The North Fork Ambulance is kicking off its annual membership drive by sending a special mailing to over 500 local North Fork businesses to reach out for their support first. The annual residential membership brochure will be mailed on Sept. 15.
The NFAA has been serving the North Fork area since 1969 and currently has stations in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford. Since it receives no tax revenues, the all-volunteer, non-profit relies heavily on memberships and donations in order to continue to provide compassionate and timely pre-hospital care and transport. This year a goal has been set of increasing membership by 50 percent, from 1,800 members to 2,700 members.
Business membership covers customers who become ill or injured and require ambulance services during regular business hours. Businesses that join will receive a hand-delivered membership brochure rack, a "North Fork Ambulance Business Member" window decal, and public acknowledgement of their support.
Without increased support in funding, the NFAA stands to lose stations in both Paonia and Crawford, which could result in considerably increased emergency response times. Becoming a business member is about keeping emergency ambulance service responding from within each of our communities, which enhances our quality of life. And that is good for business!
For more information or to become a member, download an application at www.northforkambulance.com, or call 872-4303. You can also visit the North Fork Ambulance Facebook page.
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.