All roads lead to Hotchkiss May 11-13.
The Mother's Day weekend brings the 15th annual Sheep Camp Stock Dog Trials to Hotchkiss. More than 80 dogs and their handlers will show off their teamwork during this three-day event. Spinning and sheepherding demonstrations, food vendors and more can be found in the Hotchkiss pasture one block south of downtown. Competition begins at 8 a.m. Friday, May 11, and at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Competition generally runs until 4:30 or 5 p.m., with a half-hour lunch break.
Admission is $4 for Friday's competition and $5 for Saturday and Sunday events. Children under the age of 12 are free all three days.
Gordon Hebenstreit, the event's general manager, said the sheep dog trials attract competitors from Colorado, California, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Mexico. "The ability of these dogs is just incredible to me," he said. "The competition is a joy to watch."
Covered bleachers are provided, but some spectators bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Leashed dogs are welcome, but owners are asked to clean up after their pets.
There's a lot going on in Hotchkiss this weekend. The Hotchkiss Community Chamber of Commerce provided this list of additional activities:
• First State Bank of Colorado annual community barbecue, Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
• Hotchkiss Library Friends host their annual sale at Memorial Hall during Friday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Their sale features rock bottom prices on all genres of books, movies, music, and other materials during the two-day event.
• Rogers Mesa Community House is holding a fundraiser for the MS Society and for upgrading the facility's restroom, Friday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The RMCH ladies will also have a booth across from the sheep dog trials on Saturday, May 12.
• Community yard sales, May 11-13. Folks all over town and in the outlying areas will "clean out the attic" for a bargain hunter's dream weekend.
• The valley's biggest car show of the year takes place Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zack's Park. Lunch from Zack's BBQ will be available to the public from 11:30 to 1:30.
• North Fork Ambulance open house, Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the new NFAA training center and office at 110 East Hotchkiss Avenue. Lunch will be provided in partnership with Bank of Colorado from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• ARBA Sanctioned Rabbit Show, Saturday, May 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Hall on the Delta County Fairgrounds.
• Admission is free at the Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New exhibits include the collection featuring Otto Mears and Enos Hotchkiss gift rifles.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.