Cedaredge voters casting ballots in the Nov. 3 election expressed strong hope for improved Internet service, but little desire for higher taxes.
The county elections department reported there were 671 votes cast on the town's healthy living lifestyles tax proposal. Of those, 377 voted "no" and 294 voted "for," and the question lost by 83 votes; or, by 12.36 percent (56.18 percent opposed to 43.82 in favor).
The town's voters approved the "opt-out" ballot measure by a wide margin, as did other voters across the county. The Cedaredge totals were 74.59 percent for, and 25.41 against. The opt-out measure is seen as a step in a lengthy process that has promised voters it will eventually bring inexpensive broadband Internet access to homes and businesses.
Opt-out measures were on the ballots of four other county municipalities, and the questions appeared as a referred measure on a countywide question also. The measures passed by big percentages elsewhere in the county, similar to those registered by Cedaredge voters.
There were no election returns separated out for Orchard City. That is because the town did not have any questions on the ballot. Therefore, all of the vote totals for Orchard City are included in the overall county totals.
According to the county elections department, there were 1,328 ballots mailed to active voters who are Cedaredge residents. Of those, 679 were returned and another three Cedaredge residents cast their votes in person at the county's early voting terminals. That's a total of 682 votes cast out of 1,328 ballots mailed, or a voter participation rate of 51.3 percent for Cedaredge's voters.
This is much higher than for the countywide election.There were 20,664 registered voters countywide; with 7,964 ballots cast; which is a voter response rate of 38.54 percent.
Jill Jurca and Pete Blair were elected to the school board, and a state question, Proposition BB, was approved by county voters.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.