county native. He has completed two years of a four-year trustee term he won in 2014. He is the current mayor pro-tem and is on the trustee finance and roads committees. He is in the custom home building business with his son and is a retired fireman with 20 years of service with the Delta and Cedaredge departments.

Four candidates have stepped up to claim four open positions on the Orchard City town board:

Craig Fuller is a current trustee seeking re-election.

Tom Huerkamp served as the town's mayor from 2004 to 2008.

Dick Kirkpatrick has experience on the boards of Abraham Connection and Grand Mesa Resort company.

Gynee Thomassen has been a small business owner with her husband for 21 years.

Orchard City voters will also see a question on their ballots about broadband. It is essentially the same "opt-out" measure already appoved by other local government jurisdictions in the county which, if adopted, would give the town government permission to enter the broadband Internet service business promised soon to Orchard City residents by DMEA.